My Cousin Got Married! Come See Her Gorgeous Wedding & Our Adventurous Trip!

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(All of the professional photos were taken by King Street Studios)

Awwwe Weddings…who doesn’t Love a wedding? Everyone’s looking fancy, smiling, and excited for the happy couple. There’s a palpable romance in the air and there’s just something absolutely magical about sharing and celebrating LOVE!

It was a real treat to be celebrating my cousin Kelly’s wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. She’s my Mom’s brother’s youngest of two daughters and she was marrying Adam Weiss. They’re a super fun couple who love each other dearly and I’m excited to share their AMAZING wedding with you!

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Hold your horses for just one minute….before I get to the wedding, we made a little extended trip out of it by first, by visiting Savannah! The Gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Savannah!

It can be tough to get the family together these days, so we wanted to take every chance we can get, and this was a great one!

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My sister Lily, my parents and I, all had a ball exploring Savannah Georgia.

You can’t see it too well, so here’s a better picture; I’m wearing one of my favorite tassel necklaces that I made with (non other than) what else, Swarovski Crystals (of course)!

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I handmade this Swarovski Crystal Tassel Necklace using Swarovski Tahitian Pearls and Aquamarine Satin Crystals. The two colors compliment each other so well and I wear it all the time because it goes with practically everything! The navy blue undertones mixed with a sophisticated sparkle, looks especially  nice with jeans. I sprinkled in some Silver Crystal Rhinestone Rondelles (Swarovski is only making the Rhodium now, which is still very nice, just a slightly darker plating) and I added some extra drama above the tassel with the  Swarovski 80101 BeCharmed Pave Beads. The large hole allows for the thread to easily fit through and attach it to the clasp with a jump ring. I just love the clustered pave crystal look!

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Lily & I capturing the moment along the river. Those twinsies smiles just say it all  🙂

Lily handmade her pearl earrings as well. Making jewelry runs in the family! Luckily our parents taught us at a young age & put our little nimble fingers to work! We all helped out making crystal beaded strands and necklaces for the family business. Then we would all have a ball together selling at art’s and craft fairs. Those are the days I cherish the most! Swarovski…bringing our family together, one crystal at a time  🙂

We loved walking all around Savanna and soaking up the rich culture. Seeing the historic Bonaventure Cemetery was a real treat and we even made it to Tybee Island. We happen to catch a terrific jazz festival, which was a fun way to dance off all the fabulous food we were enjoying!

A fantastic time was had by all…now off to meet our brother Jaia, his wifey Breanna and Lily’s hubby James in Charleston for the wedding!

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Here’s the Schmidt crew (Harmony, Jaia and Lily). I’m the oldest, but somehow the shortest…how did that happen?

We had a fun, albeit HOT & HUMID Fall day exploring Charleston.

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We’re all smiles as we head off to the rehearsal dinner!

You can’t really see our jewelry well, but Lily is wearing a necklace and bracelet I made with dainty fresh water pearls in a light cream color mixed with Swarovski Crystals in Rose Satin and  Light Rose Satin. Her dress is actually a baby pink and complimented the dress beautifully.

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I’m wearing the new Swarovski Crystal 6533-33mm Raindrop Pendants as earrings in Blush Rose with Gold plating. I absolutely ADORE them! I can’t say enough about this gorgeous style. I have worn this shape in different colors of earrings and layered necklaces almost every week since receiving them. I can’t get enough of them!

Every time I wear them, I receive more compliments then the last – honestly it’s my favorite style Swarovski has made – I know I  know – they make so many beautiful styles and I shouldn’t pick favorites – but I can’t help it! It’s won my heart! They are just so elegant and easy to make jewelry with! OK, I think my rant is over, thanks for bearing with me 😉

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It’s Rehearsal Dinner Time! Yay!

We had so much fun catching up with the fam! I’m sitting next to my cousin Holly, (Kelly’s sister) who I just LOVE so much! She’s next to her hubby Tim, who is super fun, great guy all around and so glad he’s apart of our family! What a fun night with everyone!

Next up….the BIG day!

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Here’s the whole family (minus my hubby Mike). He was a real trooper holding down Rainbows of Light while I go off and play! Well, somebody’s gotta ship those sparkles to you, and although Kashi’s a smart pup, somehow a girl just doesn’t appreciate a bag full of bones in the mail when she’s expecting a bag full of Swarovski Crystals  😉

My Mom is wearing the Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Tassel necklace that I made her for her Birthday! It made me feel so good that she wore it and loves it so much! I made it with Black Swarovski Pearls, Crystal Silver Night, Black Diamond and Crystal Silver Shade beads, along with accents of Gold Black Diamond Rhinestone Rondelles and finished with a Gold clasp. I also added an 80101 BeCharmed Pave Bead in Black Diamond.

My sister-in-law makes jewelry as well and she’s wearing beautiful Swarovski Crystal and Pearl dangle earrings. She makes custom jewelry for all kinds of occasions. Check out all her sparkling goodies at: Crystal-Princess.com

I bet you’ll never guess what earrings I wore to the wedding  😉

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Oh how did you know? Haha…Yep, of course, my fave 6533-33mm Swarovski Crystal Raindrop Pendants in Crystal Silver Night with the Rhodium finish. I told you, I just can’t get enough of them!

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Here’s the lovely bride and she’s looking more beautiful then EVER!

Kelly is a personal stylist, so this girl KNOWS fashion. She’s wildly successful and so much fun to be around. She’s also one of the most hilarious people I know and loves to have fun with life! Her soon to-be last name is Weiss, so she cleverly named her wedding website Twice The Weiss (too cute!)

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This shot is adorable! They’re both so excited to see each other for the first time on their wedding day!

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Even MORE Adorable!

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Here comes the Bride…

She’s escorted down the isle by my wonderful, loving Aunt Sue. We were all tearing up that her Dad, Tom couldn’t be there. Unfortunately he passed away many years ago after his battle with cancer. He was the most fun-loving person, we all loved him very much and I know that he was there in spirit. Kelly embroidered Toms initials on her sash and there were caring sentiments said before a moment of silence to honor him.

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Even at the alter, Kelly’s doing what she does best…cracking Adam up!

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Getting married and doing the happy dance!

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Sealed with a kiss!

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They were made for each other!

The Wild & Wonderful Weisses!

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What a gorgeous wedding party with the rich amethyst and plum tones mixed with natural green hues.

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The setting was stunning!

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They had a twist on the traditional sit down dinner, opting for smaller intimate tables inside and out on the balcony, where people could sit wherever they wanted. I loved it!

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Lets kick off this celebration with their first dance…awe!

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My cousin Holly gave the best matron of honor toast! It was funny, sweet and heart-warming. I just love this picture, all those smiles just makes me smile!

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How about some more dancing!

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And the celebration continues….with a fun sparkling sendoff!

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A little wardrobe and venue change to get this dance party started!

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Get your glow sticks on & dance like it’s 19-99!

Needless to say, we danced the rest of the night away.

WOW! What a fun wedding & memorable adventure!

Thanks for coming on this little trip with me & hope you had fun too!

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Harmony and Kashi

Warmest Regards, Harmony and Wonder Girl, Kashi

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Spring/Summer Swarovski Color, Jewelry Trends & Style Inspiration ~ Focusing on the Glamour Trend: FIRE

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Swarovski’s Spring/ Summer Innovations and Trends

The BALANCE of NATURE

The GLAMOUR trend focuses on the fire within. We all have a deep desire to highlight our individuality, which has reached a boiling point and is spilling out into the design world. Creating our own unique look through jewelry and fashion is sparked by a craving to  be our authentic self.

Passion is re-ignited for in the celebration of the female form, where strength, desire, and flexibility are conveyed by a glamorous and fierce design ethic , while red-hot fashion highlights the new sensual, powerful female.

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The “glamcore” trend is breathing new life into the jewelry and fashion industry. Glamcore is here to replace the Normcore, and fully embraces history, texture and color. Within glamcore, opulence and drama is the name of this fashion game. It celebrates everything that is fab-u-lous! Explosive colors and embellished fabrics are accentuated with glamorous, sparkling and opulent jewelry.

Keep it spicy and stand out from the crowd by mixing the ordinary with the opulent!

A new modern muse is created – strong, fierce and determined – she offers no apologies for her glittering, radiant, show-stopping style!

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The MOOD of the Glamour Trend
The mood of this glamours trend embraces passion, sensuality and fierceness. This style trend piles on all things feminine, fancy and flashy!
PASSION
Blackened and burnt surfaces paired with radiant crystals constitute a unique design aesthetic that speaks to our demand for individualized and slightly mystic designs.
VOLCANIC
Designs are inspired by the energy and wildness of the natural elements, where wood, lava and Swarovski Crystals create excitingly glamorous designs.
MODERN
 New opulence lies in surprising material improvisations, with luxurious materials such as crystals merging with the everyday.
SENSUAL
Feminine accessories that exude a royal-like luxury are embraced, with the quest of richness and ostentation.
FIERCE
The emergence of the new “glamcore” direction, references our obession with enhancement culture and the re-emerging desire to show-off.
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Incorporate Intensity and drama to your Jewelry designs Using the New Swarovski Spring/Summer Innovations
A vibrant yellow shade with an opalescent finish inspired by natural gemstones, Yellow Opal speaks to our desire for refined shine. It brings brightness to every design, provides the perfect compliment to cheerful and vivid Spring/Summer collections, and also pairs well with classic shades. Long anticipated, Yellow Opal will open up countless new design possibilities!
Elegant and mysterious, Graphite lends itself perfectly to strong and powerful designs. Its sophisticated bluish gray-black tone features an entirely homogeneous surface, rendering it ideal for creating graduated transitions between Crystal Silver Night and Jet.
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New Swarovski Crystal Flame Flatback Displayed Here in Fire Opal, Shows Off its Two Toned Color Elements, Adding a Radiant Glow to This Striking Design.
The Swarovski’s 2205 Flame Flatback Rhinestone reflects our search for passion and love for life in a world where we feel increasingly disconnected from our human emotions. As its name suggests, the pear-shaped outline and multilayer cut of the Swarovski Flame Flat Back echoes a real candle flame. It is especially dramatic when used in the two-toned orange and yellow colors expressed in the color Fire Opal and pairs especially well with the vibrant red of  Light Siam.
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A classic returns, more striking than before: The Panther Bead brings a new level of story-telling into the world of design. Taking Crystal cutting to new heights, the artistically designed and cut bead depicts the head of this feline predator that symbolizes night and a dark moon, strength and gracefulness, and mirrors the current rise of the powerful female.
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Swarovski Crystal Product Inspiration
There are many gorgeously unique styles within the Swarovski Crystal collection, that make designing innovative, bold and spectacular jewelry easier than ever. This pictures highlights a variety of shapes that stand out from the crowd;
The Swarovski Crystal 85001  BeCharmed Pave Thread Ring Beads are a very versatile innovation that can be used in creating many different types of jewelry pieces. They are available with one or two holes so you can wear them as a ring, or use them to make all kinds of jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets or earrings.
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The Swarovski 6533 Raindrop Pendant, gracefully captures the elegance of a single raindrop, encapsulated in pure Crystal. This style is absolutely flawless and will make incredibly elegant pieces of jewelry, especially for wedding jewelry.
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Swarovski Color Inspiration
To help you in your crystal creations, the Swarovski Color inspiration shown in this picture includes the Yellow Opal, Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Metallic Sunshine, Tangerine, Topaz, Light Siam, Siam, Amethyst, Crystal Silver Night, Graphite and Jet.
JEWELRY DESIGN INSPIRATION
Opposites meet in this modern glamour direction in which ultra shiny, lacquered surfaces merge with glamorously shimmering crystal backgrounds.
Jewelry inspiration within the GLAMOUR  trend plays with rough and smooth surfaces, refined tassels and clustered pave settings to create an overall expression of opulent designs and bold statement pieces to bring forth the passion and fire from within.
Incorporating elegant chains withing your jewelry, draping down from earrings and statement necklaces in Rhodium, Gun Metal, or Rose Gold finishes become very popular in this influential fashion and jewelry trend.
Creating stylish jewelry using the Swarovski Crystal Fancy Stones in bright colors such as Yellow Opal, framed with dark pave like crystals, express both power and sensuality.
FASHION INSPIRATION
Smokey, volcanic design embellishments promote the idea of erupting sensuality. Fringing becomes more widespread, referencing flickering flames to create movement and fire in designs.
Individuality and customization continues to remain at the forefront of design as the “glamcore” trend takes over.
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At Rainbows of Light we only sell Genuine Swarovski Crystals Wholesale to the Public, offering you thousands of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. We have no tax or surcharges and always provide Free Shipping on all U.S. orders over $100.00. This Guarantees you receive the best prices anywhere on all your favorite Swarovski Crystals!
We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
Harmony and Kashi
Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!
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Spring/Summer Swarovski Color, Jewelry Trends & Style Inspiration ~ Focusing on the Romantic Trend: EARTH

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Swarovski New Spring/Summer 2017 Trends and Innovations:

THE BALANCE OF NATURE

Our near total immersion in technology can create a disconnect between us and our natural environment.

“A growing body of research indicates that being detached from nature can actually jeopardize our happiness, weaken our immune system, and undermine our creativity and ability to focus.” (20/20 Consumer Vision, 2017).

In an effort to remain healthy, vibrant and in-tune with our natural surroundings, a new focus on the earth, and getting back to nature has arisen.

During this process, we examine how we can reconnect with our inner selves by focusing on the eternal elements: Air, Earth, Water, and Fire – the basis of everything we need to exist.

Today I am focusing on color, style and  jewelry trends within the

ROMANTIC Trend: Earth

(all photos are courtesy of Swarovski)

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 Swarovski Crystal New Innovations and Trends Spring/Summer 2017

Swarovski’s new Spring/Summer 2017 Innovative color Graphite is a gorgeous dark hue exuding a few different colors in one. It is a dark and strong bluish gray-black tone with shadowy characteristics. The black is not as sold dark as Jet is. It is similar to Crystal Silver Night (without the hints of clear Crystal) combined with hints of deep grayish blue hues, similar to Morion.

The charcoal shadows, blending with the deep blue tones, speaks to this desired trend to be both mysteriously glamorous yet calmly classic. It’s both elegant and understated, with a strong unisex and universal color message.

The Swarovski shade Graphite is a perfectly on-trend color where people are increasingly drawn towards dark, neutral hues that evoke a sense of tranquility.

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It’s always exciting to see what new innovations Swarovski has come up with and the Crystal Scarab Bead is certainly a gorgeous representation of a classic emblem used throughout time. Harking back from ancient Egypt, the Scarab Beetle represents the heavenly cycle of rebirth and regeneration, ultimately symbolizing  eternity itself.

A creature of the earth and a “messenger” for the connection between man and nature, the scarab is a strong symbol of the natural life cycle. Swarovski is meticulous with their faceting structures and the Scarab Beads’ head and wings represents their attention to flawless details perfectly.

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The Spring/Summer 2017 Swarovski Crystal Innovations are gorgeous and the new Crystal Contour Rhinestone Flatback is a unique, organic and sophisticated type of style, with its asymmetrical facets and table top, is formed in a shape that is slightly reminiscent of natural rock or a foot print. It gives the impression of a natural discovery that has been molded by wind or water over the centuries.

Given the current turmoil in the world, there is a rising demand for designs that reflect the raw, natural, and unspoiled beauty of the planet. A beauty without rules, one that continues to grow and change over time due to the influence of natural elements. The Contour Crystal Flatback shape is that kind of beauty and will enhance our projects by infusing a natural type of element into your designs.

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Swarovski Crystal Product Inspiration

Swarovski Crystal shapes that are highlighted within the Romantic (Earth) Trend are highly influenced by the natural environment, with an organic feel. Any round styles will be popular in this trend, as circles are found repeatedly throughout nature both physically and can also be thought of symbolically as the circle of life. Specific fashionable styles include the Swarovski Crystal 5000 Round Beads, the Swarovski Crystal 1088 Xirius Round Stones (very popular with placing them into settings and making Sabika-like jewelry) the 85001 Crystal BeCharmed Pave Thread Ring Beads (which are very versatile, they can be worn as a ring or used to make jewelry with the option of 1 or 2 holes).

Many other picturesque shapes, organic in nature include the wholesale Swarovski Crystal 3288 Xirius Sew On Stone, the Swarovski 4706 Trilliant Fancy Stone, the Swarovski Crystal 4568 Cussion Fancy Stone, or the all time favorite wholesale Swarovski Crystal 4470 Cushion Fancy Stone.

The new Swarovski Crystal 2304 Raindrop Flatback is an exquisitely elegant interpretation of  rain, drawing us closer to the graceful aspects of this life-giving element – water. The 2300 Crystal Pearshape Flatback is a smaller version of a raindrop, complimenting each other beautifully.

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Swarovski Crystal Color Combinations and Inspiration within the Romantic Earth Trend

As you can imagine, within the Earth Trend, the Swarovski Crystal color inspirations are comprised of organic tones that could be found in nature. Beginning with light to deep browns and topaz hues, moving into a range of beautiful deep to light blue tones, round out this connection to the natural environment.

Elegant Swarovski Crystal brown hues include; Crystal Golden Shadow (this coating is one of the most popular colors Swarovski has ever made, some people refer to it as a champagne color and is gorgeous for everyday wear and especially popular in wedding jewelry and for special occasions) Light Colorado Topaz, Crystal Bronze ShadeTopaz (a gorgeous amber tone), Crystal Copper,  Light Smoked Topaz and one of the darkest brown tones, Smoked Topaz. Smokey Quartz is an alluring brownish, grayish mixture which is a fantastic in-between color when mixing brown to gray or black colors.

Black and blue color tones are have consistently been very popular in the fashion and jewelry world. They are long-lasting, staple tones that seam to go with just about anything. Moving from the deepest to lightest, solid Jet black is always captivating and if you like to add a touch of fancy sparkle, the Jet Hematite enhances the bead with one side coated in a silver metallic shimmer. Crystal Silver Night is a sophisticated two-toned coating with a flawless blend of darker and lighter grayish tones. Graphite is a deep charcoal with hints of deep blue. Moving into the blue tones, Montana is a deep grayish-blue mixture, Denim Blue is an understated, medium blue that has been very popular, especially with the denim fashion craze. Crystal Blue Shade is a pale bluish crystal combination that is much more soft than what you see in the photo.

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Jewelry and Fashion Inspiration for Swarovski’s Romantic Earth Trend

Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Inspiration for Spring/Summer 2016-2017 Designs

Suspended circles with delicate crystal pave settings, such as the Swarovski Pave Thread Ring Beads, reinterpret traditional jewelry styles and reflect the need for continuity and new beginnings.

Working with natural materials remains a core focus for designers, combining metals and pearls to produce modern tactile pieces. Combining natural stones, and even fossils with Swarovski Crystals will be trending.

Customizable Swarovski Crystal Graphic Fabric  (please contact me for details) can be incorporated into lockets, representing our continued interest in unique pieces and personalized designs.

Swarovski Crystal Flat Backs and Rhinestones bring an update to traditional motifs and lends a sense of modern  romanticism to boho-inspired designs.

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Spring/Summer Fashion Inspiration

As a counterpoint to mass produced jewelry and fashion and accessories, the “slow fashion movement” is gaining in popularity around the world. This is the idea of creating unique, individualized pieces of jewelry and fashion that speaks directly to you personally, even handmade for you specifically, that have a long-lasting quality, is particularly attractive to people. People are increasingly willing to pay more for higher quality accessories and wait longer for them to be produced because they understand the value of supporting local or handmade designers. 

This Earth trend embraces a getting back to your roots kind of vibe. Patterning, ethnic patterns and layering are popular. Using natural materials, such as denim is very fashionable, along with incorporating beads within or sewing onto fabric. Accessories will become multi-functional. Flat soled shoes continue to grow in popularity, representing a desire to return to nature.

Traditional elegance and subtlety mark our approach to the use of patterns. In order to appeal to modern globetrotters, ethnic styles are given a modern contemporary twist, favoring streamlined and classic shapes.

“Handcrafts such as weaving will become the spearhead of creative recycling” (Promostyl, SS17). The reappearance of handcrafting techniques – wrapping, coiling, weaving, and macrame’ are combined with crystal components to symbolize our need for integration and awareness.

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I hope you enjoy the color and style details within the Romantic Earth trend. Fashion and jewelry trends are always evolving and this trend highlights the innate connection we have with our environment and the collective desire we all have to be closer to Mother Nature.

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 Harmony and Kashi

Thank you! Keep smiling & keep shining!

Harmony and Wonder Girl, Kashi

DIY Design Project ~ Sparkling Little Black Dress

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DIY Sparkling Little Black Dress

“You’re never over-dressed or under-dressed in a little black dress.” Karl Lagerfeld knows a thing or two about style, so who are we to disagree? This glamorous LBD fits the description perfectly: with Swarovski crystals snaking down from neckline to hem, it’s flattering and endlessly versatile, taking you from desk to drinks, or dinner to dancing.

The Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sew-On Stones used to make this dress are just a few styles to choose from the virtual endless shapes, sizes and colors that you can use to create your own personalize style.

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Swarovski Crystals used in this design:

3256-14×8.5mm Galactic Sew-On Stone in Jet (18 pieces)

Swarovski Crystal 3256 Sew On Stone Jet Black

Swarovski 5328-3mm Xilion Bicone Beads Crystal Metallic Light Gold 2x

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Swarovski 5328-4mm Xilion Bicone Beads Crystal Metallic Light Gold 2x

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Swarovski Crystal 5378-14mm Cross Beads Jet

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Supplies and Tools:

Supplies include a black dress, and a black button hole silk.

Tools include a beading needle and scissors.

Level of design: Beginner

DIY Swarovski Crystal Little Black Dress Design and Instructions Step 1

Cut 1mm long black button silk. Sew all the Swarovski crystals in the material list onto the black dress as shown in the illustrations with this step

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Other popular effects include:

Crystal Silver Night                                           Crystal Light Chrome

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Keep smiling and keep sparkling!

Fashionable Jewelry and Color Trends For Fall/Winter 2016-17 ~ Focusing On The Classic Style: Protectors of Equality

New Swarovski Crystal Colors and Effects Fall Winter 2016 Innovations Crystal Scarabaeus Green and Light Chrome

Swarovski’s New Innovations for Fall/Winter 2016-17 are nothing short of exceptional!

SWAROVSKI ~ The World’s Finest Crystals

Swarovski has been the premium brand for the world’s finest crystals since 1895. With more than 120 years’ experience of exception quality and mastery in cutting, Swarovski produces light-filled crystals of spectacular range and brilliance!

Swarovski consistently creates innovative products bringing you cutting edge designs for jewelry, fashion, textile and home decor. Their trend experts are as precise and reliable as the faceting structures on their crystals.

Swarovski Crystal Innovations and trends

Today we explore one of the four upcoming jewelry and fashion trends highlighted by Swarovski to help inspire you in creating new sparkling designs!

Overall Theme:

Power to Shine

‘Resilience’ is the keyword for Fall/Winter 2016/17. Social disquiet brings a need for self-reliance, with people taking their future into their own hands to create a better society where everyone has the power to shine.

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Classic: Protectors of Equality

A feeling of cohesion is sweeping the world. Segment: Accessories

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Color Combinations and Product Inspiration

Soft and strong are combined with an updated blend of red, violet and peach tones to reflect a contemporary unisex direction. Black and Burgundy hues merge with Amethyst to add extra depth and strength to this color palette.

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Swarovski Crystal Product Inspiration

Edgy crystal shapes play on notions of both elegance and toughness for an updated armor effect in accessories.

The soft violet and crystal with the slightest hints of blue hues of Crystal Vitrail Light transition exceptionally well with the classically complex sparkle of Crystal AB. These are wonderful complimentary colors to the deeper tones of Amethyst, which blends very well with the rich bordeaux quality of Burgundy. Crystal Silver Night is a perfect progression into the deeper perspective of the always and forever-popular Jet black.

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Designs will increasingly reference strength and power, with embellishment and decoration becoming fiercer; showcasing a desire not to back down.

Amethyst, Burgundy and Jet are traditional Fall and Winter staple colors and when these are mixed with the lighter elements of purple and peachy hues (Light Peach Crystals and Peach Pearls), it adds a little more balance and progression to the color palette as well as an uplifting feeling.

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Color inspiration for Fall/Winter 2016-17 trends

As we move down this color trend guide, similar Swarovski colors include Chrysolite, Peridot, Crystal Luminous GreenLight Peach, Peach Pearls, Silk and Crystal Brandy. Violet, Crystal Vitrail Light, and Crystal Lilac Shadow. Amethyst, Amethyst Satin, and Purple Velvet. Cyclamen Opal, and Violet Satin. Erinite, and Crystal Iridescent Green. Many of these colors compliment the new  Crystal Scarabaeus Green and Pearl beautifully!

Swarovski Jewelry Trends and Inspiration

Shiny and matt materials continue to merge, bluring the borders in a subtle not to no-gender design and reflecting the approximation of gender opposites.

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Swarovski Jewelry Inspiration

Delicate yet solid chains are embellished with crystals, emphasizing strength and resilience.

Dark metals and dark surface coatings appeal to both men and women, taking on fluid forms that reflect movement and progress.

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Please let me know if I can help you pair colors together for your designs and creations. This is what I LOVE to do and I’m always happy to help!!

Keep smiling and keep sparkling!!

3 Fall Fashion Color Trends for 2015 With Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Tones!

Pantone Fall Color Trends 2015

(Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015)

I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by! It’s not over yet, we still have some time left to squeeze out some last minute fun in the sun. As we wind down the summer, it’s a perfect time to start thinking creatively about our new fall fashion and jewelry accessories!

The fall season can be busy with all of the arts and craft shows, family gatherings, apple picking, pie making, leaf peeping excursions…whoa, it becomes a lot (a lot of fun, that is!). To help you start gearing up for all of your fall fun and artistic ventures, I will go through the top 10 colors for fall 2015 and the complimentary Swarovski Crystal Colors.

Top 10 Colors for Fall 2015

(Top 10 Colors for Fall 2015 designed by Mag)

Right off the bat, my favorites are the Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, Cashmere Rose and Amethyst Orchid. The Bicsay Bay is also beautiful and I’m not normally a big orange fan, but the Cadmium Orange is a soft, almost a peachy orange which I find myself being drawn to more and more. I will break up these colors in stages, highlighting the first three colors now and the others will follow. So let’s get started…

 Dried Herb

(Pantone Fall 2015 Color Trend Report)

The Dried Herb is a classic olive green shade which people are naturally drawn to during the fall and winter months. It was once thought of as primarily a safari or military color, but is now being elevated into a fashionable fall staple that we can perceive as sophisticated and chic. It has an organic quality and is closely related to nature and earthly fragrances.

Complimentary Swarovski Crystals and Pearls include;

 Khaki                                        Olivine

Swarovski Round Beads Khaki Fall Color Trends   Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads Olivine Fall Trend Colors 2015

Olivine AB                                    Olivine Satin

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Crystal Iridescent Green                 Crystal Iridescent Green Pearl

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 Dark Green Pearl                                          Light Green Pearl

  Swarovski Crystal Pearls Dark Green  Swarovski Crystal Pearls Light Green

Desert Sage

(Pantone Fall 2015 Color Trend Report)

Desert Sage is a soft and calming greenish grey color that is an ideal neutral tone. This lovely hue expresses a timeless quality that is stylish and compelling enough to make an influential fashion statement in and of itself. It connects us to a valuable feeling that naturally inspired colors are comforting and peaceful. Additionally it reminds us of things that are real and not invented.

Complimentary Swarovski Crystals and Pearls include;

Erinite                                             Chrysolite Satin

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Pacific Opal                                   Chrysolite Opal

Swarovski Crystal Beads Pacific Opal Fashion Trend    Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads Chrysolite Opal

Powdered Green Pearl                                            Jade Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Elements Powdered Green Pearl Fall Color Trends Fashion     Swarovski_Pearls_5810_Crystal_Pearls_Jade

Stormy Weather Pantone Fall Color Trends

(Pantone Fall 2015 Color Trend Report)

Signifying quality and luxury, Stormy Weather is a powerful blue gray shade that is strong, protective and enduring. Reminiscent of the sky on a gray, overcast day, this deep color is a quintessential fall favorite. Creating elegant accessories to compliment this popular hue will be very easy due to the rich assortment Swarovski provides in this stylish tone.

Complimentary Swarovski Crystals and Pearls include;

Montana                                              Denim Blue

Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads Montana    Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads Denim Blue from Rainbows of Light

Crystal Silver Night                        Indian Sapphire Satin

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Dark Grey Pearl                                         Tahatian Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Pearls Dark Grey Fahsion Trends   Swarovski Crystal Pearls Tahitian

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Kashi and I are all smiles hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevadas! Hope you live it up in these final days of summer. Have fun doing and creating what you LOVE!

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Fall and Winter 2014 Jewelry Trends ~ Focusing on THE DARKNESS OF DESIRE

Glamour Color Assortment Fall Winter 2015-16 trends

Glamour Trend ~ The Darkness of Desire

Discovering new inspiration in the fantastical and the mystical is the focal point for this glamorous Fall 2014 trend  entitled ‘The Darkness of Desire’.  This captivating trend focuses on intuition and mysticism – that richly imagined repository of our deepest emotions, a dark realm of superstition, spells, shadowy secrets and unspoken passions.

Purple flower color inspiration

This theme hinges on our ability to dream, to imagine, to look beyond the illusions of life. Dark passions and desires are as much a part of the everyday as our desires for happiness, peace and well-being.

The theme encompasses the importance of moving away from the robotic society that surrounds us, distancing ourselves from formulaic models, and delving into the creative ether surrounding the design world.

Deep mysterious picture of the moon with Owel

Mystery, intuition and magic are all evoked in this theme.

Our fascination with light evolves into a fascination with darkness –

the depth of shadows and shadowy secrets.

“This is where old-fashion beauty and savoir-faire meet contemporary creativity”

(A+A Design FW 2015-16).

Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Inspiration Pearl and Purple Necklace

Jewelry emulates mysterious, naturally grown forms with tiny intricacies and small oddities.

Crystals sit alongside antique beads, pearls, and patina surfaces to add a touch of glamorous sparkle and tangled metal forms. Decadence and embellishments return – taking us away from the minimalism of the past few seasons, heralding a strong return to opulent ornamentation.

Swarovski crystal earrings baroque style in Amethyst wire wrapped

There is almost a regal opulence to designs, representing a somewhat faded nobility for the modern day. Eclectic shapes and precious materials appear to contain a secret story.

Swarovski crystal and chain necklace

Minimalism is abandoned entirely within this jewelry trend and blends both history and emotion. Tarnished finishes recall dark desires and focus on the past – a key trend driver for major design directions.

Pendants and beads combine to create an individualistic style statement. Nostalgia and a focus on heritage are conveyed within the beautiful finish of the stunning crystal patina.

Glamour Color Inspiration

Deep and mysterious colors and coatings such as Jet, Jet Hematite, Crystal Silver Night and Black Patina pair well with the deeper brown tones such as Jet Nut, Dorado 2X, Smoked Topaz and Crystal Bronze Shade. Lighter coatings such as Crystal Silver Shade and Crystal Golden Shadow  transition into light and dark purple tones. The Light Amethyst and Smokey Mauve pairs well with Crystal Antique Pink, and Crystal Paradise Shine who’s multicolored effect brings out tones that compliment Tanzanite, Crystal Lilac Shadow, Amethyst and Blackberry Pearl and Crystal Iridescent Purple Pearl.

Glamour Transfer Flag Fall Winter 2015-16 Jewelry and Color Trends

Materials that both suck in and radiate out light – fabrics fit for royalty – are heavily embellished with crystal.

Rich, ornamental detailing with botanical inspiration is set with subtle crystal Pave’ to create elaborate, luxurious designs.

Glamour Components Flag Fall Winter 2015-16 Jewelry and Color Trends

Exquisitely mysterious: purple and grays couple with smokey browns to evoke mystery and magic.

Spontaneous compositions evoke an impression of ethereal whimsy.

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