Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks Embellished Bib Necklace Inspirations

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Welcome to the fun and creative world of Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks!

Not only are crystal rhinestones stunning, colorful and extremely versatile in sizes and styles, they are fun and easy to apply to just about any surface you can imagine. If you like to create and wear stunning sparkles, utilizing these beauties is a no-brainier!

This gorgeous crystal necklace features a top row of the Swarovski 2520 Cosmic Flatbacks in Jet, accentuated by three rows of smaller  round Swarovski 2088 Xirius Flatbacks in Black Diamond. The larger focal point is designed using the Swarovski 2585 Graphic Flatbacks in various sizes and colors such as Denim Blue, Aquamarine, Crystal Antique Pink, Amethyst  and Black Diamond.

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This adorably fashionable collar necklace features Swarovski Crystal Hot Fix Flatbacks that have glue that has been pre-applied to the back for easy application with a Bejeweler Pro Hot Fix Tool. The Swarovski Crystals include the 2078 XIRIUS Flatbacks Chalkwhite Hot Fix, White Opal Hot Fix, and Crystal Hot Fix, along with the 2080/4 Cabochon Crystal White Pearl Hot Fix, and the 2585 Graphic Flat Back Crystal Hot Fix. A black satin ribbon is tied onto the bottom for extra sweetness.

The Swarovski Crystal Graphic family, consisting of Flat Backs, Fancy Stones and Pendants, reflect the global emphasis on individuality and the corresponding importance of modular families of products. This radiant clan is defined by an astonishingly versatile geometric cut—a cut that brilliantly addresses design’s current love affair with androgyny, as well as acknowledging the major trend for updated classics.

Bejeweler Pro Rhinestone Applicator for Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks

Create designer fashions and accessories in seconds! The BeJeweler Pro Hot Fix Applicator allows you to embellish any porous item from many clothing options such as shirts, jeans and dresses to hats, purses and various accessories, flip flops, sandals, paper, gifts, costumes, wedding embellishments, invitations, picture frames, pet products and more! No need to use any additional glue, The BeJeweler Pro will pick up your Swarovski Hot Fix Flat Backs quickly and easily. Place the Rhinestone setter directly on top of the Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone and the heat activated glue on the back will adhere to the surface below.

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The sparkling interplay between rough and smooth faceting creates an attraction of opposites, giving timeless style a modern, organic twist and ensuring the longevity of the Graphic family’s appeal. Easily integrated into a variety of designs, the strength of its adaptability lies in its affordable pricing and its minimalist look—a feature that also makes this family of crystals ideal for using in unisex designs.

Crystal Katana for applying Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks

The Crystal Katana Tool is a fabulous tool for applying Non Hot Fix crystals to surfaces using glue. The sticky end of the tool allows you to pick up the crystals simply and effectively place them into the glue. The metal end of the tool allows you to press the crystal gently into the glue for maximum hold and durability. I love using this brilliant tool, it is so much faster than beeswax or tweezers and there is no more mess or frustration when placing the crystals into the glue. It’s fabulous and I guarantee, you will love it too!

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I hope these designs inspire you to create  your own stylish collar necklaces that are embellished with as much or as little sparkle as your heart desires!

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Top 10 Wedding Colors for Spring 2014 ~ Continued

Top 10 Wedding Colors for Spring 2014Spring is here and wedding season has arrived! What a special and beautiful time of year, certainly one of my favorites!

Weddings bring out the LOVE in all of us. It’s intoxicating really, with a picturesque setting, delightful flowers, warmhearted smiling friends and family, delicious cake and all that dancing …I’m getting all fuzzy in my heart just thinking about it!

On this lovely spring day, I explore the remaining top 5 wedding colors for Spring 2014 along with the complimentary Swarovski color palette.

First up, the gorgeous and romantic color of Orchid!

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Orchid Wedding Color Palette Inspiration

This exquisitely rich purple hue is captivating and since being named the Pantone Color of the Year, all shades of purple and fuchsia have exploded in popularity. The complimentary Swarovski colors include all shades of Amethyst as well as Amethyst AB, Amethyst AB-2X, Amethyst Satin and Amethyst Blend. Lilac, Lilac AB and Lilac Champagne are fantastic saturated purple tones similar to Amethyst but a hint lighter. Crystal Lilac Shadow and Violet Satin are elegant sparkling purple effects that compliments the Radiant Orchid palette beautifully.

The vibrant berry-like tones found in Fuchsia, Fuchsia AB, Fuchsia AB-2X and Fuchsia Satin flatters these deeper purple hues wonderfully and blends perfectly with this color palette. Lighter luminous purple tones include Light Amethyst, Light Amethyst AB, Light Amethyst AB-2X, Light Amethyst Satin, and Light Amethyst Dorado. The lightest toned purples include VioletViolet ABViolet AB-2XViolet OpalViolet Opal AB, and Violet Opal AB-2X.

Pearls go hand in hand with weddings. Complimentary Swarovski Pearl colors include Blackberry, Deep Purple, Mauve and Lavender.

Top 10 Wedding Colors 2014 Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration

Dusty Blue Wedding Color Inspirations

Something old, something new, something borrowed and of course…something BLUE!

Blue has and always will be a favorite wedding color. There are a variety of beautiful shades of Swarovski crystal blue tones that compliment the Dusty Blue color palette. The Crystal Blue Shade, LavenderLight Sapphire, Light Sapphire AB, Light Sapphire AB 2X, Light Sapphire Champagne, and Light Sapphire Satin are all light and graceful blue selections. The Denim Blue and Aquamarine Satin are beautiful more saturated blues that would be delightful for a wedding. A lovely Swarovski Crystal Pearl options is the Light Blue.

Grey Jade top 10 Wedding color for Spring 2014

Grayed Jade Wedding Color Palette Spring 2014

This soft and charming blue-green color is enchanting yet understated, making this an ideal wedding hue. Similar Swarovski crytsal colors include Erinite, Erinite AB, Indian SapphireIndian Sapphire AB, Light Azore Satin, and Aquamarine AB Satin. Powdered Green is a nice soft Swarovski Crystal Pearl option as well.

Pale Yellow Spring Wedding color 2014

Pale Yellow Top Spring  2014 Wedding Color Palette

Yellow was my grandmother’s favorite color because she said it was the happiest of colors. I just love her for that because she was certainly one of the most cheerful, happiest people I have known. It just seems to be smiling at you 😉

Similar Swarovski Crystal Pale Yellow colors include Crystal Champagne, which is a beautiful effervescent sparkling coating that is soft and elegant. Crystal Lemon is also a gorgeous pale yellow with a hint more color infused as well as JonquilJonquil AB and Jonquil AB 2X are all exquisite.

Cerulean Blue Top 10 Spring Wedding color palettes 2014

Cerulean Blue Top Wedding Color Palette Spring 2014

This gorgeous deep and royal blue color is simply divine. Similar Swarovski Crystal colors include Capri Blue, Capri Blue AB, Capri Blue Satin, Caribbean Blue OpalCaribbean Blue Opal AB, and Sapphire Satin. Tasteful Swarovski Crystal Pearl colors include Petrol, Night Blue, Tahitian and for gem tone colors Lapis and Dark Lapis pair beautifully.

What do you think of the wedding color inspirations?

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I am always happy to help with color descriptions and pairing to create your perfect wedding day jewelry! Call me to discuss the vast array of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS!

Swarovski Color and Trend Inspirations Spring/Summer 2015 – Progressive Theme Color Inspirations

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This beautiful display of colorful crystals begins on the left with the vibrantly stunning Crystal Astral Pink, which is a gorgeous blend of hot pink and orange hues coated with an iridescent rainbow effect. This unique finish has been extremely popular and will continue to be so as we move into the warmer months of summer and will be a nice transitional color moving into the fall with hints of Crystal Chili PeperCrystal Copper and Crystal Brandy undertones. It’s a fabulous color to pair with the new Tangerine color as well as Topaz, Topaz AB , Topaz AB-2X, Fire Opal, and Fire Opal AB. For a softer look pair with Light Peach or for a little more sparkle Light Peach AB. Furthermore, it serves as a beautiful blend into the bright pink hues of Fuchsia and deeper to lighter purple tones such as Amethyst, LilacLight Amethyst, and Violet.

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Swarovski Transfer Flag Color Inspiration from the Progressive Theme

The Crystal Lilac Shadow is a gorgeous coating expressing  a unique purple and crystal effect, which you can see above blends nicely with the purple hues as well as a transitional color into the blue family tones. Lavender is a soft blue hue that works perfectly as a transition color into Light Sapphire and then into the rich Sapphire blue. For a more subtly blue family start with the very light coating of of Crystal Blue Shade, which transitions nicely into Denim Blue, Crystal Montana Blend, Montana and Montana Satin.

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Swarovski Transfer Flag Color, Product and Material Information

Fern Green, Dark Moss Green, Emerald and Emerald Champagne are rich and vibrant green tones, that blend beautifully with the lighter Peridot and Chrysolite greens.

Jet black is a classic color that goes with almost everything and Swarovski has created many beautiful coatings and transitional colors that successfully blend into clear Crystal and Silver. Jet Hematite is an elegant coating applied to Jet that gives it a silver sparkle to half of the bead and Jet Hematite 2X is a fully coated version of this. This then can unify all of the grey to silver tones such as Crystal Silver Night, Crystal Satin, Black Diamond, Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal Moonlight, Clear Crystal and then Crystal CAL (which stands for Comet Argent Light) for a half silver and half crystal look, moving finally into Crystal CAL 2X, for a fully coated silver appearance.

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Swarovski Components Flag Color Inspiration

A blend of African and Asian culture is expressed through patterning and bold colors to create a stunning yet simple effect.

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Swarovski Color and Trend Inspirations Spring/Summer 2015 – Classic Theme

Swarovski_Jewelry_Trend_Inspirations_Spring_and_Summer_2015Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2015 Color and Trend Inspirations – ‘Traces of Time’

This season, Swarovski’s trend analysts have identified a radical change of mindset in relation to lifestyle choices. Referred to as ‘Traces of Time’, it relates to today’s changing perceptions of age, where the phenomenon of aging societies is having a huge impact on a global scale, leading to important changes in healthcare, retirement systems, and family structures.

Indeed, the generations are converging: the older groups are staying youthful and more carefree, while the young become less rebellious and more career-oriented. This new way of experiencing the impact of age on choices, lifestyles, and aesthetics is reflected in Swarovski’s new season’s crystal assortments. There are four key inspirational themes and corresponding innovation highlights for Spring/Summer 2015: Faded Memories (Classic), Sunset Rituals (Romantic), Vivid Moments (Progressive), and Forgotten Dreams (Glamour).

The trend and color inspirations below focus on the Classic – Faded Memories theme.

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With the ongoing recession, the relentless drive of technology, and the overcrowding of our physical and mental space, we hold on to memories of better, more carefree times.

“Technology has complicated our lives. We hunger after the simplicity of the past, or the effortless days of our childhood. We need to adopt the simple notions of playfulness and individual expression if we are to avoid becoming bland and homogenized nations.”

This need to get away from it all is one of the reasons the trends for nostalgia and retro are still continuing so strongly.

Faded and washed with a Polaroid nostalgia, the theme updates almost kitsch references, making them more adult yet still playful and fun.

Inspired by architecture and structure, a new geometric language focuses on faceting and the magic of the cut. There is also a strong graphic direction toward vintage, weathered American billboards and road signs, reminding us of summers past.

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THE MOOD

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There is an increasing focus on tactility and texture in all design. Monochromatic opaque finishes incorporate in traditional shapes for jewelry. In fashion, crystals are used with graphic simplicity to create large bandings of patterns in different linear formats. The interplay of light through color achieves importance in all design segments.

Crystal is incorporated to bring a lighter, playful attitude to geometric designs.

Angular shapes are softened and modernized with different material combinations and graphic interplay.

Electronics imitate everyday objects where colors and shapes reflect optimism and humor.

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PRODUCT INSPIRATION

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Subtle, almost washed-out colors such as Vintage Rose, Violet Champagne, Silk, Crystal Antique Pink, Light Amethyst SatinLavender, Denim BlueCrystal Blue Shade, and Light Azore Satin to name a few in any of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS help evoke summer nostalgia.

Tone-on-tone Flat Backs and Crystal Pave Balls in various shapes create stunning tactile textures.

Swarovski Opal hues such as Air Blue Opal, Caribbean Blue Opal, Chrysolite Opal, Pacific Opal, Rose Water Opal, Sand Opal, Violet Opal, Cyclamen Opal, and White Opal add an air of sophistication. Swarovski Buttons, Sew-on Stones, and simple motifs create a playful and unexpected design element and can be beautifully incorporated into jewelry designs as well as their traditional sew-on uses.

Fine sparkling crystals complement and balance precise linear design. The matt iridescence of Crystal Pearls, coupled with the radiant shine of sparkling crystal, creates a strongly modern effect.

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JEWELRY INSPIRATION

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Opaque crystals such as the opal colors (mentioned above) as well as the Dark Red Coral, Mint Alabaster, Rose Alabaster, Turquoise and White Alabaster are mixed together with brighter crystals to create a unique look.

Traditional shapes are modernized with the use of slightly tinted neutrals combined with unconventional metal finishes.

Conventional shapes are redesigned to create a playful and effortless feel.

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SWAROVSKI COLOR COMBINATION INSPIRATION

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Inspiring crystal and color combinations from the Classic theme range from the romantic sparkle the clear Crystal embodies in company with similar hues expressed in the delicate hints of light bluish sparkle found in the Crystal Moonlight and moving into more of an intense interplay with light and colors of pinks, blues and yellows transmitted through Crystal AB. The Crystal Silver Shade is a soft and elegant grayish sparkly effect that blends nicely with the lighter crystal hues as well as the darker grey or black tones. The graceful neutral/taupe tones of Crystal Golden Shadow, is a gorgeous effect that can bring together warmer colors in the intermediate or brown tones. The Crystal Brandy is a rich gold and apricot sparkle effect that can be used as a nice transition into either a soft Jonquil yellow or the vibrant orange colors such as Fire Opal and Tangerine.

The White Opal is a beautiful milky white hue that serves as a wonderful transition into more expressions of color, such as this featured green, blue and purple color palate. The Palace Green Opal, Chrysolite Opal, and Pacific Opal, blend nicely into the new Crystal Iridescent Green, Light Azore, Air Blue Opal, Denim Blue, Crystal Blue Shade, Light Blue Crystal Pearl, Aquamarine, Indicolite, Blue Zircon and Light Turquoise. The Crystal Antique Pink is a soft and feminine effect that can be incorporated into other pinkish hues such as Light Rose, Rose, Rose Water Opal, Powdered Rose Pearl, Mauve Pearl, Light Amethyst and Crystal Lilac Shadow.

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SEGEMENT INSPIRATION

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In consumption, meaning is everything: people exhibit a yearning for nostalgic products that evoke happy memories.

Traditional shaped jewelry is modernized, with outlines of standard necklaces reinterpreted. A playful, fun, and effortless look is prominent. Simple nostalgic shapes are adorned with crystal to take them one step further. “As people will have fewer possessions …”  (20/20 Consumer Insights) the ones we own will need to exhibit the perfect combination of design and functionality.

Crystals create surprising surface textures that add fun and excitement to all designs.

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SWAROVSKI TRANSFER FLAG COLOR AND DESIGN

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SWAROVSKI COMPONENTS FLAG COLOR AND DESIGN

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Have fun creating innovative designs with new color combinations

inspired by the Faded Memories theme!