Jewelry

My Favorite 2017 Oscar Jewelry

I love the Oscars. I don’t really know why, but it’s especially fun to look at all the gorgeous jewels and gems and dresses. And then to cheer on your favorite actors, directors, screenwriters, songwriters, and movies. Anyway, since I have a jewelry blog, I like to blog about my favorite jewelry looks. Without further ado, here are my winners in no particular order:

Taraji P. Henson

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What a statement necklace of over 100 carats of diamonds! And a gorgeous emerald ring to top it all off. Both are made by NIRAV MODI. Taraji stars in Hidden Figures, which is a great movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

Janelle Monae

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She wore a stunning choker necklace by Ellie Saab and Forevermark Diamonds earrings, ring, and headband. She really went all-out and she looks fantastic in her dress! She’s Taraji’s co-star in Hidden Figures and also starred in Moonlight.

Pharrell Williams

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Also a part of Hidden Figures, Pharrell wore some eye-catching bling with his bowtie and a Chanel brooch. (Yes, men can wear statement jewelry, too!)

Kirsten Dunst

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I love the shape of her necklace. Very simple and elegant and diamonds! Her necklace and earrings are by Niwaka. Kirsten also stars in Hidden Figures.

Chrissy Teigen

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Such beautiful long tassel earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. And you know what? When you gotta take a nap during the Oscars, you gotta take a nap during the Oscars.

Auli’i Cravalho

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I haven’t seen Moana yet, but Auli’i’s performance was fantastic, and her dress is gorgeous! I noticed her bracelet (Maxior) and she’s also wearing some Maxior earrings and a Kotiar ring.

Luz Towns-Miranda

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I’m gonna be honest – it was weird to see Lin without his hair pulled back. (He doesn’t normally dress as Hamilton?) His mom came to support him, and I noticed her Gemfields earrings, which appear to be large flowers. She’s also wearing a stunning emerald bracelet over her gloves.

Ruth Negga

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Well, I knew her as Raina from Agents of SHIELD, and now she’s an Oscar-nominated actress for Loving! She was adorned in rubies in her headband, earrings, and ring which were responsibly sourced from Gemfields and designed by Irene Neuwirth.

Charlize Theron

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If you remember last year’s Oscar’s, Charlize wore a stunning diamond necklace, and this year she wore stunning diamond earrings by Chopard.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few celebrities, but these stood out to me. If you watched the Oscars this year, who do you think wore the most stunning jewelry?

(PS: I’m still confused about this whole Best Picture bit.)

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Studded Stars at the Oscars

Another exciting year in film has come and gone. And by exciting, I mean that Leo finally won an Oscar! The 88th Academy Awards was an event full of studded stars. It was difficult for me to choose my favorite pieces of jewelry because so many celebrities were wearing such beautiful pieces. In fact, I went over my original ten best pieces so that I could include two more. See below for my top 12 adornments, including a couple of the men!

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Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road actress and presenter, wore Harry Winston’s Secret Cluster Diamond Necklace, a long 48.8 carat diamond necklace set in platinum. All of her jewelry combined was worth $3.7 million. The necklace mimics the shape of her plunging neckline and looks stunning.

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Presenter Sofia Vergara had lovely Lorraine Schwartz earrings that complement her dress perfectly in both color and sparkle.

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Naomi Watts arrived wearing a beautiful Bulgari diamond necklace. It pairs well with the shimmer of her dark blue dress.

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Saoirse Ronan, nominated for best actress for her role in Brooklyn, rocked mismatched Chopard earrings of emerald, jadeite, diamond, and pearl. In her red carpet interview she said she was wearing emerald green for Ireland, and I bet that’s also why she went with white and green earrings.

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Olivia Wilde wore a Neil Lane choker adorned with pearls. It contrasts the vertical lines of her dress and makes for a gorgeous look.

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Presenter Olivia Munn wore a $1 million Forevermark Diamond Cuff Bracelet made of 12.06 carat round brilliant Exceptional Forevermark Diamonds.

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Presenter Whoopi Goldberg had a stunning octopus bracelet and ring accessory. The flowing lines of the piece complemented her shoulder tattoo which was only partially covered by her dress.

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Presenter Tina Fey wore a stunning Bulgari sapphire necklace to go with her violet dress.

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Brie Larson, who won best actress for her performance in Room, took a Niwaka brooch and made it into a stunning hair accessory. I love how her hair is wrapped around it and looks like it’s becoming one with the brooch.

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Presenter Jared Leto went with a non-traditional neck accessory in the form of a red chrysanthemum. It went perfect with his red-lined tux.

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Presenter Kevin Hart pulled off his black crystal studded tuxedo very well. It’s just enough to make a statement without overpowering the tux.

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C-3PO was shiny and polished by Luke Skywalker. The Oscar statue looked just him, both gleaming gold, as C-3PO frantically searched for all three droids’ seats. He complained at R2-D2 and BB-8 for misplacing their tickets.

 

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Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

Tomorrow, July 31st, is Harry Potter’s 35th birthday. In honor of it, I thought it would be appropriate to share the Harry Potter charm bracelet I made about a year ago. Once upon a time, this bracelet was up for sale on my Etsy shop, but I have since learned that I had it up for sale illegally because it wasn’t licensed or anything, like it should have been. This means, unfortunately, that it won’t be appearing in my shop for the grand reopening on August 1st, but you can admire it here and make one of your own if you want. (I’m still going to sell charm bracelets, however, they won’t be be inspired by anything that’s copyrighted.)

I prefer charm bracelets that are balanced well with both the charms and other beads that add a pop of color. I think the colorful beads add more character and can be customized to fit different people’s tastes (like if you have a friend who’s a fan of Gryffindor, and another who’s a fan of Slytherin).

Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

Sorry, Slytherins, but I made this bracelet with Gryffindor colors. You can’t tell very well from the picture, but the gold beads I used had holes that were too large for the head pins I. I had to put little gold seed beads before the larger gold beads so that they would stay on the head pins. It worked out well and the seed beads blend in nicely with everything.

Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

Here is a close-up of the first four charms. A snake (I’m not going to totally exclude you, Slytherins.), a lightning bolt, a witch hat, and a reindeer/stag.

Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

Here are the other four charms. A train (Hogwart’s Express), a feather (for a Snitch or Hippogriff), an owl, and a dragon.

There you have it! Charm bracelets are a really great gift idea. Fans of any sort, whether they are into sports teams or books or movies or TV shows, will probably be tickled pink by a charm bracelet inspired by their favorite things.

Usually, I publish my jewelry-themed posts on Tuesdays, but earlier this week was crazy busy. I am planning to publish the baking post at the usual time tomorrow, since later today I’ll be making a little something for National Cheesecake Day, which happens to be today. (Whatever could I be making?)

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What to do with Leftover Beads

Sometimes I’ll find myself with a bunch of leftover beads after I finish a few projects. And more often than not, I have no idea what to do with the leftover, mismatched beads. I have heard of people making cool pieces from leftover beads, so I wanted to see if I could do it to. I threw together some leftover beads that went together and strung them up into a necklace. Here is the result:

What to do with leftover beads

At the top of the necklace toward the clasp, I used some clear pink seed beads. Then the necklace branches off into two strands. The two strands are made up of the bead mix I threw together. In it are some round faceted glass beads that have the aurora borealis finish, which reflects in blues and purples. There are also some pink rose quartz chips, bicone crystals with more of the AB finish, metal spacers, a few gray glass pearls, and some small black beads.

I think the necklace came together quite well and I’m glad I did the two strands because it gives it a sort of movement. I like the black beads for this reason as well, because they have so much contrast and your eyes are drawn to them. I also really like the pink tones, so this necklace could go with anything pink, or even black. Basically, I really like this necklace and that it came out so well after just throwing some things together.

I highly recommend trying this if you’re having any beader’s block. It really forces you to just start putting things together that you may have overlooked, and the results can be great.

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How to Make Eyeglass Chains

Learning how to make and repair eyeglass chains was one of the catalysts of my beading hobby. My mom kept having to buy eyeglass chains because they kept breaking and we little idea of how to fix them. I went online to look up how to repair them, and like any online search I was inundated with information that I wasn’t really looking for. Somehow I stumbled upon some ArtBeads tutorial videos on YouTube and started learning the basics of beading and jewelry making. I was determined to make some eyeglass chains that would last longer than their store-bought counterparts, and I succeeded; my mom has had the pair I made her for several years, although they have needed a few minor repairs here and there. Another bonus is that hers are the colors of the New Orleans Saints, her favorite football team.

These make great unique gifts for all those people who complain about misplacing their glasses. They’ll be able to wear their glasses in another way and always know where they are. However, some people might feel old by receiving this gift, so give with caution.

How to make eyeglass chains

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you my basic formula for making durable and pretty eyeglass chains. I derived this basic formula from another set of eyeglass chains, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.

Supplies:

Step 1:

Open a jump ring and attach an eyeglass grip. Close the ring. Repeat for the other grip.
Open a jump ring with the pliers and attach an eyeglass grip. Close the ring. Repeat for the other grip.

Step 2: String a crimp bead, jump ring with attached grip, and string back through the crimp bead. Crimp using the crimping tool and attach an optional crimp cover.

Step 3:

Line up the crimp bead with the 12
Line up the crimp bead with the 12″ mark on your beading board. String seed beads until you reach the 10″ mark. String a larger bead, and then more seed beads until you reach the 9″ mark. String another larger bead and then more seed beads until you reach the 8″ mark. String another larger bead.

Step 4:

Continue stringing beads until you reach just before the 8
Continue stringing beads until you reach just before the 8″ mark on the other side. Repeat the pattern in Step 3 in reverse. Make sure your larger beads line up on either side.

Step 5: Continue stringing seed beads until you reach just before the 12″ mark. String a crimp bead, jump ring with attached grip, go back through the crimp bead and a few more beads. Crimp, and attach the last optional crimp cover. Trim any excess wire.

Finished Product

I used oval jump rings for this because I found that the wire tends to slip out of the gap in the oval jump ring less than with a normal jump ring. I also used a pre-made seed bead mix, which can save a lot of time and grief, but you’re welcome to make your own if that makes you happy. I’ve made two other designs which I’ve included below.

Goldstone Eyeglass Chain

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Seahawks Themed Eyeglass Chains

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Black and White Eyeglass Chains

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Pink and Gold Eyeglass Chains

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Supernatural Charm Bracelet

If you’re a fan or spend any time on Twitter or Tumblr, then you most likely know that tomorrow is the season 10 finale of Supernatural. I’m going to be completely honest with you and say that I haven’t watched a wink of season 10 and don’t intend to catch up, but I know the basic gist of the plot (thanks, Twitter). At this point, if you want to know why I quit watching, then read on. If you don’t care why I quit watching, then you can scroll past this next paragraph.

I don’t get why Supernatural is getting more hype, even though (to me) the show seems to be losing quality. Seasons 1-5 were spectacular and the story arc was well planned. Then the creator, Eric Kripke, left the show to start Revolution and the plot line went to purgatory (literally). The plot line of seasons 6-10 makes little sense compared with that of 1-5. It’s all over the place and frankly is becoming very predictable. After the season 9 finale, I accurately predicted what would happen in the beginning of season 10. I knew what was going to happen, so there was absolutely no suspense. And any threat of one of the main characters getting killed of is an empty one. It would have been great to end the show on a high note after season 5, but it’s been dragged out another 5, soon to be 6. I’m still a fan of the show, just not of anything after season 5.

This bracelet has a total of 6 pweter charms and red and black accent beads.
This bracelet has a total of 6 pewter charms and red and black glass accent beads.

If you’re looking for something to augment your fan experience, you might consider making a charm bracelet. Similar to my Game of Thrones charm bracelet, this one is balanced between charms and beads. I don’t like bracelets that are made of only charms without anything to break the monotony. I imagine those bracelets would be heavy and also noisy, like wind chimes every time you moved your arm. That’s why I like to add in some colorful accent beads. Like their charm counterparts, the accent beads represent something in the show, and also complement the charms.

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The left end of the bracelet. The charms shown in close up from left to right are: a slice of pie (for the countless times Dean eats it) and a baseball cap (for Bobby).

For the Supernatural bracelet I decided to use red and black accent beads. If you know about the show, then you know it’s pretty gory, so that’s why I chose red. The black comes from the color of the “demon smoke” and it’s also a color strongly associated with monsters. The different shapes and sizes of the beads add interest.

This picture shows the other 4 charms in close-up. From left to right they are a pistol (for the Colt), a pentagram (for obvious reasons), a sword (for the angel blades), and a wing (for Castiel).
This picture shows the other 4 charms in close-up. From left to right they are: a pistol (for the Colt), a pentagram (for obvious reasons), a sword (for the angel blades), and a wing (for Castiel).

I struggled a bit to find charms for this one and was unable to find a salt shaker charm. In the show, salt wards off ghosts and other spirits like demons. All things considered, I think I did a pretty good job in finding meaningful charms.

Anyway, if you’re planning to watch the finale tomorrow, I hope you enjoy it!

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Game of Thrones Charm Bracelet

A Song of Ice and Fire has got to be one of my favorite book series. The show is pretty good, too, and can stand on its own, but I still think the books are better. There are subtleties and other details that may have been omitted or changed from book to TV, and I think the little things are important. Anyway, enough ramblings from me. If you want to read blogs on books check out my first Books and Beverages post, and check out xo, Yvette’s March Book Talk.

Fan jewelry has always been one of my favorite things to make and wear. It’s like a T-shirt that you can wear everyday, but from a distance just looks like any other ordinary piece of jewelry. I think charm bracelets make the best sort of fan jewelry, and since I love Game of Thrones, it was natural that I had to make a Game of Thrones charm bracelet. And what better time to write about it than two days after the season five premiere?

Game of Thrones Charm Bracelet with Stark Colors

I chose to do the Stark colors (grey and white) for this bracelet because if I lived in Westeros I would probably pledge my allegiance to them. Let’s be honest, they’re much more likable than the Lannisters (Tyrion’s pretty awesome, though). Anyway, it’d be easy to swap out the grey pearls and white diamond-shaped Czech glass beads for any other family’s colors, which is something that I love about charm bracelets. They’re so easily customized if you want to sell them or make some for friends. (This was one of the things that I actually sold in my short run on Etsy, and it had plenty of favorites as well.)

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This is one half of the bracelet showing four charms up close: Trout: House Tully; Falcon: House Arryn; Wolf: House Stark; Stag: House Baratheon.
This shows the other half of the bracelet and the other four charms: Lion: House Lannister; Rose: House Tyrell; Kraken: House Greyjoy; Dragon: House Targaryen.
This shows the other half of the bracelet and the other four charms: Lion: House Lannister; Rose: House Tyrell; Kraken: House Greyjoy; Dragon: House Targaryen.

I like to put at least one non-charm bead in between the charms so that it gives the bracelet some interest. I have seen other charm bracelets that are made entirely out of charms, and varying in amounts. I think that a handful of charms on a charm bracelet and nothing else looks lazy because it’s pretty simple to attach charms to a chain. (Look up any video on how to open and close a jump ring, and you’ll see what I mean.) On the other hand, it looks less lazy if the chain is laden with charms but I think the bracelet would be a little heavy and none of the charms hold their own, so to speak. I like a charm bracelet with good balance because you get some color, some charms, and it’s not too heavy. Of the Great Houses, I had to leave out House Hightower and House Martell because there was not enough room and these houses have lesser roles in the books thus far. Perhaps I will have to redesign it if that changes.

Fan jewelry is awesome, whether it’s for sports teams, books, movies, or TV shows. If you’re looking to buy some, Etsy is definitely your best bet and will usually have a wide range of options.