One of the major trends in jewelry lately has been the charm necklace. Different things have been meant by that over the years from the early '90s charm bracelet like necklace to today's more minimal charm necklace. From a jewelry-lover's point of view, I like the charm necklace. It's simple, can work with many styles of clothing, and can be easily layered for a unique personal look. From an artisan's point of view, however, charm necklaces aren't as much fun since they usually don't require a lot of intricate work unless you are making your own sterling or gold charms. On the other hand, (back to the jewelry lover) they are often much less expensive than ornate statement necklaces since a charm necklace may require only a few precious or semi-precious gemstones instead of a multitude of them.
Some of my charm necklaces for Fall: above a sunstone charm necklace with 3 pretty sparkling oval sunstones that fal through a handmade loop that I textured with a small hammer. It can be made the length the customer desires. Above it is shown in gold-filled metal. Below is a charm or lariat necklace made with special Thai Karen Hill Tribes components and genuine blue sapphires.
Below, the chain is from the Karen Hill Tribes and the center charm is a candy jade faceted briolette; a Karen Hill Tribes charm (sterling) hangs beside the briolette.
This necklace would look great layered with another chain or two or another charm necklace with sterling silver charms or a pink or green gemstone.
Below, this charm necklace consists of a single drop made of three faceted dark blue genuine sapphires topped with a sterling heart. It hangs from a sterling silver chain.
Below, this aventurine and abalone necklace is made with gold-filled rings and boasts a drop made of a genuine abalone shell. The abalone is beautiful on both sides.
Above, carnelian earrings are made of gem-quality faceted carnelian gemstones and vermeil from Bali. I love the earwires with the flower decoration on them. Below, gold-filled accents complement the flat oval lapis stones here.
A lapis bracelet is centered with three of my favorite lapis nuggets. These flat nuggets are sharply faceted and have a good sprinkling of pyrite for glitter.
Below, sunstone and smoky quartz are lovely together. Gold-filled beads and a gold-filled twisted toggle are just right for the mixture!