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Design Idea C13N Earrings
by Robyn E., Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Angels are often associated with feelings of purity, love, courage and protection. For this reason, by incorporating these symbolic meanings into fashion accessories that angels represent, this can be an uplifting and supportive gesture.

When creating angel-inspired jewelry, two iconic features stand out: the wings and halos. Each with their own unique symbolism, wings and halos are ideal elements to complement angelic jewelry designs. Here is a look at a few fashionable angel-themed styles including design ideas for creative inspiration.

Heavenly Halo


Also called a nimbus or aureole, this circular ring of light, often surrounding angels, represents faith. In such cases, the halo is an ideal representation of the light of the saintly. Designing any number of jewelry designs, such as necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and brooches with this golden ring depicts a sense of spirituality and faith. Perhaps this is the reason why many engagement and wedding rings have the "faithful" symbol surrounding its setting.

Winsome Wings


Not all angels have wings, but many angels depicted in art, film and literature appear to possess them. In the movie It's a Wonderful Life, George's daughter Zuzu said it best: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." However, you don't have to ring a bell for angel jewelry designs to get wings.

Wings in angel illustrations are often large, feathery and white. Using authentic feathers to depict wings in angel jewelry designs including necklaces and earrings can bring out dynamic appeal. Crystal components, such as Swarovski wing pendants, add a sparkling aura to designs.

Additional wing components are cast-metal styles. One pleasing feature about metal angel wings is that they are offered in a diverse selection including charms, beads, focals and more.

Jewelry featuring a single right angel wing carries a significant meaning. A right angel wing represents protection. Jewelry with this symbol typically promotes safety, as if the person wearing the piece is protected beneath the wing of an angel.
With the desire for love, protection and security, handmade angel jewelry is welcomed, not only during holiday seasons, but also throughout the year. An unknown author once said, "A gathering of angels can enlighten the whole world," so enlighten the world around you with angelic jewelry.

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