Take a minute to remember the lazy days of summer full of picnics and playgrounds. Watermelons, ripened red strawberries, golden sunflowers, red-and-white picnic blankets, denim blue overalls, peony-pink bows ... now use these images and vibrant colors as your inspiration.
Delightful accessories expressing the sunny-side of life - particularly the colors found in flowers and yummy fruits and veggies - are a refreshing look, taking a playful step away from the sleek, space-age styles. Pick resin pendants with miniature flowers, bows tied with organza ribbon, silver watermelons, strawberries and flowers and lots of oversized plastic and glass beads. Use Art Clay® to create fine silver pendants from real flower impressions.
Natural motifs -- especially birds, monkeys and endangered species -- and natural beads such as wood, bone and matte-finished gemstones are appearing across apparel and accessory lines in lush shades of green.
Swarovski® crystal beads make it all sparkle. Jewel-toned emerald crystals paired with darker hued khaki crystals create a tone-on-tone colorscape complementary of the nature-themed Hill Tribes silver beads and sterling silver charms.
Bees are all the buzz this season in jewelry designs, textiles and home décor. A symbol of diligence and domestic contentment, the delightful honeybee has captivated humankind since the days of ancient Egypt. Jars of honey were placed in tombs as sustenance for the journey to the next world, and bee hieroglyphs were etched onto temples and dwellings.
This summer, celebrate the critters who work hard to bring us the delicious foods we enjoy. Design jewelry with cheerful honeybees, honeycombs and beehives beads and components -- along with a swarm of black and yellow beads -- and bee fashionable.