Sea Creatures
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

This season’s hot-ticket jewelry designs are packed full of beachy bright colors and enchanting sea creatures. Let this trend carry your design direction out to consumers this season.

Design Idea A334 Earrings Bring the tranquility and beauty of the beach into jewelry and accessories with sea-inspired colors. Seawater blues and turquoise, coral, reds or pinks and muted pastels resemble a picturesque sunset. Iridescent metallics are also popular, with pearlescent or petrol finishes mimicking the natural luster of pearl nacre. Add a splash of color to your designs with gemstone beads such as turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and aquamarine. Also find myriad colors with seed beads, Crystal Passions® beads and pearls, Czech pressed glass beads and Celestial Crystal®.

The star of this sea life trend is the starfish, one of the most well-loved sea creatures, reaching out into designs as pendants, beads, charms and more. Starfish are accompanied by seashells, seahorses, sand dollars, lobsters, crabs, fish and coral twigs for the ultimate summery statement. Popping up in novelty earrings, necklaces and cocktail rings, you can easily incorporate these creatures using sea-shaped Crystal Passions, lampworked glass, Hill Tribes fine silver, Celestial Crystal, cloisonné and more. Design Idea A32A Necklace

Design Idea A8E7 Necklace Shell beads, components and pendants bring the beach to your summer jewelry lines. The design possibilities are never-ending with mother-of-pearl shell, black, brown and golden lip shell, paua and more. For added sparkle, find shell shapes in Crystal Passions and Czech pressed glass beads. The classic pearl takes center stage this season as artists are adding luminous cultured freshwater pearls and Crystal Passions crystal pearls to jewelry.

Silver is a key material in this aquatic-inspired trend, making the sea-life themed Hill Tribes fine silver beads and components a go-to line for jewelry designers this season. Shift the tide by using seaweed-esque inspired organza ribbon for tying off a sea-inspired look. Design Idea A87N Necklace

Design Idea A66W Necklace Waxed cotton cord is a great complement to ocean-going charms and components for necklace and bracelet designs. Lightweight Shimmer™ beads in wavy shapes and beachy-bright colors (think seaweed green and ocean blue) give jewelry an iridescent finish. The branched fringe beading technique can be used to give designs an organic, coral-inspired feel. Incorporate metallic-finished seed beads and Crystal Passions for a stunning statement.

Looking for quick on-trend retail sales? Shop these featured finished jewelry designs and more--right in line with the Sea-Life Summer style--from the Everyday Jewelry™ collection for resale and gifts.

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