Summer at Sea

Design Idea LA4W Necklace
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

Who doesn't appreciate a perfect summer day at the sea? Whether you are planning a trip to the beach or simply want to have a sweet reminder of days spent by the sea, a piece of coastal-inspired jewelry brings a smile. Dive in to see what style best fits your idea of a summer at sea.

Design Idea MH5E Necklace
Summer at Sea

Evoke the tranquil feel of the sand and ocean with pastel tones. Natural shells combined with pearls and gemstones give a sense of calm.

Pair white or neutral-colored shells with light-colored beads that have a subtle shimmer--like pearls--to add depth and texture. To bring the colors of the ocean into your design, use delicately colored gemstones, such as amazonite and aquamarine, or Czech fire-polished glass beads.

Design Idea K424 Necklace Summer at Sea

Beachcombing is a treasured pastime. By combining shells and other found objects, you can create beautiful freeform designs reminiscent of days spent looking for seashells. This versatile look will allow you to wear a little piece of the sea anywhere.

To create an elegant, upscale version of the classic puka shell necklace, combine heishi beads in shell, gemstones, metal and coconut shell.

Sea glass is a wonderful beachcombing find. Use your found pieces of sea glass to create pendants and earrings. Keep them simple with a chain and jump ring or add a lovely glue-on bail. You can even add a well-chosen sea-inspired charm or bead.

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The Tropics
Colors fresh from the tropics can brighten any day. Colorful wood beads, shells and charms all have a place here.

String vibrant wood beads and silver shell components with a natural cord--like hemp or cotton--for a tropical boho look.

For a touch of shimmer use iridescent paua shell. These natural wonders are available as drilled beads, pendants and cabochons. Paua shell looks especially beautiful when paired with bead embroidery or silver wirework.

Summer at Sea Design Idea MH4R Summer at Sea

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