Design Idea B63N
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

2013 - Year of the Snake According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake and this charming reptile is stylishly slithering into the current jewelry scene. Spotted on celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Rihanna, found on fashion runways and selling at high-end jewelry retailers such as Cartier® and Tiffany and Co.®, snakes bring an edgy and luxurious look to jewelry. Incorporate snake motifs into handmade jewelry with coiled wire, snake chain, snake-like braided cord, snakeskin-patterned beads and snake pendants, charms and components. Read on for design ideas and product suggestions, along with a selection of finished snake-themed jewelry, to meet this year’s big jewelry trend.

There is something undeniably mysterious and cool about snakes, especially in jewelry, as they naturally coil around wrists, fingers, toes, ears and necks. Snakes have enjoyed a long and meaningful history in jewelry as recorded in Greek, Indian and Egyptian mythologies. Snake bracelets, earrings and necklaces represented royalty and deity in ancient Egypt, and many places around the world have held snake jewelry to mean everlasting love, healing, fertility and wisdom. Today, the snake continues to symbolize luck and is commonly believed to bring prosperity, peace, good health and eternal love.

Wriggle into this trend with snake pendant charms and glass focals. Snakes are sensationally showcased dangling from snake chain or kumihimo snakeskin-like braided cord. Make your own snake-shaped designs for jewelry using metal clay or polymer clay and add crystal embellishment for an over-the-top statement. Find snake jewelry components, such as snake earstuds with a loop for adding beads, for on-trend earring designs.

Snake-Themed Finished Jewelry Shop a selection of Jewelry imitates nature as bracelets wrap around the wrist in a snake-like fashion. Fill memory wire with Crystal Passions® crystal in snakeskin shades, such as jet, smoky quartz, mocca, jet and black diamond for a sparkling piece. Fashion is full of reptile prints this year and snakeskin-patterned beads are a stunning complement, bringing dimension and textural interest to jewelry. Design thick collar necklaces and chunky bracelets with snakeskin-patterned beads for impactful style.

Shop a selection of snake-themed finished jewelry right in line with this trend for fashionable gifts and easy resale.

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