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Classic Necklace Lengths

The length of a handmade beaded necklace is a personal choice and handmade necklaces are of varying lengths and styles. Here are some popular traditional necklace lengths but remember a necklace should be chosen to compliment the wearer's style.

Bib Necklaces
Bib necklaces are multi-strand necklaces that fit just below the neckline in a tearing effect with the uppermost strand being the shortest. Choker Necklaces – 15-16 inches
Choker necklaces are necklaces that fit snugly around the middle of the neck. A handmade beaded choker necklace is a perfect complement for off-the-shoulder styles and low neck tops and dresses.

Lariats – 48 inches
Classic lariat necklaces do not have clasps and slide on over the head. These necklaces are long and can be worn knotted or wrapped. A fashionable handmade lariat necklace is a must have accessory.

Matinee Necklaces – 20-24 inches
Matinee Necklaces fall mid-chest. A handmade beaded Matinee necklace looks great with casual or business dress.

Opera Necklaces - 28-34 inches
Opera necklaces are long and can be worn as a single or double strand necklace. A handmade beaded opera necklace is a perfect complement for high neck fashions.

Princess Necklaces – 18 inches
Princess Necklaces fall just below the collar bone. A handmade beaded Princess Necklace is very versatile and looks good with both high and low neck line fashions.

Unique Original Handmade Jewelry

Blithe Designs unique jewelry creations are made of the best quality components, comprising gemstones, vintage beads, crystal, vintage glass and art glass beads, silver chain and clasps. Original jewelry designs make exceptional presents for the family, friends and particularly your self. Blithe Designs original jewelry creations are hand-crafted, artisan jewelry of...

Choosing a Bracelet Size

Measure your wrist at the wrist bone and add about half an inch to allow for movement.  I like to wear my bracelets loosely on my wrist but some people like their bracelets to fit snugly.  A bracelet should be comfortable and allow ease of movement.  If a beaded bracelet...

Caring For Beaded Jewelry

Handmade beaded jewellery should be worn in a carefree and lighthearted fashion but some care should be taken . A good tip that is easy to remember in caring for and storing your handmade jewellery would be to remove your jewellery before swimming or bathing as water will weaken the...

Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

Exquisitely made handmade gemstone jewellery can express moods and emotions and reflect different periods of time. To be regarded as a jewel a gemstone must be rare and beautiful and durable enough to withstand handling and use. Not only diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds can be classified as gemstones, aquamarine...

About Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals are simply the best crystal beads, due to their clarity, color and variety. The best of the cutting and polishing processes set Swarovski crystals apart from imitations and those produced by other manufacturers. The distinctive excellence of the crystals comes from Daniel Swarovskis' esoteric recipe for the lead...

About Our Jewelry Designs

Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Beads come in a large variety of shapes and colors from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And of course, Austrian...

Beading and Jewelry Making

I love working with beads. It’s meditative and relaxing and gives me creative satisfaction. Beading materials can be bought from specialist suppliers in stores and from shops on the internet. You can also shop by catalogue. For me, one of the best ways to buy beads is on the internet...

Classic Necklace Lengths

The length of a handmade beaded necklace is a personal choice and handmade necklaces are of varying lengths and styles. Here are some popular traditional necklace lengths but remember a necklace should be chosen to compliment the wearer's style. Bib Necklaces Bib necklaces are multi-strand necklaces that fit just below the...

Jewelry Trends

Are you wondering what jewellery and accessories will be chic in 2013? Then read on and discover more about the most recent developments in jewelry style and design . In order to make certain that your look does not become stale it is vital that you diversify your jewelry collection and...

Daily Gemstone Guide

Amber Sunday The dominating celestial body for Sunday is the Sun which is the brightest star in the sky. The gemstone Amber is our choice for this day. Like the Sun the colour of Amber generates a sense of strength and energy. Try wearing an Amber necklace or bracelet or even...

A Bit About Beads

Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Handmade beaded jewellery come in a large variety of fashionable designs featuring beads from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And...

Gemstone Zodiac

Below is a selection of birthstones, planetary and talismanic stones for each Zodiac sign, which you might like to have in your jewelry collection.  It could be fun … go ahead and take a look.   Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb.18) Birthstones: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal, Sugilite Planetary stone: Turquoise Talismanic Stone: Jasper Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Birthstones:...