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 crystal glass beads and pearls made by the famous Swarovski company. Ceramic beads come from places like Peru, India and Greece. They come in different shapes and have delicate painted designs. Semi-precious beads have been worn for their beauty and used for trading throughout our history. Turquoise, lapis lazuli, malachite, and many more. Organic beads made from pearls, wood, shell, bone, nuts and seeds are the oldest beads around. Beaded jewellery is one of the oldest forms of wearable art.

Since the beginning of mankind, our basic human instincts have prompted us to decorate the human body. Primitive man adorned himself with bones, teeth and feathers. The earliest known jewellery of beads made from teeth and bones was discovered at La Quina in France. In the Middle Ages brooches were worn depecting pilgrimages with the faces of saints or a holy shrine. In the 11th century Venice was the centre for the making of glass and jewellery and the elegant Venetian designs influenced the other parts of Europe. European jewellery made from precious and semi-precious materials was worn by Royal families and their courtiers. The 17th century saw a transition from excessive jewellery wearing to a more subtle sophisticated taste. The 18th century brought in an era of glittering costume jewellery which is still present today. In the 20th century the fashion designer was born. These designers often used non-precious materials to create works of art that were inspired not by fashion trends but by personal artistic ability. In this category of artistic jewellers is the famous Coco Chanel who in the 1920s and 1930s encouraged women to wear costume jewellery with confidence and pride. By the 1950s Christian Dior dominated the fashion jewellery scene with his radical use of coloured glass. By the 1960s Paco Rabanne brought in a new look with big brightly coloured geometirc shapes. During the 1970s fashion and fashion jewellery became nostalgic with an interest in things ethnic and remains so to today.

About Our Jewellery Designs

Beading is an art form. At Blithe Designs the design of the piece is of far greater value than the cost of the materials although care is taken to ensure that the beading materials used are of high quality and will bring the wearer years of enjoyment. A beautifully made piece brings achievement and satisfaction and invites reactive comments and appreciation. Blithe’s collection of carefree and relaxed unique handmade jewellery is inspired by the colours of the ocean, scenes in nature, all things Victorian and the moods of people around. The use of Swarovski crystals which are used abundantly throughout the collection create a dazzle somewhat reminiscent of a starry night on the open sea and gives the collection a distinctive style. The design, colour and pattern of each individually designed one of a kind piece in the collection is carefully thought out. Blithe’s unique handmade jewellery of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and jewellery sets made from gemstones such as aquamarine, amazonite, citrine, jasper, blue calcite, jade, lapis lazuli, Swarovski crystals and pearls, Venetian glass, and more can be worn with a relaxed elegance from day to night.

We hope you enjoy shopping the collection of unique wearable art and that you will treasure your selection for many years.

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:...