Handcrafted Jewelry Artists

By Stephanie Lynn, age 24, Massachusetts

Pearl necklaces. Stylish earrings. Diamond rings. Every girl loves a fancy piece of jewelry, but did you know that many around your own age are making a business out of designing their own? I've found many talented teenage girls and young adults on who are sharing their masterpieces with the world. I'll share eight stunning young designers to inspire your jewelry collection.

Tiny Bit of Africa Necklace
By plutoniansmash, Darcie, age 18, Wisconsin

I absolutely love the nature-y theme of this gorgeous green pendant necklace. Necklace is 18 inches long, inspired by the designer's love of Africa. Darcie offers a variety of beautiful eclectic jewelry and beads in her online shop, and she has a great sense of humor. If you love nature, bright colors, or lovely pendants, then this shop is for you!

Purple/Fuchsia Lovely Copper Rose Ring
By PizazzEtc, Frances, age 18, California

A trendy copper flower sits delicately upon a brightly colored button and adjustable ring to fit nearly any finger size. I fell in love with this item the moment I saw it! Frances is very creative, designing with buttons, beads, computer keys, and anything cool she can find. Energy, youth, and elegance best define her online shop.

Fruit Cake with White & Pink Pearls Bracelet
By lovecute, Brooke, age 18, Virginia

Three adorable cake charms topped with kiwis and strawberries adorn a 7 inch white and pink pearl bracelet. Each piece of cake is handcrafted from polymer clay. Brooke creates a lot of cute and kitchy polymer clay pieces, as well as stylish bows and roses jewelry items. Definitely cute!

On the Beach Earrings
By me1issa08, Melissa, age 19, Wisconsin

Details, details! These striking earrings display large circular shell charm beads with natural wood and blue glass seed bead accents. Melissa is the queen of details, using a variety of bright and natural hues. Each piece in her shop is designed with its own unique flavor, so there's something for everyone. For the most part, Melissa features earrings, but she also designs bracelets, including one to match the earrings above!

Modern Bubble Jewelry
By moonspiritjewelry, Jessica, age 17, California

Complete your outfit with Jessica's jewelry. This simple 14 inch necklace made with green, blue, and orange "bubble" beads is perfect for any young fashionista. Love hearts, shells, stones, and Hawaiian sunsets? She offers unique necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. I especially like her Cosmic Pink and retro inspired pieces.

Reddened Rectangle Circuit Pendant
By beadworkbyamanda, Amanda, age 20, New York

Amanda takes techy fashion to the next level with these stunning circuit pendant necklaces. She also creates cute little "gummy bears" and other pendants from resin, as well as detailed beaded bracelets. She even made the gummy bear mold herself! I especially like her Ice Cream's Best Friend and Carnival Spots pendants.

Pink & Orange "S" and Diamond Friendship Bracelet
By carriebea, Carrie, age 17, Massachusetts

Embroidering thread is Carrie's tool of the trade. Much detail and patience goes into each friendship bracelet she creates as she saves money for college. I especially have great appreciation for her pink and orange "S" bracelet shown.

Blue Garden Shell Necklace
By JewelJunkiez, Lauren, age 16, Pennsylvania

Brilliant elegance are the best words to describe Lauren's pieces. Lovely garden flowers and a butterfly are embossed on a shell pendant. Add elegance to any outfit with this 18 inch necklace! The pendant is attached to a shiny silver chain adorned with silver ball charms. Also, 10% of all sales in Lauren's shop will benefit Invisible Children, so you can buy gorgeous jewelry while supporting a great cause.

I hope these talented jewelry artists have inspired your own jewelry collection, or perhaps even an idea for an online business. Learning jewelry design techniques yourself can be accomplished by searching the internet and borrowing books from the library. Try them out, and ask your friends for opinions, and you too may become a handcrafted jewelry artist someday.

Happy designing,
♥ Stephanie Lynn

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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