Hoop Earrings with Crystals

Hoop earrings have always been fun and I love seeing women showing their flair through hoop earrings and other types of jewelry.  Some women keep it small with their hoop earrings and others take it big.  Still others go super-size with really big hoop earrings, ones that almost touch their shoulders.  All of them are just epressing their style – and I love it.

These hoop earrings are on the moderate side – about 1 1/2″ in diameter.  They are wire-wrapped in warm-toned Swarovski crystals and glass pearls.

Taking a different spin, these earrings feature hand formed and hammered sterling silver hoops, accented with touches of gold in a play of mixed metals.  Amethyst crystals and smaller glass circles in soft purple tones complete the design.

Sterling Hoop Earrings

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SanJuanI was in San Juan, Puerto Rico recently.  It is a lovely city and I walked around Old San Juan enjoying a nice summer evening and the vibrancy of life in the city.  I wanted to find a little gift to bring back for my sister and wanted something made in Puerto Rico.  There were many shops with nice selections but a lot of the merchandise was from other places.  After strolling around a bit more, I came across an area where people had tents set up and spotted a lady selling jewelry made from beach glass.

Her name is Ruth Rivera and she told me she had created a process of attaching beach glass to jewelry findings using a type of clay.  I thought she had done a beautiful job with these as well as the many other styles of earrings and necklaces she had on display.  My sister loves them and I was thrilled to find a handmade item to bring home.  If you would like more information about Ruth and her jewelry, you can contact her at ruty.rivera@yahoo.com.

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These two colors love each other and always will.  I use a lot of silver and gold toned metals, but every so often turn to copper.  It has a warmth and richness that is very appealing and in certain cases is the only metal that will do.  I used copper wire to wrap these cobalt furnace glass triangles, added opaque blue discs, shiny darker copper glass beads, and then made copper earwires to match.  How delightful.cobalt-and-copper