Beading Trends: Ooh La La Diamonds
As Marilyn Monroe said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” I won’t deny she’s probably right, but I like to interpret it more broadly than the classic sparkly rock. It makes me feel fancy to use a faux diamond pen (affiliate link) with my special journal. And, I’m more likely to wear a beaded cuff with a diamond motif rather than sport a traditional tennis bracelet. Luckily for me, diamond patterns are popping up everywhere in beaded jewelry designs. It’s a beading trend just about anyone can get behind! Here are some ideas and inspiration for your next beaded jewelry adventure.
Gold Mine Earrings
Silke Steuernagel has a trendy take on the diamond shape. Her Gold Mine Earrings use a peyote stitch variation. The bead weaving pattern incorporates CzechMates beams to create an Art Deco effect. The diamond-within-a-diamond design is eye-catching, especially with the metallic color palette. A single Gold Mine pendant on a leather cord would be a stylish accessory, too.
Dancing Diamonds Bracelet
This gorgeous example of the diamond motif by Carole E. Hanley features a trendy combination of colors and a fashion-forward design. The Dancing Diamonds Bracelet pattern download shows how to use ladder stitch and brick stitch to make this smooth, flexible bracelet. It feels modern with a handmade aesthetic.
Pulsating Diamonds Necklace
Beading guru Diane Fitzgerald’s Pulsating Diamonds Necklace is a dynamic example of diamonds as design elements. The necklace is choker-length, making it on-trend with a variety of necklines. The colors are fantastic as-is or you can substitute your favorite combination. Imagine this design in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral, or muted tones of gray and silver.
Have you already experimented with diamond weave? Two European beaders brought it to the world and have developed a variety of ideas using the technique. Read all about it What’s New in the World of Beading? Diamond Weave! Or, check out the free DiamonDuo bracelet pattern by Tamara Honaman, Editor of Beadwork. Have fun making and wearing your new beaded diamond jewelry.
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