Beat the Heat with These 12 Lightweight Jewelry Designs

As the days get warmer and longer, jewelry seems to feel heavier and heavier. It’s no longer enjoyable to wear your carefully crafted baroque-style necklace; it just feels hot and bothersome. However, you don’t want to go without wearing jewelry. Check out these 12 lightweight jewelry designs to help you beat the summer heat and let you show off your bead weaving skills.


Summer is not the time for big, bulky statement earrings. Add an accent piece to your wardrobe without feeling the pressure and heat of large earrings with these four earring designs. Though they vary in style and technique, they’re all easy on the ears.


Don’t let large, detailed cuffs weigh you down this summer. Instead, choose a bracelet that feels like it isn’t even there! Whether you are looking for something elegant to pair with a sundress or something designed for everyday wear, these four bracelet designs are perfect for matching your summer style.


If you want to show off your bead weaving skills without the burden of weighty jewelry, try out these four necklaces! Create a lightweight pendant and string it on leather or ribbon and you transform an intricate piece into something more delicate. Alternatively, if you like something with a grander design, try out a necklace made using netting or picot. These bead-weaving stitches add a touch of elegance without the extra bulk.

Which of these projects will you make? Do you have any other lightweight jewelry to suggest? Let us know in the comments and submit to W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) by sending photos to and including “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.

Happy beading!
Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine

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