Enjoy a Sneak Peek at Winter 2014 Jewelry Stringing!

On Monday, we sent the Winter 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing off to the printer. Yippee! It's always a great feeling to wrap up a project you've been working on for months and months and months. You'll be able to see this issue for yourself in late November/early December (depending on whether you're a subscriber or buy the magazine on the newsstand). But to hold you over, I'm able to offer you this sneak preview. I hope you love the cover piece as much as I do. It's by Margaret Kelly, owner of MK Beads, an online shop that offers unique new and vintage jewelry components. Other highlights of the Winter 2014 issue include the four themed project sections described below . . .


Dark colors tend to dominate the attire at holiday parties—why not add a splash of wintery color with a festive piece of jewelry? This collection consists of projects that are simultaneously glamorous and playful in shades of rosy pink, icy blues, and minty greens. Rhinestones and crystals about to give these projects plenty of glitz and glam! Instead of being inspired by a specific era or genre, this category represents a collection of our favorite things about the winter season: the twinkle of winking holiday lights, the bright colors of confetti, the sparkle of a flute of champagne.


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The trend of chain-and-fiber jewelry is a perfect example of the axiom “Opposites attract.” Chain has structure, is composed of rigid shapes, and is metallic in color, while fiber is soft, textured, and can be found in a vast spectrum of shades. Whether it is embroidery thread braided around chunky curb chain, or silk ribbon woven through brassy chain links, this unlikely couple has been showing up everywhere, from DIY blogs to designer jewelry. In this collection, see our contributors' interpretation of this trend..



The expertly costumed casts of popular television shows like Game of Thrones and The Borgias have shown us that ornate filigrees and dripping jewels are just as captivating today as they were in ancient times. The projects in this collection are modern homages to the lavish jewels that adorned the regal throats and wrists of history’s royal women. While these pieces have a commanding presence, they are also wearable, pairing rich, jewel-tone colors with contemporary components.


While we think there are a lot of styles from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties that are best left in the past, the jewelry trends that came out of these decades are some of our favorites! The pieces in this collection were inspired by motifs and icons from these momentous decades–think vinyls, cool aluminum tumblers, Barbie, and Pucci.

I hope you enjoyed this preview. Can you believe we're already working on the Summer 2014 issue now? More on that later!

Danielle Fox

Editorial Director, Jewelry Stringing


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