Make These Easy Romantic Earrings

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, here's an idea for some little beauties you can whip up for yourself or for someone you love.

2 jet 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones (mine are from

2 ruby 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones (also from

2 frosted filigree 13x9mm lampwork rondelles (I got mine from SueBeads)

2 silver-plated 10mm engraved flower bead caps (these are from Beadaholique)

2 sterling silver 1 1/2" ball-end head pins (also from Beadaholique)

2 ear wires of your choice

1. String the following items onto one head pin:

1 ruby crystal, 1 bead cap (wide end first), 1 lampwork bead, and 1 jet crystal. Form a wrapped loop that attaches to 1 ear wire.

2. Repeat for a second earring.

Just in case you gift your earrings, here are a few of my favorite packaging ideas (click on photos to get to the Etsy shops):




And here's a fun little tidbit: the offices of Jewelry Stringing are located in the beautiful town of Loveland, Colorado (also known as the "Sweetheart City"). Every February, large wooden hearts decorate the light poles around town, each with a message to someone special painted in big white letters.  I took these snapshots this morning, just as crews were hanging a heart on the pole outside my window:




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