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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pastel Petals by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pastel Petals Set by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Beadphoria Blog! Today’s theme for the Designer Crafts Connection is “April Showers brings May Flowers”. This gives me the perfect opportunity to let you in on two strong trends in jewelry making right now – pastel colors and flower motifs.

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance, so along with that, we are starting to see spring colors in jewelry. Pastels are a perfect way to add a touch of the season to your wardrobe. Here are some stones and crystal colors you can consider using in your designs.

  • Pearls – Freshwater and glass pearls often come in pastel tones, including pinks, blues, and yellows.
  • Swarovski CrystalsPink:Rosewater Opal, Rose Alabaster, Rosaline; Purple:Light Amethyst, Violet Opal, Violet; Blue:Light Sapphire, Air Blue Opal, Light Azore; Green:Mint Alabaster,Chrysolite,Peridot; Yellow:Jonquil; Peach: Silk, Light Peach
  • GemstonesPink: Rhondonite, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline; Purple: Light Amethyst, Fluorite; Blue:Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Larimar, Blue Topaz, Chrysoprase; Green:New Jade,Peridot, Fancy Jasper; Yellow: Citrine, Aragonite

For my design, I used 6mm mint opal Czech glass beads, 8mm pink freshwater pearls, and 10mm faceted round Aquamarine beads. The silver beads give a nice separation to the colors and a little extra shine. I added the pink organza ribbon to bring a some softness to the necklace.

Are you ready to jump on trend bandwagon and start designing with pastels and flowers? Let me know in the comments below!

If you want to see more designs inspired by this months “April Showers brings May Flowers”, click on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop Button on the left hand side of this post.

Here’s hoping you have a happy spring!