What better way to start the New Year than with something colorful and sparkly! I’ve just finished this pair of mismatched earrings (I love asymmetry!) composed of oblong, pear-shaped, round, and square cushion-shaped Swarovski crystal stones, 15/0 seed beads, and teeny vintage 15/0 Czech Charlottes. The color names of the faux gems used here are Emerald, Caribbean Opal, and Crystal Copper in the earring shown at left and Pacific Opal, Tangerine, and Amethyst in its mate. They measure approximately 55mm (2.25″) in length and the earwires are made of antique finish sterling silver.  These are fairly simple earrings, but consider the creative possibilities of adding a geometric edging to the beaded bezels or stitching several montées (flat crystals that come pre-mounted in a silver-plated pewter settings) to this design! Chandelier earrings are the fashion statement rage at the moment so those of you who love large earrings could have a great time making and wearing them! Earrings are the perfect vehicle for exploration because they take far less time to make than bracelets or collars. I have a huge selection of Swarovski crystal stones that I have amassed over the past few years and I plan to start using them in more of my work this year. You can look forward to new designs, kits, and tutorials in the coming months…I foresee a great deal of beading fun ahead!