Pansies, the traditional first anniversary flower

This is something I hadn’t known till recently: pansies are considered the traditional “first anniversary” flower. I’ve always thought pansies were beautiful, with their wonderful variety and colorations. Now I have another reason to love them :-)

And they’re probably the most popular flower in my shop, for earrings and necklaces – and now I know (another reason) why. Tradition. Wedding anniversaries. Pansy flowers. They go together like, well, love and marriage.

pansy earrings at Paper Jewels...with amethyst and Swarovski crystal elements

Plus: girly, pretty, and feminine. Just like flower earrings should be ;-)

New dogtag kanji necklace that says Kamikaze

This was another customer request – a dogtag necklace that says Kamikaze, in deep blue. (The stainless steel ball chain is similar to the type used by the military.)

kammikaze dogtag kanji necklace from Paper Jewels

The word literally means “divine wind” and in today’s world, I think we’ve gotten away from the suicide bomber pilots of Japan’s military in World War II – and embraced more the idea of the inspired, selfless hero.

And that idea still intrigues people.

Pretty floral earrings

I like to try new designs, and occasionally really big earrings, because with paper earrings they can still be comfy. But I tend to come back to more delicate shapes, and little floral patterns are among my customer favorites. Like these:

red floral paper earrings at Paper Jewels

They’re just over 1″ long (big enough to have some presence, but still delicate and of course lightweight). And the little Swarovski crystal beads add just a bit of sparkle. And they’re girly, when you’re in that sort of mood :-)

Kanji earrings that say Tsuma, or Wife

And yes, you have probably guessed that they are a popular gift choice. I mean, if it was your paper (first) anniversary, and you had to find a paper present, and you know your wife likes jewelry, wouldn’t “Wife” be a cool pair of earrings for her?

Tsuma, or Wife, kanji earrings at Paper Jewels

Especially when you know you can get them in her favorite color. And that they’re comfortable and kind of fun too :-)

Okay, bijin – which means beautiful woman, or hot babe – that’s pretty popular too ;-)

Kanji earrings that say Dangerous

I love the contrast – a soft grey tone (or color of your choice) and a delicate shape. And the kanji says Abunai, or Dangerous ;-)

lacquered paper earrings with the Japanese kanji Abunai that says Dangerous

So when you’re wearing these pretty (comfortable!) earrings with your light yellow cashmere sweater and light gray pencil skirt – or white tank top and scuffy jeans – and somebody says hey, what do your earrings say? You can smile, and tell them. Or not. But hey, just for fun?

The kanji says Abunai: dangerous ;-)

Hime (Princess) Kanji Earrings

These were made as a special request for a customer – and I think they turned out well!

hime kanji purple earrings

The kanji “Hime” translates as “Princess”, which you can imagine is kind of popular with girls. Just for fun :-)

Shown here in purple but of course we can make them in your colors too!

Kanji jewelry…the paper, glass and silver bracelet says Love

I’m so tickled to be able to offer Paper Jewels bracelets! This silver link kanji bracelet, for example:

japanese kanji bracelet that says Love

And, because the centerpiece is made with a glass cabochon over paper (rather than multiple layers of lacquer) it takes much less time to make – and it costs less :-) This is a win!

It’s available at Paper Jewels of course – and the colors and length are customizable – of course. You can probably think of other kanji you might like to see, too. Hey, just ask!)

Pretty heart necklace (a great gift for Mom!)

This aqua, green and orange hearts necklace is a customer favorite this spring – from the comments I’ve been getting, it’s because these are such “happy colors”. I think that’s a fine description :-)

paper jewelry - aqua green and orange hearts necklace

Neutrals are fine, black and white can be jazzy and powerful, but sometimes rich, pretty, happy color is the way to go.

And (hint) this makes a fine Mother’s Day gift :-)

Mother’s Day gifts – these kanji earrings say Mother

These pretty, patterned earrings are making a bit of a splash for me this spring – they say Haha, or Mother, in Japanese kanji:

Japanese kanji paper earrings that say Mother

Like all Paper Jewels they’re lightweight – so they’re comfy. I don’t know about you but that matters to me! Of course they can be special ordered in custom colors (and can be made smaller or larger) – though I do have to say, people have been very receptive to this blue zircon, green and golden combo.

And of course, Mother’s Day holiday is coming. Just sayin!

Kanji earrings that say Bijin – beautiful woman

I’m having fun with color right now – case in point, these kanji earrings that say bijin, or beautiful woman – and with the connotation of hot babe :-) A nice gift for your girlfriend, don’t you think?

purple and green paper earrings with the Japanese kanji that says bijin... beautiful woman

Yes of course these can be made using other colors – but I have to say, I do like this rich combo. These aren’t huge – about one inch high – but they’ve got a lot of impact. Which is kind of fun, for a lightweight pair of earrings.

And we can all use a little more fun, right?