New pansy earrings

These are a more modern version of the traditional “first anniversary” pansy earrings that are so popular. They’re clean-lined marquis ovals, almost abstract – but still recognizably pansies. And pretty, lightweight, and fun :-)

modern pansy earrings in my Paper Jewels shop

As shown here, they’re about 1-1/4″ high, though I’ve almost made them quite a bit smaller (about 3/4″) – and one time, almost 3″ high! The customer wanted big lightweight earrings, and she loved that she could wear them all day in comfort.

Because I totally believe in comfort – And style, of course 😉

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 😉

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 :-)

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 :-)

Lacquered Paper Penguin Pin – fun customer favorite

Oh dear. That title makes it sound like it’s a favorite of “Fun Customers” when what I meant is, it’s a fun pin that’s a customer favorite. That makes sense, right?

Penguin Pin closeup

I’ve made this little guy (or girl, hmm, I think you have to be a vet – or a penguin – to tell for sure) in several sizes. Mostly the same colors of course, because I’m trying to be sort-of-realistic…. but you know, it tells me that a lot of people love penguins. I know I do – so it kind of makes my day when someone requests one – it’s always a joy to make one of my Penguins :-)

Green and White Stars – Lacquered Paper Earrings

I’ve been on a “stars” kick lately. Possibly prompted by the coolness of Chris Hadfield and his music video from space – and by the way, here’s a link to his YouTube video via my Pinterest page. The guy is just great (and he can even sing!)

But anyway, all that just reminded me that I get a kick out of star earrings – and so did a special customer who wanted Green and White. Here’s a peek at her earrings:

green and white lacquered paper stars earrings from Paper Jewels

Available by special order in your choice of colors – I haven’t even got them onsite yet. And oh that’s right – very temporarily we’re having a little shopping cart issue, so if you’d like to request some custom work, just send me an email – there’s a link on every page at Paper Jewels.

Gotta love little computer / shopping cart arguments! But it’ll be cleared up pronto :-)

Custom Earring Colors – Part Two

I thought I’d show you another example of a request for custom-made earrings. These were more of a departure from the original pair…design does morph in interesting ways! This was the pair that started the discussion:

Light blue and lime green heart earrings

She wanted some purple in there, and maybe a floral pattern rather than the sort-of-geometric heart pattern here. So, well, one thing led to another – and did I mention she needed her earrings to be clip-ons? By the way that’s never a problem, I can always adapt a pierced earring style to make clip-ons. Or vice versa.

And after the back-and-forth process, here are her earrings:


Purple Floral Heart Clip On Earrings from Paper Jewels

And, gotta say, the absolute best part – is that she loves them :-)

Custom Earring Colors

I recently had a request for a redo of a pair of earrings a customer had found online. I thought this would be a nice way to show that yes, custom colors are always possible!

Here are the earrings she saw onsite:

Lilac and Offwhite Mosaic Earrings

And here are the custom colors she requested:

Mosaic Earrings with Custom Colors

They could have been radically more different, of course. Black background. Bright colors. The thing is, the customer – that’s you – you get to choose :-)

Green Paper Earrings – the Kanji says Eternal

It occurred to me as I was writing the title of this post that “green paper earrings” has more than one meaning.

The color is green, that’s the most obvious of course. But the materials are also green – as in eco friendly and non damaging to the planet. Also very sustainable. I use recycled paper for the inner layers of Paper Jewels – as well as for the padding inside my bubble wrap mailing envelopes. And I use post-consumer white recycled paper even for the ‘face’ of the earrings – it costs a bit more but of course it’s worth it.

Here’s my new design:

Japanese Kanji Ei or Eternal Green Paper Earrings

The Japanese kanji says “Ei”, or “Eternal”. And of course they can be made in other colors – her favorite, for instance!

Kaleidoscope Big Lightweight Paper Earrings

Okay, maybe kaleidoscope. Or mandala (that’s what I first thought). Or even “snowflake” (remember the snowflakes we used to cut out as kids?) – that’s what these new earrings remind me of.

Big Lightweight Blue and Black Mandala Snowflake Earrings

They’re big, colorful, and lightweight earrings – lacquered paper, with a bit of curve and a lot of shine. And available in custom colors, of course.

Just for fun :-)