As the days grow shorter, these winter nights grow longer. These extended nights bring about the most crisp, clear skies of the year. When you gaze up at those wide, star-filled Texas skies, you can’t help but imagine a black, outstretched canopy ornamented with glistening crystal or cracked glass beads.
I guess this may be an analogy only a true beader could appreciate, however it does serve as a very vibrant form of inspiration to create some Solstice inspired handmade jewelry.
In ancient times, the Winter Solstice was a celebration of the sun coming out of the long dark winter months. It was a time for feasting and celebrating, because for the next six months, the days would grow longer – giving off light, and heat which helped sustain life for early cultures.
This dichotomy of light and dark creates a very exciting dynamic for not just celebration, but for jewelry making as well. Using more earthlike, natural stones, you can create necklaces, bracelets and earrings that give a more nature- oriented feel to your collection.
Along with this, make use of the colors of the season. Using black, purple, and blue stones or beads can help represent the night accompanied by a yellow, red or orange stone as your centerpiece. White would also be a good accent color to really contrast the dark.
And of course, seeing as holiday parties are a must, this presents the perfect opportunity to show off how divine you look adorned in your new necklace, bracelet or earrings. Your new collection will have all the benefits of high fashion jewelry, with a low cost price tag, which is something that is especially helpful this time of year.
Happy beading and happy Solstice!