Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Rising Popularity of Unique Men’s Bracelets

Fashion has always been known to transcend boundaries and jewelry trends are following right in its chic footsteps. Gone are the days when jewelry was reserved for women and young girls. From pendants and earrings to watches and bracelets, men’s jewelry has come a long way.

Originally, men’s jewelry was used to represent religious beliefs, social positions or cultural passions. Now, the popularity of men’s jewelry, especially bracelets, has skyrocketed. Not only are men wearing bracelets on the runway and in magazines, real men have begun to accessorize with leather wrap bracelets, beaded bangles and more!

Design Do’s and Don’ts for Men’s Bracelets

Say “Yes” to Natural Materials – Many men still prefer a more rustic, natural look when it comes to jewelry. Dark wood beads or leather strapping is popular as it adds a glimmer of ruggedness to any look. Our Bulahan wood beads and Lillypilly Bayong wood sliders make great accents or focal points for any men’s bracelet. Combined with our flat or round braided cord, you can create a stylish men’s leather bracelet that can be worn every day with jeans or even with a nice suit. Leather is also durable and can withstand long-term wear, making it a perfect option for the practical, yet stylish, man.

Don’t Go Overboard with Beading – Beads can add beautiful texture to a bracelet, but it’s important not to overdo it. Bracelets with bead accents should remain tasteful and subdued. Bright colors should be used minimally. Instead, opt for wood beads or clay beads in earthy tones as these colors tend to be more popular among men.

Use Metal Minimally – If you followed our last blog, you’d know that minimalist designs are becoming increasingly popular for women. Simple, minimal designs for men are also soaring in popularity. Metal is a perfect material for creating minimalist-style men’s bracelets. Geometric or tribal metal sliders in antique brass, silver or copper look great against snakeskin or leather cords! These simple, yet stylish designs are extremely popular with younger men, but that doesn’t mean more mature men can’t jump on the bandwagon!

Now that the holidays are right around the corner, you can give the perfect gift by purchasing one of our premade designs or creating a custom bracelet of your own. Check out some of our men’s design ideas to find out how to make one for the man in your life. Our tutorials are very easy to follow and can help you design something amazing!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trend Report: Delicate and Minimalist Jewelry

Delicate jewelry first hit the fashion world over two years ago, but shows no signs of slowing down!  Seen in stores from Nordstrom to Urban Outfitters, delicate jewelry designs can be simple and elegant, worn alone, or layered with other complementary pieces.

But what defines “delicate jewelry” and how is it different than “minimalist jewelry?” Delicate jewelry is frequently minimalist, using simple, small focal points and fine lines. For instance, the leather necklace shown here, “Turtle Voice,” is certainly a minimalist design, but not necessarily delicate.  On the other hand, the “All the Angles” is both minimalist and delicate necklace with its simple geometric lines and fine chain.

As far as trends go, delicate designs can be adapted for everyday wear with fine chains and a small pendant or charm.  Bars worn horizontally continue to be popular, along with geometric focal points. Short necklaces like this make great pieces that can be worn with any outfit.
If you’re looking for something that makes more of a statement, long pendants or geometry necklaces are the way to go. Long necklaces can be worn singly or in multiples for a beautiful layered look. However, be careful how you mix longer necklaces! You don’t want to over-complicate the look. Instead, try creating a tiered effect by selecting necklaces at different lengths. If this is too much effort, look for one necklace with individual strands from 18 to 30+ inches that are already connected – this takes all the guesswork out of layering!

The trends for delicate earrings and bracelets align similarly with necklaces. Most earring or bracelet designs are made from a few fine-lined components and thin chains or strands of leather. Quite often, long earrings will be comprised of one or two components.  Bracelets will typically be designed using a single strand of chain and maybe incorporate a single link, bead, gem or charm.

Delicate geometry earringsWhile these trendy designs can come at a hefty price, making your own delicate jewelry can be more affordable and customizable. All you have to do is add the components you like and tailor the length to your size and taste.  Antelope Beads has a great assortment of components for creating your own jewelry, including our new Designer Components series in brushed gold and silver. Combined with fine chains, leather options (including our new 3mm flat leather!) and delicate charms, the possibilities are limitless!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Hottest Jewelry Trends for Fall 2016

Hooray for fall! Now that summer is gone, it’s time to break out the flannel, warm blankets, boots and, of course, your fall jewelry. The beauty and colors of fall have influenced some new trends this season. From pearls and dangling, duster earrings to boho necklaces, we’ll reveal the most popular jewelry trends this fall!

Pearls are back in a big way.
For many years, pearls remained a staple for conservative fashion enthusiasts and young girls, but much has changed. As Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate.” And let’s face it, she’s right. Pearls are gorgeous and versatile because they can be worn every day or saved for dressier occasions. With our Kazuri Round Mother of Pearl beads, you can create gorgeous, pearly pieces in a variety of colors that will last a lifetime.

Antelope Beads Convertible Boho Dreamcatcher Anklet or Bracelet
Earthy, boho designs are still staples. Jewelry with Earthy tones and Bohemian style accents are still popular for fall. Tassels, leather cords and wood beads in deep red, green, brown and orange hues complement the colors of the season perfectly. If you know someone with a free spirit or you define your style as fun, flirty and carefree, boho jewelry is the way to go.

Long dangle earrings are IN. When we say long earrings are in, we mean earrings that hang long enough to nearly brush your shoulders. Also called “duster earrings,” these dangle earrings are designed to be a bit more elegant. With a nice up do, these earrings can make beautiful statement pieces that attract the eye. Want to make one of your own? Try adding some tassels or drop pendants to add some length to your earring design.

Antelope Beads Charm Tassel NecklaceCharming designs are widely desired. Who doesn’t love charms? At Antelope Beads, we use charms in a wide variety of our jewelry creations. From different animals and symbols to letters, numbers and birthstones, charms are a decorative way of expressing yourself. Not to mention, they look amazing on bracelets, necklaces, anklets and earrings. This fall, don’t be afraid to flaunt your charm jewelry. The best thing about charms is that they can also be worn during holidays! Whether it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, charms can be used to create beautiful conversation pieces.

Step aside lariats, chokers are making a comeback. Choker necklaces were very popular in the 90s, but have recently made a triumphant return. The great thing about chokers is that they can be layered with longer necklaces to add depth to a particular look. They can be designed more simply or more ornate depending on the look you want to achieve. Making a custom choker can be easy! All you need is some round leather cord or a short chain to create a trendy necklace that can be worn daily.

Which trend will you be wearing this fall? With these five, it’s hard to pick our favorite trend for the season! No matter what you want to make, Antelope Beads is happy to provide all of your components on our site. Happy designing!

Friday, October 7, 2016

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Monday, September 12, 2016

BOHO Body Jewelry - Be On Trend With Your Jewelry Designs!

BOHO Traveler designed by Melody & Elaine

Body Jewelry – literally means anything that is worn on or adorns the body, right? It can also mean any jewelry physically attached to a body part, like a belly ring.  Most of us think of jewelry as falling into four major categories – necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings.  Therefore, we will take the liberty of defining  “body jewelry” loosely as any jewelry that does not fall into these three standard categories.

The BOHO Traveler Can be worn as a Anklet or Necklace

Many cultures across the world would not find these to be standard categories at all. Women and girls in India commonly wear ankle bracelets with or without toe rings (footless sandals) – these are also known as “payal,” a term for an Indian anklet.  Egyptian women also frequently wore ankle bracelets. 

Arm cuffs have made appearances in Asia, Africa, and across the Americas.  A cuff is often thought of a rigid band fitting over the wrist or arm.  Both men and women in ancient cultures wore cuffs of a wide variety of designs and widths.  


They might have social significance – in some cultures, only royalty, warriors, or other important people might be able to wear them.  In any case, a wide cuff bracelet or an arm cuff is most definitely a statement piece – plan your outfit around the cuff rather than seeing it as a mere accessory!

The history of thong bracelets is more obscure, possibly Indian.  These are also known as “slave bracelets” (possibly going back to jewelry work by Byzantine harem slaves) but terms like “handflowers” or “Hath Panja” bracelets (meaning hand and grouping of five) are better terms in our thinking!  These can be elegant, funky, or boho in design and is a fun alternative to traditional bracelets.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summery Sea Glass Creations

The temperatures are going up around the United States, which means we’re right in the thick of summer! It’s the perfect time of the year to cool off, relax and get a little bit of sun in the process. A new beaded necklace completes the package, and our sea glass beads are just the trick.

While our new sea glass beads section includes organic-shaped pieces that go well with any design, we’re particularly fond of our ocean-themed beads. Sea shells and sand dollars remind us of sticking our toes in the cool sand, and their sea glass counterparts come in so many fun colors and sizes. The great thing about sea glass is its opaque look stands out perfectly against metals and white pieces. Imagine adding a sea foam sea glass bead to a pendant of white pearls. Beautiful! Our starfish necklace borrows from that idea but bunches sea foam beads around the point of an antique-silver-finish starfish component from Dorabeth Designs. It’s just the right touch of summer color that invokes a shimmering, shallow beachfront.

Whether you’re designing something ocean- and beach-themed or just looking for a few splashes of bright color to welcome in the warm weather, cultured sea glass beads fit the bill. What will you design this summer?

With us, you’ll find one of the largest selections of sea glass available online. With over 60 styles, 40 colors and 1,000 beads to choose from, you’re bound to find that perfect piece to complete your design. Take a look at our selection of sea glass beads here and pick some ocean-themed beads from this list. If you want some beautiful inspiration for your summery sea glass creations, be sure to head over to our Pinterest page and look at some of the beautiful designs people have created.

Ready to show off one of your summer bead necklaces? Share a photo with us on social media or attach it in a comment below! If you need more encouragement to start that sea glass necklace project, we’ve got a great discount code to save 10% off a $25+ order for the summer! Start saving and creating today!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Introducing Claycult Cambodia Beads

We’ve always supported organizations that align with our Women Helping Women mission, and we’re excited to highlight another company! Claycult Cambodia’s objective is to provide sustainable, long-term employment in a safe working environment while also providing education and training to its staff members and their families. Similar to other companies such as Kazuri, Claycult Cambodia employs mostly women and caters to its staff’s family and educational obligations. It even outsources materials to employees who can’t come to the workshop, builds its weekly hours schedule around what’s most flexible for the staff, and offers a free home-cooked lunch every day. Not only do staff members have a comfortable and supportive working environment, but they are taught every aspect of the business from production to painting to finishing to sales.

Tree of Serenity necklace
These clay beads from Cambodia are unlike anything we’ve offered at Antelope Beads before. Every step of the bead-making process is done by hand, even the collection and production of the clay! All of the bead designs are inspired by Cambodia’s rich Khmer culture and history, including imagery pulled directly from the Angkor temples. It’s a unique way for the young staff members to connect to their past and respect their roots while tapping into a creative side of themselves they may have never known before.

We’re so excited and proud to be able to offer these beautiful Claycult Cambodia beads alongside products from our other socially responsible vendors, and we just know you’ll love including these bright and colorful designs in your next piece of jewelry. You can learn more about Claycult Cambodia and its mission by watching a video here, and don’t forget to share some of your designs with us that feature Claycult!