Thursday, August 24, 2017

Do Men Have a Relationship with Jewelry?

"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. 
They've experienced pain and bought jewelry." ~ Rita Radner

I've noticed more men than ever before browsing the shows, so when I came across the above quote, I thought...Do men have a true personal interest in jewelry?

As with almost everything down through history, there seems to be uncommon ground between the sexes when talking about jewelry. That holds true today as much as ever when it comes to the kinds and styles of jewelry men are wearing. Cultural, religious and social differences around the world determine how and what men choose to wear. Jewelry sends signals of both men and women about who we are, the commitments we have made, our belief system and our level in society. However, especially in the world of business, there are some definite guidelines for accessories that are acceptable men's wear and those they are better off to avoid.

Acceptable accessories for well-dressed professional men in today's business world are of simple design and, for the most part, made from elements of metal and natural leather. A functional piece, such as a gold or silver watch with a matching or a soft leather band is a perfect accompaniment. A wedding ring has been accepted without question for as long as they have existed; but other types of rings, in general, are kept to a minimum. Large precious stones seem to be avoided, although a small stone in a ring or ear stud might be all right, if the dress code allows.

Some other ways to adorn business attire would be:

  • Upgrading simple brass blazer buttons to gold, silver or mother of pearl buttons is a subtle way to express individuality.
  • Cufflinks for French or double cuffs made of precious metals and of simple design are more formal, while novelty designs and silk knots can be considered informal office wear and have become popular with younger men.
  • Tie accents are both functional and ornamental and are widely accepted, using some restraint.
  • Lapel pins of a variety of designs can be strictly ornamental or can attach a commitment to a group or affiliation.

These are some of the basics practiced by the professional in a structured corporate setting. However, through the years, trends have changed drastically for more informal business environments and casual accessories. Here are a few:

  • Watches, functional and worn by many, are acceptable in almost all circumstances, depending on the style. In the current fashion world, they are made of metal, leather, cloth, plastic and other synthetics and come in an array of subtle and outrageous colors and designs.
  • Rings are symbols of commitment and affiliation - wedding and friendship rings, class rings, championship rings - and can usually be worn in any combination a man is comfortable with.
  • Bracelets are widely acceptable men's wear today and are decorative, functional, cause-related or are worn for medical awareness.
  • Belt buckles can be monogrammed, trophies for contest winners or heirlooms.
  • Necklaces are mainly personal preference in materials, lengths and combinations. They are favored among many men because they can be proudly sported outside or hidden when necessary under a shirt.
  • Earrings have become almost as acceptable for men as for women these days, and can easily be removed if required for work.

And there you have it. In answer to my original question, I guess that men do have a personal interest in wearing jewelry, in one form or another in both social and business environments. As our social boundaries become more accepting and tolerating, I think men are finding jewelry a way to express themselves as never before. I am excited to welcome our male counterparts into the world of modern jewelry making.

If you or a man you know, are interested in finding inspiration or instructions, we have a whole gallery of designs for men's bracelets that I would love to share with you. Click here to either get ideas for your own designs or for how-to's to duplicate ours.

And as always, I would love to hear about your creations. Comment below, email us or post your pictures and descriptions on our page at (Don't forget to like us while you're there!)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Start a Jewelry Making Business

I have had several people approach me with questions about how to start a jewelry making business. Although my current business interest is supplying jewelry-making components, I do have a lot of experience and history in starting businesses in general. So I have adapted that knowledge into a guideline that might help you, if you are interested in starting your own.

The first issues facing any prospective business owner are, of course, the initial decision and finding the drive to follow through with it. Owning and running a successful business is hard work, so your major challenge is to understand the commitment needed to make it happen.

My next question is, what kind of jewelry do you make? Do you specialize? Do you make necklaces and chokers, or bracelets and anklets, or do you create sets that coordinate with each other or that make fashion statements?

Decision #2 - What do you want to make to sell? Will you concentrate on a type and style, or do you plan to make a variety of pieces?

Decision #3 - Will this be part time for some extra money or are you planning to build a business that will be a source of income? Either way, where will you work and how much time can you invest? Do you have money for start up expenses, supplies, for help and for advertising? Where will you sell your creations and do you have a marketing plan?

Before you can actually set your decisions into motion, you'll need to research the legal requirements for the type of business you create. The government will have its hand out for income tax and you will need to collect sales tax required by each state on things you sell. Your local authorities also may require licenses and insurance, especially if you have a store where people will visit.

This list of basics is far from complete, but at least it will give you something to think about.

If you need some guidance with design ideas go here.

I would love to hear about your process and your progress. What you share with me will also help your contemporaries. You're not in this alone. If you have questions or comments, you are always welcome to contact me.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swarovski Designer Components - Great For Leather Jewelry Projects

Antelope Beads is proud to offer select Genuine Swarovski Pendants and Beads that we feel work exceptionally well with our leather cord and other designer component offerings. They can add eye-catching sparkle to your designs, that will never become dark, dull or hazy. Please explore our selection and let your imagination run wild! Click here to see 9 on trend Swarovski jewelry design ideas.

Genuine Swarovski Beads and Pendants are made with the highest standards available on the market. The high-quality precision cutting and the clear through-hole achieve high brilliance and clarity. Rounded hole edges reduce the wear on stringing materials and increase the durability of designs. The AB coatings are incredibly durable, even when used on a daily basis. Click here to Shop the beautiful crystals now.

California Prop 65 Warning: Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products, or handling products made of leaded crystal, will expose you to lead - a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Power Of The Mission - Women Helping Women

For over 10 years Antelope Bead's Mission of Women Helping Women has supported talented artisans around the world. Camille & Co's clothing line shares the same Mission and fell in love with the Claycult Cambodia Ceramic Beads. Camille & Co created a Boho Jewelry Collection which debuted this January at one of the the worlds largest apparel trade shows. discovered the designs at the show and loved the story about Claycult and our Mission and has launched the Boho Jewelry Collection in their World Jewelry area. 

 We would love to share your story of spreading the shared Mission.
Email us and we will delighted to highlight your Mission!