12 Spectacular Earrings Under $100 to add to your collection

Earrings – my go to accessory

Oh I am busy busy busy creating a dozen pair of spectacular earrings that I will be offering later this month…..  and all of them will be under $100.  And today I’m giving you just a tiny sneak peak.

I love earrings; and they are my go to accessory –  especially when I am in a hurry.  Of course you have also heard me say I hate to make earrings… and that is still true.  But I’m always up for a challenge.  

a little history

Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification, with artistic and written references from cultures around the world dating back to early history. Gold, Silver and Bronze hoop earrings were prevalent in the Minoan Civilization (2000–1600 BC).

An early evidence of earring-wearing is evident in the Biblical record. In Exodus 32:1–4, it is written that while Moses was up on Mount Sinai, the Israelites demanded that Aaron make a god for them. It is written that he commanded them to bring their sons’ and daughters’ earrings (and other pieces of jewelry) to him in order that he might comply with their demand. 

Earrings became fashionable among courtiers and gentlemen in the 1590s during the English Renaissance. A document published in 1577 by clergyman William Harrison, Description of England, states “Some lusty courtiers and gentlemen of courage do wear either rings of gold, stones or pearls in their ears.”

Types of Earrings

Statement Earrings
…. can be defined as “Earrings which invite attention from others by demonstrating bold, original, and unique designs with innovative construction and material combinations”.

Stud earrings
The main characteristic of stud earrings is the appearance of floating on the ear or earlobe without a visible (from the front) point of connection. Studs are invariably constructed on the end of a post, which penetrates straight through the ear or earlobe. The post is held in place by a removable friction back or clutch. .

Hoop earrings
…. are circular or semi-circular in design, and look very similar to a ring. 

Drop earrings
A drop earring attaches to the earlobe and features a gemstone or ornament that dangles down from a chain, hoop, or similar object. The length of these ornaments vary from the very short to the extravagantly long. Such earrings are occasionally known as droplet earrings, dangle earrings, or pendant earrings. They also include chandelier earrings, which branch out into elaborate, multi-level pendants.

Dangle earrings
…. are designed to flow from the bottoms of the earlobes, and are available in various lengths from a centimeter or two, all the way to brushing the shoulders. They are generally attached to the ear by the use of thin wires, which go through the earlobe and connect to themselves in a small hook at the back. A variation is the French hook design, which merely hangs from the earlobe without closure, although small plastic retainers are sometimes used on ends of French hooks.


So here is your sneak peak of an earring from the Desert Vista Collection….


statement earrings


What king of earrings do you like to wear?

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You can never have too many earrings – right?

Okay I’m in the Black Friday mood….

So what is planned?

How about an earring sale…..

So the event this year for my shop this coming Black Friday weekend is Earrings.

You can never have too many earrings – right?

And for Black Friday weekend all the earrings in my shop will be 50% off…..  

Do you like Sparkle????????????????/

sparkle earrings

Or perhaps a nice geometric????


or are you a little bit BOHO???



These and more…… 

Starts Friday November 24 9:00 am MST

ends Monday November 27th midnight 

The code is  50OFF.

Here’s the link

Tell your friends!

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desert rain long drop statement earrings

desert rain creosote plant

Can you smell the rain?

In the desert I can smell the rain.

It’s fresh.  It’s clean.  It’s invigorating.

But of course it’s not the rain but the creosote bush.

This plant is the reason you can smell the rain in the desert.

Come visit the desert

And if it rains, go outside and take a whiff!

That smell has a name — petrichor.

It is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil

desert rain drops

Inspired by the smell of rain

Inspired by little drops of rain on plants

 a pair of earrings are born


The long drop desert rain earrings are in the shop – shop them here

The smaller fish hook style is coming soon.  Join my newsletter group to be the first to know

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Nestled in a pod


A pod is really a dried fruit containing many seeds.  

The pod protects the seeds as they mature.  

And eventually the seeds will leave the pod and make new plants.

I called these earrings “nestled in a pod”.  

Lovely labradorite.

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Earrings – what kind do you like to wear?

sterling silver earrings

A new style of earrings I’m working on

Earrings as Adornment

Did you know that the original purpose for an earring was probably protection? But ears are also perfect to hold an ornament. Ears can be pierced – sometimes in many places. Ears are all shapes and sizes and can be adorned with a variety of shapes and materials. It is very seductive to wear an earring.
Of all the different kinds of jewelry worn by men and women, none has as much controversy and variety of symbolism as earrings. At times, only men wore them. At other times, they were only acceptable to be worn by women. In some cultures, they are a sign of wealth, and in others a sign of slavery, prostitution or thievery.

Regardless of who wears them, earrings are an excellent way to express oneself, and a fashionable pair that is well-designed can truly make a statement.

So what kind of earring do you like to wear?  
I prefer a small dangle earring.  
But I have been wearing my hair a little longer so I have gotten bold and my earrings are getting longer.

The photo on the top is a new design and I like them because they are formed with a cold connection.  The next photo shows a pair of earrings I made in a class at the Bead and Button Show.

sterling silver earrings

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Mesquite Pods

mesquite pods

Mesquite Pods

Mesquite trees have long been used by native people of the southwest for food, medicine, beverages, glue, hair dye, firewood, construction material, and furniture making.  Mesquite beans are usually harvested after they turn hard and golden. Both the pods and the seeds (which are very tough) are ground into meal. The native people sprinkled the ground meal with a little water to form small, round cakes. Later, slices of dried cake were fried like mush, used to thicken stews, or eaten raw. The meal is also used as flour to make flat bread. Mesquite meal is gluten free.  The pods of mesquite beans are very sweet and the sweetness comes from fructose which doesn’t require insulin to be metabolized. You can chew on a pod to test its sweetness.

My dog loves to eat them.

My driveway is full of them.

So what do mesquite pods have to do with jewelry?

Mesquite Pod Earrings

I have always wanted to capture the essence of the mesquite pod in an earring.  For these earrings I decided to use hammered sterling silver (to emulate the texture of the bark) and tiny semi precious gemstones to mimic the curve of the pod as it hangs on the tree.  I’ve used sunstone here, but also turquoise, spinel, hematite, moonstone, ruby and more.

mesquite pods                                    mesquite pods



mesquite pods

mesquite pods

mesquite pods

They will be available in my shop on October 30

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Colored Pencils on Metal – earrings

Coloring on Metal

So if you have been following this blog you have seen a few of the pieces I made in a class with Deb Karash where I learned to color metal with pencils.  Very cool!

The class was 4 days so I was able to complete several projects.  Of course I had to make a pair of earrings.

colored pencils on metal earrings

colored pencil earringscolored pencil earrings

And naturally I made a pendant to match… stay tuned


I have been attending the Bead and Button Show since it’s first year in Milwaukee.  In fact I was a vendor off and on for years….  selling my lampworked beads.  For the past several years I was lucky to meet up with 3 great “beader” friends.  We got adjoining rooms and had a blast taking classes, dining at great restaurants, and staying up late just talking.

But this year was a bittersweet year.

One friend couldn’t make it because she is taking care of a sick husband.

I did meet my friend from Chicago.

We were having a great time until a slip and a fall caused her to break her arm.

Back to Chicago for her….  where it’s taken her the whole summer to mend.

And at the time I was unaware of what life had in store for me.

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Color Play

Color Play Earrings

I am blessed to be a member of the Desert Artisans’ Gallery here in Tucson.  It is a wonderful gallery owned and operated by local Tucson artists.  I was juried in last year.  Every quarter the show changes which it did just last week.  The theme of the show this time is “Color Play”.  I created 2 new styles of earrings just for this show.  Bright and colorful just in time for summer.

The lampworked beads that I made for these earrings were in colors a little brighter than I usually use, but I’m really loving them.  Which brought up a discussion of color with a friend.

Colors do confer emotion…

Blue – dependable and strength; trustworthy

Red – youthful, bold, and mayber anger

Yellow – optimism and warmth; clarity

Green – peaceful, growth and balance – and don’t forget Emerald is the “color of the year”

Turquoise – communication and clarity of the mind

Orange – cheerful, confidence

Purple – creative, wise

Gray – balance, calm and neutral

So which ones do you like?  What color speaks to you?  I’m wearing the turquoise today.