Trendwatch: Spotlight on Sparkly Glass!

February 23, 2011

Working with beads all day gives you a different perspective on life…

Sometimes I feel as though I have “Bead-o-vision”! I notice things now that I didn’t before.

Recently, while I was shopping at a few department stores here in Spokane, WA, home 0f Rings & Things, I came across a trend that was consistent throughout all of the stores: Sparkly Glass. Racks and racks full of designer jewelry made with the exact sparkly glass beads that we carry!

"The sparkle of crystal, at the price of glass!"

So, why, you ask, is sparkly glass so great? Well for several reasons. First and foremost, it is Sparkly! Really really sparkly! It comes in several shapes, sizes, colors and finishes.

And the best part about sparkly glass…it’s incredibly affordable. Most 16″ strands cost a mere $5 and will keep you creating for days. It’s no wonder that designers for top department stores have jumped on this trend.

These sparkly beads look great mixed with chain (as I have seen in designer items). Or, use them like you would crystals to “sparkle-up” your already great designs.

Limited-availability sparkly glass found only in our Spokane showroom or on our BeadTour

Here at Rings & Things, we carry 14 colors and 9 shapes of Sparkly Glass as regular stock. We are constantly adding to this, though!

Also if you want to see even more sparkly glass check out our Showroom or up-coming Bead Tour for an ever-changing supply of new, limited availability Sparkly Glass Beads!

Check out some ideas for how to use sparkly glass below (from our Design Gallery):

"Blue Bling" ring with electric blue sparkly glass

"Geared Up for Philosophy" bracelet with electric purple sparkly glass

"Ruby Droplets" Necklace featuring several sizes of red sparkly glass

By Tiffany White,

Rings & Things Showroom

Design Team

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  • Reply jams February 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oooo! I’m so excited that this is a big trend. These beads are so sparkly and lovely. I really like the design ideas. 🙂 There’s something about these kinds of beads that reminds me of depression-era jewelry—a very good thing, considering most of that stuff was beautiful. 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany at Ring & Things March 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I agree jams! Sparkly Glass is kind of like “Recession”-era beads for jewelry makers. Thanks for reading the blog and the compliments on the designs! 🙂

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