DIY Horseshoe Necklace

The timeless appeal of the horseshoe in jewelry design is due as much to it being a symbol of good fortune as it is a perfectly symmetrical, unifying focal element. Whether embellished with crystals, hammered for rich texture or punched with holes to hang gemstone bead drops, horseshoe necklaces are a sophisticated staple in every fashionistas’ jewelry wardrobe. The power of the horseshoe as a talisman or amulet to project positive energy and protect the wearer is thought to be gently held within its graceful, yet strong upward curves.

Things You’ll Need

1 mm to 1.5 mm thick or 26-gauge sterling silver or copper flat wire or flat pattern wire
Hole punch or drill
Flush cutter
Metal file
16-gauge jump rings
Flat back Swarovski crystals or hot-fix Swarovski crystals and bejeweling tool
Pre-made sterling silver or copper chain or sterling silver or copper jump rings for chainmail divided into two equal portions for correct size necklace.
Sterling silver or copper toggle clasp or wire to make your own
Ball peen hammer (optional)
Bench block (optional)

Planning and Implementation of the Design

Step 1

Measure your neck or the neck of the person for whom you are making the necklace at the length you wish the necklace to hang. Generally, a choker-length necklace measures 16 inches, a necklace that sits at the collarbone is about 18 inches or a little longer and a longer necklace that hangs a few inches below the collar bone is 20 inches. A 22-inch necklace sits at or above the neckline and a 24-inch necklace sits below the neckline.

Draw your design on paper to determine the size of the horseshoe focal you desire, the placement of crystals, the placement of holes and the length of chain or chain mail you need to create. Explore the possibilities and your creativity by drawing whatever comes to mind, within the horseshoe design concept. Choose the design that looks the best.

Step 2

Bend the flat or pattern wire horizontally, keeping the wire flat on the work surface. Hammer smooth wire to give it a surface design texture. Leave smooth spots where the crystals will be placed. Punch or drill a hole in each end of the wire, leaving about 1/2 inch at the end. Trim the square ends off the two ends of the wire to create a point at each end. File the ends until they are round and smooth with no sharp edges. Glue on the flat back crystals or use the bejeweler tool to add crystals according to your design plan.

Step 3

Weave the chainmail, if you’re using it. Attach the two chain or chainmail sections to either side of the horseshoe with the jump rings. Attach the clasp with a jump ring to one side for the bar and one side of the chain for the toggle.

The Hollywood Collection

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We immediately recognize the distinctive, signature style of designers and jewelry companies whose jewelry designs reveal their appreciation of women. Their savvy sense of what kind of jewelry fashionable women want to wear is the key to their success. The subtle curve of an earring, intriguing drape of a necklace, knockout sparkle on a ring all tell a story, and it’s a global one that strikes a chord in women who love jewelry. What makes these designs so extraordinary? Is it the impeccable attention to detail, premium quality and color of the materials used or a built-in radar for what makes women look and feel beautiful? It’s all these things and much more. Jewelry with trademark- style has an almost magical, indefinable quality you can’t quite put your finger on, you just know you love it.

Those who have managed to get a foothold and stay on top of the fiercely competitive global jewelry market are inevitably those who know how to make jewelry that strikes that chord, and they offer fresh exciting designs year after year. The Hollywood Collection is one such jewelry company. They design and manufacture the bold, dramatic and glamorous jewelry that is so popular today. The brainchild of Elliot Abbott, a Hollywood producer, The Hollywood Collection was born nearly 20 years ago, sparked by a unique and exciting idea. The Hollywood Collection features original reproductions of cinematic jewels from legendary films of the 1940s and 1950s, offering a unique selection of perennially fashionable jewelry at prices that won’t break the bank. Following are just a few of the glamourous jewelry pieces available at The Hollywood Collection.

Who can forget Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca and the exquisite jewelry she wore in the film, it seems forever etched in the memory of jewelry aficionados as much as the romantic storyline itself. Bergman’s Casablanca “Rose-Cut Pink Diamond Ring” and “Farewell Diamond Bracelet” epitomize the elegance of the times and pay tribute to this truly amazing star. Remember her in “Saratoga Trunk”? If so, you will recall the dazzling sapphire and diamond starburst ring she wore. The Hollywood Collection captures the look perfectly with “Saratoga Sapphire Ring”. Many more pieces in the Bergman collection have been inspired by the films, “Gaslight”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Anastasia” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” There is also a reproduction of the aquamarine and diamond ring she wore at the Academy Awards ceremony when she accepted one of her many Oscars, named “Bergman’s Aquamarine Award Ring.”

What would “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “Some Like it Hot”, “Asphalt Jungle”, “How to Marry a Millionaire”, “All About Eve”, “Ladies of the Chorus”, “Bus Stop” and the “Misfits” be without the enigmatic presence of Marilyn Monroe. A Hollywood treasure in life, an enduring legend since her untimely death nearly 50 years ago, Marilyn reputedly loved costume fashion jewelry and would have adored these recreations of the jewelry she wore in movies and publicity shots. The Hollywood Collection features pieces in the Marilyn Monroe collection such as “Diamond Moment Ring”, “Sapphire Stunner Ring”, “Victorian Bracelet”, and more that will inevitably keep Marilyn’s glamorous legend alive forever.

Lana Turner remains an iconic movie star of yesteryear whose dramatic and passionate life onscreen and off still intrigues us. She was married a monumental seven times! The Hollywood Collection pays tribute to this sensational actress and glamour girl who starred in such films as “Ziegfeld Girls”, “Johnny Eager”, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”and “Honky Tonk”. Her collection features, “Purple Passion Ring”, “Cognac Heart Ring”, “Sapphire Tears Earrings”, “Fiery Ruby Ring” and much more.

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The Magic of Daniel Espinosa, Jewelry Designer

283834Taxco, Mexico is renowned for its magnificent colonial architecture, narrow cobbled streets and for being the hometown of jewelry designer, Daniel Espinosa. Since launching his company in 1989, Espinosa has attained star status in Latin America and become the most celebrated Latino jewelry designer in the world. His jewelry design empire employs 350 artisans who produce more than 10,000 pieces a month. Super-trendy Daniel Espinosa boutiques are popping up everywhere from Puerto Vallarta to Europe, Asia and Canada. Espinosa is considered an avant-garde rebel, his jewelry collected by celebrity fashionistas such as Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Halle Berry, Daisy Fuentes, Eva Longorin, Nelly Furtado, Hilary Duff and a bevy of admirers from all walks of life.

Daniel Espinosa’s jewelry is bold, daring and often controversial. It goes where conformists and traditionalists dare not go. His creative genius is a rich tapestry woven from his life experience and embellished with a child-like curiosity that never died. His designs exude his passion for life and fashion. He studied art in Florence, fashion design in Holland, international marketing in New York and jewelry design at the Gemological Institute of America. His seductive jewelry designs are a masterful blend of Mexican silver and random, eclectic elements that dazzle and delight the eye. Each piece tells a story, vividly depicted in retro tiger’s eye, multi-faceted cubic zirconia, recycled glass from a 1950s TV screen he discovered in the Philippines, industrial-grade cork and precious gemstones. Each piece is thoughtfully selected by Espinosa himself and anchored by gobs of luscious silver. Sleek, sculptured sterling silver necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and brooches dance across the pages of his virtual art show at http://www.danielespinosa.com

Daniel Espinosa creates several exciting collections every year. An exuberant mix-and-match appeal resonates throughout. “Vanilla” is geometric perfection; chunky silver cubes, oblongs and discs—some smooth, some hammered—fashioned into chokers, bracelets, earrings and rings. “Excess,” both profuse and romantic, features silver teardrops inset with a kaleidoscope of sparkling gemstones. Heart pendants inset with multi-colored crystals. Lofty rings and chunky silver chokers round out the glam theme. “Saint-Tropez” celebrates classic style; silver and gemstone cubes delicately strung on long, lush necklaces with earrings to match. “Crepusculo,” defined by its striking black and gold symmetry, features textured leather and dangling hearts. Strong and elegant, the spirited “Day & Night” is distinguished by a sea of shiny silver balls bobbing from black leather cords.

Daniel Espinosa finds inspiration for his designs in his hometown of Taxco, a gleaming vista of white marble sizzling under the Mexican sun. His creativity is stimulated by the colorful Galliano parade and the great spectacle of Guelaguetza in nearby Oaxaca.

Twice a year, Espinosa and his staff retreat into their own private world for two or three weeks to design the collections. Espinosa’s dedication to the design process, attention to detail, passion for his art and business acumen have made him one of the most successful jewelry designers of today.

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