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Fall Jewelry Making Inspiration: Designs, Colors, and Other Ideas

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Are you seeking out new sources of inspiration for your fall jewelry designs this year? Whether designing jewelry is a personal pursuit or a full-time job, it can be refreshing to mix up the routine with some new color palettes and design options. As inspiration can strike at any time and in any place, don't feel limited to looking for inspiration in pictures of jewelry and jewelry making supplies. This article will get you on your way to finding news sources for autumn jewelry making inspiration.



Leaves are an amazing source of inspiration for jewelry making. From the colors to the textures to the shapes, there are so many possibilities for different designs. Regardless of the type of jewelry that you make, you are sure to find some ideas that are fitting with your work. Leaves take on a whole new life during fall, changing into a wealth of different colors and scattering the ground in fascinating patterns. Once you start thinking about leaves, you'll notice them everywhere you go.

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You can study branches for inspiration any time of the year, but fall is particularly neat as many trees lose their leaves, resulting in exposed bare branches. Study trees of varying types and sizes. Look at branches on the ground as well as reflections of trees in the water.

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Acorns / Squirrels

While you don't have to combine acorns and squirrels in your jewelry designs, they are a natural pairing. With that being said, an acorn pendant or squirrel charm can also look fabulous on its own. There are lots of handmade and manufactured glass and plastic acorn charms that make beautiful, simple necklaces and earrings. You can also fashion real acorns into charms to use for jewelry making.



Whether or not you use orange in your jewelry making and/or you make a lot of seasonal jewelry, there are lots of ways to find inspiration in pumpkins. Study pumpkin sizes, textures, and colors. If possible, visit a local pumpkin farm or farmers market or take a few minutes to study the pumpkins in the grocery store sometime this fall.

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Do you use a lot of silver or gold in your jewelry making? Bronze is a great way to mix up the routine while keeping with a metallic or neutral palette to create new pieces that are perfect for fall. There are a wide variety of readily available, affordable bronze jewelry findings for all types of projects.

Autumn birthstones

  • September: sapphire
  • October: opal
  • November. topaz


There is always a steady market for birthstone jewelry, particularly rings. From wedding jewelry to birthday gifts to anniversary presents, birthstone jewelry is a classic gorgeous option that never goes out of style. Make sure to plan accordingly so that you have your new birthstone pieces ready to go a few months ahead of time.


Autumn Color Combinations

There are a virtually endless variety of fall color combinations that involve red, orange, yellow, and/or brown. With so many possibilities, you'll never tire of these options, but there's no reason to feel limited to them either.

  • Neutrals / metallics. A neutral shade is a great way to mix up a classic fall palette and still keep a design versatile. Think about black, brown, navy, silver, gold, or the previously mentioned bronze.
  • Jewel tones. There are lots of options for pairing dark green, royal blue, or deep purple with one or more fall tones. You can also create an autumn palette exclusively with jewel tones.

Are you looking for more ideas? Search Google or Pinterest for additional fall color combinations.

Fall Color Combinations

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Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2014:

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! That's great. :)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on September 19, 2014:

Awesome ideas. I especially like the vintage pumpkin jewelry idea.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 13, 2014:

Thanks so much, Faith! I really appreciate the feedback about my designs. :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 13, 2014:

Beautiful designs here for fall! Really loved that the season of fall inspired you to create such beautiful jewelry.

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Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 08, 2014:

Thanks so much, Suzanne Day! I'm glad that you found some inspiration here.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on September 07, 2014:

Some great inspirational ideas in here. I like the Russian double leaf earrings. Good colour palettes to use for jewelry too. Voted awesome!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 04, 2014:

Thanks so much, Raimer, DealForALiving, and SheGetsCreative!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 04, 2014:

Nice ideas. Love that double row button bracelet.

Nick Deal from Earth on September 04, 2014:

Really well written and I like the ideas. I'm a big fan of acorn decorations/jewelry when I can find it.

Raimer Gel on September 03, 2014:

That's a wonderful design that you have there.

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