Jewelry Design: Black Holiday Glam Jewelry with Margie Deeb

Shake things up this holiday season. Forget what you know about the traditional colors of the holidays, go glam! Black is timeless. Black is extraordinary. It is a magical color for any special day. Add some glittering complementary colors and your jewelry will be elegant and memorable. Just avoid the traps, too much black and your jolly jewelry will be gothic and eerie. Read on if you would like to learn how make jewelry with glamorous black beads.

We love Margie Deeb's intimate knowledge of colors and we wanted to re-share some of our archive articles she has written for us. Margie is an incredibly talented artist, designer, and author. Follow along on her color journey. Let's all become students of color!

Below, Margie discusses how to make wonderful black holiday jewelry. She warns of the pitfalls of using too much black. Black is powerful and can overwhelm a jewelry design. If you overdo black, your jewelry might look morbid and spooky. Pair black with another metal or glittering color and you will make magical and glamorous jewelry.

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb

Excerpt from  Instant Holiday Glam: Color Palettes of Splendor. Available for $7.95 as a downloadable PDF.

Yes, black for the holidays! It's elegant, rich, and splendid. Mysterious black, combined with any metal, works holiday glam magic. But black alone won't do it - you must add sparkle and glitz.

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb

Be aware of the strength, density, and heaviness of black: it can overwhelm and consume, looking more goth than glam. If black is your main color in a palette, lift and lighten the overall effect by using burnished finishes, AB finishes, facets, and anything else with light and movement.


  • Play with mixing different textures and finishes of black: opaque, matte (not too much matte please), faceted, AB

  • Hematite, black, and silver make a gorgeous neutral combination... just make sure it sparkles

  • When combining red with black, include gold, silver, or other sparkling metals, or the effect is too graphic and goth for holiday glam

Suggested Palettes:

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb
Black, Hematite, Gold

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb
Black, Copper, and Pearl

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb
Black, Garnet, Gold, and Bronze

Holiday Glam Jewelry: Black? by Margie Deeb
Black, Silver, Sapphire

Semi-Precious Gemstones:

Black Obsidian Smooth Nuggets
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Black Onyx Matte Finish Overlap Squares
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Black Spinel Faceted Ellipses
Black Spinel
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Natural Tektite Rough Nuggets
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Beading Wire Colors:

Soft Flex Beading Wire - Black Onyx Color

Soft Flex Beading Wire - Black Onyx Color

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Soft Touch Beading Wire - Black Color
Soft Touch Beading Wire, .010" Diameter/VeryFine - Black Color

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Trios Beading Wire Colors:

Trios Beading Wire Packs Multi-Color - Medium Diameter

Elegant Trios Beading Wire Set

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Trios Beading Wire Packs Multi-Color - Medium Diameter

Black Magic Trios Beading Wire Set

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Margie Deeb

Artist and color expert Margie Deeb is the author of The Beader's Color Palette, The Beader's Guide to Color, The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design and numerous beading and color publications. She teaches color and beading across the country and her free monthly color column, Margie's Muse, is available on her website. She writes regularly for Beadwork, Bead & Button, and Step-by-Step Beads magazines.

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