Fall 2014 Jewelry Stringing Guidelines Posted!

Feb 4, 2014

Drum roll please! We are happy to announce to you our themes and guidelines for the Fall 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine!


Travel-inspired jewelry can celebrate where you've been or depict styles worn by a particular culture. Moroccan styles are in fashion this year, including bright colors mixed with gold or earth tones. Submissions in this category should reflect a longing or impulse to wander and explore the world. Your mix of components should convey richness in culture and a worldly feel.

See examples and inspiration on our Pinterest board at:



Structural Jewelry

In this category, we are looking for jewelry that appears to be "built"--an architectural assemblage of shapes such as scallops, repeated patterns, drapes, or fringes. We are looking for symmetrical pieces with intentional construction using solid materials (as opposed to softer components) in bold-but-wearable designs.

See examples and inspiration on our Pinterest board at:



Dark Glamour

The fashion scene seems enamored with jewelry that embraces a fresh take on punk-rock styles. Successful submissions in this category will achieve the glamorous-but-dark look incorporating skull, bone, or bug pendants and charms into their necklace or bracelet designs. Don't be shy about mixing them with rhinestones or pops of color. For an edgy, yet feminine look, consider juxtaposing these elements with a softer component.

See examples and inspiration on our Pinterest board at:



Bright Copper

Copper has been showing up everywhere in jewelry designs, from more sophisticated fine jewelry to DIY projects. While shiny copper should be the main component in your design, consider pairing it with gemstones, leather, or other warm-hued materials.

See examples and inspiration on our Pinterest board at:



Emailed pre-submissions are due March 3rd, 2014; physical submissions are due March 17th, 2014.

For Submission Forms and the rest of our submission instructions and specifics, please read through our Contributor Guidelines in their entirety here.


We can't wait to see what you come up with!


Megan Lenhausen

Assistant Editor

Jewelry Stringing & Beadwork

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kaushambis wrote
on Feb 5, 2014 1:03 PM

Hello Editorial Team, 2 questions for you for the Fall 2014 submission:

1) Are the colors indicative of prefered palette for the designs?

2) For the BRIGHT COPPER theme - are you discouraging the use of antiqued copper?



MLenhausen wrote
on Feb 5, 2014 6:22 PM

Hi Kaushambi! Great questions! And to answer them...

1.) Although it’s okay to use a color here or there that is not in the chosen palette for the first 2 categories, we are looking for pieces that mostly display the colors from their respective palettes.

2.) For the copper category, we are looking for bright copper, not copper that is patinated or antiqued. What we are really looking for is that very bright look that we’re seeing on the runway right now. However, if the design has a little bit of oxidation/patination/antiquing, we may accept it as long as most of the piece is bright! If you click on the link for the Pinterest board for copper I think it will help you to get a better understanding of what we are aiming for!

I hope this helps! :)

raggydaggydo wrote
on Feb 28, 2014 5:49 PM

I'd like to submit a necklace that has components I purchased from a store that is no longer in business.  Is that a problem?

MLenhausen wrote
on Mar 11, 2014 11:46 AM

When it comes to using components from a store that is no longer in business, it is nice if you can find them available at another store. If almost all materials are from this no longer available store, it's not necessarily ideal, but if there is just a few and you can source them or something very similar somewhere else, it should be okay.