Refashioned Jewels: Coloring Gems DIY

black hand fiturine -crystal- barware-diy earrings

It’s not that I don’t love these Amrita Singh Napeague Earrings which I found on GILT a few months ago {and wore here} but I realized recently that I have quite a few pairs of turquoise earrings, so I thought I’d DIY them into something new. Though I just noticed, when looking for the link on the Amrita Singh site, that these earrings are also available with black stones. But this DIY is for earrings, necklaces, bracelets or any piece of jewelry with gemstones: grab your black Sharpies and give them a makeover!


Sharpie Earrings DIY - materials

* Sharpie
* Q-tips
* Earrings or necklace with faceted colored gemstones


Sharpie Earrings DIY - 1

* Carefully mark your gems evenly with a new Sharpie making sure to avoid the metal base.

Sharpie Earrings DIY - 2

* Immediately after marking, take your q-tip and simply buff the stone so some of the marker wears away allowing your stone to shine through {if your stones are not faceted, this won’t work}.

Sharpie Earrings DIY - 3

* You may also choose not to buff your stone, which will give you a solid black effect. You may also choose to use a different color… any darker tones will work. My goal was to achieve a vintage look, and I love the way they turned out.


DIY earrings+changing the gemstone color on jewelry

sharpie earrings DIY

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Xuan

    October 27, 2011 |

    Wow, such a simple idea but…really, genius!

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    October 27, 2011 |

    So easy and simple, yet so beautiful!!

  • Michelle

    October 27, 2011 |

    Wow, a real transformation in 2 steps! This is incredible.

  • justinelorelle

    October 27, 2011 |

    Not going to lie, a two-step DIY project is exactly my speed. Such a great tip!

    ~Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

  • CessOviedo

    October 27, 2011 |

    Love it! Off to dig into my mom’s jewelry box, thanks for the genius idea!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Maria

    October 27, 2011 |

    Genius! Love this! It doesn’t get simplier than this!

  • Marionberry Style

    October 27, 2011 |

    Love this. Especially the buffing idea. I need to keep this in mind when I see jewelery where I love the design but hate the color. Yay for great DIY tips Maegan 🙂

    XO – Marion
    PS – joining your Twitter family for sure!

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    October 27, 2011 |

    Quick and easy update…

    I updated some button ups with glitter…

  • Amy @ At the Pink of Perfection

    October 27, 2011 |

    Love this!! They’re gorgeous!!!!

  • Michelle

    October 27, 2011 |

    brilliant. seriously, how do you come up with all these fantastic ideas? i love it.

  • Diane

    October 27, 2011 |

    i love this! such a beautiful and simple transformation.

  • Galaxia

    October 27, 2011 |

    very creative

  • MsDieynaba

    October 27, 2011 |

    OMG, you’re so crafty it’s getting scary!

  • Lia

    October 27, 2011 |

    I think I love the buffed part the best, it makes the stones look so unique, almost like they’re glowing 🙂
    Twitter: @smartnsnazzy

  • Talitha

    October 27, 2011 |

    This is such a simple DIY, now I want to find some earrings like this that I can re-do haha 🙂

    Talitha xx

  • Erin- Thanks I Made It

    October 28, 2011 |

    Great and easy update for something you already have! Nice!
    Erin @ Thanks I Made It

  • angry birds rio

    November 1, 2011 |

    So cute! thanks for sharing.

  • Katie

    November 8, 2011 |

    This is such a wonderful idea! Love love love.


    November 15, 2011 |

    simply SUPERB 🙂

  • Pixiedust

    December 19, 2011 |

    I’m a diy enthusiast. I design my own bracelet and other fashion accessories with Brings out my creative flair and I can make accessories with truly unique designs by mixing, matching, and clicking together magnetic studs. Yup, it’s that fun and easy!

  • Yeu EM

    August 17, 2012 |

    The contents of this article is very interesting, I am willing to read it, thank you it brings me happiness.

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