I think the simplest design is the one on the left. I love mandalas, so I naturally like this style. I think earrings like this are perfect to wear 'everyday' - to work or with jeans.
I found a really good free tutorial for this beading technique on the
Fusion Beads website. The beading stitch is brick stitch done around a component and it is really pretty simple.
So, here is my attempt.
I only did 3 rows, but it is taking shape nicely. I like it enough that I will dig up a couple of more sterling silver spacers and try to make an 'official' pair of earrings in this style over the weekend.
I could have been a little more daring with my color choices though! Just metallic smoke and black - both in round beads. I think the other option is to use 'cut' beads - which I may incorporate into a future design.
One of my concerns last night when I was making these was the size. As you can see, 3 times around is barely 1/2 inch, which is pretty small for a pair of dangle earrings. But, when I checked the size of the Miguel Ases earrings, they are only a little larger at about 2/3 of an inch, and they have one more round of beading. I guess that means I did everything right.
The bead I used for the center is a simple smooth silver spacer bead. I've gone through my stash and found several different styles that might work, but I decided to keep it simple and as similar to the original earrings to start with. The link above will take you to a bead that is similar to the one I used on Fire Mountain Gems website. Note that I didn't measure the bead to see if it's the same size - mainly because I think anything similar is going to work fine.