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Things you might not know about Handmade Jewelry.

Owning at least one piece of handmade jewelry is a “must-have” for every closet. It can be from a one of a kind that you have searched for or a piece you pick up while you are on vacation. Handmade jewelry has a certain appeal about it that you can’t help but want one for yourself. My theory is because of the effort and love that the artisans put into their craft.
The Long History of Earrings

The Long History of Earrings

It seems crazy to write this, but here it is: Earrings have been popular for 7,000 years. Yes, 7,000! I can't really think of anything else that has remained a fad for that long. Beaded earrings remain a fashionable accessory today, but I was surprised by the many interesting tidbits in their history.
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How Beaded Jewelry can Elevate Everyday Style

When it comes to elevating a plain outfit from simple to chic, the accessories are the best place to start. Whether your go-to look is denim or you’re a fan of a classic dress, handcrafted jewelry might be just what you need to bring your look to the next level. Here are a few ways beaded jewelry can be incorporated into your look simply yet effectively:
May 25, 2020 by SWCreations Jewelry
Creative ways to Accessorize with Handmade Jewelry

Creative ways to Accessorize with Handmade Jewelry

The beauty of wearing handmade jewelry is that it stands out uniquely and makes a bold statement. However, many people don’t know how to accessorize their daily outfits with handmade jewelry.
April 18, 2020 by SWCreations Jewelry
Where Handmade Jewelry Began

Where Handmade Jewelry Began

The history of handmade jewelry is almost as old and rich as the earth itself. While the people of prehistoric times would adorn their bodies with natural items found among them such as shells and animal teeth, handmade jewelry became a bit more significant within ancient civilizations like Egypt and China. They began to make jewelry out of precious stones and raw materials which required great skill to be mined and made into pieces of jewelry. Each piece would be uniquely crafted for the person wearing it. This in turn, of course, made jewelry accessible to only a small part of the population and was mostly used to show status and rank.
January 13, 2020 by SWCreations Jewelry
The History of Handmade Jewelry: Back Then to Now

The History of Handmade Jewelry: Back Then to Now

Creating handmade jewelry has been around practically since the dawn of time, with the earliest records of handmade jewelry being made by Neanderthals in Europe. Perforated beads that were made of sea shells and small stones have been dated as far back as 115,000 years ago. They've been found in a cave called Cueva de los Aviones, which is located on the southeast coast of Spain. Shortly after, humans moved on to using items such as bones and teeth to make primitive adornments for themselves and others.
September 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Artisan vs. Handmade Jewelry: Is there really a difference?

Artisan vs. Handmade Jewelry: Is there really a difference?

When searching for pieces of jewelry to add to your collection, it should not only be a representation of taste but also your personality. Finding those pieces to add to your chest should take about as much effort as finding the right dress to wear to a cocktail party or finding the perfect handbag. Any jewelry aficionado understands each piece that is added to their collection has a story of origin. They are also able to tell you what and why that particular piece is so special to them. All jewelry is not created equally. With that in mind, your jewelry should be a clear and unique representation of YOU.
September 09, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Beaded Jewelry: Timeless & Trendy

Beaded Jewelry: Timeless & Trendy

Wearing handmade beaded jewelry can be an addictive expression of individuality. The variety of styles, colors, sizes, shapes and all around diversity of features one can find in beaded jewelry is quite probably limitless. The spectrum of choices also make it possible for nearly everyone to find something unique and wearable regardless of age or gender.
August 25, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Jewelry and the Value of Uniqueness

Jewelry and the Value of Uniqueness

At SWCreations Jewelry, we hand-craft each piece of jewelry that we sell, because we believe in the philosophy that items made with care carry more value and provide better assets to our customers.

In some ways, jewelry is all about unique personal expression. That's why it's hard to get excited about items that are mass manufactured.

August 07, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Living Coral: The Exotic Beauty in Living Things

Living Coral: The Exotic Beauty in Living Things

There isn't anything precisely like the feeling you can get from a truly distinct piece of jewelry. When a color stands out in such a way that it perks your imagination and makes a genuine impression, you know you've found something worth carrying with you for years to come. This year's Pantone Color of the Year is one such color that really has a feeling all its own. "Living Coral" perfectly embodies the elements of change, transformation, and creativity.
The Exquisite Uniqueness of Handmade Jewelry

The Exquisite Uniqueness of Handmade Jewelry

Mass produced jewelry can never replace the exquisite, uniqueness of handmade jewelry.  While manufactured jewelry has its place, it misses the mark when it comes to personal distinctiveness and superb, character. These handmade adornments often speak without ever saying a word. They are frequently the catalysts to the oohs and the ahs, that fill side conversations and provoke the oh so famous question of, where did you get that? One can't deny the instant room magnet you become upon wearing jewelry never before seen.
July 06, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
We Believe in the Magic of Handcrafted over Mass-Produced

We Believe in the Magic of Handcrafted over Mass-Produced

When you purchase a handcrafted SWCreations piece, you're not only buying a bracelet or a pair of earrings, you are also making a statement...several at that. You are saying to the world that you treasure quality over quantity and that the conservation of culture, tradition, and individuality is of importance to you.
June 29, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Beaded Lampwork Jewelry in the Roaring 20's

Beaded Lampwork Jewelry in the Roaring 20's

From flapper dresses to pinstriped suits, the 1920's was an era that defined fashion. No element of the roarin' 20's was quite as unique as the accessories. Beaded jewelry was all that jazz and handmade lampwork pieces were an iconic testament to the fashion scene of the time. Discover the rich, rowdy history of prohibition era gems -- and how you can incorporate lampwork beads into your own wardrobe!
June 16, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
3 Beautiful Things You Should Know About Handmade Jewelry

3 Beautiful Things You Should Know About Handmade Jewelry

Handcrafted arts have become more accessible than ever before. Thanks to internet connectivity, artisans are able to showcase and sell their creations around the globe. The individual designs of every specially made piece of art are easily within reach of anyone looking for something unique. In this world, jewelry creators and admirers alike can share in the beautiful creativity that goes into every piece we choose to adorn. For anyone who adores handcrafted jewelry, here are just three amazing things you should know about what goes into it.  

March 08, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Handmade Jewelry Designs and One-Of-A-Kinds

Handmade Jewelry Designs and One-Of-A-Kinds

Handmade jewelry is an art that has been practiced over lifetimes, the main reason is due to the one-of-a-kind aspect of handmade jewelry. Jewelry shoppers typically love the idea of buying something unique, ensuring the fact that they have the only one in the world like it. That quality alone draws people into the handmade design world and keeps them coming back for more. The elite feeling of handmade jewelry provides customers and artisans the chance to sell and shop within a wide price range.  In short, nearly anyone can have that positive and confident feeling while wearing artisan jewelry.
February 17, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Handcrafted Jewelry: The Heart of Art

Handcrafted Jewelry: The Heart of Art

The tradition of jewelry craft is an ancient and often forgotten art. From the sapphires of Persia to the glass bead work of Africa, the art of handcrafted jewelry is both timeless and enduring. Artisan jewelry embraces the rich history of design with imaginative crafts and exquisite colors
December 24, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
Elegant Blue Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Sky, Waters, Eternity

Elegant Blue Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Sky, Waters, Eternity

The mysteries of deep waters, the iciness of a winter sky, the softness of a budding flower - this breathtaking variety of shades reflects the many moods of blue. True blue, blue-greens, blue-violets, blue-reds...the tones and effects are endless, and nowhere can they be better seen than in jewelry made from genuine Swarovski Austrian crystals.
December 04, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
Discover the True Beauty of Handcrafted Jewelry

Discover the True Beauty of Handcrafted Jewelry

Every woman loves to wear beautiful jewelry. We place a lot of significance on it. Diamonds are thought of as a symbol of love. Rubies are a symbol of passion or energy and garnet is a symbol of friendship or affection. Those same types of sentiments can be linked with beaded jewelry as well and it may hold even more significance since a lot of it is handmade. These beaded creations are one-of-a-kind treasures that every woman will be happy to wear. Are you ready to discover the true beauty of handcrafted jewelry?
September 25, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
Match Your Personality with Handmade Jewelry

Match Your Personality with Handmade Jewelry

Jewelry is an expression of your personality. Big and bold, calm and quiet, sophisticated, urbanite, country girl... Which of these describe your unique personality? If you're shopping at a store or local craft fair you can probably find a piece of jewelry that sort of gets you and your uniqueness. But if you want jewelry that really showcases your personality, a piece of custom handcrafted jewelry is a unique and totally original way to do just that.

If you have a sophisticated yet bold personality, a large piece of jewelry featuring Alexandrite may be the way to go. This rare gemstone changes its colors depending on the lighting. 

July 29, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
Ice Cold Winter Jewelry Colors that Are Hot Hot Hot

Ice Cold Winter Jewelry Colors that Are Hot Hot Hot

It has long been known that people who are considered to have a winter complexion look best in deep blues, reds and even hot pinks.  Winter people will be happy to hear that the hottest colors for winter 2016-2017 jewelry collections will rock their world!

Sapphire blue's with their ever-so deep and brilliant hues top the list of what's trending. Beads and gems that in the blue spectrum come in many shapes and sizes; all are pleasing to they eye. At the edge of blues are the deep purples that are just as desirable in bracelets and charms.

Next to beautiful blue you'll find ridiculous reds. Gems with super-deep, multi-layered tones that scream "pick me!" are ready to make their appearance as the snow falls.

January 26, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry
A Gift that Keeps Giving!

A Gift that Keeps Giving!

Have you received handmade, beaded earrings? If so, you know the time and creativity spent in making those earrings. However, you also relish in the thoughtfulness of the person who gave them to you. It takes a special person to pick out the right set of earrings for a person.

Handmade, beaded earrings, are one of a kind. An artist makes these gems and is not in the business of "mass production." Each piece is cleverly designed, knowing that the person who will receive the earrings will love and cherish the unique gift.

January 19, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry
Handmade Jewelry, A Shared Journey

Handmade Jewelry, A Shared Journey

Brisk winter days are here, and the season encourages us toward warmth, comfort, and introspection. We might find ourselves looking back over significant moments, like looking into a faceted crystal prism, and discovering how they have reflected, refracted, or redefined us. Making or purchasing handmade jewelry is a wonderful way to celebrate the ways in which we have changed or the ways in which we have held true to ourselves over the course of the year.
January 12, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry
Match Your Jewelry With Your Favorite Color Flowers

Match Your Jewelry With Your Favorite Color Flowers

Summer is in full swing, and the flowers are in full bloom. Just stepping outside, you can see the beauty of nature in all its splendor. The trees are lush with foliage. The flowers are ripe with saturated hues of pink, purple, blue and any other color you can imagine. These flowers and their gorgeous colors have served as inspiration for jewelry artisans for many years.
November 15, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Icy Winter Jewelry - Show of your Cool Side

Icy Winter Jewelry - Show of your Cool Side

Are you a winter person?  Cool icicles, frosty snowballs...If you love the ice and snow, we have the perfect winter jewelry so you can show off your cool side all year round.

Snow

White pearls give us the impression of smooth, new-fallen snow across the hillsides.  

You can capture that new-snow feeling with twisted white pearls wrapped around your wrist. We make it to order and add your family's birthstones, interspersed with our beautiful twisted pearls.  

November 10, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Nearly Good Enough to Eat: Handmade Jewelry

Nearly Good Enough to Eat: Handmade Jewelry

When you think of candy, do you think of handmade jewelry?  Maybe you should!  Many of our jewelry designs look nearly good enough to eat.

Rock Candy

Can anyone see those and not want one?  That little stick with the ball on the bottom, and that crunchy colorful sugar on top! Reminiscent of chunky, sparkly rock candy, this Pink Jade Gemstone Magnetic beaded bracelet is hard not to lick!  Gracing your wrist will be tanzanite purple and peach faceted beads with sterling silver spacers.

November 03, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Lampwork Beads: Sheer Imagination

Lampwork Beads: Sheer Imagination

Imagine it: an artist, thinking outside the box, experiments with melting a bit of glass in the heat of a cooking fire.  Centuries later another artist successfully melts glass in the flame of an oil lamp using his own breath as a bellows.  Imagine their excitement as they roll the glass into a small bead.  Oh, the possibilities! For another several centuries, artists continued to use lamps for their heat source, producing unique beads, hence the name lampwork beads
My Beaded Jewelry, Your Body: Beautiful Art!

My Beaded Jewelry, Your Body: Beautiful Art!

Art is the wonderful expression of our creative skill and imagination. Usually, we picture a painting or a sculpture or a work of music, but I offer this thought -- jewelry, too, is art, appreciated for its beauty and emotional power. 

The beaded jewelry I make is singular, each piece rising from the blending of my imagination with my skill in selecting and combining the perfect elements to create a specific piece of jewelry. Like all artists, I do it for the simple joy of creating.

May 02, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry