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Beaded Bracelets Are the Perfect Gift Article

Beaded Bracelets Are the Perfect Gift Article

Beaded bracelets are no longer the simple threaded bracelets they once were. These fine pieces of handcrafted jewelry are in high demand as their hand crafted beauty shines through. Everything you can imagine is available, including button jewelry bracelets, crystal bracelets of every color, charm and bead bracelets, gemstone bracelets, clustered beaded pieces, earthy bracelets, and double strand bracelets. These fine quality hand crafted jewelry items are stunning and one of a kind. You don’t want to buy something that’s manufactured when you can get a unique piece.

July 14, 2012 by Stephanie White

Why Buy Handcrafted Jewelry vs Mass Produced Jewelry

pearl handcrafted bead art pendantMass production is the producing of identical items in extremely large volume on a continuous basis. It is usually done on an assembly line by laborers who often use specialized machinery and have low skill levels. It’s popular because, of course, more products are made at a cheaper cost, thereby making the final product itself less expensive than handcrafted products. Ever since Henry Ford created the Ford Model T. in the early 20th Century, mass production has taken over the world at the expense of the small business owner, the outstanding customer service only a small business owner can give, and the handcrafted products they create.

Low cost? Sounds great, doesn’t it, but what about quality? When laborers produce jewelry on an assembly line, they aren’t putting the time or effort into making sure they are perfect and blemish free. They do exactly what their job is—no more, no less—because that’s really all they have time for and that’s what they get paid to do. An anklet might look pretty when purchased, but what good is it going to do you if you only get to wear it once and it snaps in two because inspections aren’t that thorough?

Crafters take pride in the quality of their products. When a crafter creates an item, you can be sure that time, talent, thought and energy go into its creation. Great effort has gone into each individual piece—making certain everyone is lovely and of the highest quality.

How about originality? When you buy mass produced, you get what everyone else has. Sometimes that’s fine, but one reason many people wear jewelry is to stand out. We want to wear jewelry that’s as unique and individual as we are. We want it to represent us as such. Your local chain department store may have some attractive jewelry, but it’s not really symbolic of who we are as individuals because everyone is wearing the same thing.

Handcrafted jewelry is original. You can pick a one of a kind piece of jewelry that embodies your individual taste. If you like dainty things and specific color combinations, you might choose to wear sparkling Swarovski Crystal earrings in your favorite colors. If you have a bold personality, you might wear something bright and sassy that will really catch someone’s eye. If there is something you like, but cannot find, many crafters take pleasure in creating exactly what you ask for.

Of course, mass production has its advantages too, but the sad thing is that it doesn’t represent American pride, nor does it support the small business owner. Large chain retailers are wonderful for the general population. They make shopping easier and more affordable for middle-class society, but many items you see at these stores are imported. Quality is poor and the small business owner struggles to support his family—often putting them out of business.

If you ask me the reasons to buy handcrafted jewelry far outweigh those of buying mass produced. Handcrafted jewelry is a superior, quality product, it is unique and original, and it supports the small business owner. I think I’ll splurge on the handcrafted jewelry. Which do you think is the better choice?

The Fashion of Wearing Beaded Jewelry

blue dichroic lampwork pendant
seems to come in waves, like circles that recycle things over and over, rolling old things back into the new, years after the original idea was formed. As the years go by, you may have started to recognize that things that were cool when you were a kid are somehow cool again—however bad or good the idea might be.  For instance, the latest fashions, though devoid of this kind of accessory for a few years, are again turning to beaded jewelry for hailed accessorizing.  But this kind of jewelry has been around a lot longer than you probably think.
Jewelry and ornamentation have been a part of cultures all over the world probably since it began.  As people began to experiment with the resources around them—stones, trees, plants, clay, etc, they began to see great opportunities to create beautiful things.  In tribes of old, the spiritual and political leaders of the community were sometimes designated by the kind of jewelry and accessories they wore.  It was a sign of something special—of social advantage, or of power.  

These people crafted beaded necklaces, head adornments, and other things to drape on their bodies out of many things.  Sometimes they would string them on plants or animal skins, and, of course, all were made by hand.  Beaded jewelry was the norm, because most everything had to be crafted, and then strung on some kind of strand or chain.  Almost anything could become a bead:  a bone, a small rock, some precious stone or metal, or even hair or parts of an animal for good luck.  

Soon enough, women began to adopt the fashion of wearing beaded jewelry.  In more recent years, it has become a large fashion industry and ranges from all kinds of weights, lengths, materials and colors.  Even handmade jewelry is becoming more popular, with kits available to the average person.  Many people have begun to make their watches into a piece of beaded jewelry, and these are becoming more and more widespread.

These practices stem from old traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation, through centuries.  Every culture has its own twist on how it is done, or what it is made from, but most cultures use some kind of beaded jewelry to designate something of meaning, or even just to promote the idea of beauty.  We are not so far removed.  And now, with so many options available, you can find the kind of jewelry that will really mean something to you.
July 14, 2012 by Stephanie White
Handcrafted Holiday Keepsakes - Lampwork Bead Jewelry

Handcrafted Holiday Keepsakes - Lampwork Bead Jewelry

Give the gift of radiant color and shimmering sparkle this holiday season with beautiful glass beaded jewelry from Stephanie A. White, jewelry designer and artisan at SWCreations.

handcrafted holiday keeepsakesJewelry is a unique gifts of the holiday season, and the handcrafted process at SW Creations makes it even more special. Stephanie White uses only the finest glass beads and gemstones from around the world, many of which you won’t find at the disposal of other, more expensive designers.

SWCreations is very excited to offer designer beaded jewelry made from handcrafted Lampwork glass beads. Elegant and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, these beads were first created thousands of years ago by combining the flame of an oil lamp with air blown through a pipe. Today, natural or propane gas is the fuel used for this intricate and precise method of bead creation while air or pure oxygen is the oxidizer that melts and shapes the glass.

Each Lampwork bead SWCreations adds to a piece of jewelry is a stunning and tiny work of art, selected from a treasure chest of colors and styles such as swirls of pastel, bold or metallic color combinations, floral patterns, and opulent solids that are either plain or embellished according to the design. Most are paired with glistening clear or richly colored Swarovski Austrian crystals and bright, oxidized Bali.925 silver.

No two selections from SWCreations are ever alike! Though Stephanie’s creative jewelry is often imitated, it is never duplicated, nor is any of her beaded designs ever mass produced. From beaded earrings to anklets to a necklace, you can be confident that the recipients on your gift list will unwrap jewelry that is as unique and special as they are.

handmade holiday keepsakesFrom simple, understated beauty to jazzy, dynamic stand-outs, SWCreations has jewelry to please all tastes. See their selection of glass beaded necklaces for women and men and handmade beaded earrings, pendants, bracelets, anklets, watches, and button jewelry for women and young ladies.

Other popular items include birthstone pieces, which can be added to any custom piece, and jewelry extenders, ideal for increasing the size of any necklace, bracelet, or anklet for a perfect fit. SW Creations is proud to also offer a complete line of awareness jewelry, a portion of the proceeds from which are donated to support efforts to battle breast cancer, domestic abuse, and multiple sclerosis. 

A wide array of choices are available at the SW Creations website, and only your imagination can limit the ways in which that ultimate piece of jewelry can be constructed. Stephanie will work with your ideas to make a distinctive, highly customized item, whether you want a particular shape or a piece featuring colors that celebrate any number of occasions, moods, personalities or styles. Because each piece is the only one of its kind, even the girl who seems to have everything will be thrilled with handcrafted beaded earrings, handmade beaded anklets, or handmade beaded necklaces made versatile with a jewelry extender. 

Stephanie takes great pride and pleasure in the items she makes. Every beautiful selection you purchase will be personally pre-wrapped by her prior to shipment to ensure a safe journey from her shop to your hands. See the selection at SWCreations.net and place any special orders soon to guarantee delivery by the holidays. We also invite you to visit Facebook

Original, Beaded Jewelry Designs — As Unique as the Women Who Wear Them.

July 14, 2012 by Stephanie White

Work at Home Mom Article

Working from home can be a very rewarding job. It is such a gift to be able to see your kids off to school and be there when they return home. There are more than 10 million Work at Home mothers ranging from your crafty mom to your data entry computer job mom. With gas prices still on the rise you might welcome not having the daily commute and shelling out all that money.

If you are currently looking for something to do from home you need to be on the alert for the Work at Home scams. Just remember that old saying, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” If they are asking you for money to help you find a position this should be a red flag. Real opportunities do exist, but you will have to exercise discretion to determine if the position is real or a scam. This would be an excellent time to have your guard up and take the time to do the research. After all anyone, even scam artists, can build a presentable convincing website these days.

These are some good tips and words of caution:

  • If they are asking for money, NEVER send money; legitimate recruiters or employers will never ask you for money.
  • Check and see if the opportunity comes from a real website. If you are not familiar with the company do some additional research.
  • Look through websites to locate information about the company, such as; address, email, and telephone number. You may have to do a Whois.net search to see detailed contact information.
  • Filling out the forms could be a scam to get your email address, so be sure you thoroughly do your homework on every website, before giving out your personal information.
  • Watch out for the ‘Act Now!’ statements. Although you do not want to miss out on an opportunity, be patient no legitimate company will hire you on the spot.
  • If the income they promise seems too incredible or they promise you will only have to work a few hours a week, be very cautious. This is one of those ‘too good to be true’ red flags.

A good place to start is to determine what your areas of interest are. Also, what fields are you experienced in? The odds are if you like what you do you will probably enjoy doing it more. Someone once said “if you love what you do, the money will follow”, and I can attest to that statement. If you are starting your own business it can take 2-3 years to get the business off the ground. Starting an online business can be very rewarding but will still require work and research to climb to the top of the search engines. It is possible to create a successful internet business that requires less overhead.

If your Work at Home business does become successful you will have to learn how to balance working from home with managing your family. It is possible to use a content management system to build just about any type of online business. The content management software programs require a learning curve, but they are easier to manage on the day to day basis. In the beginning you will have more than enough time to expand your topics of interest although as your business grows you may find it is more than one person can handle. Unless your company is producing enough to hire outside help you will want to avoid spreading yourself too thin; after all there is only so much one person can do in one day and still have time for her family.

Resources: 
http://workathomesuccess.com/scamalert.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_at_home

June 14, 2012 by Stephanie White
The Timeless Handmade Jewelry Article

The Timeless Handmade Jewelry Article

Jewelry has always been essential to people who loves to accessorize. One special piece can make such a difference in the presentation of same outfit. There are so many different variations and handmade jewelry stands out because of its uniqueness. Beaded, carved, filigreed, engraved, sequined, knitted, and painted, various techniques for handicraft arts have been continually developed in all cultures throughout time, which certainly expand the variety of handmade jewelry.
February 13, 2012 by Stephanie White
Pewter Revolution in Beaded Jewelry

Pewter Revolution in Beaded Jewelry

The word pewter may conjure images of colonial Americans drinking tankards of ale while discussing the Boston Tea Party, but this soft-luster metal can be a beautiful addition to a beaded necklace or bracelet.

First created by the Romans, early pewter was comprised of a tin and lead mixture, but the health drawbacks caused by ingestion of lead eventually became well-known and the metal eventually morphed into a non-deadly concoction of tin, antimony and copper. 

January 15, 2012 by Leslie Patrick
The Magic & Myths of Quartz Crystals

The Magic & Myths of Quartz Crystals

As a young girl slept she found solace holding her clear-white Quartz Crystal in her hand.  She worried she would drop it as she slept, but then would wake realizing she still had it in her hand.  Before she goes to bed and when she would wake, she prays holding her Quartz Crystal for strength, focus and energy. 

She felt it helped transform and restore her emotionally from day to day.  She was able to take on everyday experiences knowing that peace and harmony surrounded her.  She didn’t wallow in everyday issues.

September 01, 2011 by SWCreations Jewelry
Button Jewelry Article – The Perfect Gift

Button Jewelry Article – The Perfect Gift

Button jewelry is a surprisingly attractive type of handcrafted jewelry that you can get today that is custom designed and look like designer pieces of art. These items make incredibly thoughtful quality handcrafted jewelry, and those you give them to will be impressed with their quality. You can get button items crafted in the form of bracelets and pendant necklaces. These items, when combined together in the hands of a fine jewel and artist, make incredible gifts for those you love, and certainly are conversation pieces for those who own and wear them!
May 24, 2010 by SWCreations Jewelry

Swarovski Crystal Beads History Article

swarovski crystalsSwarovski Crystal is one of the most recognized names in crystal in the world. Noted for its unique colors and coatings, and sparkling clarity it’s no wonder it is highly sought after by jewelry collector’s everywhere. As with everything though, this particular crystal also has a fascinating history.

The story of Swarovski Crystal began in 1892 when a Bohemian-born man by the name of Daniel Swarovski invented a machine that would cut crystal with superior precision. This machine required a lot of energies, so he moved his family to Wattens, Tyrol where he could take advantage of their great energy resource—hydroelectricity. It was here in 1895, at the age of 32, that his company was founded.

swarovski crystal earringsThe company has seen a lot of change and development over the last 100 years of operation. One of the first products they marketed was retroreflective glass as used in traffic lights and signals. Not long after that, Swarovski moved into the fashion market when they created sew on crystal-studded ribbons for accessory and fashion manufacturers. They even became a high profile provider of optical instruments for hunting and nature observation.

In the mid-1950’s, with the help of a man named Christian Dior, Swarovski created a finish that made his crystal glisten. This coating took his crystal to a whole new level of sparkle that was perfect for creating hanging chandelier components. Fit for royalty, some of these very pieces continue to hang today in the Palace of Versailles.

The 1970’s became a decade of “firsts” for this company. In 1976, the Swarovski crystal mouse became their first product placed on the consumer market. Shortly after that, they launched their first jewelry collection. Then they began applying the knowledge they had collected over the years in stone cutting to cutting genuine and synthetic gemstones—one of which was cubic zirconia—opening up new possibilities for their jewelry collection.

Many people recognize the name of Swarovski crystal in jewelry because it is so unique. New coatings are developed all the time—creating popular signature bead collections such as seen with the German and Tie-dye coatings. Part of what makes Swarovski jewelry so exceptional is that new beads, colors, and designs are constantly being created—leaving older creations to be discontinued.

Swarovski crystal has had over a hundred years to make their company the success they are. They continue to be held in the highest regard for their more intricate designs in crystal pieces and jewelry, as well as for the contribution they’ve made to society with the innovative design of the retroreflective glass. Who’s to say how many lives have been saved by the use of traffic lights? Swarovski maintains an emphasis on a high-quality product, and, amazingly enough, they are still finding ways to make their crystal sparkle and shine even more—ensuring anyone who wears Swarovski crystal to be a true standout.
February 10, 2010 by Lisa Vella
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