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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
Your Sterling Silver Jewelry: Cleaning & Preventing Tarnish [PART 2]

Your Sterling Silver Jewelry: Cleaning & Preventing Tarnish [PART 2]

There are many tarnish-removal methods available on the internet. Unfortunately, it's hard to sort out the ideas that work from those that don't. Even worse are the remedies (like toothpaste) that might remove the tarnish but which will definitely damage freshwater pearls or Swarovski crystals that are nestled amongst the silver!  

September 03, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Your Sterling Silver Jewelry: Why Does it Tarnish? [PART 1]

Your Sterling Silver Jewelry: Why Does it Tarnish? [PART 1]

We know that you love your sterling silver jewelry and like to wear it everywhere you go. However, there are a few places your precious metal jewelry would rather not go! Two places that top the list are the beach and swimming pools. Not only are salt and chlorine damaging to your jewelry but just being around that much water can hasten the advent of that dreaded scourge of sterling silver jewelry... tarnish!
August 31, 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
Handmade Lampwork Beads

Handmade Lampwork Beads

Lampwork beads are handmade one at a time by using a torch and a melting glass to make original glass beads. Occasionally, a bead can be made again, but it's rare that they're ever identical, making each bead one of a kind.
August 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Top Three Gemstones for Good Luck

Top Three Gemstones for Good Luck

Have you ever wondered about the symbolic meaning behind the beautiful gems in your beaded jewelry? Whether you purposely seek out gemstones and crystals for their supposed metaphysical properties or you just like the way they look, there's no doubt that it is interesting to understand the traditional meaning behind your unique beaded jewelry. Here are the top three gemstones that have historically been used to bring good luck.
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
Unique Care Tips for Your Beaded Jewelry

Unique Care Tips for Your Beaded Jewelry

Beaded jewelry is often a one-of-a-kind piece that you treasure. Whether you're a crafter who creates your own pieces or you have acquired a collection of pieces made by others, it is necessary to know how to care for this type of jewelry. Beaded jewelry often has many components that make commercial cleaners too harsh for use. The way you store your beaded jewelry is also important. Proper cleaning and storage will maintain the life of your jewelry and keep it looking beautiful.

June 19, 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
Enhance Your Summer Style With the Perfect Anklet

Enhance Your Summer Style With the Perfect Anklet

Anklets are an often-overlooked but undeniably attractive piece of jewelry. They have been popular in Eastern cultures for centuries, and they have experienced ups and downs in popularity in the Western world over the decades. However, with such versatility and charm, anklets have the potential to be a timeless accessory. With summer coming up, an anklet could be the perfect finishing touch to your warm-weather look.
June 09, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Handmade Jewelry Makes a Stellar Gift

Handmade Jewelry Makes a Stellar Gift

Your sister's birthday is next month and you have no idea what to get her. Your anniversary is right around the corner and your wife has given you no clue as to what she wants. You don't want to just buy them something from a big box store. And a gift card or cash is so impersonal. What could you possibly get for them to show them how much they mean to you? Let me introduce to you why handmade jewelry makes such an amazing gift.
May 19, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Exploring Your Personal Jewelry Focus

Exploring Your Personal Jewelry Focus

We understand that each customer is as unique and original as our handmade pieces! Figuring out what jewelry is right for you can be a challenge. Let us help you find your sparkle by Exploring Your Personal Jewelry Focus.
April 26, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Magic of Swarovski: Coated in Crystals

The Magic of Swarovski: Coated in Crystals

To stay on top of the competition and within current trends, the company began using coatings or effects, which help them trump other bead companies every time. There are two main types of effects Swarovski uses: Classic and Exclusive
March 23, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Mystery and Myths of Gemstone Jewelry

The Mystery and Myths of Gemstone Jewelry

Many jewelry lovers opt for pieces made with gemstones, such as amethyst and citrine. Gemstones are a great option for those who appreciate the boho, natural look. But gemstones are not just a beautiful part of the earth, they are also believed with be charged with certain energies.
March 17, 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
History of Seed Beads in Beaded Jewelry: Sizes, Shapes, and Uses

History of Seed Beads in Beaded Jewelry: Sizes, Shapes, and Uses

Tracking the history of seed beads in beaded jewelry has been an interesting journey from eighth century Murano to the current day, and it has brought us to the most fun part of all: the sizes, shapes, and uses of seed beads throughout time.
February 14, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Wonderful World Of Beaded Earrings

The Wonderful World Of Beaded Earrings

Earrings are such a classic staple of jewelry that the world of fashion would undoubtedly feel something was missing without them. With that said, there is such a diversity of earrings that they almost contain a world within themselves. As makers of handcrafted jewelry, this presents an enormous range of possibilities to shape and experiment with. Beaded earrings in particular present such beautiful promise, their many combinations and colors allow an almost unmatched touch of individuality. 
February 10, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Sparkling Browns & Tans of Swarovski Austrian Crystals

The Sparkling Browns & Tans of Swarovski Austrian Crystals

Deep topaz, brown, tan, and bronze... Swarovski crystals are available in a stunning range of brilliant colors, so why choose plain brown? Well, for one thing, there is no such thing as a 'plain' Swarovski crystal! Even neutral colors shine when presented in the form of a faceted crystal. Adding one of the many special effects coatings adds even more intrigue and color to these remarkable crystals.
February 01, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Show Love with Handcrafted Jewelry

Show Love with Handcrafted Jewelry

Handmade jewelry items is a wonderful way to share your feelings for a loved one without making the item yourself. Talented artisans create a wide variety of unique pieces. With a little time, you are sure to find just the right gift to showcase the special flare that only your intended recipient has.Human beings have been giving the gift of handcrafted jewelry since the urge to adorn our bodies with beautiful things first appeared.
February 01, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Handmade Anklets to Customize a Polished Look

Handmade Anklets to Customize a Polished Look

There is no greater feeling than when everything falls into place; when every detail is perfect and you shine inside and out. Everyone wants to look their best from head to toe and sometimes the perfect accessory is just what you need. We want to help you show your unique individuality through our one of a kind, handmade beaded anklets.
January 21, 2019 by Carson eCommerce Collaborator
3 Ancient Beaded Jewelry Inspirations for the Modern Wardrobe

3 Ancient Beaded Jewelry Inspirations for the Modern Wardrobe

Discovered in the prehistoric Skhul Caves of Israel, this beaded necklace is the oldest piece of jewelry known to man, dating just 110,000 years. Handmade jewelry displaying the intricate work of coastal artisans has been found scattered throughout the region. Seashells, rock, and weathered wood were among the materials used to craft each piece. Most intriguing of all is the use of the deep sea snail, Nassarius, in beaded rope necklaces. Each shell is woven together along a chain to create a necklace fitting of a mermaid queen. For more modern-day mermaid inspiration, check out these sea born inspirations.

January 09, 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
The Best Handmade Earrings to Give

The Best Handmade Earrings to Give

If you are looking for a special gift for someone special, get them some our handmade earrings! Whether you are seeking to purchase a gift for a special friend, a lover, or a relative, they will love our handcrafted earrings! Give them something as special and unique as themselves. 
December 16, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry