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How to Choose a Handbag to Charm Your Look

Handbags are very essential, especially for women. If you opt to buy a handbag, you should understand that your appearance is at stake when it comes to showing off your handbag. Therefore before buying, you should consider some points that will help you choose the one that will complement your body shape and your outfit. Remember not all purses fit every person’s appearance as well as outfit.
May 02, 2014 by Stephanie White
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Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Ribbon Jewelry

Every year, over 200 000 women in the U.S are diagnosed with breast cancer. With these devastating numbers, it's no wonder why awareness initiatives have become a powerful agenda among health organizations and major corporations across North America. As donations are the key force in fueling breast cancer research and treatment facilities, we are seeing countless cosmetic companies, fashion labels, and celebrities promoting awareness campaigns to support this movement. As these fundraising initiatives rise to the forefront of more fashion and cosmetic labels, women are encouraged to evoke solidarity in the fight against breast cancer.
February 22, 2014 by Rachel Anderson
The History of Glassmaking in America: Lampwork Beads

The History of Glassmaking in America: Lampwork Beads

The lampwork technique consists of transforming molten glass into various artworks, including beads that are very popular in handmade jewelry. Lampwork was first done by the use of alcohol lamps in which the flame would be increased in temperature using bellows. This craft has been widely practiced since the 14th century in Murano, Italy, but it wasn't brought to the United States until much more recently.
October 30, 2013 by Stephanie White
How to Care for Handmade Jewelry

How to Care for Handmade Jewelry

You’ve scoured the Internet, the local craft fair, and the independent boutique downtown, and finally found the piece of handmade jewelry that was destined to be worn by you and you alone. The color matches your eyes, the dangle on the earring is precisely the length you prefer and that bracelet is the ideal accent to your favorite dress. In short: One-of-a-kind perfection.
October 17, 2013 by Leslie Patrick
Jade, The Essence of Heaven and Earth

Jade, The Essence of Heaven and Earth

Jade was considered more precious than diamonds in pre-Hispanic Mexico. This captivating green stone was valued with the same mystical properties in pre-historic Asian cultures. Named the “Stone from Heaven” jade has been prized in both Mesoamerica and China for thousands of years. The earliest jade object found by archeologists in China was a piece of a serpentine jade discovered in the Immortal Cave in Haicheng in the Liaoning Province.  This artifact dates back to the Stone Age, more than 12,000 years ago.
Winter Fashion Pallet—With Three Great Exceptions

Winter Fashion Pallet—With Three Great Exceptions

This fall and winter, fortune favors a muted pallet.  Those lucky few fashionistas that decide what everyone wears each season have given the new colors spunky names like the light tan “Nomad,” and “Iron” that is, by any other name, dark grey.  Mix these with a light rose pink, a Warm Olive, and a burnt salmon sienna, and this fall are fewer autumn leaves and winter cheer and cozier gothic.  But for jewelry lovers this isn’t tragic, it’s lucky.  The muted pallet makes accessorizing with the season’s three more deeply hued colors a cinch.  They can rejoice in the gem colors American Beauty, Purple Heart, and Majolica Blue.
October 12, 2013 by Stephanie White
10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry

10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry

Walkthrough any mall in America and you’ll see a treasure trove of jewelry. A kaleidoscopic array of baubles, bling, and accessories cascade from every shop window, their inanimate voices practically screaming “buy me”! Trouble is, that while these pieces may look nice and the price may even be appealing, there are various hidden factors involved when making a purchase from a chain or department store. 

October 08, 2013 by Leslie Patrick
Agate, the Force Field of Ancient Times

Agate, the Force Field of Ancient Times

Today, we have home security systems that set off an alarm if an intruder enters. In the future, we will be protected by a force field, like the one Scottie switches on when the Klingons are at the backdoor of the Enterprise and Captain Kirk starts getting nervous.

In ancient times, say roughly 20,000 B.C. the Stone Age people found comfort in agates, as a form of protection.

 

September 27, 2013 by Stephanie White
Chalcedony: History, Healing & Spirituality

Chalcedony: History, Healing & Spirituality

Distant, milky, mysterious – Chalcedony is an enigmatic gem, with more than a hint of the magical about it. Though there are no myths or legends directly attributed to this gauzy stone, chalcedony is wrapped in rich folklore and is said to have a huge number of potent powers. But before we delve into the mysterious world of chalcedony, let’s take a look at a little of the science behind the stone.
September 23, 2013 by Stephanie White
10 Handmade Gifts Ideas for Any Occasion

10 Handmade Gifts Ideas for Any Occasion

You know the drill. Your friend’s birthday is next week, Mothers’ Day is coming up or Christmas is suddenly once again around the corner. Gift buying panic soon sets in as you ponder the perfect present. But instead of buying another obligatory gift certificate or hurriedly stuffing cash in a card, take a few minutes to consider a handmade gift.

September 14, 2013 by Leslie Patrick
Attractive Jewelry Extenders Lengthen Beautiful Pieces Article

Attractive Jewelry Extenders Lengthen Beautiful Pieces Article

Jewelry extenders in the past have often been plain and without an attractive appeal. However, today’s extenders are perfect for fancy pieces of jewelry of all kinds.  The clasp style of these extenders varies greatly so that it will match any handcrafted jewelry you might own that is just not quite long enough to sit well on an outfit perfectly.  Sometimes when you receive beaded jewelry gifts, you might find that it’s not quite long enough, so adding a little extra length to the quality handcrafted jewelry makes it fit just right. Most extenders will fit any type of beaded and especially necklaces.
September 12, 2013 by Stephanie White
Amethyst: The Myths, Legends & Magic

Amethyst: The Myths, Legends & Magic

According to the 16th Century French poet, Remy Bellau, Bacchu the Greek god of wine, revelry, and debauchery was once captivated by a beautiful maiden by the name of Amethyste. Bacchus pursued the fair Amethyste relentlessly, chasing her for mile after mile. Desperate not to become the prey of the lustful god, Amethyste called out to the goddess of chastity, Diana, for help. To protect Amethyste’s treasured virginity, Diana turned the maiden into a stone of the purest white. Humbled by her sacrifice, Bacchus poured a libation of his symbolic wine onto the stone, staining Amethyste the most glorious purple.

Tips for Buying Handmade Jewelry

Tips for Buying Handmade Jewelry

In an outcry against the monotony of mass production, the trend toward buying local, small-batch, and handmade is heating up. Handmade jewelry is no exception. Not only is a handmade necklace or bracelet a one-of-a-kind piece that highlights your individual style, but the quality of the item is bound to be superb to those produced by the thousands in obscure and possibly questionable factories abroad.
September 05, 2013 by Leslie Patrick
Dazzling Drusy Crystal: A Hot Item in Today’s Jewelry Market

Dazzling Drusy Crystal: A Hot Item in Today’s Jewelry Market

One form of quartz crystal that is becoming more popular among jewelry designers today is known as the Drusy (pronounced DREW-zee) mineral. Oddly enough, there are many different spellings, including “druzy,” “drusie,” “druse,” and even “drusies.” The word itself originated from the German word, druse, and is defined as a beautiful grouping of very tiny crystals that grows on the surface of a stone. It is also not uncommon for drusy to form in the cavity of a geode or larger pocket of a mineral deposit.
August 26, 2013 by Lisa Vella
History of Murano Venetian Glass Beads

History of Murano Venetian Glass Beads

Anyone who has ever worn a necklace created with Murano glass beads knows that they are some of the loveliest and highest quality beads in the world. In addition to their esthetic qualities, perhaps something else that makes these beads so unique and interesting is the history that they represent.
August 25, 2013 by Lisa Vella
Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Amber Room

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Amber Room

In 1716, Prussia gave Peter the Great of Russia an extravagant gift honoring the peace between their nations - an entire room made of amber and encrusted with beaded jewelry. The panels were backed with gold leaf, which made the entire room glow with a topaz-like warmth.

The gorgeous Amber Room, made of real amber and beaded jewelry, glows like citrine or topaz. Image from Imaging-and-Art.com.

It was called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Historians estimate that today it would be worth $146 million.

Handcrafted Lampwork Beads as Tiny Works of Art

Handcrafted Lampwork Beads as Tiny Works of Art

Creating beaded jewelry is so much fun to do. It allows for an opportunity to use all sorts of findings and a little creativity to design original pieces of art. But what’s something else that’s interesting is that many of the beads designers use in their jewelry are also tiny pieces of art themselves. In many cases, another individual using their own intricate creative processes created the beads designers use. This is definitely the case when it comes to jewelry designed with lampwork beads.
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Supporting Local Arts: Why You Should Buy Handcrafted Jewelry

If you are just now starting to get interested in handmade jewelry, you probably have a few questions. When you are searching for handcrafted pieces, you will be in a total different environment from your typical jewelry store and you’ll be looking at a completely new style. Why walk out of the department store and start looking at handmade beaded jewelry?
August 22, 2013 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Amazingly Long History of Earrings

The Amazingly Long History of Earrings

Earrings have been around for centuries. Some of the handcrafted earrings that have been found in the ancient graves of royal Egyptians and Babylonians are more than 5000 years old. They used to be seen as a sign of wealth. Only the richest people had enough gold or precious stones to wear fashion jewelry.

July 24, 2013 by SWCreations Jewelry
Beaded Anklets - Less Common Always Popular

Beaded Anklets - Less Common Always Popular

One very popular piece of jewelry that’s always popular and less common is the anklet.  It adds a little something special to the warm weather wardrobe that a necklace simply cannot do.  There are a lot of styles available to get when you are shopping for beaded anklets.  When choosing an anklet for purchase, you will need to consider several types, including designer anklets, beach anklets, and the various sizes of anklets.  These sizes are 8-9 inch, 9-10 inch, 10-11 inch, and 11-12 inch.  It not a bad idea to measure your ankle or the ankle of the person for whom you are buying the anklet prior to purchase.
July 15, 2013 by Stephanie White
history of handcrafted beaded jewelry

History of Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry Article

You might feel that the history of handcrafted beaded jewelry cannot possibly be very interesting, but in fact, it is quite intriguing to learn where this part of culture began.  Some say that the beginnings of beaded jewelry began more than 70,000 years ago when a man found the beads and gems and thought it was incredibly beautiful.  Beaded jewelry has been used in many ways.  One way is simply for beauty.  Another is for value.  Some would trade and buy with beaded jewelry or beads.  And some cultures even used them as talismans.  So how was beaded jewelry initially created?  Let’s take a look.
Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Hope Diamond

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Hope Diamond

You’ve probably heard of the Hope Diamond—the 45.52-carat megalith of a gemstone colored a deep ocean blue with hints of violet. Legend says the Hope Diamond was stolen from its setting in the eye, or the third eye, of a sacred Indian statue, adorned with priceless gems and beaded jewelry.
July 05, 2013 by Leslie Hedrick
the flame queen opal

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Flame Queen Opal

Australia’s Lightning Ridge region is known as the black opal capital of the world and has produced thousands of opals for beaded jewelry, as well as loose stones. But the most famous opal it ever produced has to be the Flame Queen Opal.
July 05, 2013 by Leslie Hedrick
Unique Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry Article

Unique Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry Article

Handmade jewelry is an extension of your personal trait. As a reflection of your own character, it’s a total injustice if your jewelry was just made from imported common stuff. It is worse if your jewelry collections are just the standard off-the-shelf items that everyone wears or buys at the big chain stores.
July 05, 2013 by Stephanie White
How to Choose Jewelry by Color

How to Choose Jewelry by Color

When the hankering to buy some new handmade jewelry hits you, chances are your brain thinks more in terms of “earrings” or “necklace” than in terms of “violet” or “nectarine.” But choosing jewelry based on color families adds a dash of whimsy to your shopping list and injects a large dose of fashion into even the most monochrome of wardrobes.

When choosing colors for your jewelry, always remember Pantone. What began as a printing company in the 1950s, Pantone now dictates what hues will be hot in the fashion and design industries in each upcoming season.

July 03, 2013 by Leslie Patrick
Earring Types for Every Occassion

Earring Types for Every Occassion

There are so many different types of earrings! It can be difficult to decide what works best for your look. Fashion jewelry styles are always changing and if you are going to invest in a handcrafted piece it’s important to choose the right type.

July 01, 2013 by SWCreations Jewelry
What to Buy for Your Anniversary

What to Buy for Your Anniversary

Handmade fashion jewelry is always a great gift but if you really want to get your significant other something special you need to do a bit of planning! Handcrafted gifts show that you spent a bit of extra time choosing a gift. If you’ve been with your partner for a few years, why not show them how much you care with a thoughtful gift?
June 17, 2013 by SWCreations Jewelry