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A Complete Guide to Making Jewelry with Apatite Beads

By |January 18th, 2019|

Naturally occurring in several different colors, apatite is a beautiful stone to use in your jewelry-making projects. While it is most commonly green in color, it can also be brown, yellow, blue, pink, purple or even clear, making it versatile enough to use in virtually any project. Its color and clarity are often so exceptional that the stones are frequently cut as faceted gemstones. Those with beautiful color but less desirable clarity are commonly used as cabochons and beads. […]

Jewelry Journal: Working with Pink Peruvian Opal Beads

By |November 30th, 2018|

If you are looking for a natural pink stone with a soft, feminine appearance, pink Peruvian opals may be exactly what you are looking for. This unique stone ranges from translucent to opaque and comes in a range of warm pink hues. It is mined exclusively in the Andes Mountains, and it is a beautiful stone for jewelry-making. Pink Peruvian opal beads come in various sizes and styles and can be used to make everything from simple statement necklaces to gorgeous bracelets, bold rings and glamorous earrings. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Amazonite Beads

By |November 25th, 2018|

Amazonite is a breathtakingly beautiful and quite amazing gemstone. It is a type of microcline, which belongs to the group of minerals known as feldspar. It forms either in masses or in tabular crystals, and while feldspar is one of the most common mineral types in the world, very few varieties are gemstone quality. […]

Oregon Sunstone: The Gemstone of the Pacific Wonderland

By |November 9th, 2018|

As the state gemstone of the Beaver State, Oregon sunstone has become synonymous with the rugged, earthy spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Its varying color tone, relatively large size and mesmerizing aventurescence make this gorgeous gemstone a popular pick for jewelry-making, rock collecting and simply admiring in wonderment! The exquisite copper-like gemstone has long been valued […]

Lobster Clasp 101: Tips, Tricks & More

By |November 5th, 2018|

In the world of jewelry design and creation, lobster clasps are some of the most basic supplies around. They’re among the more common jewelry fasteners because they’re easy to operate, good-looking and simple for designers to add to their creations. They are also a great way to add security when you don’t want to risk […]

Caring for Your Freshwater Pearls: Everything You Need to Know

By |November 1st, 2018|

The enchanting, pearlescent appearance of freshwater pearls coupled with their relatively affordable price makes them a desirable option for jewelry designers, restoration specialists and collectors. Unlike saltwater pearls that usually come from saltwater oyster varieties in Japan, Tahiti, Indonesia, Australia and elsewhere, cultured freshwater pearls are farmed using freshwater oysters in China, Japan and the […]

Four Tips for Keeping Your Gold-Plated Chains Looking Brand New

By |October 9th, 2018|

If you love the look of real gold but aren’t so fond of the price, gold-plated chains are a great alternative. They are also a perfect choice for jewelry makers who want to create beautiful yet affordable pieces. Modern gold-plated chains look just as good as the real thing, and when properly cared for, they […]

The Natural Beauty and Unique Features of Rutilated Quartz

By |October 6th, 2018|

While many gemstones are most valuable when they contain few or no inclusions, rutilated quartz is actually prized because of its unique inclusions. This beautiful stone contains needle-like structures that create a metallic appearance, and it is affordable enough to use in a wide variety of jewelry making projects. What is rutilated quartz exactly, and […]

What Is Prasiolite?

By |October 1st, 2018|

If you are looking for a unique gemstone for your next jewelry making project, check out prasiolite. Also referred to as green amethyst, this stone is a type of quartz that can be cut into faceted stones and beads for jewelry making. It is also quite popular among gem collectors in its raw form. There […]

Rock Your Birthstone: Five Ways to Wear Sapphire Beads This September

By |September 7th, 2018|

Sapphires have been worn for many centuries and continue to dazzle us to this day. Widely known for its elegant dark blue color, the September gemstone is a classic that never ceases to impress. The sapphire is associated with loyalty, wisdom and mental focus. Historically, the ancient Greeks, Buddhists and Hindus wore this gem for spiritual guidance, and it has been associated with the divine across many religions and cultures. […]