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How to Incorporate Jump Rings into Your Jewelry Designs

By |March 8th, 2019|

As a jewelry maker, you have a wide range of materials literally at your fingertips. From beads and chains to bails, clasps and toggles, there are all sorts of supplies you can use to make any type of jewelry imaginable. One finding that is commonly used in all sorts of projects, though, is the humble […]

Jewelry Journal: Working with Solar Quartz Beads

By |March 5th, 2019|

Quartz comes in many different forms. If you are looking for a unique type of quartz to use in your jewelry-making projects, solar quartz is an excellent option. These colorless gemstones are formed in limestone caves as a stalactite. They range from transparent to opaque and sometimes are found in different colors due to different […]

What Are the Different Types of Stone Beads?

By |March 1st, 2019|

Beads come in many different forms. There are the plastic beads commonly used by elementary school students for arts and crafts, glass beads, metal beads, wooden beads, beads made from bone and, of course, stone beads. Stone beads are made from various types of minerals, and they can be found in nearly every color, shape […]

Jewelry Journal: Working with Amber Gem Beads

By |January 22nd, 2019|

While most gems are formed from minerals, amber is not. In fact, while it is a gem, it isn’t a gemstone at all. Instead, it belongs to a small group of organic gems that form as biological products of nature. Amber is not a crystal or a mineral, but rather a protective tree resin that […]

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. […]

The Intriguing Background of Biwa Pearl Beads

By |January 15th, 2019|

Pearls are some of the most unique and interesting gems on the market, and the Biwa pearl is no exception. Because each type of pearl forms in a specific type of oyster or mussel in a certain location, there are several different varieties, and each has its own appearance and characteristics. Biwa pearls are unusually […]

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 […]