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Enchanting August Birthstone: Sardonyx

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The enchanting verdant tones of the peridot have long been recognized as the eighth month’s birthstone. But little do people know that the alluring green gem shares its limelight with a darker, more mysterious counterpart–the sardonyx. A form of onyx from the mineral family of chalcedony, sardonyx differs in appearance from its more famous jet-black cousin. Since ancient times, sardonyx ... Read More »

How to Choose Jewelry by Color

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Jewelry by Color By Leslie Patrick 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 ... Read More »

The History of Swarovski Crystal

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The History of Swarovski Crystal By Leslie Patrick Chances are the name Swarovski conjures images of dazzling, brightly hued stones in your mind’s eye. For nearly 70 years, the Swarovski name has been synonymous with sparkling jewels, but the real story begins long before that. In the late 19th century, Daniel Swarovski worked in his father’s glass cutting factory in Wittens, ... Read More »

10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry

Handmade to Your Closet: 10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry By Leslie Patrick Walk through 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 ... Read More »

Aquamarines: The Splendor of March

March Birthstone Aquamarine

Aquamarines: The Splendor of March By Leslie Patrick Gaze at an aquamarine and you can’t help but marvel at the tranquil beauty of the blue green stone. The color, resembling the most tropical of oceans or a morning sky on a bright spring day, is among the most popular and versatile of all the gemstones and is the birthstone of ... Read More »

Diamonds Fit for a Queen: The Jewels of Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Pomp and extravagance, political dissent and undeniable terror – these might be good words to describe the period of the French Revolution.  Calm and self-assured, outspoken, yet highly fashionable might be a few adequate adjectives to describe Marie Antoinette, who was indisputably one of the most fascinating figures during this period.  She ruled as Queen of France from 1774 to ... Read More »

Extend Beaded Jewelry With Jewelry Extenders

If you have ever received a gorgeous piece of beaded jewelry which simply did not fit, it is certainly very frustrating. Perhaps you would like to wear it with a lovely dress because it matches perfectly.  However it is too snug to wear and would be uncomfortable if you tried.    You truly did not want to give it away ... Read More »

Quartz Pyrite Fused Beads in Jewelry

quartz pyrite gemstone beads

The moment I saw these breathtaking quartz & pyrite gemstone beads at the bead show a dozen different colors and jewelry design style came instantly to my mind.  Just looking at the way these beads are able to capture light and the color combinations are really quite unique. It never ceases to amaze me the different beads I see over ... Read More »

History of Bali Silver Beads and Bali Gold Vermeil Beads

Bali Silver Beads

Bali Silver Beads and Bali Gold Vermeil Beads Bali is a place where ancient volcanoes peak out from swirling mist, golden beaches stretch into tranquil azure seas and the silver is among the finest in the world. For generations, Bali silver has been prized for its purity, durability and beauty, and the art of silversmithing has been passed down from ... Read More »

Dyed Freshwater Pearls – How are pearls dyed?

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Dying of Pearls Have you ever asked yourself, “How are Pearls Dyed?” Dyed Pearls go through a serious process before they ever reach the “Dying of Pearls” stage. To dye a Pearl it must go through a process before ever reaching the Pearl dying stage. The treatment process of a Pearl begins once the unrefined material, eventually called a Pearl, ... Read More »

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