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 ...
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The Pearl: Queen of Gems

History of the June Pearl Birthstone by Leslie Patrick The glowing orb of iridescence that is the pearl has enchanted women for centuries. Cleopatra drank hers in vinegar, Mary Queen of Scots strung hers in a rosary and Napoleon’s second wife, Empress Marie Louise, preferred her pearls ensconced in a golden tiara. However you choose to wear June’s magnificent birthstone, ...
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April’s Brilliance: Dazzling Diamonds

The diamond’s claim to fame outshines every other gemstone. From ancient times, it’s been associated with strength and beauty. People have decorated themselves with diamonds in handcrafted and beaded jewelry, and used them for more spiritual purposes, for thousands of years. The word “diamond” is derived from the Greek “adamas,”which means unconquered or invincible. Diamond is the hardest substance on ...
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The History of Swarovski Crystal

Bali Silver Beads

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, ...
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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 ...
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Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Hortensia Diamond

How do famous gems and beaded jewelry pieces get their names? Many are named after their owners, or after a famous place or incident. The Hortensia Diamond was named after Hortense de Beauharnais, a French woman who led an adventurous and illustrious life… but she never owned the Hortensia Diamond. There’s no record of her having even worn it! So why ...
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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 ...
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SWCreations Customer Review

Bracelet Jewelry Extender

Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much such a gorgeous piece! My husband was thoroughly pleased with the piece and the presentation! We will definitely order again. And now, he can order on his own! You have a great talent and it shows in your work. I can wear my bracelet and the extender blends well and is a beautiful addition. ...
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Amazing Amethysts – Valentine’s Day Gifts

amethyst birthstone

Amazing Amethysts By Leslie Patrick With their mesmerizing violet hue and deep historical significance, it’s impossible not to fall in love with February’s birthstone, the amethyst. Long known as a color to represent royalty, the rich purple gemstone has adorned the necks and fingers of Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, but it’s mystical origins lie within Greek mythology. Legend has ...
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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 ...
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