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February Birthstone: Amethyst

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There has been a birthstone associated which each month out of the year for centuries, with birthstones holding a special place in the hearts of many. A lot of people seek out handmade jewelry depicting their birthstone or the birthstones of their loved ones. For February, the birthstone is Amethyst, a gorgeous purple variety of quartz that is very popular ... Read More »

December Birthstones

For each month of the year, there is a birthstone (or birthstones) associated with it, and for the month of December, there are three: tanzanite, turquoise and zircon. Birthstones are believed to have originated from the breastplate of Aaron which held twelve different gemstones to signify the twelve tribes of Israel. The current birthstone list used goes back to 1912 ... Read More »

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 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 ... Read More »

The History of Czech Glass Beads

Czech glass beads are certainly one of the most beautiful and sought after styles of beads, as they feature unique styles, patterns, and hues simply not found in any other types of beads. The history of Czech glass beads is actually as rich as the beauty of the beads themselves. Find out more about the captivating history of Czech glass ... Read More »

Supporting Local Arts: Why You Should Buy Handcrafted Jewelry

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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 ... Read More »

The Meaning Behind Each Color

If you can’t quite decide on the perfect necklace or aren’t sure which ring to choose for yourself, let the colors be your guide. Fashion jewelry is so much more meaningful when a little extra thought has gone into choosing it. Why not commemorate a special occasion or time in your life with a meaningful stone? You have probably heard ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Amber Room

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I love learning about the history behind famous beaded jewelry and gems. So many of them are rich in stories, were passed among royalty, or are even associated with curses. I’ll start the series with one of the most notorious precious stone stories in history. The Amber Room In 1716, Prussia gave Peter the Great of Russia an extravagant gift ... Read More »

SWCreations Spin 2 Win Jewelry – June

Congratulations to our June jewelry slot machine winners M Courtney Tucker and Christina Hart! You have won your choice of a $20 gift card, pair of earrings $20 or under or one of the pairs of beaded earrings shown on our SWCreations Facebook slot machine page. Please contact us through our website to redeem your prize! Thank You to all that ... Read More »

SWCreations Spin 2 Win Jewelry

Congratulations to Aprils slot machine winners Maria Sanabria and Cindy Stoneking! You have won your choice of a $20 gift card, pair of earrings $20 or under or one of the pairs of earrings shown on our SWCreations Facebook slot machine page. Please contact us through our website to redeem your prize! Thank You to all that played and keep ... Read More »

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