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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 »

The History of Anklets

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Anklets have been around for longer than high heels and toenail polish. They have been used to attract a partner, to show that you have a partner, or just to flaunt wealth. The oldest anklets are said to be more than 8000 years old. They were much more than just fashion jewelry then. Women in Mesopotamia used to wear them ... Read More »

The Amazingly Long History of Earrings

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Earrings have been around for centuries. Some of the handcrafted earrings that have been found in the ancient graves of royal Egyptians and Babylonians are more than 5000 years old. They used to be seen as a sign of wealth. Only the richest people had enough gold or precious stones to wear fashion jewelry. It’s thought that earrings first came ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

November Birthstone “Topaz & Citrine”

November’s Birthstone “Citrine & Topaz” Birthstones, Topaz and Citrine by birthright are blessedly awarded to the people born in the month of November. Happily received by all as one of only a few months the weather changes and the leaves turn into rich powerful yellows, reds and browns. Known by most as autumn or fall, the weather turns to a ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Hope Diamond

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You’ve probably heard of the Hope Diamond—the 45.52 carat megalith of a gemstone, colored a deep ocean blue with hints of violet. Legend says the Hope Diamond was stolen from its setting in the eye, or the third eye, of a sacred Indian statue, adorned with priceless gems and beaded jewelry. For the record, this legend is probably just that—a ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: La Peregrina

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In the mid-1500s, an African slave working in the Gulf of Panama found the largest, most lustrous pearl ever discovered. The administrator of the Spanish colony in Panama took the pearl, but rewarded the slave with freedom.The pearl was given to Philip II of Spain, who gave it to his fiancé Mary Tudor of England. Mary wore the pearl as beaded ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: Antony and Cleopatra’s Opal . . . almost!

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Here’s my next installment in the famous beaded jewelry and gems series! Antony and Cleopatra’s Opal When Caesar was murdered, Marc Antony fought a civil war with his killers. He won (of course!), then summoned the Queen of Egypt to answer for why she hadn’t supported him. Cleopatra knew she had to impress Antony. She didn’t want Egypt and Rome ... Read More »

History of Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry

History of Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry – by SWCreations – You might feel that the history of handcrafted beaded jewelry cannot possibly be very interesting, but in fact, it is quite intriguing to learn where this part of culture began. Some say that the beginnings of beaded jewelry began more than 70,000 years ago when man found the beads and gems ... Read More »

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