How to Make Bridal Pearl and Crystal Earrings

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. When that special day arrives, who better than you to choose, and even make, that something new. These Bridal Pearl and Crystal Earrings are a chic, creative and inexpensive way to have the designer quality look you want. You can view and download the slide here.

How to Make Bridal Pearl & Crystal Earrings

How to Make Bridal and Pearl Crystal Earrings:
Materials:
1 package Swarovski Crystals Bicone Pearl Combo – white
2 silver plated ear wires
2 4mm silver plated jump rings
10 silver plated headpins
11 link-per-inch silver plated chain, 2- 30mm, 2-23mm, 2-17mm, 2-13mm, & 2-5mm pieces.

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Step 1: Separate your pearls and crystals into two identical groups in preparation to slide them onto the headpin.

Step 2: Slide on your arranged material and create a loop with your round nose pliers.

Step 3: Insert your chain onto your remaining wire that is sticking up. Once that is done, create another loop to keep that chain in place.

Step 4: Cut off your excess wire with your wire cutters and tighten the loop.

Step 5: You can repeat this technique to make as many dangles that you feel necessary for your crystal earrings.

Step 6: Open up your jump ring and attach each dangle that you made. Then attach that to your ear wire and you ave a pair of beautiful handmade earrings!

How to make Ring and Crystal Dangles Earrings

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Set the mood for a lovely day at the park with these lightly colored and Spring ready earrings. They’re perfect for a picnic with your friend, an early morning church service, and even date night with hubby. Download the instructions via Slide Share here.

How to Make Rings & Crystals Dangle Earrings Infographic

How to Make Rings and Crystals Dangle Earrings:
Materials:
Two decorative headpins
Two ear wires
10mm twisted rings
Two 8 x 6 mm frosted faceted beads
10 plain headpins
10 accent beads

Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Crimping pliers
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers

Step 1:
Put a bead onto one of your decorative headpins and then create a 90 degree bend.

Step 2:
Wrap your wire around the bead and reposition the pliers to fully finish the wrap.

Step 3:
Slide on your ring before you completely wrap the wire around because that is what is going to secure it. Then, grasp the loop and close it up.

Step 4:
Wrap your wire around the dangle and cut off the excess with your wire cutters.

Step 5:
Use this technique to put the accent beads onto the plain headpins. Wrap the beads around the circle.

Step 6: Attach your ear wire to your dangle and your new earrings are complete!

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings Infographic

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Step into the moonlight with these delicately wire wrapped crystal and stone earrings. You can always take liberties with your design, whether trading your crystals for gemstones etc…However, this design is just right as it is for the jewelry wearer who enjoys a more subtle look. You can download the slide here.

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings Infographic

How to Make Moonglow Wire Wrapped Earrings:
Materials:
2 purchased or handmade ear wires
2 18 x 8 mm oval beads
2 8mm glass crackle beads
22 gauge sterling silver filled wire 2 6.5 in. pieces plus 2 4.5 in pieces.
Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
File
Bench Block/Anvil
Chasing Hammer

Step 1:
Create a small loop with your 6 1/2 inch wire using round nose pliers. Now make a spiral with your chain nose pliers. Just wrap around the loop one full turn.
Step 2:
Hammer your newly made headpin on the anvil to flatten it. This will allow you to slide your bead on.
Step 3:
Slide your bead onto the wire. Then wrap your remaining wire around the bead to keep it in place. Be sure to keep your wire at a 90 degree angle before you begin to do your wrapping.
Step 4:
Make a 90 degree angle with your other wire so that you can insert it into the top of your newly made dangle.
Step 5:
Make a loop with your 4 1/2 inch wire so that you can slide your 8mm bead onto it without it falling off.
Step 6: Wrap the rest of your wire around that bead and cut off the excess. This should keep your other dangle in place.
Step 7:
Insert your ear wire onto your newly made dangle and you have completed your beautiful earrings!

How to make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings

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Flowers aren’t the only bells around. Make a cute and feminine statement with these Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings. These earrings are perfectly age appropriate for girls who are just discovering their love of jewelry! You can see the slide show here

How to Make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings

How to Make Dainty Dangle Flower Earrings:
Materials:
2 Silver plated earwire
6 10 mmx6mm lucite flower beads
8 4mm bicone crystals
2 8mm pearls
2 8mm bicone crystals
8 4mm pearls
6 silver plated headpins (4 headpins 2 eyepins) is okay.
6 3mm silver plated round beads
Additional Tools:
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Step 1: String one silver bead and two pearls onto a headpin. Then add your flower and three other 4mm crystals at the end.

Step 2: Repeat step 1 to create another dangle but only use one 4mm crystal.

Step 3: Take your wire cutters and cut about 3/8ths of an inch above the last bead strung and be sure to hold the strings so the beads don’t slide off.

Step 4: Make a loop by gripping the very end of the wire with your round nose pliers and twist. You are going to do this with both dangles.

Step 5: Create an eyepin by cutting the wire and creating a loop just as you had previously done.

Step 6: Do the same with the new eyepin that you just made to create another dangle.

Step 7: Use your chain nose pliers to open the loop of your ear wire and slide on the dangle with the large crystal and the large pearl and close that loop securely. Then open this bottom loop and add on these two dangles, and close that loop securely.

Step 8: Repeat the previous step and you will end up with two beautiful earrings.

How to make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings

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Spring is around the corner, get in the mood with these brightly colored beautiful earrings. You can find the slideshow here.

How to Make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings

How to Make Spring Greens Dangle Earrings:
Materials:
2 Ear Wires
2 17 mm Pearl Beads
8 4mm by 3mm Freshwater Pearl Beads
2 Decorative Headpins
8-12 4mm Daisy Spacer Beads
2 10mm Fused Wire Rings
8 4mm Cube Beads
8 4mm Clear Crystal Beads
8-12 2mm Brass Beads
24 Headpins
Tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Ruler

Step 1:
Slide your 17mm pearl beads onto your decorative headpins.

Step 2:
String all your beads onto your headpins. Not every pin needs a spacer and some can be on top while others could be on bottom. There is no specific way to do it. Make 24 dangles.

Step 3:
Determine how long you want your dangles to be and trim your headpin to that height.

Step 4:
Make a loop on each of your headpins to create dangles and ensure the beads don’t fall off. Use your round nose pliers to grip the wire.

Step 5: Attach the dangles to your wire rings by using your round nose pliers to open and close the dangles around the ring.

Step 6: Attach your ear wire and your luscious green earrings are ready to put on!

How to make Swirly Whirly Earrings

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Have fun with this easy to create earrings tutorial. You can take advantage of this easy design by adding an extra long swirl and creating a strong color contrast between your beads. You can find the easy to download slide show here:
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How to Make Swirly Earrings Tutorial

 

 

Here’s another keepsakecrafts.net video for House of Gems. Today we’re making these fun beaded spiral earrings. So I’ve gone ahead and made one of these earrings just so you can see what it looks like. It basically just consists of two parts. There’s the straight bit that goes through the spiral and there’s the spiral, and it’s really just that simple.

For each earring, you will need a 5-inch piece of 20-gauge wire, a headpin, an ear wire. You’ll need a large bead for the bottom of your earring. This one is six by seven millimeters, but anything you have will work. And then you’ll need 6RC beads in two different colors. This one is crystal iris and this one is called royal ruby. For tools, you’ll need wire cutters, chain-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers and a pen, or just something skinny and round to wrap your wire around to make your spiral.

To get started, just take your headpin and slide on your large bead, and then start filling up the rest of that headpin with one of your colors of 6RC beads. You could use smaller C beads if you like, but I certainly wouldn’t go any larger. You want to fill this 2-inch headpin until there’s just about three-eighths of an inch of wire left at the top, and then just set that aside.

Next, you’re going to take your 5-inch piece of 20-gauge wire, use your round-nosed pliers to just make a little loop at one end. This is just a stopper to keep your beads from falling off. And you’re going to string onto that piece of wire four inches of the other color of beads. And as I’ve mentioned before, when we’re using mixtures of beads, don’t think about it, don’t worry about trying to get a perfect mix, just whichever bead comes to your wire next, grab that once. So once you have your four inches of beads, you’re going to cut the wire coming out of that last bead to three-eighths of an inch. Take your round-nosed pliers and make a loop on this end as well. So this is what you’ll have.

Next, we’re going to take that and just wrap it around the pen, nothing complicated or crazy here.

Next, you want to turn one of those loops so that it will be parallel to the floor when you’re wearing it. So we’ll just grab that loop and twist it like that. Just like that. Then you’re going to take this straight piece that you just made, slide it up through the spiral and through that loop. Grab your round-nosed pliers and twist that bit of wire coming out to make a simple loop. And if you need to, you can take a minute here to shape your spiral, and then the last step is just to open up your wire and pop it on.

And there you have it, a really fun pair of beaded earrings. So here’s another look at the earrings today. There are so many possibilities with these. You could make them as long as you want. Imagine if you made the spirals get wider towards the bottom and made them with green beads, you’d have a Christmas tree. They’d be lovely in different shades of metallics. All kinds of possibilities.

So have fun creating.

Art Nouveau: Broken Lights of Color

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Art Nouveau Style Boarders and Frames

Art Nouveau Style Boarders and Frames

Leslie Jordan Clary

Art Nouveau was a short-lived art movement from the 1880s to World War I that has had a big influence on the world of jewelry design. With its wild flourishes and free form sensual lines, known as the “whiplash line,” Art Nouveau provided a flamboyant contrast to the staid conventions of Edwardian jewelry that was also popular at the time.

The term Art Nouveau (new art) comes from the French, and France is generally considered the heart of the movement, the place where the art form culminated in both vision and technique. But Art Nouveau was a global movement. Known also as the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain, Jugendstil in Germany, the American Arts and Crafts movement as well as other terms, each country made its unique contribution to the style. All sought to celebrate freedom and to express the organic spontaneity of nature through art.

Floral Design in art nouveau style

In an age when the world was hurtling toward modernity, Art Nouveau rose up as a protest against mass production and the decline of individual craftsmanship. For inspiration, its artists looked to nature and the imagination. Designs that were surreal and disturbing were juxtaposed with gentle, floral motifs.

New lines of communication brought new ideas and artistic techniques to the attention of European artists. Japanese art, in particular, with its simple lines representing wind and water, as well as its subtle use of color, was a major influence in the development of Art Nouveau.

The impetus for the movement

During the 19th century Great Britain was the focal point of modernization. The Industrial Revolution began here, and England’s role as a colonizing empire opened the public’s mind to new ideas and art forms.

Not everyone was happy with industrialization, however, and many critics, particularly among artists and writers, spoke out against mass production, which they believed lessened the intrinsic value of an object. An artistic movement called the Arts and Crafts movement was born that called for a return to traditional methods and individual craftsmanship. The movement was spiritual in origin. It rejected the cold, mechanical influence of industrialization and yearned to reconnect with nature. Yet, industrialization also created the conditions for new cultures and ideas to emerge. It was dichotomy that found expression in the emerging new art forms.

The Arts and Crafts movement sought to reestablish the Medieval tradition of guilds and schools where artisans were taught how to craft an object from conception to finished product. The past was idealized as a time of lost innocence and ancient patterns of Gothic and Celtic art were rekindled, along with an appreciation of the history they represented.

Art Nouvveau peacock design

Two of the most influential designers from Britain’s Arts and Crafts period are Charles R. Ashbee and William Morris. Ashbee became well known for his vibrant peacock designs. The bodies were fashioned from abalone or turquoise-colored enamel with flamboyantly bejeweled tail feathers.  He also used floral motifs with sinuous, fluid lines that heralded the early patterns that would come to define Art Nouveau.

William Morris, although best known as a poet, is considered one of Great Britain’s great cultural icons. He was a major force in many avant-garde artistic circles and had a major influence on Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Although significant artists and artwork emerged from the Arts and Crafts movement, Great Britain was not quite ready to embrace the free form sensuality of the designs, and the movement there was relatively short lived.

On the European continent

Art Nouvveau Style Eve Painting

Whereas Great Britain was prim in their interpretation of the new ideas put forth by the Arts and Crafts movement, France picked up the thread and ran with it without inhibition. From France emerged Art Nouveau, as we know it today. Like Great Britain, France also embellished upon Gothic and Celtic designs, but now these flowing lines and patterns moved into the realm of the surreal. Like a nightmare on Sesame Street, in the hands of the French, Art Nouveau took on a deeper, psychological edge with nightmarish images. Woman as muse continued to be a recurrent theme, but these representations no longer idealized women in the manner of Victorian or Edwardian art, capturing them in cameos or in stiff portraits. Half woman and half insect creatures emerged from lotus blossoms. Medusa heads peeked out from bunches of leaves. Tree trunks took the forms of sinuous nudes.

Japanese Style Art Nouveau Floral Design

Japanese art with its delicate lines and subdued colors continued to have an impact and was absorbed into the French expression, but often with a twist. Some of these bizarre images may have been spurred on by drug use among the avant-garde Parisian café society who experimented with both drugs and ideas as a way of breaking through strictures and confinements. Natural beauty continued to be celebrated, but along with the flowers, the French gave the worms equal attention.

Several prominent jewelry designers came from this period. One of the most influential and innovative is René Lalique, who is credited with being the first Art Nouveau artist to use the female nude in his work. Lalique’s dramatic pieces are unequaled in their vision and surrealism. These sensual renditions were often portrayed as part insect, part fish, with strong sexual undertones. His pieces are experimental and he often incorporated glass into the enameling techniques. In gemstones he favored opals and moonstones and liked to play with the interplay of light and sparkle in his creations.

Lalique reached his pinnacle at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, but he became disillusioned with replicas of his work and moved away from Art Nouveau jewelry. Dozens of other designers, however, left their mark, as the movement transformed the way Europe looked at art.

Art Nouveau Butterfly

Known as Jugendstil in Germany, the early Art Nouveau work from this period is often indistinguishable from that which came from France. One representative artist, who also exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, is Wilhelm Lucas von Discuss Cranach. Like his French counterpoints, the Gothic influenced Cranach’s work. Blending beauty with terror, Cranach’s fantasy creatures came in the mutated forms of bugs and fish. His most famous brooch is an octopus with butterfly wings that is made from enameled gold, baroque pearls, diamonds, rubies, amethyst and topaz.

Jugendstil found inspiration in the British Arts and Crafts movement, but it evolved into a unique style of its own, and the later period distinguished itself with new emerging designs. Gentle floral motifs morphed into abstractions and then geometric shapes serving as a prelude to the Art Deco movement that would eventually pass up Art Nouveau.

Across the Atlantic

On the other side of the ocean, in the United States, a unique style that was strongly rooted in the Art Nouveau tradition yet with a distinctive flair was coming into its own. Two primary forces are behind the innovative jewelry of this era: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born into the well-established jewelry company his father had founded. Unlike his father, however, Louis was drawn to art more than to business. Louis traveled widely and brought new ideas from abroad to the Tiffany workshop. Inspired by Arts and Crafts movement in England, particularly their use of enamels and metals, Louis also incorporated Oriental and Byzantine motifs into creations that have been described as a blend of the English Arts and Crafts school and the motifs of Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau style jewelry

Tiffany’s first gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, also had a profound effect on American jewelry design in the early 20th century. Like Louis, Kunz also traveled the world, but his search was for the world’s most exquisite gemstones to add to the Tiffany collection. At the time, most fine jewelers had little appreciation for unusual colored gemstones, preferring the standard diamonds, rubies and emeralds instead. Kunz, however, recognized their potential and began collecting the world’s most unusual gemstones, which began to create a buzz in artistic circles. In a 1927 Saturday Evening Post article, Kunz recalls a conversation with writer Oscar Wilde in which Wilde is quoted as saying, “My dear fellow, I see a renaissance of art, a new vogue to jewelry in this idea of yours. Bah! Who cares for the conservatives? Give them their costly jewels and conventional settings. Let me have these broken lights — these harmonies and dissonances of color.” (Kunz, 1927).

Kunz was equally passionate about American gemstones. Matrix turquoise, peridot from Arizona’s Apache nation, scintillating tourmaline from southern California, Montana sapphire and other American gems, formerly overlooked, found themselves suddenly coveted with a new value.

Using gemstones that Kunz had chosen, Louis set to work combining these stones in new and unusual patterns, ones that were more concerned about color and effect than intrinsic value. With graceful, coiling gold scrolls and unusual stones, he also incorporated glass into his pieces. The result was an art jewelry that became known as Tiffany Studio jewelry

Just as France was the global hub for Art Nouveau, Chicago served as the focal point for the American version. Founded in 1897, the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society adhered to an aesthetic of simplicity of design and use of natural materials. A number of innovative metalsmiths emerged from the Chicago Arts and Crafts movement. They drew inspiration from Native Americans, the American colonial period and nature. Their work reflected both the idealism of nature found in the British Arts and Crafts movement and the sensuality of the French Art Nouveau.

During this period several prominent women jewelers emerged in what had previously been a male dominated vocation. If you’re going to be in Chicago during the next year, the Driehaus Museum will be exhibiting Maker and Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry, which will feature the work of several of these early jewelers from the Chicago movement as well as some exquisite period pieces. The show opens Feb. 14, 2015 and continues until January 2016.

 

Beer Labels Art Nouveau Style

Each country that embraced Art Nouveau expressed it in a slightly different way, yet there were significant unifying connectors. The whiplash line is distinctly an Art Nouveau line expressing movement and passion. This line shows up in virtually all pieces. The lithe female nude also achieved prominence during this period, portrayed in ways that were both innocent and sensual. Mythological beasts, winged demons and other fantasy creatures were also adapted. Color and gemstones were also brought together in new and innovative ways.

Art Nouveau was a hopeful movement, celebrating freedom of expression and a sensual response to the natural world. The intentions were optimistic: to renew an interest in art and develop a new art form. Perhaps World War I damped some of the hopefulness of Art Nouveau. Or maybe it was the rise of cubism and modernism, but the Art Nouveau movement died out quickly and Art Deco with its sharp angles and geometric shapes became the next rage.

However, today it is one of the most sought after periods at major auction houses and throughout the past 100 years Art Nouveau has enjoyed limited revivals.

 

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Brazil’s Rich Gemstone Legacy

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Agate - a popular Brazilian gemstone

By Danielle Olivia Tefft

One of the world’s most bountiful locations for natural colored gemstones is the country of Brazil. The variety of specimens waiting to be unearthed in almost every corner of the hilly country is simply amazing. But Brazil doesn’t just have ample deposits of popular gems like agate and topaz. The naturally abundant South American country also touts many more desirable gemstones. These include beryls (which include emeralds), chrysoberyls, iolite, kunzite, spessartite garnet, tourmaline and coveted varieties of quartz. Like Madagascar and Russia’s Ural Mountains, Brazil can truly be considered to be one of nature’s jewelry stores.

Amethyst, Citrine, Aquamarine Gemstones From Brazil

Brazil’s foray into the modern gem industry has a history over 500 years in the making. It began early in the 16th century when the Portuguese landed on Brazilian shores and began establishing colonies. This was the first encounter the indigenous people of the country had with the Europeans. The French and Spanish also tried to claim parts of Brazil but the Portuguese thwarted their attempts and kept Brazil for themselves. By the 1700s, the Portuguese discovered the gold and gemstone wealth of their South American acquisition. They forced African slaves to labor in the mines and usurped all profits from mining endeavors for the Portuguese Crown. Copious amounts of gold and fabulous gems were transported back to Portugal to be incorporated into royal jewels.

Tumbled semi-Precious gemstones From Brazil

 

Today, if you ask where gem and mineral lovers should travel to view and shop for the most coveted jewels in Brazil, you will undoubtedly be directed to Rio de Janeiro. It’s located on the country’s southeastern Atlantic coast. The sprawling seaside city is well known as a playground for the rich and famous. It’s also the main hub of Brazil’s thriving tourist industry. So it should come as no surprise that Rio de Janeiro is also the most renowned gem dealing hub in the country. Both H. Stern and Amsterdam Sauer, giants in the industry, have headquarters in the city. Both companies also house impressive gem museums there, as well.

Tourmalated Quartz, Ametrine, Golden Rutile Quartz, Smokey Quartz And Citrine From Brazil

As notable as Rio de Janeiro is for the gem trade, Minas Gerais is actually the highest yielding gemstone producing state in Brazil. Minas Gerais is a landlocked Brazilian state. It covers an area slightly larger than that of the country of France. Its eastern-most border lies between 100 and 150 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean and the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro. The state’s name, “Minas Gerais” actually means “General Mines” in Portuguese. It has long been known for its bountiful deposits of gold and gems.

 

Brazil flag made of precious stones

The capital of Minas Gerais is Belo Horizonte. The city is also the gem dealing center of the abundant Brazilian state. With major gem dealing hubs like Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, you would think that gemstones were only available in these large metropolitan locales. However, there is also a strong “mom and pop” gem trade in the outlying Brazilian villages located near gem fields, alluvial deposits and rural mines. Such small lapidary businesses are run by local families who have learned to hand cut and polish the gemstones they find through several generations. It’s not uncommon for even young children to be involved, selling loose stones to willing tourists right out of their pockets.

The following is a list of some of the more notable Brazilian gems and where they are found. (Note: the Mohs hardness of each gem family or gem is given. Gemstones are graded on this scale created by German geologist Friedrich Mohs (1773-1839). The scale ranges from 1 to 10. Diamonds rank 10, as they are the hardest naturally occurring mineral known to man.)

 

Emerald

 

The Beryls: (Mohs hardness 7.5-8)

Aquamarine – color: deep sky blue; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Enormous specimens have been found, including a 552,500 carat aquamarine in 1910. It weighed over 240 pounds.

Emerald – color: deep forest green; where found: The states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Goias; notable fact: Brazil is the one of the world’s largest emerald producers. It isn’t uncommon for emeralds over 200 carats to be unearthed.

Morganite – color: dusky pink to lilac; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Most of the morganite on the world market today hails from Brazil.

 

Kunzite

Kunzite

 

The Chrysoberyls: (Mohs hardness of 8.5)

Cat’s eye – color: brown with shifting white central band; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Cat’s Eye displays the property of chatouyancy whereby the center band appears to shift back and forth when the stone is moved in the light.

Alexandrite – color: purplish-red in artificial or candle light and green in natural or fluorescent light; where found: Hematita in Minas Gerais; notable fact: This rare pleochroic (color changing) gem was discovered in Brazil in1987. Today Hematita is a major source of alexandrite.

Iolite: (Mohs hardness: 7 to 7.5); color: deep purplish-blue where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Iolite is pleochroic, (changes color in different light). It was used by the Vikings to navigate their ships on overcast days.

Kunzite: (Mohs hardness: 6.5 to 7); color: pale pink to lilac; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Brazil is one of the world’s largest suppliers of kunzite.

 

Watermelon Tourmaline

Quartz Varieties: (Mohs hardness of 7)

Amethyst – color: grape purple; where found: Mined in Southern states of Brazil; notable fact: Brazilian amethyst is considered to be the best in the world.

Citrine – color: yellow to dusky orange; where found: The Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul; notable fact: Most of the citrine on the world market today hails from Brazil.

Rose quartz – color: rosy pink; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: Most of the rose quartz on the world market today hails from Brazil.

Topaz: (Mohs hardness 8); color: dusky to deep orange; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: The deep orange hues of Brazilian topaz are called “Imperial Topaz” in the trade. Imperial topaz is one of the most expensive varieties.

Tourmaline: (Mohs hardness 7 to 7.5); color: light green to forest green; where found: Minas Gerais; notable fact: There is a thriving market for Brazilian tourmaline in China.

 

How to make an Ombre Blend Necklace

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Ombre color schemes are a favorite among fashion designers and jewelry lovers everywhere, because frankly, it’s a timeless and often elegant look. If you’ve never made an Ombre piece, get your first burst of inspiration with this easy tutorial to follow on how to make an Ombre Blend Necklace.

See the video on how to make this beautiful necklace here at… http://bit.ly/1AcXHfh

How to make an Ombre Blend Necklace

 

 

 

 

How to make Snowman Earrings

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The holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. With this in mind, we’ve created simply beautiful wire-wrap Snowman earrings that can be worn not only at Christmas, but year round. Combine crackling or solid glass beads  or silver wire to create your very own Frosty.

Check out the slide show/presentation here. Happy beading, and happy holidays from the House of Gems team.

How to make Snowman Earrings