Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We've got the cure for bead block sitting right on our book shelves. Directly below our great book selection are a collection of maroon binders that are jam packed with high
quality scans of years worth of customer and employee creations. They're loosely grouped into categories like Pearls, Wire Wrapping, Straight Stringing, Multi Strand and many
Since these are other people's pieces we aren't able to make photocopies, but we have a collection of chairs directly next to the book case where you can comfortably sit and search for the inspiration for your next great design!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Hi fellow Bead-Lovers,
Last message just couldn't cover everything I wanted to tell you about! This time I'll focus on some of the Pearls, Pyrite and Labradorite. There is also some Lapiz and Serpentine (my favorite color combo - lime and cobalt!) and a few sparklies - Amethyst, Citrine and Quartz.
All of these would look terrific worked with copper wire and findings.
Row 1 is big coppery sticks, luminous with pink, gold, and green highlights - $19 per 16" strand!
Row 2 and 4 are the same, just different sizes. Yummy chocolate milk duds with glimmers of pink, green, purple and copper - $21 per 16" strand.
Row 3 are simply shiney green peas. Nearly edible. $24 per 16" strand.
The last 2 rows are spectacular copper 'potato chip' pearls. They are a luscious shimmery copper with just a bit of gold and pink. Two sizes, the larger slightly graduated - $66 and $79.
FABULOUS COLOR COMBO - LAPIZ AND SERPENTINE
The new Lapiz is of a very bright and vibrant blue with little flashes of pyrite. Small 8mm rounds are $22 and larger 10mm are $41. Great polish and shine.The Serpentine came in 6mm rondelles and 17x12mm flat ovals. The ovals really show off the wonderful character of the stone - a mix of lime and celery greens with black and white matrix and the small rondelles are a perfect spacer. I just love that blue and green together!
This stone seems to be everyone's favorite, probably due to the glow of changing colors from within. It is SO beautiful!Pendants came in a nice assortment of shapes, all drilled front to back, all with shimmers of blue, green, and gold. Only $5.75 each.
The smallest new strands are the 6mm flattened, faceted rounds at $22. Next is 8mm faceted rounds at $35 and 10mm rounds at $41.The large flat, faceted rounds (20mm) are softly pale - $38 and the slightly larger ovals (18mm x 24mm) are a little darker - $47. Both are just breathtaking.
RAW AND RUGGED - NATURAL PYRITE
Here's a chance to add a unique new stone to your collection - Pyrite. Also known as Fool's Gold. This is how this type comes right out of the ground. Surprising little cubes from 5mm up to about dice size.All strands only $13. We also carry a supply of Pyrite in smooth rounds, rondelles and coins.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Various Chinese Turquoise
Natural Purple Spondylus Shell (aka Spiny Oyster)
Large heshi shape in a 10mm. Priced at $38 per strand.
Medium sized rondelles in an 8mm. Priced at $38 per strand.
Medium sized heshi shape in a 6mm. Priced at $31 per strand.
Small rondelles in a 4mm (great spacers!). Priced at $25 per strand.
Small tubular shaped, multi-tones in a 4mm x 4mm. Priced at $19 per strand.
Natural Orange Spondylus Shell (aka Spiny Oyster)
Check out these neat slices of agate! Some are huge (for that fabulously earthy "statement necklace" you've always wanted) and some are a little bit more sized for an everyday wear. These are priced at $31 a strand, and $4.25 each.
Monday, September 7, 2009
A varitey of gold vermeil bails . . . something for every occasion!
We sent a handful of our personal line of Euro style beads and they came back great! The gold really brings out the details in the beads.
These are by far the most exciting items to come back from our gold order. These are our antique Hindu amulets and they just looking fabulous in gold! We only had about a dozen plated this time, so if you want one immediately act fast!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Faceted aventurine in 6 and 8mm rondelles. Our scanner makes them look more on the blue side when they are actually more of a delicate green hue.
Friday, August 21, 2009
These beautiful, tiny black spinel beads have proven to be a hit not just with our customers, but also our employees (that's when you know they're really good beads ;). In fact, they were such a big hit the last time we got them, that they quickly sold out. With intense sparkle like 3mm black diamonds, but the low, low price of spinel who could resist? Well, this week we received a nice large handful of replacement strands and they are just as impressive as the first! If you're interested in one (or two, or three . . .) I recommend that you act fast because these are sure to fly out :).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Chinese Zodiac Animals Sterling Silver Tube Beads
New Sterling Silver Chain -A small twisted link and chain made of 3mm heart links
Sterling silver 5mm hammered round link chain /Gold-fill 8mmx6mm hammered oval link chain
Friday, August 7, 2009
Chrysocolla -We haven't had this stone in awhile. Bright blues and greens comparable in color to turquoise but glassier. The color is truly phenomenal and we have several shapes and sizes that can add a pop of brightness to any necklace, bracelet, or earrings.
Sardonyx-Another stone we are happy to get more of! This shipment has wonderful clear stripes. Colors alternate between blacks, whites, grays, and tans. Perfect on their own, paired with larger banded agates, or anything else you dream up for them.
Pyrite -Known as "Fool's Gold" for it's sparkle and shine when found in nature. These make perfect brassy colored spacer beads. They are heavy, substantial, and great in masculine jewelry.
Monday, August 3, 2009
White pearls in various shapes and sizes with fantastic luster.
Monday, July 27, 2009
These are a great multi use tool, I also use my mandrel to make loops for hoop earrings, pendants and anything else I need a perfect loop for. The mandrels have a range in ring size from 1 to 17. A must have for active wire users!
These are one of the most exciting items we've gotten all year! We've had some of these frames in stock for a couple of months now, but they've been so popular that we've had trouble keeping some of the shapes in. We just got the marquise shape (far left with tanzanite drops) back in and we just can't help ourselves around here, they're just all too tempting to decorate! These are made of sterling silver and gold vermeil (24kt over sterling silver) and have a great brushed texture.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The two strands on the top (gold color) are Tigers Eye in a 10mm and 6mm. The rest of the strands are Pietersite, a stone named for it's discoverer Sid Pieters. Both Tigers Eye and Pietersite are in the quartz family and exhibit similar chatoyance (a cat's eye effect caused by a fibrous structure). Deposits of Pietersite are found in South Africa and China, while Tigers Eye, though mostly found in South Africa, can be found all over the world.
Matte OnyxThis is something new for us . . . natural onyx with a matte finish! The matte finish is almost silky to the touch and adds texture to projects that need something different yet subtle.
We've had matte hematite before, but this is so opposite from what polished hematite looks like that I think it's worth mentioning :). Like the matte Onyx, these matte Hematite are great additions to jewelry pieces that need something different and unique. Hematite is a type of iron oxide and can be found in huge formations from England to Brazil to the United States.
These are just the highlights of our latest shipment, be sure to stop by to see what else is new!
Friday, July 17, 2009
From right to left . . . Dark Indigo (deep, inky blue), Crystal Red Magma (fiery red-orange), Indian Pink (rich, jewel tone pink) and Air Blue Opal (sky blue with an opalescent effect). Since these are new colors the variety of available shapes vary.
From right to left . . . crystal copper in a tear drop, 4mm rondelles in crystal AB, 3mm and 4mm bicones in comet argent (VERY silvery!) and lastly a tear drop in crystal moonlight. Notice that the tear drop shapes have holes large enough to use a jump ring as a connection, no need to wire wrap!Come in and see us if you get the chance and remember that with new items come new creative possibilities!