Skulls and Crosses

Skulls and crosses are featured on clothing and jewelry all year round.  They are recognizable symbols associated with many different types of groups.

For this necklace designed by Dana Bickram, she featured two unique items from our catalog.

This antique silver cross has some beautiful detailing.  Note, the reverse side is available for additional embellishment.

These glass skulls are fantastic and were lost in our catalog until we located them again in our warehouse.  Czech black glass pearls complete this piece. You could also use a semi precious lava stone as a black bead.

If you want to think about other ways to use the cross, this sample for the I Love Resin blog shows you one simple but spectacular way to feature glitter and resin.

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Semi-Precious Skull Bead Earrings

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Blue Goldstone Jewelry with Hamsa Hand Charms

Blue Goldstone is a man-made stone. Its sparkle comes from flecks of copper.  They say that Blue Goldstone is a helpful aide for children who are afraid of the dark. Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral.  “Called the Stone of Ambition, it is said that Goldstone will assist in attaining one’s goals. In keeping one’s emotions stable and calm, this energy generator revitalizes one’s personal energy field, building confidence, courage, a positive attitude and promotes vitality.”  Our blue goldstone strands are linked here.

“The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.”
Our TierraCast hamsa charms are linked here.

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Spelling Secrets with Semi Precious Stones


In the current issue of Perles et Cetera, a premier French publication for jewelry makers, we have a new semi precious project step by step.  This is the English translation.
Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles et Cetera.

Spelling a word by using gemstones is a style of jewelry called “acrostic.” Similar to acrostic poetry, when the first letter of each sentence creates a word, acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of a gemstone to also create a word. It creates a hidden meanings or messages in the design.

As an example, LOVE in an acrostic jewelry piece might be a Lapis bead next to Opal, next to Verdite next to an Emerald. In England, one of the most popular words to spell out was REGARD, which usually featured Rubies (2), Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, and Diamond. They also used DEAREST or the name of a person in sentimental jewelry for engagement rings or anniversary gifts. Antique rings, bracelets, brooches and pins featuring unique gemstones may in fact be acrostic jewelry and you would have never known.

Napoleon Bonaparte designed the jewelry that ultimately exposed me to acrostic jewelry. He worked with a jeweller in Paris and always enjoyed marking special occasions with both large and small keepsakes. The Nitot jewellery house became the official jeweller of Napoleon in 1802. (They eventually were renamed the House of Chaumet.) The son of the founder, François Regnault created jewelry, crowns, sword hilts and more for Napoleon, both his wives and his court.

It is the gifts that he created for his second wife Marie Louise that caught my attention. He had the jeweller spell out his birthday, her birthday and their wedding anniversary in three beautiful bracelets. From the moment I saw these bracelets I was enchanted. I can’t think of a more romantic way to memorialize an important day. It becomes a secret between the gift giver and recipient and when worn, a constant reminder of their private celebrations.

Napoleon 15 Aôut 1769
Natrolite, Amethyst, Peridot, Opal, Lapis, Emerald, Onyx, Natrolite [15]
Agate, Opal, Uranite, Turquoise [1769].

Marie Louise 12 Decembre 1791
Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Iris, Emerald, Lapis, Opal, Uranite, Iolite, Sapphire, Emerald [12]
Diamond, Emerald, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Malachite, Beryl, Ruby, Emerald [1791].

27 Mars 1810, 2 Avril 1810
[27] Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Serpentine [1810], [2]
Amethyst, Vermeil, Ruby, Iris, Limestone [1810].

Creating an acrostic jewelry piece is a lot less expensive today than the pieces jewellers created in the 1800’s. Designers, jewellers and weekend hobbyists have access to many semi precious stones by simply visiting a local bead store or by placing an order online. Sometimes gemstones are even less expensive than glass or resin.  I work for one of the largest distributors of gemstone beads in Canada and we even have an Outlet attached to our warehouse that has many of these strands ready to purchase, at great prices.

For this project I decided to create a set of jewellery that features my own name. It will be a secret just between you and me. People will only notice the pretty gemstones and will never know that it carries significance. I have a plan to create sets of acrostic jewelry for friends and family using their names or special dates. I can’t wait to see the look of surprise when they read the notes I’ll include explaining why I used the gemstones I did for their gifts.

My project began with a review of the Crystal Bible by Judy Hall. I wanted to make a list of gemstones that had first letters linking to my own. The first letter of my name “C” was simple; Carnelian is a favourite. The last letter of my name “I” was a little harder. This letter is usually a descriptor for a gemstone such as Indian Topaz or Iris Opal. I then wrote my first alphabet gemstone-shopping list.

I settled on these strands after reviewing all the possibilities in our semi precious bead category at John Bead.

Carnelian for the C,

Amethyst for the A,

Rainbow Agate for the R,

Mookaite for the M and

Iron Zebra Jasper for I.

Once I knew which gemstones I wanted to use, I started to select the shapes. This took some thinking. Did I want big square beads, rectangles, rough cuts, round or chips? Sometimes having too many options makes designing very difficult. I settled on three shapes; ovals, rondelles and round. I knew that these would work well for a set of jewelry that also included earrings.

I also selected round wood beads for the body of the pieces. Wood is lightweight, fairly inexpensive and would allow me to just use a few semi precious beads per project. My stash of beads to match the alphabet will need to include one or two strands per letter of the alphabet. That means I have twenty-one more gemstones to select to complete my alphabet and the hunt is part of the fun for me!

Last but not least I gathered rhinestone rondelles. Who can resist a little extra sparkle? In the bracelets Napoleon designed, the diamonds and gold created the most beautiful frames. I wanted to bring some of that glamour to these simple stringing projects.

Once my gemstones were in the right order, spelling out CARMI, I made several sets for a necklace, bracelet and two earrings. I used various sizes of stones and spent some time deciding which colours worked best. All gemstones strands have various shades throughout, so I was able to select lighter Mookaite beads and even one that looked marbled. The necklace I strung with bead wire. The bracelet was made with elastic cord and the earrings feature the semi-precious beads stacked on a headpin and added to a pre made earing shape.

My jewelery set is unique, lightweight, sparkly and it was fairly inexpensive to make. Now I just need to decide which family member names I will work with next. Happily, that will mean more trips to the bead store for gemstones!

All products shown are from John Bead Corp.

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Large Beads, Tassels and TierraCast Charms

Our latest 32/0 beads look spectacular in this bracelet designed by Nancy Donaldson.

She added a TierraCast lock and key antique silver toggle.

The TierraCast charms featured include Jasmine Star Flowers, Antique Silver letter J, Antique Silver letter B, Antique Silver leaf, butterfly and a key.

Our latest size 32 beads are linked here.

All our size 32 beads are linked here.

 

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Crocheting With Beads

Have you tried crocheting with beads?  Nancy Donaldson completed this lightweight fiber necklace with our Lovely Knots cord.  She is an accomplished crocheter, so we wanted to give you a look at how quick it was for her to work on all the strands.  This makes me want to take a crochet class now!

The necklace looks wonderful when worn!

Nancy used Aqua Blue Lovely Knots cord for her necklace.

The beads are from our Czech Glass Mixed Bead box collection.  This is called Santorini Coast.

 

 

 

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration – Evil Eye

The comic reintegration of the Eye Fancy Stone wards off evil, injecting a quirky element to a serious symbol.

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Hurray for Orange and Black – Swarovski Halloween

Instructions

Step 1:      Using one head pin slide on one skull bead and make a simple loop. Repeat once and set aside.

Step 2:      Using a round nose plier turn one end of the memory wire until you have a double turn.

Step 3:      Onto the memory wire slide on one 5328 6mm jet bicone, {two 6mm pearls, two 4mm pearls, two 3mm pearls, two 4mm pearls, 6mm pearls, one 5328 6mm jet bicone, one BeCharmed bead, and one 5328 6mm jet bicone. Repeat the pearl section and add one Pave Ball, repeat the pearl section and add one 5328 4mm bicone, one 5238 6mm bicone and one 5328 6mm bicone. Repeat the pearl section and add one 5328 6mm bicone.} Repeat the entire pattern in brackets one more time to finish bracelet.

Step 4:      Trim the memory wire to leave a 1” tail. Using the pliers turn the wire until it tightens to the last bead.

Step 5:      Using the skulls from Step 1, add onto each of the loops on the bracelet to complete.

Product Group Article No. Amount Size Color Color Code Available at John Bead
Crystal Pearls 5810 18 pcs 3mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758100032324
Crystal Pearls 5810 36 pcs 4mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758101032324
Crystal Pearls 5810 36 pcs 6mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758101096324
Beads 5750 2 pcs 13mm Jet 280 27757500010280
Beads 5328 10 pcs 6mm Jet 280 27753012017280
Beads 5328 4 pcs 4mm Jet 280 27753012017280
Pave Beads 86001 2 pcs 8mm Jet 280 No 8mm or jet but consider black diamond 6mm 277860010610215
BeCharmed Beads 80901 2 pcs 12mm Jet 280 No but maybe consider 14mm 27780101015280      

Supplies:

2 2” headpins       22601037

3½ rings of memory wire    25000769

 

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Candy Corn Earrings With Swarovski

Instructions

Step 1: Cut wire into two equal pieces 18” long.

Step 2: Load onto one piece of wire 13 Swarovski XILION Beads art. 5328 4 mm Sunflower. Moving 6 Beads off to one side and keeping the 7 remaining Beads in the center of the wire, take the wire exiting from the 6 Beads and string the wire through all 7 Beads. (Note: the wire tails should be exiting in opposite directions from the 7 Beads.

The 6 Beads should be sitting on top of and in between the 7 Beads art. 5328 Sunflower. It is important to keep tension on the wire when weaving.)

Step 3: String onto one of the wire sides, 5 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth. Take the wire from the side with no Beads and string the wire through the 5 Beads. (Note: the wire tails should be exiting in opposite directions from the 5 Beads art. 5328 Hyacinth and the 5 Beads should be sitting on top and in between the 6 Beads art. 5328 Sunflower from the previous step.)

Step 4: Repeat step 3 using 4 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 using 3 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 using 2 Beads art. 5328 4 mm White Alabaster.

Step 7: Repeat step 6 using one Bead art. 5328 4 mm White Alabaster.

(You can exchange Tangerine for Hyacinth if preferred or Light Topaz for Sunflower)

Swarovski Crystals

Product Group Article No. Amount Size Color Color Code  
Beads 5328 8 pcs 4mm White Alabaster 281 27753011339281
Beads 5328 24 pcs 4mm Hyacinth 236 27753011307236

tangerine: 27753011333259

Beads 5328 26 pcs 4mm Sunflower 292 27753011337292

 

Tierracast earwires or Earwires

Artistic wire or Wire 

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration

NEW COLORS & EFFECTS: Scarlet (276)

An antidote to our increasingly uncertain future, Scarlet symbolizes passion and excitement, offering a decadent, elegant edge to sensuous designs, and reminding us that we should celebrate life in all its beauty.
Scarlett is an elegant, classic red crystal shade with a hint of blue that is more subdued than Light Siam (227) and brighter than Ruby (501) and Siam (208).
Exceptionally brilliant color.
Cadmium-free

Shimmer (971)

The new Shimmer effect speaks to our increasing desire for heightened sensory experiences by merging futuristic shimmer with bold crystal colors in nature-tech, boundary-transgressing hues.
Unique new effect inspired by AB.
Soft and elegant effect that radiates multiple shades of a single color.
Highest quality, durability, and glamor for optimal performance.

Pearl Coating: Crystal Velvet Brown Pearl

With its vintage antique luxury feel, Crystal Velvet Brown Pearl creates a decadent, elegant edge, reminding us to celebrate the finer things in life. Combined with the passion and radiance of the new Scarlet, designs are given added elegance and a sophisticated allure.
A velvety brown color with a hint of copper
The silky matte effect creates an interesting look – the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time
Crystal core
Consistent hole diameter, as per Crystal Pearl assortment

GROWING CRYSTAL: DESIGNER EDITION IRIS VAN HERPEN FOR SWAROVSKI

Iris van Herpen’s boldly envisions the future of fashion. For Swarovski’s Designer Edition Series, van Herpen imagined two pendants inspired by the creative power of nature. The first, ‘Growing Crystal Rhombus,’ pays homage to the fractured and fissured elegance of crystals shaped by tectonic forces. The second, ‘Growing Crystal Rectangle,’ resembles the cross section of a druse crystal in both brilliance and complexity.

Growing Crystal Rectangle Pendant

Growing Crystal Rhombus Pendant

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