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Do you carry Egyptian Crystal?

Thanks for the question! We carry crystal that is produced in Cairo, Egypt since the 1960s using top-quality German technology. You have to see these...

What is the mineral composition of unakite?

Unakite is an altered granite, composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote and generally colorless quartz.MaterialsResources

How are gold-filled and gold-plated different?

Gold-fill is 50 to 100 times thicker than regular gold plating, and it is about 17 to 25 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate. The base metal...

What is vermeil?

"Vermeil" is sterling silver, heavily electroplated with 10Kt fineness, or more, of yellow gold. "Vermeil" products carried by Fire Mountain Gems and...

What is free form beading?

Freeform beading is a more sculptural and abstract style of beading than traditional bead stitching. You usually start with a base of peyote stitch...

Can Swarovski crystals be stored in an unheated building without bursting?

There is no evidence that heat or cold temperatures will affect Swarovski crystals.- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and...

Is a size 11 seed bead the same size as a 2mm bead?

A size 11 is approximately 1.8mm in size. Here's a quick chart listing different seed bead sizes and their equivalent size in millimeters.

What is niobium?

Niobium is a metal first engineered to protect hypersonic aerospace vehicles from extreme conditions. It is also used in welding, nuclear industries,...

What's the history of pearls?

It is believed by some that an ancient fish-eating tribe, perhaps along the coast of India, initially appreciated the shape and luster of saltwater...

Are the inlaid cabochons plastic, or are they natural stone?

Inlaid cabochons are not plastic they are reconstituted gemstone materials. The gemstone material is ground, mixed with bonders then formed into a...

Is there a general rule about mixing gems of different hardness?

It is recommended to take the hardness of the stones into consideration as the harder ones can scratch or wear away at the softer stones, although...

What is Braided Beading Thread?

Braided beading thread is a fiber that is made by braiding strong fibers together and differs from other beading threads since most are twisted....

How are seed beads made?

Seed beads are made by cutting pieces from long, hollow glass tubes called canes that are cut into small equal lengths. The length of the cut piece...

How do I attach a ribbon to a beading wire?

Ribbon crimp ends or cord ends is one option. View how-to video for detailed directions.A second option is to pass the end of the ribbon through a...

What's the difference between, sterling silver and silver-plated?

Please refer to the definitions below for information on these metals.Sterling Silver - These items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or...

What does oxidated and anodized mean? Thank you,

Oxidated is really another way of saying oxidized. Oxidized means metals are treated with a chemical that simulated the natural occurrence of oxides...

What are Pandora beads?

Pandora™ is a trademarked line of jewelry that is typified by a chain on which silver-lined large-hole beads are collected over time to mark special...

How many 11/0 seed beads in an inch?

There are approximately 14.1 11/0 seed beads in one inch. The diameter of an 11/0 seed bead is 1.8mm. There are 25.4mm in one inch.- Maura Buckner...

How do you finish a necklace with cord coils?- Paulo, HI

See the how-to video and illustrated instructions on how to use cord coils to create a professional finish.MaterialsResources how-to video and...

What is padparadscha and how is it pronounced?

Padparadscha is pronounced "pad-pa-rod-sha." Padparadscha is a pinkish-orange to orangy-pink colored stone in the sapphire or corundum family of...

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