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How do you attach beads to "illusion" cord?

Place a drop of on the cord where you want to place the bead, string the bead and then slide the bead down to its position on the cord. Let the bead...

What are irradiated pearls?

Gamma ray irradiation darkens the nucleus and results in darker pearls, sometimes dark enough to resemble natural-color black South Sea pearls. The...

Is the color on dyed pearls permanent?

The dyes used to color pearls can fade over time. Because pearls are porous, they often absorb human oils, makeup and perfume, which can stain and...

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...

What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls?

Saltwater pearls are usually larger than freshwater pearls and are found in oysters in the ocean and other bodies of saltwater around the world. Some...

How many inches long should I make bracelets?

The standard adult-sized bracelet is approximately 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men. If you don't know the wrist size of the person you are...

How does chalk turquoise differ from "regular" turquoise? Is it manmade and if so, how? Is it less valuable than other types of turquoise?

Chalk turquoise is a form of natural turquoise that has a white chalk-like consistency. It has the same chemical composition as turquoise, only...

How should I care for my pearl jewelry?

Store pearls in a soft cloth pouch or wrap them in a soft cloth. Pearls are a soft gemstone material and should be treated delicately; they require...

How do I make a bail for a flat briolette using sterling wire?

Briolettes make beautiful charms or pendants when you add a wrapped loop bail. Check out our how-to video.MaterialsAdditional Resources how-to video...

I recently purchased a string of crystal quartz with a matte finish. Is there any way I can polish these stones so they will shine?

Remove the quartz beads from their string and tumble them in a rotary tumbler with the appropriate abrasive polishes to remove the matte finish and...

I have some flat round stones that are pink with yellowish green inclusion. My bead store had them marked as Rhyolite but I can't find pictures of that stone that support that.

Rhyolite gemstones are typically a mix of green, cream and brown colors. The stone that you are describing sounds more like a Rhodonite, which is...

Will .025-inch precious metal headpins go through cultured freshwater pearls?

A 0.025-inch diameter (22-gauge) headpin will typically work with a larger (6-8mm) cultured freshwater pearl as their drill hole sizes are larger...

I have a pretty rose cabochon with petals that can't be set in a bezel. Should I wire wrap it - if so, how do I do this? Thank you,

Wiring up the rose cabochon is a great option but the wire may show between the layers of the carved rose cabochon. To keep the face of the cabochon...

I have a heart-shaped turquoise pendant with a hole in the top that is only about 1/4 inch deep. How can I use this pendant?

A pendant bail with a peg is the perfect finding for the job. The peg is designed to be glued into a half-drilled bead, like yours, and the bail...

What on earth is druzy and what is druzy quartz and blue lace agate druzy? Merriam-Webster on-line does not recognize the word druzy and the word is not listed in the Fire Mountain Gems Encyclobeadia.

Druzy occurs when mineral deposits seep through stone cavities and crystallize within, and on the surface of, the stone. Quartz and agate stones...

I bought some lovely white agate nugget beads. However, many of them look like their edges are dirty. Can you tell me the best way to clean these beads?

Use a gentle liquid cleaner to release what may appear to be dirt from the thread the beads were strung on. Follow package directions with any...

What is the difference between "heated" and "dyed" colored stones?

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), of which Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® is a charter member, considers a stone ''heated'' when heat is used...

What do all the initials in parenthesis after the gemstones mean-example coral (IMIT). Thank you, is it listed in the catalog?

The initials are actually symbols, or codes, used to identify the type of enhancement the stone has undergone. An example would be if you saw a (D)...

I need to identify and price turquoise I purchased in New Mexico 20 years ago. I do know that some pieces are Sleeping Beauty turquoise. What is the best approach to identifying this gemstone?

In the past twenty years, so much turquoise has been mined and become scarce while other turquoise has become more available. Each mine produces a...

I'm wondering how can I drill a hole in turquoise cabochons or other gemstones?

A Flex shaft is a motorized piece of equipment which carves, polishes and drills holes in beads, shells and wood. Before drilling a hole with this...

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