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Chainmaille: Fashionable Armor

Many centuries ago, medieval blacksmiths discovered that thousands of tiny metal rings meshed together made a stab-resistant, ultra-light armor. This battlefield innovation, called chainmaille, protected knights from swords, daggers and arrows. But...

Instant Chemistry: Bib-Style Necklace Jewelry Set Featuring Chainmaille and Swarovski Crystal

Set off fashion fireworks and create instant chemistry with this sparkling bib-style necklace jewelry set that's sure to make 2015 a memorable and magical year.

Style Snapshot: Climb the Ladder Trend

Use popular ladder pattern trends to achieve new style heights in jewelry designs.

Style Snapshot: Beaded Purse Straps

There are lots of ways to spice up jewelry and accessories with chainmaille. Have you considered the possibility of adding it to purse straps?

Style Snapshot: Scalemaille Jewelry

Chainmaille was once created to protect the wearer from injuries sustained during battle, but this combining of small metal rings has taken on a new purpose in modern society--a fashionable one. Chainmaille artists are using more than just rings...

Style Snapshot: Terrarium Jewelry

Botanical, terrarium jewelry is a growing trend--literally. These eco-inspired jewelry designs are wearable, living curiosities made with vessels and specific types of plants or moss.

Artistic Evolution

''By the time I was a senior in high school, I'd been playing the piano for a dozen years, and many people expected me to pursue it in college,'' Rebeca explains. ''However, it wasn't something that came truly natural to me. I enjoyed playing, but I...

Life in Color: Oh! Ring™ Components

Looking for vibrant color and a splash of pizzazz to spice up your chainmaille designs? Read about this amazing little ring that has caught the eye of jewelry designers.

Trends: Glimpses of 2014

"In 2014 I look forward to creating intricate structures defined by the subtle hues of stainless steel, copper, bronze, and brass. I've worked so much with color in the past decade, but I am looking forward to developing a collection of earthy...

Style Snapshot: Wrap Chokers

Choker necklaces were created all the way back in ancient civilizations as an adornment that protects the neck, a very vital part of the body. Similar to chainmaille's evolution, the choker has turned purely into a fashion statement. Chokers were...

Trend Flash: Hand Bracelets

From wrist to fingers, hands are getting a lot of attention these days from jewelry artists. Seen on runways and in collections from renowned designers including Alexander McQueen, hand bracelets are the "right now" fashion accessory. Also known as...

Style Snapshot: An Ocean of Style: Sealife Inspirations for Fashion Accessories

Like fashion, the ocean is always changing. So it's natural for the ocean to inspire and influence the world of style. A number of jewelry and accessory designers found inspiration in the aquatic, making it a key trend for 2012 and resulting in a...

Everything You Need to Know About Jumprings

are an essential finding for jewelry designers. These handy little components can seem a little overwhelming at first with the myriad of uses, materials, sizes and other options to consider. We're here to break it all down for you and get you fully...

Style Snapshot: Messy Chain Phenomenon

In the "more is always better" aesthetic, one of the ongoing trends is attention-demanding jewelry resembling chain that has become hopelessly tangled at the bottom of a jewelry box. The "messy chain" style features chaotic tangles of multicolored,...

Style Snapshot: Heavy Metals

According to recent style forecasts from magazine, knits, velvets and other materials are getting bigger, chunkier and heavier--so metal wanted to join in the fun, too. The catwalk has seen an increasing amount of standalone metal pieces or metal...

Boost Sales and Inspiration Through Jewelry-Making Books

If you own a jewelry supply business, but don't sell jewelry-making books, you're missing a large opportunity for revenue. Whether your customers are new or veteran beaders, having a shelf of jewelry-making books on hand is never a bad idea....

Dream Jewelry

Despite many years of scientific study and speculation, the purpose of dreams is still not understood. The explanation from Greek historian Herodotus in 5th century BC seems just as valid today: "The visions that occur to us in dreams are, more...

Wild by Design

Before we begin, and this might be something that will be referenced several times throughout this article: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads sources all our animal products, be it bone, leather, feathers or anything else, in ethically only ways. Our...

Acrostic Jewelry: Spelling with Gemstones

Blame Napoleon. His empress, Josephine, wanted a unique way to celebrate their courtship and marriage. To that end, her jeweler--the famous Jean-Baptiste Mellerio--created a set of bracelets that spelled out each of their names and the dates of...

5 Easy Ways to Live Life More Fully

In today's hustle and bustle, sometimes it helps to take a step back and do a few simple things that make you feel relaxed, happy or just a little more fulfilled. Here's our list of five easy ways to accomplish this. Plus, you'll love how they can...
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