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Discover the Black Pearl

A little bit of luck, a whole lot of skill, and a strong will to succeed was the magic potion needed for the husband-and-wife team of Eric and Mikkeline Hicks to make it in the wholesale jewelry world. Six years ago, the couple began a handmade...

A First-Hand Look at the Creation of Hill Tribes Plated-Metal Beads and Components

In a mountainous area of Thailand, indigenous peoples from six different tribes--known collectively as the Hill Tribes--inhabit the remote regions. Skilled in metal crafting, the Hill Tribes are respected for their expert craftsmanship in silver and...

What is Dichroic Glass?

For decades, dichroic glass has been a growing interest. What is it, how is it made and where did it come from? Discover the fire and multicolored brilliance of dichroic glass that has been artistically transformed into jewelry along with its unique...

Knapping: How the Ancient Art of Shaping Rough Stone Leads

More and more jewelry makers are becoming aware of, and using, knapped--or flintknapped--stones in their designs. Consequently, artist-designers want to know the "backstory" of newly-acquired jewelry-making components and techniques to raise the...

The Mystery of the Komboloi

The word Komboloi (pronounced come-bo-loy) comes from the Greek words "kombos", meaning a large number of knots, and "loi," meaning a group that sticks together. Komboloi beads, also known as "worry beads," are arranged in a strand of sixteen to...

The History of Preciosa Czech Glass Bead Making

Though small in size, Czech glass beads fascinate us with their mighty history. Beads, and our , unite us with others from the closest to the furthest points around the globe. As beads are connected with a or , each of us is connected with those...

Eye Beads of the World

There are many different variations of ICU, or "evil eye" beads. In Tibet and Mesopotamia, the mysterious etched agate gemstone eye beads are referred to as DZi (pronounced Zee) beads. In ancient Egypt, there is the eye of Horus known as the udjat...

The Hill Tribes Silver: Persevering Through Hard Times

Located in the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Burma come together, the Hill Tribes artisans have a rich culture of producing incredible handmade jewelry. In today's jewelry market their products have become synonymous with high-quality...

History of Seed Beads: Europe

Though tiny in size, glass have played an epic role across cultures for thousands of years. Miniature masterpieces, created from natural resources, seed beads have been objects of adornment, as well as function. They have represented power, wealth...

Czech Glass Beads: The Charm of the Small Factory

I recently received my order of and I'm ready to have some fun! I realize that although I've been using this product for years I never really thought about where the beads actually come from. Are they really made in the Czech Republic or is that...

Pâte de Verre

Pâte de verre, meaning paste of glass, is once again emerging as a revived glass working technique from ancient times. This method of turning glass powder into paste and fusing in molds at high heat in a kiln was first discovered in Mesopotamia in...

Opal: Benefits of Synthetic and Manmade Stones

Opal is an uncommon gemstone with an equally uncommon beauty and a sadly common fragility--leading it to be recreated in the laboratory as a stronger composite that withstands the stresses the natural opal cannot. Gem grade opal is extremely rare;...

How Glass Beads are Made

have been favorite jewelry-making supplies since their creation thousands of years ago. Modern glass beads are often formed in incredibly similar ways to original glass beads. In ancient Mesopotamia, ''core-forming'' was used with a metal mandrel...

Fluorescent Fun

Remember the glowing fun of black lights? At the roller-skating rink or a concert by your favorite band, almost everyone is familiar with black lights and how they make certain materials come alive with fantastic glowing colors--whether it's fuzzy...

What is the Meaning of Beading?

The human race has been embellishing and adorning clothing and the body with beads for millennia. Some of the earliest motives for beading were based on religious or sympathetic prayer, plus the establishment and display of elevated wealth and...

What Is a Cabochon? How this Jewelry Component is Made and Used

The shape (KAB-oh-shon) refers to a piece of gemstone (or other material) which has been shaped and polished, instead of faceted. Such stones have a domed front surface and a flat back. The process of creating this shape is called cutting , and...

Naturals

Bone was the first thing early humans used for ornament. Most modern bone comes from Indonesia and is made from cow, camel or sheep, and is a by-product of the food industry. Bone is hard enough to wear well, but soft enough to carve into shapes....

Seed Beads 101 - A Jewelry-Maker's Guide to Seed Beads

A Jewelry-Maker's Guide to Seed Beads gives you the valuable knowledge you need to buy the right seed beads and design with confidence. Find , all in one place, including FREE printable seed bead resources and charts for quick and easy reference...

The Cloisonné Process: Making Beads, Pendants and Objects of Art

Researchers agree the cloisonné technique originated in Egypt prior to 1800 B.C., beginning with gold ornaments inlaid with small pieces of genuine gemstones. Speculation is that eventually goldsmiths and glass workers collaborated to imitate these...

The Timeless Practice of Bone Carving

An ancient art form, bone carving continues to influence artists' creations ranging from necklaces and earrings to larger projects such as knife handles, chess sets and jewelry boxes. Artists' love affairs continue to grow with this...
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