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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Glass Beads: Art Through the Ages

The main component of glass is silica (sand quartz), lime and soda or potash. Different minerals like iron (blues and greens), manganese (black), and gold (pinks, reds) are added to the basic ingredients to create colors. Colors are made opaque by...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fire and Steel--Forming Lampworked Glass Seahorses and Tropical Fish

Tubes and rods of colorful glass are turned into graceful glass focal components using a torch and metal tools in the complex and delicate process of lampworking (also called ''flameworking'' or ''torchworking''). While modern glass artists use...

Wood and Nut Beads

Observed as far back as prehistoric times, beads and jewelry have been created from organic materials to decorate nearly every part of the body. Over the past few years, jewelry styles have shifted back. Attitudes are again embracing an organic...

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...
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