Crystals

Ever since Daniel Swarovski invented his faceting machine, crystal beads have been in demand by high-fashion designers all around the world. Crystal beads are more popular than ever, and for good reason: who can resist the sparkle and shine of a beautiful crystal bead? No matter what their effect in a jewelry design, crystals captivate us with their gemlike sparkle. Wedding dresses, hair pieces and beaded jewelry are often sprinkled with crystals, illuminating a unique brilliance on a most special day. Crystals also adorn countless designer gowns, handbags, shoes and other accessories. Wonderful faceted crystal beads cast a spell on us that is impossible to shake. Is it any surprise that we are entranced by the shimmering delights of crystals and want to showcase them in our handmade beaded jewelry?

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystals

Crystals have made a dazzling statement in jewelry design for centuries. The element of sparkle and the sense of grandeur these minerals add to jewelry is quite obvious, but there are also many facts about crystals that are not so well known. Read on to learn more behind-the-scenes information about this much loved material in…

All the Crystal Beading Projects You Could Possibly Need

Ever since Daniel Swarovski invented his faceting machine, crystal beads have been in demand all around the world. Crystal beads are just as popular as ever, and for good reason: who can resist the sparkle and shine of a beautiful crystal bead? No matter what their effect in a jewelry design, crystals captivate us with their gemlike…

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Champagne bead crochet bracelet with red crystals

Simple but beautiful seed bead crocheted bracelet accented with red crystals This bracelet is made of Japanese Toho seed beads in ivory/champagne and golden and red crystal beads. It's finished with golden metal furniture and memory wire that helps to keep round shape. It can be worn daily as well as for special occasions. Length…

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Easy Ways to Create with Crystals

A few weeks ago while attending Bead Fest Philadelphia, I did something that I hardly ever, ever do: I treated myself to some crystal jewelry-making projects! I'll be the first to admit that my country lifestyle in upstate New York doesn't easily lend itself to wearing a lot of sparkly crystal jewelry, but shopping with…

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Create a Mother's Day Bracelet With Crystals

Mother's Day is coming up, and if you're like me, you are a last-minute shopper. This year, consider making something for Mom that will mean so much more because you hand-crafted it especially for her! Mom will think of you every time she wears one of these beautiful beaded bracelets customized to your family's birth…

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Crystals: A Love Story by Guest Blogger Yasmin Sarfati

From Jennifer: If you loved the cover project from the winter 2014 Quick + Easy Beadwork special issue, you'll enjoy this guest blog from designer Yasmin Sarfati — she designed that fabulous necklace-making project! A self-taught designer, Yasmin stumbled across a bead store twelve years ago when she got off the bus at the wrong…

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Glamour style purple bracelet Japanese Toho seed beads and crystals

This bracelet is carefully made of Japanese seed beads and decorated with crystal pearls. Finished using silver metal furniture.Each square has been bead woven separately and then assembled.Measurements:Bracelet ~18cm + 4cm extender chain This bracelet had been thought over before and the the necessary materials found. It is simple but it has very elegant look.