Gemstones

Gemstone-Malas

How To Meditate With Mala Beads

When I started a serious meditation practice several years ago as part of my yoga practice, I was delighted to discover that my beads were going to go on this journey with me. Mala beads are an integral part of mantra meditation, a spiritual practice thousands of years old that can be found in many…

Here’s How to Use Those Semi-precious Beads & Gemstones

Here’s How to Use Those Semi-precious Beads & Gemstones Since ancient times, gemstones have been prized for their colors and for their perceived healing abilities. The first humans who discovered colorful gemstones in the gravels of a riverbed or embedded in an otherwise ordinary rock must have been struck with awe and wonder. It is…

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Create Shimmery Faux Gemstones in Bezeled Settings

One of my favorite things about my job is being exposed to so many talented jewelry artists. Sure, attending bead shows and drafting themes for the magazine is fun. But reviewing submissions–now that’s a real treat! Unwrapping all of the beautiful jewelry that comes into our offices in Colorado. . .well, it’s almost like Christmas…

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Create Stunning Faux Gemstones with Polymer Clay

As a jewelry artist, I have tried my hand at a number of jewelry and craft techniques and materials over the years. From metal stamping and dapping, to resin and polymer clay, I love the idea of creating a custom component that will give my pieces that special touch.I was so excited when frequent Jewelry…