New Year's Resolution: Buy More Crystals, Wear More Crystals!

Jan 19, 2012

Rock crystal beaded necklace
I've always had an affinity for natural rock crystals.
A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and took stock of my beading goals for 2012 with a few New Year's beading resolutions. But then once I started looking over my sketchbooks and designs, I realized that I might benefit from another New Year's resolution or two: buy more crystals and wear more crystals!

I've always been attracted to natural crystals. Living just a few hours from New York state's famed Herkimer "diamond" mines and my college classes in geology as an undergraduate provided me with a deep appreciation for organic crystals and their chemical structure. Once I started beading and was introduced to the wonderful world of Swarovski crystals and my favorite bicone-shaped crystal beads, I was totally hooked. I loved the way those tiny beads added just a hint of sparkle to whatever I stitched with them, and now I'm happy to say that I own a respectable assortment of colors of these bicone crystal beads.

For 2012, I want to start using more crystal beads in my designs. The new shapes and colors that are coming from Swarovski and popping up in my favorite beading supply companies are way too tempting, and I can only imagine what I'll see when I get to the Tucson gem and mineral shows in just a couple of weeks. The shapes! The colors! The sparkle! I can already feel my mouth watering with the anticipation of looking over walls of gorgeous crystal beads and crystal stones.

Crystal beaded bracelet
Heading to the post office, the grocery store or the bank? Not with a bit of bling!
So, no problem in collecting and acquiring these beautiful crystal beads, and the design possibilities with crystals are pretty much endless. But wearing them? My my usual daily routines of stacking firewood and feeding chickens don't exactly lend themselves to wearing glamorous accessories. (More like insulated green rubber boots and heavy gloves!) So what's this country mouse to do when it comes to wearing her crystals? Here are a few of my (crazy?) ideas:

  • I've decided to start "dressing" for dinner. Sure, I work from home and I usually work alone most days, so no one really sees what I'm wearing. But once my husband and son come home from work and preschool, why shouldn't I throw on a pretty top and a dazzling necklace for dinner? If it works for England's Royal Family, it works for me.
  • Heading to the grocery store or the post office? Not without a little bit of bling, I'm not! If I have to run errands, I might as well glam it up a bit with a pair of pretty earrings or a funky bracelet full of crystals!
  • Remember those green rubber boots I mentioned earlier? I'm wondering if I could hot-glue a few flat back crystals around the tops. Why not, right? Maybe my chickens could use a little bit sparkle when I head out there in the morning to feed them. Of course, I'd have to be careful not to get too carried away with the flat black crystals, or my family might find that we're eating off of crystal-encrusted dinner plates.

Crystal beaded necklace
I'll be wearing this beautiful necklace with icy blue crystals to dinner this week!
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How would you add a little more bling to your day? Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas (no matter how crazy!) on the blog!

Bead Happy,


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TashaMc wrote
on Jan 20, 2012 3:12 AM

Our Facilities team are in despair... my monitors, keyboard, mouse and phone are blinged up with flatbacks. I keep telling them I need the sparkle to cheer me up :)

hethcox9 wrote
on Jan 20, 2012 7:35 PM

I love the decorated computer idea! I raise chickens so I make short necklaces and earrings that I can wear even out in the barn. Nothing too dangly. Mostly natural stones, what I think of as "blue jean jewelry", but I will resolve to make one with crystals and see what the chicks think!

Lauretta1214 wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 2:24 PM

Funny you should bring this up.  My mother-in-law and I wear our beaded creations, regardless of how fancy or big, with everything.  Dresses, absolutely, but we wear them with jeans and t-shirts, too.  We put all that work into them and we love the way they look, why wouldn't we wear them every chance we get?  You don't have to dress up to wear the bling.  The bling dresses you up regardless of what you're wearing!

kimdanella wrote
on Jan 23, 2012 8:39 AM

I also work from my house, and there isn't one day that I don't wear my earrings and braclet.  Bling is in....even if it's only in your HEART!  Life ot too short NOT to wear Bling!!  I LOVE IT!  Each one of my creations have a little bit of bling it puts a smile on my face....and my custoners love them too!

lmneal wrote
on Jan 23, 2012 10:52 AM

I am  with you. I try never to go out of the house with some bling on and I to am a swarovski fan and try to use some in every piece I make. Thanks for the pointers and patterns. Linda Neal

Spajeweler wrote
on Jan 26, 2012 7:41 AM

Why not make your own bling decoration for your I-Phone?

I rigged something up to hang from my phone's OtterBox.

on Dec 15, 2012 1:05 PM

If you happen to be in New York City and you are looking for natural crystals and minerals, including rock crystal (quartz), you might want to check out ROCK STAR CRYSTALS, a store in midtown Manhattan.  Although they are not technically a bead shop,  they do carry natural crystal and mineral beads as well as over 140 different crystals and minerals from around the world that are small enough to make into custom jewelry.  Hugh selection of tumbled stones for wrapping.  Some cabachons as well and worked (polished) items like double-terminated points and wands cut from gemstones.  Go to or call them at 212 675 3065,