Thinking Outside the Bead - 5 Creative Gemstone Picks for Holiday Jewelry

Nov 4, 2013

When you think about holiday jewelry, most folks think about sparkling crystal beads and shiny metallics. But being the kind of "natural" woman that I am, I like to use a lot of gemstones in my holiday jewelry-making projects. Gemstones can add a lot of festive color to your holiday jewelry-making projects, and they're perfect for adding to bead-weaving projects made with seed beads. For jewelry stringing projects, try using seed beads as spacers to reduce the number of gemstones you need for your beaded necklaces and bracelets.

Looking for inspiration for holiday-themed gemstones this year? I found some great picks from my friends over at Lima Beads! Here are 5 of my favorite gemstone picks for holiday jewelry:

Instead of using metal beads in your holiday jewelry designs, try a metallic gemstone like pyrite. While pyrite is sometimes coated or enhanced to bring out the metallic glow of this gemstone, it naturally adds some glamor to a special jewelry design.
Of course, green and gold are classic holiday colors, and I love the rich, deep, glow of this emerald candy jade. Like the pyrite, the facets will add extra sparkle to your holiday jewelry design, and it pairs well with both gold and silver metal beads. Or, try mixing it with frosty quartz crystal for the look of snow falling on evergreens.
A couple of my friends swear by blue goldstone for their special holiday jewelry designs. Because blue goldstone is man-made (a combination of glass mixed with copper shavings), the intense blue color and the sparkle from the metallic shavings make this one of my favorite materials for holiday jewelry. Looking deep into a piece of blue goldstone makes me think of a clear, cold winter night, dotted with stars.
There's something about the color of garnets that make me think of a Victorian, old-world Christmas party. When mixed with gold metal beads and findings or clear quartz crystal, garnet jewelry is versatile enough to wear all year long.
Of course, if you're looking for a gemstone to resemble a clear crystal bead for holiday sparkle, I love the look of moonstone. The translucent, milky color and sparkle from faceted moonstone remind me of a fresh snowfall. Moonstone pairs well with either green or red gemstones, and it looks lovely with both gold and silver beads and findings.

If you love learning all about gemstones, check out Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. You'll find profiles of hot new gemstones, jewelry-making projects that use your favorite gemstones, plus tool and book reviews, techniques, and tutorials! Subscribe to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and think outside the bead when it comes to gemstones for your jewelry-making projects.

Do you have a favorite gemstone for holiday jewelry that's somewhat unconventional? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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Linda@952 wrote
on Nov 10, 2013 1:08 AM

My most favourite gemstone to add at Christmas time, or absolutely any time of the year, is also called the rarest gemstone in the world.  This gemstone also reeks of mystery, takes grown men back to their youth, to when dinosaurs walked on earth.  This gemstone is known as Ammolite - the remains of fossilized sea-creatures, much like pearls and abalone seashells are linked together, so to are Ammonites and Ammolite.  The shimmer from colours ranging through reds, greens golds, blues and.purples defy words.  Once you have seen the colour cascading from the Ammolite however, it will

make you remember it, and love it, for the rest of your life.  A pity, as the world's supply of both the Ammonites, as well as the beautiful Ammolite jewelry that can be made from the wafer thin layers of shell is set to run out within the next year or two.  Most people will never hear about, never mind see what all the fuss is about.  Picture the Aurora Borealis - in black and white, you know it is considered one of the wonders of the world - you just can't see it.  Pity!  I've got mine, do you have yours?

Linda@952 wrote
on Nov 10, 2013 1:08 AM

My most favourite gemstone to add at Christmas time, or absolutely any time of the year, is also called the rarest gemstone in the world.  This gemstone also reeks of mystery, takes grown men back to their youth, to when dinosaurs walked on earth.  This gemstone is known as Ammolite - the remains of fossilized sea-creatures, much like pearls and abalone seashells are linked together, so to are Ammonites and Ammolite.  The shimmer from colours ranging through reds, greens golds, blues and.purples defy words.  Once you have seen the colour cascading from the Ammolite however, it will

make you remember it, and love it, for the rest of your life.  A pity, as the world's supply of both the Ammonites, as well as the beautiful Ammolite jewelry that can be made from the wafer thin layers of shell is set to run out within the next year or two.  Most people will never hear about, never mind see what all the fuss is about.  Picture the Aurora Borealis - in black and white, you know it is considered one of the wonders of the world - you just can't see it.  Pity!  I've got mine, do you have yours?