Using Gems and Semi-Precious Stones in Jewelry: 6 Free Gemstone Jewelry Projects Plus Guide to Gemstone Beads

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Gemstones have been prized by humans for hundreds of years. Besides their natural beauty, natural gemstones are prized for their "mystic" powers. Each has a unique meaning and will help bring anything from wealth to health, and good luck to empowerment to the wearer. Even if you treasure gemstones more for their beauty than meaning, there is truly a healing, inspiring "power" of gemstones. Just sit down with a new strand of semi-precious stones or gemstone beads in your favorite color and shape, and create your own unique piece of gemstone jewelry. By the time you've finished the piece; you've relaxed and inspired your creativity.

To celebrate the wonderful power of natural jewelry making, we've created this collection of gemstone jewelry designs and a special guide to using gemstones. Start by learning how to tell the difference between dyed and natural gemstones, then discover the special meanings of gemstones to find the perfect fit for your next piece of gemstone jewelry. Then join Marlene Blessing for tips on buying dyed or natural stones that fit your budget. Then take your new information for a spin with six gemstone bead necklace projects that you can create and personalize to fit your unique style. Whether you are an expert on gemstones, or are just beginning to explore their possibilities, this collection has something for you! Download this free eBook to get started today!
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If you love using precious and semi-precious stones in your jewelry designs, this lovely collection of six gemstone jewelry designs is a must-have. Each of these gemstone necklaces have a unique look and appeal, and will help you explore the variety of options for handmade gemstone jewelry. How fun will it be when you can proudly tell those admiring your newest creation: "I made it myself"! Along with this free eBook of gemstone jewelry projects, you'll also receive a free membership to our Beading Daily community. Your membership provides you access to our free projects library, our beading community blogs, and our daily email newsletter with all sorts of tips, tricks, and more free projects! Get started exploring gems, semi-precious stones, and natural gemstones with this free eBook.

Learn how to tell the difference between dyed and natural gemstones.

Article #1

"Dyed or Natural Gemstones? How to Tell the Difference?" by Jean Campbell

At one point or another, each of us was just a beginner, working with lab created or natural gemstone beads for the very first time. In this article, expert Jean Campbell shares her story to discovering how not all jewelry making supplies are made the same. She explains in detail how to decipher the dyed vs natural gemstones lingo to be sure you are ordering exactly what you expect. Also included is a handy reference guide to the American Gem Trade Association enhancement codes, so you can buy enhanced gemstones with confidence.

Discover the special meanings of gemstones for your next gemstone jewelry designs.

Article #2

"Healing Beads: The Special Meanings of Gemstones" by Jean Campbell

Looking for natural gemstone beads with special meaning? Jean found herself wanting to make a special piece of gemstone jewelry as a thank you for a special person in her life. When she sat down to create the pin, she found herself reflecting on everything this person had done for her, and how each stone put into the piece had special meaning. Discover the significance behind a handful of popular gemstones, so the next time you want to create a gift you can put your own special meaning into the design.

Learn how to balance the budget and gemstone beads buying with tips on semi-precious stones.

Article #3

"The Magic of Stones: 5 Tips on Today's Affordable Semi-precious Stones" by Marlene Blessing

There are plenty of high end lab created and natural gemstones available, but fitting your bead buying into your budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. Stone merchants are on the frontline of the jewelry business, and can help you find the best deals in the marketplace. In this article, Marlene shares some of her gemstone bead-buying expertise, and makes suggestions on what types of stones to select and how to save money.

With your free beading tutorial, you'll be on your way to creating beautiful gemstone bead necklace designs that are sure to get noticed! Start one or try all six of these jewelry patterns today and see how addictive these beading projects can be. Show off your creative abilities by customizing each design to bring just the right touch to any outfit. Get your free patterns for handmade necklaces when you download this free eBook today!

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Explore the desugn possibilities of gemstone jewelry making.

Gemstone Necklaces: Net Full of Gems

Design #1: Choker Necklaces

Net Full of Gems by Linda Richmond

This easy netted choker is made by first working the body of the collar, then decreases at the end. It's easy to create entirely different looks, from a long elegant robe of gemstones, to a choker that hugs your neck. This design leaves so much room for personalization, that no two pieces will be exactly alike. All you need are a few strands of small gem chips, delicas in a complimentary color, and the sky's the limit!

Gemstone Necklaces: Mile Marker 219

Design #2: Natural Necklaces

Mile Marker 219 by Annie Hartman Bakken

This adventurous necklace was created for a special Aunt, to celebrate the location of their family farm in North Dakota. The design is simple, and easy to follow, but the results look anything but simplistic. Make your own mark with natural, dyed, precious, or semi-precious gemstone beads and create your own stunning gemstone bead necklace design.


Gemstone Necklaces: Stone Soup

Design #3: Using Gemstone Pendants

Stone Soup by Tina Koyama

We all have the stash of leftover beads and occasionally the bead soup that just isn't worth sorting. This gemstone bead necklace is perfect for using up those bits from your stash. Inspired from a Beadwork Creates cover project, this design uses a donut as a main focal point works up in vertical peyote stitch.

Gemstone Necklaces: Stone Temple Donuts

Design #4: Using Natural Pendants

Stone Temple Donuts by Dustin Wedekind

Use a pile of turquoise gemstone donuts to make this piece of handmade gemstone jewelry! It’s a classic beaded necklace design that will never go out of style. Instead of turquoise, you can use onyx for a more sophisticated gemstone necklace.

Gemstone Necklaces: Turquoise Collage

Design #5: Bead-weaving Pendants

Turquoise Collage by Marcella Austenfeld

Mix and match your favorite jewelry-making techniques and supplies when you create this unique gemstone necklace. Bead-weaving captures your favorite gemstone pendants for a stunning focal point, accented by knotting, stringing, and simple wire wrapping.

Gemstone Necklaces: Cobblestone

Design #6: Semi-Precious Pendants

Cobblestone by Denise Yezbek Moore

Who said that gemstone necklaces had to be boring? The precious gemstone beads/nuggets used in Denise Yezbek Moore’s earthy and artistic necklace are naturally gorgous. Make it even more refined by using faceted gemstone beads instead of nuggets!

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While there are plenty of high-end gemstone beads available, using precious or semi-precious gemstone beads doesn't have to break the bank. There are plenty of low-cost gemstones available through merchants and at shows, shops and online. Join Marlene Blessing as she shares some of her expertise in buying gemstone beads, and how to look for precious geand semi-precious gemstone beads that will save you money. Since not all gemstones are made alike (some are dyed, bleached, or otherwise enhanced) we've also included a handy guide from Jean Campbell on the abbreviations you will see on strands of gemstone beads.

Looking to make a special piece of gemstone jewelry as a gift? Check out Jean Campbell's article on the special meaning of gemstones. Now that you have your gemstone pendants, you are ready to begin creating with your favorite precious, semi-precious, and faceted gemstone beads. In this collection we give you six gemstone necklaces to make, with plenty of opportunity to customize to fit your unique style. Get all six designs plus bonus articles on using beads in your gemstone jewelry when you download your free eBook today!

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For many jewelry artists and beaders, precious and semi-precious stones hold a special fascination and mystery that just cannot be explained. These mystic features draw each of us to beads of all shapes and colors, and inspire artists to capture the mystery in their designs. Start your own personal collection with the expert tips, suggestions and projects in this free tutorial.

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