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Beading 101: How to Get Started Making Jewelry

There are many benefits to learning how to make your own jewelry. First and foremost, it is fun! Making jewelry is a hobby that allows you to express your creativity in an enjoyable and relaxing way. Learning how to make...

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The Complete Guide to Jewelry Clasps and Toggles

Jewelry-making involves a lot of fun and creative thinking, from the color to the style to the size of the piece you are creating. One aspect of jewelry-making that usually falls to the wayside is the type of closure or...

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January Birthstone: Garnet Beads

Beautiful garnet stones are the official birthstone for January. Although the garnet is most often associated with the deep pomegranate red of Pyrope Garnet, they are mined in a variety of colors, from reds and oranges to vibrant greens. Despite...

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The History of Natural Turquoise Beads

The History of Natural Turquoise Beads

Turquoise calls to mind the very distinct blue- and green-colored gem that is synonymous with the Southwest. It has a rich history, and its use in jewelry and art spans centuries as well as the entire globe. How did turquoise...

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How to Use Lava Stone Beads to Make Diffuser Jewelry

Lava stone beads are an extremely popular trend in jewelry right now due to their unique appearance and properties. The tone itself is typically rough, dark and chunky, yet extremely lightweight due to its porousness. These qualities make them the...

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Create Jewelry with Timeless Style with Opal Beads

Create Jewelry with Timeless Style with Opal Beads

The beautiful, diverse and ancient opal gemstone makes gorgeous jewelry that is perfect for all types of occasions. Ranked second only to the emerald by the Romans, it was included among the noble gems and was considered lucky.   About Opals...

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Create Eye-catching Jewelry with Labradorite Beads

Labradorite is a popular gemstone that produces a stunning play of colors — known as labradorescence — which moves as the stone is rotated. This dazzling optical phenomenon is due to the formations of intergrowths within its structure that create...

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Charoite: The Siberian Stone

Charoite is a lovely lavender gemstone mined exclusively in the mountains of Siberia —a remote region known for its harsh climate, brutal winters and historical legacy as the site of Soviet prisons and forced-labor camps. However, despite its reputation as...

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