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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Jewelry Beads

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The art of jewelry-making has been a part of human history ever since its recorded beginning. Recent studies have shown that our prehistoric predecessors made necklaces out of shells as far back as 120,000 years ago. So when you decide you want to craft jewelry, you’re tapping into millennia of history and culture.

Because of this vast and fascinating history, it can be daunting when you try to find the perfect jewelry beads for your next project.

But don’t despair. Whether you’re an artisan or an amateur, we have 7 factors to consider that will help you choose the best types of beads for your jewelry.

1. Type of Jewelry

One of the biggest influences on the beads you’ll use for your project is the type of jewelry you’re making. Who and what are you making this piece for?

If you’re creating a trendy spring piece, you’ll use different beads than you would for, say, a child’s friendship bracelet. What you might use for an earthy, boho-chic anklet wouldn’t work as well for a classy, formal event.

Do you intend this piece to be a one-off showpiece or more of a daily wearer? Your string and beading materials will change depending on what you choose.

In addition to the occasion, you should also keep in mind the type of jewelry you’re making. Beaded, dangling earrings will require different considerations than a statement necklace.

2. Cultural Influences

Jewelry is one of the most telling features of many cultures, so taking a moment to consider what cultural influences you want to incorporate will help you narrow down your beading selection.

If you want something sleek and modern-looking, a simple color palette and plain metal beads would be a good idea. If you want to create something inspired by a particular culture, look into the beads those from that culture use in their jewelry.

Speaking in general terms, if you want something inspired by Indigenous cultures, you should speak with them before you proceed to avoid appropriating their culture. However, bone and shell beads would be a safe bet for most traditional jewelry.

3. Finding a Focal Point

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If you’re making a simple pendant necklace, a locket, or a minimalist statement necklace, finding your focal point is easy. All attention goes straight to the center hanging.

However, if you’re not making one of the above necklace types, you should consider what you want as your piece’s focal point. Or, if you even want the piece to have a centralized focal point at all.

Having a statement bead that draws the eye is a fantastic jewelry design technique, but it might not work for all pieces.

4. Sizing Your Jewelry Beads

Applications and esthetics marry when you start sorting your beads by size. A tiny rhinestone charm might be adorable on a bracelet but could wind up looking swallowed when it’s around someone’s neck.

A large, hefty wooden pendant looks great as the center of a statement necklace. Put that same pendant on a set of earrings, and it goes from a fantastic accent to a weighty fashion faux pas.

5. Material Concerns

Esthetics, vibes, and durability reign supreme when deciding what material you should use for your beads. As stated above, if you’re highlighting a particular culture, you’d be best served to select beads that comply with those traditions.

If you want this piece worn daily, you’ll need stronger beads. If you’re making something intended only for formal events, you can work with materials that are a bit more fragile or finicky.

A good rule of thumb is that semi-precious stonewoodmetal, or acrylic make for good daily jewelry choices. Save precious stones, high tier metals, glass, and Swarovski crystals for formalwear.

6. Color Coordination

Choosing your color scheme early on is a good way to narrow your selection of jewelry beads. Do you want this piece to scream its presence from the rooftops? Or should it have a more subtle, understated beauty?

If you want this piece to “go with everything”, you should stick to a neutral color scheme. Black, white, and metallic tones, as well as any of the spectrum of browns, should work for this purpose.

Want to make the piece pop? Glitzy or shiny beads are a great eye-catcher. You can also take this chance to experiment with color. Get bold with bright reds, sunset oranges, or whatever color suits you!

7. Don’t Forget the Love

It’s so easy to get caught up in what elements we should use for certain projects that we forget to let ourselves have fun with the process of creation. Do you have any particular beads in your collection that you’ve been dying to use? Create a project featuring that bead front and center.

Do you prefer working with beads made from natural materials? Go for it. Got a color scheme you love sticking with above all others? You do you.

The process of making jewelry isn’t just about what fashionistas or potential clients say. It’s about making what sparks joy for you.

Need Help Sifting Through Beads for Jewelry?

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When it comes down to it, choosing jewelry beads for your projects is simple when you keep these three things in mind:

First, know your audience and vibe. Second, know your purpose for the jewelry. And third, know what inspires your creativity. Follow those three rules, and whatever types of beads you use, the end result will be beautifully you.

Feeling inspired? Ready to get to beading? Take a look at Mamouth Jewelry New Arrivals today! We update our inventory weekly and are sure to have something that will inspire you.…

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Tips on how to start a beading home business

A beading business specializes in the design, creation, and distribution of beaded items such as beaded jewelry, crafts and fabrics/clothing, or in selling beads and beading materials. Beading is popular amongst professional crafters and home hobbyists alike. Beading does not require a lot of space or significant technical training, making it a very accessible home business option. If you are interested in selling beads or selling your hand-crafted beaded items, follow these tips on how to start an at-home beading business.​

STEP 1

Learn as much as you can about beading and about running a small business.

  • Find tutorials online.
  • Check out books from the local library.
  • Ask local fabric and craft supply stores about any workshops they might offer.

STEP 2

Create a beading home business plan. It should cover the following topics:

  • Business name. Do you prefer a catchy business name, or would you rather use your own name?
  • Target market. This will determine how you market your business to find potential customers.
  • Products and/or services your business will offer. For example, do you want to specialize in beaded jewelry, or would you rather offer hand-beading services?
  • Product pricing. Consider the cost of materials and the amount of time and labor that will go into fabricating and/or marketing your product and how much profit you need to make.
  • Marketing. What types of marketing materials will you use, and through which avenues will you solicit business?
  • Protocol for tracking inventory, invoices, sales and costs. You will need to implement an accounting plan for this, which can be as simple as purchasing computer software and learning how to use it.
  • Costs to start up and run your business.

STEP 3

Save money for startup costs. You will need supplies, marketing materials, licensing fees and basic office supplies.

STEP 4

Obtain the necessary licensing from your government’s business regulatory agency.

  • Business license. This allows you to operate your business legally.
  • Resale license. This enables you to purchase wholesale supplies and materials.
  • DBA license. The “Doing Business As” (DBA) License is a requirement only if you plan on doing business under a fictitious name.

STEP 5

Stock up on supplies.

STEP 6

Build an inventory of product that you can display, advertise and sell.

STEP 7

Create marketing materials. Business cards and flyers are suitable for initial startup, but you may opt to invest in some brochures down the line.

STEP 8

Explore a variety of sales and marketing avenues. There are many ways to spread the word about your beading home business:

  • Create a website. Your web address should go on all of your marketing materials.
  • Advertise. Use online and print classified ads, take out advertising in local newspapers and lifestyle magazines, and hand out business cards and flyers.
  • Set up booths at arts and crafts fairs. This is a great way to establish a presence in the crafter community and to reach out to new, out-of-area customers.
  • Approach storefronts. If you opt to make jewelry or other beaded items, ask if they would like to either purchase or consign some of your product to sell in their stores.
  • Host beaded jewelry parties. Charge guests a flat fee for all the supplies and guide them through the process of making their own custom design. You may also encourage others to host the parties, allowing you to provide the supplies and instruction for a fee.
  • Spread the word through social media sites.

Contact us for more information.…

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15 Most Popular Bracelet Projects

There are so many amazing DIY jewelry projects these days, with Pinterest being full to the brim with inspiration. A lot of these tutorials are pretty easy to follow and yield beautiful results. Here we’re going to look specifically at popular bracelet projects to see which ones are the simplest to make and which will take a little more effort, or a trip to the craft store for supplies.

Each method of bracelet making has a difficulty rating:

  • Beginner – easy
  • Intermediate – mildly tricky
  • Advanced – very tricky

1. Friendship Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

The friendship bracelet never seems to lose any popularity and remains, to this day, a great DIY project which takes little materials to complete. The most popular form of friendship bracelets are the woven or braided ones which often feature a multitude of colors with designs of varied difficulties.

To make a woven friendship bracelet you will need:

  • Embroidery Floss (or similar yarn)
  • Scissors
  • A pin or hook – to hold your threads while you braid
  • Patience!

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Depending upon your choice of design, your braiding or weaving will require different levels of patience – it can be tough to get into the flow of weaving or braiding your threads and keeping them from tangling.

Friendship bracelet designs can span anywhere from a simple 3 stranded braid to 8 or more strands creating a woven design which might contain a flat pattern or raised design. There are heaps of tutorials for weaving friendship bracelets but one of our favorite designs creates heart shapes in the woven pattern.

2. Beaded Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

One of the simplest ways to make a bracelet is to string beads onto some tigertail or cord and add a fastening. Beaded bracelets never seem to go out of fashion as there are many variations of this simple design. Smaller beads will of course, create more delicate bracelets and large beads will create something which is a bit more statement.

To make a beaded bracelet you will need:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Cord or wire suited to your bead size and project
  • A fastening – lobster claw, spring ring, toggle, magnetic or barrel are probably the best suited to a beaded bracelet
  • Crimps – if using tigertail
  • Pliers
  • Calottes – to hide crimps
  • Jump rings
  • A lighter – if using cord knots to attach the fastening
  • Cutters or scissors
  • A bead board – optional, to lay out your design before making

Beaded bracelets can be made to look as simple or extravagant as you please, it all depends on your choice of beads. Laying out your design is a great way to start, as it allows you to envision the final piece and make changes without needing to restring your whole design.

If you decide to use larger beads, make sure to keep checking the length around your wrist as you might need more cord than you expected due to the bulk of the bead. Depending upon the size and material your beads are made from, you may want to consider different techniques or finishes.

  • Glass or Semi-precious Gemstone Beads – pearl knotting would be a good option to keep the beads from cracking or wearing down where they would touch if simply strung onto cord or wire.
  • Seed Beads or Small Beads – using a softer cord is better suited than tigertail or wire, as smaller beads tend to be lighter. Small beads threaded on to tigertail can often results in gaps in between the beads and a “springy” looking bracelet, which doesn’t look or feel all that great.

3. Stretch Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

If you prefer to make beaded bracelets without a fastening, then you might want to consider making a stretch bracelet instead. This is a very similar bracelet making technique to the above, but instead of needing a fastening, you just thread your beads onto elasticated cord and finish the row with a knot.

For a stretch bracelet you will need the following materials:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Elastic cord – type will depend on your bead choice
  • A lighter – might be needed for thicker, fabric wrapped elastic

A stretch bracelet can use any types of beads to create different results, but you want to be sure that your bracelet has longevity and won’t break. Larger, heavier beads such as glass or semi-precious, will need a stronger elastic than, say, seed beads would need.

4. Multi-strand Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Advanced

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous a multi-strand bracelet might be something that tickles your fancy, as you get to use loads of beads and create more intricate and wild designs. These bracelets can either be made using cord/wire or elastic, and you can add as many rows as you please. There are some extra materials needed if you want to create multiple rows of beading:

  • Beads – easiest to use similar shaped beads throughout the design e.g. round or seed beads
  • Cord, wire or elastic
  • Fastening – same as beaded bracelet, although some designs will require a multi-row fastening connector or magnetic bar
  • Multi-hole spacer bars – may be needed to keep rows in place
  • A bead board – if you want to lay out your design first

A stretch, multi-strand bracelet with 5 or more rows will make a gorgeous, statement cuff bracelet or you could opt to create a chunky, bohemian 3 strand bracelet with semi-precious or wooden beads. Multi-strand bracelets don’t have to use beads, you could use multiple rows of cord to create your bracelet – check out our tutorial here!

5. Charm Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

A charm bracelet is a really nice project to create something super personal to you or for a friend as a gift. The base of a charm bracelet is normally chain, onto which the charms are attached, but you can of course, create beaded charm bracelets too. Some people also …

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TYPES OF BEADS

TYPES OF BEADS/RANGES

GEMSTONE BEADS (SEMI-PRECIOUS BEADS)

Gemstone beads, also called semi-precious beads can include natural gemstone, enhanced gemstone or manmade reconstructed materials. Available in various shapes and sizes.

There are so many different shapes to choose from, from smooth round, faceted, chips, cabochons and nuggets of semi-precious stones (e.g. amethyst, jade, agate) that are irregular in shape. 

See all semi-precious gemstone beads here 

CRYSTALOVE™ CRYSTALS

The CrystaLove range are beautiful faceted glass crystals in a rainbow of luscious colours and larger pack sizes than some of their more expensive rivals, making them great value for money and first choice for any discerning beader. They come in different shapes and sizes ranging from bicones, rondelles, rounds etc.

Bicone beads are precision cut crystal glass beads that are shaped like a diamond with facets to give them that extra sparkle. Bicones are widely used for jewellery making because of their dazzling look.

Rondelle beads are more compressed than a round bead so are great as spacers. They come in all finishes and sizes. We even sell a rondelle set with crystals.

See all CrystaLove crystals

MATUBO™ BEADS

Made with Preciosa Ornella glass and produced with special surface treatment technology, unique coatings (backlit) and high purity holes, these gorgeous Czech Glass Beads shine a degree higher. The holes have a glossy & smooth surface making them less likely to snag or tear your stringing medium. The beads in the Matubo range consist of ginko beads, superduo beads, gemduo beads and nib-bit beads. 

You can explore this range here

FIREPOLISH™ BEADS

These Firepolish beads offer great value for money. Made in the Czech Republic, these beads are machine-faceted and fired to give them that extra sparkle. These beads are a form of pressed glass beads produced in high temperatures. These beautifully faceted beads come in an array of size. 

See all Firepolish beads here 

NATURAL PEARLS AND SHELLS

Natural pearls can be saltwater or freshwater cultured pearls which are made into beads. Natural pearls are usually pink, peach or mauve in colour, whilst white pearls are usually an off white or creamy colour. Glass pearls are also available which imitate the appearance of pearls whilst maintaining consistency in size, colour, shape and finish.

See all pearl/shell beads here 

TOHO™ SEEDS BEADS

There are many types of seed beads, colours and shapes, but here the attention will be devoted to TOHO™ beads, a native of Japan. They deserve distinction, because in a mass they are very similar to each other (equal and regular), which allows them to be used in the most precise and sophisticated projects. In addition, their threading hole is larger than in other small beads, so they can be used with a slightly thicker thread, elastic, cord or string. Another advantage is their colour durability. They do not dye the skin or materials used in their vicinity. The choice of colour depends on your own imagination. TOHO™ beads reign primarily in the beading technique and they are also a paradise for supporters of the soutache technique. TOHO™ beads are made of glass and are produced by a Japanese company which since 1957, has been working on improving its products.

Also in the TOHO seed bead family are treasure beads, magatama beads, bugle beads, demi round beads and hex beads. Round seed beads range in sizes of for example size 3/0 (5.5mm), size 6/0 (4.1mm), size 8/0 (3.0mm), size 11/0 (2.2mm) and size 15/0 (1.5mm). 

Treasure beads are the best choice for bead weaving (on or off loom) and beadwork patterns such as peyote, brick stitch and square stitch as they lie beautifully flat.

See all TOHO beads here 

WOODEN BEADS

Wooden ones are pretty common and are a great addition to your designs. Add an earthy touch to your beading creations with our fantastic range of Preciosa wooden beads. They’re perfect for making Macramé designs and yoga-style necklaces. There are a few types of wood being used for wood beads production purposes:

  • Greywood
  • Jackfruit (Asia) 
  • Oak (Europe)
  • Rosewood (Philippines)
  • Patikan (Philippines)
  • Bayong (Philippines)
  • Palmwood

See all wooden beads here 

BONNY™ CUPCHAIN & CRYSTALS

The bonny range has a selection of glass rivoli crystals and cupchains. Rivoli is braided in many different ways, some of which you can see in our Design Centre where we show you step by step instructions on how to create the right binding for these crystals. Rivoli crystals are circular and feature smooth facets that come to a point in the middle, on the front and back of the crystal. They do not have a threading hole so are primarily used to glue into a setting or base, or they are bezelled using seed beads.

Bonny rivoli’s give you a whole lot of possibilities, depending on how you frame them, you can bring out a completely different character from them. They can look elegant and classic or feisty and modern. Everything in your capable paws! The bonny cupchain is beautiful and uses a range of crystals which are held in place in individual settings which are placed onto metal chain. This cupchain is perfect for bead embroidery, embellishing and incorporating into beadwork.

See the bonny crystal range here 

MIYUKI™ BEADS

MIYUKI glass beads are popular for their high quality, brilliance, and uniform shape. They are highly sought after by jewellery makers. MIYUKI produces various types and shapes of seed beads such as delica, tila, triangle, magatama, fringe, round and bugle beads. 

See all Miyuki beads here

CERAMIC BEADS

Ceramic beads are a great addition to your jewellery pieces, they are so unique and not one bead is exactly the same of the other. The colour, size and finishes can be different from each other which makes them desirable to jewellery makers.

See all ceramic beads here 

FROZEN™ BEADS

Frozen™ beads are made of are glass with a matte coating which gives off a frosted effect. They come in two shapes, rounds and rondelles in a range of sizes.

See all frozen beads here >>

CABOCHONS

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5 Creative Uses for Leftover Beads

Ideas for Using Small Amounts of Leftover Beads

Do you have a bead soup stash? A place where you store all your leftover beads from your jewelry-making projects? If so, you might be wondering what to do with those beads, since they’ll likely be different colors and sizes.

You can still make some gorgeous jewelry with bead soup, just check out these items on Pinterest for a mixture of freeform and colorful jewelry. But just in case you’ve been racking your brain for other ways to use your leftover beads more creatively, read on for inspiration!

1. Home and garden decoration

You can use leftover beads to creative beautiful decorative items for your home, such as this gorgeous hanging heart, which has been decorated with beads, buttons and other embellishments. Random beads can be sewn onto lampshades easily enough to form a beaded fringe and add a little burst of color to a room. You can melt down semi-transparent acrylic beads to make sun catchers and wind chimes are also great for using up those one-off beads that you’re not sure what to do with!

If you have a garden, you could brighten up your plant beds with garden art, like this creation which has been created using sprigs of colorful beads.

2. Bead curtains and tie backs

Adding leftover beads to your existing drapes is a great way to spruce them up and give them a new lease of life. If you have a huge bead soup stash, you could make long bead curtains for use in doorways. These are great in summer for keeping away those pesky flies. Leftover beads can also be use as curtain tiebacks, like the ones at the bottom of this article about bohemian style bedroom curtains.

3. Bead art

Leftover beads are perfect for decorating photo frames and mirrors. You can create a beautiful vintage look with seed beads, rhinestones, pearls and cabochons. If you’re arty, why not create a beaded mosaic canvas or an art collage with bead soup and a little glue?

4. Beaded hair accessories

You can make some gorgeous hair accessories using just a few beads and bobby pins. Cabochons work well with flat pad hair pins or if you have leftover beads with holes, you could wire wrap them to a bobby pin, like these in the image below.

5. Tableware accessories

A little wire and leftover beads make for awesome beaded napkin rings – check out this easy tutorial over at Happy Hour Projects. Wine glass beaded charms are also an easy make and can really dress up a table if you’re planning to host a special dinner!

Beads are incredibly versatile and can be used to make many beautiful items as well as handmade jewelry. It’s well worth holding onto leftover beads at the end of a project, as you never know when you might see something that you’d like to make with them! Contact us for more information.…

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5 BENEFITS OF BEAD BRACELETS TO BRING POSITIVITY

Over the course of history, healing crystals were created to harness the life-giving elements of the Earth and the universe. In modern terms, it is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique that uses semiprecious stones and crystals to heal the internal body. Natural stones such as quartz, amethyst or opals are often the go-to pieces. Although there is no scientific basis for these claims, there is a large following that claims these techniques do have certain healing powers.  

These stones are often used to extract negative energy, balance energy or act as an anchor during the meditative process. 

Every gemstone is known to have a unique secret power to induce divine healing. This practice dates back centuries, from Indian Ayurveda to ancient Chinese medicines as well as several other ancient civilizations.  They made beaded bracelets with natural stones to wear to carry this mystical power with them every day. Each bracelet carried a different element, whether it was for health, prosperity, courage, power, fortune or confidence.

We will go over 5 areas of how these stone bead bracelets are beneficial to you and bring you positivity.  Not saying it will cure the Coronavirus, but it may bring some positive influence in your life during these hard times.  If you want to learn more about each stone, you can look into our wellness section for more information.

1.   HEALING PROPERTIES OF STONE BEAD BRACELETS

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The belief of these natural gemstones having healing powers stems from the idea that energy has been absorbed by the stone for millions of years. Therefore, by creating beaded bracelets for people to wear, these natural gemstones will help create a positive cosmic vibration that will greatly influence the mind, body, and soul.

Beaded bracelets made with natural gemstones help in creating positive cosmic vibrations that greatly affect body, mind, and soul.

For example, the rose quartz beaded bracelet is renowned for attracting love as well as evoking those feelings.  

Another beautiful stone that is known for bringing in positive energies, as well as spiritual protection, is the Lapis Lazuli beaded bracelet.

It’s known to be the stone of logic, communication, and truth.  The energy of the stone is believed to enhance your communicative abilities and ideals.  The stone’s vibrant shades of blue are full of deep emotions that link to your heart.  

Ancient cultures used natural stones for their ability to not only provide spiritual strength and battle diseases.  But I don’t think these will cure the coronavirus.  

The diseases battling powers according to legends are more for healing blood pressure disorders, migraines, heart conditions, cold/warm bodies and so on, rather than viral diseases.  Think more of an internal balancing of the body.

The theory behind it is that natural stones have an unusual way to calm and harmonize people. Tiger eye stones are known to provide courage and give the person a sense of calmness. 

A popular style, as well as spiritual balancing of these stone bead bracelets, are to combine them with silver which is believed to affect hormonal balance.  This means it is more likely to balance certain emotions. It’ll come in handy too if you do run into a werewolf. 

2. MEDITATION

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Aside from the spiritual energies that the stone provides. Stone prayer beads have been used for centuries as an anchor for meditation. Monks believe it actively interacts with the subconscious mind.  Spiritual doctors believe the stones increase the internal energy flow of your body to enhance your meditative process. 

The natural stones placed on your body activate and energize your chakras, mind, and body to experience greater creativity and inner peace.

Stones for meditation that resolve inner conflicts and activate your chakras are amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, lava stone, fluorite, tiger eye, turquoise, and amber.

These natural stones ground a person by strengthening one’s connection to Mother Earth. It acts as an internal compass that guides you through the emotional strength you need. Through balancing as well as meditation, it will help you rest better at night as it as the power to synchronize your circadian rhythm (body clock).

And regardless of the stone’s energy powers, if you have a good night’s sleep, it will boost your mood and bring more positivity. This part is actually a scientific fact.

So when you wear a premium stone bracelet that carries agate, it is to enhance your sleep. Native tribes believed it to induce psychic dreams, alleviate stress and increase your brain’s blood circulation for a deeper sleep. 

3. STYLE

Bracelets aren’t just a style for women anymore.  We already see men’s bracelets have become a major men’s fashion trend.  A dash of beaded bracelets next to your watch is considered vogue!

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Just like having a stylish watch is a great conversation starter. Wristwear has now become a great way opener for conversations as well on top of luxury watches.  Haven’t you felt men with bracelets usually give you the feeling of being a captivating storyteller for some reason?

And since each stone has thousands of years of history behind it, knowing the stones you wear may come in handy as well. For instance, the Tiger’s eye gemstone was a piece of popular jewelry for ancient Egyptian warriors because it gave them strength and courage. And it is believed that it contains the power of the Earth and Sun.

Strictly from a style standpoint, they are comfortable to wear, adds a bit of flavor to your wardrobe and could be a terrific gift. You’ll notice many notable Hollywood celebrities have embraced and enjoyed wrist accessories. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Usher, Diddy, David Beckham, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Michelle Obama and many more. 

4. FOR A CAUSE

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Natural stone bead bracelets are…..natural! And if you believe in having a green Earth, it shows support as well.  Many wear it for a fashion statement, but also tend to favor in doing better for our world.

At MIKOL, we created the company to raise awareness through our products to show that we have the technology available to use less …

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What Are Stress Relief Beads & How Do They Work?

During challenging times, it is natural to seek ways to keep stress and anxiety at bay. While things like going for a walk, relaxing in a warm bubble bath, and chatting with a good friend are all associated with lowering stress levels, they certainly are not the only things that people can do to make themselves feel better.

With everything that is currently happening in our world, you may find that engaging in craft projects is an excellent way to take your mind off things. You may have also heard of “stress relief beads” and perhaps wondered what they were, how they work, and how you can use them.

For centuries, people have found solace in wearing and working with beads. Keep reading to learn a bit more about what stress relief beads are and how they work.

What Are Stress Relief Beads?

Stress relief beads can be different things in different cultures. Mala beads, for example, are associated with peace and positive intentions in several Eastern religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. They are used during meditation and religious practices and, for many people, promote a sense of peace.

Rosary beads are more common in the Western world. Used by many Catholics during prayer, they also promote feelings of peace and calm.

In order cultures, beads made from certain natural gemstones are believed to reduce stress and anxiety. Nearly all precious and semi-precious gemstones are thought to have unique metaphysical healing properties. There are several stones that are said to ease stress, including amethyst, sodalite, and amazonite.

How Do They Work?

The physical act of handling objects has been scientifically proven to lower stress. While specific types of stress relief beads, such as Mala beads and rosary beads, are linked to certain religions, beads, in general, can be used to alleviate feelings of anxiety. By simply focusing on how the beads feel in your hands, you can take your mind off of what is bothering you and experience a heightened sense of calm. In religious practices, focusing your attention on a physical object – like a string of beads – can make it easier to experience the full benefits of prayer or meditation.

Beads can help you overcome stress even if you are not religious, though. Working on crafts is a powerful stress-relief tool, and beading seems to be especially beneficial. When you are stringing beads onto a necklace or bracelet or working on a complex beaded design, it’s easy to let go of your worries and focus solely on your craft.

Using beads to make jewelry is rewarding, too. Giving your creations as gifts provides the sense of satisfaction that comes from doing something nice for someone else. Selling the jewelry you make, on the other hand, can give you a sense of purpose and help you overcome financial worries.

Relieving Your Stress with Beads

If current circumstances have you feeling stressed out or anxious, you certainly are not alone. In the midst of a global pandemic and ever-changing guidelines, orders, and restrictions, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed and in need of some relief. If you would like to try using beads to work through your stress, there are several ways to do so.

Whether you use rosary or Mala beads in prayer or meditation or you prefer the stress relief that comes from designing and creating your own jewelry, there is no wrong way to use beads to lower your stress.

If you’re thinking about making your own jewelry, start by stocking up on some wholesale gemstone beads. Choose colors, shapes, and sizes that appeal to you personally, or stick to stones that are thought to have anxiety-reducing properties. What matters most is working with beads that make you feel good. Whether you believe in the purported metaphysical properties and find that you feel better when you are in close proximity to amethyst or other stones that are thought to promote peace or you just know that the color pink makes you happy, it’s all about choosing the materials that work for you personally.

The Bottom Line

Stress relief beads have existed in various forms for thousands of years. They have been a part of numerous cultures and religions, and there is also evidence that suggests simply handling beads can promote feelings of peace. Whether you find calm when praying or meditating with beads or simply enjoy the stress relief that comes from making jewelry, beads can help you work through difficult emotions.

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Tips for Sorting and Identifying Beads

Help! They’re all Black!

by Darlynn Lydick.

I have been the recipient of many bags of mixed beads in the last couple of years. Most of the time, with decent lighting, identifying beads had never been an overwhelmingly difficult task. That all changed when an incredibly large and diverse bead collection crossed paths with two novice bead hounds.

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At least a hundred thousand beads of all types were mixed and loose in sagging cardboard boxes. Many strands were not labeled. All the beads were at least 30 to 35 years old and had been in storage for years. Box by box, strand by strand, bead by bead, we began sorting and identifying our beads.

One particular bag I remember was filled with hundreds of black beads. At first glance through the wrinkled, dusty plastic bag, they appeared to be quite similar, despite their varied sizes. At a second glance, I knew I needed to get my glasses and a better lamp.

I hope you find this compilation of tips useful in sorting the assorted and identifying the unlabeled. Each tip plays an important role in bead identification, in no particular order.

You’ve Got to See

Get a good lamp. A bright desk lamp or magnifying light will make it easier to identify patterns, textures, and other identifiable markings on any bead. A jeweler’s loupe or magnifying glass will help you see specific details close up.

Sort by Color, Shape or Size

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Simple sorting is probably the best place to begin, especially if you have a variety of beads mixed together. Start by making piles of like-colors, shapes or sizes using a towel on a tabletop (this keeps them from rolling around) or use the floor if you have solid-colored carpet.

Simplifying your surroundings lets you focus more on the bead color itself. Sitting on an ornately-patterned Oriental rug is not going to make sorting easier, especially if you spill some!

Check the Temperature

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One of my favorite ways to get a clue about what type of substance a bead may be is to take its temperature. Give all your beads a few minutes without handling them. Then, pick them up and feel how warm or cold they are. Closing your eyes for a minute may even help to increase your tactile skills.

Cold beads are usually stone, glass, metal or shell. Materials that feel closer to room temperature (or warm quickly in your hand) include amber, wood, plastic, bakelite, nut, bone and ivory.

Compare Sounds and Weights

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While you are handling the beads for temperature, use the opportunity to hold a few of the same kind of beads. Do they feel heavy or light? Black buffalo horn beads will feel much lighter than black onyx beads of the same size.

What sound do they make when jiggled in your hand? If you listen closely, you may be able to hear the difference between a handful of lapis and a handful of lapis-colored glass. You can also use some confirmed beads to compare for weight and sound.

Finish and Uniformity

I found in the identifying process that my bag of black beads had beads of several different materials, each kind with its own finish. I had preliminarily sorted by size, color, and shape; then by temperature, sound, and weight. Examining the finishes brought me even closer to completing my task.

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The beads with the highest gloss turned out to be onyx, while several also-shiny beads turned out to be vintage glass. They had just a bit of a luster to them, but in the end, it was the uniformity of the shape that gave them away. There was a small crest on each bead near the holes. Once I started identifying the glass beads and pulling them from the pile, it was easier and easier to separate them. They were identical.

Drilling and Carving

The way beads are carved or drilled also gives clues to what material it might be. For instance, ivory beads will always be more finely carved than bone. You may see nicely-carved bone beads, but you will rarely see ivory that is rough and rustic in its carved details.

Look for clues around the holes: stones may show wear or in the case of the onyx, it had small chips around the holes. Glass beads also have a light, powdery look to the inside of the hole if they ve been drilled. If the glass is transparent, you can usually see the faint frostiness of the drill-hole from the side of the bead that is not drilled.

Tests and Sacrifices

Sometimes you get to the end of the identifying process and you still have some beads that stump you. There are a few household tests you can perform. A cotton swab with fingernail polish remover can separate natural coloring from color-enhanced or dyed beads (but can also change the finish on some natural beads, so be careful).

Hands-On Fun: Sacrifice Beads

Running a bakelite bead under hot tap water for a couple minutes will produce a carbonic acid smell, while plastic does not. You will know what carbonic acid smells like if the bead is truly bakelite, I promise!

Bravest of all, would be to get some heavy-duty pliers and really sacrifice a bead by breaking it (do this with a heavy paper towel over the sacrifice, so fragments don t fly). The inside of the bead offers yet more clues: Is the inside the same color as the outside? Does it crumble or break off in flakes? Does it look natural or man-made?

History and Resources

Remember to use all your resources. Although many of our beads were not marked, a good number of them were still marked with the identifying tags from the original wholesaler. We were able to identify many of our black beads as black jade (nearly impossible to find these days) because we also found boxes of strands with the original tags still on them.

We also consulted with the original designer from time to …

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Pearl Beads – Gems through time


For centuries, pearls have been considered objects of beauty and value, adorning the rich, famous and powerful over time. Marie Antoinette was a famous fan of jewels and pearls and was depicted in a portrait with a string of pearls around her unhappy neck in the 1780s, such as Mary Queen of the Scots in 1559 and Empress Maria Fiodoravna of Russia in the 1880s: Pearls have been a symbol of beauty and wealth for centuries, and still are today, though they are more available today.

Types and qualities of pearls

Since pearls are made naturally, each one is unique, that is, there are different types, shapes and gradients. The pearls are characterized by their quality, the purest ones are free from impurities and perfectly round (or very dense). These pearls are classified as Triple A and are extremely rare, but it is very easy to buy pearls with an A or B rating that may have minor flaws, eg. As lines, bumps and small holes. The following types are available:

• freshwater pearls
• salt water
• bubble counts
• Baroque pearls.
• Coin pearls
• embroidered beads

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The many kinds of pearls that are made all over the world (natural or agricultural) are used to make a selection of jewelry that is as popular with glitter and glamor fans as it is with Marie Antoinette. And the damn French aristocracy. A Grain of Sand Pearl beads is used today to make beautiful earrings. There are many fans of the classic pearl necklace and they are also used to make eye-catching pendants, bracelets and even headgear for those with extravagant tastes. Pearls, either as a necklace or as earrings, are a beautiful gift and really show how you feel or just be pampered. Also, Mother of pearl jewelry is beautiful, noble and at the same time simple. It is the type of jewelry that will make a gift for friends or family as well as a gift for you. Wearing a pearl necklace around the neck or around the wrist is a timeless accessory suitable for both adults and young people. show

In the shell of certain shell species, natural pearls are formed when a foreign body penetrates into the shell of the animals and the creature begins to irritate. Although people often assume that a grain of sand is in the middle of a pearl, it is likely that it is also a living parasite that has irritated the shells. The shellfish form a “bag full of pearls” around the foreign body and then separate successive layers of conchiolin and calcium carbonate. Since crustaceans are living creatures and the process is part of the natural world, unarmed beads are often very strange shapes. It is very rare to find round pearls naturally.

Pearl farmers have discovered that it is possible to create more round pearls by artificially introducing a special type of pearl into the shell. Because the cord is perfectly spherical, the deposits around the oyster are fairly even and the cord is round.

Although freshwater pearls may look just as bright to the untrained eye, it is actually possible for experts to differentiate between cultured pearls and natural pearls. However, even experts often have to resort to things like X-rays to judge this. In many cases, only you know the difference!

If you are looking for pearls for the jewelry set of your home, finding pearls in pearl shops across the country is very easy. You can also get them from manufacturers that specialize in pearls or jewelry on the Internet. Freshwater pearls are readily available but it is unlikely that you will find natural pearls as they are rare. If you can not find any freshwater pearls, you can always replace them with fake pearls. If you get good fake pearls, they will look almost as good as real ones!

Pearl beads are sometimes available without perforations, as there are some projects that require pearls in this condition. However, if you’re an amateur jewelry maker looking to make your own bracelet or necklace, buying a pre-punched account is a much better idea, because if you try to make holes without the right tool, this is very likely. Beads or damaged irreparably. Buying pre-perforated beads will save you a lot of time and effort. Therefore, it is advisable, unless you carry out a project in which these beads need to be drilled without holes.…

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Welcome to Mamouth Jewelry

Manufacturing ( bone carving ) unique products from mammoth tusk – souvenirs, vip ( exclusive ) gifts, jewelry and other works of art. Appointment of the object, its size, the combination of different materials ( mammoth tusk, gold, precious stones, etc.) and technologies , style and level of difficulty depends on the willingness of the customer.Bone carving is the oldest kind of arts and crafts . Even at the dawn of its history did people from the bones of animals, not only needles, arrowheads, combs, scrapers and other necessities, but also jewelry, sacred objects . Over time, interest in the products and the bones are not only not disappeared, but even increased, finally moving from the area of ​​need in the art of wealth and luxury. The museums of the world a lot of items of ivory and mammoth ivory, belonging to different civilizations and culture …