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5 Reasons Why Jewelry is Important to Modern-day Women

 5 Reasons Why Jewelry is Important to Modern-day Women

Jewellery is often viewed as a fashion accessory for completing an outfit. For many, a look is not complete until the right accessories are added. A “classic” look, for instance, demands pearls and diamonds for completion.

Jewellery has played an important role in human life for thousands of years. We learn from history that ancient civilisations appreciated jewellery and it was used to highlight the natural beauty of its wearers. Different pieces were worn to symbolise different messages such as security, wisdom, elegance, and prosperity.

Many women like to wear jewellery as a symbol of femininity or to showcase social status. Jewellery can also make a woman feel confident and beautiful.

Here are five reasons jewellery is important to modern-day women:

1. It’s an essential accessory for special occasions.

Jewellery is very valuable to women and its importance in their lives today is not hard to understand given the fact that it has been worn by humans for centuries. Its popularity only increases as time progresses as new styles and designs enter the marketplace. Attending special occasions, such as weddings, graduations, award ceremonies, birthday parties, and anniversary dinners, without wearing jewellery is not an option for the majority of women. They would feel dull and under-dressed without some pieces of jewellery to adorn themselves.

2. It can be a good investment.

Finance expert, Alister Clare from Credit Capital says, “jewellery is not only used for decoration, but certain items can also serve as great investments and will hold their value indefinitely. A jewellery collection can be a great security fund. She adds, “buying jewellery investment pieces, especially the expensive ones, allows you to buy what you love, however you must ensure that you are buying from reputable sources.”

Diamonds have been sought-after for centuries and are always in high demand regardless of any fluctuating economies and happenings in society. The high demand for diamonds, as well as gold, ensures that jewellery holds its value and will always be easy to liquidate when needed.

Gold is a precious metal, and gold bracelets, rings, and necklaces can easily be melted down and turned into bullion bars and new pieces of jewellery. The value of gold remains relatively stable unlike that of cash, which fluctuates depending on economic factors. Jewellery with high gold content will always have a high value. For instance, the current global economic crisis is not having an impact on gold prices, which continues to increase.

3. It makes them feel good and gives them self-confidence.

Jewellery has an unquestionable ability to bring out the best in a woman’s features and personality when the right piece is worn by the right individual to the right occasion. It is important for women as it can make them feel beautiful, stylish, special, and confident. It ultimately plays a big role in making a woman feel good about herself, which is why it’s so valuable to many women.

4. It’s often one of the most expensive and valuable gifts a woman gets from her husband.

There is a huge range of different pieces of jewellery a man can buy for a woman, and his choice depends on the occasion and the amount of money he wants to or can pay. Jewellery can range from $10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars in price. Items containing platinum and diamond are the most expensive, while silver jewellery is relatively affordable. White gold is the most popular choice at the moment.

5. It can have sentimental value.

Some pieces of jewellery that women own have a sentimental value much higher than their monetary value. For example, a five hundred dollar engagement ring can have infinitely greater intrinsic worth and be something to cherish forever. Moreover, its sentimental value can increase as it’s handed down to future generations.…

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Jewelry With A Positive Impact

Innovation

One of their main innovations is ensuring the jewelry is eco-conscious. Alex and Ani ensure the materials utilized are sustainable and derived from eco-conscious processes, striving towards the Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. They use a substance called “Copper” in many of their pieces, a mixture of recycled metals including copper. Frances Hobkja, the Victorian manager, explains the metal is sourced from items such as “old copper doorknobs and coat hangers [and has] had a life” previous to becoming the jewelry, adding character to the pieces as well as reducing the environmental impact. Through this innovation, Alex and Ani are able to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 15, Responsible Consumption and Production, and maintaining Life on Land.

Another major aspect of their business is the Charity By Design collection, where bangles are sold specifically to benefit organizations. In Australia, the charities supported are UNICEF, Special Olympics, RSPCA, Lifeline, and the McGrath Foundation. Through this, they are able to support many of the Sustainable Development Goals, including No Poverty and Good Health and Well-Being. Alex and Ani aim to strengthen charitable organizations through innovative partnerships, influencing their employees, customers, and the community to get involved in organizations they support. They also contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals. While this innovation has just begun in Australia, in the US over $30 million has been donated to countless charities in the last five years. They hope to have the Charity by Design collection become as successful in Australia as it is in the US since it is an integral part of their brand.

Jewelry With A Positive Impact

Inspiration

The company stays true to its core moral beliefs while running a business, and spreading positivity through the jewelry to connect people.

Overall impact

The company’s jewelry-making methods positively impact the environment, its sales benefit many organizations and the brand connects people together through meaningful gifts.

Business benefit

People are more likely to purchase the products since they how the jewelry positively impacts society and overall profits.

Social and environmental benefit

Using recycled metals reduces the negative impact on the environment.…

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6 REASONS JEWELRY MAKES US BETTER HUMANS

Jewelry and objects have the power to heal and connect.

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Now, don’t get me wrong… first and foremost I believe we all have the ability to feel empowered and loveable and connected simply by being and breathing. By getting grounded within ourselves and recognizing how we are connected to all things through our essence and spirit is enough. No material object can replace inner peace, real love, and connection. But I do believe physical objects have the power to transplant us and remind us of that inner contentment, as well as loved ones and experiences. 

Jewelry is a physical reminder of people and experiences.

1.    Jewelry transports us to other memories.

Jewelry Gift Idea #1 = A custom piece that conjures memories of an experience you’ve had together or place you love.

A gift given reminds us of the giver. When we have a special piece of jewelry given to us by someone we love, every time we wear it or even see it among our things, we think of that person. We are reminded of the moment we received the piece, what was said, how we felt – all the love and closeness between the two of us flood back.

Jewelry doesn’t replace love of course, but it’s a strong physical reminder of that connection.

When we feel adored, we naturally want to reciprocate so everyone feels loved.

custom amethyst and silver modern necklace inspired by trees and mushroom hunting

John asked me to make this amethyst pendant for his wife, Katia to celebrate the birth of their first child. To them, this necklace tells a story of love and connection. Read more about the inspiration and design process behind this piece here.

2.    Jewelry connects us to other people and conjures up love and support.

Jewelry Gift Idea #2 = Rings that will remind her of love (not just for weddings!)

Perhaps you have a class ring that symbolizes your connection to classmates and your alma mater?  

I didn’t get a class ring, but the women in my family all wear the same simple ring on our pinky fingers. It’s a little love knot my mom has given us to remind us of our family connections and the love that will always be there no matter what. Every time I fiddle with my ring, I think of my mom, my sisters, my sis-in-laws, and my nieces. It’s surprisingly profound that one little piece of gold can summon so much love and support many times each day.

When we feel supported, we are able to take risks to improve life (for us and others) and trust the world will provide.

custom gold wedding rings inspired by protea tree flower

Wedding rings are a prime example of how jewelry connects us to love and support. This set was made for Lisa and Mike. Inspired by the Protea plant in South Africa, they remind this couple of each other as well as their connection to origins through his birth country’s national flower.

3.    Jewelry makes us feel renewed and desirable.

Jewelry Gift Idea #3 = Pretty earrings just for fun

Sometimes we women just feel ugly. Or fat. Or unappealing in other ways. Or simply tired or bored with our look.

Jewelry (and shoes!) have the power to make us feel pretty again. When saying affirmations into the mirror isn’t working, feeling put together on the outside can often give us the little boost we need to feel better on the inside.

It’s a fake it till you make it mentality – a little something to give us a confidence lift can help us reconnect to our inner badass.

When we feel good and more confident we channel that out to everyone around us, making everyone’s day better.

Instead of letting a blah day make us feel frumpy or unattractive, adding the right bling can make us feel sexy and beautiful. After all, those earrings will always fit, even if we’re bloated!

Wren likes to layer several CG necklaces with jeans and a t-shirt to make doing boring tasks like paperwork more fun.

Wren likes to layer several CG necklaces with jeans and a t-shirt to make doing boring tasks like paperwork more fun.

“CG jewelry always makes me feel good about myself. Fancy, even in a t-shirt.” ”

— Wren Crosleycone

4.    Jewelry rewards and empowers.

Jewelry Gift Idea #4 = A necklace that includes an element reminiscent of the wearers greatest achievement.

Trophies aren’t just a little gold statues. Jewelry is given to recognize people’s achievements and remind them how powerful and strong they are in determination and tenacity.

Presidential and military rewards honor people with pins and medallions. Olympic medals tribute the finest athletes with a pendant around their necks. On a more accessible note, The Inspiring Women Projectrewards those doing good things for their families and communities with a silver necklace award.

Celebrating great accomplishments like graduations, job promotions, or other achieved goals with jewelry is a fantastic way to regularly remind us to feel pride in our abilities. Every time we wear that jewelry we know we can do whatever we set our minds to.   

When we feel strong and able, we can challenge ourselves to do more and better our community.

one of a kind emerald and silver necklace to celebrate college graduation

Commissioned by her parents to celebrate Abby’s graduation from college in 3.5 years – the smaller stones represent the first 3 years and the large stone represents the final half year, reminding her when she sets her mind to something and works hard, she can accomplish anything.

5.    Jewelry brings ancestors to life (in our hearts and minds).

Jewelry Gift Idea #5 = Remake an old heirloom into something new and wearable

Perhaps you’ve inherited your grandma’s pearls or great aunt’s wedding ring? Each time a piece of jewelry is passed from one generation to the next, it brings with it the stories and emotions connected to our ancestors.

Re-envisioning inherited jewelry into new treasures is a fantastic way to honor the past while giving it a modern look more relatable to your style. The necklace may look different, but it still contains grandma’s pearls so every time you wear it you’ll think of her.

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Things You Should Know Before Buying Beads Online

With the advent of online shopping, countless items are being sold online. Almost everything can now be purchased on the internet, especially beads and even beading supplies and tools. Online bead purchases are a great way for beaders to buy beads that are not readily available in their area. Furthermore, this allows them to have a great array of options in purchasing beads. There are underlying problems with buying beads online. Combat these problems with some tips below.

1.Buy a Small Amount of Beads First

Bag of beads

It would be a good practice if you first purchase a small batch of beads before considering a bulk order. This will help you assess the beads from the online shop and check if the quality is great or if it’s really inferior to other stores. In this way, you can avoid purchasing large orders and getting disappointed with the low quality.

2. Compare the Prices

Price comparison

When you’re shopping beads online or any item for that matter, it’s truly a frustrating experience when you found out that the product you purchased has a cheaper price in another shop. Therefore, you should definitely try scouting online shops and try to compare the items. But be wary, high-priced beads don’t guarantee quality. This is why you go back to tip number one and assess the quality first by purchasing a small number of bead items.

3. Double Check Your Items

Wooden beads

Bead sellers aren’t perfect; they can have defective bead items. And yes, even the top-notch online bead shops may have defective items. This is actually fine since it’s normal; the real problem lies when the shops don’t have any return policy. Do your research and check if the online store you’re buying your beads from has any purchase guarantees. If they don’t have any, find another shop that has one, this will help safeguard them from scams and inferior bead pieces.

4. Check the Pictures

Blue glass beads

The images that the online shops will present on their website will allow you to appraise their products. But of course, it is really different when you’re in person and be able to see and touch the beaded item without bias from the pictures. If you noticed that the images are blurry or of poor image quality, then you shouldn’t risk purchasing from that bead supplier. The same goes for pictures that are way too good to be true, Photoshop could have been used to enhance the look.

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Beginner Jewelry Making Tips

Making your own jewelry is not only a fun and addictive hobby, but it also has the added benefit that you get to wear what you create! However, many people don’t really know where to start.

Here are simple tips to get you started with beginner jewelry making!

1. Choose what type of jewelry interests you most

Beginner Jewelry Making

It can be really overwhelming when you first decide you want to try your hand at making jewelry because there’s such a broad range of possibilities!

Just as you wouldn’t expect to learn to crochet, knit, hand-sew, quilt, and embroider all at once, it’s unrealistic to try to tackle every type of jewelry making when you’re first starting out. Instead, choose one kind you’d like to make first and go from there.

Perhaps you like wearing beaded jewelry best, or maybe you prefer the simple look and personalization of metal-stamped jewelry. Maybe you want to work with leather, clay, or glass.

Choose one medium to focus on first, knowing that you can always try something else later… and in fact, the skills may even build on each other and you’ll have an easier time learning a new technique because of what you can already do!

2. Master a few basic skills

Basic Beading Tips

Whether you’re planning on working with beads, clay metal, or another type of jewelry first, there are a few skills you’re going to want to know for just about every project you make.

Most projects, for example, will require that you have a basic knowledge of how to open and close a jump ring properly and form a simple wire loop.

Once you master these skills, they transfer to whatever type of project you’re creating!

3. Invest in good quality tools

beginner jewelry making

For your first attempt, it may work okay to just “borrow” the wire cutters and pliers from your household toolbox. But the reality is, the better the tools you have to work with, the easier the process will be and the better your project will turn out.

At first, it may seem like a bit of an investment, particularly when it comes to specialty tools like metal stamps, etc., but in the long run, they more than pay for themselves when you’re able to create rather than buy your jewelry as well as make jewelry to give as gifts and/or sell to others.

Once you have the necessary tools in your stash, it’s usually very inexpensive to make any particular piece.

4. Learn the terminology

beading tools

What’s the difference between and head pin and an eye pin? Is 12-gauge wire thicker or thinner than 20-gauge wire? And what are “findings” anyway? You’re going to need to know!

Before you purchase anything, make sure you know what it is that you need. It’ll save you the time, expense, and frustration of having to return and exchange the wrong items.

There are lots of great resources to help you, like this basic intro to metal stamping

5. Get your hands on some supplies, literally

supply store

There are countless options for where to purchase jewelry-making supplies. Online shops like Goody BeadsLima Beads, and P&J Tool Supply have wide inventories, and you can also always find just about anything you’re looking for on Etsy.

Before you choose your favorite online vendors, though, I’d encourage you to find a local craft store and literally get your hands on some of these tools and supplies. Look at them, touch them and choose exactly what you want. I’ve ordered things before that ended up being not at all what I expected just because of my lack of experience.

For example, I didn’t have a concept of what a 4 mm bead really looked like, so when I ordered a whole pack and they showed up, I was shocked at how tiny they were.

Go get your hands on some things and familiarize yourself with them. Later, once you get into a groove and know what you like working with, by all means, go for the ease of ordering online, but I still personally love the experience of seeing things for myself before I buy.

6. Have an organized, dedicated workspace

Craft room

There’s nothing more frustrating for a crafter (or their family!) than having random supplies strewn everywhere. If you can’t find what you need, you waste precious time that you could use for creating.

Choose a room of the house or at least a certain table, desk, drawer, etc. that you can devote just to your hobby. Once you have it, sort your supplies and label, label, label. There are all kinds of jewelry-making storage ideas like inexpensive bins and boxes you can get that already have dividers in them to easily store various beads, findings, and more.

Figure out a system that works for you and stick with it. That way you’ll always know what you have and it’ll be at arm’s reach when inspiration strikes!

7. Check Pinterest, blogs, and of course Craftsy for inspiration

Sometimes a great idea for a new jewelry piece will just come into my mind. But more often than not, when it comes to making jewelry, I get inspired by what I see. Look all around you for inspiration.

Check out the jewelry for sale in your favorite clothing and accessory stores. Browse around on Pinterest. Find a few favorite bloggers whose style you like and check out their jewelry archives.

And, of course, search right here on Craftsy for ideas! There are over 2100 bracelet projects here alone, not to mention that there are over 11,000 total jewelry projects including necklaces, earrings, and more. Sometimes, you’ll find a great tutorial that you want to follow step by step, or you may just find something that appeals to you and you want to tweak the colors, size, or style a bit to suit your own preferences.

8. Take a class

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How to Choose the Right Jewelry Designer

Beading 101: How to Get Started Making Jewelry — The Bead Traders

The sea of options out there is staggering. Customers today are lucky to have so many choices available when looking to purchase jewelry. However, choosing the perfect jewelry designer can often feel like an overwhelming decision. To choose the right jewelry designer, research designers, check their credentials, consider their long-term services, and select your new jewelry in person.

You want to find a designer that reflects your personal style, that uses the quality and style of diamonds or other precious stones which you prefer, and you certainly don’t want to compromise in any way. Plus, having jewelry custom made means that you can set the budget. Follow this guideline to find the right jewelry designer for you.

RESEARCH THE DESIGNERS THAT CATCH YOUR EYE

Just like any important purchasing decision, you should do your research. Look below the surface of any jewelry designer you’re considering. You should look at their reviews on the web, if they’re available, to get an idea for their online reputation and level of service offered. Find out how long the company has been in business and if local residents would recommend it.

Research designers to find out what their specialty is. For example, not all stores that carry a wide variety of fine designer jewelry are also experienced at creating custom pieces. Some designers focus on diamond rings and bridal jewelry, others might work only in gold, or maybe they specialize in vintage pieces. You will want to make sure that the designer’s strengths are in line with the styles and techniques that interest you.

CHECK THE DESIGNER’S CREDENTIALS

Reputable jewelry dealers and designers will have professional certifications to verify their skills and expertise. You should be able to see from the website if they are verified by national diamond institutes, design guilds or as fine jewelry vendors.

One tool that you can use is the free directory of certified, knowledgeable fine jewelers provided by Jewelers of America, one of the longest-standing associations in the country. You can search for designers in Delaware or look one up by name. The companies registered with JA take ongoing education courses regularly and follow a strict professional code of ethics.

CONSIDER IT A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP

Fine jewelry is an investment for your family and for generations to come. As you search for the right designer, you should look past the initial purchase. Think about long-term maintenance and repair needs. Trustworthy designers will always stand by their product.

The designer you choose should offer an extensive guarantee for both the precious stones and workmanship. All valuable pieces should be properly maintained over the years. Plus, custom-made jewelry will require custom repairs if it’s damaged at some point. Therefore, you will want to select a designer that will be around for a long time and will be able to assist you with cleaning, maintenance, repairs and future purchases.

PICK A DESIGNER IN PERSON

Making Basic Jewelry

This isn’t a decision that you want to make online. Anyone can make an attractive website, but not everyone can craft a beautiful piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime. It’s impossible to assess the quality of the workmanship and materials used from a picture published on the web. You won’t be able to inspect a diamond for inclusions or flaws. This is why shopping for fine jewelry online is risky. Be sure to watch out for the other main diamond-buying mistakes.

Choosing a jewelry designer is a personal decision. You will want to be able to discuss your preferences and vision in person. Meeting with the designer means that you can get to know their values, style and work process. Then, once you’ve designed the perfect piece of jewelry together, you can seal the deal with a handshake and a smile.

When you trust a certified dealer or designer, you are able to shop in person and more accurately assess the quality of the jewelry. This is also an opportunity to get expert advice and guidance with your buying decision. Because customer satisfaction is essential to their business, they work hard to ensure they are happy with the purchase. Answering questions, respecting your budget and providing reliable service should be standard procedure.…

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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 jewelry is also practical, and you can learn to make beautiful, handmade and custom pieces for family, friends and, perhaps eventually, potential customers.

Beginning jewelers may not know exactly how to get started in the art of jewelry-making, whether it be for business or pleasure. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you translate your interest in jewelry-making into a rewarding and lasting endeavor.

Creating high-quality pieces with low-quality tools is difficult for even the most advanced jewelry makers.

The basic, must-have tools that any beginner should have to get started creating their very own beautiful jewelry and beading projects include:

  • Wire Cutters
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Flat-Nose Pliers
  • Crimping Pliers
  • A Ruler/Tape Measure
  • A Bead Organizer
  • Adhesive, such as the E-6000
woman using pliers making jewelry

While you may be tempted to scrounge for tools that “sort of” fit the bill in your household toolbox at first, investing in the proper tools will help you turn out better pieces from the get-go.

The cost of high-quality tools more than pays for itself. Purchasing specialty tools may seem like an investment at first, but well-made and designed tools outlast their cheaper counterparts, and you will find that you will have to replace high-quality tools much less frequently.

Not only is having the right beading materials necessary but picking out beads is also one of the most fun parts of getting into jewelry-making and developing your unique style! Some necessary beading materials for beginners include:

  • A Variety of Glass Beads
  • Beading Cord
  • Memory Wire
  • A Beading Needle
  • Earwires
  • Clasps and toggles
  • Headpins and Eyepins
  • Crimp Beads
  • Beading Wire
  • Beading Thread
  • Fire-Polished Beads

While pre-composed bead kits can be convenient, they are not always the most cost-effective choice unless you like and plan to use all the beads included in the kit.

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Gemstones, glass beads and crystal beads offer a more high-end finish for pieces than their cheaper Lucite and plastic options and will fetch a higher price if you plan to sell your creations. Better beads are also longer lasting. Also, invest in a container with compartments to store your beads so they can be sorted by size, bead and color, making them easy to find.

You may have been inspired to start making jewelry by the creative and intricate pieces of other jewelry artists. However, as a beginner, it is best to start small.

There are plenty of free project tutorials available online geared toward those who are just getting started in the art of jewelry-making.

By starting small, you will slowly build up your skill set and abilities, and you will find yourself capable of making the beautiful pieces that inspired your interest in jewelry.

Before making any purchases, it is best to do your research and become familiar with jewelry-making lingo.

Knowing the different purposes of various materials will give you a better idea of what it is that you need for a project and save you the time and expense of returning unnecessary items.

Being familiar with the vernacular will also help you advertise your pieces if you plan to sell them.

For example, various necklace lengths have certain names:

Collar12”-13”
Choker14”-16”
Princess17”-19”
Matinee20”-24”
Opera25”-34”
Rope35” and up

Before putting all your time into creating a unique piece of jewelry, it is important to become familiar with standards within the industry. This includes the standard lengths for necklaces, bracelets, chokers and anklets.

Women            MenKidsBaby
Necklace17”-35+”20”12”-14”10”-12”
Choker14”-16”18”8”-10”
Bracelet7”-7 ½”8”-11”5 ½”-6 ½”3 ½”-5”
Anklet9”-9 ½”11”-14”7”-8”4”-4 ½”
industry standard lengths table

With these standard lengths in mind, remember that custom measurements are always best for commissioned pieces.

Aside from the various lengths, it also pays to be versed in the various birthstones and their corresponding birth months and semiprecious alternatives.

MonthPrecious StoneSemiprecious Stone
JanuaryGarnetRose quartz
FebruaryAmethystOnyx
MarchAquamarineRed jasper
AprilDiamondRock crystal
MayEmeraldChrysoprase
JuneMoonstonePearl
JulyRubyCarnelian
AugustPeridotAventurine
SeptemberSapphireLapis lazuli
OctoberTourmalineOpal
NovemberCitrineTopaz
DecemberZirconTurquoise
birth month precious and semiprecious stones

Making birthstone jewelry is an easy and fun way to personalize a gift and it guarantees an audience for your creations.

The vast range of jewelry-making styles can make even the idea of getting started seem daunting.

Should you start with beaded work? Or is the idea of incorporating leather into pieces more tempting? Are you a fan of the simplicity of metal-worked jewelry, or do you find yourself drawn to the vibrancy of glass beads?

The answer comes down to your style and preference. What style of jewelry do you find yourself wearing time and time again? Looking through your jewelry box is a good place to start. Find which pieces are your favorites and try to discern a common theme among them.

For example, if you like the boldness of statement pieces that involve daring bead choices and cutting-edge color, you will most likely have trouble trying to mimic the minimalist style of metal stamping.

Moreover, why choose to make jewelry you would not want to wear? It is best to choose the style you most enjoy first and dedicate yourself to mastering the ins and outs of that distinct style of jewelry-making before trying to take on another something you are less familiar with.  

After developing one skill, you can always move onto another as your tastes develop and use what you have learned to help you accomplish a new skillset.

Anyone who has worked from home knows the frustration of not having their own space for taking care of their daily work.

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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

Ming 90 S Style Pearl Beaded Coloured Layering Necklace By Ajouter Store |  notonthehighstreet.com

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.

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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 …