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Entries from September 2010

Insane Chain Sale

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments is having an Insane Chain Sale, and right now all chain by the foot is 15% off with coupon code ZZW15P-ICS. This sale is a great opportunity to try new styles of chain or to stock up on some of your favorites. You’ll find many different choices, including base metal, gold-filled and sterling silver chain. The sale ends on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

You can also check out the Learning Center for inspirational ideas that use chain as a main component. Here are just two examples:

On the Bayou Bracelet

Poet’s Darling Necklace

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Dog Costume Fashion Show

September 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Our Learning Center team is always trying to create unique designs to inspire our customers. This time our designers had fun creating Halloween costumes for some of our employees’ dogs. You can imagine the rambunctious set with six puppies who were all so excited to see each other and be the center of attention. But this wasn’t anything that a few dog treats couldn’t fix! Many of the costumes were made from children’s clothes, so they could be easily reproduced for kids as well. Be sure to check out the design instructions for each costume and enjoy the video. We love our dogs!

Cynthia Kimura
Co-owner of

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS – Classes in Tucson

September 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Swarovski Elements Classes

If you love the sparkle and brilliance of Austrian crystals, be sure to check out the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will be there offering 40 different workshops taught by top designers, who will demonstrate techniques using designs that focus on SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS products. The classes that they offer look like a good opportunity to play with your favorite crystals.

If you’re interested in finding out more information about the show, check out the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS website. You can also browse through a beautiful PDF that shows pictures of the projects that the various classes will be creating.

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48-Hour Overstock Sale

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments

For 48 hours only, shop over 1,000 products at 20-50% off during our Overstock Sale. You’ll find a fantastic selection of high-quality items, including Swarovski rhinestones and beads, gold and silver findings and freshwater pearls. Hurry to save on hundreds of supplies before the sale ends at 9am (PT) on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

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Sneak Peek of the Dog Costume Show

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments

For a bit of fun and in preparation for Halloween, we created costumes for some of the treasured pets of employees. They had an exciting time greeting each other and prancing about. Check out this sneak peek of the adorable full-length video that will be available on the video page Thursday, September 30, 2010.

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Top Rated Tools & Supplies

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Top Rated Tools & Supplies

Having the right tools on hand can make all the difference in the look and quality of a jewelry design or craft project. To help you find just the right tools, has recently added a tools and supplies section to their top rated page. These tools are the ones that customers have found most helpful. To make this list, each item must receive the highest marks in quality, value and appearance. Check out the page to read the reviews and look at the tools for yourself.

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2011 Spring and Summer Wedding Trends

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

The 2011 wedding trends are full of flirtatious, feminine energy. Dresses feature layers of tulle over other fabrics, creating a softer look and toning down the luster of glossy materials such as satin and silk. Dresses with one-shoulder necklines and shorter lengths are hot, especially when combined with wrapped styles and origami details. Fabrics with subdued, pale colors such as icy blue, grey, lilac and pale yellow create a unique look that moves away from the traditional white and ivory styles. Flower motifs and rose embellishments are all the rage, ranging from petal accents to large, flowered skirts.

2011 Wedding Trends

As with many areas of fashion, eco-friendly wedding dresses are increasing in popularity. Pick up a used wedding dress from a thrift store or an online source such as, and add your own unique touch. Turn a strapless dress into a one-shouldered style in a few simple steps. Add a layer of tulle, or embellish your dress with your favorite beads, rhinestones or charms for a more personalized look. This will help you not only save money and be green, but you will end up with a more unique design for your special day!

Sparkle and shine are all the rage this year. Whether they are small crystal embellishments in your dress or a bangle with crystal AB rhinestones, brilliant accents will give your bridal attire an elegant, glimmering look. A bold bracelet and matching earrings are the perfect choice for dresses with a one-shoulder neckline. If you choose a colored fabric, match your dress color and jewelry colors to create a beautifully cohesive style. If you opt for the more traditional white or ivory dress, employ bright jewelry components for stunning accents.

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All Gemstones on Sale – 25% Off

September 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Gemstone Sale - 25% Off More Than 900 Items

For one week only, save 25% on all gemstones, including clearance and limited edition items! You’ll discover more than 900 fantastic products ranging from large hole Caspia beads and gemstone toggles to polished tiger’s eye and amethyst strands. Use ZZW25P-GSB at checkout to take advantage of this sale before it ends at 9am (PT) on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

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Design by the Seasons

September 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Cape Cod In Bloom Bracelet Jewelry Making Instructions

After September 23, autumn will be officially upon us. The days will begin to grow shorter and the leaves on the trees will start to turn. For some, autumn itself is an inspirational color palette. Others are already thinking ahead to the crisp shades of winter or the soft tones of spring. If you’d like to see some jewelry designs that reflect seasonal changes, be sure to explore the Learning Center seasonal theme page at You’ll find instructions that you can use as helpful references or to create something that matches your mood.

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Big Red

September 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Siam Swarovski Crystal Bracelet

This bracelet is stitched 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones with gold-lined glass beads on the inside. I used clear beads with gold lining as opposed to gold finish so it will not wear off when it rubs against the skin. It is 1¼ inches wide and 7 inches long with the clasp. The sliding clasp is gold-filled.

It’s a good weight, sturdy and is comfortable to wear. This is my favorite Swarovski color – Siam. It looks pretty in any light and with any other shade of red. In dimmer light, the crystals almost have a bit of a purple shade. Love ‘em.

- Submitted by Customer Becky.

Pixie Freak Jewelry

Becky submitted this bracelet to our customer gallery. It’s a great example of what you can do with a bit of skill and some Swarovski crystals! If you have a design that you would like to share as well, email with a good photograph, a description of what you used in your design, and what you like about it or what inspired you.

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