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Entries from April 2011

Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Jewelry

April 29th, 2011 · 10 Comments

Photo Source: US Magazine.

As a crowd of onlookers rejoiced in the celebration of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding this morning…we were admiring the lovely bridal jewelry adorned by the new princess. Middleton’s dress was very conservative, covered in lace and silk. Her jewelry matched appropriately. Reported by the, the veil was made of “soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.”

Photo Source: Vanity Fair.

We know Kate does not wear too much jewelry, and her wedding was no exception. The only thing the princess wore were delicate drop earrings to match her tiara. Her pear-shaped platinum and diamond earrings made by Robinson Pelham are a set drop with a pave-set diamond acorn suspended in the center. Her earrings are homage to the Middleton’s new coat of arms, which depicts acorns and oak leaves. The diamond and sapphire engagement ring added the small splash of color to complete her look.
Middleton’s look is classic and modern, the image of both a traditional and modern bride. Her embellished tiara borrowed from the Queen is respectful of the past, and her simple and delicate earrings are the perfect contemporary piece.

You can replicate her look at a fraction of the cost. Replace the diamonds with sparkling CZ diamonds or clear Swarovski Crystals, and substitute sterling silver for the platinum. You’ll still shine just as bright as today’s princess bride!


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What Will be Worn at the Royal Wedding?

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Photo Source: Hurriyet Daily News.

There is much speculation as to what Kate Middleton will wear for her bridal jewelry at her wedding tomorrow. I know I will be up early to get you the details! For today I’ve decided to let you know what has been released to the public. Although no one knows what Kate will be wearing, we do have some speculation as to what other important participants will be adorned with.
We all know that Prince William presented Miss Kate with his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, a fitting touch to honor the late Princess Diana. According to, there are now reports that Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, will wear Princess Diana’s pear-shaped diamond earrings to the ceremony. The pear diamonds are enclosed with fifty smaller diamonds. This site also explains that Prince William will break tradition by not wearing a wedding band. He is opting to only wear a Welsh gold heirloom made from a 21-Karat gold nugget, given to Queen Elizabeth back in 1981, which has been kept by the crown jeweler Harry Collins.

Photo Source: The London Evening Standard. These earrings once belonging to Priness Diana will be worn by her sister in tomorrow’s wedding.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as we will have the details on all the royal wedding jewelry. No need to wake up early and watch the procession—it’ll all be here for you here when you wake up!


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Pendants, Drops and Charms: What’s the Difference?

April 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

We offer a lot of choices here when it comes to pendants, drops and charms, but do you really know what the difference is? I congratulate those of you who do. I even had to be reminded what the difference is! Although you can use a charm as a pendant and vice versa, here are the technical differences between the three.

A drop has a top-drilled hole that goes from one side to the other. It does not have a fixed bail, loop or jump ring, and does not need to be modified in order to lay correctly when strung.

Pendants are pieces that are 25mm or larger (not including the bail, loop or jump ring). If it does not have a bail, loop or jump ring, then its hole will be drilled or punched from front to back. If a pendant is smaller than 25mm, it will have a fixed bail or loop. Swarovski is the exception.

A charm is smaller the 25mm and does not have a fixed bail.

Now that you know the difference, be sure to shop all of our great pendants, drops and charms!


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Mommy and Me Learning Center Idea

April 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Looking for something your kid can make for you on Mother’s Day? Or make for Grandma? These adorable bracelets are meant to be a set. One’s for Mom, the other one is for the child! The bright colors with flora and fauna themes are perfect for the springtime season. You two will have fun creating something for each other, and you’ll enjoy the time you get to spend with your kid teaching them how to make jewelry! They’ll be impressed with what they can make too!


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Astral Pink!

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments

We here at are excited to tell you about a new fun color from Swarovski just in time for the warm months: Astral Pink! It’s an orange color with a light pink finish. In every sparkling facet you can see the wonderful swirl of bright orange and rosy pink. Get heart pendants, flatback rhinestones and small rounds in this incredible color. Check out our entire collection of Swarovski Astral Pink, and also be sure to browse more great Swarovski products. Come up with your own way to incorporate this beautiful color into your jewelry or craft designs and let us know! We always like to hear from our artbeaders!

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Enter the Make it for Mom Challenge

April 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Show us what you’ve made your Mom for Mother’s Day in the Make it for Mom Challenge.  You could win $250 to spend at and be featured in the Learning Center! It can be a piece of jewelry, a craft project or anything made with beads. Tell us about your piece; what did your Mom think about the gift and what inspired you to make it? Don’t forget to tell us what beads and findings you used! We will feature a few entries throughout the challenge on our Facebook page, so get yours in soon!

Starting on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, have your friends and family vote for your piece to win and we’ll announce the winner on May 12, 2011.

For more information and to enter, please visit here.

Have fun! We can’t wait to see your designs!

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Water for Elephants Jewelry Inspiration

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Photo Source: IMDB.

This weekend’s release of the movie “Water for Elephants” has inspired me to list some great jewelry components to go along with the film. Set in a 1930s circus, there are a lot of conventional styles and simple designs. Take a look below at some of the pieces selected and come up with your own idea! I would love to hear what you come up with! There’s also a learning center idea here. For more great jewelry and craft gift ideas, check out the free ideas from the Learning Center!

Antique brass folded fan pendant&lt

Sterling silver elephant charm

Whispering flower link

Learning Center Vintage Look Link Necklace

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Spring Fashion Inspiration from the Learning Center

April 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Another report on what’s hot this season: chokers, cuff bracelets, and drop earrings. Chokers will add elegance to your look without being too drastic. The fashion is ideal for eveningwear. For an edgy look, wear a cuff bracelet. The simple concept can be decorated with metallic or sparkling material for a little more pizzazz without going over the top. The other big trend is drop earrings, specifically the dropped chandelier look. A clean, white diamond or pearl is ideal. If you want to add color, keep it simple. Find inspiration from our learning center, including these Classic Bridal Earrings in a chandelier style. This idea includes another hot trend—yellow gold. Be sure to check out more fun ideas!


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Jewelry Ideas with Caspia Components

April 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Looking for elegant components to create a great gift for your mother? Caspia beads are the perfect addition to jewelry to make it look elegant and effortless. If you’re a fan of the Pandora™ bracelets or Trollbeads, you’ll fall in love with this Caspia Collection. Choose from large-hole beads, bracelets, or silver pieces. Below are some ideas from our learning center that use Caspia components. Click below for the instructions listed for the pictures above.
Deco Motion Earrings
Amber Memories
Effortless Chic Necklace


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An Overview of Birthstones

April 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Some months seem to change their birthstone colors from year to year, which can pose a challenge if you’re planning to make jewelry to celebrating a particular month. The American Gem Society has put together a list of traditional birthstones for each month, and what the color is supposed to represent. Each gem has a brief history to go along as well. For the months whose colors have changed throughout the years, this site lists them all. Swarovski has a nice selection of birthstone colors for you to choose from, to best fit the month you want to represent. Use them in a charm bracelet to represent the birthdays of important people in your life or as a gift for someone else. Listed below are the traditional birthstones for each month and what they represented:

January: Garnet-eternal friendship and trust
February: Amethyst-wards off intoxication
March: Aquamarine-to cool one’s temper
April: Diamond-gift for a loved one
May: Emerald-rebirth and youth
June: Pearl-marital ceremonies
July: Ruby-health, wisdom and wealth
August: Periodt-protect against nightmares
September: Sapphire-protect loved ones from envy and harm
October: Opal-change
November: Topaz-healing
December: Turquoise-means “Turkish stone”


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