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Entries from January 2013

Wedding Story Giveaway

January 30th, 2013 · 56 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Bridal jewelry is the perfect finishing touch to any bride’s style. What is the perfect wedding dress without an accent of pearls or glittering crystals to go along with it? On your special day, you want something meaningful you can treasure forever and wear again. Tell a story on your wedding day with beautiful bridal jewelry made by you! In our Wedding Story Giveaway, one lucky winner will receive all the beads and components needed to make the Cherish bracelet idea available in our Learning Center. Once you’ve won, all you have to do is follow the idea instructions and you will have a beautiful bracelet to wear on your special day, or you can give it as a gift to a bride you know. This bracelet features classic creamy pearls accented with sparkling blue Swarovski briolettes. It’s the perfect accessory for adding an elegant and refined touch to any bridal ensemble and the best part is that you will have made it yourself! Bridal jewelry is just one of the many DIY projects you can incorporate into your wedding.

To enter this contest, fill out the short survey below and then leave one comment about a special DIY project you used or plan on using in your wedding or one you saw in someone else’s wedding. Please one comment per person. Make sure to check out all of our wedding trends for spring/summer 2013 for more jewelry and DIY project ideas!

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This contest runs from Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be randomly selected and odds of winning depend on number of entries. See our official contest rules for complete details.

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Prepare for the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!

January 30th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Preparing for Tucson

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show sets the standard for all other exhibitions. Open to the public, this show is one of the biggest shows of its kind in the United States. Artbeads Co-Owner and Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia explains why she always loves going to the show:

Necklace on Display at 2012 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

“Being a designer, I can’t wait to see what I could find that can spark my creativity. Speaking of creativity, this is the place to get inspired! There is so much to see from the booths (some vendors have some jewelry samples to show their products) to just the people around you. So many women like this time to show the beautiful pieces they made…There are so many colors, so many different types of material, and huge gemstones that my mind cannot stop! And of course, I can’t wait to bring back treasures to put on our site to share with everyone”.

Devin and Cynthia in front of giant amethyst stone

This long weekend is full of exciting events, from eye-opening exhibits (like giant gemstone rocks) to entertaining lectures and seminars (like jewelry-making demonstrations from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS). If you’re serious about designing (jewelry, accessories or otherwise), the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is essential to help raise your ideas to another level. It’s the perfect time to gather inspiration from fellow designers and popular vendors, and also a great way to get your name out there with the pros.

City of Tucson Sign

For the 2013 show, we’re sending down a great team who’ll be sharing their finds along the way. Of course, Devin and Cynthia are attending. Michael, the Chief Operating Officer; Cheri, the Learning Center Manager and designer and Sherri, our Product Launch Coordinator will be joining them at the show as well. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook fan page to find updates from the team as they check in while in Tucson. You’ll get sneak peeks at some of their favorite finds, what we call , and snap shots of the fun they have along the way.


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Be Glowing on Your Big Day

January 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Whether you’re young at heart or have an old soul, these beautiful, romantic earrings will match your personal style. Their elegance is demonstrated by delicate leaf charms and feminine Swarovski crystals, accented with vintage brass components. This could be your “something old” and “something new” if you make them at home! Read the free instructions for our Pastel Petals idea to make these feminine dangle earrings in our Learning Center.

If you’re getting married this spring or summer, switch out the Light Amethyst cosmic crystals with the Indicolite shade to match the trendy blue and white color scheme popular this year for brides. Discover even more inspiration for your wedding with our wedding trends page in the Learning Center!


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Tucson 2012 Flashback

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments

We’re getting ready for the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show! Today we’re going to take a quick look back at last year and highlight some of our favorite moments.

Recognize some of these beautiful glass buttons from our site? We first laid our eyes on them in Tucson!

We also got to see Lisa Pavelka and discuss her line of lip balm lids made from mixed media. They were pretty cool. As another Swarovski Ambassador, Lisa gets to share her talent with the community through workshops and help others find their own creativity.

It’s safe to say that if you can’t find Cynthia at the show, be sure to check the freshwater pearls section!

Stay tuned to learn more about what’s in store for this year, and be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page as Devin and Cynthia will be giving you live updates while they’re at the show!


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Fight Heart Disease Like a Woman!

January 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Photo Source: American Heart Association.

This year, February 1st is the 10th anniversary of National Go Red for Women Day. The American Heart Association has been campaigning to get word out about heart disease in women, and when you wear red, you can spread the word, too. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. If we all stand up for the cause and raise awareness, we can help prevent more women from having to live with this disease.

You can help raise awareness by wearing red this Friday. Don your best red outfit, and create unique jewelry to wear and give to others using red beads and heart-shaped components. Do your part to raise awareness, no matter how small you think your contribution may be. A small action can have a large impact. Here are a few of our Learning Center ideas that you can make to help spread the word or inspire your own new design:

Watch My Heart Necklace

Look After My Heart Necklace

Luminous Helios Earrings

If you’d like to know more about how to get involved with the Go Red for Women campaign, visit or click here.


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Artbeads Sweetheart Giveaway

January 25th, 2013 · 13 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to Sandy H.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about gifts for that special someone. All of you are special to us here at Artbeads and we want to show our love for you by giving away beautiful Caspia™ products perfect for the day of romance! Our Sweetheart Giveaway includes a sterling silver bracelet and three large hole beads with a Valentine’s Day theme. Caspia™ beads and components make excellent last-minute gifts, because they are quick and easy to put together and they always look elegant. Plus, you can always add more beads later to mark memorable events and tell a story about your personality. Enter for your chance to win and start making memories!

To enter, email with your name and put “Sweetheart Giveaway” as the subject line. Please, one entry per person. This contest runs from Friday, January 25th, 2013 until Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced the next day.

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Artbeads Customer in Battle of the Beadsmith

January 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Artbeads customer Terri R. has submitted her breathtaking design for the Battle of the Beadsmith competition, and we’re here to show it off with everyone! Her design is created entirely from TOHO seed beads and other components purchased from Artbeads (she especially loves our aluminum rose cabochons in this piece)! We were amazed by her work, and so were the judges. Terri ended up advancing to the second round. Artbeads would like to congratulate Terri on her incredible piece and also thank her for sharing it with us. We love getting to see what our customers make, and this one definitely blew us away.

If you want to share your designs, post them to our Facebook fan page or email For the chance to be featured on the Artbeads website, enter our Jewelry Design Star competition! Take the first step in showing the world your creativity by sharing with Artbeads.


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Grow Your Business Giveaway

January 23rd, 2013 · 117 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating!

You’ve made incredible jewelry designs and now it’s time to share them with the world! When starting a jewelry making business, you have to have all the right supplies to get started. Our Grow Your Business Giveaway offers up boxes, price tags, receipts and more supplies to help you start a successful enterprise. We’ve even included a copy of the book Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry, to help you learn more about turning your passion into profit! If you’ve ever dreamed about starting an online shop or selling your creations at craft fairs or a local boutique, now is your chance to enter for a chance to win all the tools that will help you along the way.

To enter this contest, fill out our quick survey and then leave a comment below with one tip or piece of advice you would give others that are trying to sell their jewelry. Please one comment per person. This contest runs from Thursday, January 24th, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 11:59pm. Click here for official contest rules.

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Whether you win the Grow Your Business Giveaway or not, you can always sign up to be a part of Shop Handmade, a free website where you can sell your creations.

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Artbeads Business Tips

January 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Each week, on our Facebook fan page, we share an Artbeads Sunday business tip to help improve your growing business. If you’ve missed some or are hearing about them for the first time, don’t worry! Today we’re going to recap all of the past tips so you can be confident in running your own business. These tips are targeted towards those selling jewelry online, but all of these helpful hints are applicable across different business avenues. Take note and check to see if you’ve already done these things!

Create a plan of attack
If you’re thinking about selling your jewelry or crafts online, start by mapping out the process.

Find your market
Decide what kind of market your product falls under, and familiarize yourself with that market. Explore other shops and learn.

Price things out
Keep a record of what you price in your inventory, and also think about how much to charge for shipping if you’re selling online. Put together a list of your cost of supplies to help determine how much to sell each product for.

Take good photos
Being able to present your product in the right light makes it more appealing to customers. Find a friend who’s familiar with image editing or photography to help you out, because a picture is one of the first things a customer will notice.

Check your name
Have you thought of what you want to call your business? Have you checked to see if the name you want already exists? A creative name helps make you memorable and professional.

Stay up to date on trends
Your designs will be more popular if you know what themes, colors, patterns and more are the hot new styles. You can always get the scoop on fashion trends in our Learning Center.

Give accurate information
Not sure if your design is made from sterling silver components or silver-plated components? Don’t call that out—simply say that the components have a silver color. Dig a little and research the pieces you work with! Customers like to hear the story behind what they buy, and it makes their purchase more personal.

Take advantage of the holiday season
Offer customers special deals for the holidays to gain loyalty, like gift wrapping or discount deals. Anything that makes this time of the year different for your customers will be appreciated.

Make yourself memorable
Personalize your brand to make the company less robotic and more human. Create an “About Us” page so customers get to know the people behind the name, and write it like a conversation. With a competitive market, you have to make your brand unique. This can be done through your package presentation or even something you place in each order.

Remember to pay yourself
As part of your pricing process make sure you include a fair wage for your labor and time to get the item created. If someone else was making this item on your behalf you would have to pay them, right? Don’t give your labor away for free just because you are the business owner.

Get online
In this digital age, everyone is finding it easier to shop from the convenience of a computer and the click of a mouse. Build a website for your business to become established in the online world. Thinking about hiring a professional to build your site? Do your research to ensure you get the best deal for your dollar.

Advertise at every chance
You have to get your name out there, but no one will know your business exists unless you tell others about it. Wear jewelry you made while running errands and you may just be asked where it came from. Be ready to answer questions about your piece, everything from the components used to the story behind its creation. The best part about promoting your jewelry by wearing it—it’s free!

Get paid
Have you decided what your payment options will be for your business? If you’re selling online, PayPal is a good choice. However, you will need to determine which options are best for you (credit cards, PayPal, etc.) and get in contact with your bank.

Become a leader
Owning and managing your own business means that you will have to make executive decisions, weigh the pros and cons of each situation, and steer your team in the right direction. If you were eager to start selling online, chances are you’ll make a great leader! Good leaders are charismatic, eager to tackle obstacles and intuitive. Keep these traits in mind when running your business.

Customize for your customers
A nice perk for online stores is the ability to offer custom changes that cannot be made to physical pieces sitting on the shelf in a brick and mortar store. Let your customers know that your jewelry can be customized by request—that just might make the difference between someone making a purchase and not.

Stock up on inventory
Successful businesses have a high demand for their product, which means they need to have a lot of their product in stock. Be sure to have more than one piece of jewelry for sale, not only to offer a variety to your customers, but also to help you keep track of your inventory. Make sure you have enough to offer that would satisfy your audience. Once you build up a stock of product, then you’re ready to really sell.

Remember every detail
Remember every detail! How much did it cost to ship a product? How much did you spend on price tags? Keeping track of every detail of a product, from start to finish, will help you stay ahead and make a profit.

Want to start selling? ShopHandmade is the perfect place to get your online business going. It’s free to sign up, you keep 100% of your profits and the site makes it simple to set up and start turning a profit. Visit ShopHandmade and take the tour to learn more.


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Customers Share Their Secrets

January 22nd, 2013 · 3 Comments

Are you planning to start selling online, or have you been searching for tips on how to improve your existing business? Last year we asked our customers to share one piece of advice for selling jewelry. We received over 500 responses! Here are some of the best advice offers from Artbeads fans just like you:

If you’re ready to start your online business, be sure to check out ShopHandmade. It’s an online marketplace that makes it easy to set up, sell and monitor your sales. The best part is it’s FREE and you keep 100% of your profits!

We’d like to give a huge thank you to our customers who contributed in sharing their advice. Your words can make all the difference in someone’s success!


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