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January 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment
Swarovski has announced their latest Innovations for Spring/Summer 2018. These Innovations are all about new perspectives, where diversity in looks and aesthetics are becoming the norm. With these Innovations, the natural and digital merge to form beautiful pieces that will help you tell a story through your jewelry. These phenomenal pieces eradicate boundaries and give you the ultimate freedom of expression. We’ve got a sneak peek right here of all of the upcoming beads, colors, shapes, and more. Take a look to see what’s on-trend for the upcoming season.
Iridescent Dark Blue and Iridescent Light Blue Crystal Pearl Coatings
These new pearl coatings fit well with both romantic and modern looks. You’ll love the magical play of light and dark blue color in each shade. Iridescent Dark Blue is created by smoothly blending sapphire blue in the center and purple on the outside. Iridescent Light Blue blends light blue in the center with light violet on the outside. The silky matte effect creates an interesting look, where the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time. These classic and timeless shades are suitable for all seasons. When used together, these colors reflect the demand for companionship and togetherness. While they look great in combination with each other, they are also ideal as standalone pieces. These pearls remind us of juicy blueberries and magical bluebells.
We were blown away by these bold skull flatbacks and we think you will be, too! This striking crystal is the first skull shape in the flatback assortment. This iconic look is realized with a sophisticated crystal cut to add a special touch to any design. These flatbacks have a distinctive expression thanks to the molded eyes combined with a multilayer crystal cut. They are easy to add to jewelry designs thanks to the flat and solid construction. We can’t wait to layer them with spikes and studs for an edgy glam look! Go all out and pair them with the popular Swarovski skull bead.
From the very bold skull flatback, we travel into the world of softer elegance with the Baroque Bead. This beautiful bead plays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing. With its flat pear multi-curved outer shape, you can blend it into luxurious bead strands or create floral and ray-shaped sew-on patterns. Light, airy, and flat, this bead adds little additional weight to any finished product. Wouldn’t they look stunning paired with strands and strands of pearls? We can see a wonderful Marie Antoinette style with these beads. They work perfectly with Swarovski’s Baroque Pendants.
Baroque Mirror Fancy Stone
Just like the Baroque bead, the Baroque Mirror fancy stone harkens back to an era of filigree and lace. This ornate fancy stone is the perfect vintage design. It features a lightweight feel and a low profile, so you can easily integrate it into rings or earrings, in addition to textile designs. The classic oval shape works in a wide variety of designs. It’s the perfect centerpiece for your projects. Wouldn’t it look just marvelous surrounded by an intricate seed bead bezel or embedded into epoxy clay?
Illusion Collection Designed by Chris Bangle for Swarovski’s Designer Edition Series
This collection includes tilted fancy stones in a variety of mind-bending styles. The tilted take on crystal geometry manages to exude both space and dimension, even while appearing intrinsically flat. The combination of partly coated effects with a precision cut surface creates an optical illusion. Evocative and dimension-defying, each tilted stone feels like a small work of art and inspiration. The tilted chaton stone features a geometric design with an angular bottom tip and a round top. The tilted spike stone features a pointed tip on the top and bottom. The tilted dice stone offers completely new possibilities thanks to the illusion of a cube-like shape. Add these beauties to your bead embroidery projects for out-of-this-world style.
Pave Drop Pendant
This 360 degree pave setting merges sparkling crystal with metal and streamlined shapes. Polar opposites come together to create a perfect hybrid of highly individualistic designs. You’ll love the elegant, filigree pave finish. The beautifully elongated silhouette and classic outline is ideal for earrings and pendants alike. Use it as a single eye-catching element in necklaces or as a center piece in decorative statement jewelry. This pendant is perfect for creating jewelry for a night on the town! It’s sure to add a little glitz and glamour to your wardrobe.
New Shiny Lacquer Effects
Last but not least, new Shiny Lacquer effects add some refreshing color to this Innovations launch. These beautiful additions to the Shiny Lacquer line are half opaque and half shiny, for a classic yet on-trend look. Each piece matches sophisticated shine with refined sparkle. A premium lacquer coating is applied to the backside of each stone, to create an opaque color that shines through the glittering crystal. These new colors are updates on classic summer tones with a hyper-real edge for lively styles with bold expression. Summer Blue is cool and airy, Peony Pink provides a sweet floral hue, Mint Green is a rejuvenating splash of color, Light Coral is vibrant and fun, and Azure Blue will put you in mind of a tropical ocean.
These Innovations are now available here. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below, or speak your mind on our Facebook page. Want a closer look at these beautiful crystals now that they have been released? Check out our live video:
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August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment
We love it when customers let us know how we’re doing! Vicki W. recently wrote a review of our company and here’s what she had to say:
Out of all the bead suppliers I deal with there are only 2 that provide exceptional service and products and 1 of them is Artbeads.com.
Artbeads offers one of the best selections of hard-to-find beads, charms and findings that I have seen.
Vicki’s right when she says we have a lot of beads, charms and findings! We’re constantly on the hunt for new products to add to the website and we bring you new goodies every week. We also like to make sure our components are available in a variety of finishes and colors, so everyone can find something they love. Just look at some of our favorites below:
Vicki also has this to say: Artbeads has provided customer service to the level where I can be contacted as soon as merchandise which was out of stock becomes available. This has been very helpful in planning and completing projects.
If you want to be alerted when out-of-stock products become available again, like Vicki, all you have to do is press the “E-mail me when available” button on the item you want.
Then, all you have to do is enter your e-mail address and we’ll let you know as soon as the item is back in stock! Our Customer Service team is always happy to help, so make sure to contact them if you need to. You can reach Artbeads.com Customer Service from 7:30am to 5:15pm (Pacific Time) every weekday, except for holidays. Call the at 1.866.715.2323 or e-mail them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ordering was another impressive point to Vicki: Artbeads provides quick turn-around on my orders. I usually get them within 3 to 4 days after completing an order. The Artbeads website is set up for ease of use and it really is easy. Ordering is simple, they are set up for check, credit and paypal and they keep shipping information for your convenience for future orders.
Ordering items is a breeze at Artbeads and you can learn more about it on our Ordering Info page. Set up an account with us and ordering will be even easier. You’ll be able to access your order history as well as save a list of your favorite items and more.
Vicki finishes her review with this: I could go on and on but I really do enjoy dealing with Artbeads and look forward to a continued business relationship with them.
Thanks for your feedback, Vicki! Do you have something to say about Artbeads? Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. You can also leave a review on items you have received from us or review us after your next order. We love hearing from you, so don’t be shy!
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“I’ll never take for granted the air I breathe.” How many of us can say the same thing? Ryan Messinger, one of the amazing employees we have here at Artbeads, lives by the phrase, “Just breathe.” It’s what he and his family kept telling his sister, Amanda, when she was dying in the hospital. Just breathing was all she could concentrate on during those final days. Those two words were so important that Amanda even got a tattoo of the phrase. Amanda had Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening and chronic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog the lungs and airways of the body. This genetic disease affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Two of those people were Amanda and Jessica Messinger. Here’s Ryan’s story of his two sisters:
Jessica Messinger was born on July 21, 1989 and Amanda Messinger was born July 21, 1990. Jessica was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was three years old. Amanda was diagnosed when she was four. Jessica and Amanda both had totally different personalities and it was Amanda who inspired everyone she met…Amanda had to see her sister Jessica die from a disease she had. Sharing birthdays just one year apart, they were like twins—best friends—and they shared everything together. They both helped each other emotionally, physically and spiritually. When Jessica’s CF got worse, Amanda adopted the role of older sister and spent most of her life caring for Jessica. Amanda really helped Jessica with everything: homework, meds, breathing treatments, getting dressed, cooking meals and helping her with her chores. Amanda always stood up for her sister when she was bullied at school for being different and obviously sick with CF. Even though Jessica was not as popular as Amanda they were both a little jealous of each other, but in a good way, just like twins are. Jessica passed away two months after her 16th birthday in 2005 from Cystic Fibrosis. The loss of Jessica took a great toll on my mom and she passed away at the age of 46 in 2010. Amanda passed away on New Year’s Day 2013 from Cystic Fibrosis. Family and friends who knew them will miss them dearly. Jessica, Amanda and Mom are no longer suffering. They sing and laugh in Heaven until we all can be together again. Before Amanda passed away, she asked her best friends and family members to continue to fight for her after her death by helping to find a cure. It was Amanda’s drive [that] pushed us to fight against Cystic Fibrosis.
Now, after suffering from personal loss and spending countless nights in hospital rooms, Ryan and the Pandamanda Foundation his family and friends started are fighting to make his sister’s dreams a reality and to make hospital experiences easier for the families and patients involved. “Spending the night in the hospital can be draining. Lights are turning on and off at all hours, it’s uncomfortable, [and it has] bad food,” Ryan explained. He and his father really needed a place to stay that was close to the hospital but that could also be their safe haven. The better their experience was, the higher their spirits would be, and in turn they could lift the spirits of their family members in the hospital. If they could rejuvenate their own souls they could be the rock for their loved ones.
The Pandamanda Foundation is dedicated to spreading awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and creating a home away from home for families affected by CF and other terminal diseases. Ryan and his team hope to raise enough money to buy a house close to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA. The house would be a place where families could stay without having to stay in the hospital. They could cook their own food, sleep in a bed and enjoy the other comforts of home while still being close to their ailing loved ones. This house would be open to families with loved ones in the hospital for any reason, not just those affected by CF like Amanda and Jessica. Although they’re still in the beginning steps, the Pandamanda Foundation has found unique ways of raising money to achieve their goals.
Ryan has been making jewelry to auction off in an effort to raise more money. We’ve showcased Ryan’s astounding jewelry design skills in a previous blog post—so you may already know that he’s a natural designer. Ryan’s pieces are mainly seed bead designs, but he also likes to mix in Swarovski components when he can. Other team members are pitching in with jewelry designs, as well. Jade, a member of the foundation, is making jewelry with a little more bling, and foundation member Jolene has been creating jewelry with more earthy, natural elements. Artbeads Co-Owner and Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura recently donated over $300 worth of beads so Pandamanda members can make more jewelry.
The pieces they’ve been making for this cause are now part of a collection—Just Breathe Designs. These designs will be available for purchase on the Pandamanda Foundation website (coming soon). “For a while, I never thought about why I made jewelry,” Ryan says. “Now I know. I now have a purpose for making jewelry.”
Every member of the Artbeads family wishes Ryan and the foundation the best of luck in their fight. We are certainly proud of him for his bravery and tenacity in fighting for a cure and the welfare of other families battling terminal illness. You can visit the Pandamanda Foundation on Facebook to purchase merchandise and learn more about their story.
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The Tucson Ten jewelry designs are in and ready and waiting for your vote! We asked the winners of our Tucson Ten Giveaway to create designs with the beads they won and gave them a month to create. Now, their designs are done and you get to vote on them. Click here to vote for your favorite on Facebook! You have to ‘like’ Artbeads.com on Facebook in order to vote. You can also check out the designs on our Tucson Ten Pinterest board. Repin your favorite and spread the word. The winning design will receive a $50 gift certificate for Artbeads.com! Voters, you’ll be getting in on the prize action, as well! We will select ten random voters to win a prize package filled with fun beading goodies. Make sure all your friends and family come and vote so they can see all the divine designs and for their chance to win, too.
Voting is open from now, May 13 until Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. Check back on Facebook on Tuesday, May 21 to find out which design won and to see which voters will be taking home their own prize package. Click here for our official contest rules.
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April 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment
At Artbeads, we feel that individuality is important for expressing creativity. Thinking outside the box— choosing a different path— is what being an artist is all about. That’s why we’re always bringing you new and exciting products to play with in your designs! Unicorne Beads shares this belief with us by bringing innovation and creativity to every aspect of their company. In fact, their game changing started when new owners Doug and Lyta Ho bought the business in 1990. Co-Owner Doug was kind enough to tell the story of how Unicorne Beads became one of the most original lampwork bead manufacturers in the industry.
In 1967, the previous owners of Unicorne Beads specialized in designing wedding cake toppers and small collectable figurines. While these pieces were undoubtedly beautiful, Doug recognized that buying patterns had changed in the market. Buyers no longer wanted to collect figurines to place in their curio cabinet. Instead, they wanted to make something with their collectibles. So, about 10 years ago, Unicorne Beads attended the Costa Mesa Gem Fair with 10 colors of teardrop-shaped beads—and the magic of their lampwork beads began. Other artists and jewelry designers found their pieces at shows, used them in designs, and word quickly spread about their outstanding work.
A lot of their ideas for different shapes come from customer suggestions and from other artistic mediums. If Doug sees a beautiful design made from resin, for example, he visualizes how to replicate it with glass. One of his favorite shapes in the line, in fact, is the YoYo bead shape. “It’s one of the more interesting shapes…We like doing things that are different,” he explained. With so many different shapes being created (over 50 different styles), Unicorne Beads has about 15 to 20 lampwork artists who contribute to their production from home.
Source: Unicorne Beads.
So how does it all come together? First, it starts with an idea of what they want to create. The design is shaped using any variety of mediums, and then gets narrowed down with details to make it just as appealing in glass form. Their lampworking process is a little unconventional, too. Working with borosilicate glass colors mostly, Unicorne Beads imports their components to make glass from all over the world. Their components come from places like Germany, Italy and Australia, enabling them to create unique color palettes since each distributor renders different results. Doug also mentioned that they mix “incompatible” components together for cool results as well!
If you’re looking for something a little different, something that will get your design noticed and stand out from the crowd, then you’ll love using Unicorne Beads. “We try to be different and cutting edge,” Doug told us. “We make ‘working’ beads. They’re not individual focals, but they’re not cheap glass beads either.” Which is true—Unicorne Beads makes everything from large-hole donuts to cute bird accent pieces. You’ll appreciate their unique, handmade features and brilliant colors and sparkle. Check out their collection on our site here.
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You might already be familiar with Kristal Wick, an internationally awarded jewelry designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador—and lover of all things blingy. We’re excited to announce that she’s bringing her sparkling personality to our team, and to celebrate, we wanted to let you know all about this beading rock star!
Kristal started her company, Kristal Wick Creations, in 1995 and designed pieces inspired by the Colorado landscape that she called home. It wasn’t until 2004, though, that Kristal decided to pursue her passion full time through blogging and the creation of her Sassy Silkies™, beads made from hand painted silk resembling little scrolls. Her resume goes beyond making her own beads, too. This incredible designer was also the editor of BeadingDaily.com and has had her designs featured in magazines, including Bead Style and Stringing magazines. She’s also written books on jewelry making, including her self-published Sassy Silky Savvy and Amazon best seller, Fabulous Fabric Beads.
Matt Fox and Shari Hiller from HGTV with Kristal!
You may have seen her on HGTV in Crafters Coast to Coast or sharing the screen with Martha Stewart! Or perhaps on PBS’ Beads, Baubles and Jewels? Kristal has also rubbed elbows with celebrities through her craft—she designed jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band, actress Ali MacGraw and lecturer Marianne Williamson. This expert blogger shares her talent with fans, too. Kristal travels around the country leading workshops and helping others discover their creativity.
Kristal is also a talented quilting embellisher! She’s taught many fiber art quilt classes incorporating beads, bling and other embellishments, giving them amazing dimension and style. We’re excited to learn all of the new possibilities with beads! Look for fun and new ideas from Kristal on our website and blog.
Do you have any questions for Kristal? Leave a comment below!
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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS has just released news about their Innovations for Spring/Summer 2014 and we’re here to give you the scoop! This season has been labeled “The Female Shift.” The new image of woman is one who defies labels and takes on new roles. She embraces all disciplines, from literature to science and politics. This multifaceted woman is exemplified by Swarovski through innovative new colors and shapes that break the rules.
Lemon Fancy Stone
The perfect blend of balance, the Lemon Fancy Stone presents a refreshing new design. It combines the classic shape of the Navette bead with the elegant facets from the Chessboard, creating a flawless, streamlined look.
Meteor Fancy Stone
Not held down by earthly conditions, the Meteor Fancy Stone presents its own shape and dimension with asymmetric feel and out-of-this-world elegance. This unique cut will add depth to any design.
Blending the eye-appealing beauty of precise facets and soothing smooth design, the Cabochette bead defines simple sophistication. This round, smooth and uniquely faceted bead is as refreshing as a spring water droplet.
Like the bead that shares its name, the Cabochette pendant is a brilliant example of bold romanticism. Use it as single dramatic ending drop or pair with another smooth shape for a stylish unisex look.
With a cool 3D effect, the Crystal Globe shares in the movement of a new definition of elegance, along with the Cabochette. This smooth shape is another way to present perfect simplicity to any design for a flawless complement.
Molecule Flatback (no Hotfix)
The futuristic look of the Molecule brings a new way of thinking when you design. This shape, inspired by the building blocks of life, is a wonderful interpretation of Swarovski’s vision of their “female shift.”
New Colors and Effects
Crystal Rose Gold
This soft yet strong color combines the timeless elegance of a crystal with the refined brilliance of precious metal. The Crystal Rose Gold color provides a gentle dusty rose hue sprinkled with a glittering gold finish, ideal for trendy feminine designs.
Light Silk offers a versatile, neutral shade that is as timeless and classic as a pearl. Redefine your feminine designs by combining this shade with both classic styles and innovative new trends.
Crystal Rose Gold Pearl
Likes its crystal sister, the Crystal Rose Gold Pearl shade offers a rich, creamy blush accented by gold. With its vintage feel you can play it up with other classic color pearls or with uniquely shaped elements for a more organic look.
Stay tuned for more updates on this season’s Innovations!
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January 30th, 2013 · 3 Comments
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:
“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”.
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.
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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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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Artbeads has been in business since 1999, and since its humble beginnings has become one of the top online retailers of beads and jewelry supplies. Along the way, owners Devin and Cynthia have traveled all over the world in search of the best products available. Here in his own words, Devin tells the story of Artbeads.
“Who is Artbeads.com? We are a family-run business in the state of Washington that started in our home over 12 years ago. I have always been fascinated with the business of business, and even at a young age was developing opportunities that ranged from selling vegetables that I raised myself to constructing the city’s most popular haunted house for Halloween. Being raised by a family of artists, however, I also developed a fine appreciation of design and have always been attached to the artisan community. Cynthia, who is equally involved in the management of Artbeads, has always been passionate about the customer relationship since working in a high-end fashion store in her home country of New Caledonia. It was this very passion that inspired her to build the Artbeads Learning Center, a place where our community of beaders can gather, learn, and inspire others to do the same. So how did a New York-born me find a New Caledonia catch like Cynthia? In Tokyo, of course! Cynthia was there learning the language so that she could better serve her Japanese clientele, while I was there working in the financial industry. After six years in the big city, though, we wanted to find a place to settle down and raise a family, and Washington seemed the best place to eventually call home.
How did it all start? On a sunny weekend at a craft show in the bucolic town of Port Gamble, Washington, Cynthia’s attention began to turn toward handmade jewelry and I was fortunate enough to meet lampwork artist and educator Larry Brickman, who in a one-day lampworking session reignited my enthusiasm for working warm glass. One thing led to another, and within a short period of time Artbeads was born. Starting off small, we procured our initial inventory of beads at auction on eBay. Our first order was, well, from my mom, but shortly thereafter the volume of orders quickly grew and we began to expand beyond the garage and into the room that was supposed to be our daughter’s. We knew it was time to dedicate ourselves fully to building this business…” Excerpt from the About Us page on Artbeads.com.
As we look back at the year 2012, we must first remember where it all started 13 years ago. Stay tuned for more Artbeads flashbacks happening this week on the Blog.
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