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Discover the most popular products at, and find out why so many people love them! In addition to our products with the highest ratings, this section contains some of our employees’ favorite products along with our most impressive product reviews from customers like you. These products are sure to inspire you as you strive to make gorgeous, high-quality beaded jewelry and craft designs.

The Best of 2009

December 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Before we say goodbye to the year 2009, we’d like to look back at all the great things this year had to offer. Here at we remember a year full of great products and design ideas, as well as outstanding customer input. To help you find the best that had to offer throughout the year, we’ve compiled it all onto one page for easy viewing. Thanks for making 2009 a great one for us at, and we look forward to 2010 being even better.

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Top Rated Products

September 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

18″ 2.0mm Satin Necklace – Black
Overall Rating 5 out of 5 5
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Red Magma
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 4.5
3-Strand Multi-Strand Endpiece
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5 4.3
18x24mm Porcelain Puffed Rectangle Fall Leaves
Overall Rating 5 out of 5 5
18x15mm Matte Light Sapphire Resin Heart Pendant
Overall Rating 5 out of 5 5
Sterling Silver Awareness Ribbon Charm
Overall Rating 5 out of 5 5
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August 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Swarovski 5301 4mm Faceted Bicone Crystal Red Magma

The perfect shade and sparkly, too!
Swarovski 5301 4mm Faceted Bicone Crystal Red Magma
I fell in love with the idea of this bead…who could go wrong with red and sparkly? In person it is even more beautiful! The bracelet I made is the perfect color to go with many of my outfits. I think my next project will be a necklace featuring red magma in 4mm bicones and some of the unique shapes swarovski has in the same color.

- customer, Marilou

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July 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Sterling Silver Mosaic Triangle Pendant

Sterling Silver Mosaic Triangle Pendant

This looks so pretty with a Swarovski crystal pendant hanging from it. It’s very delicate and will bend if it’s not handled gently but it looks fabulous in the necklace I made and we receive lots of complements on what a pretty show piece it is.

- Anonymous
Sterling Silver Twist Link
Sterling Silver Twist Link
I’ve used these SS tubes many times to make complete jewelry sets and they are exceptionally nice. You must buy 2mm round SS beads because the tubes go through the bead hole. They look nice with FW Pearls and round swarovski crystals.

- Olie

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My Top Ten Products

January 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello Beaders! My name is Jessica and I am the Photographer at I have always been into wearing jewelry, but only recently become interested in actually making jewelry. I get to handle all of the products that we offer on the website, and often imagine how I would wear them. There are so many more options when you can design your own jewelry! Here are my top ten favs. in no particular order.

1. 6190 23 mm Rock Pendant, Light Sapphire. This is by far my favorite Swarovski Product. It reminds me of ice, and the matte finish adds a unique touch.

2. Sterling Dolphin Clasp. I was shooting a jewelry idea yesterday for the Learning Center, when I noticed this clasp. At a distance, it looks like a regular clasp. When you take a closer look, the dolphin appears. I love that!

3. Black Onyx Mucha Neo Classical Portrait. I love all of the Russian Artist Pendants, but this particular design is my favorite. It is a hand-painted portrait of a woman at rest. The craftsmanship is very impressive, the details are amazing.

4. 16x 16mm Multi-Color Matrix Discs. I know as the photographer, I shouldn’t be saying that anything looks better in person, but something should be said for the tactile quality of these glass beads. They’re fun and they’re colorful. They feel great in my hands, and I don’t know why.

5. Black, White, and Pink Pillow Bead. I love black and white, but sometimes adding one more color makes an incredible impact.

6. Multi-Oval/Size Single Link Chain. One of the best things about making your own jewelry is being able to use only quality materials. I have to be picky with the metals I wear. I love silver, and this is one of my favorite decorative chain styles, it doesn’t even need any embellishment!

7. Swarovski Gold-Plated Crystal Filigree Lily. Not only would I wear this on a necklace, but also as a button on a jacket or purse, or attach it to a head band or barrette! These are gorgeous, and look much more expensive than they are.

8. Cosmopolitan Charm. I know most people try not to wear their drink, but this is one exception that I’m sure we can all agree on!

9. Borosilicate Glass Toggle Clasp – Blue Latticino. These toggles were a pleasure to shoot and for being glass, felt very durable. I heard that you can drop them and they will not break, which is awesome, because that was my first concern with these. Obviously I try not to drop things, but if it does happen…I just feel better knowing that they can hold up to my clumsiness!

10. 18x 36mm Porcelain Flat Oval Green Plum Blossoms. It’s the middle of the winter here in Seattle, and I find myself dreaming of summer. This bead’s design is described as “Green Plum Blossoms” but all I can see is a watermelon! This bead screams summer to me, and “Get in the pool”!

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My Top Ten Products

September 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

My name is Rebecca Gilbert and I am the Vice President of Product Marketing at I get to see all of the new items long before they hit the website and simply love each and every one of them. So when I was asked to produce a top ten list I cringed. Top 10,000 I may be able to handle. This week I am all about focal pieces so I narrowed it down to some of my favorite pendants. In any case, here are a few of my personal favorites this week, but remember, I am a Gemini and a woman so I reserve the right to pick a whole new set of favorites tomorrow!

1. Light Olive Blossoms – I just love anything by Lillypilly Designs! I could never possibly choose just one, but I believe this bold piece gets me the most compliments when I wear it out. It is simultaneously bold and delicate. The large size gets attention every time, and the intricate design just can’t be beat. I simply strung this gorgeous pendant on a silk ribbon, and let it speak for itself.

2. Dichroic Filigree Heart Pendant – This striking dichroic heart pendant is another that I can’t get enough of. I love to give it as gifts for my beader friends or wear it with Swarovski crystals for a night out on the town.

3. Lime with Fir Tree – Taina Hartman pendants are another I just can’t keep to myself. I buy one and make something then have to give it away. These beautiful handmade designs are meant to be shared with friends! But to pick a favorite, oh this is hard. . . let’s go with. . . it reminds me of a tree on the farm I grew up on in Vermont that we called “the old crooked tree”. I love the unique shape and size of this delicate pendant as well. It really lends itself to our leather and rubber necklaces.

4. Lime Green/Red with Gold Bamboo – I call this one my yin yang or Gemini pendant: the two sides make for double the jewelry and when strung with complimentary beads bring a lot of comments on the bold color combination! Some days I can’t go an entire day with flipping the pendant around for a change!

5. Handpainted Porcelain and Sterling Pendant 3D Peek-a-Boo – Do you ever find yourself making the jewelry then buying the clothes to go with it? THIS was the pendant that inspired that. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. Not only is the pattern and color mesmerizing, but it actually has texture and there is nothing I love more than mixing textures in my jewelry designs.

6. Garden and Snail – Are you kidding me with this?! These pendant make me feel like I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. These are so unbelievably modern retro-cool I want them ALL! Calling all children of the 70’s and 80’s (uh oh I am officially a 30-something) you have to have these! You know you had the t-shirt when you were a kid!

7. Black Onyx Mucha Portrait – Another nearly impossible category for me to choose from is the hand-painted Russian artist pendants. I think this one is my favorite simply due to the breathtaking replication of the Mucha portrait. You can almost hear her thoughts in the detail of that far-off look. I want to make a necklace with one of these pendants for my mom for Christmas, but how do you choose. Seriously, if you know my mom, help me out here.

8. Copper Oak Leaf Pendant – Wow – I must be homesick because I am writing this in autumn, but here is another that reminds me of home. I just can’t get enough copper and other base metals into my jewelry designs these days and these pieces are always my focal points.

9. Large Thai Silver Picture Pendant – I certainly love my Hill Tribe silver. I have used Thai silver for over 7 years as a designer. The perfection of the handmade imperfections is just amazing. I have now had the opportunity to visit the artists and I am even more awed. They work with basic tools and produce amazing work. I am happy to report that all of the workers are happy and proud of their art! The picture pendants are definitely my favorite of the line, but this one always stands out to me.

10. Northern Lights Swirl Heart Pendant, Shamrock, Large Oval Fish Pendant – Oh no – I am down to one more choice – well I pick for my last pick the for it’s inner glow and stunning use of color, the for my Irish ancestry (and makes great jewelry for men or women alike), and the for the color and exquisite detail – oh and did I forget to mention the sterling dragon slider and Swarovski. . .

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