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Our Jewelry Materials
Caution - Not all beads are colorfast - they may fade in direct sunlight and
should not be worn while bathing or swimming.
If we know that a stone has been treated, we'll tell
you. This is US Federal Law. Sometimes we don't know because we bought stones from a seller who
didn't have a clue. Then we give you our best guess.
Ceramic beads - Glass beads are made all over the world, many by hand. This
often means there are irregularities that only add to the beauty of each
piece. Special favorites include:
Swarovski® crystals - The most sparkle this side of a diamond
Czech fire-polished crystals -
These gem-like wonders add sparkle and shine.
Druks - Round beads from Germany and the Czech Republic.
Furnace glass or cane beads
Handmade and expensive, these beads combine
color and clear sparkle for a contemporary look you'll love.
Seed beads - Small to very small beads, mostly from Japan.
Bone beads - Bone is a traditional, natural material for
beads. It is hand carved so each bead is special.
beads - We don't much like plastic beads,
and we don't use them
unless a supplier has mislabeled product we've received and we can't
tell the difference without a scientific analysis.
Semiprecious stones -
Nature's gifts to jewelry.
Agate - Rare Blue Lace Agate is the symbol for world
ecology. Agate is related to quartz. It is available in a
number of colors.
Amazonite - Amazonite is named for
Brazil's Amazon River. It's a type of feldspar and is often
treated to increase the intensity of its blue green color.
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- Amber is fossilized plant resin, the
golden stuff in which they found the dinosaur DNA in Jurassic Park. You will find opaque and transparent amber and lots of forgeries.
We trust our suppliers, but we can't guarantee what they tell us.
Copal, often called "Baltic
Amber," releases a resinous scent. It has been known to have been
opened and reglued after a fossilized bug has been inserted. Bugs,
it seems, make any form of amber more desirable.
Amethyst - We don't really believe amethyst will
prevent drunkenness, but we do know people love it. It comes
in many shades of purple
could sing ... they would sound like Judy Collins." Richard
Aragonite - Aragonite is made of
carbonite and can be found in yellow, browns, whites and other
Blue Topaz - Blue topaz is the affordable cousin of
Carnelian - A reddish cousin to chysoprase.
Chrysoprase - This leek green form of chalcedony is one
of our very favorites. We think you'll love it too. And it
also comes in a lemon beige with brown spots!
Citrine - Citrine is a lemony
yellow semiprecious stone that can be either transparent or
translucent. Either way, it adds light to any piece of jewelry.
Citrine is a member of the
quartz family. JewleryMall.com says, "Most citrine
on the market is heat treated amethyst."
Flourite - Flourite comes in
several colors including a radiant golden yellow as well as purple
violet, clear, and green.
Garnet - Wine-colored garnets are rich and regal.
Goldstone - Goldstone is
available in a rich, cinnamony brown or a dark blue. Both have
gold flecks, and both are manmade - glass with copper crystals.
Hematite - Hematite is a dark and shiny silver gray. It's very rich looking.
Howlite - Howlite is white with gray veining.
It's often dyed, but looks great when left alone.
Iolite - Iolite is sometime called "water sapphire." That's exactly
what it looks like - a lighter, watery blue. It also comes in
Jade - Jade is actually two different minerals,
jadeite and nephrite. Emerald green jadeite is also known as
"imperial jade." Jadeite comes in many colors, but nephrite is
generally only green and white.
Mountain jade is dyed
Olive jade is light olive
Lapis Lazuli - Lapis is a lovely, deep royal blue.
Malachite - Once you discover malachite, you'll
want to own some. We once saw a malachite table from
imperial Russia. Sigh.
comes in a dusty red.
Moonstone - Remember reading Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone (Oxford World's Classics) in school?
Even in Victorian times, this milky stone inspired homage.
Onyx - Onyx comes in rich
olivey greens and blacks with reddish brown for accent.
- Up to 30 percent of an opal can be water!
Opals sparkle with multiple colors and are called the "queen of
gems." They were formed when the shells of tiny sea creatures
met ancient hot springs.
Pearls - Natural pearls begin as irritants
inside oysters. They come in many grades and colors so be very
careful when purchasing.
We use medium quality (usually
grade C, sometimes A-B) freshwater cultured pearls. These are dyed in many wonderful colors and
come in fun shapes.
Pearls should be cleaned with
a soft cloth - not harsh chemicals.
Peridot - If you haven't already treated yourself
to a piece of peridot jewelry, don't hesitate. This apple green
sparkler is simply lovely.
Quartz - Rock Crystal - Clear or opaque, quartz has a wonderful shine. It adds life to
any piece of jewelry it graces.
Note: Cherry Quartz, Golden
Cherry Quartz (a mixture of cherry quartz and tiger eye)
and Pineapple Quartz are actually treated cut glass. Lots of
other colors are coming onto the market.
Quartz - Rose - Almost
everyone on the planet looks better in pink.
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Tanzanite - This is a gorgeous violet-blue gemstone.
The only commercial source is Arusha, Tanzania
Turquoise - Everyone loves this stone. It
comes in many shades of green, blue,
and blue green, and is mined all over the world.
Natural turquoise isn't
treated in any way and will darken over time. Stabilized turquoise has
been treated to seal the color. There are lots of
quality variations once you get below these two grades. More in in
the January 24, 2005 Beading Diary
Unakite - Unakite blends green epidote and orangey-pink
It's looks like a soft day in an autumn forest.
Wood beads - Carved or polished
wooden beads can be lovely.
Tigertail will weaken if it is sharply bent so avoid doing this, and
you'll be wearing your wonderful jewelry for years to come.
Cord - This material is good for simple bracelets. We triple knot each piece and add a daub of
jeweler's glue to secure the knot.
Silk - Silk is the traditional stringing
material for fine jewelry.
Other fibers - There are many other fibers used in jewelry making from nylon cord,
which is very strong, to leather. We'll always tell what we've
used to make your jewelry.
Care of Our Jewelry
We have made every
effort to provide a sturdy, long-lasting product out of quality
materials. If you take proper care of our jewelry, you'll be wearing it with
pride for many years to come.
Do not wear our
jewelry while bathing or swimming.
Do not leave our
jewelry in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Do not sharply
bend necklaces strung on tigertail (coated
Do not cut the
Sterling silver is
soft. Do not bend it. It can be polished with silver polish
if necessary to maintain the shine, but DO NOT use toothpaste for this
Do not store jewelry in a
If the item has a
clasp, please use it to wear or remove your jewelry.
Pulling a necklace over your head or off of your arm will may
destroy the piece.
We cannot be
responsible for mistreatment of our jewelry.