December, 2007

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Happy holidays!

The holiday season is for family gatherings, fattening goodies, and flickering lights. Enjoy the season because before you know it, the year will be through. We love and appreciate you!

In the final issue of 2007 year:

Again, happy holidays! Team

Stone of December: TURQUOISE

Stone of December:

Communication, grounding, pirituality, connection between physical and spiritual planes. Brings happiness and good fortune to all, attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone. Protective stone, guards against violence and accidents, valuable amulet for travelers. Zodiac signs: Pisces (Fish), Scorpio (Scorpion), Sagittarius (Archer).

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Turquoise - December birthstone

Turquoise pebble Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green, sometimes even yellowish mineral. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market, some difficult to detect even by experts. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise was derived around 16th century from the French language either from the word for TURKISH (TURQUOIS) or dark-blue stone - PIERRE TURQUIN. This may have arisen from a misconception: turquoise does not occur in Turkey but was traded at Turkish bazaars to Venetian merchants who brought it to Europe.

Turquoise with quartz Turquoise was among the first gems to be mined, and while many historic sites have been depleted, some are still worked to this day. These are all small-scale, often seasonal operations, owing to the limited scope and remoteness of the deposits. Most are worked by hand with little or no mechanization. However, turquoise is often recovered as a byproduct of large-scale copper mining operations, especially in the United States. For at least 2,000 years, the region once known as Persia, has remained the most important source of turquoise, for it is here that fine material is most consistently recovered. Iranian turquoise has been mined and traded abroad for centuries, and was probably the source of the first material to reach Europe. Since at least the First Dynasty (3000 BCE), and possibly before then, turquoise was used by the Egyptians and was mined by them in the Sinai Peninsula, called "Country of Turquoise" by the native Monitu. The Southwest United States is a significant source of turquoise; Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada are (or were) especially rich. The deposits of California and New Mexico were mined by pre-Columbian Native Americans using stone tools, some local and some from as far away as central Mexico. China has been a minor source of turquoise for 3,000 years or more. Other notable localities include: Afghanistan, Australia, northern Chile, Cornwall, Saxony, Silesia, and Turkestan.

Chacoan turquoise pendant The pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and to some extent in ancient China since at least the Shang Dynasty. Despite being one of the oldest gems, probably first introduced to Europe (through Turkey) with other Silk Road novelties, turquoise did not become important as an ornamental stone in the West until the 14th century, following a decline in the Roman Catholic Church's influence which allowed the use of turquoise in secular jewelry. A common belief shared by many of these civilizations held that turquoise possessed certain prophylactic qualities; it was thought to change color with the wearer's health and protect him or her from untoward forces.

Holiday Season Sale on!

December is a busy time for all of us making gifts for the loved ones that are going under a Christmas tree! Time is running out! Be sure to get in your final holiday orders! Hurry up, offers you Holiday Season Sale:

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Featured artist

Braided jewelry by Susan Daigle


Her name is Susan Daigle. She is from the beautiful state of Maine, up in the northeastern part of the United States, where summers are warm and green and the winters are cold and colder. She discovered her love of jewelry almost three years ago when she picked up her first beading magazine, she thinks it was Beadstyle. Then she found a wonderful bead shop, Beads on the Kennebec, just 20 miles away, in Augusta, the beautiful capitol of the state of Main. Almost next door! And when she walked through that door she knew that creating jewelry was for her... Full Susan's story about braided jewelry...

Our 2007 Awards

Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock!" 2007 Jewelry Design Contest: Aquamarine Morning and Amethyst Night Necklace Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2006-2007 Beading Contest: Fall Rhapsody Necklace Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2006-2007 Beading Contest: Fall Rhapsody Earrings Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2006-2007 Beading Contest: Butterfly Necklace

Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock!" 2007 Jewelry Design Contest.
• Aquamarine Morning and Amethyst Night Necklace. Glass Category. First Place
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2006-2007 Beading Contest.
• Fall Rhapsody Necklace. Jewelry Set. Finalist
• Fall Rhapsody Earrings. Jewelry Set. Finalist
• Butterfly Necklace. Wearable Art. Finalist

Christmas baubles

Christmas baubles by Elena Solov'eva

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
What fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh!
Today is all about the holiday season! Including the art of beading. Beadwork artist Elena Solov'eva lives in Moscow, Russia. She is a mathematician and works for the Russian Academy of Sciences. Elena was always fond of crafts. She applied her first beadwork skills a few years ago helping her daughter figure out bead patterns. After her daughter stopped beading, Elena enjoyed the process of designing, creating jewelry, and beaded sculptures so much that she continued to create custom beadwork. One of her favorite items are the Christmas baubles, working on them always keeps her in good mood. We hope, that looking at the gallery of Elena Solov'eva's beadwork will do the same with you! If you like Elena's art of beading, you can contact her at, or just visit her own beadwork gallery.

Jewelry care tips

• Be careful not to spoil jewelry on clothing. Put jewelry on after dressing, and remove it first.

• Keep a sterling silver polishing cloth handy for a quick wipe before wearing. These can be purchased in a most jewelry & discount stores.

• Do not wear your jewelry into a swimming pool or use around chemicals. Humidity, cleaning supplies, and pool/spa water can quickly oxidize or discolor your jewelry, especially sterling silver.

• Avoid contact with chemicals, such as perfume, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaning fluids, and etc. Do not use abrasive jewelry cleaners.

• Store jewelry made from silver and other metals prone to tarnishing in an tight air-tight or zip-lock plastic bags. This high tech method of storing your things will keep them looking like new for a long time. Do not store pearl jewelry in sealed bags!

• Most jewelry can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild detergent with water if required, rinse with clear water and dry with a soft cloth. Test an inconspicuous area for color fastness before cleaning the whole piece.

• If you use a jewelry cleaning liquid, read the instructions carefully before using. Some types of beads and gems, including pearls, turquoise, opal, and other soft stones, should never be put into any cleaning solution.

• Remove jewelry before going to bed. Sleeping in your jewelry can add extra stress to chains, joints, etc., and shorten the life of your things!

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