From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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Physical representative of the Violet Ray. Cuts through illusion.
Enhances psychic abilities. Excellent for meditation. Aids channeling
abilities. Sedative, protective. Enhances feeling of contentment, and
a connection to one's spirituality. Stone of peace and strength.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Aquarius (Water Bearer), Pisces (Fish),
Amethyst - purple quartz
Amethyst is a form of the mineral quartz, and is a relatively
common gemstone. Amethyst is usually purple, but can range in
color from pale lavender to a very deep, reddish purple to a
milky color to green. Deeper-colored amethysts are more highly
valued. The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek A
("not") and METHUSTOS ("to intoxicate"), a reference to
the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.
Much fine amethyst comes from Russia, especially from near
Mursinka in the Sverdlovsk region, where it occurs in drusy
cavities in granite rocks. Many of the hollow agates of Brazil
and Uruguay contain a crop of amethyst crystals in the interior.
Many localities in India, the United States (Yellowstone
National Park, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Maine),
Canada, South Korea, yield amethyst. The largest opencast
amethyst vein in the world is in Maissau, Lower Austria.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was
largely employed in antiquity for intaglios. Beads of amethyst
are found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Amethyst is a symbol
of heavenly understanding, and of the pioneer in thought and
action on the philosophical, religious, spiritual, and material
planes. Ranking members of the Roman Catholic Church traditionally
wear rings set with a large amethyst as part of their office.
The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking
vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Supposedly, when a drunken Dionysus was pursuing a maiden called
Amethystos, who refused his affections, she prayed to the gods
to remain chaste. The goddess Artemis granted the prayer,
transforming her into a white stone; humbled by Amethystos'
desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone
she had become as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.
Variants of the story include that Dionysus, the god of
intoxication, had been insulted by a mortal and swore revenge
on the next mortal who crossed his path, creating fierce tigers
to carry out his wish; the mortal turned out to be a beautiful
young woman, Amethystos, who was on her way to pay tribute to
Artemis. Her life is spared by Artemis, who transforms the
maiden into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her
from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse
for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's
tears stained the quartz purple.
1. A huge geode, or "amethyst-grotto", from near Santa Cruz
in southern Brazil was exhibited at the Duesseldorf, Germany
Exhibition of 1902.
2. The ideal amethyst grade is called "Deep Siberian" (or
"Deep Russian") and has a primary purple hue of around 75-80
percent, 15-20 percent blue and (depending on the light source)
red secondary hues.
The jewelry industry recognizes several types of jewelry, when
it comes to fashion and use of materials:
Fashion Jewelry: usually created strictly according to the
latest trends of each season, this kind of jewelry is not intended
to last. Made of base metals and lower quality materials, it is
created with more design in mind than preciousness. Typical price
range is below $100.
Fine Jewelry: the complete opposite of Fashion Jewelry, this
type of jewelry is made to last, made with the most precious
materials available. Nothing short of diamonds and high quality
precious stones in classic settings with noble metals - high karat
gold, platinum - made to last for generations. Engagement rings
are a typical example. These pieces are also bought for the value
of the materials and are intended to pass along as heirloom.
Prices start at the high hundreds and usually can cost thousands
Bridge Jewelry: a new type of jewelry which is a mix between
fine and fashion: these pieces are typically made with nice
quality stones and better crystals, silver, gold-filled and
sometimes low karat gold (14k). The design follows the trends
somewhat, but the jewelry can still be passed along as heirloom.
The intrinsic value is not as high as fine jewelry, though.
Brand Jewelry: this type of jewelry relies on its value due to
the name of the brand or designer. Tiffany is a good example. The
materials can vary from medium to high quality and usually the
pieces become collectible over time. Keeping the original box and
the jewelry in good or mint condition is usually advisable in this
Influenced by 3 different cultures, Hanna Ben-Nathan who was
born in Europe, brought up in Israel and currently lives in
South Africa, demonstrates in her work an interesting weave
of cosmopolitan art. Silversmithing is a late occurrence in
her life, although art in its different trends was always an
integral part of her being.
Raising four children, she was foremost a Mom and a wife,
but her spare time was always dedicated to a wide variety of
crafts. When the computer was introduced to her, graphic art
enabled her to bring to life her vivid imagination. 8 years
ago Hanna gave in to the strong urge to become a writer, which
was a life long desire. She wrote her first novel and an
endless string of stories and poems. Though content in her
writing, she kept doing graphic arts and was planning to adorn
her published book by her own work. A tragedy in the family
brought to a complete halt her writing.
To fill the void in her life, Hanna, in the last year, with
the kind help of a friend, discovered silversmithing. It was
a life-line which helped save her sanity and brought forth
her natural talents.
Shapes and textures are the main themes in her work. Old world
pieces (Europe) mixed with Middle East boldness (Israel) down
to the lively trends of Africa, all these make her work unique
and interesting. Ideas come from all human senses,
incorporating philosophical concepts and nature around us.
Hanna is still taking classes and would like to expand her metal
work to areas such as etching and chasing which she finds most
challenging. She does not have a site of her own, yet, but you
can see some of her work here on this newsletter or try the
selling site in South Africa (like Ebay) at
full article on silversmithing by Hanna Ben-Nathan.
Do you know? Lampworking
Who knew that glass was so fickle? It is soft and pliable,
fragile and capricious at the same time. It can take any shape
in a master's hands. It can turn into an animal or an exquisite
vase. It can flow, turn or stretch as the thinnest thread as
on an order of a wand. Lampworking is glassworking using a
torch to melt and manipulate the glass. The art form has been
practiced since ancient times. Lampworking became widely
practiced in the 14th century in Murano, Italy. The Italian
artists kept the techniques secret. In the mid 19th century
the lampwork technique was extended to the production of
paperweights primarily in France. Then, around years ago, some
American artists began experimenting with the glass they had
available. The history of lampworking continues!
Clare Scott, a glass artist from North Yorkshire, England, says,
"I have been interested in jewelry making since a young age and
I have been designing jewelry since I was at school. I loved
looking through magazines bursting full of "findings" and spent
all my pocket money on, but didn't realize you could actually
make glass beads. After 11 years as a Veterinary Nurse, I
stumbled across the art of Lampworking. Wow! I've been completely
hooked (obsessed!!!) ever since. I find the amazing array of
glass fascinating - more colors than you could ever imagine.
I put my heart and soul into making each and every lampwork bead.
They are a reflection of how I am feeling at that moment, the
glass captures emotion and expressions. I love working with glass,
its reactions and flow amaze me!" To see lampwork beads and jewelry
made by Clare Scott, visit our gallery, or Clare's website at
full article on lampworking by Clare Scott.
If you do not see the lampwork beads making video please click
Cheers! Bead woven glassware
Natasha Berezovskaya is a Muscovite and is 43 years old. Her professional
career lies with a publishing house in Moscow but her true interest rests
with her artistic work. Beadwork attracted Natasha since she was a young
school girl and her beading hasn't stopped since. In 1995, she took part
in a craft fair and was amazed by the variety and complexity of
professional beadwork. There and then Natasha decided to take beading
classes in order to achieve the proficiency needed to produce pieces such
as those she saw in the fair.
Natasha sees beadwork not only as a craft but as a gate to a fantasy world,
filled with fairies and flowers, a world with no boundaries and full of
hope. With the years, her beading work took a turn and Natasha began to
weave beads around glassware, creating beautiful designs to complement the
original shape of decanters, bottles and carafes. Each piece has its own
unique character and by using beads of all colors, Natasha creates a new
medium in the world of beadwork.
Natasha's work can be seen at her gallery:
bead woven glassware gallery.
Contact Natasha with any questions at email@example.com.
Visit Natasha's website: www.biserinka.com.
Step by step
The author of the
Lion Belt Buckle
project is Hanna Ben-Nathan. She says, "This buckle takes a while to make and
involves a lot of soldering and pickling. You don't have to finish it on one
go - take your time and enjoy the work. I have not supplied the pattern for the
lion's head. I'm sure each of you can find a design he likes, but if you do want
this design - just let me know at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I assume that you
are not a beginner, for I didn't go into details such as how to solder or saw."
2008 Wearable Expressions International Exhibition
February 22 - April 13, 2008
Palos Verdes Art Center
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
2008 Wearable Expressions International Juried Exhibition of Wearable Art will take
place in Los Angeles area, among artists from all over the world are beaded jewelry
artists: Zoya Gutina, Tatiana Van Iten, Lana May.
To see the list of fiber and jewelry artists click