From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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Balance and transformation, spiritual evolution.
Stimulates intuitive power. Also represents fidelity,
loyalty, practicality, and responsibility. Eases
delivery in birthing, and also facilitates the
re-birthing process, as it helps one to recognize
and clear past negative experiences. Zodiac signs:
Capricorn (Seagoat), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Forest green malachite
Malachite is an opaque semi-precious stone with alternate
irregular bands of light and dark green. Malachite often
results from weathering of copper ores and is often found
together with azurite, goethite, and calcite. Except for
its vibrant green color, the properties of malachite are
similar to those of azurite and aggregates of the two
minerals occur frequently together. Malachite is more
common than azurite and is typically associated with
copper deposits. The stone's name derives (via Latin and
French) from Greek MOLOCHITIS, "mallow-green stone",
from MOLOCHE, variant of MALACHE, "mallow".
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals,
Russia. It is also found in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Zambia, Namibia, Mexico, England (New South Wales), and in
the Southwestern United States (Arkansas and Arizona).
Malachite is extensively mined at Timna (Israel), often
called King Solomon's Mines. Archeological evidence indicates
that the mineral has been mined and smelted at the site for
over 3,000 years. Most of Timna's current production is also
smelted, but the finest pieces are worked into silver jewelry.
Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from
antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately
lightfast, very sensitive to acids and varying in color,
the natural form was being replaced by its synthetic form
amongst other synthetic greens. For a long time malachite has
been also used for decorative purposes and in jewelry making.
1. One of the best samples of using malachite for decorative
purposes is the Malachite Room in the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg,
Russia, which features a large malachite vase.
2. "The Tazza", one of the largest pieces of malachite in
North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the
focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library,
Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Rings & Things jewelry design contest
The annual "Your Designs Rock!" contest is held for the best
creations made from Rings & Things products. This year the
contest was in six categories: Glass, Gemstones and Pearls,
Metal Clay, Polymer Clay, Mostly Metal, Alternative
Materials; the winners were announced the 1st week of May.
We are glad to inform you, that our designer Zoya
Gutina submitted two pieces of jewelry and won First Place
in Glass category (the second year in a row!) for
Mermaids Garden Necklace
and Honorable Mention in Gemstones and Pearls category for
Egyptian Nights Necklace.
The other First Place winners are: Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg
(Ansonia, CT) - she also won Grand Prize, Cindy Forrester
(Deltona, FL), Linda Inhelder (Sammamish, WA), Ping An
Brouwers (Den Haag, The Netherlands), Kris Howell (Spokane,
WA). Our congratulations to all winners!
Valentine Moon (Val) lives in Brighton, England, and
can see the sea from every single window of her home.
When working, she sits at a table in a large bay
window with a fantastic view of constantly changing
water and sky - she feels this has an enormous
influence on the colors she uses and the designs she
Originally she studied Fashion and Textiles at
Newcastle College of Art and Industrial Design, then
moved to London, married and worked as a knitwear
designer and illustrator, winning 2 Courtaulds awards
for hand knitting design.
Gardening and anything
related to plants was (and still is) her great
passion, so after 20 years in the fashion industry she
changed direction completely - took a 3 year course in
garden design and started working for The Chelsea
Gardener in London, during which time she won a silver
medal at Hampton Court Garden Exhibition. Her work
began to involve designing garden structures and
furniture and this, in turn, led to a position with
a furniture retailer, designing and sourcing furniture
for their 9 shops. Val eventually moved to Brighton
(with her husband Ken and their beloved cat Carmen)
and opened her own contemporary Italian furniture,
homeware and jewelry shop - Plan B.
During quiet spells in the shop, Val began to design
and make her own designs for soft furnishings,
quilts and jewelry which she then sold in the shop.
When Val closed the shop, after 6 years, last August
she had been designing and making jewelry for 2 years
and decided to pursue it as a full-time occupation.
Her work is often inspired by her love of flowers and
plants and, of course, the sea. She loves using all
sorts of materials - acrylics, Swarovski crystals,
Tibetan Silver, semi-precious stones, freshwater and
faux pearls, glass beads, shells, hemp and leather to
name but a few. Very recently, she has started
modeling flowers, mermaids and fairies in polymer
clay and incorporating these in her pieces. Although
some of the components are bought in, she designs and
makes each piece of jewelry herself. Val's dream is
to eventually live in France and to run courses in
various aspects of jewelry making.
Gallery on MyLovelyBeads.com
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Early jewelry function & design
The first jewelry was made from readily available natural
materials including animal teeth, bone, various types of
shells, carved stone and wood. It is believed that jewelry
started out as a functional item used to fasten articles
of clothing together, and was later adapted for use as an
object for purely aesthetic ornamentation, or for use as
a spiritual and religious symbol.
As mankind progressed, jewelry was used as a symbol of
wealth and status, as well as to protect against harm, ward
of evil, and heal ailments. Jewelry was used by early man
to adorn nearly every part of the human body, and has been
made out of almost every natural material known to mankind.
Prolific jewelry making began with the ancestors of Homo
Sapiens, the Cro-Magnons over 40,000 years ago when they
began to migrate from Africa and the Middle East to the
continent of Europe. Cro-Magnons eventually replaced the
Neanderthals as the dominant species.
Jewelry from the Cro-Magnon period includes crudely
fashioned necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth,
mother-of-pearl, shells and stone strung together with a
piece of twine or animal sinew. The earliest signs of
metallurgy occurred around 7,000 years ago when humans
began using forged copper to make jewelry.
Bead embroidered handbags
Last month we featured a young professional jewelry designer -
Liana Tsaturyan. Our guest today is another young bead artist.
Guzell Bakeeva lives in Moscow, she works as a marketing
specialist and she is also studying at the Moscow branch of
the British School of Art and Design.
Guzell discovered the world
of beads seven years ago when she worked as a textile designer.
Her first experience in beadwork was associated with bead
embroidery. For the next five years she has developed her skills
in beading techniques learning peyote stitch, square stitch,
cross stitch, and so on. The first Guzell's attempts in
beadwork were wearable items, mostly
free-form necklaces, but
her dream was to design bead embroidered handbags. She doesn't
have enough time to bead for leisure, and she created just a
few of them, but each Guzell's handbag is a piece of art. We
admire her beadwork and hope, that you will join us!
full article on bead embroidery by Guzell Bakeeva.
Guzell's work can be seen at her gallery:
bead embroidered handbags.
Butterfly Handbag closeups:
Contact Guzell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guzell's blog: www.liveinternet.ru.
Step by step
We believe you don't mind, that the process of designing and
creating artwork is always impressive. What inspires an artist?
What helps him to choose particular media and technique? And,
at last, what are the steps of design and make? Today Guzell
Bakeeva tells us the history of her the most beautiful and
amazing creature -
2008 Bead & Button Show
June 1-8, 2008
Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Do you love fashion and jewelry? Do you have a passion for
beautiful accessories? The Bead & Button Show is the largest
jewelry and bead show in the nation. Over 370 vendors will
be selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious
gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies
and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit Bead
Dreams 2008 of inspiring bead art and over 500 bead and
jewelry classes. Among artists from all over the world at
the exhibit are beaded jewelry designers
Zoya Gutina and
Tatiana Van Iten.