From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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Stone of June:
The pearl has been known as a stone of sincerity,
bring truth to situations and loyalty to a cause.
It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior,
and to provide a reflection of the self such that
one may see the manner in which one appears to
others. Zodiac signs: Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab).
Pearl value factors
Each pearl type (freshwater pearls, saltwater pearls,
Akoya pearls, Biwa pearls, South Sea pearls, Tahiti pearls)
has its own characteristics due to the specific forming
condition, and the pearl grading factors are normally not
considered equal. Knowing pearl types is the precondition
of evaluating pearls. Each type of pearls has its own
characteristics and valued standards. Among different
types of pearls, saltwater pearls are more valuable than
freshwater pearls. Natural pearls cost more than cultured
Luster and Nacre
Pearl luster is the brilliancy and the soul of pearls.
This chief evaluating factor separates the inferior pearls
from superior and the ordinary from the extraordinary. As
a natural attribute, the luster of a pearl depends on the
quality of the nacre - its transparency, smoothness and
overall thickness as well as the thickness of each of the
microscopic layers of nacre. A very thin nacre thickness
would reduce pearl luster, color evenness and durability
and could never make a fine quality pearl. Freshwater
pearls have a very thick pearl nacre. Akoya pearls nacre
are the thinnest among all types of pearls.
Surface imperfections are part of pearls natural texture
and proof of the pearl genuineness. Even though a pearl
is considered more valuable when the surface imperfections
are minimal, people should positively consider them more
than negative when evaluating pearls. People always desire
perfect pearls without any flaws, but in fact, the longer
a pearl is in an oyster, the more possible it grows to be
irregular and get blemish.
Pearls come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from white
all the way to black. The natural color of pearls results
from a combination of body color, overtone and iridescence.
The wearer's preference determines what color is the best
for him/her. Fashion trends and color demand affects
different color pearl price. But it is still important to
find a color that is rich and evenly distributed on the
Perfectly round pearls are rarest and most valued.
Symmetrical pearls are more valuable than baroque.
However, baroque pearls, with their various shapes, can
inspire talented jewelers or artists and be created into
some amazing arts.
The larger the size, the higher the price. But price jumps
between pearl sizes are often uneven. Large pearls are more
difficult to cultivate because of the large size of the
implanted nucleus. There is an increased likelihood that
the oyster will reject the nucleus.
Most of pearls we see are treated more or less. Pearl
treatment is a must process before these beautiful
gemstones are put on market. There are many methods to
treat pearl including polish, bleaching, dyeing, filling,
irradiation, coating and oiling. Treated pearl doesn't mean
low quality. People use a exquisite craft to make pearls
perfect. That is much more like that a diamond can be call
a diamond only after it is cut according to the rock's
This spring Zoya Gutina won 2008 Annual Jury for Torpedo
Factory Artist and became a member of this well known in
Washington Metropolitan Area (and not only) Artist Association.
Since June she have shared vintage studio 5 at the Torpedo
Factory Art Center with remarkable printmaker and artist
Nancy Reinke. You can visit Zoya in the studio, talk to her,
take a look at her jewelry, and buy a piece to spoil yourself
or as a gift for your loved once. Here is the report about
the first Zoya's day in the studio:
First day in Studio 5. The studio address is:
When Erin Simonetti (Howard County, Maryland, USA)
was twelve years old, her Great Aunt made for her
a wooden bead loom, much like was seen in Native
American Publications. With some beads and string,
she found herself beading, any and every chance she
Since there were no books readily available, as there
are today, to give patterns and teach techniques,
Erin had to devise ways to utilize all the little
strips of beads she had loomed! Her idea of 3-D
beading came to light! This then created another
dilemma of deciding how to secure her creations,
decrease and ascend rows to accomplish particular
shapes. Erin also purchased a lot of graph paper
to plan out her designs and color them accordingly.
Erin Simonetti always enjoyed graphing large scenes
and designs depicting flowers, birds and butterflies.
Her first three dimensional necklace was completed
early in these times, but today she has proven finer
techniques. Erin's goal was always to use glass seed
beads, 11/0, 15/0, 22/0 and smaller, create a
realistic design, and mold them like clay to make
wearable art. Some people have commented that her
work looks like painted fabric and not beads! And if
you have a look at Erin's work you will understand
that they were right.
Erin's college days found her a student at the Maryland
Institute of Art, majoring in crafts. Again, there
was no outlet, at that time, for beads, so she
confined her interests to stained glass and painting.
Later, hosting a stained glass class in the evenings
for interested friends.
Erin's husband and three children have been very
supportive of her "constant beading". Introducing
herself to the "beading and festival" communities
had been a perfect way to meet others, also
interested in creating art through the medium of
beads. In this light, Erin has met many "bead lovers"
who feel as passionate for beading as she does. Erin
has shown her work, as a vendor, in many "jury selected"
art shows, been published in magazines and books.
Through all her life, Erin Simonetti has continued to
perfect her "mind's eye" of beading.
Gallery on MyLovelyBeads.com
2008 Bead Dreams Exhibition
The annual Bead & Button Show is one of the most popular bead
show in the world. Thousands of people from more than 30
countries came this year to the Midwest Airlines Center in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a full week of beading, jewelry
making, shopping, and talking about beads
( pictures ).
There were two exciting displays this year. One was the Japanese
Arts J Crafts Exhibition 2008 of the award-winning pieces from
the beadwork and jewelry contest held in the Hakone Open-Air
Museum, and another one was the Out of the Box Exhibition of
( pictures ).
But the main event of course was the exhibition, where works of
all 2008 Bead Dreams contest finalists were on display in the
show's lobby area. The winners in six categories received award
ribbons: blue for the 1st place, red for the 2nd place and white
for the 3rd place. At the end of the Show the main awards winners
Leather and beads
As summer arrives, we have a new featured artist. Anna
Mikhaleva is unique in her work with both leather and beads,
which is her favorite type of design to work on. She also
does beautiful work with beads and gemstones. Her
inspiration often comes from gazing at the night sky which
makes her believe in wonders. This inspiration is brought
out in her black & white and dark/light two color
Anna lives in the Urals, in a small city of Miass with her
beautiful teenaged son and daughter. Her beginning in
jewelry design and beadwork came when she once went into a
bookstore to buy a new book by Brazilian Paolo Koelio
(Paulo Coelho), but instead she bought a perfectly
illustrated book of Russian beadwork guru, L.Bozhko. From
then on, she added beadwork to her list of hobbies, that
also includes graphics, reading (fantasy, classical,
historical) and listening to music (jazz, ethnic,
classical). This hobby has grown into the creation of
lovely beadwork that we are honored to share with you.
Anna's work can be seen at her gallery:
leather and beads jewelry.
Another Anna's small gallery:
gemstone beaded jewelry.
Contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step by step
We hope that it was interesting for you to look at the
pictures depicting the process of designing and making the
Butterfly Handbag by Guzell Bakeeva; we gave them in our
previous issue. Today we continue this topic, another
project process pictures are about
Mermaids Garden Necklace by Zoya Gutina. That amazing
First Place in glass category in the Rings & Things
"Your Designs Rock!" 2008 Jewelry Design Contest.
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 16-19, 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This event is the granddaddy of all the other successful art
festivals in the country. It is now four official fairs but
it all began in 1959 on South University, the original Street
Fair. Its' success, proving that artists could find a new
marketplace, has since spawned three more concurrent festivals.
The four shows are a confederation, sharing city services and
keeping the same dates and hours. Over 1200 exhibitors show
up ready to meet you. Ann Arbor turns into Art Fair City every
July for four days. They include:
• Ann Arbor Street Fair
• State Street Area Art Fair
• Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair