From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
August is the last month of Summer. Its flower is
the gladiolus or poppy, and its birthstone is jade
or peridot. In this issue:
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Stone of August:
Balances male/female energies. Stone of protection, provides barrier against
attacks and illness. Encourages meditative travel. Helps in making the dream
process productive and healing. Zodiac signs: Libra (Balance), Capricorn
(Seagoat), Aries (Ram), Gemini (Twins).
Peridot - jewelers' olivine
One of the recognized August birthday stones is jade, you
can read about that gemstone in the
August, 2007 issue of our newsletter. The second gem is
peridot, one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color:
basically an olive green, but can slightly vary from yellow-green
through olive green to brownish green. Peridot is also known as
the chrysolite. The origin of the name "peridot" is uncertain.
The Oxford English Dictionary suggests an alteration of
Anglo-Norman PEDORETES (classical Latin PAEDEROT),
a kind of opal, rather than the Arabic word FARIDAT,
meaning "gem". Some sources say that the word "peridot" came
Frankly speaking, peridot (chrysolite) is a gem quality olivine.
Olivine itself is one of the most common minerals on Earth, and is
usually named for its typically olive-green color. Chrysolite took
its modern meaning much more recently, and in Greek times just meant
"golden stone" (CHRYSO-LITHOS), and could refer not only to
yellowish olivine, but also to topaz, Amber, yellow jasper, yellow
serpentine, or even lapis lazuli which has golden flecks.
As it was said, olivine in general is a very abundant mineral, but
peridot is rather rare. Peridot olivine is mined in North Carolina,
Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico, in the US; and in Australia,
Brazil, China, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, Pakistan,
South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. High quality peridot olivine
is mined in the eastern lava fields of Saudi Arabia. Some of the
finest gem-quality olivine has been obtained on Zabargad island in
the Red Sea.
1. Peridot is sometimes called "night emerald".
2. The largest cut peridot olivine is a 310 carat specimen
in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Power of Beading Contest and Charity Fundraiser
Instructions for beadwork artist Kerrie Slade's Awareness Ribbon Pins
are currently available on the Beading Daily website. All money raised from
the sale of the instructions through to September 30th will be donated to two
international charities, The Wellness Community and the American Institute of
There is also a contest running until September 12th to win one of two pins
created and donated by Kerrie. The pink ribbon (breast cancer awareness)
includes a 9ct gold stick pin and the teal ribbon (ovarian cancer awareness)
includes a Sterling silver stick pin.
Kerrie is donating her designer fee from Interweave Press to Cancer Research UK.
Please see the Beading Daily
website or Kerrie's blog
for further details.
Carina Veling lives in a small village in the Venlo region, in the south of
the Netherlands, and has been making jewelry and other art for much of her
life. When she was 14 years old she began to make jewelry out of ballpoint
springs and seed beads for her friends and has since ventured into many
other materials and techniques. Some of the techniques that she has used are
wire wrapping, chainmaille, beadweaving, stringing, wire crochet, netting,
and polymer clay as well as many others. She says that her favorite are wire
wrapping and chainmaille for their soothing and relaxing qualities. When
asked about her favorite materials to work with she says they are gemstones,
sterling silver, silver plated artistic wire, crystals, and copper wire, but
she can work with whatever is available, even plastic or acrylic beads when
they are nice.
As a self-taught jewelry maker, Carina has many sources of inspiration. In
December 2004, she became a member of the B&B forum, her first beaders'
community and was amazed by the work of many others. Her heroes from that
include MEW (Middle Earth Wire), Totemic (John Wik) and Gwen Fisher. Since
then she has also come to admire the work of Zoya Gutina, Jacksmom, Kvorrie,
RubyBee, Blackcrow, Miranda, Ineke, Armande, and CarolinaG, and others.
She is most inspired by the work and ideas of others, but changes designs so
they are completely different at the end. Often photographs in magazines or
on the Internet can inspire her as well. The last item she made was inspired
when she found a box with tap rubbers, which are now included in her
chainmaille necklace and earrings. Carina says she does not have a specific
style for her jewelry as she just makes whatever she can think of and does
not pay much attention to trends. Her favorite style though is Romantic
Goth or Victorian and she especially enjoys them when paired with modern
Carina's future plans include trying glass beads making and/or making
something with precious metal clay and sheet metal. For the foreseeable
future she is going to redesign her website with the help of her boyfriend.
They would like to design and develop affordable web shops for bead
hobbyists as well.
Interview with Carina Veling
Wirework jewelry by Carina Veling
Bohemian cut crystal
When beaders talk on crystal beads, they usually mean
Swarovski crystal, forgetting about Bohemian cut crystal.
Bohemia is a historical region in central Europe,
occupying the western two-thirds of the traditional
Czech Lands, currently the Czech Republic. Preciosa has
been a traditional manufacturer of exquisite genuine
Bohemian cut crystal products including fashion jewelry
components, fine jewelry stones, exclusive jewelry since
1948. Preciosa's International Headquarters are located
in the northern Bohemian town of Jablonec nad Nisou, the
18th century birthplace of glass manufacture development.
Exploiting the wealth of historical knowledge of Bohemian
glassmakers and cutters together with continuous
development in cutting technology, Preciosa has been
the premiere crystal company for over 60 years. Don't
forget that name -
Delicate beaded jewelry
Larisa Berenshtein is not only our featured artist, but
she is also an accomplished scientist as well. This
well-rounded mother of two and grandmother of one, began
designing jewelry out of need. When her adult son got
married three years ago, she chose to sew her dress for
the event herself since she had been sewing for much of
her life. She then discovered she needed jewelry to go
with the unique dress and beaded a necklace, earrings
and a bracelet for the occasion. She was so happy with
the result and enjoyed beading so much that she has
continued to bead ever since.
Growing up in the USSR, Larisa sewed, knitted and did
macrame for much of her life. She had always sewn
clothing for her children and herself. When she moved to
Israel in 1999 she discovered that most of her new
countrymen simply wore jeans, t-shirts and other simple
clothing so she no longer made clothing for her family
until the wedding. Since she began beading she now uses
jewelry design as her creative outlet to compliment her
professional life as a professor of chemistry.
When asked about her favorite beading techniques, Larisa
says she likes making jewelry using seed and bugle beads,
and cabochons the most. She very much enjoys using different
techniques and her jewelry does not imitate others' styles.
Most of her jewelry is very delicate and incorporates
interesting angles and asymmetrical patterns. Larisa says
she will begin a piece over and over until it meets her
expectations. She takes great pride in her artistic work
and we hope you will also.
Delicate beaded jewelry by Larisa Berenshtein
Step by step - process pics
Having a look at the photos depicting the process of designing
and making jewelry seems to be interesting not only for jewelry
makers but also for many people. Today we would like to continue
presenting process pictures of some Zoya Gutina's projects.
6th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts
September 13-14, 2008
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
King Street between Union & Washington sts., Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Festival of the Arts is voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the
country by Sunshine Artist magazine. More than $15 million in art will be on display!
More than 200 juried artists display and sell fine art ranging from paintings,
sculpture, prints and photography to pottery, glass, jewelry and ceramics. The show
is set up along King Street in Old Town Alexandria, a quaint, historic town with
many different shops, restaurants and more. The show stretches all the way down the
street to the Potomac River.
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory
September 13, 2008, Noon-4 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Visual art comes alive at the Torpedo Factory during the Alexandria Festival of
the Arts! Artists will demonstrate pottery on the wheel, painting, enamel work,
printmaking, and much more. Guests will get creative with the popular Champagne
Cork Chairs Workshop and fiber art activities, while the Alexandria Archaeology
Museum joins the fun with a history-inspired drawing activity. Storytelling and
flute performances, art-inspired dance vignettes, and so on.