From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
In a week, we will celebrate Halloween, that includes trick-or-treating,
ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and so
on. Happy Halloween! But, take your time and read in our October issue:
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Stone of October:
Represents purity and intensity. It assists in emotional and mental
balance, calms the inner soul. Excellent stone for progress, expansion,
and development. Helps one connect the conscious and subconscious,
providing for a clearing understanding of oneself. Zodiac signs: Cancer
(Crab), Libra (Balance), Pisces (Fish), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Tourmaline is a fascinating mineral (to be exact, group of
minerals) that can actually exhibit two or more colors in
one crystal. It possesses one of the widest color ranges,
reproducing every conceivable color in the universe, it's
another gemstone of October (you can read about the first
gem - opal in our
last year's October issue). The name "tourmaline" comes from the
Singhalese word TURAMALI or TORAMALLI, meaning
"stone attracting ash" (a reference to its pyroelectric
properties) or according to other sources "mixed gemstones".
For a while the name "tourmaline" was applied to different
gemstones found in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Brightly colored tourmalines were brought to Europe from Sri
Lanka in great quantities by the Dutch East India Company to
satisfy a demand for curiosities and gems. At that time the
gem schorl that looks like tourmaline was known in Europe,
but it was not realized that both stones belong to the same
The most common species of tourmaline is schorl. It may account
for 95% or more of all tourmaline in nature. The early history
of the mineral schorl shows that the name "schorl" was in use
prior to 1400 AD because a village, that had a nearby tin mine
where black tourmaline was found, known today as Zschorlau (in
Saxony, Germany) was then named "Schorl" (or minor variants of
As it was said, tourmaline has a variety of colors. Usually,
tourmalines are black to bluish-black to deep brown, brown to
yellow, blue, green, red, yellow, pink etc. Rarely, it is
colorless. Bi-colored and multicolored crystals are common,
reflecting variations of fluid chemistry during crystallization.
Crystals may be green at one end and pink at the other, or green
on the outside and pink inside: this type is called watermelon
tourmaline. Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, in that they
change color when viewed from different directions.
Gem and specimen tourmaline is mined chiefly in Brazil and Africa.
Some placer material suitable for gem use comes from Sri Lanka.
In addition to Brazil, tourmaline is mined in Tanzania, Nigeria,
Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and Sri Lanka, and Malawi. Some fine gem and specimen material
has been produced in the US, with the first discoveries in 1822,
in the state of Maine (raspberry pink-red as well as minty greens
tourmaline). California became a large producer of tourmaline in
the early 1900s (bright pinks, as well as bicolors).
Tourmaline species and varieties
1. Dravite species: from the Drave district of Carinthia (Austria)
• dravite - dark yellow to brownish black
2. Schorl species:
• schorl - bluish or brownish black to black
3. Elbaite species: named after the island of Elba, Italy
• rubellite - rose or pink (from ruby)
• indicolite - dark blue (from indigo)
• "Brazilian sapphire" - light blue
• "Brazilian emerald" or verdelite - green
• achroite - colorless (from the Greek word for "colorless")
1. The Empress Dowager Tz'u Hsi, the last Empress of China, loved
pink tourmaline and bought large quantities for gemstones and
carvings from the then new Himalaya Mine, located in San Diego
2. Native Americans have used pink and green tourmaline as funeral
gifts for centuries.
New bracelets designed and made by Zoya Gutina: they are
different in style, different in color, different in materials.
You can buy them on MyLovelyBeads.com or contact us to discuss
your needs with us. We love to design for specific individuals,
incorporating their energy and personality into the piece. Many
of the spectacular pieces you can see on the site are the result
of a custom order that undoubtedly inspired a higher level of
For those of you, who hasn't read our last issues:
we have added a few new articles to our
jewelry making section on MyLovelyBeads.com:
If you make search in Wikipedia by the word "beader", it will suggest you
a few definitions, one of them says, "A beader uses beads to create many
kinds of decorative items." Don't try to find in encyclopedia who The
Lone Beader is. To start, we will tell you, that The Lone Beader is an
extraordinary bead embroidery artist. Would you like to know some more?
OK, The Lone Beader tells you her story on beads, bead embroidery, and
beading as contemporary art.
"I have always been involved in the arts ever since I can remember. During
elementary school in Erie, PA, I loved both art and music class, but I had
a strong preference for music. I learned how to play the viola and I was
very active in music all through my childhood.
Music was my #1 priority, but I had other interests, as well. I loved coloring
and painting. My younger sister and I were always doing something creative.
I remember that we made a lot of beaded necklaces and collages, but I think
we tried almost every kind of craft at least once. My mother was always
telling me I should try drawing, but I never thought I could, so she showed
me how to cross-stitch. I remember spending hours outside under a tree
working on my needlecraft.
My father also influenced me in a much different way. He loved racing cars and
flying airplanes, and was always taking me with him on his journeys. Because
of him, I had great big dreams of becoming an astronaut, fighter pilot, or
roller coaster engineer. But instead, I decided to study music in Boston.
During college, I began working in the theatre, setting up rock concerts for
a living. While I have worked other jobs, this was the only one that has
interested me enough to stick with for well over a decade - perhaps it is
because this career's infrequent schedule has given me the opportunity to
rediscover the arts.
It never occurred to me to pursue a visual art until about 6 years ago. One
day, I walked into a bead shop in Boston, and when I saw all of the seed
beads, I felt like I finally found what I had been searching for. So, I
started reading books and magazines and teaching myself how to make complex
jewelry designs in almost every technique. But, when I tried bead embroidery,
I knew this was what I loved most.
The idea for my first bead painting came after I embroidered a 6" x 9" panel depicting a
flock of flamingos. I needed a way to display the finished piece, so I stitched the beaded
panel to a canvas and painted in the extended environment. It was a simple concept, but
I really liked the result, so I sent in a photo to Bead & Button Magazine. They published
Flamingo Moon in 2005. That publication eventually led to my first commission, which
was an experience that helped me find my artistic path, and has driven me to follow it..."
Full story by The Lone Beader
The Lone Beader. Beading as Contemporary Art
Gallery Shop: thelonebeader.etsy.com
Magatama beads - are curved beads which first appeared in Japan during the Jomon
period and then spread to the Asian continent through Korean peninsula.
They are often found inhumed in mounded tumulus graves (a tumulus is a
mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves) as offerings to
deities. They continued to be popular with the ruling elites throughout the
Kofun Period of Japan, and are often romanticized as indicative of the
Yamato Dynasty of Japan. They are mainly made of jade, agate, quartz,
talc, and jasper. Some consider them to be an Imperial symbol, although in
fact ownership was widespread throughout all the chieftainships of Kofun
Period Japan. It is believed that magatama were popularly worn as jewels
for decoration, in addition to their religious meanings.
Kiffa beads - are rare powder glass beads named after the Mauritanian city of
Kiffa, where French ethnologist R.Mauny documented them first in 1949.
Kiffa beads represent one of the highest levels of artistic skill and ingenuity in
beadmaking, being manufactured with the simplest materials and tools available -
pulverized European glass beads or fragments of them, bottle glass, pottery
shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles, some gum arabic, and open fires. Glass
which is finely crushed to a powder is mixed with a binder such as saliva or
gum arabic diluted in water. Decorations are made from the glass slurry i.e.
crushed glass mixed with a binder and applied with a pointed tool, usually
a steel needle. The beads are placed in small containers, often sardine cans
and heated to fuse the glass on open fires without moulds.
Dzi beads - is a bead stone of mysterious origin worn with a necklace
and sometimes bracelet. Collectively in almost all Asian cultures, the bead are
expected to provide positive spiritual benefit and sometimes used in
traditional Tibetan medicine, when a portion of the bead has been scraped or
shaved away to be ground into the medicine. Beads that are broken are
believed to have diluted benefit because they have taken the brunt of the
force that would have otherwise impacted the wearer. Dzi stones are made
from agate, and may have decorated symbols composed of circles, ovals,
square, waves (zig zags), stripes, lines, diamonds, and other patterns. Colors
will mainly range from browns to blacks with the pattern usually being in ivory
white. Dzi beads can appear in different colors, shapes and sizes. The number
of "eyes" on the stone usually signify different meanings.
Rudraksha - is the name of the dark berries, used to make prayer beads. The
Rudraksha tree is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree that grows in the area
from the Gangetic Plain to the foothills of the Himalayas. Rudraksha trees
are also found in middle areas of Nepal. Rudraksha seeds are covered by an
outer shell of blue color when fully ripe, and for this reason are also known
as blueberry beads. Rudraksha beads are the material from which sacred
garlands - japa malas or malas (108 beads in number, though other numbers,
usually divisible by 9, are also used) are made. Malas are used by Hindus and
Buddhists for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a
mantra or the name or names of a deity.
We told you just about four types of ethnic beads...
Art of reflection
Our another featured artist this month is an experienced
beader and teacher. Natasha Machikhina has been beading for
more than ten years since getting started while studying at
the Moscow Pedagogical University. She saw some beadwork
that a friend was wearing and decided that she would take
classes to learn beadwork techniques.
She learned through the classes as well
as reading books on the subject. She quickly began to create
her own designs often inspired by nature and using gemstone
cabochons and big beads. Natasha usually begins creating a
new piece based on the cabochon shape and color. Her goal is
to transform a mess of beads into a piece of jewelry which
reflects her impressions while also using her work to express
Natasha also used other media as an artist living in the Moscow
region. She is an artist by nature and likes oil painting,
encaustic painting (hot wax painting), graphics, pastel crayon,
watercolor and photography. Different media help her to use her
work to better express herself.
In the Spring of 2008 she
participated in the 2nd exhibition "Modern bead design" in
Moscow, where she displayed her jewelry collection made using
her favorite square rope technique. Natasha believes, that
square ropes are flexible, hard and soft at the same time, and
that technique allows her to design her very unusually shaped
jewelry. She now owns a website which she calls "Art of
Reflection", where she displays much of her different media
artwork. We hope you will enjoy her artwork as much as we do.
Art of reflection. Jewelry by Natasha Machikhina
Celebrating Beads, the journey of... Exhibition
November - December, 2008
The Bead Museum
The Jenifer Building
400 Seventh St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
The exhibit features pieces made by the winning artists from the Bead Museum's 1st
Annual International Juried Jewelry Design Competition Celebrating Beads, the journey of...
21st Annual Washington Craft Show
November 7,8,9, 2008
Walter E.Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
A premier national event of contemporary American craft, the Washington Craft Show
transforms DC's Convention Center into a showcase for 190 leading craft artists and
their latest work from 34 states and DC.
Celebrating its 21st year, this major fall show includes 41 new artists among
established and emerging talent selected by jury to present their signature
collections for home and to wear. Each piece is one-of-a-kind or limited edition,
made with vision and mastery.
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