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),
February, 2008 issue we told you the legend on February
birthstone amethyst. Various shades of the color purple
(especially deep purple) serve as a symbol for royalty.
Amethyst has been known since ancient time to adorn the crowns,
rings, collars, bracelets, necklaces, hairpieces, earrings,
staffs, thrones and other items belonging to powerful monarchs.
Its calming qualities have enabled it to be related to the
soothing effects it has over those who suffer from addictions.
As a stone of great healing and meditative powers, amethyst
is a purifier and dictator of energies of the mind body and
When buying a piece of amethyst jewelry, look at the color
and the clarity of the gemstone. A high quality amethyst is
colorful, bright, and transparent. They are available in
many shapes and sizes. Amethysts are relatively hard stones,
but always protect them from scratches and hits.
Clean amethysts with warm, soapy water and a soft brush or an
ultrasonic cleaner. Amethyst can become paler if it is out in
the sun or under heat. Keep amethyst jewelry in a fabric-lined
box and to keep other pieces from scratching it. With these tips,
your amethyst should last you for many years.
Since ancient times jewelry has been worn adorning people. Women love to wear
jewelry, which is a known fact around the globe. Woman and jewelry are made
for each other. Various jewelry pieces allow every woman to create a new image
and change it from time to time emphasizing her individuality and singularity,
after what; actually, a human being has been straining all his life long.
Jewelry is a key image element and can say a lot about your personality. We
judge a person first by his look, so the jewelry helps us to figure out the
initial impression about a person, and thus, essentially affect our mental
picture about him in general. "A good dress is a card of invitation" or
"Clothes count for first impressions" - and first impressions are half the
battle! Avant-garde jewelry, and handcrafted seed beaded jewelry beyond
dispute belongs to that category, makes woman forget any standards and open
up opportunities for brave experiments with her outfit.
The classical jewelry never goes out of style. The classics let a woman look
smart and elegant in the every day life. As for the high life parties, people
usually visit to "shine", women wearing ingenious and extraordinary jewelry
around their neck immediately "stand out in the herd". Individually designed,
shiny and sparkly seed beaded necklaces, bracelets and other accessories with
crystals and gemstones are attention grabber. A woman drawing lots of attention
starts getting more beautiful. And when a woman feels like a beauty, the
surrounding is getting more colorful and brighter, the sounds - more melodic
and the men - more gallant!
In the light of my foreword I'd like you to initiate into creative beadwork
of the "Freelance Artisans", a group of talented Russian jewelry designers
working with seed beads and gemstones, Galina Grebenschikova, Svetlana
Serebryakova, Galina Borovaya, Olga Vetrova, Natalia Berezovskaya and Galina
Barel, who have recently started a non-profit partnership to promote haute
couture beaded jewelry, form delicate taste, style and fashion trend at
Russian beaded jewelry market. The second important goal of their partnership
is to create a collection of exclusive jewelry for the customers of all sorts
and ages, as well.
Why did they call themselves "Freelance Artisans"? Svetlana Serebryakova, an
executive secretary of the fellowship answers this question as follows: "Because
creativeness is always meant to be free and independent. If you stop the outflow
of a stream, soon the last turns into a musty-muddy pond. When yoke turns down
other work to make an artist available. Seed beads are wonderful material;
nicely matching stones, leather, metal, shells... we can put much more items into
the list. Beadwork doesn't know limits and allows any forms and shapes. That's
why, we are creating, experimenting and perpetrating."
Galina Grebenschikova doesn't agree when people call her a beadworker. "It's not
quite true!" she develops her thought further. "In fact, we just use seed beads
as wonderful material for bezeling gemstone cabochons, mother-of-pearls, pearls,
and amber, wood and bone cabs. Sometimes there are only a few seed beads used in
our jewelry pieces." "Freelance Artisans" make jewelry using different beading
techniques and stitches, but free form is dominating. If there is no known suitable
method to reach the goal, they just invent something new on their
Paul Phillip Evans, a fashion designer and an art embroiderer,
was born in Lima, Peru. His grandparents were Australian and
Spanish and moved to Peru in the early twenties. Since he was
very little he was attracted to art and design. He says, that
he still remembers drawing spaceships and diamonds at the age
After Paul had finished high school, his mother supported his
taste for arts, so he started attending an art school where he
learned the basics of fine arts. Some time later Paul moved to
another art school looking for something new and was there to
learn to draw the human body which definitely led him to design
clothes. At that time, when fashion design was actually new in
Paul's country, he started fashion studies at the very first
fashion school in Peru.
In his quest for style, Paul decided it was time to leave for a
new more fashionable destination. So, in the early nineties he
traveled to France where he discovered the richness and
fabulosity of Haute Couture. Paul worked for a while in a fashion
trend house in Paris but a little time later he discovered
A new world appeared in front of Paul's eyes; a world of crystal
beads, silk ribbons and gold threads. This encounter once more
changed his path in fashion, taking him to
Lesage Art Embroidery School; a light gray and
cream white velveted "ambiance" where Paul spent much of his time
for almost a year. Not being satisfied, he started attending a
professional school devoted to several artisanal disciplines where
he continued learning even more techniques and rudiments of this
ancestral and noble art.
International Working Woman's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every
year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic,
political and social achievements of women. Started as a political
event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries.
celebrations, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply
an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in
a way somewhat similar to Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day mixed
together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as
designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social
awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and
examined in a hopeful manner.
The day is an official holiday in Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China,
Cuba, Georgia, Italy, Israel, Laos, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia,
Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia,
Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia, and is observed
by men giving the women in their lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends,
daughters, colleagues, etc., flowers and small gifts. In some countries
(such as Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day,
where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
Today many events are held by women's groups around the world (some that
even close off libraries to men). The global women's organization Aurora
hosts a free worldwide register of IWD local events so that women and
the media can locate local activity. Many governments and organizations
around the world support IWD. For example, HSBC hosts a range of IWD
activity including co-hosting of the United Kingdom's flagship IWD event
with women's group Aurora. Global interest in IWD shows a steady increase.
Natalia Bessonova features beadwork as art. She believes, that beading
itself can be a really nice hobby for everyone, who wants to create
something with his hands materializing fantasies generated in his mind
to bring abstraction nuances into a three-dimensional substance. Where
is that precise border between craft and art? She is not good at
disputing this question. One thing she knows exactly, these borders are
crossed when a beadworker gives his best shot for visualization of his
imagination, when she or he creates not just a pendant or a necklace,
but puts some idea into effect.
Beading affects all ages. Natalia has tried it herself. She first
started beading, when she was over forty. The decision to quit the job
after an operation to to recharge energies resulted looking for a hobby
able to take up her every spare moment. She used to paint after having
done a 2-year course of graphic arts. People said she did it rather well.
So she got a new opportunity to reanimate her creative life style.
She is making beaded jewelry like those she has always worn, which
emphasize age elegance and youth vivacity, which reflect woman's
individual taste. But she'd like to try something else besides beaded
She comes from Zaraisk, an ancient town located near Moscow.
Zaraisk is famous for its back-to-basics lifestyle and non-lush, but
exceptionally lyrical landscape typical of the middle belt of Russia.
Although Natalia has lived in Moscow more than 40 years, the fellowship
of the Nature is an important integral part of life for all her family.
She adores birch trees. Her favourite flowers are chamomiles, she is
never tired to create with beads and insert into her necklaces.
Distinctive Russian culture and nature are Natalia's inspiration
recourses waking up her rich imagination.
Natalia is full of hope that her hobby is slowly turning into art.
Nowadays a hobbyist - later a master! It is possible to reach only
developing beading skills slowly, continuously and regularly. From
project to project Natalia is discovering new methods and techniques
getting inspiration from beading books and magazines and reputable
masters, as well.
The birth month flower of February is violet, and some people guess:
is the rose the traditional flower of Valentine's Day, or is it the
violet? As the legend of St. Valentine goes, this Christian priest
used the ink made from crushed violet blossoms that grew outside his
prison cell to write notes of love and friendship. He wrote these
words on violet leaves. These notes were delivered via the elegant
bird of love, the dove.
Violets were once the most popular flower
on Valentine's Day; however, roses are an enduring symbol of deep
love. Violets represent faithfulness and "I return your love", it is
thought that to dream of violets predicts advancement in life. As
love needs clean, clear air to flourish, so does the violet. Some
interesting facts on violets: this flower shows its esteem as the
state floral emblem of Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois and New
Jersey; during the Napoleonic era when Napoleon was exiled to Elba
he used a code name of Caporal Violette.
To continue our talk about violets, we would like to suggest to
those who does some beadwork the tutorial of Victoria Katamashvili: