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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).
Emerald - green beryl
A year ago we told you about May gemstone
malachite, another gem of this month is emerald. Emerald
are a green colored variety of the mineral beryl. Most emeralds
are highly included, so their brittleness (resistance to
breakage) is classified as generally poor. The word "emerald"
comes from Latin SMARAGDUS, via Greek SMARAGDOS,
its original source being a Semitic word IZMARGAD or
the Sanskrit word, MARAKATA, meaning "emerald" or
Emeralds, like all colored gemstones, are graded using four
basic parameters, the four Cs of Connoisseurship; Color, Cut,
Clarity and Crystal (the last C, crystal is simply used as a
synonym that begins with C for transparency). Emeralds occur
in hues ranging from yellowish green to bluish green, but the
primary hue must, of course, be green. Only gems that are
medium to dark in tone are considered emerald. Light toned
gems are known by the species name, green beryl. A fine emerald
must possess not only a pure verdant green hue, but also a high
degree of transparency to be considered a top gem. Unlike
diamond, emerald clarity is graded by eye: if an emerald has
no visible inclusions to the eye it is considered flawless.
Emeralds in antiquity were mined by the Egyptians and in
Austria, as well as Swat in northern Pakistan. A rare type of
emerald known as a trapiche emerald is occasionally found in
the mines of Colombia. It is named for the trapiche, a grinding
wheel used to process sugarcane in the region. Colombian
emeralds are generally the most prized due to their transparency
Some of the most rare emeralds come from three main
emerald mining areas in Colombia: Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor.
Fine emeralds are also found in other countries, such as
Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Pakistan, India,
Afghanistan and Russia. In the US, emeralds can be found in
Hiddenite, North Carolina. In 1998, emeralds were discovered
in the Yukon.
The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for
over six thousand years. The earliest reference to emeralds in
Western literature come from Aristotle; he stated "An emerald
hung from the neck or worn in a ring will prevent the falling
sickness (epilepsy). We, therefore, commend noblemen that it be
hanged about the necks of their children that they fall not into
Throughout history, emeralds have been prized and worn by royalty
and celebrities. It was known that emerald was a favorite gem of
Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper
Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was
one of the earliest emerald occurrences in the human history.
In the first century BC, Ptolemy, the King of Egypt, had an
emerald engraved with the portrait of Lucullus, the great Roman
general. He then presented it to him when Lucullus visited Egypt.
Alexander the Great had a large emerald set into his girdle.
Charlemagne had a collection of emeralds, and Henry II, when he
was made King of Ireland in 1171, was given a large emerald ring.
Queen Elizabeth II had an amazing collection of emerald jewelry.
Marlene Dietrich wore her own collection of dramatic jewelry set
with huge cabochon emeralds in many of her movies. Grace Kelly
was given a 12 carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring from
Prince Rainier. And that's not the full story...
What you can find on MyLovelyBeads.com?
Zoya Gutina's MyLovelyBeads.com website is dedicated to
gemstone and beaded jewelry. Except the on-line store
where Zoya presents her jewelry pieces, you can find
a lot of useful information just for reading and viewing.
some articles and stories about jewelry and jewelry making, gemstones,
pearls, beads and beadwork, and their history
explains common words and basic definitions for the frequently-used
beadwork and jewelry terms, that you may encounter as you shop beaded jewelry
• Jewelry Making
that is not a real jewelry making tutorial (though you'll find some there),
we want to show you how artists make beads and create jewelry
• Jewelry Facts
some interesting facts about jewelry, beads, gemstones and birthstones,
zodiac sings, etc.
the best examples of beads and beadwork made by our friends (60 galleries!)
Do you think that beading is a women's hobby? Oh, no! Our
guest today is Peter Sewell, a brilliant beadweaver from
UK. We are glad to introduce Peter to you!
Peter says, "From my 1950s childhood in the industrial
north of England the idea of "being artistic" was not
encouraged in a boy. This may have been different had my
mother, who was a fashion designer at the turn of the
decade, lived. She became a victim of tuberculosis - a
common illness of the time. My father was a draughtsman,
specializing in design of machine tools for lathes etc.
Although fairly gritty, my formative years were dotted with
creativity and artistry, mainly because I spent the long
summer holidays with my maternal grandmother's family on a
farm in North Yorkshire - halcyon days indeed! As the teens
approached it all became a poor second to the lure of
motorcycles and leather jackets! This led to a much needed
12 year stint in the Army, and a lot of other extremely manly
pursuits followed... until I had a motorcycle accident which
managed to slow me down a bit - after which I began to change
my perception of what was really important in my life. With
no intention of getting back on a motorcycle, and little
physical chance of serious manual work again, I had to
change my lifestyle rather quickly!
My wife Nina saw the art bubbling underneath my brash exterior,
and encouraged me to enroll on a local college Art course, from
which I gained a reasonable qualification and the self awareness
to continue along the aesthetic path of color, proportion, and
texture. Large canvasses full of oil paints and artificial
floral displays somehow miniaturized into jewelry making, which -
probably due to my technical upbringing and background -
progressed toward the intricacies of seed beading.
My work is precise and detailed, if it doesn't stand up to close
scrutiny it won't be photographed, and the beadweaving styles
closest to my aspirations have been gleaned from the historic
beadwork of Eastern Europe and Russia. I love the Tsarist
"imperialism" style, with its opulence and pomp - I have reached
a point now where, even if I don't try to make it so, my work
begins to take on the richness of imperial Russia!
I name all my work now, and although I do have a list of Russian
girls names, I try to let the piece speak to me - the name has to
match how I feel about the piece, and what it portrays, otherwise
it would not do justice to many hours of passionate beadweaving!"
Full article by Peter Sewell
Enter Use The Muse II
You're the FIRST to know! Scarlett Lanson has set a strict kit
limit for this contest so she is letting all bead lovers know
that the USE THE MUSE Contest has launched and sign-ups are
first come, first serve, so don't be left in the dust!
Use The Muse II - here you can:
• read about the USE THE MUSE CONTEST
• see winners and a gallery of entries from USE THE MUSE I
• see the incredible prizes
• read the rules and deadlines
• read about fabulous sponsors and the custom secret MUSE component
• win additional prizes every single week the Blogger Rewards Program if
you blog about The Beader's Muse or if you comment on any journal entry
or forum thread site-wide
• now enter - even if you are outside of the US!!!
Beadart by Natalia Ivanova
Natalia Ivanova is not only a gifted artist, but also shares
her talent by teaching others. She created a children's society
called "Trunk of Wonders" in which boys and girls learn beading,
create designs and make mostly floral beaded "paintings".
The society promotes collaboration among the children and their
works have won a lot of prizes and have been showcased in many
exhibits. Their motto is "We all love beads!"
Born in Leningrad, her educational background is as an optical
devices engineer. However, in 1995 when she and her son were at
a childrens' summer camp, there were some Finnish guests from
Australia. One of these campers, Ili, knew that Natalia taught
sewing and decided to teach her bead weaving basics. Natalia
took a few classes from Ili and was very excited to learn a new
type of crafting. At the end of the summer Ili gifted all of
her bead leftovers and all of her tools to Natalia.
Natalia along with her family members, friends and pupils feel
in love with beading. During her time teaching bead crafting,
she has experimented with many different media and techniques.
Her favorite is beading with wire and beads. Natalia continues
to live in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).
Gallery of bead artwork by Natalia Ivanova
Step by step - Beaded Toys
Have fun and teach your kids! Today we publish two "family"
tutorials by Victoria Katamashvili on making beaded toys.
Victoria made them up easily understood by anybody even by
2009 Bead & Button Show
May 31 - June 2, 2009
Midwest Airlines Center
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 2009 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.
World of Beads VIII: A 20 Year Retrospective
June 19 - 21, 2009
Fashion Institute of Technology
The John E. Reeves Great Hall
West 28th Street between 7th & 8th Aves.
New York, NY 10001
This three-day juried exhibit will feature the unique beadwork
of The Bead Society of Greater New York (BSGNY) creative and
talented members spanning the 20 years of our organization's
existence. They will bring the excitement, passion and beauty
of this timeless art form to the public. Beadwork demonstrations
and FREE Mini-workshops will be presented throughout the event.
Other activities include bead vendors, sale of bead books,
raffles and a children's table.
Zoya Gutina's beadwork will
be also showcased at that exhibition.
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