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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).
Chalcedony fact sheet
Some people think that chalcedony is also a gem for June
as well as pearl and moonstone. In general, chalcedony is
a cryptocrystalline form of silica. Chalcedony has a waxy
luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent. It can
assume a wide range of colors, but those most commonly
seen are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown
ranging from pale to nearly black. The mineral gets its
name from the town of Chalkedon, an ancient town in Asia
Chalcedony occurs in a wide range of varieties. Many
semi-precious gemstones are in fact forms of chalcedony.
The more notable varieties of chalcedony are as follows:
agate (a variety of chalcedony with multi-colored curved
or angular banding), aventurine (a form of quartz,
characterized by its translucency and the presence of
platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or
glistening effect termed aventurescence), carnelian (a
clear-to-translucent reddish-brown variety of
chalcedony), chrysoprase (a green variety of chalcedony),
heliotrope (a green variety of chalcedony, containing
red inclusions), onyx (a variant of agate with black and
white banding), but that list is not full.
As early as the Bronze Age chalcedony was in use in the
Mediterranean region; for example, on Minoan Crete at the
Palace of Knossos, chalcedony seals have been recovered
dating to circa 1800 BC. People living along the Central
Asian trade routes used various forms of chalcedony,
including carnelian, to carve intaglios, ring bezels
(the upper faceted portion of a gem projecting from the
ring setting), and beads that show strong Greco-Roman
Chalcedony gemstones are valued for their strong color
saturation and silky luster. Chalcedony is heat resistant
and requires little care to maintain its translucent
shine. It is rated a seven on the Mohs scale of mineral
hardness, making it a durable option for daily-wear
jewelry. Chalcedony jewelry is often made with silver
and gold in rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Chalcedony is also a complementary accompaniment to other
gems in strands and clusters.
Fashion Colorworks 2010
Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest is coming to the
end! 10 finalists are already juried, and People's Choice
Award voting is open! Make you choice, score finalists
and help us choose the winner!
All entries are awesome, but strong jurors scored those
beadworks best of all. The next stage has started, when
the winners will be determined, including People's
Choice Award Winner. Choose your favorite, but hurry up,
June 30 is the last day!
Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest - Finalists
Polymer clay artist Liudmyla Heggland
Today we feature two artists, the winners of this year Bead
Dreams contest. The first one is Liudmyla (Mila) Heggland,
who lives on Rennesoy Island, Norway. Mila was born in
Ukraine and started beading in the middle of 90s. She was
a self-taught artist, and her first items were simple folk
motifs. When she got access to Internet, Mila discovered
that beads are beautiful media for designing 3D articles.
She started learning and creating quite new jewelry. At
that time Mila was inspired by bead embroidery and designed
a few pieces. In 2002 she submitted her entry into
Bead&Button's Bead Dreams, but she didn't expect her bead
embroidery work would make the final!
Permanently improving her skills, for the next few years Mila
has participated in many region and Ukrainian exhibitions.
Then her life changed, Mila got married and moved to Norway.
She always wanted to incorporate unusual additions into her
beadworks. Living in Norway Mila had a great opportunity
to make her dream true. It was polymer clay that Mila began
And again, learning and learning! New materials, new tools,
new techniques... Mila has kept all interesting pictures with
polymer clay items on them, and has watched them for hours,
and has drawn lots of sketches. Her first tries were polymer
clay beads, and Mila used them with glass seed beads in her
Last year, less than one year after Mila had started polymer
clay, she entered Bead Dreams in Polymer Clay Category, and
she was lucky again and made the final. It was a great success
for a beginning artist!
Mila likes the nature of Norway with its blue mountains, the
sea, and fairy green forests. That's why there is no wonder
that she makes flowers, berries and leaves using polymer
clay, and features them in her jewelry.
This year Mila
submitted another piece into Bead Dreams, it was named Sea
Slugs Jewels featuring sea creatures. About a month ago
Bead&Button announced that Mila's entry won the Second Place.
We have expected that success, and would like to congratulate
Mila! Liudmyla Heggland's polymer clay story is pretty short,
and she hopes to continue. She says, "Until I have a wish to
learn, my story will go on!" We wish you success, dear Mila!
Polymer clay jewelry by Liudmyla Heggland
Gallery on Flickr:
Boudoir Beautiful contest
This is a fabulous chance for designers to give expression
to their creative talents and inspiration in this 2010
European design competition organized by E-Beads and
CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. The competition
Boudoir Beautiful, inspired by Renaissance
influences with a softened modern appeal, it is the
prevailing fashion theme of 2010 (a boudoir was a
small room between the dining room and the bedroom).
When choosing your favorite piece, don't forget:
1. The Renaissance was a vibrant cultural movement that
turned cultural focus away from the strict values of the
Medieval period to a reworking of the classical Greek and
Roman virtues. Key characteristics of Renaissance art include
realistic linear perspective, emphasis on the relationship
between light and shadow and a glorification of nature and
the human figure.
2. 60% of the designs must be composed of genuine
CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. Other elements can
consist of metal, semi-precious gemstones and other materials.
If you want to vote for Zoya Gutina:
Noble Luster Necklace
Portrait gallery - Renaissance jewelry
Bead artwork by Olga Shumilova
Olga Shumilova from Moscow, Russia, is another Bead Dreams
2010 winner we feature today. We have known Olga's bead art
for a long time and are happy for her that she got amazing
Olga has been beading for a long time, since her early age,
and after graduation from the Vyatka State Pedagogical
University Olga has even taught beading to children. Living
in the city of Kirov and not having enough information and
sources of beading materials, Olga couldn't craft as much
as she wanted. Her actual career in beading began in Moscow
a few years later, Olga has already known many techniques
and started designing jewelry.
Being a goal-seeking person, Olga didn't want to make
beadworks using patterns from special magazines, she
decided to work on her own style. She doesn't take any
courses, and buy any books and magazines to get rid
of other artist's influence.
As Olga says, inspiration can come to her from everywhere,
but she draws sketches just from time to time, when she has
lots of different ideas. Materials can inspire very often
Olga; she likes looking for rare and unusual media.
Her main requirement to materials is their quality. Olga
paid a lot of attention to item shapes and their overall
look, basing on that Olga picks up appropriate techniques.
Her color palette is limited mostly by cool tones and Earth
tones (blues, greens, gray, beige, etc.), though she tries
In 2008 Olga exhibited her beadworks in Moscow for the first
time, and won the First Place in Beaded Jewelry Category, her
intricate amazing lace-look beadwork was highly appreciated
by exhibition visitors, professionals and art lovers.
Recently Olga got another passion, she fell in love with
beaded purses, participated in two contests in Beaded
Accessories category (Bead Fest 2009 and Bead Design 2010,
both in Moscow), and won awards.
The most exciting
event in Olga's life took place a month ago. She submitted
two beaded purses into the 2010 Bead Dreams, and both of
them were juried into final. When the winners were
announced, Olga coudn't believe her Gaze Of The Rose Purse
won the Third Place in the Objects or Accessories Category!
We would like to take a chance a congratulate Olga one more
time. Keep going, dear Olga!
We wish you further success!
Gallery of bead artwork by Olga Shumilova
Blog (in Russian):
Step by step - St. Petersburg chain. Part 2
Today we publish part 2 of the tutorial on St. Petersburg
chain stitch by Victoria Katamashvili. If you want to use
our tutorials for teaching please contact us at
Tutorial by Victoria Katamashvili: St. Petersburg chain. Part 2
Victoriya Katamashvili. St. Petersburg chain stitches in jewelry design
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 21-24, 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the
Original of the now four award winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs,
which together attract over 500,000 attendees from across
the nation. 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
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