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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).
Two unusual varieties of the mineral chrysoberyl have
their own names as gemstones: cat's eye or cymophane,
and alexandrite. Alexandrite is thought to be the August
gemstone as well as green gems
peridot. Alexandrite exhibits emerald green, red and
orange-yellow colors depending on viewing direction in
partially polarized light. However, its most distinctive
property is that it also changes color in artificial
(tungsten/halogen) light compared to daylight.
Alexandrite from the Ural Mountains in Russia is green by
daylight and red by incandescent light. Other varieties of
alexandrite may be yellowish or pink in daylight and a
columbine or raspberry red by incandescent light. The
optimum or "ideal" color change would be fine emerald green
to fine purplish red, but this is exceedingly rare. Because
of their rarity and the color change capability, "ideal"
alexandrite gems are some of the most expensive in the world.
According to a widely popular but controversial story,
alexandrite was discovered by the Finnish mineralogist
Nils Gustaf Nordenskiold, (1792-1866) on the tsarevitch
Alexander's sixteenth birthday on April 17, 1834 and named
alexandrite in honor of the future Tsar Alexander II of
Although it was Nordenskiold who discovered alexandrite,
he could not possibly have discovered and named it on
Alexander's birthday. Nordenskiold's initial discovery
occurred as a result of an examination of a newly found
mineral sample he had received from Perovskii, which he
identified as emerald at first. While looking at the
specimen under candlelight, he was surprised to see that
the color of the stone had changed to raspberry-red
instead of green. Later, he confirmed the discovery of a
new variety of chrysoberyl.
The finest alexandrites up to 5 carats (1,000 mg) are
being found in the Ural Mountains, but the largest cut
stones are in the 30 carats (6.0 g) range, though many
fine examples have been discovered in Sri Lanka (up to
65 cts.), India, Brazil, Myanmar, and especially Zimbabwe
(small stones usually under 1 carat (200 mg) but with
intense color change). Overall, stones from any locale
over 5 carats (1.0 g) would be considered extremely rare,
especially gems with fine color change. Alexandrite is
both hard and tough, making it very well suited to wear
International Bead Award
To bead or not to bead, that's not a question for thousands
of people whose passion is beading. They face another
question: to enter a beading contest or not to enter. Our
answer is positive: of course, to enter! Not every contest,
but promising a great challenge. It seems that the First
International Bead Award held and supported by
Beaders Best Publishing (Beaders Best Verlag) is what
you don't have to miss!
The contest is open to all bead artists around the world.
Five international jury members select a first, second and
third place winners in each of nine categories. The jury
will judge by photos only. The winners will be announced at
the Beaders Best Fair for Bead Art in Hamburg, August 20-21,
2011, and shown in the following issue of the Perlen Poesie
Magazine. All submissions will be showcased on the Perlen
Poesie website after the jury has voted. Out of all
submissions the website visitors will be able to select
People's Choice Award Winner. Deadline for submissions is
the 15th of December, 2010.
Join the international bead competition IBA!
Conditions of participation
Fashion Colorworks 2010. Third Place Winner
Third Place Winner - Midday Set
Larisa Berenshtein, Ramat Gan, Israel
Interview with beadwork artist Larisa Berenshtein
Larisa, exactly two years ago we featured you on
MyLovelyBeads.com. It seems like it was just yesterday,
but we left two years behind us, that's not a short time!
You took part in Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest and
your Midday Set won the Third Place. That's a great
success! We'll talk about the contest, but first we'd like
to ask you other questions.
1. Larisa, we have just noticed that you haven't shared
your creative plans, but you had them, of course. Tell us
please what made success and what didn't?
I agree, the time is flying! Yes, I didn't tell you about
my plans at that time because I haven't had any particular.
I bead from time to time, it depends on my inspiration
and materials I've got at the moment. Beading is still
hobby for me, and I work when I want to work, when
I have a wish to catch and feature gemstones beauties,
to make "unknown" color beads play, to get pleasure
from the process of looking for the only right
combination of materials, shape of an item, and its
The exception is when I design jewelry for a special
event and clothes. Unfortunately, not always I my
dreams come true. I work slowly and don't have much
spare time, and one idea follows another... I'd like
to give a try to many things! For instance, I didn't
have a chance to design free-form, but one day I'll
come to that. Maybe, I'll learn to work faster, for
now I've got a weak hope for that.
2. Larisa, what new unexpected discoveries have you
made for the last two years?
Unexpected? Sooner, I think, I've made "expected" ones.
I found out, that working with high quality materials
is a real pleasure. If two years ago I thought that
Czech beads are the best, today I work mostly with
Japanese beads. I started using a lot of 15/0 size
seed beads; it opened new possibilities for me. I felt
that I like complicated color combinations, they allow
many more interesting designs.
3. Thinking of past works, we value them differently.
What can you say about your beadwork you have created
2-3 years ago?
Of course, I see my mistakes and try not to repeat
them. But I'm happy to wear some of my old pieces;
they become "a part of my life".
4. Have you changed the style of your beadwork?
What do you think are your achievements?
I think, yes, I have. Maybe, that's because I've taken
new experience and I'm more serious when designing new
pieces, I try to create harmony and well balanced
composition. My today's works have become more
complicated, they have more elements. Nonetheless, I
understand that I still have to learn the world of
beauty with its own rules.
Full interview with Larisa Berenshtein
Gallery of bead artwork by Larisa Berenshtein
Fashion Colorworks 2010. People's Choice Award Winner
People's Choice Award Winner - After The Rain Set
Alexandra Sydorenko, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Nobody will tell you about the author of the People's
Choice Award Winner better than Alexandra Sydorenko herself.
She says, "Since I was a child only a few years old, I've
always tried to make something beautiful with my own two
hands. I learned from my father the arts of woodworking and
beekeeping. Thanks to my grandmother and my aunt, I started
embroidering and needle working. My mom showed me love for
literature and books, and good music. And finally, my
grandmother Anastasia, it was from her that I inherited my
passion for beads and my grandmother's gerdan (a type of
ethnic necklaces in Eastern Europe). I am still safekeeping
that treasure today.
I've always believed (and still do so now) that if one
really wants to learn something, he or she will, undeniably,
do so. That was how different periods came into my life:
designing and creating clothes, different forms of knitting,
patchwork and quilting, working on sewing machines,
decorative wood burning, pencil sketches of people dear to
me, and many other crafts... and beading! Beads - they are
my entire life's song. Everything I make - clothes, quilts,
woodworking, embroidery - has at least a few beads somewhere.
My mother had bought me my first bag of beads in the
distant days of my childhood. The beads were terribly uneven
and the worst shade of a kind of dirty green imaginable, but
the miniscule glass spheres literally charmed me. Along with
the small bag of beads my mom bought me a book about beadwork.
It was a thin, black-and-white copy printed on sad-looking
gazette-type paper, but it held something precious: a peyote
rope pattern. At seven years of age I made my first rope.
Unfortunately, my happiness did not last long... Nobody
told the naive child that I needed to use a special, strong
thread, not regular sewing thread. But this didn't stop me.
I kept on beading, slowly grasping the concepts of new
I was reincarnated as a beader about one and a half years ago.
It all started out very simply. My younger brother accidentally
ran in with the website biser.info and sent me a link with a
message attached: "Look at this - there are lots of interesting
things here. You'll like this." Like?!!! That was a huge
understatement! I fell in love and I was charmed. I couldn't
stay away from the local libraries, especially the Arts and
Crafts section for two years before discovering this Internet
society of beaders.
I'd looked at so many different books about beading and
semi-precious stones with thoughts of, "How beautiful! How
talented, lucky, and happy people who create such great, amazing
pieces of art must be! But why can't I do things like this?
Can't I? Oh, no!! Now I simply must try!" I bought a few
gemstones and began working..."
We would like to congratulate Larisa Berenshtein
and Alexandra Sydorenko one more time and to wish
them success! We are looking forward to seeing your
new stunning beadworks in Fashion Coloworks next year!
Full article by Alexandra Sydorenko
Gallery of Beadwork by Alexandra Sydorenko
Step by step - Waves Bracelet
Do you like earrings shown on the picture? If so, set
your imagination free and learn a new tutorial by
Victoria Katamashvili. Today she is teaching you the wavy
jewelry designs, that can vary depending on the materials.
Tutorial: Waves Bracelet
Victoriya Katamashvili. Wavy jewelry designs
Alexandria Festival of the Arts 2010
September 11-12, 2010
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
King Street between Union & Washington sts., Alexandria, VA
Voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist
magazine. The 8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts is one not to
be missed! Discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry,
photography, ceramics and more.
The Alexandria Festival of the Arts transforms the streets of Old Town
Alexandria into an outdoor art gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top
award-winning artists. The free outdoor art festival will line six blocks
of King Street showcasing different artworks. This popular outdoor event
will feature art with prices ranging from $20 to $20,000. The show is set
up along King Street and stretches all the way down the street to the
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory
September 11, 2010, Noon-4 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Let your creative side play at this 4th annual event taking place during
the Alexandria Festival of the Arts! Become a part of the creative
process with hands-on projects, artist demonstrations, and special
taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy artist demonstrations
throughout the day including pottery on the wheel, painting, sculpture,
and much more. Visitors are also invited to try their hand at different
art techniques including clay throwing and fiber art at special "Try Me"
stations. Guests will get creative with hands-on projects including the
popular Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop, Bubble Gum Painting, and Screen
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