The holiday season is for family gatherings, fattening goodies,
and flickering lights. We love you all and wish you best
of luck and happiness in 2011!
Have a rest and enjoy your reading, in the final issue of our
2010 year newsletter:
Communication, grounding, connection between physical
and spiritual planes. Brings happiness and good fortune to all,
attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone.
Protective stone, guards against violence and accidents, valuable
amulet for travelers. Zodiac signs: Pisces (Fish), Scorpio
(Scorpion), Sagittarius (Archer).
According Wikipedia, the modern birthstones for December are
blue topaz. One of the traditional gems is zircon,
don't confuse it with zirconia or cubic
zirconia! Zircon is a mineral belonging to the
group of nesosilicates. The natural color of zircon
varies between colorless, yellow-golden, red, pink,
brown, blue, green, hazel, and black. The color of
zircons sometimes can be changed by heat treatment.
Depending on the amount of heat applied, colorless,
blue, and golden-yellow zircons can be made.
Colorless specimens that show gem quality are a
popular substitute for diamond; these specimens
are also known as Matura diamond. Yellow
zircon is called hyacinth, from the flower
hyacinthus, whose name is of Ancient Greek origin.
In the Middle Ages all yellow stones of East Indian
origin were called hyacinth, but today this term
is restricted to the yellow zircons.
The name either derives from the Syrian word
ZARGONO, from the Arabic word ZARQUN,
meaning vermilion, or from the Persian ZARGUN,
meaning golden-colored. These words are corrupted
into "jargoon", a term applied to light-colored
zircons. The English word "zircon" is derived from
"zirkon", which is the German adaptation of these
Zircon is a remarkable mineral, if only for its
almost ubiquitous presence in the crust of Earth.
Large zircon crystals are seldom abundant. Their
average size is about 0.1-0.3 mm, but they can also
grow to sizes of several centimeters (a few inches).
Zircon is a common accessory mineral that occurs
worldwide. Noted occurrences include: Australia,
Barbados, Russia (Ural Mountains), Italy, Norway,
Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia,
Republic of South Africa, Madagascar, Canada, the
United States (Massachusetts, New York, North
Carolina, Colorado, Texas). Australia leads the
world in zircon mining, producing 37% of the world
total and accounting for 40% of world economic
demonstrated resources for the mineral.
Zircon has long had a supporting role to more
well known gemstones, replacing them when they were
unavailable. In the middle ages, zircon was said
to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honor
and wisdom in its owner. Zircon jewelry should be
stored carefully because although zircon is relatively
hard, it can abrade and facets can chip.
Our featured artist today is Birgit Bergemann from Germany.
Birgit is a unique person who can make jewelry, teach
beading classes, and host a bead shop. It's not easy!
Birgit says, "When I was in school my favorite classes
were arts, mathematics and sports. I liked geometrical
and three-dimensional shapes, but and I couldn't have
thought that my life would be associated with beads
later. In 2003 I knew beads, started beading and soon
turned that from a hobby to a profession.
I love jewelry as most women do, there must be a
"magpie-gene" inside of me. I love fine filigreed,
detailed works, and both I sum up in this craft. After
I had received an old German book about different crafts
I read about some beadwork and was hooked on that. My
other beloved hobbies were put aside, and only sometimes
I can turn back to a Jane Austin or Tess Gerritsen book.
In past I had hundreds of things lying around, most of
them not finished. Since I started beading I have become
a very tidy person. I sit at my desk, wear my magnifier
and come at peace with myself. I seem to have a special
smile on my face, since I began beading; at least my
husband says so.
Even my house and decoration have turned around the tiny
beads by now, and my everyday life has been altered. My
family completely supports me and is proud of what I have
done up to now. Since I opened my well known online shop
I have divided my days in mornings, when I work for the
shop, and afternoons when I dedicate my time to beads and
design new jewelry.
In 2007 I lost my job and soon my unemployment benefits
came to the end. No new job was in sight. An employee of
a large bead shop asked me if I could fathom to start
being self-employed and to sell my beadworks on a
commission base. I was kind of afraid of the risk
involved and had to think about it. My husband and I have
discussed that issue for a while and then I decided to
start this new adventure. Why could I see my future in
this hobby? It was more of a feeling then knowledge; I
have listened to my soul rather than to my head, I was
pulled into this sort of talk.
As long as we calculated carefully and decided that we
wouldn't add up huge debts we could not loose too much.
My advantage was that I already knew a lot about beads,
their shapes and how to use them best of all, and how
to work with them. I also believed that I was given a
good feeling for colors and what to advise to customers."
You won't be indifferent looking at beadwork by Uliana
Volkhovskaya! Intricate mini-sculptures by this artist
make us amaze with the talent of her. We've asked Uliana
for her story to publish a few times, but being very shy
she refused. And happily, here we are!
Interview with bead artist Uliana Volkhovskaya
1. Uliana, have you ever crafted before you started beadweaving?
If yes, what type of crafts did you like?
I have tried a lot, but a little at a time. To be more exact,
if I had a chance I would try everything that could be made
by hands. That's my necessity; my hands should be busy all
the time. So, I was always knitting, sewing, drawing,
2. When and why did you start beading? What inspired you?
It began as it often can happen. My daughter brought home a
gift made by her friend; it was a trinket with a beaded
crocodile. I got interested in how this critter was made.
Internet is a great thing! Surfing websites I found the
forum for the bead lovers, keenness is also great. So, I
started learning different bead techniques.
I liked peyote stitch best of all. Beads are very tight
to each other, the thread is almost not visible, and the
beaded surface is pretty solid and flexible. Then I
learned how to change shape of beaded canvas according
design, and began my mini-sculptures!
So, the main technique applied in my work is peyote stitch;
but I use other stitches, too. That allows making beadwork
more complicated and interesting. On my way I have learned
that many types of beads exist, and beads differ by material,
transparency, color, shape, size, hole, and so on.
Possibilities for beadwork are unlimited!
3. How have you learned beadweaving? Who were your teachers?
No one, just Internet. I'm a self-taught beadweaver, nobody
taught me and I have never taken any classes.
4. Which bead designers inspire you in creativity and why?
I cannot name the designers whose works could be samples for my
beadwork, but in general I like seeing different items to look for
5. Have you had favorite designers? If yes, who they are and why?
Of course, there are a lot of eye-catching beadworks that amaze
me and give me aesthetic pleasure. They can be works by
well known beaders as well as by beginners; some beadworks can
excite very strong feelings. Sometimes an interesting color
combination, unusual shape and design can inspire me; sometimes
that's the story behind an item creation.
The friends of bead art in Europe have waited for a long
time for such an event - finally in 2011 it will take place!
Perlen Poesie Magazine is proud to invite you to the
First Bead Art and Jewelry Accessory Show in Europe!
International artists, manufacturers, retailers and
beading friends from all over Europe and Overseas will
meet at this unmatched event.
The program includes different jewelry making classes
that will be taught by internationally recognized bead
artists: Laura Andrews, Jutta Tolzmann, Petra Tismer,
Ute Kluwe, Sabine Lippert, Zoya Gutina, Kerrie Slade,
Katharina Dietrich, Anja Schlotmann, Birgit Bergemann,
Elke Leonhardt-Rath, Martina Nagele and other artists.
We hope you enjoyed reading the interview with the
beautiful artist Uliana Volkhovskaya who makes
one-of-a-kind mini-sculptures. She is glad to share her
skills and knowledge with you and decided to write a
tutorial exclusively for our newsletter - to teach you
how to make mini-sculptures.
January 28 - February 8, 2011
Tucson Expo Center, Tucson, Arizona
J.O.G.S. Gem and Jewelry Show is the largest and most popular
independent jewelry trade show in the Tucson, Arizona area.
Wholesale jewelry manufacturers, miners and international
dealers gather in Tucson every winter.