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Stone of January:
Garnet is known as the stone of health - ridding the body of negative
energies and transmuting them to a beneficial state. Also know in the
past as a stone of commitment - to purpose, to others, to oneself.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer),
Milky opal - kaholong
Though January gemstones are
garnet, thinking of "winter" stones we
imagine white pearls, white chalcedony, marble
onyx, white jasper and nephrite jade. But there
is one more gemstone - milky opal that is
often called kaholong and looks like porcelain.
The group of fine opals includes quite a number
of wonderful gemstones, which share one
characteristic: they shine and sparkle in a
continually changing play of colors. In order
to best bring out the play of color in a fine
opal, the stones are cut and polished to round
or oval cabochons, or any other softly domed
shape, depending on the raw material. Only the
best qualities of fire opal, however, are
suited to faceting.
Milky opal or kaholong emits an exceptionally soft
shine. Kaholong has been one of the favorite
precious gemstones for many centuries. It was
highly valued in ancient India for its pure
whiteness, which is also the reason why kaholong
was called "solid milk of sacred cow". The
Buddhists associate kaholong with lotus, a symbol
of pure soul.
White and greens are the most common opals.
Australia produces around 97% of the world's opal.
90% is called "light opal" or white and crystal
opal. White makes up 60% of the opal productions
but cannot be found in all of the opal fields.
It's said that kaholong is good for someone who
wants to forget anything. If you want to forgive
yourself the past mistakes and begin a new life,
make (don't buy, make!) something from kaholong.
When your job is over, you'll really "clear your
mind". Sure, that is a joke... but not only a joke!
Happy birthday, MyLovelyBeads.com!
January is our birth month; MyLovelyBeads.com is already 4
years old! Since the last anniversary we featured and you
could meet the bead artists from many countries: Tina Hauer,
Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, Beverly Choy, Joan Babcock,
Alexandra Sydorenko and Ralonda Patterson (USA); Lynn Davy
(UK); Elena Rasmussen (Denmark); Angelika Motzkin and Larisa
Berenshtein (Israel); Liudmyla Heggland (Norway); Birgit
Bergemann (Germany); Olga Pettersson (Sweden); Natalia
Pechenkina, Alex Kramarenko, Olga Shumilova, Evgeniya
Semina, Viktoriya Katamashvili and Yulia Kapustina
(Russia); Tatiana Naumchik (Kazakhstan); Olga Shelyag,
Tatiana Kobets and Uliana Volkhovskaya (Ukraine); Tatiana
Last year we held the first international Fashion Colorworks
Beading Contest and it made a great success: 83 participants
from 20 countries submitted 132 entries! Now you are facing
Fashion Colorworks 2011 that will definitely attract even
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Mastering free form
Ibolya Ingesne Barkoczi lives in a friendly small town
called Jaszbereny, in Hungary. As she says, she can't
recall the time when she started beading, it might have
happened when she was a child.
Ibolya says, "I came across freeform as a style about five
years ago, just when I felt I needed to renew. It wasn't
simply enough for me to bead according to patterns anymore.
I believed there were much more possibilities in beading
than I knew about and I wanted something different,
something new! I started to search the Internet for new
techniques and I bumped into
Lidija Fairbanks's website. I can still remember
the moment very clearly when I saw her red scarabaeus
collection and I got extremely excited realizing that was
I had been looking for, I wanted to create jewels like those.
So the quest for descriptions, pictures (or anything that
could help me) began. Yet at that time I could hardly find
any help. For months I didn't dare to set myself to it
because this technique was so different from anything I had
ever seen before. I participated in a beading course held by
Eva Dobos and practically her instructions and
sketches inspired me how to try freeform. Eva's support
gave me wings and since then I have been part of a
fascinating creative process I can't seem to lose interest
I signed up a lot of Hungarian and foreign forums in the
hope that I would finally find photos and descriptions
about freeform, but unfortunately I wasn't lucky. It
seemed to be such a special style that very few artists
pursued. So I began experimenting with beads and educated
myself. With the help of the Internet I have met a lot of
very nice beadwork artists and it is a great pleasure to
be part of such a coherent and helpful group.
I received a lot of support from them, which made me very
happy; especially being the first in Hungary to try
freeform I didn't have a ground for comparison. I couldn't
judge whether I was doing it right or not, so I needed the
eyes of experts as well. Fortunately I have followers now
and I'm more than glad to help anyone who asks me.
It took me years to establish my own style. Due to the
fact that there are no patterns to follow, practically
each and every piece is improvisation driven by my mood,
frame of mind or my feelings. I usually create a bracelet
in 8-10 hours but a necklace can take me days or even
weeks. Still every one of them is a fantastic challenge
that I extremely enjoy..."
Full article by Ibolya Barkoczi
Free form beadworks by Ibolya Barkoczi
Fashion Colorworks 2011. Meet the sponsor
Beads Unlimited aka The Brighton Bead Shop at 25.
It's hard to believe that it's 25 years since Beads Unlimited
aka The Brighton Bead Shop opened its doors for the first time.
On that first icy Brighton day in March 1986, notable for it's
three-inch snowfall, the shop was sparsely populated and less
than fifty pounds was taken. A quarter of a century on and
Beads Unlimited is now a highly successful, stately, silver
haired lady and an essential part of the beading community.
To celebrate their Silver Jubilee, Beads Unlimited is running
bucketloads of competitions, give-aways and charity events
throughout the year. One of the most important parts of their
Jubilee year is their charity pledge. Beads Unlimited aim to
raise £10,000 for the RNLI. The Royal National Lifeboat
Institution is run solely by volunteers across the UK and the
Republic of Ireland. They provide 24-hour lifeboats and
seasonal lifeguards dedicated to saving lives at sea.
To help reach their target, The Brighton Bead Shop will be
hosting a ton of in-store events and some of the staff will
be competing in various sports fundraisers including a
Brighton pier to pier swim! Beads Unlimited also launched
their charity bead in January 2011. You can purchase this
special bead for a suggested donation, when you check out at
Beads Unlimited. If you would like to help Beads Unlimited
reach their £10,000 for the RNLI target please visit
www.virginmoneygiving.com/BeadsUnlimited. For full details
and all information on what's happening now and what's to come,
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest Rules
Bead and golden needle sewing
Olga Orlova was born in Leningrad, the USSR, and lives in
that beautiful city. Her mother has paid much attention to
Olga's and her sister's cultural education; there were lots
of art books in their home as well as visits to museums,
exhibitions and learning in an art school.
Olga says, "As early as I was in my primary school, I used
to sew whole collections of dresses for my Barbie and
arrange her "fashion shows". My mother could come home from
work and find a sleeve of her favorite blouse cut off - I
needed a material for my creative work! When I was in my
high school, I got acquainted with students of the Leningrad
Higher School of Art and Industry named after Vera Mukhina.
I visited exhibitions, workshops, and started embroidering
I do not remember the reason for choosing embroidery;
perhaps, monuments of Old Russian art and medieval
European needlework inspired me. I refused simple
techniques, such as cross-stitch, at once, as unserious
and pretty useless. Once I happened to meet a gold-work
seamstress among my new friends artists. Looking at her
works, I realized that such stitching is doable, and
started to learn from her. There were neither Internet,
nor materials, nor money, I was just about 15 years old,
and everything had to be learned by "cut and try" method
using materials at hand.
Despite such difficulties, I made a lot of pieces of
works, over 50. However, only few photographs of them
survived. I neither remember how those works looked out,
nor know where they are. That happened because I used to
give them all away; the works were sent to different
cities of Russia and abroad.
Later, I worked at the workshop of Alexandra Dubravina,
the outstanding puppet master. Just then I began to
master beads; I embroidered fairly beautiful small
puppets, which went for sale to the USA. However, at
that time I held it rather for handicraft, simple and
in no way comparable with golden needlework; that is
why beads didn't impress me then. Still, not a single
photo. Simultaneously with artistic evolution, I studied
at the Military Medical Academy. Later, I worked there,
and then left the Academy for office work, where I have
been until recent times when I decided to quit and
proceed with the thing I like - art.
Surfing Internet, I got the possibility to study online,
discuss my works with professionals, and find out places
to buy new materials. I discovered what I was looking
for on the website of the Saint Petersburg golden stitch
website or, more precisely, community is notable for
providing the ability to get a master's advice or
consultation, prompts and corrections for a specific
work, to find out where materials can be purchased or
even taken as a gift from the participants; and all
that is absolutely free..."
Full article by Olga Orlova
Golden needle sewing
Step by step - free form earrings
Today you met Ibolya Barkoczi who is making free form
beaded jewelry. Somebody can think that free form can
be easily made, oh, no! Beautiful designs require
serious efforts. Ibolya Barkoczi shares her knowledge
and is giving you idea how to design free form earrings -
one-of-a-kind, bright and festive!
How to make free form earrings
International Gem & Jewelry Show
February 18-20, 2011
Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia
The International Gem & Jewelry Show offers the greatest selection and lowest prices on
diamonds, gold, silver, beads, and more. Choose either costume or fine jewelry from more
than 350 exhibitors from around the world.
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