The holiday season is for family gatherings, fattening
goodies, and flickering lights. We love you all and wish
you success and best of luck, and happiness in 2012!
Have a rest and enjoy your reading, in the final December
issue of our 2011 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).
In 2002 the American National Association of
Jewelers officially adopted tanzanite as a
December birthstone. Tanzanite is the blue/purple
variety of the mineral zoisite which was
discovered in the Mererani Hills of Northern
Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and
Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite is noted for its
remarkably strong trichroism, appearing
alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy
depending on crystal orientation.
Tanzanite can also appear differently when viewed
under alternate lighting conditions. The blues
appear more evident when subjected to fluorescent
light and the violet hues can be seen readily
when viewed under incandescent illumination.
Tanzanite in its rough state is usually a reddish
brown color. It requires artificial heat treatment
to 600 grades of Centigrade to bring out the blue
violet of the stone. Tanzanite is a rare gem.
It is found mostly in the foothills of Mount
Kilimanjaro. The mineral is named after Tanzania,
the country in which it was discovered.
Officially called "blue zoisite" it was marketed
as tanzanite by Tiffany & Co., who wanted to
capitalize on the rarity of the gem, then only
found in Tanzania. From 1967 to 1972, an estimated
two million carats of tanzanite were mined in
Tanzania before the mines were nationalized by
the Tanzanian government.
The world's largest faceted tanzanite is 737.81
carats. One of the most famous large tanzanites
(242 carats) is the "Queen of Kilimanjaro". It
is set in a tiara and accented with 803 brilliant
cut tsavorite garnets and 913 brilliant cut
diamonds. Because tanzanite is relatively soft,
it is usually set in necklaces and earrings, so
the tiara is truly a rarity. The tiara is
currently on display in the Gallery of Gold and
Gems at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. The exhibition is from the
private collection of Michael Scott, the first
CEO of Apple Computers.
Marcia Jestaedt lives in Bowie, Maryland. She is a ceramic
artist whose tile work consists mainly of orientally
inspired robes. She feels that design and color are basic
to all forms of art and that critical choices of both
determine its success or failure. She has been dealing
with these elements for over 35 years and continues to love
the challenge that they present. She spends many months
drawing her designs and choosing the colors that she thinks
will make the piece successful. The latter is very important
as once the piece is fired changes in color cannot be made.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland having
majored in studio arts. She has taught both privately and
at various educational venues including the University of
Maryland. She has received many awards and grants, and her
work has been exhibited and is in collections throughout
the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Patrizia Tager was born in Italy where she lived till
the age of 12. At the age of 12 her family moved to
London (UK) where she attended school and college.
She graduated with a B.A. Hons. in Fashion Design.
After college Patrizia moved to Israel, where she
resides today. Her interest in beadwork was ignited
after attending basic beadweaving classes at a local
bead shop. From that point on she set out to learn
as many beadwork techniques as she could find. She
fell in love with bead embroidery and throughout the
years developed her jewelry designs to incorporate
bead embroidery with different bead weaving techniques.
Her designs are contemporary using old traditional
techniques. Her work has been published in "Flatwork"
by Nicole Campanella and in Issue 23, January 2011 of
Birgit Bergemann is from Biesenthal, Brandenburg,
Germany. She always loved to be creative, and she has
knitted and crocheted. In 2003 Birgit learned beads,
started beading and soon turned that from a hobby to a
profession. In 2007 when she lost her job she decided to
open a bead shop. Her great advantage was that Birgit
already knew a lot about beads, their shapes and how to
use them best of all, and how to work with them. She also
believed that she was given a good feeling for colors and
what to advise to customers. Birgit's motto is to advise
her customers in such a way that they benefit from it.
Twice Birgit has entered bead contests from I-Perlen and
won first and second prizes. Since the beginning she has
been a member and an administrator of the German bead forum,
and since 2009 a staff member of the German Perlen
Maiko Kage Felton.
Maiko lives in Irvine, California, USA, but she kept close
relationship with her native country Japan, she has
experienced much success as a bead designer in Japan.
She started her career nearly a decade ago when
she happened upon some American beading magazines.
Impressed by the beauty of the pieces profiled in the
magazines, Maiko set out to master various beading
techniques. Her pieces tend to explore the interplay
between symmetry and nature. In the studio Maiko
prefers to let her creativity flow freely; this allows the
piece to define itself during its creation. She has been a
finalist in the Bead Dreams contest in 2005, 2006, 2007
and 2008. Her work has also placed in the Bead Arts
Awards in 2005 and 2006. Maiko has published two
beading books in Japan. She routinely conducts beading
seminars throughout Japan and has had her tutorials
appear in Bead & Button Magazine.
Albina Polyanskaya is one of the most talented professional
beaded jewelry designers we have come across. She has been
creating jewelry for much of her life. Albina, who lives
in Kharkov, North-East of Ukraine, has said that jewelry
design is her way to express herself. For many years she
has developed her skills in beading techniques learning
peyote stitch, square stitch, cross stitch, etc. Albina
likes working with beads and gemstones, pearls and shells,
creating impressive free-from designs. She is a very
cheerful and life-loving person and feels that surroundings
are great influencers our emotions and behavior. She is a
winner of many local and international jewelry design
contests, a permanent participant of bead exhibitions.
Albina is also an experienced teacher and a writer: last
year Albina published a book "Beadwork: 100 patterns"
Peter Sewell, bead artist and beadweaving teacher, lives
in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. He made his first
beadwoven square in December 2007, then set out to learn as
many beading stitches as he could find, keeping the one's
he liked, and filing the one's he didn't. Three months
later Peter made his first real piece, a netted Egyptian
collar from a design by Varvara Konstantinov. This attracted
him to the historic style of Imperial Russia and Eastern
Europe, which seemed to suit his need for technicality and
precision in design. Peter's designs have recently been
called "bead engineering", and he likes that label, it is
very close to how Peter sees his work. Peter's Sonya
Necklace is gracing the front cover of the Oct/Nov 2010
issue of Beadwork Magazine, Adele Necklace is featured in
the December issue of the German Perlen Poesie Magazine.
From April 15 to November 12, 1900 the Exposition Universelle,
a world's fair took place in Paris to celebrate the
achievements of the past century and to accelerate development
into the next. The style that was universally present in the
Exposition was Art Nouveau. Though Art Nouveau art and
architecture has flourished at that time, some French artists
organized a formal collective known as La Societe des artistes
decorateurs (the society of the decorator artists).
Founders included Hector Guimard, Eugene Grasset, Raoul
Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrene, and Emile Decour.
These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco
as a whole. This society's purpose was to demonstrate French
decorative art's leading position and evolution internationally.
In 1925 they organized Exposition Internationale des Arts
Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition
of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art), which would feature
French art and business interests. Art Deco was developed in
direct contrast to the preceding Art Nouveau era and was most
prominent between World War I and World War II, during the
1920s and 1930s.
The initial movement was called Style Moderne. The term Art
Deco was derived from the Exposition of 1925, though it was
not until the late 1960s that this term was coined by art
historian Bevis Hillier, and popularized by his 1968 book
"Art Deco of the 20s and 30s". In the summer of 1969, Hillier
conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to
September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked
with the publication of Hillier's 1971 book The World of Art
Deco, a record of the exhibition.
The Art Deco art movement and style had a lot influence in
the world of jewelry. Females of this time period began
demonstrating their new equality by baring arms, painting
lips, bobbing hair and wearing short dresses in the
scandalous "flapper" style. This new, boyish silhouette was
accessorized with Art Deco jewelry, which consisted of long
dangling necklaces and earrings, bold rings and multiple
Art Deco jewelry designs were influenced by Egyptian,
African and Oriental themes. The integration of mysterious
Chinese and Indian style and orient elements of Japanese
art make Art Deco jewelry occupied with mysterious charm.
It used its creative design to perpetually mark down exotic
culture. All the treasure with mysterious orient features
uniquely deduced the orient culture. Since the tomb of
Tutankhamun was found in 1922 by archaeologist, a new trend
of Egyptian decoration swept across the jewelry fashion by
Common Art Deco jewelry motifs included cute animals, silly
fruit, fast cars and sparkling flowers in every imaginable
color. Scarabs and sphinx elements are inspired by the
Egyptian influences. Transportation symbols, such as planes,
cars and even fast animals like panthers became a recurring
theme in Art Deco jewelry design. At the early twenty
century, Russian Ballet and American Jazz had a great and
meaningful effect, designers integrated the unique charm
of stage art into the design of jewelry; the jewelry styles
also reflected the playful, flamboyant attitude of Hollywood.
We are glad to introduce you a young bead artist
from Belorussia, Olga Arsentieva. She is only 32,
but she made a great success. Her intricate lacy
beadworks make people admire her jewelry and make
them think about beadwork as of true art.
Olga says, "I've been searching for myself for all
my life, for 32 years. I live in the city of Minsk,
Belorussia, that is the place where my family is
and where I can speak the native language, although
I can understand a few more. If you'd like to know
what I do, in past, I'm an economist, market analyst
with major in international transportation. In the
last period, I'm in the field of creativity and art.
I can comply with requirements and be even higher
than people's expectations, but whether it can bring
harmony to the soul and happiness? I'm not sure.
Something that we want to do we understand being a
child. Often it's intuitive and illegible feeling.
Since my childhood, I've known that I was interested
in creating something with my hands, but what?
I was fond of everything: scrapbooking, knitting,
embroidery, macrame, sculpture, drawing... All,
perhaps, is impossible to enumerate. Also, I liked
music and studied in a special school. Music
fascinated me truly, deeply and passionately, but
my fate turned quite differently. I studied at
university, worked, noted my career and non-career
achievements, trying to find some time for
creativity, but gradually imbalance grew up.
I got married, then my son was born, and at
that time, oddly enough, I had more time for my
hobbies. It so happened that one of them received
an impetus to development. Once a relative of mine
came to me and pulled out a forgotten and tiny bag
with beads, and at this point as if something
clicked inside me.
I always loved the jewelry in my childhood and I
had a box with my "treasures", my mother's friends
has given to me broken jewelry, and I carefully
folded it into my trunk. Thus, beading meant two
interesting things for me: the opportunity to
create with my own hands and to make jewelry!
Beads are surprisingly flexible material, it
reminds me of sand, from which, like a sculptor,
you can "sculpt" simple things and create
masterpieces. For the latter, of course, it is
not enough to learn basic techniques, to watch
beadworks on the Internet and to read the random
literature. You require knowledge in the field
of color, composition, and even useful to know
the rules of perception and human information
This tutorial is not about handbags bead
embroidery that can be done many ways. The final
touch if creating handbags is setup of its frame.
A year ago we wrote about Olga Orlova, an artist
of bead and golden needle sewing.
Olga was so kind and prepared for us a tutorial
on setting handbag frames, she is a guru in that
field. We hope the tutorial in pictures would be
useful for you if you want to make beaded purses.
January 27 - February 7, 2012
Tucson Expo Center, Tucson, Arizona
Tucson Gem & 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.