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Clear quartz is the universal stone. Everyone
should have one! It is a pure and powerful energy
source. It receives, activates, stores, transmits,
and amplifies energy. Stimulates brain functions
and activates all levels of consciousness. Excellent
for meditation. Brings harmony to the soul. Zodiac
signs: all of them.
Coral - gem from the ocean
Corals are marine animals typically living in compact
colonies of many identical individual polyps. The group
includes the important reef builders that inhabit
tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form
a hard skeleton. Precious coral or red coral is the
common name given to Corallium rubrum and several
related species of marine coral. The distinguishing
characteristic of precious corals is their durable
and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is
used for making jewelry.
The hard skeleton of red coral branches is naturally
matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. It
exhibits a range of warm reddish pink colors from pale
pink to deep red; the word coral is also used to name
such colors. Owing to its intense and permanent
coloration and glossiness, precious coral skeletons
have been harvested since antiquity for decorative use.
Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and
prehistoric European burials, and continues to be made
to the present day.
At the beginning of the Christian era, there was a great
trade carried on in coral between the Mediterranean and
India, where it was highly esteemed as a substance
endowed with mysterious sacred properties. It is remarked
by Pliny that, previous to the existence of the Indian
demand, the Gauls were in the habit of using it for the
ornamentation of their weapons of war and helmets.
The origin of coral is explained in Greek mythology by
the story of Perseus. Having petrified Cetus, the sea
monster threatening Andromeda, Perseus placed Medusa's
head on the riverbank while he washed his hands. When
he recovered her head, he saw that her blood had turned
the seaweed (in some variants the reeds) into red coral.
Thus, the Greek word for coral is "Gorgeia", as Medusa
was one of the three Gorgons. Poseidon resided in a
palace made of coral and gems, and Hephaestus first
crafted his work from coral. The Romans believed coral
could protect children from harm, as well as cure
wounds made by snakes and scorpions and diagnose
diseases by changing color.
Various coral types and colors are found in different
parts of the world. The best quality red sea corals are
found in Italy around the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea
and the sea around Japan. Pink coral is found in a
limited quantity in the Mediterranean region, Japan,
China and India. The pink Hawaiian coral is also fairly
famous. Blue coral is found in the coral reefs in the
sea around Philippines. The black coral gem is gathered
near the Hawaiian island, Australia, Red Sea, West
coast of Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean
Fashion Colorworks 2012
On the pictures above you can see fragments of some first
entries we received. The contest continues, you can submit
your entries for the Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest
in three categories until June 15. We are looking forward
to seeing your amazing bead items in the contest! Read all
the details of the contest including how to enter the contest,
in the rules.
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
Goal to keep the crafts alive
The dream and goal of Mikki Ferrugiaro, an
American bead artist from St. George (Utah,
USA) is to create beauty and inspire others
to create beauty and to keep the crafts alive.
Mikki is an internationally known beading
teacher who not only designs amazing beadworks
but also creates tutorials for all level
beaders. We are happy to introduce Mikki to
Mikki says, "It is said by my family
that I came out of the womb as an artist, which
was a surprise because no one else in my family
is artistic. Born in England, I grew up around
the art of local greats David Hockney, Henry
Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
However, when it came to drawing and painting
my influences were not the modernists but the
classical masters, Da Vinci, Michelangelo,
Caravaggio and I sought out a classical art
training at a local college. I didn't reserve
all my artistic abilities for painting and
drawing, I have taken my artistic eye to many
Northern England, where I was growing up, had a
heavy fiber industry which stimulated me into
the crafts of knitting, crochet, spinning and
weaving. I did inherit the sewing skills of a
great aunt and a love of jewelry from my
paternal grandmother which are probably
contributing factors to my being a bead artist
Though I had used beads to make jewelry for
myself for years it wasn't until I started
creating knitwear that I discovered seed beads.
At that point I knitted them into garments and
used them for embroidered embellishments. It
was while designing knitwear that someone
brought me a couple of antique Victorian beaded
lace collars to repair and I began to really
learn about beading.
Almost five years ago I found myself needing
to create a new career for myself and after a
few false starts I began making and teaching
jewelry making beginning with the basics and
chain maille which I had taught myself a few
Full article by Mikki Ferrugiaro
Bead artwork by Mikki Ferrugiaro
Online Store: mikkiferrugiaroDesigns.artfire.com
Bloodless Battle of the BeadSmith
Have you heard about the "Battle of the BeadSmith"
tournament on Facebook yet? Steven Weiss at BeadSmith
company says, "In an effort to create more awareness
of some of the incredible bead artistry being
executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it
would be fun to set up a beading 'tournament' where
original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated
both by the participants, and the beading public
80 seed bead artists have been invited to participate
in an elimination "tournament" to determine which
piece of their original beadwork best captures the
imagination of 119 of their fellow designers,
specialty bead shop owners, and members of various
beading magazine editorial staffs.
Artists will then have seven weeks from the
announcement of the first round pairings to create,
a single piece of original beadwork, and submit
four photos best highlighting the works most
important elements. The 78 competitors not involved
in a particular round one "contest", plus 41 invited
judges, will vote for the piece that best captures
their imagination. A majority of at least 85 of the
possible 119 total voters will be enough to determine
a winner. All necklaces, bracelets, earring, brooches,
headpieces, belts, handbags, or any other wearable
adornments are acceptable for submission. The
deadline for all of the submissions, by the artists,
is July 10th.
The 40 winners of round one will be randomly paired
again in one of 20 new "contests" in round 2 and the
voting process will begin again. The 10 winners of
round three are again randomly paired in 5 new round
3 "contests" which after judging takes place will
leave 5 remaining artists in the competition.
The public will then have a chance to vote for their
favorite piece from the remaining 5 artists. The
selected artist will receive a pass straight through
to the final round of competition. Round 4 will be
two "contests" to determine which two artists will
compete in round 5 for the right to move to the
championship round against the public's favorite
piece. The winner of the competition will be decided
on by the 119 eligible voters. Stay tuned on Facebook
for updates and check out the amazing beadworks of
the Battle of the BeadSmith participants!
Battle of the BeadSmith
Battle of the BeadSmith. Participants
Battle of the BeadSmith. Jurors
Creativity, free from any limits
Our second feature today is Marina Nasyrova from
the city of Bugulma, Russia. She is a hobbyist in
making beaded jewelry, but her designs make many
people amazed with Marina's sense of colors,
creativity and craftsmanship. We hope you'll find
her story interesting and jewelry beautiful!
Marina writes, "When I get home in the evening and
when the entire house goes to sleep then the magic
begins! Irresistible force draws me to where the
boxes and jars are full of my jewels - beads,
gemstones, crystals, bronze elements, pearls,
bohemian glass beads and so on. It seems to me that
my stuff lives its own life and do not want to be
inanimate objects. They jingle and rustle, make
friends and quarrel and already in boxes agree who
with whom goes into one ornament.
I often repeat the phase, "I'm just a humble servant
of stones and beads. I'm just weaving and embroidering,
they all come up by themselves!" Beads and stones are
my everything: my hobby, my nirvana, my song, my story,
and my love!
As I came to the beads - or how they came to me - it's
hard to say. They have always been in my life, at
first were kept in a small box (the baubles I have
created were given to my friends on their birthdays),
and then they were scattered on the floor of my college
apartment (at that time I surprised my parents with
beaded Easter eggs), were carried in parcels from the
post office in my kid's stroller (relatives' apartments
were adorned by beaded dolls and amulets created then).
One day, coming to work from my maternity leave, I
picked up a pair of beaded dolls to show to my
colleagues, and they asked me, "Marina, why do not
you make any jewelry?" Then I discovered bead art of
Sherry Serafini and the entire universe of woven and
embroidered beauty and splendor! Opportunities of
beading hit me - they were endless!
Contrary to all the "laws" stated by beadweaving gurus,
I never draw sketches. In the realm of my gemstones,
I like a predictor of the future: I look at each one
of them and immediately see the "image" of a piece of
jewelry where this gem will live. Exactly like that
all my jewelry is created: first somewhere in an
online shop the Star, Prima appears and immediately
a picture in my head is formed: shape, color, length,
width; and I know all further transformations and buy
Full article by Marina Nasyrova
Beadwork gallery by Marina Nasyrova
Website (in Russian): biser.info/albom/28843
Beaders Best Fair and IBA 2012
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair and the second
International Bead Award (IBA) 2012 will
come together soon since the IBA winners
are going to be announced at the show. Now
the contest voting for People's Choice is
in process, and you can cast you vote!
International Bead Award (IBA) 2012. Cast your vote!
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place in
Hamburg, Germany in August 18-19 and the
workshops will begin on August 17. International
artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading
friends from all over Europe and Overseas will
meet at this unmatched event for the second time.
The show schedule includes intensive jewelry
making program, the classes will be taught by
internationally recognized bead artists: Zoya
Gutina (USA), Ute Kluwe (Germany), Heather
Kingsley-Heath (UK), Svetlana Sametis (Latvia),
Anja Schlotman (USA), Sabine Lippert (Germany),
Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany), Daniela Donzelli
(Germany), Huib Petersen (USA), Birgit Bergemann
(Germany), Petra Tismer
(Germany), Melissa Grakowsky (USA), Laura Andrews
(USA), Jutta Tolzmann (Germany) and other artists.
The workshop price includes the kit, and the kit
includes all materials and findings needed for
the workshop, and tutorial (patterns with
instructions). Anybody who doesn't finish his work
on site will be able to finish it at home.
Workshop "Grape Leaf Necklace"
Workshop "Poppy Flower Necklace"
Workshop "Pink Rose Brooch"
Learning jewelry design
Having some knowledge about composition and design will
give you a better understanding of why people are either
attracted or not attracted to a piece of jewelry. You
can be a style leader who sets new trends when you
become a jewelry designer, especially if your jewelry
is sold in popular retail stores or worn by celebrities.
You might be a jewelry artist who earns a lucrative
income selling hand-made jewelry to buyers who appreciate
your work and are willing to pay more for unique pieces.
If you start your own jewelry design business you will
enjoy the flexibility and freedom of being your own boss,
plus your earning potential is almost unlimited. And
perhaps most importantly your jewelry design "work" will
be fun, interesting, and personally rewarding.
No need to re-invent the wheel, you can find in the
Internet enough information on designing jewelry, but
we would like to share with you the link to very useful
website that can perfectly help you:
Learning jewelry design
International Gem & Jewelry Show
Chicago, IL, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, May 4-6
Columbus, OH, Veterans Memorial, May 11-13
Chantilly, VA, Dulles Expo Center, May 18-20
Santa Monica, CA (Bead Show), May 18-20
Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin State Fair Park, May 27-27
The International Gem & Jewelry Shows represent every
segment of the country that includes a loyal group of
exhibitors and customers. Last year over 1 million
customers walked The International Gem & Jewelry Shows
floors. Jewelry is always a mainstay of the fashion
world and buying jewelry is a truly exhilarating
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