5 years with you!
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some articles and stories about jewelry and jewelry making, gemstones,
pearls, beads and beadwork, and their history
explains common words and basic definitions for the frequently-used
beadwork and jewelry terms, that you may encounter as you shop beaded jewelry
• Jewelry Making
there are not only free jewelry making tutorials on beading techniques
and projects, but also bead artists' interviews and their stories about making jewelry
• Jewelry Facts
some interesting facts about jewelry, beads, gemstones and birthstones,
zodiac sings, etc.
• Beadwork Galleries
the best examples of beads and beadwork made by our friends
(more than 130 galleries - get inspired!)
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Charoite - Siberian jewel
Charoite is a very rare translucent mineral of intense
lavender to purple color. It has an unusual swirling,
fibrous appearance, sometimes chatoyant, and pearly
luster. The only deposit of charoite in the world is
located in Siberia, in Russia, on the border of Sakha
Republic (Yakutsk region) and Irkutsk region, in the
Chara River valley. This area was completely uninhabited
and very difficult of access because of rocks, mountains
and wild Siberian forests. The boulders with inclusions
of unknown violet mineral were found in 1948 by the
Soviet geologist V.G.Ditmar, he called them
conditionally "kumganit slanets".
The first deposit of charoite was discovered in 1960
by the Soviet geologists Yuriy Gavrilovich Rogov and
his wife V.P.Rogova. In the early 1970's, thorough
research of this area and it's mineral deposits
(including charoite) started because of the Baikal-Amur
railroad project. In 1977 charoite was officially
recognized as a new mineral.
The charoite deposit covers about 20 square kilometers,
and the age of rocks is about 125 to 145 million years
old. The limit of charoite mining is set at 100,000
kilograms a year by the Ministry of Natural Resources
of the Russian Federation and by the Sakha Republic law.
1 kilogram of rough charoite costs $30-150, depending
on the mineral color, inclusions and so on.
English Wikipedia states: "Russia has fairly strict
prohibitions on the exportation of charoite. Generally,
charoite is permitted to be exported only after the
stone has been worked, for example, into figurines or
other type ornaments. It is therefore difficult to
procure "unworked" or "rough" charoite in a form
suitable for further working into jewelry such as
Tales, legends and stories on charoite
1. Russian Wikipedia says nothing about the name
"charoite", but it does indeed come from the Chara
river. English Wikipedia says, that the mineral is
named for the Chara River, though this etymology is
disputed by some.
2. Here (
) it is said that the mineral charoite is "named for
the impression that it gives: "chary" in Russian means
"charms" or "magic" and not for the Chara River,
which is 70 km away from the locality". Most likely,
that is the legend, at that times new minerals,
metals and so on were usually being named after
persons or geographical names.
3. The discoverer of charoite, Y.G.Rogov, was in
Paris on business and stopped by the Louvre Museum of
Mineralogy. They were proud to have what they
thought to be a complete collection of all the minerals
of the Earth. Rogov showed their experts a piece of
charoite, and asked them to identify the mineral. They
had to admit that they didn't know what this unusual
gem was. They asked to buy the sample, but Rogov
refused to sell it to them.
Vote for Fashion Colorworks People's Choice Award!
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest is coming to the
end! 10 finalists in each of three categories are already
juried, and People's Choice Award voting is open! Make
you choice, score finalists and help us choose the winner!
All entries are awesome, but strong jurors are doing
their best scoring beautiful beadworks. The next stage
has already started, when the winners will be determined,
including People's Choice Award Winner. Choose your
favorite, but hurry up, July 5 is the last day!
Fashion Colorworks 2012. Cast your vote for People's Choice Award!
Bead artwork by Ella Des
Born and grown up in Belgrade, Serbia, Ella Des graduated
from the University of Economic sciences with a master's
degree in Marketing Management and PR. Crafting has been
her passion for years and she liked it much more than the
job she was doing, but she has never had enough time to
completely devote herself to creativity. And all of a
Ella says, "After 15 years of permanent stress and working
more than 10 hours a day I left my usual environment and I
chose to live on a 45-feet sail boat and to sail around
the world with the Man-I-Love. Making that decision wasn't
so easy to me. I remember that my brother told me, "You
can't change your life when you are 42." My answer was,
"You can't change your life only when you are dead." And I
could do that! I stepped out from the "rat race" and went
to live a totally different life.
In the beginning it was very stressful. I used to live in an
apartment with all facilities in the downtown of a big city.
Suddenly I found myself in totally different surroundings
and I had to learn a lot of new skills. New terms of life made
new habits. I have never sailed before. My first serious
sailing was when crossing the Atlantic Ocean with my husband.
You should be crazy or at least very brave to do such a thing!
I still don't know if I was brave or crazy or both?
I'm used to work hard and when we didn't sail I didn't have so
much to do, and I was thinking about my needs to create more
and more often. I'm a person who has to be busy, and my husband
and I both had to find out how to spend the time during free
days. I had some strong knowledge from all my diplomas and work,
but I couldn't use them in my new circumstances; I've already
lost my creative craft skills during those 15 years in the
"rate race". So, I needed a niche...
Happily, soon I met a German woman in a marina on the Gran
Canaria Island and when I saw her very simple peyote stitched
bracelet I realized immediately - that is something what I want
to do!!! I almost screamed, "You have to show me, you have to
teach me this!" I spent about hours on her boat and she showed
me the even peyote stitch. You can't believe how clumsy I was
at the beginning! She gave me a list of materials that I needed;
it included of course Miyuki Delica and round seed beads, Nymo
thread, needles size 12..."
Full article by Ella Des
Bead artwork by Ella Des
Beaders Best Art Fair 2012
The excitement is rising - the 2nd BEADERS BEST Bead Art
Fair is getting closer! The 2nd BEADERS BEST Bead Art and
Jewelry Accessory Fair will take place August 18th and
19th, 2012, at the Buergerhaus Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg,
More then 55 exhibitors will be participating - beading
friends, retailers and supply companies from all over
Europe and Overseas will meet at this second event.
Let us already reveal some highlights of the fair:
- International Artists
Meet your wholesalers and manufacturers at the B2B area.
Make new contacts with national and international dealers!
Merge the unique fair with a stimulating visit of the
beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Hamburg. You will find
information regarding the fair on the website:
Greene-Christ will answer all your questions, email her at
- More than 40 different classes
- Jewelry Shows
- Exhibition of the IBA contest winners
Workshop "Grape Leaf Necklace"
Workshop "Poppy Flower Necklace"
Workshop "Pink Rose Brooch"
Timing is everything! We happen to know that two Russian
artists were short of time on June 15 - the last Fashion
Colorworks 2012 submission day. The reasons were different,
but it's not important, we couldn't accept their beautiful
beadworks for the contest. We decided to ask them to send
us the photos to show them to our readers. Enjoy beadworks
by Julia Mukhamediarova (Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia) and
Irina Vorobieva (Pavlovsk, Leningrad region, Russia)!
Beadworks by Julia Mukhamediarova and Irina Vorobieva
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 13
Perlen Poesie, Number 13 is on newsstands already!
Issue 13 of the popular German Magazine Perlen Poesie
magazine has many fantastic projects for bead weaving.
Printed in German, the projects are illustrated and
easy to follow without having to understand the text
although it now comes with an English supplement that
helps translate all of the projects.
The magazine includes 15 beading projects from artists
worldwide: from the shawl clasp to Spanish earrings
and bracelet. It also covers a great assortment of
beads, tips and tricks, Bead Art Fair, IBA contest
and much more!
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA:
Beads by Blanche bead shop
Bobby Bead, Inc. website
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Here is the second lesson of netting beading
(lace beadweaving) by Coco L'Hopital-Navarre,
"How to decorate your netting with openwork".
Since "openwork" can be created in sheets'
embroidery you can design it in vertical
The goal of using openwork in
decoration is to make more elaborate designs
and create nice "breathing "adornments.
One more lesson is coming - "How to
decorate your netting with fancy beads".
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 18-21, 2012
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the Original
of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs:
• The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
• The State Street Area Art Fair
• The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair
Together, the fairs attract over 500,000 attendees from across the nation.
The Original Fair was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by
AmericanStyle magazine readers survey (October 2004) and has made the Top
Ten Fairs and Festivals list every year since.
The mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for
contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that
connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to
their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.
The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the
University of Michigan's Central Campus, amidst elegant architecture
and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, including the landmark
Burton Carillon Tower.
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