Back to school!
Almost all in this issue is about the Bead Art Fair
that took place two weeks ago in Hamburg, Germany.
We were happy to take part in some show events! Read
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Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team
Stone of August:
Balances male/female energies. Stone of protection, provides barrier against
attacks and illness. Encourages meditative travel. Helps in making the dream
process productive and healing. Zodiac signs: Libra (Balance), Capricorn
(Seagoat), Aries (Ram), Gemini (Twins).
Jade - gemstone of August
Jade is an ornamental stone, that is applied to two
different rocks that are made up of different silicate
minerals: nephrite jade and jadeitite. Nephrite can be
found in a creamy white form as well as in a variety of
green colors, whereas jadeitite shows more color variations,
including dazzling blue, lavender-mauve, violet,
emerald-green, orange, yellow, pink, brown, and black colors.
The English word "jade" is derived from the Spanish term
PIEDRA DE IJADA (first recorded in 1565) or "loin
stone", from its reputed efficacy in curing ailments of
the loins and kidneys. "Nephrite" is derived from
LAPIS NEPHRITICUS, the Latin version of the Spanish
PIEDRA DE IJADA.
Nephrite and jadeite were used by people from the
prehistoric for similar purposes. Both are about the same
hardness as quartz, and they are exceptionally tough.
They are beautifully colored and can be delicately shaped.
Only in the 19th century it was determined that "jade" was
in fact two different materials. Among the earliest known
jade artifacts excavated from prehistoric sites are simple
ornaments such as rounded beads, buttons, and tubular jades.
Additionally, jade was used for axe heads, knives, and other
weapons. As metal-working technologies became available,
the beauty of jade made it valuable for ornaments and
Of the two, jadeite is rarer, documented in fewer than 12
places worldwide. Translucent emerald-green jadeitite is
the most prized variety, both now and historically. As
"quetzal" jade, bright green jadeitite from Guatemala was
Mesoamerican cultures, and as "kingfisher" jade, vivid
green rocks from Burma became the preferred stone of
post-1800 Chinese imperial scholars and rulers.
Burma (Myanmar) and Guatemala are the principal sources of
modern gem jadeitite, and Canada of modern lapidary nephrite.
Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China as well as
in New Zealand, the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coasts of
North America, Neolithic Europe, and south-east Asia. In
addition to Mesoamerica, jadeitite was used by Neolithic
Japanese and European cultures.
Jade is the official gemstone of British Columbia, Canada,
where it is found in large deposits in the Lillooet and
Cassiar regions. It is also the official gemstone of the
state of Alaska, found particularly in the Kobuk area. A
two ton block of jade sits outside the Anchorage Visitor's
Center in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, mined from near Kobuk
and donated to the city as a showpiece.
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012
Two weeks ago bead artists and bead lovers from many countries
second time gathered in Hamburg, Germany at the Beaders Best
Bead Art Fair 2012. Hundreds of visitors from different
countries around the globe attended the show to replenish
their bead storages, to meet friends, to establish business
contacts, to learn from world known artists. We haven't seen
unhappy faces there!
The third Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place on 24-25
August 2013 at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen, Germany
The exhibition center is air-conditioned and has a lot of
space and provides different services. Exhibitors making
table reservation will get not only table space but square
meters behind the tables which can be filled with racks or
shelves. The closest Hotel Park Inn Hamburg Nord has rooms
at a special rate if you book right away, you need to make
reservation with this code word: "Perlenkunst-Messe".
Verena Greene-Christ will answer all your questions
regarding the fair, email her at
We will inform you about any Beaders Best Bead Art Fair
Photos from Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012
Meetings with friends at the Bead Art Fair
Battle of the BeadSmith. Fourth round
The "Battle of the BeadSmith 2012" tournament on
Facebook is coming to the end! Right now round four
is taking place. Initially, 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. The pairs of the round four are:
Battle 1: Helena Tang (Singapore) vs Betty Stephan (USA)
Battle 2: Kinga Nichols (USA) vs Melissa Ingram (Australia)
Battle 3: Irina Chikineva (Russia) vs Sue Horine (USA)
Battle 4: Anna Braginsky (Israel) vs Mikki Ferrugiaro (USA)
Battle 5: Julia Turova (Russia) vs Alla Maslennikova (Russia)
We wish success to all participants! 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
International Bead Award Contest. Winners
On August 18, 2012 the winners of the International Bead
Award Contest were announced at the Beaders Best Bead Art
Fair. It was an exciting event! First place winners are:
"Citylife" by Andrea Schwarz, Germany
"Death of a Purse" by Rebecca Blackwell, USA
"Sweet Little Grasshopper!" by Ilka Weinreich, Germany
Bead Crochet, Bead Knitting Category
"Painting a Rainbow" by Svetlana Karimova, Poland
"Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil" by Anna Denisova, Italy
Paper, Textile Category
"Patchwork Armband" by Olga Haserodt, Germany
Polymer Clay, Ceramic, Porcelain Category
"Vitamin" by Yuliya Galuschak, Ukraine
"Carnival" by Natalya Bulba, Ukraine
Mixed Media Category
"Once Upon a Frog" by Andrea Landau, Italy
"Die Sonnenblumen" by Galina Baer, Austria
Our warmest congratulations to all winners!
Full list of International Bead Award Contest winners
The winners on Perlen Poesie website
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 14
Perlen Poesie, Number 14 is coming out on September 10!
In that issue:
• Maggie's Gold: Maggie Meister - the father
sparked her interest in European history. Years later,
she came to Italy and was able to learn and practice.
The colors and shapes of the ancient artifacts are
featured in Maggie's jewelry.
• Caught in the Net: Confucius said, "Holes
are the main thing in a net," - explanation and
demonstration of the possibilities of this fascinating
simple netting technique.
• Bead Art Fair 2013: Anticipation - bigger,
more beautiful, more diverse - a preview of the 3rd
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 in Hamburg, and indeed
in a new place.
• Back to the Future: Czech Republic - we
can feel the glory of the old "Jablonec Industries" by
looking at the famous glass beads by Preciosa Ornela
and admiring committed people who live with the old
craft and inspire the global market with new products.
• Winners of IBA 2012: Look at the winning
pieces of the international jewelry contest IBA 2012.
Savor the diversity of ideas!
• 15 tutorials and much more!
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
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Lace beadweaving challenge
Create your own vertical netting stitch necklace!
This challenge is open to all participants, the sending
of your photographs will validate your participation.
We suggest you to create a necklace of your own design
in vertical netting stitch with increases and decreases
using bead insertion or bead embroidery. Your netting
beadwork has to be done with seed beads and any other
fancy beads (round, faceted, bicones, bugles, etc.).
Please no cabochons and nor other elements added except
Deadline for sending your photos is Friday, October 26,
2012. Your photo should be no more than 800 Kb, we ask
you for a high resolution photo in order to create an
online gallery. Please send your emails with attached
email@example.com, please send us also
the following information: first name, last name,
nickname (if you want) and a link to your blog or website.
It's not a contest and the winners won't be selected. The
pictures of all submissions will be published in our
newsletter and in the blog
Perles et Dent'Elles. Learn tutorials by Coco
L'Hopital-Navarre for your inspiration!
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
For French speaking subscribers: Lace beadweaving challenge
Alexandria Festival of the Arts 2012
September 8-9, 2012
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
King Street between Union & Washington sts., Alexandria, VA
Voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist
magazine. The 8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts is one not to
be missed! Discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry,
photography, ceramics and more.
The Alexandria Festival of the Arts transforms the streets of Old Town
Alexandria into an outdoor art gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top
award-winning artists. The free outdoor art festival will line six blocks
of King Street showcasing different artworks. This popular outdoor event
will feature art with prices ranging from $20 to $20,000. The show is set
up along King Street and stretches all the way down the street to the
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory
September 8, 2012, Noon-4 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Let your creative side play at this 4th annual event taking place during
the Alexandria Festival of the Arts! Become a part of the creative
process with hands-on projects, artist demonstrations, and special
taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy artist demonstrations
throughout the day including pottery on the wheel, painting, sculpture,
and much more. Visitors are also invited to try their hand at different
art techniques including clay throwing and fiber art at special "Try Me"
stations. Guests will get creative with hands-on projects including the
popular Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop, Bubble Gum Painting, and Screen
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