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Stone of November:
Helps remove energy blockages, strengthens physical body. Excellent
for enhancing altered states of consciousness. Zodiac signs: Gemini
(Twins), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer).
Pyrite - fool's gold
Today we'll talk about gold, more precisely,
about Fool's Gold. The mineral pyrite, or iron
pyrite, is an iron sulfide. This mineral's
metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue have
earned it the nickname "fool's gold" because of
its superficial resemblance to gold. The color
has also led to the nicknames "brass", "brazzle"
and "Brazil", primarily used to refer to pyrite
found in coal.
The name pyrite is derived from the Greek
PURITES that means "of fire" or "in fire".
In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to
several types of stone that would create sparks
when struck against steel; Pliny the Elder
described one of them as being brassy, almost
certainly a reference to what we now call pyrite.
By Georgius Agricola's time, the term had become
a generic term for all of the sulfide minerals.
Pyrite is usually found associated with other
sulfides as well as in coal beds, and as a
replacement mineral in fossils. Despite being
nicknamed fool's gold, pyrite is sometimes found
in association with small quantities of gold.
It is distinguishable from native gold by its
hardness, brittleness and crystal form. Natural
gold tends to be irregularly shaped, whereas
pyrite comes as either cubes or multifaceted
crystals. Pyrite is mined in Norway, Spain,
Italy, Canada, USA, Japan, Russia; it is not a
separate subject of development and is produced
from sulfide ores during enrichment of the
related more valuable minerals.
Pyrite is used to make marcasite jewelry
(though marcasite is another mineral, sometimes
called white iron pyrite). In the late medieval
and early modern eras the word "marcasite" meant
both pyrite and marcasite (and iron sulfides in
general). Modern scientific definition for
marcasite dates from 1845, it is not used as a
gem due to its brittleness. Marcasite jewelry,
made from small faceted pieces of pyrite, often
set in silver, was popular in the Victorian era.
Carved pyrite and pyrite beads are also used in
New in Fashion Colorworks 2013
So, we started Fashion Colorworks 2013! The
contest entry must use the three colors of one
of the palettes shown on the contest page; there
are three possible color combinations. We accept
entries in three categories:
• Seed Bead Jewelry: Entries include
jewelry and jewelry-related objects. Each entry
must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
There are no entry fees, the contest is open to
participants worldwide, and judging is by
photographs. To stimulate beginners and other
contest participants, in 2012 contest we added
five new prizes:
is sponsoring three special prizes 50 euros each:
• Finished Jewelry: Each entry must be
less than 50 percent seed beads; and other
materials such as, but not limited to, glass
beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire,
metal clay, found objects, etc.
• Seed Bead Objects: Entries include
any not jewelry-related objects, accessories
and sculptural objects. Each entry must be not
less than 50 percent seed beads.
• Best Newbie;
Perlen Poesie Magazine
is sponsoring two "Perlen Poesie Pick" prizes - free
annual subscriptions to Perlen Poesie Magazine.
• Best Mini;
• Most Original;
In 2013 contest we keep those awards and decided to
add two more: Best In Contest ($200 gift certificate
OKTAbeads.eu) and Runner-up Best In Contest
($100 gift certificate from
Application with attached pictures of entries is
sent trough provided online form. Entries are
accepted since April 1, and the last submission
day is June 15. Read all the details of the contest,
including how to enter, and then start beading!
Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest Rules
Bridge jewelry by Luis Vallejo
Bridge jewelry is jewelry that spans the gap
between fine and costume jewelry, it is usually
made of sterling silver, gold-filled metals, and
semi-precious stones. Bridge jewelry is a
signature design of Luis Vallejo, a brilliant
artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are glad
to introduce the artist and his unusual
one-of-a-kind jewelry. No doubt, you'll like Luis'
pieces of jewelry art!
Luis says, "Destiny and chance. The rain was
pouring down and I took refuge in a small shop
called "Life ups and downs" in Palermo Soho,
Buenos Aires (Argentina). On that very day and at
that very hour there was a four hour workshop on
Bijouterie. I had always wanted to study jewelry,
it was raining hard, and I had some time...
It all started there and then.
The day after I attended the workshop I went to
"Once" neighborhood to buy materials and haven't
stopped since then! I finished my training in
jewelry making at the Complejo Educativo de Joyeria
(Jewelry Educational Center) in Buenos Aires and
then with private teachers; I specialized in Bridge
Jewelry with the well known designer Carla Bronzini.
I don't follow trends in my works. I do what I feel
at the moment and there's always somebody who is
impressed by my pieces, beyond any trend. My pieces
are for those who admire beauty beyond any criticism.
I draw inspiration from designers I greatly admire
like Alexander McQueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier and John
Galliano. Among the Argentine ones, I would like to
mention Maria Pryor in fashion and Rodrigo Otazu in
My mind is constantly creating new things. I transmute
my inner world into beauty. The idea may spring from
a color, a texture, a shape. The process starts like
this and if I don't like the piece, I begin all over
again. My creative process goes through three stages:
Chaos - Genesis - Apocalypses. Almost Hegelian
dialectics, isn't it?!
I'm very keen on esoteric and metaphysical
explorations. I am a voracious reader of these topics
and I also greatly enjoy literature and music, you
know: jazz, opera, and English and Japanese novelists.
I'm currently reading some old Victorian fairy tales.
Gripping stuff that tomorrow may materialize in new
pieces! I tend to integrate in my creations the
influences of Transpersonal Art through my studies in
Astrology, Mandalas and Symbology."
Full article by Luis Vallejo (CLOVIS)
Bridge jewelry by Luis Vallejo (CLOVIS)
Luis Vallejo website: clovisdesignjoyas.com
Clovis Joyas website: clovisjoyas.tumblr.com
Battle of the BeadSmith - 2013
Another contest (tournament, game, fun, etc.) is
coming! As it's said by Steven Weiss from
The BeadSmith company,
On April 1st 2013, 3 groups of 64 artists will be
randomly selected. Random artist pairings will be
created, establishing a first round of competition
of 32 artist vs. artist "battles" in each group.
(For example, Group"A" might have the work of
Californian Linda Roberts "battling" against the
work of Vermont's Nancy Dale, and so on.)
Artists will then have until June 1st to create, a
single piece of ORIGINAL beadwork, and submit four
photos best highlighting their works most important
elements. The 62 competitors in your group not
involved in your round one "battle", and a group of
38 invited judges, will vote for the piece that best
captures their imagination. A minimum of 70 votes
will be enough to determine a winner, who will then
move on to round two of the group competition.
The public will also be invited to vote for each
Battle. The general public favorite will be awarded
10 "votes". This will maintain the importance of the
artist votes, while giving the public a chance to
be involved throughout the competition. Each round
a piece moves to is an opportunity for an artist
to add one new photo to his album. It is highly
reccomended to the artists to take 10-15 photos at
one time to avoid the pressure to keep setting up
photo sessions later on.
• Round 1: 64 Artists, 32 Battles
• Round 2: 32 Artists, 16 Battles
• Round 3: 16 Artists, 8 Battles
• Round 4: 8 Artists, 4 Battles
• Round 5: 4 Artists, 2 Battles
• Round 6: 2 Artists, 1 Battle
• Winner of Group!!!
Full text of the Battle of the BeadSmith rules
Battle of the BeadSmith on Facebook
Pandora and Silver beads by Michael Ivanov
Our another guest today is also a man - Michael
Ivanov, an artist from Vilnius, Lithuania. Being
a creative person, Michael applies skills to
designing and making lampwork and sterling silver
Michael says, "If you experience emotions when
looking at the fire, running clouds in the sky
or a babbling mountain stream, it is almost
always a sense of wonder. I also have such a
feeling when touching "drops" of colored glass,
it's magic, I do not pick up another word.
Many of us in childhood during the game loved
to see the world through colored pieces of
broken glass because everything became strange
Glass beads accompanied human civilization for
thousands of years, it is an indicator of the
development of crafts, welfare and trade ties. From
pharaonic Egypt and to the Scandinavian Vikings,
from the ancient Sarmatians to the present day glass
beads are like colorful frozen droplets of time strung
on a necklace of Human History.
So, when I saw the work of the well known Danish
lampwork artist (about 3 years ago), not knowing the
basics of this craft, I fell in love with this idea and
began to collect information about the tools,
equipment and materials, and began to try different
glass. Now I use in my work materials by Effetre
(former Moretti company). I'm completely satisfied
with the quality and palette of the produced by
this remarkable manufacturer.
It may seem a trivial form of my beads but believe
me, it is not easy to make the ideal toroidal shape
and meet conceived design. Small beads should
properly display the palette and pattern to the person
who has taken a bead in hand to get him study it for
a few minutes and find new and new nuances.
Lampwork is both an art and a craft.
From the beginning I wanted to create my own line
of glass and silver beads that the price would be
affordable to a very wide range of fans and artists
(from students to retirees), and the quality and
design were not worse in comparison to the best
samples in this area. My motto is "Find the drops
of the rainbow"; I mean that any person who is not
indifferent to such things is able to find interesting
Full article by Michael Ivanov
Pandora beads by Michael Ivanov
Silver beads by Michael Ivanov
Retro style and Retro jewelry
We know that everything new is well-forgotten old;
and we often get inspired by the images from past
and apply to them the term "retro". Wikipedia article
states, "Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style,
trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall post-modern
past, that has since that time become functionally
or superficially the norm once again. The use of
'retro' style iconography and imagery interjected
into post-modern art, advertising, mass media, etc.
It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20
years. For example clothing from the 1980s or 1990s
could be retro." In general, "retro" actually means
Reading articles on jewelry by historians, we can
learn something new: it turns out there is a definite
jewelry style named "retro jewelry" applied to items
created between approximately 1935 and 1945 (although
actually up to 1950)! The name "retro" was given to
this jewelry style by Francois Curiel, the head of
the jewelry department for Christie's Auction House
in New York in the early 1970's.
Retro jewelry, or "Cocktail Jewelry" as it is
sometimes called, originated in France with designs
by Van Cleef & Arpels. They produced a collection of
jewelry that was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair
in New York. When World War II broke out, the jewelry
remained in New York, serving as a great influence to
American jewelry designers throughout the remainder
of the war.
Retro jewelry was common in Hollywood movies and is
very colorful, bold, elaborate and oversized with
three dimensional use of rose, yellow and green,
highly polished gold. Commonly worn pieces reflected
the glamour and enchantment that Hollywood inspired
during times of crisis and were large cocktail rings,
bracelets, watches, necklaces, chunky and charm
bracelets, big clips and brooches. There was still
much uncertainty about paper money and in times of
economic skepticism precious metal and gems represent
Huge deposits of gems were discovered in Brazil in
the 30's as the result of geological excavations
searching for industrial minerals to fuel the war,
hundreds of localities became known for Brazilian
deposits of gems. The most popular gemstones seen in
retro jewelry are aquamarine, citrine, topaz, large
cabochon-cut rubies and sapphires, golden beryl,
peridot and tourmaline. Most of these gems were
Birds, baskets of flowers, dancers and other serene
images were common motifs. Ballerinas, bows, animals,
shells and hearts were also recurrent designs in
jewels of the period, often accented with sprays
of diamonds and twists and spirals of calibre-cut
precious gems. The ribbon bow was the most popular
motif, often highlighted in the center with a cut
ruby or sapphire knot. Retro jewels imitate three
dimensional folds of fabric, easily separating them
from the two dimensional Art Deco clips or Victorian
The French jeweler Mauboussin had said, "The jewellery
of the Forties was the jewellery of an age of crisis,
so it is only logical that it should come to an end
with the crisis itself." (M. Gabardi, The Jewels of
1940 in Europe, 1982)
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 15
December 10th, 2012 - PERLEN POESIE 15 is coming out!
Perlen Poesie 15 - a cheerful bead magazine!
Get inspired by the fresh geometric designs by the
London based artist Jean Power and bead the necklace
"Rio" in Brasilian colors.
Be inspired by the bold shades of Mexico - a highlight
is the necklace "Frida" by the artist Anja Schlotman
Also classy festive works await you with the necklaces
"Greta Garbo" and "Anam".
By the way: the issue also has something for men...
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Bead Society of Greater NY Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 10am - 5pm
The Great Hall
The Fashion Institute of Technology
West 28 St. (between 7th & 8th Ave)
New York City, NY
Bead Society of Greater New York is sponsoring
Holiday Craft Fair. Jewelry, accessories & much
more; 50+ exhibitors. Free admission. For more
www.nybead.org, email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 212-591-1127.
International Gem & Jewelry Show
December 14-16, 2012
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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