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Stone of January:
Garnet is known as the stone of health - ridding the body of negative
energies and transmuting them to a beneficial state. Also know in the
past as a stone of commitment - to purpose, to others, to oneself.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer),
Apatite - gem or fertilizer?
Commonly known, that apatite is a group of phosphate
minerals, and the primary use of apatite is in the
manufacture of fertilizer as a source of phosphorus.
Apatite is one of a few minerals produced and used
by biological micro-environmental systems.
Hydroxyapatite, also known as hydroxylapatite, is
the major component of tooth enamel and bone mineral.
Name "apatite" originates from the Greek word for
CHEAT. That unfair title was allegedly earned
from apatite's possible confusion with andalusite,
brazilianite, precious beryl, topaz or tourmaline.
Seldom found in jewelry stores and unknown to the
general public, apatite is just occasionally used
as a gemstone and it is beloved by collectors for
its many different colors and forms. The range of
colors includes colorless, pink, yellow, green, blue
Transparent stones of clean color have usually been
faceted. If crystals of rutile have grown in the
crystal of apatite, in the right light the cut stone
displays a cat's eye (chatoyant) effect. Such stones
are known as cat's-eye apatite; and chatoyant
specimens have been cabochon cut. Transparent green
stones are known as asparagus stone, and blue stones
have been called moroxite. A rare variety is a rich
purple from Maine. Blue Brazilian stones are second
The recent availability of the neon blue-green
variety from Madagascar has resulted in more apatite
jewelry. The color of the best specimens of this type
rivals the famed Paraiba tourmalines, but apatite
lacks tourmaline's toughness and hardness. As for any
other gems, color saturation defines the value. Major
sources for gem apatite are Brazil, Burma, and Mexico.
Other sources include Canada, Czech Republic, Germany,
India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Norway, South Africa,
Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Happy birthday, MyLovelyBeads.com!
So, we left another year behind us: MyLovelyBeads.com
is already 6 years old. The time is flying! As usual,
last year we have worked hard to serve our customers
and provide beadwork lovers with interesting
information. You could meet on the site the bead
artists from many countries: Mexico, United States,
Serbia, Austria, Canada, Japan, Bulgaria, Russia,
South Africa, Israel, Ukraine, Japan, Lithuania,
The third international
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest was
another success: we received 191 entries from 125
participants of 28 countries! We are grateful to
the entrants for their hard work, to the jurors
for their fair judgment, to the sponsors for
provided prizes, and to all website visitors for
helping us keep the contest alive.
Fashion Colorworks 2013 is already
in process; and for sure, it is going to be more
exciting event and we'll learn new bead artists'
names. Good luck to all participants!
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Eclectic style - Patrick Duggan
Born and still living in Sydney, Australia, Patrick
Duggan is the youngest of four and the only male child
in his family. His Mother and one of Patrick's sisters
were very good at embroidery, knitting and sewing; and
creativity was fairly prevalent in his younger years.
Now we can see the results of Patrick Duggan's
"handcrafty" childhood - it's brilliant!
Patrick said, "I began knitting at 10 years of age. As
a teenager I remember watching a woman crochet whilst
sitting on a railway station. I went home, asked my
Mother if she had any crochet hooks and started to
crochet. In the 1970s I taught myself macrame and
tatting, I wrote my own knitting patterns - great at
cable designs - and I sold some of my work. In my mid
30's I eventually moved away from thread work as I
found I wasn't completing anything and I had lost
During my mid 30's to early 40's there was very little
expression of my creativity and in hindsight; I can say
it was a very unhappy time in my life - perhaps a midlife
In my mid 40's I went in search of other creative
pursuits. I did some leadlight work, did bonsai plantings,
began drawing and painting and then went into sculpting in
clay - successfully exhibiting and selling my art. I also
studied and had a career change, started my own business,
working part time as a Remedial Massage Therapist, which
I did successfully for 15 years, retiring from that in 2010.
In 2006 a friend returned from Bangkok with some braided
men's beaded wristbands. I really liked them and since I
worked very close to a bead shop I decided to make one
for myself. Well they proved popular with my friends and
so my love of beading was born. I did macrame with beads
and progressed to stringing gemstones. A friend, one day,
showed me how to make a seed bead spiral rope. That was
it, I was hooked and I knew I had found my passion in
Since I could read knitting patterns it was easy for me to
read beading patterns. I learnt every beading stitch,
thinking if I have the skills I can create my own ideas. I
loved being able to create from 'bits and pieces' finding
it absolutely fascinating that from all these shiny little
things and with ideas and skills something really beautiful
could be created.
I found it even more satisfying when another person wanted
to pay money for my creations. I remember thinking
"Wow-wee! Beading may be able to subsidize my income
when I retire" and I set out to make it happen. I
currently have my work in a gallery and a women's clothing
store. I love designing and am very lazy at selling my
pieces however I do run several sites (listed at the end).
Once a year I display and sell my pieces at the King's
School Art Show - a very respected and prestigious Art
Show in western Sydney. I enjoy the connection with the
ladies and seeing my designs being enjoyed. I get to share
my passion with others. In mid-2009 I began teaching
beadweaving by running workshops in my home. I had a
regular group of ladies attend my classes and started to
make a name for myself..."
Full article by Patrick Duggan
Bead artwork by Patrick Duggan
Fashion Colorworks. Meet the sponsor
Company OKTAbeads.com is a Czech Republic based
company specializing in international shipments of
beads and related products. We offer to our
customers the beads from four the most well known
manufacturers, Preciosa, Miyuki, TOHO and Matsuno.
We also have in stock a large collection of
Swarovski rivoli of different colors and sizes
including rare ones - for crystal beads fans.
Our main goal is to keep acceptable price for
customers, so we are constantly looking for new
suppliers and buy products directly from
manufacturers or their authorized representatives.
Direct relationships allow us to guarantee the
conformity of the brands. The use of discounts for
large orders and individual items, holiday sales,
and deliveries outside the EU without value-added
taxes (VAT) increase the attractiveness of our
shop for buyers.
An important part of our work is to participate
in charity activities and beadart promotion. In
addition to conducting and sponsoring a variety
of bead contests, we are supporting a number of
charitable projects, such as the Association to
Help People with Autism (APLA).
OKTAbeads.com online bead shop
RokajlFest 2013 Festival hosted by OKTAbeads
Bead contest OKTAbeads 2013. Entries
Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest Rules
Featured artist - Ann Braginsky
Ann Braginsky from Israel is another talent we
want to feature today. Her beading experience
counts about 7 years, and now Ann is one of the
leading beadweavers in her country. Thanks to
her wins in prestigious bead contests like Bead
Dreams, Ann became well known to many artists
and bead lovers.
Ann said, "I grew up in a family of handmade
lovers. My mother and grandmother always sewed,
knitted and embroidered, and from my childhood
I gradually have taken over their knowledge. To
tell the truth, I've never thought that one of
the craft types would become my profession.
In 2006 I was fascinated by beading. Prior to
that, even using beads in embroidery or knitting,
I thought of beads only as of things, which can
be applied when decorating other handmade works
and didn't dare to start learning beadweaving
techniques. Once a friend of mine who has long
been involved in this craft area helped me saying,
"Just give it a try and you'll like it!"
Many bead artists say that beads look like small
bricks. A large number of techniques, different
methods and variations make it possible to create
something new each time. The flexibility of beads
as material with its variety of colors and the
ability to create different textures helps me to
embody the diversity of my creative ideas.
Except different types of crafts, I always loved
to draw, was interested in the history and
culture of the peoples of the world. These
hobbies help me get inspiration and ideas for my
designs; you will find their influence in many of
Since 2007 I've been working in a store for
handicrafts, now as a teacher and designer, I
design and create collections for the classes
held in the store. 2012 was a milestone for me:
my necklace "Stormy Petrel" won the Second Place
in the Bead Dreams contest in the Seed Bead
Jewelry Category and my necklace "New Age
Valkyrie" won the Second Place in the
international Battle of the BeadSmith
Full article by Ann Braginsky
Beadwork gallery by Ann Braginsky
Blog (in Russian): annbraginsky.com/blog
Shop (in Russian): livemaster.ru/annbraginsky
Floral Necklace bead contest
Another year - another challenge hosted by the
Perles et Dent'Elles Blog team (Coco-Labijoutisse,
Nouchka, Veronik, Zaza)! Now they propose to bead
artists to design and weave a floral necklace with
flowers and leaves on a netting base. The necklace
must be an original work of the participant. Its
photographs should not be published anywhere before
the official contest results announcement.
The contest is free. The contest is international,
worldwide beaders may participate. Photos make the
judgment by the panel of four independent jurors.
Deadline is Midnight May 17, 2013. Generous
sponsors provide four awards. The entry photos
will be published in the Perles et Dent'Elles Blog
and photos of winners in our newsletter. Give it a
Floral Necklace bead contest rules
Workshops by Zoya Gutina
Burke Gems and Beads is a recently opened bead
shop in historical Burke, Virginia. The buyers can
find there unique crystals, interesting natural
gemstones, shimmering pearls and more to spark their
creativity. The shop also carries an extensive
variety of seed beads in an array of colors and
sizes. All gems and beads are available for either
retail or wholesale purchase. If you don't see what
you're looking for, the generous shop owners will
order the items for you from the shop network of
Burke Gems and Beads offers classes on everything
from basic beading to wire wrapping to refashioning
an old piece of jewelry. Among instructors are Zoya
Gutina, Amy Katz, Roselyn Archambault, Marilu De
Carpio and other well known jewelry artists.
Workshops by Zoya Gutina
New Waves 2013 at MOCA
January 25 - April 28, 2013
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition,
New Waves 2013 for the 18th year. Over 180
artists from across Virginia submitted work
and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth
contains a rich and vast array of artistic
talent. This exciting exhibition demonstrates
the diversity of materials and approaches
that are used in contemporary art today.
International Gem & Jewelry Show
February 15 - 17, 2013
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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