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Balance and transformation, spiritual evolution.
Stimulates intuitive power. Also represents fidelity,
loyalty, practicality, and responsibility. Eases
delivery in birthing, and also facilitates the
re-birthing process, as it helps one to recognize
and clear past negative experiences. Zodiac signs:
Capricorn (Seagoat), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Andalusite - gem from Spain
Andalusite is an aluminum silicate, closely
related to both silimanite and kyanite. In
fact, all three minerals are polymorphs, which
means they share the same chemical composition,
but possess different crystal structures.
Andalusite is a strikingly beautiful gem, but
it is largely unknown to the general public
and considered to be one of the lesser-known
gem types in the trade. Andalusite colors are
typically found yellow, yellow-green, green,
brownish red, olive and reddish brown.
Andalusite gives a play of different colors
because of its strong pleochroism (pleochroism
is an optical phenomenon in which a substance
appears to be different colors when observed
at different angles) along with iolite,
kyanite, kunzite, sphene and tanzanite.
Andalusite has trichroic pleochroism; when
light enters the stone, it is parted into
three sections, each containing a portion of
the visible spectrum. Andalusite most often
occurs translucent to opaque, with transparent
gemstone-quality specimens being very rare.
For many years, andalusite has primarily been
a collector's stone, but it has recently
attracted a lot of attention from many jewelry
designers and it's becoming increasingly popular.
Andalusite possesses a good level of durability
and hardness that make it making it suitable for
any type of jewelry. The attraction of andalusite
is greatly owed to its play of color, which can
be seen during changes in its viewing angle.
Similar effects are also seen when lightning
strikes the gem from different directions.
Andalusite is named after the Spanish province
Andalusia, where transparent gem-quality
crystals were first found in the Ronda Massif
near Malaga and described in 1789. Andalusite
deposits can be also found in many locations,
including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Sri
Lanka, Burma, Madagascar and the USA (California
Fashion Colorworks. One week to go!
Here are the fragments of some first entries
we have already received. You can submit your
entries for the Fashion Colorworks 2014 Beading
Contest in three categories until June 16 (June
15, midnight EST is the deadline). 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 2014 rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
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Traveling with beads
Patty McCourt was born in the South American
country of Colombia. In 1985 she got married
to a geologist from Great Britain and moved
to England where she lives in Nottingham with
her husband Bill and two lovely daughters.
Patty and her husband They have travelled to
many countries and lived there, and everywhere
Patty has learned local cultures and crafts.
While studying at the college in Nottingham
she has known beading and fell in love with
it. Now Patty is a well-known bead artist and
a teacher; we believe it would be pleasure
for you to meet her in our newsletter!
Patty says, "Ever since I can remember I have
loved art and craft and to make things. When I
was a child I helped my mom make quilts from
fabric samples, I also learned at school in
Cali (Colombia) how to crochet squares to
create throws. I have painted in acrylics,
learned how to craft batik and to make mosaics,
as well as silk painting and tapestry weaving!
I love cooking and I am an avid book collector.
When I went to the university, I wanted to
study architecture but was persuaded to take
accountancy to support the family business.
I felt attracted to beads and beadwork while
studying and completing my degree in
3-Dimensional Design at the college in
Nottingham. I became obsessed with those
pretty little things and the rest as they say
is history! I have a diploma in Custom Jewelry
Making and in Textile Techniques; and a City
and Guilds Teacher Training Certificate. I
have taught beadwork in adult educational
center for over 8 years and I have used my
expertise and creative talents to take beading
in many new and different directions... just
ask my students! I am passionate and
enthusiastic about beadwork in all its forms.
I always find inspiration in nature and like
looking for natural patterns that are
interesting and intricate. I love creative
process; it is exciting for me to start
researching an idea, looking for textures,
shapes, patterns and colors. I normally begin
with writing words that will remind me later
of my ideas, sometimes it happens in the
middle of the night, so I keep a pen and paper
next to my bed, and then I sketch and draw my
I also have a room full of craft and beading books
and magazines as visual reference in a wide range
of languages, Korean, Russian and German to mention
a few of the ones I can't understand. I also find
inspiration over the Internet in websites, blogs
and social networks. I love color and my advice to
everyone is that if you see a color combination
you like take a photograph of it, it will inspire
a piece of jewelry or something like that later.
I am a member of The Bead Workers Guild (UK), The
Bead Society of Great Britain, The Starman Trend
Setters Design Team (USA), The Living Threads
Artists Group (UK) and The Beading Clinic. The last
one is an exclusive and fun group that I formed to
help beaders around Nottingham solve their beading
problems and finish their UFOs (UnFinished Objects).
We also provide workshops, share ideas, socialize
and just have a good time..."
Full article by Patty McCourt
Beaded jewelry by Patty McCourt
Victorian jewelry fact sheet
Many of us have heard about Victorian style which highlighted
"The Era of Queen Victoria". The Victorian era is lengthy,
covering the entire reign of its namesake Queen from 1837 to
1901. Women overtook men as the primary jewelry wearers and
they wore it in great volume. Decorative and necessary items
such as buckles, buttons and fasteners were now designed
with the masses in mind. Production of memento, religious and
talismanic jewelry was unsurpassed and these items were
suddenly a necessity for everyone. In order to understand this
wide ranging era of jewelry history it is subdivided into three
periods; the Early or Romantic, the Middle or Grand, and the
Late Victorian or Aesthetic periods.
Early Victorian, romantic jewelry (1837-1850).
Themes inspired by the Renaissance and the Middle Ages were
everywhere in jewelry design and motifs from nature dominated
the period. Bouquets of flowers, branches, leaves, grapes and
berries were conspicuously featured in jewelry. Symbolism
associated with flowers was prominently in evidence. Serpent
motifs were at their apex. Popular since antiquity, snake jewelry
served as a bold symbol of wisdom and eternity. Frequently,
these designs were delicately and intricately etched into gold.
Lockets, cameos and brooches were popular everyday jewelry
during the early Victorian era whereas colored gemstones and
diamonds were worn during the evening.
Mid-Victorian, grand jewelry (1860-1880).
The Renaissance and Egyptian revivals were joined by a
classical revival of Greek and Etruscan styles along with
Scandinavian jewelry. The jewelry enhancement techniques of
engraving and chasing were replaced by the revival of ancient
techniques to create matte and shiny surfaces, depth and relief
were provided by corded wire, filigree and granulation. Because
the Grand or Mid-Victorian era corresponded with the Victoria's
husband, many jewelry pieces have solemn, grave designs.
Known as mourning jewelry, the pieces feature heavy, dark
stones. Jet, onyx, amethyst, and garnet are frequently found in
jewelry from this period. The jewelry also became especially
creative during this period. More colorful designs were born
featuring shells, mosaics and colorful gemstones.
Late Victorian, aesthetic jewelry (1885-1900).
The Aesthetic Period of Victorian jewelry can be defined as one
of reaction against previous jewelry periods. Victorians became
disillusioned with fashions and furnishings and sought a way out
of the conventions of the past, moving toward a time of more
refined artistic taste. Fashionable women wanted to achieve
the impression that they were a bit naughty or frivolous thus
showing the world they were modern. The Gibson girl hairstyle
depicted in 1890 in drawings by Charles Dan Gibson portrayed
women in this new light. During the Aesthetic period, jewelers
used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as
sapphire, peridot, and spinel. Star and crescent designs as well
as elaborate hat pins were very popular.
Hooked on gemstones
Irina Chikineva from Moscow, Russia, is our
another guest today. She started making
jewelry when she realized that she couldn't
find items in the stores that might have met
her aesthetics; and Irina has already been
beading for over 5 years. One of the reasons
she made such a decision was her inspiration
she received from the great beadworks created
by the hands of many bead artists. Mainly bead
embroidery, Irina's works are real eye candies
for all who likes to bead and to wear beads.
We're glad to have Irina here today!
Irina says, "The hard path of experiments
and error (initially I've reworked most of my
items, and even cut some ruthlessly), and
success led me to understanding of
techniques and "sense of materials", the
ability to choose elements and compose
harmonious, well-balanced pieces. I'm very
kind and gentle to my beadworks, I've been
thinking about every element for hours. I
really love working with gemstones and
beads, mixing different materials, creating
different textures and experimenting with
Generally, working with materials is my
greatest passion. I've got a good collection
of gemstones and I fill it all the time; I
think it is very convenient when everything
is at hand. Sometimes such interesting
ideas are born that I want to sit down
immediately and start making them live
without losing courage and wasting any time
running in search of the right materials.
Therefore, at every opportunity I buy all
that I can come in handy in the future. I
like gem shows and exhibitions where I can
communicate with other collectors and
geologists who can tell a lot about gems.
Stones for me are indispensable elements
of my jewelry and the rest is just optional
to put all elements together.
My husband and I have three children and I
believe that life is beautiful, and jewelry
design is my way to express my positive
emotions. I very much appreciate the gift
to put my ideas in cute heart gizmos. It
gives me the opportunity to travel back in
time, creating a replica of the past, to
participate in the formation of the present
fashion trends and attempts to look into
the future, assuming what jewelry will look
I draw inspiration from all over. In
nature - I just, for example, can't pass
by the butterflies calm, I'm studying art
and culture of other peoples and countries,
and I like visiting art galleries. My
inexhaustible source of inspiration is
travels, and now I'm working on a series
of jewelry "Greek Holiday". Lately I've
been involved in various photo projects;
photographers taught me to see woman's
Full article by Irina Chikineva
Beadwork gallery by Irina Chikineva
Online Shop: livemaster.ru/chikineva?view=profile
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 21
June 10th, 2014 - PERLEN POESIE 21 is coming out!
Featuring sensual jewelry - through their densely
beaded surfaces they just beg you to touch them.
Learn about the Hexagon technique, and fall in love
with new and beautiful kinds of beads. And as usual,
artists from around the world offer great suggestions
in 16 projects. What a beadiful summer it is!
• Intuitive Design
Hannelore McDaniel: Trained in graphic design,
she used to make collages out of vintage materials.
Today she uses old and new beads as well as small
pieces of artwork to produce surprisingly harmonious
Course: Hexagon Stitch - Each bead forms one of
the 6 sides - the enhancement of RAW. We'll show
you how to keep track!
• Dreamy Interconnections
Portrait: Meike Nagel - The "Artist of the Torch"
explains what math and lampworking have in
common. Enjoy her imaginative objects.
• Graveside Decorations
History: Beaded Wreaths - Customs change over
time. Sometimes a window into the past opens,
such as this spectacular find from old factory
buildings which hadn't been entered in many
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Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space
May 28 - June 15, 2013
Mitchell Art Gallery
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Online gallery of the Less is More Exhibition
Beadwork by Zoya Gutina at the Less is More Exhibition
Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space
(A Mitchell Gallery National Juried Exhibition) -
this exhibition of small works, no larger than
8" x 10" x 4", includes pieces of art by
artists from across the nation.
235 artists from 34 states submitted 627 works
for the juror's consideration, and 269 artworks
of 173 artists were selected. All works are for
sale and can be viewed in the online gallery. All
proceeds benefit the educational programs of
World of Beads: Celebrating 25 Years
June 20 - 22, 2014
Fashion Institute of Technology
John E. Reeves Great Hall
West 28th St. (bet. 7th & 8th Aves.)
New York City
The World of Beads: Celebrating 25 Years will make The
Bead Society of Greater New York the second oldest bead
society in the USA in existence, surpassed only by Los
Angeles at 30 years. Congratulations members! In program:
Juried Exhibit of Award Winning Beadwork; Free Mini-Workshops;
Vendors, Demos, Raffles; A Children's Table. Two
beadworks by Zoya Gutina were juried into the exhibition and
will be showcased there:
Art Nouveau Restored Necklace and
Mystic Garden Necklace.
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