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Thursday, May 03, 2012

New This Week!

The Girl with the Coral | Jade | Lapis Pearl

27758101160322 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Pink Coral Pearl (strand 25)No longer is a pearl just a pearl. Because now, a pearl can be a gemstone pearl! Confused yet? ;-)

The concept. A new look in Swarovski pearls. Pearls that aren't designed to look like pearls! The classic line of Swarovski pearls are artfully crafted to represent the best of the best in oyster creations - but this new line of "Gemcolour Pearls" is designed to emulate high-quality, natural, opaque gemstones such as Lapis, Jade, Coral, Ivory and Onyx. 

27758101032323 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 4 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Red Coral Pearl (strand 25)27758110060312 Swarovski Elements Pearl - 14 mm Round Pearl (5811) - Coral Pearl (5)The coral comes in three shades: red, pink, and coral. Actually - the Red Coral, and the Mystic Black (pure black, like Onyx) - are existing Swarovski colours - and so these Gemcolours are an extension of those, building into a range of colours. 

27758101160321 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Lapis Pearl (strand 25)27758101096318 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 6 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Dark Lapis Pearl (strand 25)The Lapis also comes in two shades, Lapis and Dark Lapis.

27758101160320 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Jade Pearl (strand 25)27758101221319 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 10 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Ivory Pearl (10)And we have Jade, and Ivory.

The quality of these is really quite lovely - they are hefty, and have a nice solid feel to them. Like the pearl-pearls - they are built on a solid, round crystal base, and the layers of the coatings are built up to make a rich, shiny, round bead. What stops this from being "just a solid-coloured, round bead?" Well - it's hard to articulate how, exactly - but they really do have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them seems extra special. So, Gemcolour Pearls - check 'em out.

New month - new stone of the month!

s32484 Stone Beads - 30 x 40 mm Oval - Moss Agate (1)This month - it is Moss Agate! Moss Agate is a chalcedony (pronounced kal-SED-oh-nee) with inclusions of minerals that look green, and feather out into inclusions that look like moss trapped in marshmallow. No actual moss was harmed in the making of these stones. Besides, millions-of-years-old moss would actually look pretty nasty - all brown and icky.

New for your library

New whack of books - for a wide range of tastes.
s32653 Books -  Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue - For the obsessive-compulsive seedbeader with tastes running to the elegant and refined - we have Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue. The dazzling jewelry with the sophisticated touch makes me long to have the patience and concentration to be able to make these!

s32661 Books -  Metal Style - by Karen DoughertyFor those with an absolute terror of fire and learning to solder - Metal Style - by Karen Dougherty - on the art of cold connections. Rivet, screw, file, saw - all without the need to break out a torch.

s32655 Books -  Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry - by Barbara Lewis
For the pyromaniacs - those who are constantly in danger of setting fire to everything - there is Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry - by Barbara Lewis. Learn to enamel - without a kiln - by handfiring your enamels. Add colour and class with powdered glass.

s32656 Books -  Jewelry Fix-ups - by David McLoughlin
For the "I'm so p'd off that the jeweller told me it wasn't worth fixing my favourite earrings" - you can learn to do it yourself. Jewelry Fix-ups - by David McLoughlin A treasure trove of history, terms, techniques for repairing costume, art and fashion jewelry - this will have you replacing stones, repairing clasps and converting earrings in no time. No jewelry collector should be without this one.

s32657 Books -  Tales of Adornment - by Kristen Robinson
For the soppy romantic that sees the world through pink-coloured fuzzy glasses with little hearts all over them - Tales of Adornment - by Kristen Robinson. Tell your tales of eternal love and undying devotion with your jewelry - making your own components with resin. Floating words - encapsulated mementos - combined into story driven jewelry that will curl up on the couch with you for a good cry.

s32658 Books -  Gothic Jewelry - by Harriet Smith
For the angsty Goth who is wearing black until something darker comes along - Gothic Jewelry - by Harriet Smith. Barbed wire bracelets, dripping blood brooches, bats and spiders, oh my. No sparkly vampires allowed.

s32660 Books -  75 Chinese, Celtic and Ornamental Knots - by Laura Williams and Elise Mann
For those who got their knot-tying badge in Girl Scouts, and have now made it their life's work to find and tie every knot ever made - I say - leave my garden hose alone! Instead - you can explore this collection of 75 Chinese, Celtic and Ornamental Knots - by Laura Williams and Elise Mann. You too can claim it's "Knot my problem."

As usual - lots of other new items to choose from around the site, so go ahead, click on a link or a picture above, or start with the Main Page, if you are feeling intrepid, (there is a LOT of stuff there), or chunk it down into bite-size portions by checking out the categories: Click on a link and go crazy! Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools. Look for the "new" tags!
Or maybe check out all our free, yes, free projects. A new one every week.

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