These are heading the the Artisan Jewelry Show on Nov 9th
115 S Fraser Street State College PA
Commercial silver polish can be used to remove the tarnish and keep your jewelry looking as bright as the day you bought it.
To help maintain your jewelry looking like new:
- Wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth after removing them. The best way to store your jewelry when you are not wearing it, is to place it in a sealed plastic bag
- Keep anti-tarnish strips in your jewelry box. These can be used for anywhere between 3 to 6 months before they need to be replaced and ensure that your jewelry is ready to wear at any time.
- The luster of pearls can be restored and maintained simply by washing them once in a while in lukewarm soapy water. Pearls are more fragile than most other semi-precious stones and should be given special care. Make sure that your hairspray and perfumes are completely dry before putting on your pearls.
- Harsh jewelry cleaners may damage semi-precious stones as well as crystals and freshwater pearls and is not recommended.
- Chlorine and direct sunlight can severely damage sterling silver and semi-precious stones so please avoid prolonged exposure to both and be sure to store your jewelry out of direct sunlight.
- Swarovski crystal is best maintained with mild soap and water in combination with a soft, non-abrasive polishing cloth.
- "Sunshine yellow cloths" are great for cleaning jewelry.
Semi precisious: tiger eye, agate, rhondenite, aventurine, citrine hematite, amethyst, jade, unakite, jasper, flrorite, turquoise
Natural: fresh water pearl, abalone, shell, wood, ceramic, lava, bamboo coral, bone
Glass: Faceted, pearl, lampwork, Iris, Milifiori, glass-metal
Abalone -Sea shell known as an “ear shell” because of its shape. The inside of the shell is iridescent also known as "Mother of Pearl".
Agate A microcrystalline of quartz with bands of color. It is one of the most plentiful stones on the Earth. The great variety of colors and shapes will enhance any project!
Amethyst Beads A variety of quartz that gets its purple color from iron in the mineral.
Ceramic beads have been a part of jewelry design for over 2,500 years. They offer interesting shapes, textures and colors.
Faceting beads is both an art and a science. The glass quality must be excellent and as advancements have been made in the cutting processes, we have been able to add beads with up to 144 facets to this assortment!! We've created some new designs and twists on old designs with new finishes and coatings.
Fresh Water Pearls from Bead Gallery are of exquisite finish and quality, and can be found in an incredible variety of size, shape and color. There are 3mm pearls, 12mm coin pearls and 9mm x 12mm large pearl beads, all available at amazing prices and in hands-on strung packaging. The polished natural or dyed shell beads come in a wide variety of shapes and finishes, from polished round to faceted ovals with many shapes in between
Glass metal: These lustered glass faceted beads are beautiful by themselves, but when a sterling silver plated bead cap is added to each end, they become filigreed spacer beads that will add delicacy and design to any project!
Iris Glass Beads Beautiful glass beads having an iris finish adding shimmer to any project.
Jade Beads A dyed quartzite that is a metamorphic gemstone. my large blue and purple slices
Jasper - A cryptocrystalline of quartz. It breaks with a smooth surface and polishes well making it a great gemstone. my new slices of various colors, fun turquoise colors purple rectangles.
Lampwork These focal point beads can be molded into any shape and size. These beads made on metal rods called mandrals. Molten glass is wound around the rod and then other colors are introduced to add design.
Lava These beads are made from the molten rock that comes out of a volcano and solidifies. As the lava cools and hardens gasses release causing holes to form making it a lightweight stone.
Bamboo Red Coral remains an important and exciting trend, and using these Dyed Bamboo Coral beads from Bead Gallery® make it easy for any designer to create amazing statement pieces.
Mother of Pearl Nothing says summer better than mother of pearl. Use these natural tone leaves to show off.
Onyx A beautiful, shiny black stone that consists of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors
Shell Beads Sea shell or lake shell referring to the protective outer layer of a marine creature. Bead Gallery® shell beads are found in over ten colors
Sodalite Beads A blue/white quartz.
Sterling Silver plated accent beads for your original jewelry designs.
Red Coral remains an important and exciting trend, and using these Dyed Bamboo Coral beads from Bead Gallery® make it easy for any designer to create amazing statement pieces.
Turquoise An opaque blue-green mineral made up of aluminum and copper.
Howlite /Turquoise - These beads are made of a porous mineral that is naturally white. It takes dye very easily and can be found in many beautiful colors
Tiger Eye A metamorphic rock that is a member of the quartz group.
Unakite beads Consists of pink feldspar, green epidote, and quartz. It’s often referred to as epidotzied quartz.
Agate: balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies; perceptiveness
Amazonite: success, joy, self expression, awaking heart, soothing, harmony, balancing
Amber: soothing, calming, cleansing, lightens the burdens of life
Amethyst: contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition
Ammolite: bring good luck and prosperity, said to grant miracles, radiate positive enregy
Apatite: intellect, achieving results, insight, humanitarianism, meditation, balance, creativity
Aquamarine: courage, purification, peace, intuition, self expression, preparedness, balance
Astrophyllite: Enhance confidence, aids in Astral travel, bring to life hidden forces
Aventurine: healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity, opening heart, motivation
Azurite: intuitive energy, dreams, healing, insight, stilling the mind, concentration, self transformation
Bloodstone: courage, intense healing, renewal, strength, victory, intuitive decision making
Carnelian: precision, analytical capabilities, physical energy, verbal skills, peace, spirituality
Chalcedony: Increase mental stability, encourages good will, balances mind and spirit
Charoite: Heralds in a new and vibrant life, lightens the way to a new life, focused clarity
Chrysocolla: Soothing, attracts prosperity and good luck, stimulates the mind, provides inner peace
Chrysoprase: Balances and aligns the Chakras, brings harmony and balance, helps heal a broken heart
Citrine: intuition, comfort, protection, creativity, physical energy, wealth, mental awakening
Coral: diplomacy, quieting emotions, visualization
Crystal Quartz: intensifying energy, spiritual development, healing, raising consciousness
Diamond: courage, strength, healing, protection, spirituality, mental abilities
Dumortierite: self-reliance, stamina, patience, recognition of potential, understanding
Emerald: love, domestic bliss, sensitivity, loyalty, memory, mental capacity, harmony, focus
Fluorite: stability, impartial reasoning, responsibility, concentration, health
Garnet: health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, order, insight, regeneration
Gaspeite: brings good fortune, grants success, helps attract friends and friendship
Gold: Clears negativity from Chakras, balances the Heart Chakra, purifies the physical body
Hematite: mental attunement, memory, calming balance, focusing energy, peace, inner happiness
Howlite: awareness, calm, emotional expression, observation, patience, eliminating negativity
Iolite: intuition, spiritual growth, balance, healing, releasing discord, awakening to inner knowledge
Jade: fidelity, dreams, realization of potential, peace, accord, resourcefulness, accomplishment
Jaspers: protection, nurturing, joy, balancing of physical, emotional and intellectual energies
Labradorite: alignment, spiritual connection, transformation, clarity, progression, discernment
Lepidolite: Cosmic awareness, emotional balance, lifts depression, meditation
Lapis Lazuli: wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity, creativity, expanded consciousness
Marble: charitable actions, original thinking, alleviation of sorrow
Mother of Pearl: clarity, intuition, sensitivity, imagination, adaptability, cooperation
Obsidians: clarity, deflecting negativity, protection, healing
Onyx: self control, decision making, intuition, recognition of personal strengths
Opal: creativity, spontaneity, memory, happy dreams and changes
Pearls: Purity, honesty, serenity, focus, meditation, tranquility
Peridot: warmth, friendliness, understanding, openness in love, regulation of cycles
Quartz: Communication, wisdom, clarity of thought, higher conscience, transformation
Rhodochrosite: Balance emotions, invokes courage and passion, powerful emotional healer
Rhodonite: Opens one to unconditional love, decreases anxiety, calming, enhances passion
Rose Quartz: love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing emotional wounds
Ruby: spiritual wisdom, attainment of values, economic stability, protection from distress
Rutilated Quartz: Strong healer, brings forth each person's strengths, spiritual communications
Sapphire: joy, peace, beauty, prosperity, fulfillment of dreams
Silver: Hope, grounding, unconditional love, energizes other stones, draws out negative energy
Smoky Quartz: dissolving emotional blockage, cleaning the mind, personal pride, joy in living
Sodalite: wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress reduction, companionship
Sunstone: alleviating fears, energizing, cleansing
Tanzanite: Communication, intuition, protection, symmetry, decision making, spirituality
Tiger Eye: practicality, peacefulness, clarity, intelligence, intuition, calmness, new experiences
Tiger Iron: artistic endeavors, beauty, vitality
Topaz: true love, success in endeavors, understanding of interrelationships, expression
Tourmaline: energizing, soul-searching, releasing, strengthen the body and spirit
Turquoise: spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing, protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind
Unakite: balance, re-birth, foresight, emotional balance
Ziosite: dispelling laziness, facilitation, advancement
Prolific jewelry making began with the ancestors of Homo Sapiens, the Cro-Magnons over 40,000 years ago when they began to migrate from the Middle East to Europe. Cro-Magnons eventually replaced the Neanderthals as the dominant species. Jewelry from that period includes crudely fashioned necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth, mother-of-pearl, shells and stone strung together with a piece of twine or animal sinew. The earliest signs of metallurgy, using copper to make jewelry, was seen around 7,000 years ago.
The art of wire-wrapping has been around since the time of the Phoenician Empire, about 1000 years B.C. where Gold or Silver was hammered into thin sheets, cut into narrow strips and the edges filed smooth, making the wire. The wire was then woven into a design and set on onto a breast plate.
In ancient Greece, beads shaped as natural forms like shells, flowers and beetles were manufactured on a large scale. Beautiful and delicate necklaces and earrings were found in burial sites in Northern Greece. By 300 BC the Greeks were making multi coloured jewellery and used emeralds, garnets, amethysts and pearls. Eight centuries BC the Italian Etruscans in the Tuscany region produced granulated textured gold work. They made large clasps, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also made pendants that were hollow and could be filled with perfume.
In the 1800's the Bohemian culture made wonderful necklaces and bracelets using wire to connect beads and stones. These jewelry items were popular with European aristocracy for over 50 years.
Today, wire wrapping has become popular because of the uniqueness and the individuality of each piece - no two are ever exactly alike!