Plastic Beads, A Worthy Alternative & Summer Beads

This month is the advantages of plastic beads and all about summer beads. Scroll down, or click a link on the html version.

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Plastic Beads - A Worthy Alternative
Designing Summer Jewelry
Peridot - the cooling gemstone for August
Pearl & Peridot Necklace
Carnelian - another gemstone for August
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Plastic Beads, A Worthy Alternative

Plastic beads were originally much sought after, until the popularity of glass beads and other materials caused them to be looked down upon. However, this is certainly not true of all beads made of acrylic or resin.

Beads molded of plastic are inexpensive and lightweight compared to glass and gemstone beads. They also can survive a low temperature wash, making them suitable for decorating clothing.

These fun beads often imitate more exotic gems like dzi, faceted crystal, pearls, and other semiprecious stones. They are also easily molded into a variety of interesting shapes and dyed intense colors. Plastic beads are ideal to teach children jewelry making techniques too.

Therefore, don't overlook their potential helping you to create interesting affordable designer jewelry.

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Designing Summer Jewelry

Summer jewelry should bring to mind happy times - on the beach, holidays, BBQs, by water, having fun with family and friends. The way to achieve this effect when designing summer jewelry is to use color and certain gemstones.

Any stones that have bright vivid colors are good for summer. Sun yellow citrine, fiery red or orange carnelian, bright dyed coral, or sea breeze natural cooling turquoise and peridot. However, many other stones are also suitable, like some turquoise dyed every color imaginable.

A fashionable new stone should not be overlook because of it's dramatic summer colors: Rainbow Calsilica. Rainbow calsilica is a new material that makes amazingly striking, eye-catching colorful gemstone beads. The stones dramatic variation in vivid colored bands and its short history attract attention everywhere. No two of these dramatic stones are alike - each has its own configuration of color and striping.

Summer Colors
Summery colors come from nature - bright and illuminating. Like happy yellow, vivid orange and stunning red and lime green. As long as the colors make you feel warm inside they are for summer.

Color Trends
However, fashion clothing colors change by the year. The present trend of beach wear is for more subtle colors. These may reflect in the fashion for 2012 summer clothing. So to keep your jewelry ahead, take note. The latest names for these colors are:

Lime Blossom, Clotted Cream, Hemp, Tortoiseshell, Lupine, Foliage, Apple Sage, Formica, Smoothie, Asian Bronze, Shanghai Mist, Earth Anemone, Oxygen, Baby Doll, Marshmallow, Rhubarbe Jelly, Grape, Lapis, Canary, Macaroon, Quince Petal.

However, you can never go wrong with the traditional vivid classic summery colors. They will always bring to mind deck chairs, beaches, and summer fun.

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Peridot - the cooling gemstone for August

Just the name Peridot sounds summer cooling, and its vivid, shimmering aqua-green color is the ideal gemstone to complement a light summertime outfit. Peridot goes so well with any light color, blending subtly to add interest to a design. Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe) is the gem variety of olivine, a mineral formed under intense heat. Perhaps named from the French word Peridot, meaning unclear, due to its inclusions and cloudy nature. Small crystals of peridot are often found in rocks by volcanoes and in meteors. Because the iron which creates the color is an integral part of its structure, its color is always green - ranging from transparent lime to olive green. One of the few gemstones of only in one color.

Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, said to be the favorite gem of Cleopatra, and mentioned in the Bible. In ancient Egypt it was mined at night because legend tells that peridot was hard to see during the day, yet easily visible by lamplight. The Greeks and Romans called peridot Topazion and Topazius - the later named topaz, to end the confusion between the two. Peridot has also been confused with emerald and many jewelers refer to it as "evening emerald". Peridot was later used to decorate medieval churches, carried back to Europe by the Crusaders, like the huge stones of more than 200 carats in size at Cologne Cathedral.

The gemstone is actually known under three names: Peridot, Chrysolith (derived from the Greek word Goldstone and Olivin, because Peridot is the gemstone variety of the Olivin mineral. In the gemstone trade it is generally called Peridot, a name derived from the Greek Peridona, meaning something like giving plenty.

Peridot is recommended for insomnia, digestive problems and to stimulate the mind. Some say peridot has the power to drive away evil spirits, intensified when the stone is set in gold. And its also said to strengthen the power of any medicine drunk from peridot goblets. Peridot is for people with the star sign of Leo.

Peridot & Pearl Necklace

Peridot & pearl so so well together - teardrops of the moon goddess! This necklace is to inspire what can be done using a combination of different stones. Blue pearls with vivid green peridot make a striking fresh combination to cool you from the summer heat. Clusters of pale-blue 7mm rice pearls are wrapped with 4mm peridot beads producing this 16" -18" long necklace with a lobster clasp.

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Carnelian - another gemstone for August

This flesh-colored stone comes from the quartz family, and is usually bright orange to reddish orange, translucent to clear. However, it can be other colors like green or yellow. Carnelian has brought many ancient beliefs, like protection during travel after death and against evil. It is also believed to combat bad tempers. The name comes from the Latin word "Carnis" meaning flesh. The Roman thought that the darker Carnelian represented males and the lighter, females. Many believe that it creates a bond with man and nature.

Carnelian is for confidence. Said to help blood disorders and eliminate toxins from the body. Carnelian is in tune with the energies of the Earth, making you feel comfortable with your environment. Allowing you to pause and reflect, while feeling settled and more secure. Carnelian stimulates the reproductive organs too; hence its long use as a fertility symbol. It is also said to help creativity and have a clearing effect, replacing negative energy with positive. Making it easier to find direction and feel in control of your life.

A good stone for people starting new projects or who feel they are going nowhere. It motivates, allowing you to find the energy to make the most out of life. Carnelian is best for people with the zodiac sign of Leo, and for those born on a Friday.

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