The name Swarovski is well known and respected. It is the name of quality, innovation, and sparkle. Swarovski crystals and gemstones are renowned for their beauty. So valued, in fact, Hollywood actresses wear gowns encrusted in dazzling Swarovski crystals. Swarovski History The Swarovski began in 1865 when Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut crystals. His goal was to make crystals more accessible to a wider-audience.
Take a poll of ten friends and family about their favorite color. Chances are 5 out of the 10 people polled will name blue as their favorite color. In fact, 50 percent of the population name blue as their favorite. Blue is an interesting color, favored throughout history, and associated with significant meanings. The color blue and blue sapphires represent purity, trust, dignity, strength, loyalty,
Warm cozy nights. Rain and snow storms. Harvest and hay rides. Changing leaves and pumpkins. Each of these reminds us of fall. The season in which the weather starts to cool, the nights grow shorter, and summer’s vibrance starts to fade. In some areas, fall is the shock of color when the leaves change. A sea of orange, reds, auburn, and Merlot leaves saturating the landscape.
The glittery, shimmering crystals of a druzy make it perfect for earrings and pendants. They mimic stardust, sparkling sugar, and glimmering golds. Druzy makes stunning, unique, and breathtaking jewelry. It is no surprise druzy love is growing in the fashion industry. More jewelry designers are incorporating these natural, unique stones into their work. Druzy Love. What Is Druzy Druzy is a crystallized mineral formation on
Peridot olivine, August’s birthstone, is often confused with emeralds. The confusion comes from the similar color. But the peridot is an olive green rather than the blue-green of emeralds. In fact, it was discovered that the Shrine of the Three Kings, also called “Three Magi” treasure, contains peridot rather than emeralds. Peridot History Records show the peridot is one of the oldest mined gemstones. It dates back
Who doesn’t want a hobby in which you can use a hammer to beat on metal? What’s not to love? The more I learn about metalsmithing, the more I love it. It all starts with a creative vision, metal, and basic tools. From these three components comes a lovely piece of art. According to Wikipedia, metalsmithing has a long history. It is traced back to the
Just when you think technology has gone as far as it can, something new arrives. Enter 3D printing technology. It’s capabilities and potential uses seems to grow daily. Invented by Chuck Hull, 3D printing has a history that goes back a few decades. In recent years, 3D printing has sparked growing interest. Transforming Jewelry Making Applications of the technology are appearing in science and product
Rubies have long held the position King of Gems. Throughout history royalty has coveted the ruby as a representative of wealth and power. Royalty uses the ruby to adorn coronation rings, crowns, and scepters. In fact, Duchess of York was given a ruby engagement ring by Prince Andrew in 1986. The ruby is the rarest of gemstones. Because of their rarity they are most often
Pearls are those alluring, creamy beads that have adorned women for millennia. Throughout history, pearls have graced royalty and seen as a symbol of wealth and position. Enter Coco Chanel and the introduction of the faux pearl. Chanel was instrumental in making these demure gems available to the average woman. She was also a driving force in making pearls fashion-forward. Fast forward to this decade
Properly storing and organizing your jewelry is important to keep your pieces clean and in good condition. Many options are on the market to help you find the perfect storage solution for costume and precious jewelry pieces. I have several different solutions for my pieces including jewelry boxes with anti-tarnish silver cloth, bracelet and ring dishes, and boxes for my more casual bits of jewelry.