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What Are Stress Relief Beads & How Do They Work?

During challenging times, it is natural to seek ways to keep stress and anxiety at bay. While things like going for a walk, relaxing in a warm bubble bath, and chatting with a good friend are all associated with lowering stress levels, they certainly are not the only things that…

How to Make a Pearl Choker Necklace

If you want to make a piece of jewelry that’s simple, sophisticated, and downright beautiful, you can’t go wrong with a pearl choker necklace. While the classic strand of pearls features several stones strung on a long cord, you can make a stunning choker using as few as…

How to Make a Metal Bead Bracelet for Charms & More

When you think about beads, natural gemstones may be the first material that comes to mind. There are, however, many other options out there. Metal beads are a stunning option, and they tend to look incredible when paired with semi-precious stones. They provide contrast and texture and are a unique…

What Colors Do Pearls Come In: Best Pearls for Your Project

When you are in the market for natural gemstones to use in your jewelry-making projects, pearls are always an appealing option. Whether you are interested in natural or cultured pearls, there are all sorts of different options to choose from. Perfectly spherical white and off-white gems might be the first…

How to Make a Beaded Necklace for Mother’s Day

No matter how old you are, nothing tells mom “I love you” quite as well as a homemade gift for Mother’s Day. Once you’ve passed a certain age, though, a handmade crayon drawing might not be quite the gift she has in mind. If you would like to…

Gold Chain for Jewelry Making: How to Pick the Best One

While the beads you use tend to have the biggest impact on the overall appearance of your creations, the chain matters, too. In addition to impacting the aesthetics of your design, the chain you choose can have a huge impact on how well the finished product withstands the test of…

The Ultimate Guide: Exploring the History of Beads

Trends in fashion, jewelry and even art come and go, but beads have been a part of nearly every trend since the dawn of time. While the specific styles change and evolve with the passing years, the materials used to make various items remain largely the same. You may not…

A Beginner’s Guide: How to Wire Wrap Pearls

For hundreds of years, professional jewelers have used all sorts of different settings to hold gemstones in place when making jewelry. Recently, however, jewelry made using a technique known as wire wrapping has become quite popular. Rather than using a setting, the gemstones used in wire-wrapped pieces are secured in…

6 of the Most Common Gemstones Used in Jewelry

Humans have adorned themselves with gemstones since the dawn of time. For thousands of years, precious and semi-precious gemstone beads have been used to make pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and more. And while specific trends have come and gone, gemstones themselves have never fallen out of style. For jewelry designers…

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