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Ruby beads are a favorite with both jewelry makers and those who wear them. They have been used in jewelry for hundreds of years.
As a precious gemstone, they offer connotations of wealth and good fortune, and are often worn by celebrities and royals. They are the perfect stone to dress up any outfit for a special occasion or unique event.
Ruby beads are a member of the Corundum species, characterized by their deep red to purple color. The beads are mined in Asia; primarily in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as Australia, Brazil and Africa. They are prized for their rich and vibrant color, caused by the element Chrome in the aluminum oxide crystal structure of Corundum, as well as their durability.
They are also easy to clean and take care of; simply wash the beads in warm soapy water and wipe with a cloth before leaving to dry. They can also be cleaned by using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Whether you’re new to jewelry making, or you’ve been crafting beautiful pieces for years, ruby beads are a great stone to work with. Offered in a complete range of sizes and shapes, beads vary from small, seed beads to large silver-backed pendants and slim, rectangular beads to large chunky spheres, across a spectrum of hues.
With summer around the corner, big chunky beads are back in fashion. From large necklaces to beaded bracelets, large beads create a fun and fresh ready-for-summer look, helping you to embrace your inner Woodstock and look al fresco ready this summer.
Ruby beads are a great tool for bringing summer into your look, complementing the brighter colors around you, the beads will catch the light and change color based on the time of day. Combine ruby and silver seed beads to make a trendy chevron necklace in less than an hour.
Large beads are relatively easy to use and a great place to start if you’re new to jewelry making. Requiring a lot less skill than more intricate pieces, starting with larger beads is as simple as stringing the beads onto your chosen material and attaching a lobster clasp.
No summer is complete without a good party or three, but knowing how to dress up an outfit when the party is outside or on the beach can be difficult. Rubies dress up any outfit, even a simple kimono and sandals.
For the summer, low hanging pendants offer a relaxed look and can be added to most outfits – day or night – to bring a little class and elegance to your outfit.
To create the perfect pendant, choose an 18-inch chain of your choice and simply thread the pendant onto the chain before adding your clasp. Using a clasp that allows you to adjust the length of the pendant will help you to change the length of the necklace to suit different dresses and outfits.