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To be the best jewelry designer you can be, you want to be knowledgeable about all the different materials you will be using. In this section you will learn all about gemstones, metals, stringing materials, and more so you can share with your friends, family, and customers.

in Product Stories on February 21, 2017 .

Although African Turquoise is called Turquoise, it is actually not turquoise in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a form of jasper that is mined in Africa. It is treated to give it that rich blue-green color we love about traditional turquoise. The matrix of the stone with its beautiful black and brown webs and spots is what truly makes the stone a beautiful substitute for the more expensive traditional turquoise.

If African Turquoise isn't Turquoise at all, then what is it? Since it is a form of Jasper, and Jasper is a form of Chalcedony, then African Turquoise is technically a form of chalcedony, like agate and so many...

Metal allergies can take a variety of different forms. Some people are only allergic to nickel, while others are allergic to copper, yet still others may be allergic to any non-pure metal. Metal allergies often manifest as itchy skin, a rash, even blisters. For less pure metals and lesser allergies, the offending metal may simply stain the skin a green or dark grey color. Many people who suffer from metal allergies can stop their symptoms by switching to a purer metal, rather than an alloy. 24Kt Gold, Sterling Silver, and Stainless Steel are often touted as hypoallergenic metals. Lets take a look at these and other options for...

in Product Stories on February 01, 2017 .

Tiger's eye is a variety of quartz that is well known for its silky luster and beautiful striations. It has inclusions of iron, quartz, and golden asbestos which give the stone its chatoyency and striped appearance. It is largely opaque and usually found naturally in a brown or golden brown color, though it can be dyed any color from pink to green to navy blue. It is mined primarily in Africa, though it is also found in Brazil, Australia, and in some parts of the United States.

Tiger's Eye is used as a good luck stone, giving you courage and confidence while protecting you against curses or ill will. This protection also helps you...

in Product Stories on January 12, 2017 .

Hematite is a form of iron oxide that is usually a dark gunmetal color, though it can also be found in brown, silver-grey, or red. It has been used as a pigment since the 15th century, creating a red color we know as Rouge. This is actually how the stone got its name, as it comes from ancient latin meaning “blood.” The most natural form of hematite is a rusty red color, and that is how it was known for many centuries before it began being polished to its dark silver color we know today.

Metaphysically, hematite is used as a grounding stone. It can help you feel more safe or can counteract overwhelming energies from...

Jasper is an amazing gemstone that appears in a huge variety of colors and patterns. It is a variety of Silicone Dioxide that usually features opaque and neutral colors, including brown, yellow, red, green, and black. It is considered a type of chalcedony, but is set apart from other varieties by its opaqueness and grainy structure. Most jasper specimens also include up to 20% other substances, and can even grow together with agate or opal specimens.

The unique patterns that can be found within Jasper are absolutely unique to each and every stone. No two stones will look exactly alike and each one is created through a...

Lava Rock beads are, as their name suggests, a type of igneous rock. These beads are becoming very popular among beaders today, as they are irregular in shape with sponge-like textures, making them an interesting element in jewelry design.

Lava Rock beads are also deceptively lightweight too, so they are very comfortable to wear. And while they most commonly appear in black or gray, they can be dyed different colors too. Best of all, Lava Rock beads are relatively inexpensive compared to gemstones.

But how did Lava Rock beads first come about? In this post, we explore some interesting facts about Lava Rock beads and why you...

Jade is a beautiful and durable material that has been around since pre-historic times. It’s often used in jewelry-making for pendants, earrings and bracelets. Jade is often cut in cabochons for this type of jewelry, but is also seen in beads or tumbled stones too.

History of Jade

As well as being used for jewelry-making, Jade has also been used to make tools, weapons, carvings, heirloom ornaments, religious art and sculptures. Jade has a long association with China, having been mined and worked there since the Stone Age. China is still the world’s leading producer of Jade items today.

The Chinese value Jade jewelry and...

Magnesite is a beautiful gemstone that looks similar to Turquoise or Howlite. When cut and polished into beads, Magnesite features a dark thread of veins or a web-like matrix across its surface, making it an attractive gem to use for jewelry-making projects.

In this post, we’ll explore some key facts and characteristics about Magnesite, starting with a little background as to how this gemstone is formed.

Mineral makeup and origin of Magnesite

Magnesite is a calcite group mineral that contains the chemical formula “magnesium carbonate” (MgCO3). Magnesite usually forms in three-dimensional rhombohedral shaped crystals and...