Howlite is perhaps best known for being an imitation gemstone, as it can be dyed different colors to look like semi-precious gemstones such as Turquoise and Coral. Even though Howlite is generally inexpensive, it still has plenty of qualities that make it a popular stone for use in jewelry-making.

Howlite composition and history

Howlite is a borate mineral found in sedimentary rock. It was first discovered in Canada in 1868 by Henry How, a Canadian chemist, mineralogist and geologist. A group of miners brought it to his attention when they came across it while mining, finding it to be a nuisance because it was harder to mine...

Today, we’re celebrating seed beads – those tiny little beauties made of glass that come in all different shapes, colors and sizes!

Seed beads are incredibly versatile and can be used to make many different styles of jewelry from traditional, contemporary to just downright quirky!

It can take a lot of time and skill to make a complete piece of jewelry using mainly seed beads, because they are so small - depending on the complexity of the piece, lots of them may be needed.

We believe that it’s well worth learning all about seed beads, including the different techniques that you can use when working with them, because...

In this jewelry-making tutorial, we’re showing you how to make a gorgeous pair of earrings using a beadweaving technique called “circular brick stitch”. Once you’ve mastered this technique, you can use it to make some really pretty jewelry designs for pendants, earrings and more.

Although there are a lot of steps to follow for this tutorial, don’t worry, because this technique is easy once you’ve completed the first few steps!

Today’s post is the fourth instalment in our “Jewelry Through The Ages” series and this time, we’re exploring Victorian jewelry.

The Victorian era (1837 to 1901) was a time of great change in terms of technology, politics, art and fashion. This was a time period in which great inventions were made such as the introduction of electricity, the concept of indoor plumbing and the birth of photography.

Because of the advances in technology, the expansion of trade and the growth of middle class society, jewelry production reached a great level during the Victorian era compared to prior history periods.

The Victorian era is...

In today’s post, we’re reviewing “Felt, Fabric and Fiber Jewelry” by best-selling craft author Sherri Haab. This book is made up of twenty unique jewelry-making projects made out of fabric, ribbon, beads, cord, wire, buttons and more.

This book is aimed at anyone who likes experimenting with mixed media jewelry and those who enjoy using needlework techniques such as sewing, quilting, crochet, embroidery and felting.

Felt, Fabric and Fiber Jewelry – content overview

This book is laid out in two main sections. The first part gives an overview on the basic things you’ll need to know about different materials and...

Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious opaque gemstone that is well-known for its intense deep royal blue color and shimmering golden flecks that are reminiscent of a starry night sky.

This is a stunning gem with an interesting history. Historians believe that Lapis Lazuli has been around for the last 6,500 years, having been used and treasured by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and China.

Archaeologists have found evidence of Lapis Lazuli among treasures and furnishings in ancient graves. It wasn’t just used for jewelry. It was (and still is) made into different objects including figures, bowls, hair...

We’re pleased to bring you another beadweaving pattern today which you can download free for your personal use! This colorful diagonal pattern uses 3 bead right angle weave (RAW) stitch, which can be used on its own or in conjunction with other stitches to create many different variations of beaded bracelets.

You’ll need the following materials to make this colorful bracelet:

  • Size 11/0 - Toho Round Seed Beads in 3 different colors – we’d recommend gold, turquoise and pink.

  • Nymo beading thread in light tan.

  • Size 10 or 12 beading needle

  • Clasp (optional)

  • Scissors

Our Toho...

We have another instalment of our Jewelry Through The Ages series for you today in which we’re exploring the history of jewelry, starting from ancient Egyptian times right through to present day. In this post, we’re focusing on jewelry from the Renaissance period (from around 1500 to 1830 CE).

The term “Renaissance” means “rebirth” and quite aptly sums up this time period, for it was an important time of social and cultural change. The Renaissance itself started after the Middle Ages in 14th century Italy and in the centuries following, it spread throughout Europe. New continents were discovered during this period and...