in Product Stories on Jan 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...

Lucite is an acrylic resin that has been in use since 1940 to make costume jewelry. It can be molded into just about any shape, and though it is originally colorless, it can be made any color under the sun. It is made of a heavier material than plastic, with properties of both glass and plastic. It is more dense than regular plastic, similar to what we know as vintage bakelite.

Here at Golden Age Beads, we have many different shapes and colors of lucite flowers. They make beautiful jewelry with a vintage flair. There are so many different styles of the flowers, from Amaryllis to Lily of the Valley in every color of the rainbow....

This year for the holidays shop handmade for everyone on your Christmas list! Personalized jewelry and keychains make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Commemorate an important date, coordinates to an important location, or names of loved ones with personalized pieces. These make great gifts for moms, grandmas, dads, really anyone!

Today we are so excited to have an interview with Chalea from Mune Studios. She is a self-taught jewelry artist who is constantly experimenting with new ideas to make jewelry that is beautiful yet durable, perfect for moms on the go. We asked Chalea to share a little bit about her life and her creative process with us.

Tell us more about you. Where are you from, what do you do for a living and how does making jewelry fit into your life?

My name is Chalea, I’m a self-taught metal maven and my other name is “mama.” I’ve got two little ones, a significant other, two dogs, two cats, and currently we all live in a house that...

Product photography can be a tricky beast, especially for a new designer just starting out. However, good photography can make or break your new business! If you aren't ready to jump into perfectly white backdrops with a lightbox or photo studio, you can still take amazing product photos using just the right props.

The key with using props in your product photos is to showcase your designs in a setting that feels natural and evokes an emotion in your potential buyers. While the ideal photo may include a real-life model, you can still show relative size using the right props, or help buyers get the emotions of your piece with a...

Today we have an exclusive interview with burgeoning jewelry designer Jessica from The Renegade Jesster. She has been experimenting with electroforming to create beautiful and absolutely unique pieces we have never seen anywhere else. We asked Jessica to share a little bit about how making jewelry and running a business fits into her busy life.

Tell us more about you. Where are you from, what do you do for a living and how does making jewelry fit into your life?

I currently live in TX, although I never really considered it home. I am a stay-at-home momma of three and wife to my best friend. Making jewelry is how I save my sanity...

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...

Branding is such an important part of building a handmade business, so to get down into the details we are excited to bring in branding expert Mich from Wilde Woman Design. She helps small businesses just like you get their feet off the ground with beautiful logos, social media photos, and website designs. We asked Mich to share with us a little bit about herself as a small business owner and for a few “behind the scenes” tips for jewelry designers to make it in the handmade world.