This week, I’m excited to introduce a brand new series of beadweaving tutorials here at Golden Age Beads. The first part in this series explains step by step how to beadweave in flat even count peyote stitch using seed beads and also how to add a striped pattern to your beadwork. You can follow these instructions to make a beautiful peyote stitch bracelet, ring, earrings, or necklace for example. If you’ve never done peyote stitch before, you’ll find it very addictive!

For this tutorial, you’ll need the following materials:

While Spring/Summer 2015 is all about minimalism, one can’t ignore the bling of jewelry. Last year's nose rings make way for choker and breastplate necklaces, mismatched earrings and statement pendants. Designers explored new forms as well as materials such as feathers, fur and wood.

Statement Pendants

Curious and a bit extraordinary were on mind of the designers, who came up with the range of these interesting and quite noteworthy forms of pendants, introducing more and more creatively worked out and quite spectacular forms and styles. For inspiration you may have a look at the hand-shaped relic pendants by Celine, the...

Whether beading and jewelry-making is a new hobby for you, or you’re already an experienced beader, there are a number of essential items that should have a home in every beader’s toolkit. The main item of course is beads and no doubt you’ll have a good stock of these already!

Collecting a variety of beads has to be the most fun part of your jewelry-making adventure. There are so many colors and types of beads to choose from, including dyed jade beads, glass and resin beads, gemstones, metal beads, seed beads and much more.

Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, and legends have it that for aquamarine to be truly powerful it must be immersed in sea water and bathed in sunlight. The gemstone is also supposed to have powers that reach to land, helping married couples solve their problems and drive off evil.

Aquamarine is associated with the thymus gland and is very soothing when worn as a necklace. It will also help reduce fluid retention and calm the nerves. The Romans used aquamarine for stomach troubles and believed it could cure liver and throat problems. Aquamarine brings courage, aids quick intellectual response, and gives peace while protecting...

Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by making a beautiful pair of beaded earrings especially for the occasion. These Delicate Daisy Chain Beaded Earrings can be sewed together really easily and quickly using seed beads, spacer beads and a couple of beadwork stitches. Let’s get started with this free beading tutorial!

For this project, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Two different colors of size 11 seed beads. (This tutorial uses white and green seed beads to give those daisies an authentic look!)

The process of cutting and polishing gems is called lapidary. All gems are cut and polished by progressive abrasion using finer and finer grits of harder substances. Technicians used to lay face down on a bench pressing the beads onto a stone grinding wheel, with water running over the stone to soak the dust.

Glass beads are more modern. Glass was not considered worthy of polishing compared to stone. However, the Czech bead makers invented "fire-polishing". After the glass bead has been pressed in a mold and faceted into the desired amount of cuts, it was ran through a furnace at extremely high temperature to just melt the surface...

What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the gemstone of February and for those born under the Pisces zodiac sign. Amethyst is known as the Royal Purple Stone, the purple variety of quartz. The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind.

Amethyst is always purple, but comes in shades of pale lilac to deep purple. Deeper colors are more valuable, milky amethyst is the cheapest. Amethyst is mined in South America and Africa. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, also comes from...