Labradorite is a beautiful and unusual gemstone that is similar to Moonstone. It features a beautiful iridescent optical effect on its surface.

In this post, we explore some interesting facts about Labradorite, including how its shimmering appearance is formed, where it originated from, how it’s used and more.

Labradorite composition and mineral makeup

The Labradorite gemstone is a hard crystalline mineral from the feldspar group of minerals. The body color of this gem can appear in light grey through to black. It’s a translucent gemstone with a pearly luster, which gives it an almost mystical appearance.


We have a great tutorial for you today on how to make a bead and wire heart pendant with necklace! This jewelry-making project is perfect for giving as a gift on Mother’s Day, birthdays or other special occasions.

This is a project that anyone can do, even if you’re new to jewelry-making. You’ll need just a few materials, as follows:

  • Gold tone wire (24 or 22 gauge) – the wire needs to be strong enough to hold its shape but thin enough to fit through the hole in size 11/0 seed beads.

  • Gold tone chain.

  • Gold tone clasp and jump rings.

  • Size 11/0 Toho round seed beads in white (pink or red...

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you to show that special lady in your life how much you care and appreciate what they do for you. What better way to show your appreciation than with a handmade gift?

In this post, we’ve selected some of our favorite beads that would work really well in handmade Mother’s Day jewelry. To inspire you, we’ve also featured some beautiful creations from talented artists on Etsy.

Take a look below at our top 5 Mother’s Days picks!

1. Freshwater Pearls

Pearls instantly give any piece of jewelry a touch of class and freshwater pearls, with their organic irregular shape, are...

Jewelry production in the 1960s through to the 1980s was loud, proud and designed to make a statement! Fine jewelry was still being made and worn by those that could afford it, but many people liked to wear costume jewelry, which played a big part in the fashion of these decades.

Expensive diamonds, emeralds and sapphires were pushed to the side a little as the masses wanted jewelry made with cheaper materials like plastic chunky beads, gold plate metal, colored glass and crystal. Costume jewelry throughout this time period was the height of fashion.

Jewelry in the 1960s

Jewelry design during the 1960s took on a bold and...

If you’re lucky enough to have been born in April, your birthstone is the magnificent and highly valuable diamond!

In this post, we explore some interesting facts about diamonds, including where they first originated, how to value them and the mystical meanings surrounding them.

Composition of diamonds

Diamonds are the hardest known natural substance – a mineral composed of carbon. They are formed within the Earth’s mantle at high temperatures before being delivered to the Earth’s surface inside xenoliths – pieces of mantle rock - by way of volcanic eruptions.

Diamonds are produced by mining the mantle rock which...

Wedding jewelry is an important consideration for any bride. It should perfectly complement the wedding dress, color scheme, hair and makeup – and of course, it should look beautiful and unique!

We’re big fans of handmade jewelry here at Golden Age Beads. You can guarantee with any style of handmade jewelry that it will be one of a kind and unique.

Much care and effort goes into creating bespoke handmade jewelry and when it comes to wedding jewelry, that’s exactly what a blushing bride will want and expect.

Spring is upon us and the wedding season is beginning so today, we’ve put together a handmade showcase based on...

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a three strand beaded necklace that’s versatile enough to be worn with any outfit!

This project is great for beginners as there are just a few basic jewelry-making techniques involved, such as bead stringing and using jewelry pliers.

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

In today’s instalment of Jewelry Through The Ages, we’re exploring Retro Era jewelry, also known as Retro Modern or cocktail jewelry.

It’s not uncommon to consider something that is “Retro” as something dating back to the 1960s or 1970s. But when it comes to Retro jewelry, the time period involved goes back even further, to around the time of World War II.

Retro jewelry was first seen in France around 1935 with a collection of designs from Van Cleef & Arpels. They exhibited their collection at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and when World War II began, those designs remained in New York.

American jewelry...