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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sarah's Autumn Wedding with Custom Bridesmaid Jewelry

The fall season can be such a beautiful time of the year to get married. The autumn leaves and vibrant colors are the perfect backdrop for a wedding.

Who wants to be a June bride?! I'd take autumn anytime! Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry had just that opportunity with a bride, Sarah, who was getting married in October.

The Bride had requested two additional necklaces like the one we had on our website, the Red Aventurine Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N040). I explained it was a one-of-a-kind but suggested she consider that one for her maid of honor and have two similar custom autumn necklace sets made for her bridesmaids. That way, her maid of honor would stand out from the rest of the bridal party.

Working with the same red aventurine gemstones, warm brown freshwater pearls and autumn as the inspiration, emerged Sarah's Custom Bridesmaids Autumn Jewelry Set (N087).

A few weeks back Sarah was gracious enough to email a thank you and some pictures of her wedding with the bridal party wearing my custom designs. It was such a thrill to get her email and I'm so proud of this set -so beautiful! Did I mention I love autumn? *smiles*

Thank you Sarah for the opportunity to help make your day special!

Although Sarah is not the first bride to request custom wedding jewelry from Crystal Allure Jewelry, this is the first set where I did get pictures (and good pictures!). So I wanted to start sharing with you the custom wedding jewelry that I design and the lovely brides who requested them.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Custom Holiday Beaded Bracelet -Vintage Redux II

Recently completed is a custom holiday bracelet set for one of my favorite customers. The Swarovski aurora borealis crystals in this design are actually left over beads from the Custom Swarovski Crystal Vintage Redux II Holiday Bracelet Jewelry Set.

Initially they were to be used for another idea, but when that didn't work out, we went to plan B which was to use them in a holiday bracelet design. So I got to work and added some lovely freshwater pearls with some red and green crystals and viola' -a festive holiday bracelet to treasure for a lifetime!

What makes this bracelet set even more unique is, because the red and green crystals are small enough and there are not too many in the design -you could really wear this bracelet at other times throughout the year. Just add this beaded jewelry set to either a red outfit, or a green outfit, or even a neutral shade for just a small pop of color.

Mary Kay's comments:

Hi Stephanie,
What a wonderful 'cold-Friday-in-December' surprise...I absolutely love them!!

We are planning a holiday outing tonight and they will be perfect. Of course, I have them on already. I especially like that they are festive, but not limiting and can really be worn anytime of the year.

Thank you so much. You are the best!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Handmade Wire Wrapped Rings

It's been a long time coming but they are finally here -elegant handmade wire wrapped rings! Styles are available in either sterling silver or 14 karat goldfill wire, with currently seven different gemstones and/or bead rings to choose from.

Personally, I'm a ring fanatic -can't get enough of them. But as we all know, buying any kind of jewelry at the local jewelry store/department store can get quite expensive. So, I have designed a collection of wire wrapped rings that are not only beautifully chic, but affordable too. Heaven knows I'll have at least one of each ring in my personal collection!

Our handmade ring collection will be limited in edition and are made upon order, so please allow a week to ten days before your order may ship out. But because each gemstone is different and the ring is wire wrapped by hand, each ring is unique. Custom ring styles are also available upon request.

Check the site often as new ring styles will be added frequently.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Beaded Jewelry Gift Certificates Now Available

Gift certificates are the perfect solution for that hard to buy for person or when you just can't decide what handmade beaded jewelry gift to give. Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Gift Certificates make a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, mother's day and well, just because. Available for purchase in "virtual" eGift Certificate form and in amounts of $25, $50, $75 and $100, you're sure to find an amount that will fit your shopping budget.

To purchase, you simply fill in the required fields on the order form with the gift recipients email address and we will email them a gift certificate code along with your gift message within 24 hours. It's that easy!

If you prefer we send them a gift card through the mail, just let us know your preference in the special requests section at checkout.

So don't fret about shopping, let us do the work for you! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and shop with ease until your hearts content.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

NEW Peppermint Twist Lampwork Crystal Beaded Necklace

Our latest edition to the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Collection is a perfect compliment to the holiday season and the beauty of wintertime. For a delicious treat (without the calories!), check out our new handcrafted beaded necklace.

Peppermint Twist Lampwork Swarovski Crystal Beaded Necklace N091
Handmade necklace of shimmering pearl seed beads, Swarovski Austrian Crystals, snow white fiber optic beads and a delicious red and white swirl twist artisan glass Lampwork pendant. Sterling silver. Length: 17-1/2".

If you love wintertime and the shimmering beauty of newly fallen snow, you won't want to miss out on the Snow Jade Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Charm Bracelet (B169).

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

NEW Frosty Blue Snowflake Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

If you love Jack Frost, you're going to love this bracelet!

Snow Jade Gemstone Blue Crystal Snowflake Charm Beaded Bracelet (B169)
Handmade beaded bracelet features snow jade gemstones, shimmering blue Swarovski Austrian Crystals, pearls and a lovely sterling silver snowflake charm. 14 karat gold fill beads are mixed with sterling pave' style stardust beads that mimic the twinkling snow on a sunny winter day. Finished with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag. Beaded Bracelet measures 7-1/2".

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Share the Beaded Jewelry-Blog

We would be happy to have you share your love of Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs and the Beaded Jewelry-Blog with your friends, family and social networks.

At the end of every blog post is a 'share' bar (like pictured below) that includes options to email the blog post, post it on your own blog, post to Facebook or Twitter and even Google +1 it!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Custom Autumn Gemstone Bridesmaid Jewelry Set

Back in September a bride-to-be contacted me about our Red Aventurine Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N040) to see if I had more than one in stock. She wanted to give them as gifts to her bridesmaids for her upcoming October wedding. Although I didn't have but one in stock because it was a one of a kind beaded necklace, I discussed creating a second similar necklace to give as gifts to the bridesmaids and to get the Red Aventurine Gemstone Beaded Necklace for her maid of honor. That way, the maid of honor will stand out from the rest of the bridal party.

I sent off small samples of the beads that would be used, since she really wanted her wedding jewelry to match with her fall themed wedding. The bridal party dresses where strapless with a sweetheart neckline in a rich chocolate brown color. Her wedding colors were to be brown and orange so these gemstones and style necklace were perfect for her wedding!

In the days after speaking with her I got set off on finding just the right pendant and gemstone to coordinate with the existing necklace she planned on purchasing. What I found was a beautiful teardrop Red Aventurine pendant with a cut out in the middle. Instantly I pictured a single chocolate freshwater pearl dangling like a leaf in the middle. I was able to secure the same pearls and gemstones for the bridesmaids dresses and with some beautiful gift packaging, Sarah's Custom Bridesmaids Autumn Necklace Jewelry Set was sure to be a showstopper!

The picture above is not of her wedding but it is a representation of how beautiful a fall wedding can be especially with a chocolate and orange color combination. The custom bridal jewelry from Crystal Allure is pictured in the middle with my specialty packaging just for her wedding in the lower left corner.

PS In case you're curious about the small favor boxes shown on the plates in the upper right hand corner, they can be found and purchased over at Favors With Love.

Request your custom wedding jewelry from Crystal Allure Jewelry Creations.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Custom Bridal Memorial Bracelet

It seems almost impossible to combine the words, "bridal" with "memorial" -right? I would have thought the same thing but found recently that's not quite true. A very dear customer of mine approached me about designing a custom bracelet for a bride whose father had already passed away but asked her cousin (my customers' husband) to walk her down the isle. Here's the story..

Mary Kay's husband was asked by his cousin to walk her down the isle on her special day (her father had passed before her wedding day). She came to me to design a unique and special bracelet that he could present to her in honor of being asked to walk her down the isle.

At first, it was difficult to come up with a design because I wanted to include both the honor of his being asked but also honor the memory of her father and still keep the design beautiful enough that she could wear it on her wedding day. It all came together when I found the sterling bali prayer box charm with the word "Dad" on the side. It was absolutely perfect!

Mary Kay's Custom Bridal Prayer Box Bracelet B168
The bali prayer box charm holds a single Swarovski crystal in the birthstone of her father and the initials each represent the first initial of the bride, her father and Mary Kay's husband (with the bride's initial in the middle). To make the bracelet even more meaningful, I included a little card that read:

I am honored to have been chosen to walk such a special person down the isle on her wedding day. This bracelet symbolizes how I feel and although I am physically here for this honor, your father is here in memory. On this bracelet, handmade just for you, is a prayer box containing an emerald Swarovski Crystal in your fathers’ birthstone. It also has three initials to symbolize that although I will walk beside you, your father will also in heart and spirit. We will both be “walking” you down the isle on this very special day.

Both Mary Kay and her husband were absolutely thrilled with the design and special meanings behind the charm used and letter beads. And I am always thrilled and exceptionally happy to create a special jewelry piece that has meaning and will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Beaded Necklace: Sugar Plum Fairy

Every other year or so, my husband and I will attend the local Nutcracker Ballet show. It's a beautiful ballet and perfect introduction to the surprise, excitement and beauty of the upcoming holidays. Personally, I've never professionally danced although when I was young I'd stand for hours on end at the local dance studio watching all the girls dance -wishing I could be one of them. Alas, it never happened. But to this day I still love the beauty and magic of the Nutcracker -the dancing snowflakes, the land of the sugar plum fairy, clara, the Nutcracker, well, the whole thing!

Sugar Plum Fairy Ruby Quartz Natural Ruby Pave Gemstone Beaded Necklace

When shopping recently at a bead show I came across the most beautiful natural ruby gemstones and knew I had to have them. It wasn't until I 'accidentally' set them next to my ruby quartz gemstones that the design immediately came to life. Once again, I dropped everything to work on this design and I added sterling Pave' style stardust beads that give the illusion of fairy dust floating in the midnight sky, as Clara danced.

I have tried everything I could think of to get the best picture of these stunning and beautiful gemstones, but I just couldn't wait any longer to intro the piece. I'm like a kid in a candy store...when I love a design so much I just can't wait to share it with everyone. I'll still be working on a better picture but trust me, in person, this necklace and matching earrings are beyond words -so feminine, so beautiful...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autumn Honey -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

I know the stores have seemed to have skipped over Thanksgiving and are now pushing Christmas already. But for me -it's still autumn! What better way to enjoy the season than with a little Autumn Honey?!

Okay, the black cat...yeah, nothing to do with the inspiration but I love my black cat (Cookie Toe, a.k.a. Tookie-Tookie) and Halloween is right around the corner. Besides the kitty coordinates with the boots! Right?! :-)

You can get both the Autumn Sun Gold Topaz Crystal Earrings (E049) and Autumn Honey Carnelian Topaz Crystal Beaded Necklace (N039) at Crystal Allure Jewelry Creations.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Mary Kay's Custom Swarovski Crystal Vintage Redux

My favorite customer, Mary Kay, came to me with three different pieces of vintage jewelry that she had obtained through a family inheritance and an estate sale. She asked me to redesign the pieces to create a 3pc jewelry set. Her only requests were to update the style of the jewelry, have the necklace be adjustable, have a removable pendant and the earwires be leverbacks. Everything else she left up to me.

I quickly discovered that two of the Swarovski crystals in the design were no longer available but that did not hinder my design process. Since the original bracelet was a two-strand, it provided more than enough crystals to work with. I added more sterling silver, a few soft blue Swarovski crystals and the removable trigger clasp for the pendant on the necklace.

This custom project did pose a few challenges but after thinking about it long enough and then just sitting down at the studio table, it all came together in literally one night. I may have restrung the necklace three or more times, but the end result is a stunning 3pc Swarovski Crystal jewelry set -vintage redux!!

The original pieces -DRAB!!!
The redux with style for today's woman -FAB!!!!
With only having seen a picture so far of the set, Mary Kay's response was this:
"OMG, the set is absolutely gorgeous!!!"
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rhodonite vs. Rhodolite Gemstone

Garnet is a popular beaded jewelry component and has been used since the bronze age as an ornamental gemstone. The color range of garnets run from reds to greens.

Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N071)
The rhodonite gemstone is a stone of grace, elegance and gets its' name from the Greek word for rose, rhodon.

Giving rhodonite its' distinctive appearance are black manganese oxide veins running through its' beautiful muted rose-pink color.

This uniqueness in its' coloring is why rhodonite is carved into beads and ornamental objects. In 18th century Russia, it was used extensively for decorating the Russian court.

Rhodonite is mined in the United States, Brazil, India, and Russia and is the official gem of Massachusetts.

Rhodolite comes from the garnet family and is a mixed crystal of almandine and pyrope. It, too, gets its' name from the Greek word "rhodon", meaning rose.

Rhodolite Garnet Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B124)
The rhodolite garnet generally features a magnificent velvety red with a fine violet or raspberry-red undertone. This "purple-red" color is the most sought after color for rhodolite.

This coloration and the commonly inclusion-free nature of the rhodolite garnet has led to it being used as a semi-precious gemstone.

Rhodolite is a beautiful stone that tends to be lighter in color than most other kinds of red garnet. It can easily be confused with ruby because of the similarity in color. However, rhodolite garnet is not artificially enhanced in any way.

Originally found in the USA, it now comes mainly from the gemstone mines in East Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

A fun-fact about rhodolite garnet:
At the auction of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis at Sotheby's in 1996, a striking cabochon garnet flower brooch from the 19th century was sold for $145,000.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

NEW Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet Added

Some of our first handmade beaded bracelets and awareness bracelets designs were in support of cystic fibrosis. By popular request, one of our newest designs is a sparkling strand of crystals in support of cystic fibrosis.
Sterling Purple Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B166)
Purple is the awareness support color for cystic fibrosis, which is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children.

A sophisticated strand of sparkling purple Swarovski Austrian Crystals and Bali accented with pearls make up this stunning handmade beaded bracelet designed to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.

Beaded Awareness Bracelet measures 7-1/2"
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NEW Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Beaded Necklace -65 Roses

The first of its' kind is finally here! This handmade beaded necklace symbolizes the term 65 Roses (cystic fibrosis, is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children).

The pendant bail is also a one of a kind designer original and the bead pattern is so unique that it incorporates 65 crystals throughout the beaded necklace. Absolutely beautiful!

65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Necklace (N088)
Purple is the awareness support color for cystic fibrosis, which is often referred to as '65 Roses' by young children.

This handmade beaded awareness necklace was designed with a one-of-a-kind designer original handcrafted pendant bail to showcase the sterling silver rose charm. Adding to this necklaces' unique design is beaded pattern sets of 6 and 5 purple amethyst Swarovski Austrian Crystals to symbolize 65 Roses and carries a full 65 Swarovski Crystals in the design. Crystals are accented by Swarovski Pearls and Bali.

Beaded Awareness Necklace measures 18-1/4"
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NEW Handmade Fall Beaded Earrings

The bounties of autumn lend inspiration to our newest fall beaded jewelry with handmade earrings in autumnal colors of orange, russet, brown and black.

Stacked Gourds Crystal Lampwork Beaded Earrings E242
A lovely topaz shaded lampwork bead showcasing a black striped core is the base of these stacked gourd handmade beaded earrings. Accented with Swarovski Crystal in the most beautiful shades of autumn, 14k antiqued goldfilled Bali and 14k goldfilled leverback earwires. Length: 1-1/4" from bottom of earwire.

Autumn Maize Crystal Beaded Earrings E196
A brilliant transparent orange indian glass barrel is flanked by brass heishi discs and lightly smoked topaz Swarovski Crystals. The orange glass barrel is called "white heart barrels" because of the white core of the bead. Handmade beaded earrings are finished with 14k goldfill french hook earwires. Length: 1-1/4" from bottom of earwire.

Smoky Quartz Gemstone Crystal Beaded Earrings E244
Sultry brown smoky quartz faceted gemstones are accented with sterling silver bead caps and topaz Swarovski Crystals in this handmade beaded earrings design. Finished with sterling silver french hook earwires. Length: 1-1/4" from bottom of earwires.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

2009 Fall Beaded Jewelry Colors Trend Report

Happy Autumn to everyone!

Our goal at Crystal Allure is to strike a balance with our jewelry designs that will easily transition from day into night. This is why you'll find our mixing of opaque and semi precious stones with hints of crystal works so well in our designs. We design pieces that have longevity and versatility for a look of classic femininity with a dash of color.

If you ask 10 different people what the "hot" colors and fashions of the fall season will be, you will get 10 different answers. Although we do not follow the latest trends and fashions, per se, to make it easy for you to coordinate your wardrobe with accessories, we have researched and compiled what we feel will be the colors of the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Look for some of these colors in our newest beaded jewelry designs.

We start the season with classic autumnal colors and then transition during the season into winter with vibrant jewel tone colors. These jewel tone colors will carry you into the winter season with the blues ruling the fall/winter season!

Statement Necklaces make a great focal for any outfit. The one below features a filigree "snowflake" metal pendant accented with black Swarovski Crystals, blue lapis gemstones and sterling silver.
Blue Lapis Snowflake Crystal Beaded Necklace (N069)
Cuff Bracelets whether beaded, wire-wrapped or memory wire bracelets, you'll definately want to get at least one cuff bracelet in your jewelry collection this season. This cuff bracelet is an abundance of autumnal color with oak leaf charms uniquely designed as a cuff bracelet using memory wire.
Autumn Splendor Czech Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet (B121)
Closer to the holidays, Chandelier Earrings, in jewel tone colors will be the "it" accessory to have in your collection. Prefer the classic look? You can still enjoy chandelier earrings but instead, opt for designs with crystal shimmer -think Crystal Ice Swarovski Crystal beaded jewelry by Crystal Allure!

I think we all agree, we are on a perpetual quest to be fashionable but on a budget. That being said, how do you incorporate the colors of the season into your wardrobe without breaking the bank?

Choose pants, jackets and sweaters in neutral shades (black, brown, grey, etc) and add seasonal color to your basics with blouses, jewelry and accessories.

Keep a watch out on the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs website for new handmade Fall Beaded Jewelry designs. Better still, sign up for the newsletter and you'll be notified when new designs roll out!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Romantic at Heart -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

After yesterday's jewelry wardrobe board, I was inspired to create another for the newest beaded necklace available at -the Romantic at Heart Wisteria Amethyst Gemstone Heart Pendant Necklace.

I was just going to post the new necklace with some information, like I typically do, and instead I decided to try to visually showcase the meaning behind why I designed the necklace. I mean, be honest, aren't we all hopeless romantics? Granted we may lose some of that "romance" as we get older and are faced with daily responsibilities -but deep down, we're still romantics at heart. Or at least that's how I see us ladies.

For that reason, I wanted to create something that showcased that sexy, romantic, glamorous and "girly" side of ours. For years, everyday, I used to change my hairstyle (I usually wore it up because it was more "pretty" that way). Today, admittedly I just don't have the luxury of that time anymore in the morning. But I'm still a romantic at heart!

The beauty of this beaded necklace is the filigree heart pendant. In the pendant are two tiny heart cut-outs and the amethyst gemstone with its' lovely purple and grayish coloring is just....oh so romantic!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pumpkin Spice -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

Just the other day I realized I hadn't done one of these in quite a while. I love creating wardrobe ensembles as inspiration for my jewelry designs. In fact, I started to create this inspiration board late last year and as of recently, the lovely Red Aventurine Gemstone Beaded Necklace has sold. Although the necklace is no longer available, I still wanted to share this jewelry wardrobe inspiration with you because it is a fabulous combination -orange, black and brown. Without doubt, hands down, absolutely perfect for fall!!

I love every piece shown in this wardrobe and I hope this inspires you in pairing your favorite Crystal Allure jewelry with your fall wardrobe. As already mentioned, the necklace was a one of a kind and has sold, but if you really love it, please feel free to contact me and we can design a comparable necklace for you.

Click on the links in the image footer for a complete list of where to find each piece shown in this jewelry wardrobe inspiration board.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Autumn Gold Beaded Jewelry

Warm up your autumn wardrobe with gold beaded jewelry. All three designs featured below incorporate warm topaz Swarovski Crystals and 14 karat gold filled components. The necklace adds a bit more of autumnal feel with a lovely russet-red Carnelian gemstone teardrop pendant.

Autumn Honey Carnelian Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Beaded Necklace (N039)
Taste the warm autumn honey in this stunning handmade beaded necklace. Design features a carnelian gemstone teardrop pendant adorned by liquid gold spacers and honey-colored Swarovski Austrian Crystals. Finished with a 14K gold fill extender chain. Beaded Necklace adjustable 15-3/4" to 17".

Autumn Sun Swarovski Crystal Topaz Stack Beaded Earrings (E049)
Sparkle like the autumn sun in these beautiful ultra-light weight pair of beaded earrings. Design features gold Swarovski Crystals accented by 14k gold filled beads and earwires. A feminine design is chic, elegant and complements any autumn wardrobe. Beaded Crystal Earrings measure 1/2" from bottom of earwire.

Autumn Harvest Swarovski Crystal Topaz Leaf Charm Beaded Bracelet (B164)
Experience the early morning autumn sun warming richly colored leaves in this glowing handmade beaded bracelet. Design features the colors of autumn's harvest in topaz and gold Czech beads and Swarovski Crystal beads, 14K antiqued gold fill beads and gold heart shaped leaf charm. Single green and brown Swarovski Crystal charms entertain the last days of summer. Beaded Bracelet measures 7-1/4" to 8" adjustable.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Autumn Splendor Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet

Just in time for the fall season, our Autumn Splendor Czech Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet is back in stock. But hurry, only 1 is available!This bracelet premiered at last fall and within days it was sold. I was able to secure enough beads to design 1 more and it all came together in time for this autumn! Only 2 of this design will ever be made.

It wraps around an average size wrist 3 times and it's super easy to put on. The best part is the design incorporates memory wire -it'll never forget it's shape! The cuff bracelet is also a super hot accessory for Fall 2009!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NEW Autumn Harvest Crystal Leaf Beaded Bracelet Added

Featuring the rich golden color of autumn with natural accents of brown and green crystals with a leaf charm is the Autumn Harvest Leaf Charm Crystal Beaded Bracelet.This beaded bracelet pairs perfectly with the Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace and the Crystal Topaz Crystal Stack Beaded Earrings. Get all three and make a complete jewelry set!
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Monday, September 21, 2009

NEW Crystal Beaded Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet

Since almost the first day of business at Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry, there has been one Awareness Bracelet that has been extremely popular. So much so, that we can barely keep it in stock!

Transplant Awareness Ribbon Bracelet B105
Emerald Swarovski crystals and pearls are accented by sterling silver awareness ribbon blocks. This bracelet is finished with a sterling silver lobster clasp and butterfly charm. Bracelet measures 7-1/2".

Although green represents many awareness diseases, this bracelet was designed as a symbol for organ donation awareness and the gift of life through transplantation. When someone receives a set of transplanted lungs, it has been said the new lungs look like a butterfly opening its' wings, when they take their first breath of new life.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

New Mysterious Dark Rose Beaded Necklace

The Dark Rose handmade beaded necklace both mysterious and mesmerizing. You can't help but be drawn into its' allure.

Sodalite Carved Rose Swarovski Crystal Beaded Necklace (N075)
A deep, rich blue sodalite gemstone carved rose pendant is accented by a mesmerizing strand of Swarovski Austrian Crystals, black accent beads and sterling silver.

Length: 18-1/2"; pendant 3/4"
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Custom Sweet 16 Butterfly Charm Bracelet

Inspired by an existing beaded bracelet on the Crystal Allure website, Alyssa's aunt was looking for a custom bracelet to present as a gift for her niece's Sweet 16 birthday.

With some slight modifications to the existing design, Alyssa's delicate bracelet features an extendable chain to allow her to wear her bracelet for many years to come and it was finished with a beautiful butterfly charm.

The charm was a specific request by her aunt as it had special meaning for her and the bracelet couldn't have been more perfect in Alyssa's favorite color -blue!

It was a pleasure working with Alyssa's aunt on this custom design and I look forward to working with her again. Happy Birthday Alyssa!
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Friday, August 14, 2009

NEW Fiesta Indian Summer Gemstone Beaded Necklace

As summer comes to a close and we anticipate the crisp autumn air, add a shot of color to your style with our Fiesta style gemstone necklace that showcases a stunning, unique curve-shaped black onyx pendant.

Onyx Indian Agate Gemstone Necklace N092
Handcrafted beaded necklace features a generous black onyx gemstone pendant accented by a colorful array of indian agate gemstones, .925 Bali and sterling silver. Length: 18-1/4"; pendant ~ 2" wide.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

NEW Peridot Shell Jade Beaded Jewelry Set

Summer isn't over yet! We may be nearing the close of summer but you won't want to miss our new beaded shell jewelry set. It's so fresh, feminine and calming!

For all you ladies who just love to pair at least two pieces of jewelry at one time, there is now an elegant pairing of peridot shells, korean jade gemstone, gentle green Swarovski Crystals and sterling silver available as a matched necklace and bracelet set.

Korean Jade Peridot Shell Swarovski Crystal Necklace N086
A lovely pairing of gentle greens. A natural shell disc pendant hosts peridot shell discs accented by korean jade gemstones and Swarovski Austrian Crystals in this handmade beaded necklace. Sterling silver beads and components. Can't you just feel the calm! Length: 17-1/2"; circle pendant ~1" diameter.

Korean Jade Peridot Shell Swarovski Crystal Bracelet B161
A lovely pairing of gentle greens are the highlight of this beautiful handmade beaded bracelet. Design features korean jade gemstones and Swarovksi Austrian Crystals intertwined with peridot shell beads. A natural shell circle bead is the focal of this sterling silver bracelet and we finished it with our signature jewelry tag. Can't you just feel the calm! Beaded Bracelet measures 8" to 8-3/4" adjustable.

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Psst -peridot is the birthstone for August!
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Custom Sweet 16 Charm Bracelet

Inspired by the adorable pink and brown themed invitation, I designed a delicate shimmering bracelet for a Sweet 16 young lady!
I absolutely love Carissa's custom bracelet design featuring brown glass beads accented by Swarovski austrian pink and brown crystals. To complete this beaded bracelets' uniqueness, each bead and crystal is complimented by sterling silver Bali and bead caps.
Finishing this lovely bracelet is a circle chain extender accented by more crystals and an adorable Sweet 16 sterling charm!

Happy, Happy Birthday Carissa!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Awareness Jewelry: Satisfied Customer

I love, love, love when customers purchase from the Crystal Allure Awareness Jewelry Collection because their purchase has meaning. And when they share, I am humbled by some of their stories. It is exactly for these reasons that I dedicate my talent to designing transplant awareness jewelry.

I received the earrings today. I am very pleased and my sister will be too when she opens the gift up. Her husband passed away 18 months ago. He had 3 kidney transplants, so they will have a meaning for her. Thank you for sharing your talent and also for a smooth transaction.
Connie (Ohio)
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Feminine Fernwood -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

It's been awhile since my last jewelry wardrobe board and this time it was quite easy to choose a piece to build around. You can't help but love our Fernwood Forest Heart Leaf Pendant Gemstone Beaded Necklace. It features lush green garnet gemstones paired with natural wood (depicting our wonderful green forests') and the Karen Hill Tribe heart leaf pendant adds just the right amount of femininity to this sterling silver accented beaded necklace.
Some of the pieces used to build this lovely wardrobe include: Blouse and Trousers by Charlotte Russe; Miu Miu Coffer Bag; Bath and Body Green Herbs Cylinder Candle and Borghese Protettivo Nail Laquer in Orion.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NEW! The Crystal Allure Learning and Resource Center

I have been consumed. Yes, with my website. But, I needed to dedicate this time to the redesign. It just has to be done so I can move on to more important things. So, I've been plugging away at the website and I'm quite pleased with how it's turning out. I'm excited to enter the fall season (my favorite time of the year!) with the new look in place and new designs to follow. Yes, yes. It's still summer. But you know how that business you must always look ahead.

With the new website look, there have been MANY changes (too many to count or even list) and I still have much left to do and finish. But, I'm excited about our new Learning & Resource Center. I've had this feature in place (in various forms) since I started in business, but with the new web look, this whole bigger concept just fell into place -and it feels quite at home. Again, still working on the page a little, but you can get the idea.

The purpose of the Learning & Resource Center is to provide information on beaded jewelry, caring for your handmade Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs, proper measuring and even general information on some of the techniques I've used and the materials of our designs. It is my hope this added information will be of benefit to my customers, visitors and fellow artisans.

My task will be to begin filling the page with useful information and jewelry articles (I have tons of info for the page, just need the time to format it into something readable and get it listed). But, you can hop on over to the website now and read what information is already available and feel free to contact me with what information you'd like to see.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

NEW Gemstone Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet

Newly designed unique one of a kind organ transplant awareness jewelry has arrived. The tree agate gemstones in this design lend a nice organic feel to the handmade beaded bracelet. We believe it is the perfect complement to healthy new lungs!

Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B159)
This one of a kind handmade transplant awareness bracelet features tree agate gemstone accented by a beautiful palace green opal Swarovski Crystal, twist pearl and a mixture of sterling silver Bali. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and heart clasp.

Tree Agate is a naturally formed gemstone. For this reason, please be aware of the slight variances in the stones, which lend to their uniqueness, and that you may not receive the exact stone pictured.

Length: 7-1/2"

Grab the matching tree agate gemstone beaded earrings for a complete set!
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fall Jewelry -Already?!

I know. I know. It's only summer -what am I doing putting up jewelry that is reminiscent of autumn? Well, in my world of artistic design, I make what feels right and comes together -what ever season that it may be. So you will find that I tend to post summer style jewelry in fall and winter and vice-versa. Weird, maybe. But it's my style.

New to the Crystal Allure online jewelry boutique is the Fernwood Forest Heart Leaf Pendant Beaded Necklace. The color of these green garnet gemstones is just beyond words. I also liked the Karen Hill Tribe heart-shaped leaf pendant as it added to the charm that I love nature and the colors of nature incorporated in this design. I'm positive you'll love it too!
While shopping don't forget to check out all the other new beaded jewelry designs.

Well, I'm off to get ready to pick up my niece for the week (I doubt I'll get much done this week!) and as usual I'm running behind schedule. Happy Shopping!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Bridal Set Added -Bridal Jewelry Or Not?!

Now available on the Crystal Allure jewelry e-boutique is a beautiful beaded necklace set that screams for a just as lovely Bride. I'm not big on labeling jewelry pieces as Bridal jewelry because for me, I'm able to see that you can equally wear the same piece casually with jeans and a nice shirt. Although I have labeled these three jewelry pieces as Bridal jewelry, take a moment and consider one (or all) piece(s) with your favorite outfit.

The Frosted Crystal Bridal Jewelry Set can be purchased individually as a necklace, bracelet, earrings or as a 3-piece set. Remember, you'll SAVE when you buy the 3-piece jewelry set!

Personally, I prefer sets as I can wear one piece or all (and when I do want to wear all coordinating pieces, I have them!).

You will find most beaded jewelry pieces under our Crystal Ice Collection suitable for Brides or as casual everyday jewelry!
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Monday, June 22, 2009

NEW Chocolate Pearl Honey Jade Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day with their dads! My husband and I actually spent father's day with my dad the weekend prior and then his dad this past saturday. Worked out perfect and other than the pouring rain this past saturday night, both days with our dads was great.

I took some time saturday morning to take some pictures of finished jewelry and was able to get one beaded bracelet posted. I'm a perfectionist and pictures have always been the one thing that is never perfect for me. Although I'm kinda likin' the black background -it just doesn't work with all of the jewelry. Sometimes you just gotta have a white background to showcase how beautiful the beads are!

So I take the picture of the bracelet below and I'm likin' it. Then I posted it and realize the picture for the complimentary pair of earrings, to this bracelet, isn't as nice as I once thought! When I took that picture I thought it was so great, now that the bracelet is pictured (and I'm even more knowledgeable on my camera) the earrings don't look as nice. Gotta fix that....

But for now, one of the new beaded bracelets posted is the Bronze Pearl Honey Jade Gemstone Beaded Bracelet. An alluring combination of chocolate-y freshwater pearls and warm honey jade gemstones, all accented with gold filled beads.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more new jewelry!
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy as a Clam Customer

I love to hear back from my customers and how much they love their pieces. This feedback comes from a woman who purchased a beaded watch and requested two more. Read about her Summertime Seashells custom watch designs. Thank you Pat and it was my pleasure! Enjoy your new watches!

Just wanted to let you now that the watches arrived today. I can't believe they are even more beautiful in person than the picture. Thank you so much for working with me - it will be difficult deciding each morning which one of the three to wear.

I'm sure I will be in touch again soon for something else - probably a bracelet.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Custom Beaded Watch -Summertime Seashells!

A returning customer requested a handmade beaded watch featuring the white Czech clam shell pearlized bead that was used in a previous bracelet design of ours.

To change it up for summer and add a bit of glam to the design we created a template design using a blue satin Swarovski Crystal. But while looking at our bead inventory we noticed some Aventurine gemstone heishi beads and thought that might look just as nice. So we created separate design templates using both colors and she loved both so much and couldn't decide, that her custom bead watch request turned into two!

Hazy Day Clam Shell Crystal Beaded Watch (W013)
An elegant combination of pearlized Czech glass clam shell beads, satin blue Swarovski Crystals, and sterling silver Bali beads lend a fresh look to a hazy day at the beach. Geneva quartz white watch face. Beaded watch measures 8-1/4".

Seamist Czech Shell Beaded Watch (W015)
Seamist. Two strands of pearlized Czech shell beads and aventurine gemstones offer the perfect complement to a Narmi designer quartz white watch face dotted in what could be the seashells peaking out of the sand on a beautiful sunkissed beach. Sterling silver Bali beads. Beaded watch measures 8-14/".
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Friday, June 12, 2009

NEW Transplant Awareness Bracelet Added

This beaded awareness bracelet steps out of the ordinary with a combination of both the emerald Swarovski crystal and an olive green pearl, accented with sterling silver twisted rings for a truly unique transplant awareness design!
Green Olive Transplant Awareness Beaded Bracelet

A little something new in the jewelry boutique is a complementary pair of awareness beaded earrings.
Emerald Crystal Cluster Awareness Bali Beaded Earrings

Shop for both these new awareness jewelry pieces and other transplant awareness designs.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Share the Beaded Jewelry -Blog

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NEW Lampwork Beaded Watch Added

Watches are the perfect accessory for the professional woman (or any woman) -get the accessory style of a bracelet but with the function of time (Late for that meeting? Check the time on your lovely handmade beaded watch!). An accessory that serves double duty!

Chestnut Artisan Lampwork Hematite Beaded Watch (W014)
Unique artisan lampwork beads offer a rich, warm chestnut brown style adorned by a hint of shimmer with jet hematite Swarovski crystals and sterling silver beads. This opulent beaded watch features a silver Geneva black watch face.

Beaded Watch measures 8-1/2"
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