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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.

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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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