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Monday, November 21, 2011

Custom Swarovski Crystal Military Deployment Beaded Bracelet

A returning customer, Melissa, requested a custom military deployment bracelet, in honor of her husband who was going to be deployed towards the end of the year.

It was my pleasure and honor to have been selected by Melissa to create this beautiful keepsake treasure. I wish for Melissa a speedy return of her husband from active duty. And I personally thank her husband, Troy, and all the troops serving for their dedication in protecting us and our freedoms!

Melissa's Custom Military Deployment Bracelet B202
This beautiful handmade awareness beaded bracelet was given even more meaning with a personalized, hand stamped initial charm.

The design was created to complement her Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Custom HPV Awareness Bracelet previously purchased. The feature and focal of this design is the beaded strand of yellow Swarovski Crystals, yellow agate and glass beads centered between two sterling silver American flag block beads. To keep the focus on the message of the bracelet, the remainder of the design was kept subdued and finished with three charms, an awareness ribbon charm, a custom hand stamped initial charm and our signature jewelry tag.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

NEW Autumn Beaded Necklaces Added

Autumn is in full swing! To welcome the cooler temperatures of fall we have added three new bold Fall Beaded Jewelry Necklaces to the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs online boutique.

Red Agate Smoky Quartz Crystal Beaded Necklace N115
A beautiful strand of glowing warm reddish-brown red agate gemstones and subtle, sensual smoky quartz gemstones, accented by jet black Swarovski Crystals, feature an asymmetrical twist style red agate gemstone "leaf" pendant in this handcrafted beaded necklace. Sterling silver. Design finished with our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 18-3/4".

Chinese Unakite Wood Amber Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Beaded Necklace N119
A beautiful strand of scattered gemstones, wood beads and crystals are featured in this handcrafted beaded necklace. The chinese unakite gemstone circle pendant is a blend of greens and reds reminiscent of autumn's pleasures and complements beautifully with the autumn jasper's rich tones of fall.

Imagine pumpkins, red maple leaves, and leisurely walks in autumn. That's the earthy look and feel of the warm brick red and avocado green colors of autumn jasper. To add to this earthy fall design natural dark wood beads, amber gemstones, red aventurine gemstone and evergreen Swarovski Crystals are paired with sterling silver. Finished with our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 17-1/2" with a Gemstone Circle Pendant measuring 45mm.

Earthly Yellow Jade Wood Aventurine Gemstone Beaded Necklace N078
A beautiful earthly yellow jade gemstone teardrop pendant is host to natural wood beads, aventurine gemstone accent beads and 14k gold fill beads in this handcrafted beaded necklace. Finished with a 14k gold fill heart lobster clasp and our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 17-1/2".
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Custom Oak Leaf Pendant Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Aurora contacted us because she fell in love with our original Swarovski Crystal Real Oak Leaf Pendant Necklace N034. She wanted to have the necklace re-created as a gift to her partner.

We changed up the design a little to make it a truly unique gift for her partner. The feature of this real leaf pendant is the 14 karat goldfill wire used to create a "swirling leaves" effect on the Swarovski Crystal rondelle center drop.

Aurora's Custom Real Oak Leaf Pendant Swarovski Crystal Necklace N034-II
A real hand-dipped and electroformed 24kt gold oak leaf is accented by a crystal copper Swarovski Crystal bead which has been wire-wrapped to mimic "swirling autumn leaves along the pathway". A center focal 14kt long and short feminine goldfill chain is "dropping" individual copper Swarovski Crystals. Necklace finished with 14kt cable chain.

Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.

Necklace measures 17-3/4"
Leaf Drop measures 2"
Oak Leaf measures 1-1/2"


How to care for your leaf jewelryLeaves should be cleaned carefully with a warm cloth and not with abrasives to maintain its longevity. Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Customer Shows Off Her Style with Crystal Allure Jewelry

One of our customers shows us that it doesn't matter where you work or what work you do, wearing Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs redefines your femininity!

We participated in an annual jewelry show last week, in support of the United Way through Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson & Johnson). One of our favorite customers, Liz, stopped down and purchased our one of a kind Smoky Quartz Gemstone Bali Beaded Bracelet B147.

Liz was drawn to this beaded bracelet because of its' unique off-center design technique. She loved it so much that she wore it that day and is still wearing it. Liz works in a lab and was kind enough to send a picture of her wearing her beautiful handcrafted beaded bracelet.

Thank you for sharing Liz!

Crystal Allure Jewelry ~Beautiful. Feminine. Alluring.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

2011 Fall Beaded Jewelry Colors Trend Report

At the start of every new season, Pantone unveils their latest color choices, of the moment, in fashion. Their decision is made by surveying the designers of fashion week to identify the most “directional” colors. If you’re looking for new affordable ways to incorporate color into your wardrobe this season, look to our beaded jewelry interpretation of Pantone’s color pallet.

“Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.”

The hit colors for 2011 are: Bamboo, Emberglow, Honeysuckle, Phlox, Cedar, Deep Teal, Coffee Liqueur, Nougat, Orchid Hush, and Quarry.

As you can see, our intrepretation is a carryover from the 2010 fall colors (Chocolate Truffle, Woodbine and Purple Orchid) and that is because we see a similarity in the colors with 2011's Coffee Liqueur, Nougat and Phlox. Although honeysuckle was the "color of the year", we took our inspiration from the traditional warmer, deeper tones of the autumn season.

The handmade beaded jewelry pictured above is from our Fall Beaded Jewelry Collection:

Green Garnet Hill Tribe Leaf Pendant Necklace N085
Designed with stunning green garnet gemstones, natural wood beads, sterling silver and featuring a Karen Hill Tribe heart-shaped leaf pendant.

Hand Stamped Crystal Garnet Sterling Fern Charm Bracelet B185
A stunning 3-strand hand stamped crystal and stone charm bracelet featuring a strand each of sterling silver hammered chain links wire wrapped with amethyst Swarovski Crystals; a full beaded strand of gorgeous semi-precious green garnet, natural wood bead accents, sterling Bali and beads; and a third strand of simple sterling silver chain, finished with a hand stamped fern leaf sterling silver charm and our signature jewelry tag.

View the full Fall Beaded Jewelry Collection
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Friday, September 23, 2011

NEW Custom Beaded Awareness Bracelet: Addison's Disease

Raise awareness of Addison's Disease with this beautiful handcrafted beaded bracelet. Custom designed using the highest quality materials available and features Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystals. Browse our ever-growing collection of handcrafted beaded awareness bracelets.

Addison's Disease Crystal Awareness Bracelet (B196-AD)
Handcrafted 7-1/2 inch light blue beaded awareness bracelet created with light sapphire Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystals, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, antiqued Bali, .925 silver and sterling silver. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm, crystal charm and our signature jewelry tag.

The nationally recognized ribbon color for Addison's Disease, a rare, chronic endocrine disorder, is light blue. This particular beaded bracelet design was adapted from our lovely Caregiver Awareness Guardian Angel Bracelet (B196) simply by customizing it with the applicable awareness color for Addison's Disease.

What Christina had to say about her bracelets:

I just received my bracelets today and I wanted to let you know how much I loved them. I am keeping one of them for me and the other one I am giving to my niece who is 19 years old. She was diagnosed with Addisons Disease two years ago. We almost lost her. She was in the hospital for 3 weeks in an induce comma. Know one could figure out what was wrong. It was not until a doctor came in and asked my sister and brother in-law if Charlotte went to a tanning booth. They said no, and at that point he knew she had Addison. That is one of the symptoms that your skin is tan all over.

I am going to give this bracelet to Charlotte in June for her birthday. What makes it even more perfect is that her birthstone is pearl. Thank you for your time in making this a perfect gift.

You are very welcome! It was my honor to design this special bracelet for Christina and her neice, Charlotte -enjoy!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NEW Real Oak Leaf Copper Crystal Earrings

These stunning handmade beaded earrings are straight from nature with real oak leaves that have been hand-selected for perfection. No two are exactly alike!

Oak Leaf Swarovski Crystal Earrings E135
Autumn Leaves. Sparkle amongst the autumn leaves wearing these real lacey oak leaves which have been hand-dipped and electroformed in 24K gold, accented by copper Swarovski Crystal beads. Finished with goldtone leverback earwires.

Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.

Beaded Earrings measure 1-7/8" from bottom of earwire
Oak Leaf measures 1-1/2"

How to care for your leaf jewelry: Leaves should be cleaned carefully with a warm cloth and not with abrasives to maintain its longevity. Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Pulmonary Fibrosis Customer Feedback

In April 2011 Susan purchased seven pulmonary fibrosis bracelets and after she received them, she sent me this email:

Crystal Cube Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B125-D2)
Hi Stephanie-
I was away this weekend and came home last night to the bracelets!!! They are so beautiful!!

I'm seeing my family this weekend, so I can't wait to give them out! Thank you sooo much for making this a very memorable experience!! I will definitely log in later to your site to add a comment to let others know what great work you do and what fantastic service you provide!

I know I will be back for other purchases, particularly your awareness items! Thanks so much, Stephanie-you're a keeper!
Best Regards

Around the middle of July 2011, Susan did in fact come back to leave an additional comment. Here is what she wrote:

I can't tell you HOW MUCH we love our bracelets from Stephanie! She not only gives #1 customer service, but she has a great skill set that is being used for worthy causes. All the girls in my family each owns a Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness bracelet (from Crystal Allure Jewelry). It's such a pretty bracelet, and I get compliments often. When I tell people it's an awareness bracelet, they love it even more! Every morning when I put it on, it reminds me to give my Mom a shout out that I still think of her EVERY DAY! Thank you Stephanie for creating something that is pretty as well as instrumental in making sure we never forget the precious things in life.

You are very welcome Susan! I am so glad you love your PF Awareness Bracelets and that you chose Crystal Allure Jewelry for your beaded awareness jewelry! Enjoy and I look forward to working with you again!
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Custom Behcet's Disease Awareness Anklet

Matia, contacted us to design a custom behcet's disease awareness crystal beaded anklet (A111). Her only request was to somehow include the word "hope".

The design uses the nationally recognized light blue color for behcet's disease in Swarovski Crystals, accented with sterling silver beads, Bali spacers, small awareness ribbon bead and pearlized white seed beads. The feature of this beautiful, feminine design is the personalized hand stamped HOPE charm. Design is finished with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag and a Swarovski Crystal drop charm.

Beaded Awareness Anklet measures 9-3/4"

Here are just some of the comments Matia shared about her beaded awareness anklet:

-The anklet is amazing! It is so much more beautiful in person. Thank you so much!


-I think it is gorgeous! I love the picture!! I can't wait to get it...thanks so much.

-I'm going to tell the people on the Behcet's web group all about it.

-I am blown away by how beautiful it is. Thank you so much for taking special time out to make this just for me! When one has a chronic illness, it is little things like this, little acts of kindness that keep ya going. I truly think it is absolutely beautiful. It suits me perfectly. Thanks Stephanie : )
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome Autumn in Style: Jewelry Inspiration Board

Everyone has a favorite season, mine happens to be autumn. There is everything to love about fall -the crisp air, changing leaves, falling leaves, richer colors, warm apple pie (Mmm-mm!), baking, pumpkin picking and, so much more.

Getting together with the girlfriends for a lunch out and then some fall shopping is exactly what I was thinking of when I created this Welcome Autumn in Style wardrobe board.

Welcome Autumn in Style!

The down-to-earth design of the Swarovski Crystal and gemstone beaded earrings is a perfect complement to the warmer browns, yellows and golds of this fall outfit with just a hit of sparkle to pair with the sequined top. An effortlessly chic autumn look!

What pair of Crystal Allure earrings would you add to your fall wardrobe to spice it up with a little autumn sparkle? I'd love to hear your choices, share with us using the comment feature below.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Custom Swarovski Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Set

It does not matter whether a custom jewelry request is for a unique beaded jewelry design or a feminine and chic contemporary jewelry design, I always enjoy custom jewelry projects.

Even more enjoyable is when they are for someone's special day. In this case, the beautiful bride, Amanda, was referred to Crystal Allure Jewelry for her bridesmaids jewelry gift sets.

Amanda was having a late summer wedding and her color was purple (my personal fav!!). She had chosen a lovely lavender bridesmaid dress, from the Forever Yours Collection, for her six bridesmaids. With a swatch in hand, I went to work.

Swarovski offers a variety of purple colored crystals and to keep the shades from clashing, I went with a deep purple velvet crystal. The finished bridesmaids jewelry gift sets were a three-bead Swarovski Crystal pendant on an elegant sterling silver chain with coordinating crystal drop earrings.

Congratulations to both Amanda and Michael on their August 20, 2011 wedding! And thank you Amanda for choosing Crystal Allure Jewelry for your Custom Swarovski Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Sets.

Enjoy some more lovely photos of this beautiful set:

Getting married or have a friend getting married? Let Crystal Allure Jewelry design your custom bridal jewelry or bridesmaid jewelry. Contact us for more details.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Custom Mother of Groom Swarovski Pearl Wedding Jewelry Set

Earlier this year I was contacted by one of my best customers, Mary Kay, requesting a beaded wedding jewelry set for her upcoming son's wedding. I was honored to have been chosen to design this special wedding set for the Mother of the Groom.

The true feature of this beautiful set is the gorgeous filigree clasp that complements her shoes and handbag accessories perfectly, with that just right classic elegance.

While on a trip, Mary Kay had already found her perfect dress, a rich navy colored Patra designer dress (RN #65518). This dress is truly beautiful because of the beaded illusion mesh inset at the neck with a softly draped neckline.

Mary Kay had sent some photos of the dress but the color was not showing true, so she decided to come by the studio with her dress and accessories. Based on the color she said it was, I placed out a palette of Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Pearls that were options to coordinate with her dress. Mary Kay brought her husband and between the three of us, we chose a light grey and night blue Swarovski Pearl with a montana Swarovski Crystal.

We discussed further the details of her look for the wedding day and with some notes jotted down, the ideas began to flow. I had a lot of time ahead of me, which was perfect, since the wedding was not until August.

Mary Kay's Custom Swarovski Crystal Pearl Mother of the Groom Wedding Jewelry Set includes a beaded 2-strand choker, bracelet, earrings and wire-wrapped ring. The choker style necklace is a great complement to a portrait/off the shoulder style dress. And Mary Kay will be in full fashion at this late summer wedding with her selected picks of elegant embellishments and an illusion neckline.

It was my pleasure to have designed this very special wedding jewelry set for Mary Kay! And a special thank you Mary Kay for selecting Crystal Allure for her custom beaded jewelry and for the bridal referral. I cannot wait to receive pictures of this beautiful wedding.

Prior to Mary Kay contacting me, she had referred her future daughter-in-law to Crystal Allure for her bridesmaids jewelry sets. These custom handcrafted designs will be featured soon -stay tuned.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Custom Crystal Transplant Awareness Earrings

One of my sweet customers, Beverly, contacted me to see if she could get a coordinating pair of earrings designed for the Transplant Awareness BREATHE Bracelet B195 that she was planning on purchasing.

While on the phone she asked if it was possible to also have a pair of beaded earrings designed to go with the bracelet she had already purchased, the Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet B105. Of course, I was more than happy to custom design these crystal awareness beaded earrings for her!

On the day we spoke, I just happened to be having a not so great day (you know how it goes..murphy's law..). Well, I sent her a photo showing four sample pairs of earring design options and in her reply she said, "I would have never known that you were having a bad day, you were so pleasant and kind to talk to." A few other kind comments she made included: "you are very good to your customers", "you are just as beautiful as your jewelry is..", "I love your jewelry and will wear them with much pride..", "I am so happy thanks to you!", "you are an awesome person and so very very kind" and, "the meaning behind your awareness jewelry is so beautiful and so true!".

I am sharing all these comments with you because I am always so very grateful for each and every comment a customer sends me. Your comments guide me on how well (or maybe not so well) I am conducting business, as well as, how well received and meaningful my designs are.

As my gift to Beverly, I added a sterling silver butterfly charm to her BREATHE bracelet and here is what Beverly had to say after she received her much anticipated package of sparkling awareness jewelry:

Hello Stephanie,
I received my awesome jewelry in the mail yesterday afternoon and I just absolutely love them all! You truly did a super job on coming up with the idea of your jewelry. It's all so gorgeous and the charms on the bracelet are so adorable. I love the meaning of the butterfly, what a beautiful way to express the new lungs taking their first breath.

Well, thank you again Stephanie and thank you for keeping in touch with me. Thank you for the pen, the beautiful card you wrote and the beautiful jewelry. Obviously...the beautiful jewelry comes from a beautiful person!!! :)

Hugs and kisses to you and may God Bless you always!

Thank you ever so kindly,
You are very welcome Beverly! And thank you for your continued business. Enjoy your new designer jewelry!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NEW Colorful Beaded Anklets Added

Adding some color to your summer wardrobe is easy with our newest colorful beaded anklets inspired by nature's lush green landscapes.

Under the Sea Swarovski Crystal Seahorse Charm Beaded Anklet (A112)
A view from under the sea, this beautiful beaded anklet features a sparkling mix of purple and green Swarovski Crystals accenting green glass pearls, sterling silver beads and seed beads. Finished with a sterling silver seahorse charm, Czech green glass fish and our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Anklet measures 10-1/4".

Swarovski Crystal Peridot Green Lucky Charms Beaded Anklet (A113)
You will always have a lucky four leaf clover with you when you wear our lucky peridot green Swarovski Crystal clover beaded anklet. Design features Swarovski Crystals, green glass seed bead accents and sterling silver beads. Finished with a double Swarovski Crystal charm drop and our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Anklet measures 10".

Swarovski Crystal Precious Daisy Yellow Peridot Pearl Beaded Anklet (A114)
Our delicate precious daisy beaded anklet features peridot Swarovski Crystals, white Swarovski Pearls, sterling silver beads accented with yellow glass seed beads. Finished with sterling silver daisy charm, Swarovski Crystal drop charm and our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Anklet measures 10".
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NEW Handcrafted Crystal Beaded Anklets

These new beaded anklets are ultra feminine and perfect for summer. Made with the highest quality materials including Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystals and sterling silver. Check out our huge assortment of handcrafted beaded anklets.

Swarovski Crystal Sandy Beaches Shell Beaded Anklet (A107)
Get the feeling of walking on sparkling summer sand with our handcrafted sandy beaches beaded anklet. Design features beautiful pink and tan Swarovski Austrian Crystals, sterling silver Bali and natural polished shell beads. Finished with a double crystal drop charm and our signature jewelry tag. Crystal Beaded Anklet measures 10-1/2".

Swarovski Crystal Pink Ballet Slipper Charm Beaded Anklet (A109)
A symbol of feminine beauty and grace is reflected in our handcrafted pink ballet slipper beaded anklet. Design features two graceful shades of muted pink Swarovski Austrian Crystals, sterling silver beads, Bali and frosted white seed beads. Finished with a sterling silver ballet slipper charm and our signature jewelry tag. Crystal Beaded Anklet measures 10".
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NEW Godmother Godchild Crystal Beaded Bracelets

Is it just my blog? I realize it's been "awhile" since I last posted (although that shouldn't have affected anything) and blogger did announce there were some problems recently with an update install. But, it was my understanding they rolled the system back, yet my fabulous blog followers are still missing (sorry peeps!).

Today, I tried to delete and reinstall my followers gadget and it's still not working -boo! That being said, I think it's time for a blog change. I'll just add that to the endless and ever growing list of things I want/need to do for my business. :-)

But first and foremost, recently I was able to get in the studio and get some long awaited designs completed.

After numerous requests for Crystal Allure original Godmother-Godchild bracelets, they have finally arrived! It's been a long time coming and there are still several more designs yet to be completed.

While picturing these last night, I realized there is a whole bin of newly designed beaded jewelry to picture and get posted. Hmmm....I think I'm a little behind. But, I have a good reason. I have been taking some time to enjoy the sunshine (which we get very little of here). How about you? How has your summer been going so far?
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

NEW Summer Beaded Anklets

Sparkle in the summer sun with a handmade beaded anklet by Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs. Lovely anklets created with Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystals, unique gemstone and glass beads with sterling silver.

Swarovski Crystal Luscious Lavendar Diamond Beaded Anklet (A110)
This beautiful handcrafted beaded anklet features rich purple velvet Swarovski Austrian Crystals, gray Swarovski Crystal Pearls, sterling silver beads, Bali and adjustable circle chain, all accented with a femininely soft shade of lavendar seed beads. Finished with a crystal drop charm and our signature jewelry tag. Crystal Beaded Anklet is adjustable 10" - 11".

Swarovski Crystal Lucky Ladybug Charm Beaded Anklet (A108)
Feel lucky and chic with our handcrafted lucky ladybug beaded anklet featuring stunning red Swarovski Austrian Crystals, red Czech ladybug beads and focal bead, sterling silver beads, Bali, 14k goldfill beads and jet black seed beads. Finished with a double crystal drop charm and our signature jewelry tag. Crystal Beaded Anklet measures 10-1/2".
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Custom Live Life Give Life Awareness Bracelet & Butterfly Bracelet

Custom Live Life Give Life Heart Transplant Awareness Bracelet
A past customer, Charlene, was so happy with her Transplant Survivor Red Heart Bracelet that when she saw our exclusive Life Life Give Life Transplant Awareness Cuff Bracelet she wanted to customize it -in red.

Working with Charlene, I re-created the two strands of sparkling sterling silver, mixed with 14k gold fill beads and .925 Bali accented by red Swarovski Crystals, bearing the message "Life Life Give Life" in sterling silver alphabet beads. To finish her custom design we added a red Swarovski Crystal heart charm and our signature jewelry tag.

The idea to use red crystals, gold beads and a red heart charm were all Charlene's and it was my pleasure to be able to create her vision from our original design. I had some wonderful email exchanges with Charlene and I consider it a blessing to have "met" her and worked with her.

The Live Life Give Life Crystal Transplant Awareness Bracelet is an Exclusive design to Crystal Allure Jewelry. Any bracelet not bearing our signature jewelry tag is a fake.

Customer Comments:
Dear Stephanie,
All I can say is "WOW"!! Its absolutely stunning!! We were getting ready to go out the door to leave for Vanderbilt (5 hr trip) and the mail came. My husband went out to pick it up and the package was in it. I tore into it with the enthusiasm of a child at christmas. I can't quit looking at it. Thanks so much for the matching bag and getting it to me prior to clinic. This was just a routine visit (if anything is ever routine with them, I think they think of ways to torture us, extra testing, lab sticks, etc). LOL. You would think I was used to it after 8 yrs, but it seems I start getting panic attacks just thinking of going. I looked at that beautiful bracelet and just chilled out. I even had a lady ask to look at it while I had my sleeve rolled up to wash my hands in ladies room. I explained to her what it represented, and she vowed to me to sign up to be an organ donor; is that not fabulous.

Thank you so much for making my day and helping me get through this clinic visit even if it was just routine. I lost my dad March 1, 2011 and my mom Oct. 5, 2010. I can barely stand to step inside a hospital. This beautiful piece brought some much needed comfort into my life. I look at it and my survivor bracelet and just think everything is going to be alright. May you be richly blessed...


Custom Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Charm Bracelet
With Charlene's custom LLGL bracelet request, she placed an order for one of our past designs from the Butterfly Fields Collection. She said her grand-daughter fell in love with it and she wanted to give it to her for her birthday.

I learned our youngest fan is 7 years old!

Since creating the original design, I implemented new techniques learned and Charlene's custom design features a beautiful array of various sized fuchsia Swarovski Crystal butterflies that adorn an elegant 14K goldfilled loop chain. Each crystal butterfly has been individually wire wrapped to a delicate chain for a truly feminine and charming design. Finished with our signature goldtone jewelry tag.

Customer Comments:
Hi Stephanie,
Received the bracelet today, absolutely fabulous. My Katie is going to love it!!!! She has never forgot seeing it. She is going to be over the moon when she sees the matching earrings. Stephanie that was so sweet of you. They are absolutely beautiful. You will make a little girl very happy when she opens her birthday present next month (May). Again thanks so much for the beautiful creations. I absolutely love my bracelet.

Warmest regards,
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Custom Mothers Bracelet with Hygroma Awareness

Back in February (wow! am I behind in sharing this!!), Elizabeth contacted me to design a custom mothers bracelet incorporating the hygroma awareness color.

Burgundy is the support color of hygroma awareness.

Elizabeth wanted to give this custom awareness-mothers bracelet as a gift to her friend who had lost her baby boy to hygroma. She requested the design also incorporate the baby's name.

Working with the design elements of our original Designed by You Swarovski Crystal Pearl Mommy Bracelet, I incorporated burgundy Swarovski Crystals and personalized the name to GRANT in memory of her friends' son. A final custom touch included a sterling silver cross charm.

What really made Elizabeth's Custom Mothers Hygroma Awareness Bracelet a touching and beautiful gift were the sterling silver eternity knot rings that encircle the pearls. Grant's mother will love him for eternity and he will always be with her and in her heart.

This special and unique beaded bracelet design not only raises hygroma awareness, it also celebrates motherhood and the loss of a child. It was my honor to have designed this very special treasured keepsake bracelet for Elizabeth and her friend. I hope in some small way this beautiful keepsake bracelet will help heal her heart and give her comfort.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

NEW Spay Neuter Crystal Awareness Bracelet

Let the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs' Animal Awareness Bracelet Collection speak for those who cannot. Help raise awareness of being responsible pet parents by spaying and neutering our beloved pets.

Spay Neuter Animal Awareness Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B184-SN)
It's the responsible thing to do -spay and/or neuter your pet. In the U.S., there is an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year, with only about half of them being adopted out. It's a tragic ending that we, as individuals, have the power to change through the simple act of having our beloved pets spayed and/or neutered.

This handmade beaded bracelet was designed with light blue Swarovski Austrian Crystals accented by white HOPE Swarovski Pearls and fancy sterling silver Bali beads. Finished with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag, awareness ribbon charm and paw charm. Measures 7-1/2".

Light Blue is the nationally recognized ribbon color for spay/neuter awareness and support.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

NEW Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet

Just listed is this elegant handmade beaded bracelet in support of raising awareness of organ donation and life-saving transplantation.

Organ Transplant Awareness Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B184-TX)
This handcrafted beaded bracelet was designed using green emerald Swarovski Crystals, white HOPE pearls and accented with sterling silver fancy Bali beads.

Finishing this beautiful cause bracelet is a sterling silver butterfly charm, awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.

See this cause jewelry and many other causes Crystal Allure Jewelry supports on the website.
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NEW Cystic Fibrosis Crystal Awareness Bracelet

Show your support of raising awareness of cystic fibrosis in the elegant Swarovski Crystal handmade beaded bracelet.

Cystic Fibrosis Swarovski Crystal Awareness Bracelet (B184-CF)
Purple is the nationally recognized awareness support color for cystic fibrosis, which is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children.

A beautiful strand of sparkling purple amethyst Swarovski Crystals, white HOPE pearls and sterling silver fancy Bali beads make up this handmade beaded bracelet. Designed in support of raising awareness of cystic fibrosis.

Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wanda's Custom Crystal Auntie Bracelet

Cristy contacted me about designing a custom aunt bracelet for her to give as a gift to her sister, Wanda. She wanted to celebrate her sister for having such a big heart and for making a difference in the lives of both her niece and nephew.

Being an aunt myself, I felt a personal connection to this design. I know I am proud to be an aunt (and I'm a darn good one too, if I don't say so myself! *smiles*) and I wanted Wanda to feel the say way, every time she wore this bracelet. More importantly, this symbolic bracelet will be a keepsake Wanda could treasure for a lifetime.

So, I decided to make an irresistably, elegant and eye-catching crystal beaded bracelet. Wanda's Custom Swarovski Crystal Auntie Bracelet featured a full strand of sparkling Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, sterling silver beads, Bali with sterling silver letter beads that spelled out 'Auntie', centered in the design. I finished it off with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag.

Here's what the customer had to say about her beautiful bracelet:

It looks wonderful. I love the "Auntie" in the front. Thank you & thanks to all of the special aunts in the world!!

You are very welcome Cristy! It was my pleasure to design this special bracelet for you.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NEW Beaded Jewelry Collection

Our very first personalized bracelet design was a birthstone bracelet, topaz for November, if I remember correctly. We then designed an elegant MOM beaded bracelet, of sterling and Bali, and a customer requested to have it customized. She wanted it to be an AUNT bracelet that she was giving as a gift. Since then, our personalized bracelets collection has grown.

Over the years, Crystal Allure has designed and personalized timeless keepsake bracelets that include, Sweet 16 bracelets, Auntie bracelets, Name bracelets, Mothers Bracelets and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing crystal bracelets.

We love to design and offer these personalized bracelets because, well, they're handmade, unique, elegant, feminine and the perfect keepsake to celebrate mom, grandma, sisters, friends, aunts, even pet parents. These bracelets are designed by you, which makes them even more special!

So we've compiled them into our newest jewelry collection, Designed by You, timeless keepsake bracelets by Crystal Allure Jewelry.

In this collection, we offer a variety of designer beaded bracelets you can customize with crystal colors, the number of strands, any personalized names. We've added a few new categories and have begun restocking the bracelets offered under this collection. If you don't see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me for a custom design.

In the coming days/weeks, we'll introduce each bracelet currently offered in this collection along with our recent sparkling custom, designed by you, designs.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NEW: Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet

When I first started a design concept for Caregiver Awareness and Appreciation, I hadn't truly realized, or thought about, how many caregivers we encounter each day. The reality is, just about everyone is a caregiver these days. From aging parents to babysitters, pet caretakers to even families who take in children that are not their own.

So I am very excited to present the Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet because I too, fall into one of the groups listed above. And I wouldn't have it any other way! Indeed it takes someone special to be a caregiver, or so I'm told. But I don't look at it that way. I have a big heart with lots of love and I'm only too happy to share that love with someone else who may need a little of it.

I was so thrilled with this design, that in my excitement I just realized I forgot the awareness ribbon charm. Will have to go back and add that on. :-) What was so great about having completed this beaded bracelet, is that it inspired an idea that could span just about any awareness cause! (you'll have to stay tuned to the blog for a future post on that inspired idea).

This lovely bracelet features lavender Swarovski Crystals, pearls, Bali and sterling silver. Finished with a sterling silver guardian angel charm and our signature jewelry tag.

Now you can show your appreciation for that special caregiver in your life and in turn, they will be raising awareness each time they wear their sparkling, feminine caregiver bracelet.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NEW: Winds of Hope Transplant Awareness Bracelet

To date, I have not had a transplant and do not need one. But, that has never been a road block in understanding how those who need, or have had, a transplant might feel.

All I have to do is close my eyes and imagine, for even just a second, how life altering (and awe inspiring) transplant can be. Of course, I'll always wonder how life would have been had my oldest brother received his transplant.

So, I tend to get excited and attached to every transplant design I create. Yet, each time I create a new transplant awareness bracelet, I am taken aback at how personally attached I am to it.

The Exclusive Transplant Awareness Winds of Hope Bracelet represents the many twists and turns one faces in their road to transplant and how it can leave you feeling a little "breathless". The bracelet encircles the wearer with hope and strength to ride the winds of hope, no matter where they take you, on your journey to and through transplant.

Our unique handmade awareness bracelet features a "whirlwind" of emerald green Swarovski Crystals on a "swirling" path of sterling silver links flanked by Swarovski Pearls and sterling silver. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Custom HPV Awareness Bracelet

Melissa contacted me in early February to create a custom HPV Awareness Bracelet for her. She wrote, "I really thought it would be easy to find one, but it wasn't."

Melissa liked the style of our Transplant Awareness Bracelet B159. She especially liked the Bali beads and palace green opal Swarovski Crystals in the design.

This provided a great starting point for her custom design. As most custom designs go, I generally have almost an instantaneous design idea, or specific component I would like to use, soon after I speak with the customer. That held true in Melissa's case as I knew I wanted to incorporate the light green peridot Swarovski Crystal pendant bicone.

Melissa gave me artistic freedom to develop the design and although it took a little time to incorporate her preferences with my vision, I think the end result is simply beautiful!

This is the first request we've had for a custom Custom Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Awareness Bracelet. Even though Melissa may not have initially found the bracelet that represents her cause, that is exactly what Crystal Allure specializes in -creating custom beaded crystal awareness bracelets, just for you!

Enjoy your bracelet Melissa and thank you for shopping Crystal Allure!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Swarovski Elements Innovations: Fall-Winter 2011-2012

Swarovski has introduced some fabulous new colors and shapes to their line of crystal beads. Who could possibly resist them?

Now, I admit, I (personally) am not a huge fan of wearing yellow, I must say I'm still draw to the new Sunflower color. For the simple reason yellow reminds me of summertime and sunshine. It makes me feel good. So there is definately a design coming using this new color!

Other shapes you can expect to see coming to Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs include the Lucerna, Mini Pear, Helios and Wild Heart beads and pendants. The Lucerna crystal is a reflection of a chinese lantern and I had used a lantern shaped gemstone in a past design, so I'm really looking forward to testing out this new shape. There are already some new designs ready to be pictured using the Mini Pear and Wild Heart pendants. As well, the Helios will make for a fantastic shimmering contemporary jewelry design.

Swarovski also introduced large hole crystals and two new colored protective coatings for the starfish crystal. With all these new innovations here and the existing irresistible shapes and colors already available from Swarovski -I'm in heaven!!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NEW Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Awareness Bracelet

For some individuals, not only are they affected by cystic fibrosis, they are also faced with related diabetes issues. Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD) is extremely common in people with CF. This unique type of diabetes remains the inspiration for our unique selection of designer beaded awareness bracelets.

Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Awareness Bracelet (B028-D2)
Designed to raise awareness of both cystic fibrosis and cystic fibrosis related diabetes (CFRD), this beautiful handmade beaded bracelet sparkles with purple Swarovski Austrian Crystals and gray Pearls accented with sterling silver beads. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.

Purple is the awareness support color for cystic fibrosis, which is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children. Gray is the awareness support color for diabetes.

Beaded Bracelet measures 7-1/2"
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Monday, February 7, 2011

More International Shipping Options

Over the years, Crystal Allure Jewelry has been shipped worldwide. Although in the last few years, we had scaled back our shipping options in response to website host changes.

Well, today, I'm happy to announce we have re-opened shipping options to Australia and New Zealand!

We're slowly opening back up our expanded international shipping options. And now you can have Designer Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry by Crystal Allure shipped to anywhere in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom -and now Australia and New Zealand!

If you're interested in having Crystal Allure Jewelry shipped to you but don't see your country listed, simply contact us prior to checking out.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Custom Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Custom Swarovski Crystal Stack Earrings (E044-E047)
Joyce had visited the Crystal Allure Jewelry website and found a pair of earrings that would coordinate with a crystal necklace her brother-in-law purchased for her sister. She contacted me to create a custom pair of emerald Swarovski Crystal earrings to complement this necklace and she also requested a custom pair in sapphire too.

We took an existing handcrafted beaded earring design and customized it a little more to fit her needs and desires. The results were simply stunning. A minimalist look in a purely feminine style with a hint of sparkling presence.

One of the things I love most about Swarovski Crystal is there are endless possibilities when it comes to color and cut options. I find I could make the same earrings 20 times over and never get bored with the brilliance of Swarovski Crystals. Their quality is unmatched which is why they are the hallmarks of my designs.

Enjoy your earrings Joyce!
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Personalizing Jewelry with Hand Stamping

I finally decided to just jump in and switched gears to start the bracelet, which was to compliment the Green Grossular Garnet Hill Tribe Leaf Pendant Gemstone Necklace. For the bracelet, I wanted to keep with my signature technique of beading. But, as the design progressed, it just didn't give me that "fuzzy" feeling, so I added to the design some chain and wire-wrapping in a three strand style. Then it was time for the metal stamping.

You can see at left, attempt #1 resulted in a double stamp of the fern leaf. In my very first shot at handstamping, I stamped the metal, but the image wasn't very good. So I thought the stamp was in the exact same spot and I tried again -Oops! No good. Attempt #2 turned out much better. I did end up stamping it again but this time, I got the metal stamp positioned correctly in the image impression.

Attempt #3 shows the last step of the fern leaf metal handstamped charm. The stamped image is further improved upon after having darkened it and buffed it with a pro polish pad.

The necklace, as well, evolved from a single strand where the handstamped charm was going to be the "main" charm with the acorn charm right next to it. But that seemed too simple, lacked personality and that feminine touch! So, I decided to do two strands to really showcase the beautiful handstamped tag. It took forever to come up with a 4-5 letter word that would fit on the stamping blank and be tied with the autumn season. But, as I thought about the fall time and how beautiful it is, the first thought that came to mind was a renewal of body, mind and spirit.

The dangling autumn colored Swarovski Crystals are remininscent of falling leaves (a theme in all my fall jewelry) with an acorn charm that one might find that has fallen from the tree and landed in the pathway. The sterling silver blank stamping tags at Artbeads pair perfectly with both the starter metal alphabet stamps set and fern leaf stamp.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

NEW Awareness Bracelet: Ovarian Cancer Survivor

The Transplant Awareness Survivor Heart Bracelet has been so popular that I customized it in red for a customer in celebration of her daughter's heart transplant anniversary. I love every design I produce and especially love this design so I have begun expanding the design for other awareness causes and colors.

Now available at Crystal Allure is our teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Survivor Heart Bracelet. A sparkling beaded strand of Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver beads and letter heart beads, finished with our signature jewelry tag.

Call me unaware but I was completely surprised to learn PAP smears do not detect ovarian cancer. Then what the heck do I do them for? I know. Precaution. But still, my whole focus of doing them was because I had thought (up to today) that they detected ovarian cancer, if it existed.

How about you? Did you believe PAP smears detected ovarian cancer?

About Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer has long been called “The Silent Killer”, because it usually isn’t discovered until its advanced stages. However, early-stage ovarian cancer does produce the following symptoms:

-Abdominal bloating, pressure or discomfort
-Frequent urination or gas
-Persistent nausea, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea
-Unexplained weight gain or loss
-Fatigue or backaches
-Abnormal bleeding or pain with intercourse

Listen to your body and if in doubt, see your doctor. YOU are your best advocate.

Help spread the word: Ovarian Cancer -"It Whispers -So Listen!"

Other Facts:
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Teal is the nationally recognized ribbon color for ovarian cancer awareness and support.
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