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Enamel

Enameling is an old and widely adopted technology and is most often restricted to work on metal jewelry.

Belt Buckle

A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two ends, such as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.

Bead Size Chart

Various Styles Chain Introduction

ANCHOR CHAINIs one of the classic jewellery chain forms and the link chain most people would describe with ease if asked. It is characterised by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation with a vertical bar in the middle of each link. Because of the simplicity of its links it is one of the strongest types of jewellery chain and it is therefore no surprise that it has the same traditional design as used to anchor large sh

Scroll Chain

Is produced by a dedicated machine which uses two separate lengths of wire fed from opposite directions to create the initial scroll which is then soldered. The chain can then be Hammered or Diamond Cut.

Different Grade Rhinestone

The name rhinestone originated from pieces of crystal or glass found in Austria's Rhine River. Rhinestones, however, have been around for centuries and were originally cut and finished by hand.All rhinestones are carefully and meticulously cut glass or crystal with a foiled backing with lead content which enhances the sparkle and brilliance. However, not all rhinestones are Swarovski nor are they all Austrian Crystal. However, as all rhinestones are cut glass or crystal with a foiled back, thi

What's the Difference Between Bali Silver, Thai Silver, Tibetan Silver

A lot of jewellery designs from the past and present use ornate Silver beads. Do you know the difference between the types of silver beads on offer, and could you be buying a cheap alloy instead of real silver? To find what to look out for read on. Sterling Silver beads of Bali origin are quite ornate and made by hand. They are very distinctive and add a nice touch to many jewellery designs. Bali beads usually have an intricate raised design with scrolls, dots and filigree work. The fin

How to Clean 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver jewelry can be identified by a "925" marking. This marking refers to the 92.5 percent pure silver composition. Usually the other 7.5 percent is added copper to give strength to the metal. While pure silver is not very reactive and does not tarnish easily, the addition of copper makes sterling silver prone to tarnish. Tarnishing can be prevented by storing your sterling silver jewelry in an airtight plastic bag, but when tarnish does occur, you can return the sheen to your jewelr

French Wire

Learn the definitions to all those jewelry terms you don't know.

Decal

A decal is a plastic, cloth, paper or ceramic substrate that has printed on it a pattern or image then we can paste it on any products surface for decoration. This usually with the aid of glue. The word is short for decalcomania.

Swarovski Elements Crystal Color Chart

Use our Crystal Color Chart to view all your favorite Swarovski Elements colors at a glance.You can also see all of the items available for purchase in each of these stunning colors on our Shop by Color page!========== Crystal (Clear) Crystal AB Crystal AB2x Crystal Champagne Crystal Satin Crystal AB Satin

Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl Color Chart

Use our Crystal Color Chart to view all your favorite Swarovski Elements Pearl colors at a glance. You can also see all of the items available for purchase in each of these stunning colors on our Shop by Color page!========== White Pearl Cream Pearl Creamrose Light Pearl Creamrose Pearl Bordeaux Pearl Maroon

Preciosa Czech Crystal Color Chart

Use our Crystal Color Chart to view all your favorite Preciosa Czech Crystal colors at a glance. You can also see all of the items available for purchase in each of these stunning colors on our Shop by Color page!========== Preciosa Crystal (Clear) Preciosa Crystal AB Preciosa Matte Crystal Preciosa Crystal Argent Flare Preciosa Crystal Blonde Flare

Preciosa Czech Crystal Pearl Color Chart

Use our Crystal Pearl Color Chart to view all your favorite Preciosa Czech Crystal Pearl colors at a glance. You can also see all of the items available for purchase in each of these stunning colors on our Shop by Color page! Preciosa White Pearl Preciosa Cream Pearl Preciosa Light Creamrose Pearl Preciosa Creamrose Pearl Preciosa Bordeaux Pearl

Helpful Information About Birthstones

JanuaryTraditional - GarnetModern - GarnetCrystal Color - Garnet or SiamFebruaryTraditional - AmethystModern - AmethystCrystal Color - Amethyst

AB Color

AB refers to a chemical coating which makes the bead color shift and shimmer. It wouldn't come off. The letters AB are short for aurora borealis.

Wire Guardian

Wire guardian are designed to protect wire against wear from clasps and other sharp-edged components.

Snap on Bail

These bails can be gently opened and closed in the back to insert a pendant ring and necklace strand.

Spacer

Jewelry spacers are a fundamental finding used in beaded jewelry design work. Use between beads to make your creations look sharp.

Silver Lined

Silvery coating applied inside the bead.