Saturday, November 10, 2007

Beautiful Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstone Jewelry

There is no comparison to the beauty of watermelon tourmaline gemstones. Typically, watermelon tourmaline gemstones display three different colors in the same crystal - green (the skin of the watermelon), pink (the sweet fruit) and white (the rind).

Although watermelon tourmaline is a rainbow of beautiful colors, we've selected the most perfect rose shaded nuggets and paired them with a stunning ruby quartz gemstone pendant and sterling silver chain.

Sterling Silver Watermelon Tourmaline Ruby Quartz Gemstone Necklace
The perfect complement to the gemstone necklace above is a dainty strand of watermelon tourmaline gemstone beaded earrings!
Sterling Silver Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstone Beaded Earrings
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Moss Agate Gemstone Beaded Necklace

Moss Agate gemstone is a truly beautiful stone to use in handmade beaded jewelry. Each moss agate oval is uniquely different through a natural process that creates bands and patterns within the gemstone.


Moss Agate Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Bali Beaded Necklace (N036)
Creeping Moss. A spectacular show of graduated moss agate oval gemstones are complemented by moss-colored Swarovski Crystals, .925 Bali and lead the way to a wire wrapped gemstone pendant. The light and dark bands of color in each gemstone oval make this beaded necklace truly unique.

Beaded Necklace Adjustable 16 1/2" to 17 1/2"
Drop Measures 1 1/2"

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Frosted Glass Technique

“Frosting” is a glass-finishing technique often referred to as "frosted glass". Using frosted glass beads in handmade beaded jewelry designs lends a quite distinctive look and texture to designs.

Frosted Leaf Topaz Crystal Beaded Earrings E132

The Illustrated Glass Dictionary at glassonline.com defines frosting as follows: "The process of giving a glass surface a matte finish, thus reducing transparency. Frosting is done through a variety of methods. It may involve treating the glass by pouring hydrofluoric acid on it or exposing it to the acid’s fumes. Frosting also may be achieved by sandblasting, through a special glue application and subsequent removal, or by mechanical etching with a grinding wheel."

Acid etching is used for small projects and to make patterns on the glass while sandblasting is used to frost an entire sheet of glass.

Frosted finishes can vary greatly. Some have a coarse, sandpaper feel, while others have a soft feel and the look of clouded glass. The 19th-century term for glass with a frosted or matte finish was satin glass. Frosting or “satinizing” may be applied to opaque as well as transparent glass.

In the jewelry design shown, shimmering light topaz Swarovski Crystals are paired with topaz-colored frosted glass leaf shaped beads making these handmade beaded earrings truly exquisite and unique.

Crafters learning to make frosted glass usually work with acid etching. Care should be taken while working with acid. Eye and face protection should be worn at all times when making frosted glass.