Amethyst Garnet Smokey Quartz Gemstone Necklaces

When I discovered these stunning amethyst gemstone nuggets -and in purple! -I knew it was time to get some handmade gemstone jewelry designed. What I love about both these necklaces are they are so versatile. Either one could easily transition from your work outfit to a night out with friends.

What I love most about this first necklace is you can wear it two different ways: (1) with the stylish clasp in the front like a pendant or; (2) put the clasp in back for a simple statement look.
Handmade Golden Rings Amethyst Gemstone Necklace (N051)

The next gemstone necklace was actually inspired by raisins and cranberries! Not really the food, but the colors of the food: a rich brown and deep ruby red.
Now don't those cranberries and raisins looks yummy?! This necklace could easily be called "Cranberries and Raisins Gemstone Necklace".
Smokey Quartz Garnet Gemstone Necklace (N050)
Smokey Quartz Garnet Gemstone Necklace (N050)
SOLD

Handmade pendant necklace featuring a marquis-cut smokey quartz gemstone pendant accented with a lovely rhodolite garnet gemstone wire-wrapped between a hammered 14kt gold fill hoop all on a 17" 14kt gold fill cable chain. Pendant is a 2" drop.

Crystal Allure as seen in HER Magazine


Celebrating the women of Rochester, New York, April/May 2008 HER Magazine for women.

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Soft Green Nephrite Jade Gemstone Necklace (N049)

When I saw these stunning green nephrite jade rondelles they reminded me of what looked like 'peas in a pod'. Don't you agree?
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
$66.05
Just like peas in a pod, 10 beautiful creamy pea green nephrite jade gemstones are accented by .925 Bali beads and spacers, strung on a sterling silver cable chain. Length is PRINCESS at 17" (but adjusts to any length along the chain).
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049) -another view
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049) -on bust
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
Or maybe they are just lucky gemstones perfect for a chic St. Patrick's Day dinner out!

Sparkling Spring Sale!

Hurry on over to the Crystal Allure website for a sparkling spring sale on all Swarovski crystal and crystal pearl jewelry! You won't want to miss out!

Happy Shopping!

New Spring Jewelry Creations Are Arriving!

Yeah! It's Spring -finally! Crystal Allure is doing some spring cleaning (stay tuned for exciting changes). But, I still managed to find some time to create some fresh new pieces for Spring (and more will be following).

New Spring Beaded Jewelry:

Both of the following gemstone jewelry necklaces have coordinating drop earrings to complete the look. A simple and elegant jade gemstone teardrop is so soothing and forms the perfect centerpiece for this necklace. Hand-wrapped links of sterling silver, mint freshwater pearls and jade rounds lead up to sterling silver cable chain.
Freshwater Pearl Jade Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N045)
Freshwater Pearl Jade Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N045)
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A single soothing jade gemstone is surrounded by pale mint green freshwater pearls and hand-wrapped for a beautifully feminine pair of handmade beaded earrings on sterling silver threader ear wires. Length is 2-1/2".
Freshwater Pearl Jade Gemstone Drop Earrings (E146)
Freshwater Pearl Jade Gemstone Drop Earrings (E146)
$21.50
And what's springtime if we don't have any pink! Delicate translucent pink rose quartz gemstones are surrounded by blush-pink colored freshwater pearls and hand-wrapped for a beautiful and feminine coordinating jewelry set.
Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N047)
Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N047)
SOLD

Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Gemstone Drop Earrings (E147)
Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Gemstone Drop Earrings (E147)
$21.50
Handmade beaded earrings of pink pearls and gemstones are on sterling silver threader earwires and are 2-1/2" in length.

Check out the jewelry articles to read more about the gemstones used in these designs.

Autumn Crystal Artisan Lampwork Drop Necklace (N018)

Some of the best handmade beaded necklaces to wear are ones with artisan designed lampwork glass beads. The beauty of lampwork jewelry is its uniqueness because each bead is hand created and no two beads are exactly identical.

Autumn Crystal Artisan Lampwork Drop Necklace (N018)
Autumn Crystal Artisan Lampwork Drop Necklace (N018)
One of a Kind
SOLD

This handmade necklace features a handcrafted artisan lampwork glass pendant in a delicate tube shape with a deep, rich reddish-russet color surrounded by a flurry of tans, browns and black. Almost reminds you of a swirling pile of colorful Autumn leaves!

The other unique feature of this beaded necklace is that it looks like it is a two-strand necklace, when in fact, it is actual both a single and double strand. A separate beaded strand of black beads and crystals hosting the unique artisan lampwork pendant is woven into a single fully beaded necklace strand.

The base color in this design is a neutral, goes-with-anything oval black faceted glass bead which is accented with dazzling smokey topaz Swarovski Crystals.

More New Fall Jewelry

For the last few weeks I have been in a creation frenzy. With the cooler weather finally here (which some Rochestarians are not so happy about) I was finally able to get to work on some neglected jewelry designs.

All of these pieces, and then some, are now available on the website. And it’s not over yet….I still have many more designs that I planned on rolling out for the fall. So keep checking the website and blog for them.

I am a big fan, in both style and decorating, of warm, rich colors. And what better time of the year to really embrace these comforting colors than in the fall. With the exception of a few pieces, you will find a variety of necklaces and earrings incorporating a fall color scheme and (again for some pieces) a bolder design (using less chain).

One other constant theme in necklaces is the pendant style. I absolutely love teardrop pendants and in staying with this theme you will find in the coming month(s) at least 4-5 more new teardrop pendant necklaces on the website.

As with most of my designs, all the new pieces are limited edition. So please don’t wait to put your order in. It will be a rare instance if I am able to find a particular pendant again. Here we go…

When I saw this pendant, I immediately had a vision of how to use it in a necklace design. It is a stunning, rounded teardrop style pendant in a rich amethyst. I simply could not resist accenting it with a small black onyx gemstone and to finish the style I used a 14kt gold-fill textured chain to complement the pendant.
Gold Faceted Purple Fiber Optic Teardop Pendant Necklace (N019)
Gold Faceted Purple Fiber Optic Teardop Pendant Necklace (N019)
SOLD

I’ve actually had these leaves for at least 8 or more months. When I saw them I just knew they would be an asset in whatever design they were used in. They have no shimmer and so I added a large genuine Swarovski Crystal in a rich burgundy and then sealed the style with a complementary smokey topaz crystal. Even though these earrings are done, this style is not finished yet…a coordinating necklace will be coming soon.
Bronze Leaf Burgundy Topaz Crystal Drop Earrings (E064)
Bronze Leaf Burgundy Topaz Crystal Drop Earrings (E064)
SOLD

This next design is one of the few that deviates from the rich fall color scheme. But, again, I’ve had this pendant for a while now and it seemed fitting to add it to the collection this season with all the other pendant styles. I had such a difficult time finding beads to complement this ruby quartz gemstone pendant, but this past summer I had attended a bead show and purchased some watermelon tourmaline gemstone pebbles. Although tourmaline is a rainbow of beautiful colors I chose to use just the rose colored nuggets and it worked perfectly in this design.
Sterling Watermelon Tourmaline Ruby Quartz Gemstone Necklace (N022)
Sterling Watermelon Tourmaline Ruby Quartz Gemstone Necklace (N022)
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To pair with the necklace above, I selected from the remaining tourmaline nuggets a range of color from pink to green for these stunning handmade beaded earrings. These gemstone earrings are a delicious, mouth-watering pair of watermelon tourmaline gemstone nuggets.
Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstone Nugget Drop Earrings (E067)
Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstone Nugget Drop Earrings (E067)
SOLD

These are just a few of the new pieces and I hope to showcase more in the coming days. In between really diving in and tweaking my jewelry photo quality, I will be creating, creating, creating! Stay tuned…

Fall Jewelry Set in Purple Amethyst Black Crystal Necklace and Earrings

I just love the color purple, don't you?! I'm excited to announce this new, one of a kind, purple handmade jewelry set from the Fall Beaded Jewelry collection.

This Amethyst Twist Black Crystal Choker Necklace Set (NES1) is both flirty and alluring. In a choker necklace style the design features deep purple fiber optic twist tube beads that lend a lustrous and luminescent quality to the necklace and earrings set.

The shimmer of the purple fiber optic tube bead is technically called chatoyancy.
Amethyst Twist Black Crystal Choker Necklace Set (NES1)
Amethyst Twist Black Crystal Choker Necklace Set (NES1)
SOLD

Accented with jet black Swarovski Crystals and 14 karat gold fill spacers. The beaded necklace is adjustable from 15-1/2″ to 17″, with a 14 karat gold fill chain extender accented with a single drop crystal. The beaded earrings measure 1/4″ from the bottom of the leverback ear wire.

Did you know? Cat’s Eye, Cat Eye -or- Fiber Optic Beads start out from the same material used for fiber optic telephone cables, created from quartz fibers. The fibers are fused together and then machine cut into innumerable shapes and sizes. Who knew something so beautiful could come out of that!

Enjoy!

I Took The Pledge -Will You?

What is this? A pledge to buy handmade, during the holidays and everyday. You can make your pledge at buyhandmade.org where at last count there were 11,228 pledges.

Why buy handmade? Various reasons are listed on the site but one I can truly appreciate, being an designer/artist myself is -uniqueness and connection. With mass production, you get lower quality cookie cutter products. Personally, I get so tired of going into stores only to find mass-produced products -EVERYWHERE. Granted we may not be able to replace all our purchases with handmade items, but when you can wouldn’t you prefer a unique one-of-a-kind or limited edition product?

Just the other day, I purchased a specific glass vase for two reasons. The first, I had an idea for it. The second, because it was handmade and handblown in Poland (which is part of my heritage). Sure I could have purchased another glass vase for a little less, but why when I could get a handmade item of good quality? And you know what? I love that vase!

Another good reason to buy handmade, is you get the opportunity to build a relationship (if you wish to) with that designer.

So take a moment and visit buyhandmade.org and make your pledge. Keep in mind though, good quality handmade items are for sale all across the internet -not just on specific group type sites promoted on buyhandmade.org. Many serious artists have given their blood, sweat and tears (not to mention an arm and leg to finance their business expenses) to set up their online businesses so that they can offer their customers and visitors a pleasant shopping experience and unique, quality products. One only has to type “handmade” into a Google search to find all the fabulous handmade products available for sale! Or be more specific in your search string such as, “handmade crystal earrings“, etc.

For unique handmade Swarovski Crystal & Gemstone Jewelry, visit CrystalAllure.com

Wedding Tulle -Wedding Essentials

I had the pleasure of celebrating my own 6th wedding anniversary this past December 22nd. Having been a December bride (mind you with no snow!) I am still enamored with all things sparkling and snowflake themed.

That said, I was introduced to a very un-typical wedding company -Wedding Tulle, which provides “all the extras for an extra special wedding” that include stationery, accessories, favors and more. Bree Gianassi Little, owner and designer, has a simple goal:

To bring color, fun, and just plain good taste to an industry that often surrenders to the comforts of tradition. Their studios’ stylish output aims to help brides jump out of the predictable wedding box. Their products speak to brides that feel overwhelmed by monstrous wedding invitation binders, petal paper and organza everything.

I truly believe she has accomplished that goal and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Snowflake Wine Stopper favor -and it’s only $2.50!! What a dazzling find for any winter bride!

And for those of you who are spring brides, you won’t be able to resist this dainty Miniature Natural Birds Nest favor either. It’s just adorable! If you’re having a spring wedding, get creative and use those egg-shaped malted candy eggs to put inside!

Whatever your theme or dream, you’re sure to find a spectacular and unique wedding need at Wedding Tulle!

Bloglebrity Status

According to Technorati my blog places in the “low authority group”. That means I am a:

The Low Authority Group [D-List Bloggers]
(3-9 blogs linking in the last 6 months)
The average blog age (the number of days that the blog has been in existence) is about 228 days, which shows a real commitment to blogging. However, bloggers of this type average only 12 posts per month, meaning that their posting habits are generally dedicated but infrequent.

Ahhhhhhh! Sooo, is this good or bad?! : -)

Good Business Philosophy

My philosophy has always been: If you want something done, and done right, do it yourself.

But as we all know, this can be quite a challenge especially if we are talking about business or if you don’t fully know how to do what you need done. You are only one person, yet to wait on other people is just irritating beyond words. Especially if you ask for something to be done and then you sit and wait…and wait…and wait….

These are what some people might deem the ”little” things. But it is exactly these “little” things that create frustration and “clutter” in your life and just drive you batty because the reality is, if you had done it -it would be done. Period. You could move on and wouldn’t have to keep going back to figure out what was or was not done, wasting more of your time. Or worse, have to make up months of lost time because you believed someone else was actually doing the job.

While I sit and wait for others to do what I have requested (and they are fully capable of and have the knowledge to do), my ability to progress and move forward is halted. There are a few things “cluttering” my life and business progression right now and I’m at the boiling point.

I realize everyone has to watch out for themselves, but what makes service vendors think that I can just sit and wait for them to do what I’ve asked? I have a business to run and obviously I can’t count on them to get the job done -because if I could, well, it would be done and I wouldn’t be saying what I am right now.

I expected this year to be the year of change and progression and that has not been the case. In fact, I feel like it’s year one of my business again…except now I’m waiting on other people. UGH. If you can’t do the scope of the job then don’t sign up for it. Period.

Case in point: One of the things that has led to this post is the fact that I enlisted an accountant (who willing signed up) to get my parts and inventories up to speed for proper year end tax recording. I had been entering transactions all along but just didn’t prepare for my inventory and tax time. So, I scrambled to do a physical count of all my components (let me tell you..that alone would drive any jewelry designer up the wall!) but I did it. I send my data and financial file to this person back in, oh, late March or so. Although I had been checking the status of the file all along it finally got to the point in late July where I just told this person to email my file back to me and I’ll have to finish it.

Problem 1: While this file was being worked on -I was still conducting business -what was I suppose to do? Stop my business until this person finished the file? So, not only do I need to catch up on still all the work this person said they’d get done -I now have four + months of new transacations and purchases to record. So…how am I better off for hiring a professional?

Problem 2: I have no clue how to enter these things in the financial file -cause if I did…well, I wouldn’t have hired a professional to do it for me. Why? Because (let’s all say this together now): If you want something done, and done right, do it yourself.

I could go on with the problems this has caused but it’s not worth my time. I have work that needs to be done and I can’t count on others to do it for me. So off to spend more money on accomplishing what should have been a fairly easy task. *sigh*

Butterfly Garden 2006

From the moment I bought my first house, my goal was to have a butterfly garden. I love butterflies and all the beautiful flowers that attract them. So about five years ago or so I printed off a Butterfly Garden plan offered for free from MSN Gardens. My husband put in the hard labor to tear up the existing garden and excitedly in the very first year, we had Monarch butterflies visit our garden.

Last year, I was finally able to get some pictures of the butterfly varieties that have visited my gardens and I thought I’d share some pictures with you.


Both these pictures are of Fritillaires butterflies sitting on purple coneflowers in my Butterfly Garden. I have pictures of at least seven different varieties that have visited our garden as well as other creatures of nature. Stay tuned...