Delicious Fun Finds

While I take the first part of this week to prepare for our first show of the season being held on July 4th, I thought I'd tell you about some delicious designs I found over at Etsy.

I happened across these fun and adorable crystal earrings designed by Kathy over at crystalballs.etsy.com. They are the perfect, refreshing treat for the hot summer days that have arrived! Check 'em out and say 'HI' to Kathy for me.
Swarovski Strawberry Earrings
Swarovski Grape Earrings

Also, don't forget to check out the Press and Events page for a complete listing of upcoming shows where you can find Crystal Allure Designs Handcrafted Jewelry. Show season has officially begun!

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Beautiful Blue Rose Lampwork Jewelry Designs

A while back I came across some lampwork beads that I simply had to have. Although the range of materials that I use in my designs did not include lampwork, it would have been a shame to not get them! The new lampwork jewelry designs have been on the website since early June (too many pretties to picture and post than time in the day) they are one-of-a-kind and once gone -they're gone for good.

The multitude of colors and designs that lampwork beads offer is just spectacular. Mix them with the sparkle of Swarovski Crystals and WOW! What a design. Some lampwork bracelets even have matching beaded earrings or bead pendants too!
Aqua Flower Lampwork Crystal Pendant Necklace (P02)
Aqua Flower Lampwork Crystal Pendant Necklace (P02)
$40.00
Aqua, black and gold swirl artisan lampwork glass bead paired with Bali, jet and aquamarine Swarovski Crystals and draped on an elegant 18" sterling silver chain. Pendant measures 1-1/2".
Aqua Flower Lampwork Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B107)
Aqua Flower Lampwork Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B107)
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You can't beat a calming, almost mesmerizing, blue crystal set against a black and blue flower lampwork bead. The beautiful artisan lampwork glass bead features a blue swirl rose set against a black core, accented with stunning blue and black Swarovski Crystals and sterling Bali. The sterling silver rose toggle clasp finishes this garden-feel handmade beaded bracelet. Measures 8".

Don't forget to check out the ALL NEW! category as new beaded jewelry is added regularly.

Sterling Bali Pearl Aunt Bracelet (B111)

Sterling Bali Swarovski Pearl Aunt Bracelet (B111)
Sterling Bali Swarovski Pearl Aunt Bracelet (B111)
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I had the pleasure of creating this one of a kind beaded Aunt bracelet for a returning customer.

This beautiful design was created using white Swarovski Pearls, sterling silver, various .925 sterling Bali beads, personalized with sterling letter blocks that spell AUNT and then finished off with a heart toggle clasp.

This design is pure elegance!

Thank you Lana for allowing me to design this special custom bracelet for you. I know you will enjoy it for years to come!

I'd be happy to custom design a special AUNT bracelet, just for you. Feel free to contact me to discuss details and be sure to browse our past Custom Bead Jewelry designs for inspiration.

Aventurine Jasper Rhodonite Gemstone Earring Set (E137)

Personally, I love petite drop earrings! And to receive them as a gift makes them extra special!

These gift set earrings are lightweight and sized just perfectly for everyday wear -add in the sterling silver and you can take each pair right into an evening out.

This gift set features one each of four different gemstones wire-wrapped with sterling silver accents. Simple, but oh so versatile!
Aventurine Jasper Rhodonite Gemstone Earring Set (E137)
Aventurine Jasper Rhodonite Gemstone Earring Set (E137)
$59.50
These simple and pretty mini stack handmade beaded earrings feature one pair each of red aventurine gemstone, green jasper gemstone, brown jasper gemstone and rhodonite gemstones wire-wrapped with sterling silver accents. Each dangle like dainty gems from sterling silver french earwires and measure measure 3/4" from the bottom of the earwire.

Crystal Allure Featured at What A Pair! 2008

The 2008 What A Pair! Celebration of Duets to Benefit Breast Cancer Research was held yesterday (June 8, 2008) in Los Angeles. I was very excited to participate in this years' celebrity gift bag with our exclusive designed Mother of Pearl Circle Earrings. A special thank you to Ronna with, It's in the Bag, for contacting me with interest in our jewelry designs.

Mother of Pearl Circle Earrings designed exclusively
for the 2008 What A Pair event
Celebrities who wear the Crystal Allure Mother of Pearl Circle Earrings!

The beneficiary of this years' event was the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) and the event was hosted by Jaclyn Smith, Lesli Linka Glatter and The John Wayne Family.
This years' event was attended by some of our favorite celebrities that included:
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Jessica Biel (7th Heaven, Elizabethtown, Blade: Trinity)
Mary Birdsong (Reno 911: Miami)
Deana Carter (Country music star and actress)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Christmas with the Kranks, Freaky Friday)
Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls, Grey’s Anatomy)
Joely Fisher (Til Death, Wild Card)
Deborah Gibson (Singer, Celeste In The City, Teen Queens)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
Jasmine Guy (A Different World, That’s so Raven)
Diana Harris
Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion)
Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue)
Vicki Lewis (News Radio)
Jane Lynch (40 Year old Virgin, For Your Consideration)
Sarah Niemietz (Akeelah and the Bee )
Valarie Pettiford (Stomp the Yard)
Amy Pietz (Carolyn in the City)
Nina Storey (blues singer, Girlfriends)
Marcia Strassman (Providence)
Tierney Sutton (musician)
Lisa Ann Walter (War of the Worlds, Bruce Almighty)
Jennifer Leigh Warren (What’s Love Got To Do With It)
Maggie Wheeler (Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond)
Kathleen Wilhoite (Gilmore Girls, Firecracker)
Rita Wilson (Runaway Bride, Sleepless in Seattle)
Charlayne Woodard (ER, Law and Order)

Read the Prime News Wire Clip Report for the event.

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs As Seen In

NEW! Crystal Ice Jewelry Collection by Crystal Allure

As part of the Crystal Allure Signature, I'm happy to announce the addition of the new Crystal Ice Jewelry Collection! These handmade crystal jewelry pieces are the perfect accessory for Brides, Red Carpet Appearances, Celebrity Jewelry, Holiday Parties and more. But, don't limit these beautiful pieces to just special occasions! Pair our Exclusive Crystal Ice Jewelry with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual elegance look.

Inspired by the beauty that only Swarovski Crystals can deliver, the first pieces in this collection are the Crystal Ice Bracelets and earrings.
Crystal Ice Jewelry designed with Swarovski Crystals
Each piece in this jewelry collection has been meticulously designed with Swarovski Austrian Crystals, crystal aurora borealis (AB) and sterling silver. Wear one piece for a little shimmer or add complementary pieces for an all over luminous glow. Be the envy of where ever you go!

Everybody deserves a little sparkle in their lives!

Here are the very first pieces of Crystal Ice Jewelry that have been added to the collection.
Swarovski Crystal Ice Round Beaded Bracelet (B098)
Swarovski Crystal Ice Round Beaded Bracelet (B098)
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This stunning handmade beaded bracelet is 7-1/2" in length of sparkling aurora borealis (AB) Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver and unique sterling filigree pearl clasp.
Crystal Ice Round Drop Earrings (E152)
Crystal Ice Round Drop Earrings (E152)
SOLD

The perfectly petite handmade beaded earrings are 1/2" in length. Designed with aurora borealis (AB) Swarovski Crystals in both the round and bicone shapes have been wire-wrapped to sterling silver french ear wires.

Coming soon: Crystal Ice necklaces and anklets, so stay tuned.

June's Birthstone: The Wedding Pearl

Petite Sterling Swarovski Pearl June Birthstone Earrings (E068)
June Birthstone:
Petite Sterling Swarovski Pearl June Birthstone Earrings (E068)
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Pearl is June's Birthstone.

With June being named after Juno, or Hera, the goddess of marriage, some consider it good luck to be married in this month. And because the pearl has long been a symbol of purity, modesty, love, success, and happiness, it has become a tradition to give the bride pearls on her wedding day.

In ancient Rome, the pearl was the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing, while the ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love and marriage, and unrivaled beauty. It was believed that wearing pearls on your wedding day would help ensure marital bliss.

Pearls have been a passion and even an obsession of people throughout the ages. They have been ground up and used in cosmetics and as a medicine to treat heart and stomach conditions. Some cultures swear by pearls as an aphrodisiac.

These gems have adorned crowns, clothing, and temples, and were said to be a favorite of Cleopatra. Today, pearls are still worn by royalty, especially at weddings. Queen Elizabeth II wore them as her wedding jewelry in 1947, as did Sarah Ferguson. And here in the United States, Jacqueline Bouvier wore a strand the day she became Mrs. Kennedy.

Pearls continue to be viewed as a mark of taste and refinement as well as a symbol of beauty and purity. Pearls are the perfect gift, suitable for all ages, and elegantly worn with everything from jeans to an evening gown.

June Birthstone: Light Amethyst Crystal Birthstone Earrings (E045)
June Birthstone:
Light Amethyst Crystal Birthstone Earrings (E045)
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June actually has three birthstones associated with it: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone.

The tradition of giving birthstone gifts on birthday's is still popular today. More affordable options in both pearl birthstone jewelry and alexandrite birthstone jewelry for June gift giving would be to give Swarovski Crystal and Swarovski Crystal Pearl birthstone gifts.

Swarovski offers a radiant Crystal Pearl that rivals any natural pearl. As well, their luminous light amethyst Swarovski Crystal is the perfect substitution for the soft color of Alexandrite.

Other interesting June Birthstone tidbits:
The June birth flower is the rose, or the honeysuckle, as roses and honeysuckles bloom throughout June. June is also sometimes called the "Rose month."

Pearl is also the suggested anniversary gift for the 30th wedding anniversary.