Crystal Allure Featured in the Indie Collective Spring 2009 Shopping Guide

The 2009 Indie Collective Spring Shopping Guide is here and it's packed with unique handcrafted items from innovative indie designers -including Crystal Allure!

We're so happy to be participating in this years Spring gift guide and it was a tough decision as to what beaded jewelry to choose to list. But, head on over to the gift guide and get a special discount offer for Indie Collective gift guide shoppers -from Crystal Allure to you!

Flirty Girl Jewelry in Tiger Eye Gemstone Gold Filigree

Can you tell I love brown?! To me, it's the "new black" -the perfect neutral.

I had fun creating this set (yes, because it's brown!) but also because it's a style that is always in fashion. The pieces are classic -the lines are unfussy. It's New York Chic.....Flirty Style!

Flirty Girl
Flirty Girl - by crystalallure on Polyvore.com

Details on the handmade beaded jewelry shown above:
Black Crystal Tiger Eye Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E181)
Black Crystal Tiger Eye Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E181)
SOLD

Handmade beaded earrings feature beautiful tiger eye gemstone, black jet Swarovski Crystals, gold Bali spacers and 14kt gold-fill ear wires. The gold metals in this design lend to the chatoyant effect of the contrasting golden and brown bands in the tiger eye gemstone. Length is 3/4" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Black Crystal Tiger Eye Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B122)
Black Crystal Tiger Eye Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B122)
SOLD

Handmade beaded bracelet features beautiful tiger eye gemstones, black jet Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver Bali, gold filigree beads and rope-style toggle clasp. Just as in the gemstone earrings above, the gold metals lend to the chatoyant effect of the contrasting golden and brown bands in the tiger eye gemstone. Gemstone Bracelet measures 8-1/4".

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The remainder of the items are: Design by George Gross (Scoop Neck Jacket); Clinique (High Definition Mascara); Nine West (Cedargrove Black boot); H&M (Brown pants); Marc Jacobs (Dash leather bag); Love-Worn.com (Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Sunglasses); Essie (Wicked -nail polish); Misterspex.de (Sean John Brille Tortoiseshell Eyewear).

Crystal Allure Featured on IndieSpotting!!

Today, my Watermelon Tourmaline Moss Agate Gemstone Necklace (N077) was featured on the front page of Indie Spotting Handmade Finds! -so excited!!
IndieSpotting has featured the Watermelon Tourmaline Moss Agate Gemstone Necklace (N077) by Crystal AllureI don't know how long it will be featured on the main page, but if you've fallen in love with this beaded necklace as much as I have, don't wait to grab it up as it is a one of a kind!
Watermelon Tourmaline Moss Agate Gemstone Necklace (N077)
This handmade gemstone necklace features both moss agate gemstone and beautiful watermelon tourmaline gemstone nuggets. A sophisticated beaded necklace perfect for a hot summers' day!

You might remember these beautiful watermelon tourmaline nuggets in the Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstone Nugget Drop Earrings (E067) and a similar style necklace.

Berrylicious -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

Feelin' a little Berry?! I'm in love with color and one color that I absolutely can never pass up is a berry red -oh-la-la!! The Garnet CZ Teardrop Earrings offered at Crystal Allure pair perfectly with this stunning set -and garnet is also the birthstone for January!

This Style Me Beautiful set offers a little berry with your cream, if you will.

Berrylicious
Berrylicious - by crystalallure on Polyvore.com

Earrings by Crystal Allure Creations, handbag at Debutante Clothing, pants at Nine West, berry velvet coat at Warehouse (UK), top at Wet Seal, glasses at Glasses on Web, boots at Zappos, Revlon nail color (polar bear).
January Birthstone: Drops of Garnet Cubic Zirconia Earrings (E121)
January Birthstone Earrings
Drops of Garnet Cubic Zirconia Earrings (E121)
$66.80
Be perfectly suited for fall with these burnished berries deep red garnet cubic zirconia teardrop briolette earrings, fashioned in a most unusual way. Wire wrapped with 14kt gold-fill beads and sterling silver french hook ear wires. Just the right amount of color to add a little pop to your autumn wardrobe. Length is 3/4" from the bottom of the ear wire.

These handmade beaded earrings have been featured in the following media:
-Indie Collective Shopping Guide Spring/Summer '09

Article: Buy Handmade

Today I came across an article written by Kim Crow and just had to share. I certainly got a good chuckle after reading it! A very lighthearted article about her need to rein in her spending, being a self-professed necklace-a-holic and the realities of "I'm going to make my own jewelry".

I found myself, with eager anticipation, reading her accounts of a recent New York trip as if I were telling the story myself. It can be difficult sometimes to look at a retail price tag and not think for a moment, I can make that. But the reality is, unless you plan to make that endeavor into a business, in the end, it'll cost you more to purchase all the supplies you need not to mention the time it'll take to learn the technique(s), than if you just had purchased the item.

However, in support of my fellow artisans I will say, always, always, always look to buy handmade before retail! Support the many fantastic artisans that are out there today and really take a look at their craft -talk to them, learn what goes into their craft and you'll quickly find, quality meets price. More times than not, you'll get a one-of-a-kind as well.

Read the full article and leave your comments about it below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Casual Spice Carnelian Gemstone Necklace with Pumpkin Drop Earrings

I realized the other day it had been quite some time since I had done a Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration Board...and I missed it! So, I took some time today to pull together a favorite look of mine...casually stylish but with a wee bit o' spice!

This ensemble features jewelry by Crystal Allure, Louis Vuitton bags, Oli knit top, HM pants, MAC nail polish (media) and Mossimo cream pumps.
Casual Spice
Casual Spice - by crystalallure on Polyvore.com

Spring may almost be here and although the outfit is neutral, the carnelian gemstone necklace and earrings are a warm neutral color to take you right into the beginning of summer.

Carnelian is a red or reddish-brown variant of transparent chalcedony with light grey to black inclusions. The lighter shades have a fiery glow, while the deeper tones display a brick red appearance.

Featured Jewelry:
Pumpkin Drops Carnelian Gemstone Earrings (E210)
Pumpkin Drops Carnelian Gemstone Earrings (E210)
One of a Kind
SOLD

A beautiful pair of petite autumn pumpkin drop beaded gemstone earrings feature carnelian gemstone coin beads, 14 karat gold fill beads and ear wires. Length is 3/4" from the bottom of the earwire.
Carnelian Puff Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N067)
Carnelian Puff Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N067)
One of a Kind
SOLD

Handmade beaded gemstone necklace created with a unique selection of hand-picked carnelian gemstone coin shaped beads, 14kt gold-fill beads and finished with a 14kt gold-filled heart lobster clasp. Measures 18-1/2".

What Do You Think?

Okay, my husband and I have a differing opinion about the new look of the Crystal Allure Designs website. I feel it looks great -kinda "funky" but not too overboard, fresh look for spring, etc. He feels it looks "cluttered" as best as I can describe his view of it.
So, tell me -what do you think about it? Do you like the look for Crystal Allure? What about the colors? Feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046)

The plan this past weekend was to get some more jewelry listed on the website, but that didn't quite happen. It was my nieces' 3rd birthday and she LOVES princesses (and the color pink!) so I made a pink princess castle cake.

With spring on the way, I wanted to get posted this one of a kind gemstone butterfly necklace. The charming feature of this hand wire wrapped necklace are the detachable charms. You can wear one necklace three different ways.
Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046)
Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046)
$81.20
Wear as a simple single strand necklace; with one single butterfly charm drop; with one double butterfly charm drop; or with both the charm drops for a truly lush springtime garden look (see below for example of the four ways to wear this necklace).

Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046) -Shown in all four styles
Wear 1 Necklace 4 Different Ways!
The full design incorporates sterling silver monarch butterfly charms, black onyx gemstone, red aventurine gemstones (which really look orange), freshwater pearls, clear Swarovski Crystals and sterling silver wire.

The length is 19-3/4" long with 1 butterfly drop 2" and the second butterfly charm is 2-1/4" drop.

Exquisite -indeed. Eclectic -always.

Although some may not agree, winter IS almost over. March is here, Spring is on the way! I can't wait!!

To kick off the new month and impending spring with anticipation of beautiful flowers, butterflies, and let's not forget -sunshine!! you won't want to miss out on this unique garden necklace design.

Below is a close up of this necklace:
Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046)
Aventurine Onyx Gemstone Crystal Butterfly Charm Necklace (N046)