Beading Gems Journal -Jewelry Expressions in Bloom

Pearl is the author of The Beading Gem's Journal -Jewelry Expressions in Bloom blog. She started the blog in 2005 because she wanted a place to share the fascinating stories behind the beads and gemstones used in her designs, the designs of other beading fanatics, jewelry facts, tidbits and information. Pearl writes about everything from her bead passions to gardening. It is her way to personally connect with the worldwide community of beaders and enthusiasts.

Pearl is also part of The Bead Sisterhood which is a Canandian group of jewelry artisans. Some of her fabulous designs are featured below and can be found online at www.beadsisterhood.com.
I was first introduced to The Beading Gem's Journal through a Google search and then I kept finding my way back to it through various other sites who had linked to it. Every now and then when I'd come across the blog, I'd leave a comment and then one day, I just found myself visiting everyday. It's now part of my daily, morning routine -get coffee, check email, check web stats, check the Beading Gem's Journal...

It always amazes me where Pearl finds her jewelry articles and postings for the day! Some of the unique jewelry she has introduced is, for some of us, out of this world. It's almost too difficult to describe -you simply have to visit and explore The Beading Gem's Journal for yourself (there are links at the top and scrolling down the sidebars).

Whether you are just starting out, have been designing for years or wish to learn a new technique, check out her link to a whole bunch of free jewelry videos (yes, that's right....FREE). Another feature of the blog is Pearl's library catalogue where you can browse what she has to say about the many books she has read and her personal rating of that book.

Ever wonder how a particular design comes to fruition? What inspired that artist? Whether you're curious what inspires a jewelry designer or you wish to share with the world the inspiration behind one of your own designs, you'll find it all in the Readers Gallery.

I asked Pearl what she wanted to share about The Beading Gem's Journal and here is what she had to say:

Well, I always love to have more readers/subscribers! The blog has evolved a
great deal in the 2 1/2 years I have been writing. I now cover a variety of
topics to keep it interesting and hope there is something for everyone. Many
people tell me they keep coming back because they never know what to expect
each day! The goal is to inspire and to inform. I am very curious by
nature, a bookaholic and collector of all sorts of trivial facts so the blog
is a place where I get to indulge and share with the community.

So head on over to The Beading Gem's Journal, check it out, comment (and tell Pearl you heard about her through the Crystal Allure Studio Blog), enjoy the plethora of information provided and before leaving -be sure to subscribe for FREE so you never miss a post!

Handmade Jewelry, Sale & Free Shipping

As a thank you to all my loyal studio blog readers and followers, I wanted to extend a FREE SHIP** offer with orders of $30 or more, this weekend only, starts Friday August 28th - Sunday, August 30, 2009.

It's simple, place your favorite Crystal Allure beaded jewelry and gifts in your cart, select your shipping option*, then under the discount coupon box, enter the code "blogfreeship". And viola' -FREE SHIPPING**!

Don't forget to check out the summer sale and clearance for even more added savings. Now that your kids school shopping is done -get yourself something for the new school year.

As a short note, you will notice I've been working on the Studio Blog look. I'm still playing around with the header but overall, I'm loving the new look. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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Shop the Summer Sale and Clearance

*In order for the cart to properly discount your shipping, you must first select a shipping option.

**Orders under this special will be shipped USPS First Class. Please allow up to 10 days to receive your purchase.

Ashley's Sparkling Crystal Ice Wedding Jewelry Set

Ashley's bridal jewelry vision is a testament to why we don't like to always corner Brides into specifically categorized wedding jewelry.

Ashley wanted a little extra sparkle on her wedding day and decided on existing pieces from the Crystal Ice Jewelry Collection to complement her bridal gown and wedding style.

She chose our Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Sterling Necklace (N076) and Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Earrings (E229), shown below, both pieces designed with shimmering aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals.
Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Sterling Necklace (N076)
Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Sterling Necklace (N076)
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This particular necklace design was inspired by the diamond necklace Carrie wore in the last two episodes of Sex and the City. Designed with petite aurora borealis (AB) Swarovski Crystals and sterling silver chain. For Ashley, I added a slight curve in the necklace design (not shown) for a delicate, feminine touch and to complement her bridal gown.
Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Earrings (E229)
Carrie's Crystal Ice Diamond Earrings (E229)
SOLD

The petite earrings sparkle with little aurora borealis Swarovski Crystals are stacked and wire-wrapped in these simple but pretty diamond look-alike handmade beaded earrings with sterling silver earwires. Length is 1/2" from the bottom of the earwire.

A petite-simple pair of earrings that are as pretty as diamond look-alikes!

What the Bride had to say:
Hi Stephanie,
The necklace and earrings were absolutely beautiful with my wedding gown. I love them, thanks so much! Ashley

Peridot Mother of Pearl Jade Gemstone Beaded Jewelry Set

Summer isn't over yet!

We may be nearing the close of summer but I have more than a few Mother of Pearl jewelry designs to still roll out. Just because it is not sunny here in Rochester, New York for more than -oh...a month?! -there are plenty of other states that can enjoy the sunshine for much longer.

I got lucky and found these lovely peridot green Mother of Pearl disc shells from two different suppliers. It's so fresh, feminine and calming. A perfect design to add to your Spring Beaded Jewelry or Summer Beaded Jewelry Collection -and very budget friendly. Think of it as affordable elegance!
Jade Creation Mother of Pearl Beaded Necklace (NB086)
Jade Creation Mother of Pearl Beaded Necklace (NB086)
One of a Kind
$49.95
This beautiful springtime handmade beaded necklace epitomizes feminine loveliness. A lovely natural white Mother of Pearl shell disc pendant is host to soft peridot Mother of Pearl shell discs accented with gentle green korean jade gemstones, calming lime green Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver beads and components. Circle pendant is 24mm in diameter and it's a princess length necklace at 17-1/2".

For all you ladies, like me, who just love pairing jewelry for a complete jewelry set, there is the matching Jade Creation Mother of Pearl Peridot Gemstone Beaded Bracelet.
Peridot Jade Mother of Pearl Beaded Bracelet (B161)
Peridot Jade Mother of Pearl Beaded Bracelet (B161)
One of a Kind
$34.95
This elegant handmade beaded bracelet features a unique twist of intertwining korean jade gemstones, green Swarovski Crystals and peridot Mother of Pearl shell disc beads. Design includes a 24mm natural white shell disc focal bead with sterling silver. This bracelet design is adjustable from 8" to 8-3/4" using the circle extender chain. Finished with our signature jewelry tag.

Wear each piece separately or together for a perfectly matched handmade jewelry set! And for all you August born, these beautiful peridot jewelry pieces are the birthstone for August!

New Transplant Blog for Awareness Customers

As many of you know already, I founded the Lungs for Life Foundation after my oldest brother lost his battle with cystic fibrosis while waiting for a double lung transplant. In his memory, I started Lungs for Life and over the years we have helped countless individuals and families struggling with cystic fibrosis and lung transplant.

The Foundation's success, in part, is due to the generosity of the individuals who have purchased a bracelet from the Crystal Allure Awareness Jewelry Collection. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

Just yesterday as I was posting in the Lungs for Life blog and got fed up with WordPress. Although it wasn't the initial plan, I decided to move the Lungs for Life blog, Breathe, over to my blogger account. There are pluses and minuses to the move, but overall, posting in the Lungs for Life blog has been much easier!

The history of Crystal Allure is tied to Lungs for Life because Lungs for Life is the main reason behind why Crystal Allure was started. For this reason, I wanted to share with all of you the new Lungs for Life Breathe Blog. Please take a moment, visit and feel free to comment -I love hearing from all of you!

Thank you for your continued support!

Custom Sweet 16 Charm Bracelet

Inspired by the adorable pink and brown themed invitation, I designed a delicate shimmering bracelet for a Sweet 16 young lady!
Pink and Brown Birthday Invitation with Handmade Custom Beaded Sweet 16 Bracelet
I absolutely love Carissa's custom bracelet design featuring brown glass beads accented by both pink and brown Swarovski Crystals. To complete this beaded bracelets' uniqueness, each bead and crystal is complimented by sterling silver Bali star-shaped bead caps and beads.
Carissa's Custom Pink and Brown Crystal Sweet 16 Bracelet (B160)
Carissa's Custom Pink and Brown Crystal Sweet 16 Bracelet (B160)
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Finishing this Sweet 16 bracelet is a circle chain extender accented with more Swarovski Crystals and an adorable Sweet 16 sterling charm!

Happy, Happy Birthday Carissa!