Melissa's Custom Military Deployment Bracelet

A returning customer, Melissa, requested a Custom Military Deployment Bracelet (B202), in honor of her husband who was going to be deployed towards the end of the year.

All Melissa requested was that it have yellow in it, she gave me carte blanche to work my artisan magic and CrystalAllure-ize a beautiful and memorable design for this very special beaded bracelet. The final design was the third go at it. Although I was inspired by the first two ideas, it was the last that I actually had a dream about and that is the one I went with. This beautiful handmade awareness beaded bracelet was given even more meaning with a personalized, hand stamped initial charm.
Melissa's Custom Military Deployment Bracelet (B202)
Melissa's Custom Military Deployment Bracelet (B202)
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The design was created to complement her Custom Crystal HPV Awareness Bracelet (B194-HPV) previously purchased from Crystal Allure. The feature and focal of this design is the beaded strand of yellow Swarovski Crystals, yellow agate and glass beads centered between two sterling silver American flag block beads. To keep the focus on the message of the bracelet, the remainder of the design was kept subdued and finished with three charms, an awareness ribbon charm, a custom hand stamped initial charm and our signature jewelry tag.

It was my pleasure and honor to have been selected by Melissa to create this beautiful keepsake treasure. I wish for Melissa a speedy return of her husband from active duty. And I personally thank her husband, Troy, and all the troops serving for their dedication in protecting us and our freedoms!

Personal Stories Inspire New Designs

Everything happens for a reason.

Remember I've said this before? Well, tonight I spoke with a customer who had recently ordered our Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B166) -and I just had to share this conversation with you.

When this customer, Frances, placed her order, I received my typical receipts through PayPal. Except, her payment receipt came from a different email address than what was listed on the store web order. But, I didn't think anything of it because I have received those before. A lot of times, people use a different email for PayPal purchases than what they use for regular communications.

Ironically, tonight, I happened to ship Frances' order. I get home and had a message on voicemail. It was Frances. Her message said she was calling to check on the order she placed because she received a call from a stranger saying he had received an email receipt that he purchased something (but it showed her mailing address). So, I log onto both my online store and PayPal account -everything looks in order -except the fact that this other persons email is somehow associated with my customers' PayPal account.

I give Frances a call and check whether she logged into PayPal or just paid with a credit card. She clarifies that she had logged into her account, but what she proceeds to tell me next, is just too beautiful not to share. She reiterates that she received a call from this stranger, who identified himself and tells her he received an email that said he purchased this bracelet but showed her mailing address. France tells him she doesn't know why that is but that she will call the company (Crystal Allure Jewelry) and check things out.

She is about to say goodbye and this gentleman says, "The weather down here in Texas is...how's the weather up in New Jersey?"

This small inquiry begins a conversation between the two. Frances shares that she recently lost her mother (to Alzheimer's) and this gentleman replies that his wife is in the end stages of her life....and she too is dying of Alzheimer's. They converse for a short time longer and before hanging up, this gentleman tells her, "If for some reason this bracelet is charged to me but gets shipped to you -do not send me the money for it. You keep it as a gift from me."

At that point, there was a pause in our conversation and during the brief pause, I connected all the 'ironies' that have occurred with the simple act of Frances placing an order with Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs.

I was in awe. I was inspired. My heart was filled. I felt good and I felt connected to both these individuals. I then spoke and I told Frances, "From what I can tell, everything with your order is okay except for this email mixup. I can't explain why PayPal tied this email with your account but I can say, I believe everything happens for a reason and you two were meant to speak to each other."

It fills my heart to know a simple jewelry purchase has connected together these two people. Before we hang up, Frances tells me to 'pass it on' (this story). After speaking with Frances tonight, our conversation 're-framed' my perspective of the day and has even inspired a new handmade beaded bracelet design (stay tuned for the design announcement).

I hope after reading this, you will remember this story when the coming holidays get stressful; you're having to deal with hectic and hurried holiday shoppers; you're having a bad day at work; feeling a financial pinch or feeling a deep emotional loss. And believe -everything happens for a reason.

Amanda's Lavender Purple Summer Wedding Jewelry

You may recall, Amanda, our budget conscience bride looking for the perfect purple crystal bridesmaid jewelry sets to give as gifts to her bridal party.

Amanda and Michael were married August 20, 2011. Congratulations to both!!
Amanda was kind enough to send us a bridal photo of her special day with all her bridesmaids wearing their new custom designed bridesmaid jewelry sets.

Each bridesmaid was gifted with a deep purple Custom Swarovski Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Set featuring a 3-tier crystal drop pendant on sterling silver necklace and coordinating crystal drop earrings. A simply elegant bridesmaid jewelry gift set for an elegant summer wedding in shades of lavender and purple.

I also worked with Amanda's future Mother-in-Law, Mary Kay, and created a Custom Mother of the Groom Pearl Jewelry Set for her dress.

What the Bride had to say:
Stephanie, Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the jewelry for my bridesmaids. They looked gorgeous on my wedding day! Thank you!
Amanda

Aurora's Custom Oak Leaf Crystal Necklace

Aurora, coming to us all the way from Mexico, contacted Crystal Allure Jewelry Creations because she fell in love with the original Real Oak Leaf Pendant Crystal Necklace (N034). She wanted to have the necklace re-created as a gift for her partner.

We were more than happy to create this custom handmade jewelry gift for Aurora!
Aurora's Custom Real Oak Leaf Pendant Crystal Necklace (N034-II)
Aurora's Custom Real Oak Leaf Pendant Crystal Necklace (N034-II)
One of a Kind
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A real hand-dipped and electroformed 24 karat gold oak leaf is accented by a crystal copper Swarovski Crystal bead which has been wire-wrapped to mimic "swirling autumn leaves along the pathway" makes this a truly unique handmade necklace. A center focal 14kt long and short feminine goldfill chain is "dropping" individual copper Swarovski Crystals. Necklace finished with 14kt cable chain.

Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.

Necklace measures 17-3/4"
Leaf Drop measures 2"
Oak Leaf measures 1-1/2"

Autumn Jasper Red Wood Fall Gemstone Necklaces

When autumn rolls around, it's time to start pulling out the heavier sweaters, coats and clothes. But, just because the cooler air causes a layering of clothes doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style. Add one of our new bold Fall Beaded Jewelry Necklaces to stand out from the crowd.
Red Agate Smoky Quartz Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N115)
Red Agate Smoky Quartz Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N115)
$67.25
A beautiful strand of glowing warm reddish-brown red agate gemstones and subtle, sensual smoky quartz gemstones, accented by jet black Swarovski Crystals, feature an asymmetrical twist style red agate gemstone pendant in this handcrafted beaded necklace. Sterling silver. Design finished with our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 18-3/4".

Autumn Jasper Unakite Wood Amber Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N119)
Autumn Jasper Unakite Wood Amber Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N119)
$66.55
A beautiful strand of scattered gemstones, wood beads and crystals are featured in this handcrafted beaded necklace. The chinese unakite gemstone circle pendant is a blend of greens and reds reminiscent of autumn's pleasures and complements beautifully with the autumn jasper's rich tones of fall.

Imagine pumpkins, red maple leaves, and leisurely walks in autumn. That's the earthy look and feel of the warm brick red and avocado green colors of autumn jasper. To add to this earthy fall design natural dark wood beads, amber gemstones, red aventurine gemstone and evergreen Swarovski Crystals are paired with sterling silver. Finished with our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 17-1/2" with a Gemstone Circle Pendant measuring 45mm.

Yellow Jade Aventurine Wood Beaded Gemstone Necklace (N078)

Yellow Jade Aventurine Wood Beaded Gemstone Necklace (N078)
$83.70

A beautiful earthly yellow jade gemstone teardrop pendant is host to natural wood beads, aventurine gemstone accent beads and 14k gold fill beads in this handcrafted beaded necklace. Finished with a 14k gold fill heart lobster clasp and our signature jewelry tag. Beaded Necklace measures 17-1/2".

Customers Stylish Statement Wearing Smoky Quartz Gemstone Bracelet

Liz wearing her Handcrafted Beaded Gemstone Bracelet from Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry CreationsLast week, Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Designs participated in an annual jewelry show, in support of the United Way through Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson and Johnson). One of our favorite customers, Liz, stopped down and purchased the Smoky Quartz Gemstone Bali Beaded Bracelet (B147).

Liz was drawn to this beaded bracelet because of its' unique off-center design technique. She loved it so much that she wore it that day and is still wearing it. Liz works in a lab and was kind enough to send a picture of her wearing her beautiful handcrafted beaded bracelet.

It matters not where you work or what work you do -our unique handcrafted jewelry redefines your femininity.
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Bali Beaded Bracelet (B147)
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Bali Beaded Bracelet (B147)
One of a Kind
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A touch of country with a bit of sass -all rolled up in one handmade beaded bracelet. This design takes you just off the beatin' path with an off-center design technique. A gemstone bracelet for the woman who likes to add a little uniqueness to her style featuring both round and lantern-shaped smoky quartz gemstones accented with sterling silver beads, .925 Bali and a silver Bali style toggle clasp. Measures 7-1/2".

Crystal Allure Jewelry -Beautiful. Feminine. Alluring.

Yvonne's Sacred Heart Wedding Jewelry

Yvonne had been searching a long time for the perfect ruby red Sacred Heart wedding jewelry set for her upcoming wedding. It was September 16th and her wedding was just 2 weeks away on September 30, 2011.

She contacted me because she fell in love with the Freshwater Pearl Red Crystal Heart Beaded Necklace Jewelry set (NES4) and was worried, if she purchased it, would it arrive in time for her nuptials.

My response? No problem! I immediately got this bridal jewelry set in the mail to her in time for her destination wedding.
Freshwater Pearl Red Crystal Heart Beaded Jewelry Set (NES4)
Freshwater Pearl Red Crystal Heart Beaded Jewelry Set (NES4)
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This beautiful handcrafted beaded necklace and earrings jewelry set features a stunning combination of Freshwater Pearls and red Swarovski Austrian Crystals with Crystal Heart Pendant. The perfect set for the unique bride -a great gift for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day -or simply just because! Ear wires, beads and components are all sterling silver. Necklace measures 18"; earrings measure 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.

Congratulations Yvonne!

Christina's Custom Addison's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B196-AD)

In mid-April Christina contacted me requesting a custom addison's disease awareness bracelet.

She saw and loved our Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet (B196) but wanted to have it customized.

The nationally recognized ribbon color for Addison's Disease, a rare, chronic endocrine disorder, is light blue.
Christina's Custom Addison's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B196-AD)
Christina's Custom Addison's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B196-AD)
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Christina really loved our caregiver beaded bracelet so much that we kept with that design and customized it with her awareness color, light blue Swarovski Crystals. I replaced the guardian angel charm with a sterling awareness ribbon charm and added a Swarovski Crystal dangle charm for an added feminine touch.

What makes this beaded bracelet and design even more special is the fact that the Swarovski Pearls just happen to also be the birthstone of the gift recipient!

What Christina had to say about her bracelets:
Stephanie,
I just received my bracelets today and I wanted to let you know how much I loved them. I am keeping one of them for me and the other one I am giving to my niece who is 19 years old. She was diagnosed with Addisons Disease two years ago. We almost lost her. She was in the hospital for 3 weeks in an induce comma. Know one could figure out what was wrong. It was not until a doctor came in and asked my sister and brother in-law if Charlotte went to a tanning booth. They said no, and at that point he knew she had Addison. That is one of the symptoms that your skin is tan all over.

I am going to give this bracelet to Charlotte in June for her birthday. What makes it even more perfect is that her birthstone is pearl. Thank you for your time in making this a perfect gift.
Sincerely,
Christina
You are very welcome! It was my honor to design this special bracelet for Christina and her neice, Charlotte -enjoy!

Happy Pulmonary Fibrosis Customer Feedback

In April 2011 Susan purchased seven pulmonary fibrosis bracelets and after she received them, she sent me this email:

Hi Stephanie-
I was away this weekend and came home last night to the bracelets!!! They are so beautiful!!

I'm seeing my family this weekend, so I can't wait to give them out! Thank you sooo much for making this a very memorable experience!! I will definitely log in later to your site to add a comment to let others know what great work you do and what fantastic service you provide!

I know I will be back for other purchases, particularly your awareness items! Thanks so much, Stephanie-you're a keeper!
Best Regards
Susan

Around the middle of July 2011, Susan did in fact come back to leave an additional comment. Here is what she wrote:

I can't tell you HOW MUCH we love our bracelets from Stephanie! She not only gives #1 customer service, but she has a great skill set that is being used for worthy causes. All the girls in my family each owns a Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness bracelet (from Crystal Allure Jewelry). It's such a pretty bracelet, and I get compliments often. When I tell people it's an awareness bracelet, they love it even more! Every morning when I put it on, it reminds me to give my Mom a shout out that I still think of her EVERY DAY! Thank you Stephanie for creating something that is pretty as well as instrumental in making sure we never forget the precious things in life.
-Susan

You are very welcome Susan! I am so glad you love your PF Awareness Bracelets and that you chose Crystal Allure Jewelry for your beaded awareness jewelry! Enjoy and I look forward to working with you again!

Custom Behcet's Disease Awareness Anklet

Back in July, Matia, contacted me to design a custom Behcet's Disease awareness anklet. Her only request was to somehow include the word "hope".

I got to work, first, on learning about behcet's disease. I had not heard of it before and I feel the more I know about a particular disease the more it inspires my designs. It's also important to me to learn what and how these diseases affect those very special people who come to Crystal Allure Jewelry with a custom beaded jewelry request. Read more about behcet's disease below.
Matia's Custom Behcet's Disease Awareness Anklet (A111)
Matia's Custom Behcet's Disease Awareness Anklet (A111)
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The design uses the nationally recognized light blue color for behcet's disease in Swarovski Crystals, accented with sterling silver beads, bali spacers, small awareness ribbon bead and pearl white seed beads. The feature of this beautiful, feminine design is the personalized hand stamped HOPE charm.

Here are just some of the comments Matia shared with me about her beaded awareness anklet:
The anklet is amazing! It is so much more beautiful in person. Thank you so much!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I think it is gorgeous! I love the picture!! I can't wait to get it...thanks so much.

I'm going to tell the people on the Behcet's web group all about it.

I am blown away by how beautiful it is. Thank you so much for taking special time out to make this just for me! When one has a chronic illness, it is little things like this, little acts of kindness that keep ya going. I truly think it is absolutely beautiful. It suits me perfectly. Thanks Stephanie : )

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A little about Behcet's Disease
Behcet's disease is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to blood vessels throughout the body, particularly veins. Most symptoms of the disease are caused by vasculitis (an inflammation of the blood vessels).

Behcet's disease is not contagious; it is not spread from one person to another. Behcet's disease affects each person differently.

To learn more, visit the official Behcet's Disease website.

Welcome Autumn in Style Smoky Quartz Gemstone Earrings

Everyone has a favorite season, mine happens to be autumn. There is everything to love about fall -the crisp air, changing leaves, falling leaves, richer colors, warm apple pie (Mmm-mm!), baking, pumpkin picking and, so much more.

Getting together with the girlfriends for a lunch out and then some fall shopping is exactly what I was thinking of when I created this Welcome Autumn in Style wardrobe board.

Welcome Autumn in Style! Featuring Smoky Quartz Gemstone Earrings (E244) by Crystal Allure

Welcome Autumn in Style! by Crystal Allure featuring Smokey Quartz Gemstone Earrings E244

The down-to-earth design of the Swarovski Crystal and gemstone beaded earrings is a perfect complement to the warmer browns, yellows and golds of this fall outfit with just a hit of sparkle to pair with the sequined top. An effortlessly chic autumn look!

What pair of Crystal Allure handmade beaded earrings would you add to your fall wardrobe to spice it up with a little autumn sparkle? I'd love to hear your choices, share with us using the comment feature below.
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Crystal Beaded Earrings (E244)
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Crystal Beaded Earrings (E244)
$32.95
Sultry brown faceted smoky quartz gemstones are accented with sterling silver bead caps and topaz Swarovski Crystals in these handmade gemstone earrings design. Finished with sterling silver french hook ear wires. Length is 1-1/4" from the bottom of the ear wires.

Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Set

It does not matter whether a custom jewelry request is for a unique beaded jewelry design or a feminine and chic contemporary jewelry design, I always enjoy custom jewelry projects.
Amanda's Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Sets
Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Sets
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Even more enjoyable is when they are for someone's special day. In this case, the beautiful bride, Amanda, was referred to Crystal Allure Jewelry for her bridesmaids jewelry gift sets.

Forever Yours Collection Lavender Purple Bridesmaids DressAmanda was having a late summer wedding and her color was purple (my personal fav!!). She had chosen a lovely lavender bridesmaid dress, from the Forever Yours Collection, for her six bridesmaids. With a swatch in hand, I went to work.

Swarovski offers a variety of purple colored crystals and to keep the shades from clashing, I went with a deep purple velvet crystal. The finished bridesmaids jewelry gift sets were a three-bead Swarovski Crystal pendant on an elegant sterling silver chain with coordinating crystal drop earrings.

Congratulations to both Amanda and Michael on their August 20, 2011 wedding! And thank you Amanda for choosing Crystal Allure Jewelry for your Custom Crystal Bridesmaids Jewelry Sets.

Enjoy some more lovely photos of this beautiful set:
Amanda's Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Sets: All 6 Sets
Amanda's Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Sets: All 6 Sets

Amanda's Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Set
Amanda's Custom Purple Crystal Bridesmaid Jewelry Set

Getting married or have a friend getting married? Let Crystal Allure Jewelry design your custom bridal jewelry or bridesmaid jewelry. Contact us for more details.

Autumn is rich with crystal gold jewelry!

Happy Fall 2011!!

We are now in the fall equinox and I couldn't be happier! After a dry, parched, sticky summer, I'm really looking forward to autumn's changing leaves. When the leaves start to change, especially on an oak tree, the first color you tend to see is a rich golden yellow. Inspired by this beautiful sight, I've put together a beaded jewelry board of my favorite gold and Swarovski Crystal beaded jewelry for you.
Be Bold Be Gold. Crystal and Leaf Jewelry by Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry CreationsFeatured in this fall beaded jewelry collage are (from left to right):
Autumn Harvest Swarovski Crystal Leaf Charm Beaded Bracelet (B164)
Lacey Oak Leaf Swarovski Crystal Earrings (E135)
Autumn Sun Swarovski Crystal Earrings (E049)
Autumn Honey Carnelian Crystal Necklace (N039)

Custom Mother of Groom Blue Pearl Wedding Jewelry Set

Earlier this year I was contacted by one of my best customers, Mary Kay, requesting a beaded wedding jewelry set for her upcoming son's wedding. I was honored to have been chosen to design this special wedding set for the Mother of the Groom.
Custom Mother of Groom Blue Pearl Wedding Jewelry Set
Custom Mother of Groom Blue Pearl Wedding Jewelry Set
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The true feature of this beautiful set is the gorgeous filigree clasp that complements her shoes and handbag accessories perfectly, with that just right classic elegance.

Patra Designer Dress (RN #65518) in Navy Blue
Patra Designer Dress (RN #65518) in Navy Blue
While on a trip, Mary Kay had already found her perfect dress, a rich navy colored Patra designer dress (RN #65518). This dress is truly beautiful because of the beaded illusion mesh inset at the neck with a softly draped neckline.

Mary Kay had sent some photos of the dress but the color was not showing true, so she decided to come by the studio with her dress and accessories. Based on the color she said it was, I placed out a palette of Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Pearls that were options to coordinate with her dress. Mary Kay brought her husband and between the three of us, we chose a light grey and night blue Swarovski Pearl with a montana blue Swarovski Crystal.

Mother of Groom Gown and Metallic Steel Grey Dress Shoes
Mother of Groom Gown Shoes
We discussed further the details of her look for the wedding day and with some notes jotted down, the ideas began to flow. I had a lot of time ahead of me, which was perfect, since the wedding was not until August.

Mary Kay's Custom Crystal Pearl Mother of the Groom Wedding Jewelry Set includes a beaded 2-strand choker, bracelet, earrings and wire-wrapped ring. The choker style necklace is a great complement to a portrait/off the shoulder style dress. And Mary Kay will be in full fashion at this late summer wedding with her selected picks of elegant embellishments and an illusion neckline.

It was my pleasure to have designed this very special wedding jewelry set for Mary Kay! And a special thank you Mary Kay for selecting Crystal Allure for her custom beaded jewelry and for the bridal referral. I cannot wait to receive pictures of this beautiful wedding.

Prior to Mary Kay contacting me, she had referred her future daughter-in-law to Crystal Allure for her bridesmaids jewelry sets. These custom handcrafted designs will be featured soon -stay tuned.

Butterfly Garden 2011

It's been a very dry summer, so far. It's been so dry that our grass looks like hay. As a result, we haven't had much activity in the butterfly garden this year. On one lucky Friday evening (July 22, 2011), I happened to catch the fluttering wings of this beautiful White Admiral butterfly in our garden.
It contently stayed put, eating away at the butterfly bush nectar, while I snapped numerous photos. Generally our first visitor to the butterfly garden is a monarch, but I really haven't seen many butterflies at all. Although, in fairness, I haven't been outside much either...too darn hot!

Just as I was finishing pictures of the butterfly, I heard this faint buzzing by my head. Figured it was a bee, so of course, I went
crazy waving my hands around my head as I didn't want to get stung. When I finally got out of the garden and looked back, I kept hearing the buzzing but almost didn't catch this little guy fluttering around as well, on the other butterfly bush.

I've nicknamed him, George.

This is the second year I've spotted a hummingbird hawkmoth. When I first saw one I thought mother nature messed up on this thing. But, thinking logically, I knew it had to be something, so I did some searching and found out it was a hummingbird hawkmoth. It flies like a hummingbird but has the body of a moth, the coloring almost of a bee. Very strange indeed, but interesting as well.

My neice was fascinated to be able to see both these lovely garden visitors. In fact, this past weekend she also was able to see a hummingbird and at least a dozen tiny monarch butterflies feeding on the butterfly bush. It was quite impressive how they flew around in a tangled weaving type pattern, yet never bumped into each other.

I've got some baby robin photos to share as well. I didn't know there was a nest under our deck but once I figured it out (in truth...it was my dog, Lucy, who figured it out), I started snapping pictures to see how long it would be before they flew away. But the last few pictures have been, well...life threatening. :-) Mama Robin is NOT happy for me to be around her babes and she's pulled in some backup. So, I haven't been able to get daily pictures but will share soon the ones I did get.

Custom Crystal Transplant Awareness Earrings

One of my sweet customers, Beverly, contacted me to see if she could get a coordinating pair of earrings designed for the Organ Transplant Awareness BREATHE Bracelet (B195) that she was planning on purchasing.
Swarovski Crystal Transplant Awareness Ribbon Earrings (E272, E273)
Swarovski Crystal Transplant Awareness Earrings (E272) -and-
Swarovski Crystal Transplant Awareness Ribbon Earrings (E273)
While on the phone she asked if it was possible to also have a pair of beaded earrings designed to go with the bracelet she had already purchased, the Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet (B105). Of course, I was more than happy to custom design these crystal awareness beaded earrings for her!

On the day we spoke, I just happened to be having a not so great day (you know how it goes..Murphy's law..). Well, I sent her a photo showing four sample pairs of earring design options and in her reply she said, "I would have never known that you were having a bad day, you were so pleasant and kind to talk to." A few other kind comments she made included: "you are very good to your customers", "you are just as beautiful as your jewelry is..", "I love your jewelry and will wear them with much pride..", "I am so happy thanks to you!", "you are an awesome person and so very very kind" and, "the meaning behind your awareness jewelry is so beautiful and so true!".

I am sharing all these comments with you because I am always so very grateful for each and every comment a customer sends me. Your comments guide me on how well (or maybe not so well) I am conducting business, as well as, how well received and meaningful my designs are.

BREATHE Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B195-II)
BREATHE Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B195-II)
As my gift to Beverly, I added a sterling silver butterfly charm to her BREATHE bracelet and here is what Beverly had to say after she received her much anticipated package of sparkling awareness jewelry:

Hello Stephanie,
I received my awesome jewelry in the mail yesterday afternoon and I just absolutely love them all! You truly did a super job on coming up with the idea of your jewelry. It's all so gorgeous and the charms on the bracelet are so adorable. I love the meaning of the butterfly, what a beautiful way to express the new lungs taking their first breath.

Well, thank you again Stephanie and thank you for keeping in touch with me. Thank you for the pen, the beautiful card you wrote and the beautiful jewelry. Obviously...the beautiful jewelry comes from a beautiful person!!! :)

Hugs and kisses to you and may God Bless you always!

Thank you ever so kindly,
Bev


You are very welcome Beverly! And thank you for your continued business. Enjoy your new designer jewelry!

I WANT ONE! Kelly Moore Bag

This was not the planned blog post for today, but once I read about a contest to win one, I simply couldn't resist sharing.

What girl does not have a personal (ok, border-line, downright, freaky) attachment to her purse/bag?! Come on now, admit it...you know you do! Today, I was introduced to Kelly Moore Bags through the SITS blog and fell in love with the purple classic bag design (it's SO mine!). Kelly Moore bags are perfect for carrying your camera and accessories -but with a Kelly Moore bag, you do it in style!

I've had my Canon Rebel camera, oh, 3 years? And have yet to get a bag to carry it in, mainly because all the bags available looked so...well...blah. What I also think is so fab about a Kelly Moore classic bag, are the two front pockets which I'm sure will fit my new IPhone (when I get it...yes, the official count down to "I can finally upgrade my phone to an IPhone" has begun...only 39 more days).

on a side note: all this hype for getting an IPhone leaves little room for disappointment, right?!

So, I will now add a Kelly Moore purple classic bag to my wishlist (Christmas in July, did you say?!). But first, I think I'll try to win it by entering the contest over at the SITS Girls Blog. Head on over for your chance to win one FREE! If you win, come back and let me know what bag you chose. Good luck!

Godmother Godchild Crystal Bracelets (B200)

Celebrate Your Special Bond: Godmother-Godchild Matching Beaded Crystal Bracelets
Celebrate Your Special Bond
There is a special bond that exists between a Godmother and Godchild. It is not something that anyone else can understand -unless you are a Godmother. But, I know it because I am a Godmother.

When you are asked to be a Godmother, it fills your heart and you hope to become that person that your Godchild will look up to for guidance, love and support.

These Godmother-Godchild matching bracelets were inspired by that special bond and are a beautiful gift idea that celebrates that bond.

I have received numerous requests for Crystal Allure original Godmother-Godchild bracelets and they have finally arrived! It's been a long time coming but I couldn't be more proud of the designs.

Due to the limited availability of the crystal channel components used in these designs, the bracelets colors cannot be customized. It is possible to adjust the sizing or if you wish to personalize with names, feel free to contact me for availability and details.

Purple Amethyst Crystal Godmother Bracelet (B200-GM)
Purple Amethyst Crystal Godmother Bracelet (B200-GM)
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A cherished keepsake bracelet designed for that special godmother and godchild! Our exquisite design features a combination of either rich purple amethyst Swarovski Crystals (Godmother) or delicate light purple lilac Swarovski Crystal (Godchild) paired with aurora borealis (AB) crystals accented by sterling silver Swarovski Crystal channels, beads, Bali and letter beads that spell out either Godmother or Godchild. Finished with an complementary crystal dangle charm and our signature jewelry tag. Bracelet measures 7-1/2".
Light Purple Lilac Crystal Godchild Bracelet (B200-GC)
Light Purple Lilac Crystal Godchild Bracelet (B200-GC)
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It may be possible to mix other crystal colors (in place of the amethyst or light amethyst crystals) with the purple crystal channel beads. If you are interested in a custom crystal color, contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Custom Live Life Give Life Awareness Bracelet & Butterflies Abound

A past customer, Charlene, was so happy with her Heart Transplant Awareness Survivor Bracelet (B173-HRT) that when she saw our exclusive Life Life Give Life Organ Donation Awareness Bracelet (B113) she wanted to customize it -in red.
Charlene's Custom Live Life Give Life Red Heart Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B113-HRT-3)
Charlene's Custom Live Life Give Life Red Heart Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B113-HRT-3)
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Working with Charlene, I re-created the two strands of sparkling sterling silver, mixed with 14 karat gold fill beads and .925 Bali accented by red Swarovski Crystals, bearing the message "Life Life Give Life" in sterling silver alphabet beads. To finish her custom design we added a red Swarovski Crystal heart charm and our signature jewelry tag.

The idea to use red crystals, gold beads and a red heart charm were all Charlene's and it was my pleasure to be able to create her vision from our original design. I had some wonderful email exchanges with Charlene and I consider it a blessing to have "met" her and worked with her.

The Live Life Give Life Crystal Transplant Awareness Bracelet is an Exclusive design to Crystal Allure Jewelry. Any bracelet not bearing our signature jewelry tag is a fake.

Customer Comments:
Dear Stephanie,
All I can say is "WOW"!! Its absolutely stunning!! We were getting ready to go out the door to leave for Vanderbilt (5 hr trip) and the mail came. My husband went out to pick it up and the package was in it. I tore into it with the enthusiasm of a child at Christmas. I can't quit looking at it. Thanks so much for the matching bag and getting it to me prior to clinic. This was just a routine visit (if anything is ever routine with them, I think they think of ways to torture us, extra testing, lab sticks, etc). LOL. You would think I was used to it after 8 yrs, but it seems I start getting panic attacks just thinking of going. I looked at that beautiful bracelet and just chilled out. I even had a lady ask to look at it while I had my sleeve rolled up to wash my hands in ladies room. I explained to her what it represented, and she vowed to me to sign up to be an organ donor; is that not fabulous.

Thank you so much for making my day and helping me get through this clinic visit even if it was just routine. I lost my dad March 1, 2011 and my mom Oct. 5, 2010. I can barely stand to step inside a hospital. This beautiful piece brought some much needed comfort into my life. I look at it and my survivor bracelet and just think everything is going to be alright. May you be richly blessed...

Blessings,
Charlene

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With Charlene's custom LLGL bracelet request, she placed an order for one of our past designs from the Butterfly Fields butterfly jewelry collection. She said her grand-daughter fell in love with it and she wanted to give it to her for her birthday.

I learned our youngest fan is 7 years old!
Charlene's Custom Crystal Butterfly Charm Bracelet (B091-II)
Charlene's Custom Crystal Butterfly Charm Bracelet (B091-II)
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Since creating the original design, I implemented new techniques learned and Charlene's custom design features a beautiful array of various sized fuchsia Swarovski Crystal butterflies that adorn an elegant 14 karat gold filled loop chain. Each crystal butterfly has been individually wire wrapped to a delicate chain for a truly feminine and charming design. Finished with our signature goldtone jewelry tag.

Customer Comments:
Hi Stephanie,
Received the bracelet today, absolutely fabulous. My Katie is going to love it!!!! She has never forgot seeing it. She is going to be over the moon when she sees the matching earrings. Stephanie that was so sweet of you. They are absolutely beautiful. You will make a little girl very happy when she opens her birthday present next month (May). Again thanks so much for the beautiful creations. I absolutely love my bracelet.

Warmest regards,
Charlene

Butterfly Notecards Support Transplant Awareness

You may remember my good friend and fellow artisan, Barb, over at Bronson Hill Arts. She created the beautiful set of butterfly notecards for a giveaway this past December.

Barb informed me, some time ago (yes, I'm still trying to catch up on things! lol), that she will be designating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these notecards to the Lungs for Life Foundation.

She has named this set of notecards the Flights of Life Collection and each notecard showcases the unique beauty of butterflies, which remain a symbol of newly transplanted lungs as they take their first breath of air.

To order your set of butterfly notecards, simply visit the Bronson Hill Arts Blog and click on "ordering" at the top of the site. Not only are the butterfly notecards beautiful pieces of artwork, each set sold will help further the mission of the Lungs for Life Foundation. Thank you in advance for your support!

And thank you to Barb for her support of the Lungs for Life Foundation.

Custom Mothers Bracelet with Hygroma Awareness

Back in February (wow! am I behind in sharing this!!), Elizabeth contacted me to design a custom mothers bracelet incorporating the hygroma awareness color.

Burgundy is the support color of hygroma awareness.
Elizabeth's Custom Mothers Hygroma Awareness Bracelet (B188-HYG)
Elizabeth's Custom Mothers Hygroma Awareness Bracelet (B188-HYG)
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Elizabeth wanted to give this custom awareness-mothers bracelet as a gift to her friend who had lost her baby boy to hygroma. She requested the design also incorporate the baby's name.

Working with the design elements of our original Swarovski Crystal Pearl Mommy Bracelet, I incorporated burgundy Swarovski Crystals and personalized the name to GRANT in memory of her friends' son. A final custom touch included a sterling silver cross charm.

What really made Elizabeth's Custom Mothers Hygroma Awareness Bracelet (B188-HYG) a touching and beautiful gift were the sterling silver eternity knot rings that encircle the pearls. Grant's mother will love him for eternity and he will always be with her and in her heart.

This special and unique beaded bracelet design not only raises hygroma awareness, it also celebrates motherhood and the loss of a child. It was my honor to have designed this very special treasured keepsake bracelet for Elizabeth and her friend. I hope in some small way this beautiful keepsake bracelet will help heal her heart and give her comfort.

Does Your Easter Egg Sparkle?

Dear Friends and Readers,
I'm still here -really I am. Please don't write me off just yet. Life has been crazy busy (to put it nicely) and well, sometimes, life just throws ya a curve ball -or two, or three, or -well, you get the picture. As a result, I have not had much free time to dedicate to Crystal Allure. But, I have been working behind the scenes on a few things -quite a few custom orders too. So, do stay tuned (and let's hope I and life can finally get back on some kinda schedule).

On a non-business related adventure, recently, we took my neice to a local easter egg hunt. She was super excited and when we gave her a choice of baskets, she chose a lovely purple basket with two strands of beads surrounding it. So, I thought, 'yeah...she went for the sparkly basket' (my kinda girl). But, when I asked her why she chose that one, she said, ever so seriously, "Because it was the biggest". Ah, yes, that does make sense. LOL.

While there, we also decorated some eggs. TA-DA!!!

Now, I'm sure you could've figured out, without my labels, whose egg was who's. Notice hubby's (football), neice's (well, I dunno exactly what that is...but cute) and mine (sweet, girly, hearts, love and flowers). But, wait. It's missing something.

Indeed, my egg does not sparkle. Sparkle is my signature!! Yet, when an easter egg hunt is hosted by seniors and the library...not so much sparkle going on there. Oh well. What's a girl to do?! Although I went with the flow, I just might have to "doctor" it up a bit at home with some kinda sparkles.

At the end of the day, it was all good fun. But, as it would go we have a contest going on amongst us. So, I'll ask all of you -which egg do you like best?

Behcet's Cystic Fibrosis Transplant Awareness Bracelets (B184)

One design. Three beautiful causes. Read through to the bottom to learn why.

Just listed are three sparkling crystal awareness bracelets in support of organ transplant awarenesscystic fibrosis awareness and behcet's disease awareness.

Choose from emerald green (Organ Donation Transplantation), amethyst purple (Cystic Fibrosis) or light blue (Behcet's Disease).
Breathe Free Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B184-TX)
Breathe Free Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B184-TX)
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The first bracelet to be designed in this series was the organ Breathe Free Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B184-TX). This handcrafted beaded bracelet was designed with green emerald Swarovski Crystals, white pearls and accented with sterling silver fancy Bali beads. Finished with a sterling silver butterfly charm, awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".

Remember the butterfly is a symbol of lung transplant.
Breathe Free Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B184-CF)
Breathe Free Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B184-CF)
$66.50
Naturally, the second awareness bracelet to be designed was the Breathe Free Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Bracelet (B184-CF). Designed with a beautiful strand of sparkling purple amethyst Swarovski Crystals, pearls and that same sterling fancy Bali beads, finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".

Purple is the awareness support color for cystic fibrosis (CF), which is often referred to as 'sixty five roses' by young children.

The last design, Breathe Free Behcet's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B184-BD), features light blue Swarovski Crystals accented with white Swarovski Pearls, again those fancy silver Bali beads and finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.

A sterling silver paw charm was added to this bracelet because it is my understanding that those living with Behcet's, who have pets, are comforted by their pet on their bad days. If you wish for the paw charm to be removed from the bracelet, simply indicate so in the comment box at checkout. Measures 7-1/2".
Breathe Free Behcet's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B184-BD)
Breathe Free Behcet's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B184-BD)
$66.50
Light blue is the nationally recognized ribbon color for behcet's disease awareness and support.

You may recall Behcet's disease is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to blood vessels throughout the body, particularly veins. Most symptoms of the disease are caused by vasculitis (an inflammation of the blood vessels). Behcet's disease is not contagious; it is not spread from one person to another and it affects each person differently.

So why did I use that same fancy sterling silver Bali bead in each design? And why are they call "Breathe Free.."?

Well, with each of these diseases/illnesses the affected person is either fighting to breathe easy each day and/or battling pain, discomfort and sadness. It is my wish that each of these one of a kind bracelets will give HOPE to each of their wearers.

Hope that one day, they will, Breathe Free....pain free....and leading happy, healthy, carefree days!

View the Awareness Jewelry Collection

Wanda's Custom Crystal Auntie Bracelet (B182)

Cristy contacted me about designing a custom aunt bracelet for her to give as a gift to her sister, Wanda. She wanted to celebrate her sister for having such a big heart and for making a difference in the lives of both her niece and nephew.

Being an aunt myself, I felt a personal connection to this design. I know I am proud to be an aunt (and I'm a darn good one too, if I don't say so myself! *smiles*) and I wanted Wanda to feel the say way, every time she wore here handmade beaded bracelet. More importantly, this symbolic custom bracelet will be a keepsake Wanda could treasure for a lifetime.
Wanda's Custom Crystal Auntie Bracelet (B182)
Wanda's Custom Crystal Auntie Bracelet (B182)
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So, I decided to make an irresistibly, elegant and eye-catching crystal and pearl handmade beaded bracelet. Wanda's Custom Swarovski Crystal Auntie Bracelet (B182) features a full strand of sparkling Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, sterling silver beads, Bali with sterling silver letter beads that spelled out 'Auntie', centered in the design. I finished it off with our sterling silver signature jewelry tag.

Here's what the customer had to say about her beautiful bracelet:

Stephanie - It looks wonderful. I love the "Auntie" in the front. Thank you and thanks to all of the special aunts in the world!! -Cristy

You are very welcome Cristy! It was my pleasure to design this special bracelet for you.

NEW Beaded Jewelry Collection

Our very first personalized bracelet design was a birthstone bracelet, topaz for November, if I remember correctly. We then designed an elegant MOM beaded bracelet, of sterling and Bali, and a customer requested to have it customized. She wanted it to be an AUNT bracelet that she was giving as a gift. Since then, our personalized bracelets collection has grown.

Over the years, Crystal Allure has designed and personalized timeless keepsake bracelets that include, Sweet 16 bracelets, Auntie bracelets, Name bracelets, Mothers Bracelets and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing crystal bracelets.

We love to design and offer these personalized bracelets because, well, they're handmade, unique, elegant, feminine and the perfect keepsake to celebrate mom, grandma, sisters, friends, aunts, even pet parents. These bracelets are designed by you, which makes them even more special!

So we've compiled them into our newest jewelry collection, Designed by You, timeless keepsake bracelets by Crystal Allure Jewelry.


In this collection, we offer a variety of designer beaded bracelets you can customize with crystal colors, the number of strands, any personalized names. We've added a few new categories and have begun restocking the bracelets offered under this collection. If you don't see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me for a custom design.

In the coming days/weeks, we'll introduce each bracelet currently offered in this collection along with our recent sparkling custom, designed by you, designs.

Luck o' the Irish SALE!

Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N049)
You don't have to be Irish to love the color green. And how can you not love the color green? The color green can mean so many things.

Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. It is a restful color and symbolizes self-respect. Green is the color of balance and also means learning, growth and harmony.

I see green as a "neutral" color. One that can be used anywhere and can even replace your classic blacks, browns and beige colors in your wardrobe. It's also a very chic color. And for all you brown-eye girls out there, like me, the color green looks great on your eyes! When I want a pop of color and to make my brown eyes brighter, I simply slip on a beautiful Crystal Allure necklace design in green.

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day, stay safe and feel free to take advantage of our 4 day sale on select green beaded jewelry!

Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet (B196)

When I first started a design concept for Caregiver Awareness and Appreciation, I hadn't truly realized, or thought about, how many caregivers we encounter each day. The reality is, just about everyone is a caregiver these days. From aging parents to babysitters, pet caretakers to even families who take in children that are not their own.

So I am very excited to present the Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet (B196) because I too, fall into one of the groups listed above. And I wouldn't have it any other way! Indeed it takes someone special to be a caregiver, or so I'm told. But I don't look at it that way. I have a big heart with lots of love and I'm only too happy to share that love with someone else who may need a little of it.

I was so thrilled with this design, that in my excitement I just realized I forgot the awareness ribbon charm. Will have to go back and add that on. :-) What was so great about having completed this beaded bracelet, is that it inspired an idea that could span just about any awareness cause! (you'll have to stay tuned to the blog for a future post on that inspired idea).
Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet (B196)
Guardian Angel Caregiver Awareness Bracelet (B196)
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This lovely bracelet features lavender Swarovski Crystals, pearls, Bali and sterling silver. Finished with a sterling silver guardian angel charm and our signature jewelry tag.

Now you can show your appreciation for that special caregiver in your life and in turn, they will be raising awareness each time they wear their sparkling, feminine caregiver bracelet.

View the various ways this beaded bracelet has been customized:
-Christina's Custom Addison's Disease Awareness Bracelet (B196-AD)
-Amanda's Custom Childhood Cancer Awareness Bracelet (B196-CC)

Winds of Hope Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B192)

To date, I have not had a transplant and do not need one. But, that has never been a road block in understanding how those who need, or have had, a transplant might feel.

All I have to do is close my eyes and imagine, for even just a second, how life altering (and awe inspiring) transplant can be. Of course, I'll always wonder how life would have been had my oldest brother received his transplant.

So, I tend to get excited and attached to every transplant design I create. Yet, each time I create a new transplant awareness bracelet, I am taken aback at how personally attached I am to it.
Winds of Hope Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B192)
Winds of Hope Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B192)
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The Exclusive Winds of Hope Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B192) represents the many twists and turns one faces in their road to transplant and how it can leave you feeling a little "breathless". The bracelet encircles the wearer with hope and strength to ride the winds of hope, no matter where they take you, on your journey to and through transplant.

Our unique handmade awareness bracelet features a "whirlwind" of emerald green Swarovski Crystals on a "swirling" path of sterling silver links flanked by Swarovski Pearls and sterling silver. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and our signature jewelry tag.