Go Green Awareness Bracelet for Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month.

By recognizing Donate Life Month, it helps to raise awareness of the need for tissue and organ donations. Crystal Allure has from the beginning been a supporter or organ donation and what better way than to raise awareness beautifully!

Green is the awareness support color for organ transplant and organ donation. Pearl is the awareness ribbon support color for hope. Combine both of these with sterling silver beads and you get an exquisite bracelet that raises awareness and shows your support of organ donation and transplant!
Sterling Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B154)
Sterling Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (B154)
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This sparkling handmade beaded bracelet design features beautiful emerald aurora borealis coated Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls, a generous dose of sterling silver beads and finished with a sterling awareness ribbon charm, matching crystal charm drop and signature jewelry tag. Bracelet measures 7-1/2".

Make a statement about organ donation and pair this awareness bracelet with the Live to Give Organ Donation Bracelet (B207) for double the beauty and impact!

Handmade Beaded Rhodonite Gemstone Jewelry Set

If you're a country girl at heart and love country chic style, you won't have to travel a dusty trail to pick up this exquisite handmade beaded jewelry. Each of the following jewelry pieces feature different cuts of lovely dusty rose rhodonite gemstones. The beauty of this gemstone, along with the grey-to-black inclusions, is truly enhanced with the pairing of freshwater pearls.

Each piece is a one of a kind. Pick up one piece or a complete jewelry set! These pieces are also perfect for the bride looking to have a country-chic wedding theme.

Please note: If you would like at least three (3) of the pieces listed below, contact me for a 3pc. jewelry set price, prior to checkout.
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N071)
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N071)
$86.10
Handmade beaded necklace design features rhodonite gemstone in a soft pillow cut, freshwater pearls, 14 karat gold-fill beads, chain and clasp. I created a designer original pendant bail making this gemstone necklace truly unique! The necklace is a PRINCESS length at 17-1/4" long with a 1-1/2" drop.
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B206)
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Bracelet (B206)
$43.50
Pair the necklace with this matching handmade beaded bracelet in the same gemstone cut, design and gold metal. Size is 7-1/2".

Did you know?
Rhodonite is Greek for "rose" and it is also the state gem of Massachusetts.
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E216)
Freshwater Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E216)
$21.95
These handmade beaded gemstone earrings are designed with barrel-shaped rhodonite gemstones, the same design components as the pieces above and come with 14 karat gold fill ear wires. Length is 1" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Petite Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E217)
Petite Pearl Rhodonite Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E217)
$19.95
The last piece in this beautiful jewelry set are perfectly petite beaded earrings at just 3/4" from the bottom of the ear wire. These gemstone earrings are designed with a petite rondelle shape rhodonite gemstone bead, freshwater pearls and 14 karat gold-fill metal and ear wires.

The metaphysical properties of rhodonite have traditionally been used to encourage generosity of spirit.

Rhodonite is often mispoken as rhodolite, but these two stones are quite different. Read my jewelry article on Rhodonite vs. Rhodolite.

Crystal Collegiate Inspire Graduation Bracelet (B213)

The months of May and June are typically reserved for high school graduations, college graduations, as well as, graduation parties. Graduation holds different emotions for both parents and the graduate. But most of all, it's an exciting time for all.

When I finished college and received my degree I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, pride and inspiration. I was inspired that I could make a difference in, and contribution to, the world -in my own way.

One of those ways is through my inspiring jewelry designs. I've designed some beautiful graduation bracelets over the years and each one is a symbol of hard work, dedication and accomplishment.

INSPIRE the graduate with this original and unique graduation jewelry gift that will become a treasured keepsake to be worn for years to come.
Crystal Collegiate Inspire Graduation Bracelet (B213) by Crystal Allure
Crystal Allure Collegiate Inspire Graduation Bracelet (B213)
$45.20
This handcrafted beaded bracelet was designed with both crystal aurora borealis (AB) and blue sapphire Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver beads, sterling silver filled beads, .925 Bali and sterling silver message bead that reads 'Inspire'. Finished with "tassel" style double crystal drop charm and signature jewelry tag. Bracelet measures 7-5/8".

This bracelet can be customized with your school colors and/or sterling silver graduation charms. Contact me, for customization, prior to ordering.

Breathe Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (BA195)

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month. When you donate your organs, you save lives. Learn a few organ donation facts and how you can become an organ donor at the end of this blog post.

This awareness bracelet was first introduced when I posted about Beverly's request for a pair of custom awareness earrings to go with the BREATHE bracelet she was purchasing. Organ donation -specifically lung -and transplant were the inspirations behind this beautiful handmade beaded bracelet.

Have you ever sat back, closed your eyes, and took a long deep breath? Remember how refreshing, energizing and calming it felt? For individuals suffering from lung problems, especially those in need of a lung transplant, that one seemingly simple action almost always leads to a coughing attack.

Although green represents many awareness diseases, this bracelet was designed as a symbol for organ donation awareness and the Gift of Life through transplantation.
Breathe Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (BA195-D4)
Breathe Organ Transplant Awareness Bracelet (BA195-D4)
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This Exclusive Organ Transplant Awareness Crystal Allure BREATHE Bracelet was created to raise awareness and offer hope. Design features centered sterling silver letter blocks with the awareness message, BREATHE, are accented with both emerald and clear Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver, Bali beads. Finished with a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm and signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".

The butterfly has become the symbol of lung transplantation. When someone receives a set of transplanted lungs, it has been said the new lungs look like a butterfly opening its' wings, when they take their first breath of new life. If you would like to customize this bracelet further, you can select to add a sterling silver butterfly charm at checkout.

Special offer: During April 2015 only, order this BREATHE bracelet and you will receive a complimentary pair of single drop crystal earrings!

Some sobering facts about organ donation:
-On any given day, an average of 21 people die because an organ was not made available for transplant.
-The transplant list grows daily, with another name being added to national organ transplant waiting list, every 10 minutes.
-Although more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year, the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising.

The statistics also show that although 90% of Americans say they do support organ and tissue donation, only about 30% actually know what steps need to be taken to be a donor. Learn more about how you can be a donor through Donate Life.

By Land and Sea Beaded Anklets: Seahorse or Daisy?

Yesterday was an A-mazing day here in Rochester, New York -we hit a high of 84 degrees!! Around here, after that long winter we had, it was a very welcome day!

So, today I wanted to keep that sunshine, warm breeze, summertime kinda feeling going with some beautiful handmade beaded jewelry. What better way to start off than with the warm yellow color of sunshine! By land, you can continue to enjoy the warmth of the summer sun with this handmade beaded anklet, inspired by the shasta daisy which blooms every spring or early summer.
Yellow Green Crystal Pearl Precious Daisy Beaded Anklet (A114)
Yellow Green Crystal Pearl Precious Daisy Beaded Anklet (A114)
$38.95
This delicate precious daisy beaded anklet features peridot Swarovski Crystals, white Swarovski Pearls, sterling silver beads accented with yellow glass seed beads. Finished with a darling sterling silver daisy flower charm, green Swarovski Crystal drop charm and signature jewelry tag. Anklet measures 10".

This daisy anklet might remind of you the Yellow Daisy Pearl Sister Necklace with coordinating bracelet and earrings.

On the flip side, some of us are just water babies and we're fascinated by what's under the sea. So enjoy your day by sea without even having to get in the water!
Purple Green Crystal Seahorse Charm Anklet (A112)
Purple Green Crystal Seahorse Charm Anklet (A112)
$39.95
This beautiful one of a kind beaded anklet features a fascinating little sea creature! Designed with a sparkling mix of purple amethyst and green olivine Swarovski Crystals accenting green glass pearls, sterling silver beads and seed beads. Finished with a sterling silver seahorse charm, Czech green glass fish and signature jewelry tag. Anklet measures 10-1/4".

Courtney's Senior Ball Custom Jewelry Design Process

Senior Ball Gown dress material. Photo Credit: Crystal Allure Creations
Image Source: Crystal Allure Creations
Just a short month after Courtney's Junior Prom last year, she was going to be attending her boyfriends' Senior Ball.

And, you guessed it -she needed prom jewelry to coordinate with her dress and she chose Crystal Allure Creations again! Yea!

I was so excited to do this custom jewelry set for her! This time she decided instead of a bracelet, she would need hair combs because she planned on an elegant updo for her hair.

This dress was a little more complicated because although it was white, it had the slightest hint of pink shimmer -but only under certain lighting and when you got close to it. And to me, the details always matter!

But, roadblocks have never stopped me in my design tracks! Lol. I didn't even consider it a true "problem" -more of a challenge -and you know me with a jewelry challenge.

Courtney's design specs were:
1. Her dress was a one-shoulder dress but she still wanted a necklace.
2. Her shoes would be silver. In fact, they were the same ones she wore for her Junior Prom.
3. She needed hair combs.
4. She wanted her earrings to be not as long as the earrings from her Junior Prom.

I was given the freedom to come up with any design I thought was best, taking into consideration her specs. The first step, as always, is to find a complimentary Swarovski Crystal to go into the jewelry design. The pink crystals I narrowed it down to were:
Swarovski Crystals to choose from for Courtney's Custom Prom Jewelry by Crystal Allure
Pink Swarovski Crystals for Custom Prom Jewelry
The Swarovski Crystals I ended up choosing included light rose, light rose AB and crystal AB. The final jewelry design turned out perfect for Courtney and it was my privilege to have been part of a very special twist on their special day! Stay tuned for details...

Courtney's Custom Lavender Crystal Prom Jewelry Set

Excitement is in the air with Prom season coming upon us. Around this time last year, I was sharing with you the custom prom jewelry design process for Courtney's junior prom jewelry.

Courtney selected Crystal Allure Creations for her prom jewelry and I was even more excited because her requested color was in the color family of my favorite color. If you recall, the design specs asked for sterling silver metal, however, to keep Courtney within her budget, we opted for silver plated metal. But, regardless, the final pieces turned out spectacular!
Courtney's Custom Lavender Crystal Prom Jewelry Set (NC136, E298, B214)
Courtney's Custom Lavender Crystal Prom Jewelry Set (NC136, E298, B214)
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The final pieces were elegant and included a crystal necklace, crystal drop earrings and I even surprised Courtney with a matching crystal bracelet! Courtney's Custom Lavender Crystal Prom Jewelry Set featured a silver textured chain with individually wire-wrapped Crystal Silver Shade Swarovski Cosmic Crystals paired with violet Swarovski Crystals. The mix of Swarovski Crystal shapes ended up being the perfect complement to her embellished dress.
Courtney sparkling in her Custom Prom Jewelry Set by Crystal Allure
Courtney sparkling in her Custom Prom Jewelry Set
And here she is -beautiful isn't she?!
Courtney with boyfriend getting ready to go to her junior prom
All ready for Prom!
The flowering tree behind the lovely couple created a beautiful backdrop for her prom pictures that will give her some great memories looking back at them. I believe the tree was a dogwood tree?

There's more prom jewelry coming....just a month later Courtney had her boyfriend's Senior Ball and I created custom jewelry for that event as well.

Pink and Black Crystal Lampwork Jewelry Set

It's April, Spring is here and I'm feeling Pink! The color pink is the epitome of femininity. It's what little girls are made of (along with sugar, spice and everything nice!).

It also pairs perfectly as a combination of pink and black. This jewelry set reminds me of the popular leopard print that some ladies like to wear -except this set would offer the wearer a more youthful vibe while still looking chic.
Crystal Animal Print Lampwork Beaded Bracelet (B093)
Crystal Allure Animal Print Lampwork Beaded Bracelet (B093)
Was $45.95 / Sale $32.95
If you love a pink and black color combination, you're going to love this unique handmade beaded bracelet! A fashionable artisan glass lampwork bead with a pink base and black patches is the focal of this lovely lampwork bracelet accented with black jet Swarovski Crystals, .925 Bali and sterling silver. Beaded bracelet is adjustable 7" to 8".
Crystal Pink Cow Lampwork Beaded Earrings (E139)
Crystal Pink Cow Lampwork Beaded Earrings (E139)
Was $25.95 / Sale $12.95
You might think there's no such thing as a pink cow, right? Well, there is if you are talking about this adorable pair of handmade beaded earrings! Design features a pair of artisan lampwork glass beads with a soft pink base and black patches. Paired with black jet Swarovski Crystals, .925 Bali, sterling silver beads and french hook ear wires. Length is 1-1/4" from the bottom of the ear wire.

When I think of cows, I think of the California Milk "Talking Cow" Commericals! lol!

Springtime Beaded Lanyards in Butterflies and Blooming Colors

These days it seems just about everyone has to carry either work keys, ID badges or access badges. For us ladies, digging through our purse is just not very efficient -right?! At some companies you have to wear a company ID badge all day -and let's face it, those "old school" collegiate cloth lanyards just aren't very sophisticated.

That's exactly what inspired my collection of handmade beaded lanyards! This collection offers a variety of spring, summer, fall and even holiday inspired ID lanyards featuring colorful Crystals by Swarovski. You will even find awareness badge lanyards!

The following crystal beaded lanyards offer a fresh springtime palette of blooming colors in pink, lavender, yellow, blue and peridot green. Always available is the option for custom beaded lanyards designed just for you!
White Pearl Cats Eye Pastel Crystal Butterfly Beaded Lanyard (L106)
White Pearl Cats Eye Pastel Crystal Butterfly Beaded Lanyard (L106)
$54.95
Show your ID in style with this handmade beaded lanyard. Design features a beautiful array of pastel colors in grade A fiber optic cats eye: yellow, light purple, pink, light green, blue, rose; white pearl glass seed beads, sterling silver, light rose, violet, jonquil, peridot, and aquamarine butterfly Swarovski Crystals. Comes with a 24mm silver key ring, lanyard hook and finished with sterling silver signature jewelry tag. Length is 18" long, including key ring and badge hook.
Pink Luster Rose Cats Eye Crystal Beaded Lanyard (L103)
Pink Luster Rose Cats Eye Crystal Beaded Lanyard (L103)
$38.95
This beautifully strung pink beaded lanyard features rose pink grade A fiber optic cats eye beads, both pink and white pearl glass glass seed beads, sterling silver and clear Swarovski Crystals. Comes with a 24mm silver key ring, lanyard hook and finished with a sterling silver signature jewelry tag. Length is 16-1/2" long, including key ring and badge hook.

Felix the Cat Inspired Prevent Cruelty to Animals Awareness Keychain (K010)

April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Awareness Month and the color orange is nationally recognized as the awareness ribbon color for animal protection and feral cats.

For my regular readers, it comes as no surprise that I am an animal lover. Since childhood I've always had a pet, be it dog, cat, hamster, bird or fish. For me, life just doesn't seem complete without the comfort and love my pets give me. They love unconditionally and cannot speak for themselves and that's why, I believe, it is our duty to protect them.

When I had learned of a heartbreaking story about an orange cat named Felix who, sadly, was believed to have been abused, I wanted to do my part to raise awareness for animals. The good news for Felix was that through the care, compassion and love of the Cortland NY SPCA, Felix survived, is on the mend and has found a happy and safe fur-ever home.

But there are many other animals that still need our help.
Felix the Cat Prevent Cruelty to Animals Awareness Keychain (K010)
Felix the Cat Prevent Cruelty to Animals Awareness Keychain (K010)
$31.95
This handmade beaded keychain was designed to raise awareness of the prevention of cruelty to animals. There are only two (2) of this design available, making it a unique gift idea -grab one for yourself and one for a friend!

I'm happy to announce that 100% of the net proceeds of the sale of these two awareness keychains will be donated to the Cortland NY SPCA!

The key chain design features a lovely ceramic orange "Felix" cat bead accented with a black jet Swarovski Crystal, both sterling silver and 14kt gold-fill beads and a sterling silver paw print stamped heart charm (because pets leave paw prints on our heart!). Want to make this key chain a  purse charm? Request a FREE silver hook at checkout. Length: 4-1/2" (not including round keyring).

Use this bead keychain as either a key ring for your keys or as a purse charm. It's so versatile! Another great gift idea is the Prevent Animal Cruelty Orange Paw Crystal Beaded Anklet (A118) in Pantone's 2012 color of the year Tangerine Tango.

Have a Heart and Help Save a Pet!

Autism Awareness Ribbon Bracelet (BA033-AU)

April is National Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

You can learn more about Autism and help to raise awareness through a variety of ways. One sparkling way is with the Crystal Allure Autism Awareness Ribbon Bracelet (BA033-AU)! This design evolved from the popular Organ Transplant Awareness Ribbon Bracelet (B105) but it incorporates the nationally recognized Autism Awareness Ribbon colors of red, yellow, dark blue and light blue.
Crystal Autism Awareness Ribbon Bracelet (BA033-AU) by Crystal Allure
Crystal Allure Autism Awareness Ribbon Bracelet (BA033-AU)
$68.85
This handmade beaded awareness bracelet features red, yellow, dark blue and light blue Swarovski Crystals with white Swarovski Pearls accenting sterling silver awareness ribbons beads. Finished with a sterling silver Autism puzzle piece charm and signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".

April is like the other months of the year, in that it is, host to many other awareness causes. Throughout this month I will be highlighting those causes in awareness jewelry, along with, new Spring Beaded Jewelry!