Beaded Jewelry Clearance Sale!

The holidays are approaching fast and I thought this was a great time to start the annual clearance sale. Pick up beaded jewelry for yourself or a stocking stuffer gift for someone else. Get select handmade jewelry at 50% off!
All pieces offered are one-of-a-kind so once they're gone, they're gone for good. Choose from sparkling Swarovski crystal jewelry, chandelier earrings, embellished chain necklaces and even a few of our newest beaded pieces!

Start your holiday shopping early, from the comfort of your home, and get quality handmade beaded jewelry at a fantastic steal!

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Green Moss Jasper Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N058)

Recently posted is a new one-of-a-kind beaded gemstone necklace featuring a grassy green moss jasper gemstone teardrop pendant, rainbow obsidian gemstones, black jet Swarovski Crystals and onyx gemstones with sterling silver. Necklace is adjustable 16-1/2" to 17-1/2".
Green Moss Jasper Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N058)
Green Moss Jasper Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N058)

I really must try to get another picture because trust me, the ones I've taken -although they show how beautiful the necklace is -don't compare when the necklace hits the light in a certain way. All the black beads just shimmering and almost put the teardrop pendant to shame! Here's the coordinating handmade gemstone earrings:
Green Moss Jasper Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E188)
Green Moss Jasper Gemstone Beaded Earrings (E188)

These gorgeous cushion-cut gemstone earrings featuring three dangling rounded-square shaped grassy green moss jasper gemstones wire wrapped in sterling silver. Sterling silver earwires finish this design and earrings measure 1-3/4" from the bottom of the earwire.

Get back in touch with nature with these gemstones mined straight from the earth. Moss Jasper helps to balance emotional energy; helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness (so that the emotions are in balance); and strengthens in times of stress.

In other news:
Well, another show is done for this year. I got up Saturday and thought "it's going to be a good show" and then arrived at Union Hill only to have my hopes dashed. Again, not sure whether it is the economy, the lack of a pool of quality designers, or the rain, but the show was slow and there were one too many mass jewelry designers for my tastes.

My conclusion: Smaller shows = "mass produced" jewelry which = low costs (because of lower quality materials used...which allows them to price low). I say "mass produced" because although it is handmade, their tables are usually loaded with pieces, but it is clear these individuals are designing jewelry as a hobby -not a business. I usually get a handful of shoppers that comment how lovely my display is -not cluttered, well organized and showcases pieces -not piles of pieces. So, that in itself shows me people are noticing and recognizing Crystal Allure.

Although the whole day wasn't shot. I did pick up some yummy Tastefully Simple beer bread and truffle brownies! That was probably the highlight of the day. Oh well, I made a mental note about the show results and I'm not so sure I'll be doing that show next year. Sadly, I am finding that the better shows to be in (based on the quality of work I produce) are usually in the early part of the year. For the past few years, I keep missing the application deadlines and I do have concerns because they are all outdoors. It's really a catch 22. Sign up for the show (which the entry fee is ALOT more) and hope you do well (which I have been told, most vendors do quite well because of the level of the show). Or, worse, don't do well and/or have the weather affect your tent and setup. Showcasing jewelry and battling mother nature...usually mother nature wins. *smiles*

Handmade Leaf Jewelry *Important News*

I have recently discovered my supplier of 24kt gold electroplated leaves will no longer be creating these beauties. I can't even get anymore at this point. But, luckily I do still have a few in stock. Already designed are the Real Lacey Oak Leaf Crystal Earrings (E135), shown below. Stunning in gold, perfect for fall!

What makes these leaf earrings so unique is the process used to electroform a real leaf. You can read more about this delicate process under my Jewelry Articles. And now, your leaf jewelry purchases at Crystal Allure just got even more unique because the leaves will no longer be made!
Real Oak Leaf Crystal Earrings (E135) by Crystal Allure Jewelry Creations
Real Oak Leaf Crystal Earrings (E135)
One of a Kind

It must be the season but in autumn I always get excited about creating leaf jewelry. It's as close to nature as I can get without slapping on a pair of earwires to a crumbling real leaf! So, to compensate but allow me to showcase the beauty of nature, I found these brass maple leaves and combined them with nephrite jade for the perfect leaf earrings!
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Leaf Beaded Earrings (E197)
Nephrite Jade Gemstone Leaf Beaded Earrings (E197)
One of a Kind

Although most of the leaves have fallen, there is one that has not quite turned the beautiful shades of autumn and that would be The Last Leaf.

These beautiful handmade bead earrings were created with a gentle shade of green nephrite jade gemstone highlighted by a burnished antiqued golden brass metal maple leaf. Finished with 14kt gold-fill earwires. Length is 1-1/2" from the bottom of the earwire.

Get your one-of-a-kind beaded leaf jewelry at Crystal Allure.

Happy Fall!

*NEW* Beaded Necklace & Show Recap

New to the online store is our Cranberry Rose Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N064). So simple, yet so stunning. Appropriately named "Cranberries and Roses", which feature a rich cranberry colored freshwater pearl, it is the perfect color to add to your fall wardrobe.
Cranberry Rose Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N064)
Cranberry Rose Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N064)
A simply stated handmade beaded necklace of high quality rich cranberry colored freshwater pearls highlighted by a sterling silver carved rose charm pendant. Sterling silver. Measures 17-3/4".

Don't miss out, this is a one-of-a-kind, handmade beaded necklace and it was featured in the following media: -Indie Collective Shopping Guide Spring/Summer '09.

In other news: The month of October generally starts show season and I've been busy creating and preparing for upcoming shows. This month alone there are three shows in a row, one each week! Directly after a show, I do my best to replenish stock for the next show. Sometimes, pieces do not even make it to the online store before they are gone for good.

The past two shows have been for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' (Johnson & Johnson) annual United Way campaign. I just love doing these shows as I get to meet some pretty fantastic ladies and my set up is usually near a window (daylight...something I don't get with my day job!). Also, at my day job, there are not many women around so I jump at the chance to socialize with the gals.

The first show held directly at Ortho Clinical, I was super busy -and loved it! It is extremely satisfying to be able to showcase your jewelry to an exclusive group and the environment allows me time to talk about what inspired a particular design and the materials used. I have found it is so very important that my customers know they are receiving quality jewelry handcrafted by me (alone). I'm getting so tired of mass produced stuff in America and I have found myself purchasing quite a few handmade items -whether for myself or a gift. Granted there are some things that cannot be purchased handmade in America, but if I can contribute to keeping our economy healthy with my made in America designs -then so it shall be!

At the Ortho Clinical show, I also received numerous custom orders and so I've been busy with those as well. It's been uplifting to hear my customers comments when they receive their custom jewelry piece -it makes it all worth it.

Hmm..I think too that I had a larger table set up this year? If not, it worked perfectly and allowed me to put out pretty much my entire stock of jewelry, to give shoppers the most to choose from.

The second show for Ortho Clinical was at a new location. They have purchased/rented some space at the Kodak building and I had the oppportunity to set up my wares in a conference room. It was huge! And all mine! In fact, I was worried that it might be more space than I had product to display, but it turned out perfectly. The show here was a little slower and not as successful as the first one. But it allowed me to test more set up options; gave me some quiet time (without my computer in front of me!) to sketch out some new designs and it also provided me with some observations. It didn't hurt either that I got some feedback from my contact.

All in all, the first two shows were a success in every way and I look forward to next year. Armed with more knowledge of my customers needs I'm fairly confident next year will be as successful as this year -and even better!

I'd like to thank both Holly and Liliana for coordinating the event and inviting me, Crystal Allure Designs, to showcase my jewelry designs.

Feature Friday: Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry

Happy Friday!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and I want to do my part to help raise awareness. So, for the month of October 2008 there are a selected variety of PINK jewelry designs from the Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Collection to donate a portion of the proceeds to breast  cancer awareness and research.
Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N047)
Freshwater Pearl Rose Quartz Teardrop Gemstone Necklace (N047)
For these selected designs you can also add a sterling silver awareness ribbon charm for just $5.00!

These are one-of-a-kind designs so don't delay in getting yours today and helping to raise awareness. These also make wonderful milestone gifts!

If you can't find a necklace, bracelet or earrings you like, I'd be happy to do a custom awareness jewelry design for you.

Swarovski Crystal Wedding Trees

I am happily married but I will admit, every chance I get, I watch Platnium Weddings on the WE channel. I can't help but drool over all the sparkle in these weddings and it never ceases to amaze me the new ideas these brides come up with!

One day, I'm searching around Etsy and I happened to stumble upon these stunning Swarovski Crystal Wedding Trees. Immediately I wanted one just because they were so beautiful! Then I thought about how elegant they would have looked at my wedding reception! Then I just wanted to share my find with all my readers.
'Add a bit of fairy forest enchantment to your wedding. This is a table top wedding tree,made from mossy maple tree branches, wrapped with silk cherry blossom stems, hung with Swarovski prism crystals. This little tree holds a real robin's nest I found, with a ceramic robin's egg inside. This tree is standing in a high quality Polish lead crystal vase filled with glass stones. This tree is perfect as a feature on a cake, gift or head table at any wedding. I can make custom orders to suit your wedding colors or theme.'
'This is a table top autumn tree centerpiece, made from an Arbutus tree (a tree native to Western Canada) branch, decorated with faux autumn maple leaves, hung with Swarovski prism crystals and falling leaves. This tree is standing in a high quality lead crystal vase filled with glass stones, topped with moss and two sparkling fern fiddleheads. This tree is perfect as a feature for an autumn wedding, or to add drama to any table. I can make custom orders to suit your needs.'

You simply have to check out RaewynKelly's Etsy store!

If you're a Bride-To-Be, get custom bridal jewelry created -just for you -at Crystal Allure Creations. Add these Crystal Trees to your wedding and viola' -your very own Platnium Wedding!