Romantic at Heart -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

After yesterday's jewelry wardrobe board, I was inspired to create another for the newest handmade gemstone necklace available at Crystal Allure -the Romantic at Heart Wisteria Amethyst Gemstone Heart Pendant Necklace.

I was just going to post the new necklace with some information, like I typically do, and instead I decided to try to visually showcase the meaning behind why I designed the necklace. I mean, let's be honest, aren't we all hopeless romantics? Granted we may lose some of that "romance" as we get older and are faced with daily responsibilities -but deep down, we're still romantics at heart. Or at least that's how I see us ladies.

For that reason, I wanted to create something that showcased that sexy, romantic, glamorous and "girly" side of ours. For years, everyday, I used to change my hairstyle (I usually wore it up because it was more "pretty" that way). Today, admittedly I just don't have the luxury of that time anymore in the morning. But I'm still a romantic at heart!

The beauty of this beaded necklace is the filigree heart pendant. In the pendant are two tiny heart cut-outs and the amethyst gemstone with its' lovely purple and grayish coloring is just....oh so romantic!

~ Design Details ~
Wisteria Amethyst Gemstone Heart Pendant Necklace (N083)
Wisteria Amethyst Gemstone Heart Pendant Necklace (N083)
One of a Kind

Handmade beaded necklace design that epitomizes the gal who is Romantic at Heart. Designed with lovely amethyst gemstones wire-wrapped on sterling silver at the center is the silver metal filigree heart pendant. Gemstone necklace measures 17-1/4".

Pumpkin Spice -Jewelry Wardrobe Inspiration

Just the other day I realized I hadn't done one of these in quite a while. I love creating wardrobe ensembles as inspiration for my jewelry designs. In fact, I started to create this inspiration board late last year and as of recently, the lovely Red Aventurine Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N040) has sold. Although the necklace is no longer available, I still wanted to share this jewelry wardrobe inspiration with you because it is a fabulous combination -orange, black and brown. Without doubt, hands down, absolutely perfect for fall!!

I love every piece shown in this wardrobe and I hope this inspires you in pairing your favorite Crystal Allure jewelry with your fall wardrobe. As already mentioned, the necklace was a one of a kind and has sold, but if you really love it, please feel free to contact me and we can design a comparable necklace for you.

Click on the links in the image footer for a complete list of where to find each piece shown in this jewelry wardrobe inspiration board.

A Beader's Best Friend(s)

I regularly visit fellow beaders' blogs' and one day, I happened acrossed Katie Hacker's Blog. She had done a post on Bead Stoppers and I left a comment. A week or so later she contacted me to tell me I had won some bead stoppers! I was so excited, I never win anything. Really. Never.

When I first started out beading I had not heard of Bead Stoppers yet...and if you bead, as you can imagine, it was quite frustrating losing all the beads I had just strung from the end of the wire. When I discovered Bead Stoppers, I purchased at least four packages and I've used them all. So much so that I was actually in need of more -and then I won some from Katie's blog! Whew! I received them by mail this past friday and I was in such need of them, I have used all them already in temporary designs. The package even came with some cute smaller bead stoppers.

Thanks Katie!

What is Lucite?

I've had a few customers ask me what lucite is because they've heard the term recently in conjunction with jewelry -which piqued their interest in the topic.

Remember when you were a kid and your mother gave you your first pieces of 'jewelry'. Oh so colorful and you thought you'd been inducted into womanhood with your new accessories. Well, what you probably didn't know then was your new fabulous jewelry pieces were in fact, lucite. But, respectfully, you were a young child. It's not like your mother would have given you expensive diamond jewelry to go play dress up in!

So, exactly what is lucite? Lucite is transparent thermoplastic acrylic resin. In short, it is plastic. Nowadays it is being used for bags, shoes and jewelry of all sorts. Lucite was invented by duPont in 1931. In 1937, lucite was used to make costume jewelry. By the late 1940s, the lucite trend had hit the designer purse market. To date, lucite has continued to be used in all forms of costume jewelry with older constructed pieces being labeled 'vintage'.

But to be really honest, I just can't do it. I just can't buy plastic accessories! Now that I am an adult and active consumer, it seems wrong on so many levels. So remember, IF you purchase a lucite piece of jewelry, the price should equal the quality of the material (ie., depending on the intricacy of the should be very inexpensively priced).

Crystal Allure has never used lucite in their jewelry designs. We strictly incorporate quality gemstones, crystals and metals for the most exquisite pieces to add to your jewelry collection.

Autumn Gold Crystal Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Jewelry

Happy Friday!

Each of these designs feature topaz Swarovski crystals and gold metal components. The necklace adds a bit more of an autumnal feel with a lovely russet-red Carnelian gemstone teardrop pendant.
Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039)
Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039)
Taste the warm autumn honey in this stunning handmade beaded necklace. Design features an 18x26mm carnelian gemstone teardrop pendant adorned by liquid gold spacers and honey-colored topaz Swarovski Crystals. Finished with a 14kt gold-fill extender chain. Length is choker to princess and adjustable 15-3/4" to 17".

This necklace has been featured in the following media: -Modish Blog

Next up are these feminine earrings that are chic, elegant and complements any autumn wardrobe.
Autumn Sun Gold Topaz Crystal Beaded Earrings (E049)
Autumn Sun Gold Topaz Crystal Beaded Earrings (E049)
Sparkle like the autumn sun in these beautiful ultra-light weight pair of handmade beaded earrings. Design features topaz Swarovski Crystals accented with 14kt gold-fill beads and earwires. Length is 1/2" from the bottom of the earwire.

And don't forget the Autumn Leaf Charm Topaz Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B164) for a complete set!

Autumn Splendor Leaf Charm Cuff Bracelet (B121)

Just in time for the fall season! This memory wire bracelet premiered at Crystal Allure last fall and within days it sold. I was able to secure enough beads to design 1 more and it all came together in time for this autumn! Only 2 of this design will ever be made.

The handmade beaded bracelet wraps around an average size wrist 3 times and it's super easy to put on. The best part is the design incorporates memory wire -it'll never forget it's shape! AND, cuff bracelets are also a super hot accessory for Fall 2009!
Autumn Splendor Czech Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet (B121)
Autumn Splendor Czech Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet (B121)

Perfect fall colors wrap around the wrist three times in this memory wire handmade beaded bracelet. Rich autumnal colors of red, gold, green and brown Czech glass crystal beads make this a must have accessory for Fall! Finished with two dainty oak leaf charms of silver and copper. Bracelet is adjustable to fit most wrist sizes.

Autumn Harvest Leaf Charm Topaz Crystal Bracelet (B164)

Experience the abundance of autumn's harvest with this warm colored handmade beaded bracelet. An exquisite beaded strand of rich golden color reminiscent of those lazy autumn days entertaining the last days of summer with both brown and green crystals complete with a leaf charm!
Autumn Harvest Leaf Charm Topaz Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B164)
Autumn Harvest Leaf Charm Topaz Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B164)
One of a Kind
Design features golden Czech glass beads, topaz Swarovski Crystals, 14 karat antiqued gold-fill heishi beads and lobster clasp. Finished with an adjustable 3/4" gold fill chain extender hosting a gold plated heart shaped leaf charm, a green khaki and a brown light smoked topaz Swarovski Crystal charms. Bracelet is adjustable 7-1/4" to 8".

This beaded bracelet pairs perfectly with the Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039) and the Autumn Sun Gold Topaz Crystal Beaded Earrings (E049). Get all three and make a complete jewelry set!

Back in Stock -Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet

There are currently just 3 Organ Transplant Awareness Ribbons Beaded Bracelet (B105) in stock for purchase. But hurry -this awareness bracelet has been very popular and has been scooped up, at times, as quickly as I can get it on the website.
Organ Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet (B105)
Transplant Awareness Ribbons Bracelet (B105)
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The Dark Rose Sodalite Gemstone Blue Sapphire Jewelry Set

Happy Friday!

For today only you can save 20% (on the necklace only) The Dark Rose handmade beaded necklace featuring a carved rose sodalite gemstone pendant accented with rich dark blue sapphire Swarovski Crystals, black beads and sterling silver metal. Full design details listed below.
Sapphire Crystal Sodalite Rose Gemstone Necklace (N075)
Sapphire Crystal Sodalite Rose Gemstone Necklace (N075)
One of a Kind

Inspiration: Every rose is beautiful, but The Dark Rose is truly exceptional. So exceptional, in fact, it is uniquely one of a kind!

The Dark Rose jewelry set includes not only the beaded necklace but the beaded bracelet, as well.

Designed with an everyday neutral black color, the sodalite gemstone rose and sapphire crystals lend a look of sophistication to this lovely set.
Sapphire Crystal Sodalite Rose Gemstone Necklace Set (NBS1)
Sapphire Crystal Sodalite Rose Gemstone Necklace Set (NBS1)
One of a Kind

The handmade beaded necklace features a deep rich blue sodalite gemstone carved rose pendant suspended by a mesmerizing strand of blue  sapphire Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver spacers and black seed beads. Finished with a sterling silver lobster clasp. The necklace measures 18-1/2″ long with a 3/4″ sodalite carved rose gemstone pendant; the bracelet measures 7-1/4″.

Find this handmade beaded jewelry set and many more at Crystal Allure Jewelry.


Handmade Pink Castle Cake

Back in February I had created a pink castle cake for one of my niece's birthdays. I mentioned it on this featured blog post but plain forgot to post the pictures on how well it turned out!

You see my niece loves princesses -and pink! So I got creative, using a Wilton cake decorating kit my husband bought me as a gift one Christmas, and created this pink castle cake. I was inspired by one I found on the internet but I changed alot of it and added my own touches. We also gave her a princess dress to dress up in and we actually found a doll that had on the same exact dress we bought her -it was perfect! Most of all, she loved it and to this day always begs to put that princess dress on.
The only glitch -I really stink at ages...and she was actually only 3 years old, not 4. Eh, I don't think she really cared the number was wrong. Isn't it so great have girly-girl nieces to dote on!

Chair Reupholster Project

I must be officially crazy! Yup, I acquired this chair from a neighbor down the street, who was just throwing it out. I saw the potential -but do I have what it takes to reupholster the chair the way I'm envisioning? Guess, we'll have to wait and see.Although I do have fear...I've had the chair now oh probably a month and a half and haven't touched it. Keep looking at in the garage but haven't touched it. But, I at least have inspiration. The inspiration comes from a pattern in curtains that I have in one room of my house. Although I don't have a picture (yet) of the curtains in my room, here they are:I have just the valance at the moment and my walls were just freshly painted (picture coming soon). My plan was to reupholster the chair in the same material.

Custom Sweet 16 Butterfly Charm Bracelet

Inspired by one of our existing beaded bracelet designs, Alyssa's aunt was looking for a custom bracelet to present as a handmade gift for her niece's Sweet 16 birthday.

With some slight modifications to the existing design, Alyssa's delicate bracelet features an extendable chain to allow her to wear her bracelet for many years to come and it was finished with a beautiful butterfly charm.

The charm was a specific request by her aunt as it had special meaning for her and the bracelet couldn't have been more perfect in Alyssa's favorite color -blue!
Alyssa's Custom Sweet 16 Butterfly Charm Beaded Bracelet (B163)
Alyssa's Custom Sweet 16 Butterfly Charm Beaded Bracelet (B163)

It was a pleasure working with Alyssa's aunt on this custom design and I look forward to working with her again.

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

Stress Relief

It hasn't been the most fun week. Since the 1st of the month, I've been patiently waiting for a bead order to arrive that has just three particular beads I need to fulfill a custom order that has a deadline for Saturday 12:00 noon.

When I initially placed the order I emailed the supplier right away and told them it was an urgent order (the website also said it would ship to arrive in 2-3 days). By day five, I hadn't heard a word or received the order. So I emailed again. Only to never receive a response. Trying to give the benefit of the doubt, I waited until one full week after I placed the order -still didn't receive it. BUT, I received an order that I placed with another supplier on the same day. Again, I waited until the next day -no delivery.

By yesterday, I was peeved (to say the least). I called them, 100% peeved off, told them it was poor customer service that the website should say 2-3 days to ship, I emailed twice never heard back, never received an email that my order shipped (for for all I know it hasn't even left the warehouse yet) AND the link to "check your order status" on the website only shows the orders you have placed with shipping detail.

So, here I have a customer who NEEDS this bracelet for a presentation -I have no beads -I have no clue where the order is and no clue when to expect it. Needless to say, I did hear back from the owner, who called to say, he had left for the day so he can't give me a status of my order but wanted to be sure to call me because they do call their customers back. WHAT?!?! Are you kidding me? He proceeds to say he'll check on the order first thing tomorrow and get back to me by 11am.

He calls at 11:05am -leaves a message -please call me. Again -WHAT?! Just tell me where the heck my order is and when I can expect it. I have absolutely no interest in talking with this person -I only have one goal right now and as it stands this businesses' failure to provide good customer service and service in general has now cost my business more money for this custom order. ugh. What is wrong with people.

Anyhow, I haven't been happy with this supplier for some time now. The problem is I have a stock of beads from them that I have not been able to find anywhere else. Well yesterday, it lit a fire under my butt to search to the end of the internet until I find another supplier for this particular bead.

That led me to ask three different suppliers who appear to possibly have the same, if not similar, bead. For two of them, I've ordered from there before. I proceed to tell them I've ordered before, the story behind my request and ask for a sample of this bead to be shipped so I can compare and see if it is indeed the same one (that way, I can order from them and still be able to create designs using the remainder of my stock). What do you think they say? We're sorry we don't mail samples. WHAT?! Come on!! It's only one lil' ole bead -I'm a past customer -you can't send me a sample? So, tell me again why I'd want to order from you in the future?

Out of the three I asked for samples, only one immediately replied they would send one. That supplier was brand new to me...hmm...hopefully the bead will match because I will have also found a supplier with some great prices.

So, I sit here now fretting over whether the bead shipment will arrive tonight -which regardless, it's going to cost extra to ship overnight. Coupled with all the other crazy stuff of a beaded jewelry business, I decided it was time to zen. Just like my cat Mr. Dingles pictured above (I'll have to tell you about him in another post...especially how he got his name). :-)

Relax and Enjoy!

September 9, 2009 Special Offer

Today I realized it is 9-9-09, freaky weird if you ask me. But, good for you because for today only, you can get 9% off anything at! That's right, anything. Be it, awareness jewelry or even clearance (which is about as rare as today's date)!

Take 9% off your entire order with no minimum purchase necessary. Enter coupon code TRIPLE9 in the discount coupon box at checkout. This sale includes items already on sale. This coupon does not apply to gift certificates, special orders or custom orders.

This coupon expires 12:00 midnight EST Wednesday September 9, 2009.

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Time flies when you're busy! Between filling orders, re-decorating the house and life in general, there just isn't enough time in the day. So I must apologize for the lag between studio postings on the blog. I have been able to get a few new jewelry pieces posted on the website.

The first of the new fall jewelry pieces is the Autumn Splendor Czech Leaf Charm Cuff Beaded Bracelet (B121) which is back in stock, but there is only one (1) available. The other one is the Autumn Harvest Leaf Charm Topaz Crystal Beaded Bracelet (B164). The latter beaded bracelet pairs perfectly with the Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039), listed below.

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend. I spent four days painting. Yes, painting. I had a whole list of things I wanted to accomplish and it just didn't happen. We have a 'small-ish' room that is essentially shaded by the roof of our wrap around porch. Well, a fews years after purchasing our house, I had a wonderful idea to paint the room brown. I really wanted a chocolate color, but got walnut. On top of it, with the existing walnut trim, didn't look so great! But years passed and I tried to work with it but just finally decided to dive in and paint. Not that I don't love to paint -okay I don't love to paint -I just love the look after it's all done! The room is now a beautiful warm, muted shade of yellow/mustard yellow. Brightens the whole room! So, after two coats of primer and two coats of paint -many sore muscles -I never got around to getting pictures of the new jewelry yet to be posted on the website. But, it's coming, I promise.

Before the holiday weekend started I did get a chance to set two lovely beaded necklaces, perfect complements for your autumn wardrobe, as FEATURED pieces. The best part is that you can save up to 20% on each necklace until September 22, 2009! Each necklace is a one-of-a-kind. You will find all featured and highlighted jewelry pieces on the Crystal Allure website.

Or you can click on beaded necklace titles below:
Red Aventurine Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N040)
Red Aventurine Gemstone Freshwater Pearl Beaded Necklace (N040)
Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039)
Autumn Honey Topaz Carnelian Gemstone Beaded Necklace (N039)
Pssst -Stay tuned for an upcoming Fall Jewelry and Colors Trend Report!