Swarovski Elements Innovations Fall/Winter 2011-2012

Swarovski has introduced some fabulous new colors and shapes to their line of crystal beads. Who could possibly resist them?

Now, I admit, I (personally) am not a huge fan of wearing yellow, I must say I'm still draw to the new Sunflower color. For the simple reason yellow reminds me of summertime and sunshine. It makes me feel good. So there is definately a design coming using this new color!

Other shapes you can expect to see coming to Crystal Allure Jewelry include the Lucerna, Mini Pear, Helios and Wild Heart beads and pendants. The Lucerna crystal is a reflection of a chinese lantern and I had used a lantern shaped gemstone in a past design, so I'm really looking forward to testing out this new shape. There are already some new designs ready to be pictured using the Mini Pear and Wild Heart pendants. As well, the Helios will make for a fantastic shimmering contemporary jewelry design.

Swarovski also introduced large hole crystals and two new colored protective coatings for the starfish crystal. With all these new innovations here and the existing irresistible shapes and colors already available from Swarovski -I'm in heaven!!

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Art-ful Gift Giving. Oh! And a Contest!

Last year I introduced you to a close friend and artisan who I had pushed encouraged to venture into the great world of blogs and blogging to showcase her art. Well, she held a contest and to my surprise, I won. Wahoo! The prize was my choice of one of, her husband, Mike's nature photographs. It was a tough one because they were all so fabulous. Normally, I would have jumped at the birds in their nest but I had just redecorated and was kinda drawn to the sunflower.

I am told that it was actually "mother nature's gift surprise" because it had grown in their backyard all on its own.

Fate. It was meant to be there.

Equally so, it was fate that it was meant to be on my entry way table! My table is black and I had recently acquired a barn red 'welcome' sign from the local Goodwill. So I decided that although a black frame would have looked great with the yellow of the sunflower, it wouldn't have looked very well on the table. I spent a little time this past weekend looking for the perfect frame and struck gold with a deep toned wood frame that showcased areas of black and it even had 'distress' markings on the frame. It was perfect.

I also inherited an old jar from my husband's grandpa who had passed away recently. Thank you Grandpa. And I have plans to fill it with decorative speckled eggs and a few smaller artificial sunflowers for a casual country look in our entry way. But enough about that. I've got some good news to share!

Barb, over at Bronson Hill Arts, is having another giveaway! Hooray!

This giveaway is for a customized gift tag. Just take a look at the beautiful handmade artisan gift tag she created for me to use on my niece's birthday gift. It is gorgeous! (sign-song) and it was customized PINK (of course!).

So take a moment and stop by the Bronson Hill Arts blog and enter for your chance to win your own customized gift tag! But, don't delay. The contest ends February 28, 2011. Good luck!

More International Shipping Options

Over the years, Crystal Allure Jewelry has been shipped worldwide. Although in the last few years, we had scaled back our shipping options in response to website host changes.

Well, today, I'm happy to announce we have re-opened shipping options to Australia and New Zealand!

We're slowly opening back up our expanded international shipping options. And now you can have Designer Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry by Crystal Allure shipped to anywhere in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom -and now Australia and New Zealand!

If you're interested in having Crystal Allure Jewelry shipped to you but don't see your country listed, simply contact us prior to checking out.