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)

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'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!

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

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)
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)
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)

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".