The Custom Beaded Jewelry Design Process Highlighted

In June of 2013, I had the distinct honor of working again with a truly wonderful person and returning customer, Holly.

You may remember Holly's first design, our Exclusive Holly's Custom Hope Love Cherish Crystal Awareness Bracelet (B204). This time Holly requested a beautiful handmade beaded bracelet for her girl friend, Karin.
Holly's Custom Pink Garnet Birthstone Mother's Name Bracelet (B212)
Crystal Allure Holly's Custom Pink Garnet Birthstone Mother's Name Bracelet (B212)

This design would be a mother's bracelet. It was to have Karin's daughters' names: Olivia and Kate in it. Both girls' January birthstone, garnet, was to be in the design, along with possibly the color pink (which is Karin's favorite color).

With each custom beaded jewelry design, I always email a "design in progress" photo to get feedback from the customer. As soon as Holly provided her design specs and idea came to mind (see below Design #1). This particular beaded bracelet design was perfect for highlighting the beaded jewelry design process.

When creating a special custom bracelet, it can be the perfect design the first time at the bench or it may take several design attempts. The key to my custom jewelry designs is to get as many customer specs as possible into the design -because that is what makes the design truly unique and special.

You can see in Design #1 below, all of Holly's specs were included in the idea I had after speaking with her. But -it just wasn't the design yet. Back to the bench. The challenge with this design was that although I am a huge fan of Swarovski Crystals, I'm not so in love with the garnet crystal. Of all the crystal colors available, to me, it just seems very dark. So, I opted to go with a genuine semi-precious garnet gemstone for this design.

The Beaded Jewelry Design Process Highlighted by Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry

Design #2 keeps the same elements but reduces the size of the pearls. With some feedback from Holly, Design #3 keeps the semi-precious garnet and pearls, but splashes of pink crystal are added. We both felt, the pink rose Swarovski Crystal added that touch of elegance that was lacking in the previous two designs. It was decided the design was on track's just missing something...that, thing -that makes it the perfect design.

Back to the bench and idea board. When I am creating, I find that taking a picture of the design and looking at it that way really helps to get a different point of view, so to speak. By Design #4, I decided to add in some texture and contrast with floating silver twisted rings.

Design #5 keeps that momentum going but changes out the pearls near the ends with the garnet gemstone beads. This turns out to be Holly's favorite design. So, back to the bench to polish it up and finish the design.

The final design (shown at the top of this post) features pink rose Swarovski Crystals, garnet semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and 14k goldfill bead spacers, sterling letter blocks with floating silver rings. Finished with pink rose Swarovski Crystal Heart charm and our signature jewelry tag.

After five attempts at the bench, Holly's Custom Pink Garnet Birthstone Name Mothers Bracelet (B212) emerged. This special design is a truly unique gift that Karin can treasure for a lifetime!

Thank you Holly for letting Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry custom design this very special bracelet for you!

Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings Guide

The following guide is a comprehensive, alphabetized listing of awareness causes and their associated awareness ribbon color(s). All causes have been listed by their full medical term with abbreviations in parentheses. You can also use this guide to Shop by Cause.

This extensive list has been an internet-wide reference tool for Awareness Colors and Meanings since 2004.
There are now 2 ways to find the awareness ribbon color you are looking for:
(1) by using the Awareness Ribbons by Cause Color guide listing below or;
(2) *NEW* by downloading our FREE guide in PDF format!

To download the latest version simply click the image to the left or click on the following link: Crystal Allure Jewelry Awareness Ribbon Colors v1.

You can also learn what day or month your cause is recognized nationally using the Awareness Calendar.

Many groups have adopted color ribbons as symbols of support or awareness, and as a result, many causes often share the same color. As well, there may be more than one color associated with a cause, in which case, it is up to you on your ribbon color preference in support of that cause.

Custom Awareness Ribbon Jewelry by Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry
Use this guide to locate the color associated with a specific cause, awareness disease or illness. For example, "What is the awareness color for asthma?" Look under the letter "A" and you will find the cause ribbon color associated with asthma.

If you don't immediately find your cause, scan through the list for that particular letter.

If you did not find the cause, disease or illness you were looking for, please feel free to contact us.

Inquire about a a custom awareness bracelet design or cause jewelry.

This article was last updated: February 15, 2016


9/11 - black
9/11 Victims - purple

Causes that begin with the letter - A -
Accidents - black
Acid Reflux Disease - periwinkle
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) - blue
Addiction Recovery - turquoise
Addison's Disease - light blue
Adenosarcoma - yellow
Adhesions - burgundy
Adoptee / Adoption - white
Adoptive Parents - yellow
Adult Stem Cell Donor - lime green
Agent Orange - orange
Agoraphobia - teal
AIDS - red
Allergies - gray
Alopecia - blue
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency - purple
Alzheimer's Disease - purple
Amber Alert - yellow
Amish Support - black
Amniotic Fluid Embolism - pink and blue
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - blue and white
Animal Abuse - purple
Animal Protection - orange
Ankylosing Spondylitis - blue
Anorexia Nervosa - periwinkle
Anti-Child Pornography - white
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome - burgundy
Anti-Pornography - white
Anti-Racism - black and white
Anti-Terrorism - black
Anti-Tobacco - brown
Anti-Violence - purple
Anti-War - white
Anxiety Disorder - teal
Aphasia - gray
Aplastic Anemia - red and white
Appendix Cancer - amber
Arnold Chiari Malformation - purple
Arthritis - blue
Asthma - gray
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) - purple
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - purple
Autism (symbol: puzzle piece) - red, yellow, dark blue and light blue
Autoimmune Hepatitis - purple and yellow
Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease - mint green
AV Malformation - burgundy


Causes that begin with the letter - B -
Baby Safe Haven - pink and blue
Batten Disease - teal
Behcet's Disease - light blue
Bell's Palsy - silver
Bipolar Disorder - green
Birth Defects - pink and blue
Bladder Cancer - marigold, blue and purple
Blindness - white
Blood Cancer -red
Blood Factor Disorders - burgundy (alternate: red)
Bone Cancer / Bone Disease- yellow
Bone Marrow Donation - green
Brachial Plexus Injuries - blue
Brain Aneurysm - burgundy
Brain Cancer - gray
Brain Disabilities - silver
Brain Disorders - silver
Brain Tumors - gray
Breast Cancer - pink
Bring Home Our Troops - blue
Bronchial Cancer - white (pearl)
Bulimia Nervosa - periwinkle


Causes that begin with the letter - C -
CA Anti-Second Hand Smoke - blue
Canada Anti-Tobacco - blue
Cancer (general, unspecified) - lavender
Cancer Caregivers -plum
Cancer Survival - purple
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - white (alternate: yellow)
Carcinoid Cancer - black and white
Cardiovascular Disease - red
Caregiver Appreciation - lavender
Celiac Disease - light green
Cerebral Palsy - green
Cervical Cancer - teal
Cesareans - burgundy
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease - silver
Chemical Injury - purple and yellow
Child Abuse - blue
Child Exploitation - white
Childhood Cancer -gold
Childhood Depression - green
Child Neglect - blue
Child Sexual Abuse/Assault - white
Chondrosarcoma - yellow
Chronic and Intractable Pain - purple
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - blue
Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) - blue
Chronic Illness - light blue
Chronic Migraines - purple and burgundy
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - gold
Chronic Pelvic Pain - light green
Cleft Palate / Cleft Lip - hot pink
Coagulation Disorders - burgundy (alternate: red)
Colitis - dark blue
Colon Cancer - blue (alternate: brown)
Colorectal Cancer - blue (alternate: brown)
Community Support - white
Complementary / Alternative Medicine - yellow
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) - orange
Congenital Cataracts - white
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) - teal
Congenital Heart Defects / Disease - red and blue
Congestive Heart Failure - red
Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis - mint green
Coping with Cancer - blue and silver
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) - silver
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease - purple
Crime Victim's Rights - blue
Crohn's Disease - blue (alternate: purple)
Cultural Diversity - orange
Cushing Syndrome - light blue
Cystic Fibrosis (CF or 65 Roses) - purple
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes - purple and gray
Cystic Hygroma - burgundy


Causes that begin with the letter - D -
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) - red and white
Deployed Soldiers - yellow
Depression - green
Designated Drivers - blue and yellow
Diabetes - gray
Diamond-Blackfan Anemia - red
DiGeorge Sequence - light blue
Disabled Adults - burgundy
Disabled Children - silver
Dissociative Identity Disorder - teal
Diversity - black and white
Domestic Violence - purple
Domestic Violence (Sexual Assault) - purple and teal
Down Syndrome - blue and yellow
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - red
Drowning - blue
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) - red
Duchene Muscular Dystrophy - lime green
Dysautonomia - blue
Dyslexia - silver
Dystonia - blue


Causes that begin with the letter - E -
Eating Disorders - periwinkle
Ectodermal Dysphasia - teal
Eczema - orchid and orange
Education - blue
Elderly Abuse - silver
Elderly Affairs - white
Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma - gold
Emphysema - pearl
Encephalitis - silver
Endometrial Cancer - peach
Endometriosis - yellow
Environmental Concern/Protection - green
Eosinophilic Disease - hot pink (alternate: periwinkle)
Eosinophilic Disorders - hot pink (alternate: periwinkle)
Epidermolysis Bullosa - red
Epilepsy - lavender (alternate: purple)
Epstein-Barr Virus - blue
Equality - yellow
Erb's Palsy - blue
Esophageal Cancer - periwinkle
Evans Syndrome - red
Ewings Sarcoma - yellow
Eye Injury Prevention - green


Causes that begin with the letter - F -
Factor V Leiden - burgundy
Factor XI Deficiency - red
Familial Polyposis - brown
Fanconi's Syndrome - green
Feed the Nation - orange
Feral Cats - orange
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - pink and blue
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva - green
Fibromyalgia - cranberry (alternate: purple)
Fibromyalgia (Men) - purple
Fireworks Safety - red, white and blue
Food Allergies - teal
Foster Care - lavender
Fragile X - teal
Free Speech - blue


Causes that begin with the letter - G -
Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer - kelly green
Gang Prevention - black
Gastric Cancer - periwinkle
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - periwinkle
Gender Violence - white
General (unspecified) Cancer - lavender
Genetic Disorders - mint green
Genital Integrity - pink and blue
Glaucoma - green
Go Red for Women - red
Graves Disease - light blue
Great American Smokeout - brown
Growth and Rebuilding - green
Guillain Barre Syndrome - blue
Gulf War - yellow
Gun Control - black
Gynecological Cancer - teal


Causes that begin with the letter - H -
Head and Neck Cancer - burgundy and ivory
Headaches - purple
Hearing Disorders - gold and silver
Hearing Impairments - gold and silver
Heart Disease / Heart Transplant - red
Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation - burgundy
Hemophilia - red
Hepatitis C - red and yellow
Hereditary Breast Cancer - pink and teal
Hereditary Hemochromatosis - burgundy
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia - red and white
Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (HME or MHE) - white
Hernia - white
High Blood Pressure - red
Hirschsprung's Disease - burgundy
HIV - red
HIV / HCV Co-Infection - red and yellow
Hodgkin's Lymphoma / Disease - violet
Holocaust Remembrance - white
Homelessness - purple
Homeopathic Medicine - green
Hope and Support - white
Hospice Care - burgundy
Huffing - red
Hughes Syndrome - burgundy
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - light green
Hunger - orange
Huntington's Disease - blue
Hurricane - blue
Hurricane Katrina - blue
Hydrocephalus - yellow
Hygroma - burgundy
Hyperaldosteronism - light blue
Hyperemesis Graviduram - pink and blue
Hypertension - red
Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome - red and blue
Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis - lavender
Hystiocytosis - blue


Causes that begin with the letter - I -
Ichthyosis - blue
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura - burgundy
In Memory of Columbine - blue and white
Infant Loss - pink and blue
Infantile Spasms - lavender
Infertility - pink and blue
Inflammatory Breast Cancer - hot pink
Inhalant Abuse - red
Innocence - white
Internet Safety - white
Interstitial Cystitis - teal
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - periwinkle
Ivemark Syndrome - mint green


Causes that begin with the letter - K -
Kawasaki Disease - orange and red
Kidney Cancer / Disease - orange
Kidney Donation / Kidney Donor -green
Kindness - light blue
Klinefelter's Syndrome - light blue


Causes that begin with the letter - L -
Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis - blue
Lead Poisoning - graphite
Leimyosarcoma - purple
Leukemia - orange
Leukodystrophies - blue
Literacy - green
Liver Cancer / Liver Disease - green
Living Organ Donor - green
Long Q-T Syndrome - red
Loss of a Brother - black and blue
Loss of a Daughter - black and pink
Loss of a Father - black and blue
Loss of a Female - black and pink
Loss of a Male - black and blue
Loss of a Mother - black and pink
Loss of a Sister - black and pink
Loss of a Son - black and blue
Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) - blue and white
Lung Cancer / Disease - white (pearl)
Lung Transplant (symbol: butterfly) - green
Lupus - purple
Lupus with Endometriosis - purple and yellow
Lyme Disease - lime green
Lymphatic Malformation - burgundy
Lymphedema - light blue
Lymphoma - lime


Causes that begin with the letter - M -
Macular Degeneration - purple
Male Breast Cancer - pink and blue
Manic Depression - green
Marfan Syndrome - red
Melanoma - black
Meniere's Disease - gold and silver
Meningitis / Meningococcal - burgundy
Menkes Disease - copper
Men's Health - light blue
Mental Health - green
Mental Illness - gray
Mental Retardation - green
Mesothelioma - pearl
Migraine - purple
Military Sexual Assault - teal and yellow
Military Support - yellow
Miscarriage - pink and blue
Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed Children - burgundy
Missing Children - yellow
Mitochondrial Disease - green
Molestation Survivor - white
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - red
Motorcycle Safety - orange
Mourning -black
Mourning a Brother - black and blue
Mourning a Daughter - black and pink
Mourning a Father - black and blue
Mourning a Female - black and pink
Mourning a Male - black and blue
Mourning a Mother - black and pink
Mourning a Sister - black and pink
Mourning a Son - black and blue
MRSA - indigo blue
Mucolipidoses - purple
Mucopolysaccharidoses - purple
Multiple Cancers -multi-colors
Multiple Myeloma - burgundy
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - pearl
Murder Victims / Murdered Children - black and red
Muscular Dystrophy - lime green
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) - blue
Myasthenia Gravis - teal
Myeloproliferative Disorders - orange and red
Myositis - blue
Myxoid Liposarcoma - yellow


Causes that begin with the letter - N -
Narcolepsy - black
National Support - red, white and blue
Native American Reparation - turquoise
Nephrotic Syndrome - green
Neural Tube Defects - green
Neuroblastoma - gold
Neurofibromatosis - green
Neurological Disorders - silver
Niemann-Pick - silver
No Unattended Kids in Cars - purple
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - lime green
Non-Smoker Lung Cancer - pearl and white
Noonan's Syndrome - red and blue
Nursing Mothers - pink


Causes that begin with the letter - O -
Obesity - yellow
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - teal
On-Line Sexual Predator Awareness - white
Opposition to the War - white
Oral Cancer - red and white
Organ Donation (OD) / Organ Transplant - green
Osteoporosis - white
Osteosarcoma - lime green
Ovarian Cancer - teal


Causes that begin with the letter - P -
Pancreatic Cancer - purple
Pancreatitis (Chronic) - purple
Panic Disorder - teal
Paralysis - cream
Parkinson's Disease - silver
Peace - white
Pediatric Stroke - purple and blue
PHACES Syndrome- burgundy
Phyllodes Tumors - pink and gold
Pierre Robin Sequence - red
Platelet Donor - black and gold
Police Officers Lost in Duty - blue
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - teal
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)- teal
Polycythemia Vera - orange and red
Postpartum Depression - white
Post-Polio Syndrome - burgundy
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - teal
Prisoner of War (POW) / Missing in Action (MIA) - black
Pregnancy Loss - pink and blue
Premature Birth - pink and blue
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis - black
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis - green
Pro Choice - light blue
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy - teal
Project Red Flag - red
Pro Life - red
Prostate Cancer - light blue
Pseudotumor Cerebri - silver
Psoriasis - orchid and orange
Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) - red and blue
Pulmonary Hypertension - periwinkle


Causes that begin with the letter - R -
Racial Tolerance - orange
Rape - teal
Rectal Cancer - blue
Red Ribbon Week Awareness - red
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) - orange
Religious Tolerance - purple
Remembrance - yellow
Renal Cell Carcinoma - green
Responsible Use of Public Land - blue
Restless Legs Syndrome - blue
Retinoblastoma - white
Rett Syndrome - lavender
Reye's Syndrome - blue
Rheumatoid Arthritis - purple and blue
Right to Life - white
Rosacea -red


Causes that begin with the letter - S -
SADS - red and blue
Safe Driving - green
Sandhoff Disease - lime green
Sarcoidosis - purple
Sarcoma - yellow
Save Darfur - green
Save The Music - blue
Schizophrenia - silver
Sciatic Pain - silver
Scleroderma - light blue
Scoliosis - white
Seasonal Affective Disorder -green
Self-Injury - black and red (alternate: orange)
Sepsis - burgundy
Sexual Assault - teal
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) - light green
Short Bowel Syndrome - blue
Shprintzen Syndrome - light blue
Sickle Cell Anemia - burgundy
Sjogren's Syndrome - purple
Sleep Apnea - black
Sleep Disorders - black
Small Intestine Cancer - periwinkle
Sniffing Abuse - red
Spay/Neuter Pets - light blue
Spina Bifida - yellow
Spinal Cord Injuries - cream
Spinal Cord Injury Research - green
Spinal Disorders - cream
Spinal Muscular Atrophy - cream
Springomyelia - blue
Squamous Cell Carcinoma - red and white
Stalking - white
Stem Cell Donor / Stem Cell Research - green
Steven Johnson Syndrome - blue
Stillbirth - pink and blue
Stomach Cancer - periwinkle
Stroke - red
Student Sexual Assault - white
Students for Gun Control - black
Sturge-Weber Syndrome - burgundy
Substance Abuse - red
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) - red and blue
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - pink and blue
Suicide - yellow
Support for Adoptees Rights - lime green
Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) - red
Survivors - awareness colors depend on cause, disease or illness


Causes that begin with the letter - T -
Targeted Individuals - indigo blue
Teen Cancer - blue and white
Teen Pregnancy Prevention - white
Teens Against Smoking - blue
Testicular Cancer - orchid
Thalassemia - burgundy
Thrombophilia - burgundy
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura - red
Thyroid Cancer / Thyroid Disease - teal, pink, blue
Tinnitus - gold and silver
Tissue Donation - green
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) - cranberry
Tobacco Awareness - brown
Tourette's Syndrome - green
Transitions - black and white
Transplant - green
Transverse Myelitis - blue
Trauma - black
Traumatic Brain Injury - green
Trisomy 18 - light blue
Troop Support - yellow
Tuberculosis - red
Twin to Twin Transfusion - pink and blue


Causes that begin with the letter - U -
Uterine Cancer - peach


Causes that begin with the letter - V -
Vaccine Awareness - black and white
VACTERL - silver
VA Tech Massacre - black
Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome - light blue
Victims of Terrorism - white
Victim's Rights - blue
Von Hippel Lindau - green
Von Willebrand's Disease - red


Causes that begin with the letter - W -
Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia - pearl
Water Accidents - blue
Water Quality - blue
Water Safety - blue
William's Syndrome - burgundy
Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) - red
Worker Safety - green
World Trade Center (WTC) Heroes - red, white and blue
World Trade Center (WTC) Victims - purple


Causes that begin with the letter - Y -
Young Onset Parkinsons Association (YOPA) - silver


Please note: This guide does not list awareness colors that charities have adopted for a specified cause. Rather, we choose to list the color that has been chosen for that cause and that most will identify with. For example, you may find in your search that some will show the color, blue, in awareness items for Cystic Fibrosis. They do this because they are actually raising awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. However, blue is not the awareness color for Cystic Fibrosis. The associated awareness color for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is purple, as shown above. It is our goal, through our handcrafted awareness jewelry designs to raise awareness of the cause -not a specific charity.

The Polar Vortex of Winter 2014

Polar Vortex of Winter 2014. Photo Credits: Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry
Polar Vortex of January 2014
They say yesterday (January 6, 2014) was the most depressing day of the new year. Hmmm, I might have to concur with that. Here we are in the brand new year and I'm already fighting time. I dream of being able to get a good (truly) dedicated day in at the jewelry bench. Ugh. So many ideas -so little time in a day to accomplish them.

What makes matters worse is today was a snow day off from school for the kiddos -great for them -not so great for Crystal Allure Jewelry. We are actually in the middle of what meteorologists are calling a polar vortex. Sounds cold, right?! Well, it is -in fact, bitter cold!

I'm hearing of -55 degrees in some places -ouch! Right now it is 3 degrees here (and this is a huge improvement from last night), but it feels like -16 degrees thanks to the wind. BRrrr! After seeing some of the amazing polar photos of today, the one I took doesn't seem to look as 'polar' as it felt trying to snap it. But let me reassure you, the snow was just whipping around like I was in a snow globe. The picture above is probably a view that is quite familiar. When trying to get the best winter shot, I like to venture out in the further than the edge of my garage door!

Rescue Dog Lucy Snuggled In Bed. Photo Credits: Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry
My snuggly little girl, WARM in her bed. Zzzzzz...
All this polar weather happening around the world makes my heart break for any pet that has been left outside. And, if I may, let me be frank here -if you have a pet and didn't bring them in, then in my humble opinion, you are intentionally abusing them. I'll even eat my words if you say otherwise and agree to spend the same amount of time outside with the same level of clothing coverage as pets have fur.

I just don't understand it even on a good weather day. I mean why did you get a pet to begin with? Have some respect and compassion for your pets today -PLEASE bring them indoors!!

And take that extra 5 minutes to stop your car and try to help an animal you see outside in this ghastly weather we're having. More importantly, if you see any animal outside, call 911 and alert the police.

The picture above is my sweet little girl all snuggly and warm in her bed with her blankie. This is how ALL pets should be riding out this cold weather. Wouldn't you agree?

If I had to find a bright side to this bitter cold weather it would be that it has inspired more than a few new handmade Winter Beaded Jewelry designs!

Stay warm....and snuggle with your pets. :-)