Jewellery Making – Behind the Scenes Peak – “The Bead Stash”

All beaded jewellery makers have a “bead stash“.  Here is the most treasured portion of mine – my gemstone bead boxes.

 
Red Coral, Blue Quartz, Turquoise, Agate and Blue Imperial Jasper, gemstone beads, gemstones

Red Coral, Blue Quartz, Turquoise, Agate and Blue Imperial Jasper

 

Amethyst, Tigers Eye, Agate,  Aventurine, Amazonite, Labradorite and Malachite,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Amethyst, Tigers Eye, AgateAventurine, Amazonite, Labradorite and Malachite

   Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone

 

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Onyx and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Agate and Onyx

 

Turquoise Howlite,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Turquoise Howlite – in all shapes and sizes

 

Crystals, White and Cream Howlite and Lemon Quartz,  gemstone beads, gemstones

White and Cream Howlite, Lemon Quartz and various sizes and shapes of Crystals

 

Rose Quartz, Cherry Quartz, Coral and Garnet,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Rose Quartz, Coral, Garnet, Agate and Cherry Quartz

 

Onyx, Quartz, Hematite, Blue Goldstone, Snowflake Obsidian and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Blue Goldstone, Grey Quartz, Hematite, Onyx, Agate and Snowflake Obsidian

 

These are a sight that literally make my heart sing….. having them all lined up like this, I feel like a kid standing in front of the pick ‘n’ mix at a sweetie store.  (It does also make me think that I may possibly have too many beads…….these are just the gemstones……)

See the finished jewellery pieces in my Etsy shop!

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Weekend Blues

The only blues this weekend were in the three types of lovely blue gemstones I worked with – blue imperial jasper, blue goldstone and cobalt blue dyed quartz.

Blue Imperial Jasper Bead - Close-up,  Handmade Jewellery, gemstone jewellery

Blue Imperial Jasper Bead – nature really is the greatest artist!

Isn’t this stone amazing? It has such an intense colour.  The blue in this gemstone has a green undertone, which means it looks awesome when you wear it with green.

The name Jasper means “spotted or speckled stone”. It is an impure variety of quartz, containing various amounts of other minerals which give it different colours – reds, greens, pinks, yellows, browns, and more rarely, blues. This association with other minerals gives jasper nice bands and patterns. 

Blue Imperial Jasper Gemstone Necklace

Jasper is usually named according to its pattern, e.g. picture jasper, ribbon jasper, ocean jasper, etc. Jasper is found worldwide, but Imperial Jasper and the sub-variety known as Royal Imperial Jasper are found in Zacatecas, Mexico about 50 miles north of the city of Guadalajara.

Blue Imperial Jasper Gemstone Necklace

This necklace showcases beautiful blue imperial jasper oval beads – stunning!

Goldstone isn’t actually a natural mineral, but a type of glittering glass made in a low-oxygen reducing atmosphere. The finished product can take a smooth polish and be carved into beads, figurines, or other artifacts suitable for semiprecious stone. Isn’t this carved rose pendant lovely?

Blue goldstone rose necklace 1

The most common form of goldstone is reddish-brown, and contains tiny crystals of metallic copper. Goldstone also exists in other colour variants based on other elements. Cobalt or manganese can be substituted for copper in the creation process; the resulting crystals have a more silvery appearance and are suspended in a strongly coloured matrix of the corresponding colour, resulting in blue goldstone or purple goldstone respectively.

This necklace uses blue goldstone, in combination with black onyx and shiny grey hematite.

Blue Golsdstone Rose Pendant Necklace

Quartz is the most common and cheapest crystal for color treatment, because of its clarity and neutral color. The best technique for dyeing quartz is called quench crackling, and it allows the normally non-porous quartz crystals to absorb dyes.

Dyed Blue Quartz Bead

This chunky statement necklace utilises dyed cobalt blue quartz beads. I just loved the rich blue colour when I saw them in the bead shop. Cobalt blue is currently my favourite colour, so this is a piece of jewellery I would wear a lot.

Chunky Cobalt Dyed Quartz and Silver Bead Chunky Statement Necklace

Read more on how to dye quartz:  How to Dye Crystals | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6012423_dye-crystals.html#ixzz2HsZK8eWa

For sneak previews of other pieces of handmade gemstone jewellery that I am currently working on, please visit my Facebook page http://facebook.com/bigskiesjewellery – please give it a “like” whilst you are there and share it with others!