Jewelry Trends 2020: Do You Have the Right Supplies?

Have you fully-stocked your beading supplies to keep up with 2020s most exciting jewelry trends? This fashion-forward year is well underway, and bold, colorful designs are in the spotlight. Say goodbye to simple chains and warm up to these big statement pieces!

Stock Up So You Can Keep Up with these HUGELY Popular 2020 Jewelry Trends

•    Bold An Funky


Hoops never go out of style, and this season’s hoops are big and bold, putting unique takes on funky classics with unexpected shapes and eccentric combinations. How will you personalize our sterling silver and gold-filled endless hoops?

•    Layered Pieces

Simple, single strands are being crowded out by multiple layers of jewelry, such as layers of bold, chunky stone beads in different colors, or a few strands of multicolored metallics in different lengths.

•    Mix & Match Earrings

Forget matchy-matchy designs. Mix and match earrings are where it’s at for 2020 if you want to stay ahead of the game. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, such as studs and hoops, or mixed metals. Look to Adeam, who favored this style in her Fall 2019 collection for inspiration.

•    Beach-Inspired

Both intricate and simple beach-inspired designs are also on trend this year, such as shimmering Swarovski starfish pendants and pearls, and dolphin, shell pendant or charm additions paired with bold colored or intricate designs.

•    Warm Gemstones

Warm colored gemstones are taking over this year. Find the season’s hottest colors in shimmering Swarovski crystal pendants, flat back stones, and other gemstone beads in shades of champagne, gold, turmeric, citrine, orange, reds, and neutral chocolate browns. Pair this trend with others on this list, or create your own unique style, for a truly trendy look.

•    Pearls

Classic pearls go beyond celebrity galas and formal events. This previously traditional look is undergoing a funky transformation in 2020, from simple strings to extravagant designs. Create your own with stunning Swarovski pearls, creating interesting hoops that extend to ear cuffs, or creating sophisticated, multilayered stacked designs using strings of different sizes. Move beyond classic colors, embracing vibrant variations or mixing pearls with gold.

•    Personalized Nameplates

Hello 90s! Nameplates are back! Spell out your name, your story, zodiac sign, mood, life’s goals, showcasing them around your neck.

•    Chunky and Bold gold-filled Chains

Like a flashback to Mr. T’s 80s persona, thick gold-filled chains are also back, making a retro statement around the neck or wrists. Don’t be afraid to go big with links. Such large, fun flair can really pull together even the most modest outfit.

2020 jewelry trends have a lot of inspiration to offer. Which ones are calling to you? Stock up for an exciting new decade of jewelry design. Shop our catalog of beautiful, affordable wholesale beads and supplies online at Crystal Findings today.

8 Must Know facts About Sterling Silver Beads

From fashion jewelry to faucets, there have been many significant changes in the popularity and prevalence of precious metals over the years. Few have withstood the test of time. Sterling silver is the exception, and it’s easy to see why. This affordable, durable, beautiful metal outshines competing options. What makes this the substrate of choice in the fashion and jewelry industries?

8 Must-Know Facts About Sterling Silver Beads

1.    Sterling silver beads are formed from a mixture of metals.

Sterling silver is an alloy, or mixture of metals. To bear the “sterling silver” namesake, sterling silver beads and findings include a blend of 92.5% silver, as well as several other metals (or combinations of metals). The most common combination is silver and copper, though composition may vary.

2.    Sterling silver is stronger than 100% pure silver.

Because silver is a soft metal, it’s prone to dents, scratches, and warping. For jewelry that sees frequent use, that won’t do. Adding copper and other metals to silver makes it harder and more durable, while still maintaining its beauty and value.

3.    Sterling silver bears markings of origin and authenticity.

Assayer’s marks denote the origins of each piece of sterling silver, bearing animals and other symbols that signify the country in which each item was made. In addition to this, sterling silver pieces will also boast a number showcasing purity, usually “925,” which stands for 92.5% silver.

4.    The value of sterling silver fluctuates.

Though it’s not a pure precious metal, the value of sterling silver changes based on the market price of silver due to the alloy’s high silver content.

5.    Sterling silver can tarnish.

While adding copper and other metals to form sterling silver imbues strength, it also makes it more prone to tarnishing with oxygen exposure. Fortunately, you can keep sterling silver jewelry looking its best with regular cleaning with a soft microfiber cloth and nonabrasive polish.

6.    Some chemicals can damage the sterling silver.

Always take off your jewelry when swimming in a chlorinated pool or cleaning with bleach, as these chemicals corrode silver. Long-term exposure to sunlight, salt water, perfume, and hairspray also accelerate corrosion. Be mindful of activities before donning your sterling silver creations.

7.    Proper storage can prevent tarnishing.

Storing sterling silver jewelry in sealable polyurethane bags, or with desiccants, can prevent tarnishing from humidity and oxygen exposure.

8.    Sterling silver can irritate the skin.

Fortunately, flashing with a thin layer of pure silver, plating, and other coatings can damper irritation.

Ready to Design with Sterling Silver?

With proper care, sterling silver can last a lifetime – or longer. Create jewelry designs that will stand the test of time with our wide variety of sterling silver offerings, including:

•    Sterling silver beads & findings

•    Silver Bali beads

•    Sterling silver alphabet beads

•    Ready-made silver jewelry

Create a beautiful, lasting, sterling silver masterpiece. Shop the amazing selection of beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Shimmer & Shine with Swarovski Crystal Pendants

Are you looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one? Dazzle the ones you cherish with glittering Swarovski crystal pendants for Valentine’s Day. From the classic to the obscure, Crystal Findings carries the custom jewelry making supplies you need to ensure an extra-special holiday, instantly turning your project into a dazzling work of art with the sparkling allure of Swarovski Crystals.

Shimmering Swarovski Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Everyone

Swarovski crystal heart pendants are available in an array of distinctive designs and shades. Create a jewelry design as unique as the ones you love with Swarovski crystals…

•    Swarovski heart necklace

Swarovski crystal heart pendants are available in an array of styles, sizes, and colors that are different and unique:

•    Swarovski bracelets

Devise a colorful and fun bracelet for your daughter or granddaughter with Swarovski crystal heart beads interlaced between silver or gold filled beads and findings, creating a memorable memento of your love.

•     Swarovski earrings

Design a set of striking and unique Swarovski pendant earrings, or for those that prefer a more classic look, Swarovski flat back stone posts.

•    Swarovski cufflinks

Men like to shine too, and what greater gift for the one you love than genuine Swarovski cufflinks in geometric shapes and masculine tones of Jet, Copper, or Golden Shadow.

•    Swarovski family tree

Choose your favorite shapes of Swarovski crystal beads or pendants in birthstone colors, creating a one-of-a-kind family treasure, showcasing children, parents, and lost loved ones. In any color combination, Swarovski crystal birthstones make a stunning gift.

•    Swarovski pearls

Whether used to add a touch of subtle sophistication to your favorite Swarovski pendant or standing on their own, the soft, opaque hues and opalescent luster of Swarovski pearls are coveted by all generations, whether in classic round or uniquely curved shapes.

Create a design that is as exceptional as your love with the radiance and beauty of certified Swarovski crystal pendants. Shop the vast selection of wholesale beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

How to Organize Your Beading Tool Supplies?

It might be convenient and tempting to toss all your beading tools and supplies into a giant heap in a large box after your project, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Storing your beading supplies this way guarantees you’ll be wasting time digging for each and every item you need for your next project, or money repurchasing items you cannot find. How can you quickly and easily organize supplies for later use?

First, Organize Supplies Into Piles by Type

Group similar items together, such as:

•    Tools

•    Wires

•    Beads

•    Findings

After you have organized them into piles, seek-out appropriately sized containers for each group of objects. You can find storage options nearly anywhere, from upcycled fishing tackle boxes and food storage containers, to clear bins, jars, and multi-drawered storage boxes at your area retail, consignment, or discount store.

Ensure Items are Visible & Essential Items Conveniently Located

Use clear storage containers, or clearly label items so you can find them in a snap. Keep the items you reach for the most easily accessible and close to your work area. If you can, show them off, making a beautiful and functional space. Label absolutely everything with a label maker, permanent marker, or tape and a pen, from the items you use daily, to those you rarely use.

Get Nit Picky

Organize beads and findings into sub-types so you can find what you need in a flash. Common options for organizing beads include by:

•    Color:

Organize by color, shape, or size in a single, multi-compartment container so you can envision multiple possibilities at a glance.

Pro Tip: If you’re organizing by size, try sifting a large batch of beads through a colander can quickly help you differentiate large and small items.

•    Composition:

Storing Swarovski crystal beads separately from gold-filled beads, for example.

Don’t Let Ribbon & Chain Get Away from You

Hang spools nearby on a ribbon organizer or wooden dowel suspended between cup hooks. For smaller items, secure them in small, resealable zipper bags, likewise hanging them on the dowel.

Avoid Leaving Leave Supplies Lying Around

As soon as you’re done with something, put it away. It only takes a few seconds. This practice will help you avoid a cluttered workspace – and an overwhelmed mind. Jewelry makers are visual, and clutter disrupts the creative process.

Create a Scrapbook

Organize your design ideas and inspiration for future projects as well, sorting them into a 3-ring binder for easy reference.

Need more jewelry making supplies to complete your collection? Shop the wide assortment of wholesale beads and accessories at Crystal Findings today.

All the Jewelry Making Supplies You Need : Available at Crystal Findings

As we enter the new year and the temperatures drop, now is an excellent time to either take-up jewelry making for the first time or to approach it with an invigorated interest. Making jewelry is an amazing hobby that, for some, can become a nice side gig. With custom jewelry making supplies, you can craft and create a physical type of art that best expresses who you are. During cold winter evenings, making jewelry is a meditative hobby for which you’ll have something to show and share with your friends. Soon, you may even find them coming to you for advice on how to make a beaded bracelet or where to buy jewelry making supplies!

Crystal Findings: Your Go-to Website for All Your Jewelry Making Supplies

Speaking of where to buy the supplies, our team at Crystal Findings is dedicated to providing an online space where you’ll find all the jewelry making supplies you need to create beautiful custom-made pieces for yourself, your friends and family, and even your customers. Our supplies include the very basic items you need to get started, such as beginner books for jewelry making and specialty techniques like bead stringing and beading tools and pliers that are a must-have in every jeweler’s arsenal. Additionally, we have in-stock all the beads and other supplies you could want, from Swarovski crystal pendant beads to Shamballa beads in bulk, we got it.

So where do you start this winter? Snow-themed winter jewelry patterns are always eye-catching and reminiscent of the season itself. An Ice Princess Necklace is a gorgeous and easy bead idea. Here, you might choose aquamarine, blue zircon, and crystal colored Shamballa beads and string them along a silver line for a simple yet striking look. We love these colors for this type of necklace as they simulate the look of snow falling against a blue sky.

If you enjoy knitting, another wonderful hobby perfect for cold evenings spent bundled up, then you’ll love how easily you can add beads to transform your crafts. Using a thick cord or similar heavy-duty material of a blue shade, knitters can glide on Swarovski crystal beads for that same beautiful snowfall against a winter sky effect.

Contact Us for More Information and Visit Crystal Findings

We hope this inspires you to start crafting and start creating your own beautiful bead and other creations. Get started this week by visiting our online store where you’ll find all of the beading supplies you need.

Our shop has been around for over ten years now and we are proud to have loyal customers that include both individual buyers and shops looking for bulk bead supplies. We offer fast shipping, no minimum purchase, and a no-questions return policy seven days from your package receipt. Other questions? Contact us today to learn more!

 

Welcome 2020 with Style! Check out Our Collection of Ready-made Jewelry

The New York Spring 2020 runways officially wrapped up in September, but our team at Crystal Findings can’t stop talking about it. Experimenting and making different spring 2020 trends your own is one of the most exciting parts about making jewelry and selecting which pieces to wear out to different events, of figuring how to match general 2020 fashion trends to your own personal style. And it does all boil down to what is your personal style and how you want to present yourself in the new year!

So while only you can make that final decision on how you want to stylishly present yourself in 2020, we can offer you some fantastic ready-made jewelry options that will help you succeed. Consider the following great spring trends the fashion world is talking about and the corresponding pieces we have available in our store.

2020 Fashion Trends & the Crystal Findings Collection of Ready-made Jewelry

•    Colorful earrings are in. Gold and silver may always be a classic touch, but the New York fashion shows and the word on the street is that come spring 2020, it is going to be bright floral and beaded pieces that are going to be in. At the heart here is the idea of channeling one’s inner kid and having fun by opting for big and colorful earrings. These bright green Swarovski Cyrstal Period Earrings are an excellent example of how stylish a bright spring-color can be.

•    Chokers are making a come back. Back in the early 2000s, nothing defined young fashion better than the choker necklace. It didn’t even have to be elaborate for it to be stylish. A simple piece of lace stylishly tied around a person’s neck or a fashion tattoo choker were all that were needed to really take advantage of this stylish trend. While that level of simplicity isn’t quite coming back in, simple chokers and necklaces are. Pieces like this Swarovski Round Cyrstal AB necklace that is designed to be worn snug at the base of one’s neck is a beautiful piece that shows the evolution of this trend from one decade to the next.

Remember, it’s not just what you wear, it’s about how you wear it. One really interesting thing many of the fashion industry’s leading designers did this year at the 2020 spring runways is to send their models down with only one earring. As noted before, those solo ear pieces were big, bright, and certainly eye-catching, but they also displayed how with fashion it isn’t just about what you were, it’s how you wear it.

Questions About Crystal Findings Pieces? Ready to Order? Contact Us

Now that you have an idea of what’s in for 2020, now is the time to go ahead and make the orders so that you can show up at your next event or at school or work in style. Contact us today if you have any questions about our ready-made pieces or our ordering process. We strive to offer the best in shipping and customer satisfaction.

Inexpensive Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Beads! Make Unique Bracelets or Necklaces

Are you struggling to find affordable, quality jewelry you love at your area store? If the rising prices and decreasing quality of jewelry have left you frustrated, reinvest your time, effort, and money into making your own lasting jewelry creations. Jewelry making is easier than you think! With a stash of cute sterling silver and gold-filled beads, you can make your own unique bracelets and necklaces. Keep them and expand your wardrobe, or create jewelry for friends and loved ones to give as a gift over the holiday season.

Beads to Inspire Your Imagination

Crystal Findings offers an array of high-quality beads in many unique designs. With a few jewelry making supplies and a small supply of beads, you’ll be quickly on your way to creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.

•    Keep it simple with classic accents like plain sterling silver round beads and round beads with a stardust finish.

•    Put a new twist on your design with sterling silver curved tubes, rondelles, and more.

•    Find the perfect accent to a Swarovski Crystal pendant centerpiece among our array of sterling silver fancy beads.

•    Say it with love with sterling silver alphabet beads, adding inspiring quotes or staking your claim on a loved one.

•    Add a touch of exotic flair with silver Bali beads and charms.

•    Design jewelry set with matching sterling silver earrings with the help of our findings.

•    Make a design that is fun and unique with our wide array of gold-filled charms.

•    Create an elegant necklace with gold-filled drop beads.

•    Accent your artwork with classic gold-filled round beads, saucer beads, or beads with a stardust finish.

•    Add a distinctive touch with gold-filled fancy round beads.

•    Put a new twist on your design with gold-filled curved tubes, twisted corrugated beads, bone shape beads, and more.

•    Complement any design, easily creating a set of matching earrings with our gold-filled findings.

Add a Touch of Color & Shine

If you or someone you love covets color, add vibrancy and shine with our extensive selection of unique and colorful beads, including…

•    Colorful semi-precious stone beads in shades of turquoise, jade, and carnelian.

•    The variable shades &  colors of the cat’s eye beads, perfect for adding color, texture, and depth.

•    Bright, shimmering, disco ball-like Shamballa beads.

•    The shining, luminous color of lamp beads.

•    Classic and sophisticated Cloisonné and floral beads.

•    Sparkling Swarovski crystal beads in a wide assortment of sizes, colors, and shapes, including crystal pendants.

Tired of the same old, same old? Shop the wide selection of affordable beading supplies at Crystal Finding and gain inspiration today.

 

What are Swarovski Crystals Made Of?

Swarovski crystals are highly sought for their crystal clear, sparkling brilliance. A surprisingly affordable alternative to diamonds and precious stones, what gives Swarovski crystals beads their legendary sparkle?

A Diamond for Everyone

Though no one knows precisely what Swarovski crystals are made of, it remains a coveted family secret to this day, they are a form of glass. Swarovski inventor Daniel Swarovski, the son of a glass cutter, dreamed of a design that offered the sparkle of a diamond, yet was affordable to everyone. He invented an electric glass cutting machine that could cut glass with incredible accuracy.

Mystery Mix

Though the Swarovski family has owned the Wattens, Austria crystal factory since 1892 and safeguards the ingredient recipe for its crystals to this day, we do know some of the ingredients used to make Swarovski crystals. These include a mix of red lead, quartz sand, sodium carbonate, and potash. The last was a unique addition at the time, revolutionizing the industry. It creates a clear, malleable glass that is easily shaped.

Glorious Geometry

The ingredients in the mix are heated to an extremely high temperature, then melted into glass and cut by Swarovski’s patented machines. Today the company’s gemstone designs are aided by computer technology, which helps designers calculate the angles that will best reflect light and improve the glimmering effects of the crystals.

A Little Something Extra

In addition to its proprietary crystal recipe, Swarovski also adds special touches to its crystals with metallic chemical coatings. One of the most famous coating inventions was for the spectacular Christian Dior crystal, which was dubbed the ‘Aurora Borealis effect’ after the multicolored changing hues of the Northern Lights. This coating remains popular to this day.

An Expansive Line of Offerings

The Swarovski crystal line continues to evolve to match the desires of designers and jewelry aficionados.  Because of the diamond-like shimmer of the crystals, many popular options mimic precious gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and rare colored diamonds, some of which are quite difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Still, newer options employ the company’s revered cutting method to produce unique, shimmering bead shapes from flowers and stars to helixes, aquiline, and galactic beads. Popular Swarovski beading options today include:

When shopping for Swarovski crystals, beware of imitators. The quality of genuine Swarovski crystals is unsurpassed. Protect yourself from purchasing inferior, unlicensed products by purchasing from an authorized reseller. Learn how to make sure you’re purchasing true Swarovski crystal.

Find the perfect Swarovski gemstone to complement your next design. Shop premium Swarovski certified reseller Crystal Findings for a wide selection of the latest Swarovski bead designs and accompanying beading supplies today.

 

Why are Swarovski Crystals so Popular?

Swarovski crystal beads offer widespread popularity. Swarovski jewelry and accessory designs are in high-demand worldwide, from Europe and America to Africa and Australia. Imparting a beautiful, sophisticated look to any jewelry, clothing, or accessory design, Swarovski crystal beads offer a timeless appeal like that of pearls and diamonds. However, this is not the only reason Swarovski continues to remain relevant among jewelry designers and customers. Why are Swarovski crystals so popular?

Stunning Looks at an Affordable Price

With a reasonable price, Swarovski jewelry is attainable to broad scope of consumers. Less expensive than precious stones, yet offering the stunning brilliance customers covet, Swarovski jewelry delivers beautiful, multi-faceted sparkle at a price that’s right. Perfectly cut and clear to maximize refraction, the web of rainbow-hued light of Swarovski jewelry is available to the masses, inspiring jewelry-jealousy and moving jewelry and fashion enthusiasts to get their hands on the latest Swarovski designs.

Wide Range of Sizes, Designs, & Colors

The Swarovski Company knows how to make crystal beads that appeal to a wide group of customers. Swarovski crystals are available in a rainbow of hues and designs, including:

•    Swarovski crystal pendants

•    Swarovski flat back stones

•    Swarovski pearls

•    Swarovski rondelles and rhinestone balls

•    A variety of bead shapes and sizes:

Celebrity Appeal

‘Bling’ is ever-present in today’s clothing, jewelry, and accessory designs. Well-known celebrities are commissioning entire dresses and jewelry designed with Swarovski crystals. At many shows, releases, and awards events, celebrities are making statements with Swarovski. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, and even Samuel L. Jackson have shown off Swarovski crystal clothing and accessories. This has kept the sparkling stones in the public eye and made them a desirable fashion centerpiece.

Versatility

Swarovski crystal beads pair well with a variety of co-stars, including sterling silver beads, gold-filled beads, squaredelles, and other beading favorites, allowing for an endless variety of brilliant, sparkling jewelry designs.

Constant Stream of New Designs

Because the Swarovski Company is constantly introducing new designs, their products remain relevant. Swarovski promotions inspire new, consumer and designer-inspired product ideas, with debates over potential Swarovski bead introduction ongoing. The company’s willingness to listen to customer feedback gives them widespread popularity among buyers.

Looking to put a little sparkle in your next jewelry design? Create a look that sets your work apart with certified Swarovski crystals, wholesale beads, and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

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