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.

Create Stylish and Tasteful Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor with Crystal Findings

When you’re aiming for a certain look, the Thanksgiving décor from your area retailer may leave you wanting. For stylish and tasteful tabletop displays and an enjoyable fall project, why not create your own pieces for a look that’s unique and memorable? Keep treasured pieces for annual use, creating a beading tradition, or gift coveted pieces to loved ones and friends.

Create Stylish, Unique Thanksgiving Tabletop Décor with Beading Supplies at Crystal Findings

Our beading supplies include a variety of styles and autumn shades, allowing you to design the perfect accent pieces for your Thanksgiving gathering. What beaded tableware could you create for your tabletop?

•    Wine glass rings

Create simple and elegant wine glass rings, helping your guests avoid confusing their beverages. Keep things simple and elegant with circular wine glass rings adorned with a single Swarovski crystal, or adorn them with festive fall charms accented with your favorite fall bead colors.

•    Napkin holders

Weave napkin holders in sparkling autumn shades, accenting them with gold-filled beads and findings. Choose from luminescent lamp beads in shades of clear and topaz, or stone beads in carnelian, jade, gold, tiger’s eye, mother of pearl, and yellow.

•    Beaded pine cones

Add elegance and whimsy to your table with beaded pine cones, alternating brown stone beads in shades of brown, topaz, or tiger’s eye with gold-filled beads for excitement and shine. Coordinate with a miniature, matching pair of earrings.

•    Indian corn

Get the kids involved or reconnect with your inner child, creating beaded Indian corn for fun table flare with round stone beads. For a more adult approach, use craft wire and more shimmering, festive beads, adding visual interest and luminosity with cat’s eye beads in shades of green, brown, gold, orange.

•    Pumpkins

Beaded pumpkins can be a fun craft for kids or adults alike, and make perfect Thanksgiving tabletop décor for the kids’ table. Create 3-dimensional pumpkins with pipe cleaners, or take a more sophisticated approach with beading wire and stone or cat’s eye beads in shades of orange, green, and brown.


•    Beaded placemats

Create beaded placemats with a fall theme, such as pumpkins and gourds, leaves, acorns, sunflowers, or a simple mosaic of fall colors. Choose classic stone beads in fall shades, luminescent cat’s eye beads, or add a touch of sparkle with shamballa beads in shades of siam red, topaz, yellow, and emerald.

•    Beaded table runner

Create an intricate design using a single fall color, or a beautiful mosaic to match your beaded placemats in a pattern of leaves, pumpkins, acorns, and sunflowers.

•    Beaded bowls

Created with a modern wire framework beads in your favorite autumn shades with accents of gold, beaded bowls make an elegant centerpiece statement.

•    Beaded wreath

Invite guests into your home with the sparkle and flair of a beaded wreath on your front door.

Ensure a memorable Thanksgiving with the elegant addition of beaded tableware. Shop the wide selection of custom jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/create-stylish-and-tasteful-thanksgiving-tabletop-decor-with-crystal-findings/

Why our Ready Made Jewelry is a Great Gift Idea

Sometimes birthday, holidays, and festivals sneak up on you. Whether you simply ran out of time to design, or you need jewelry in a flash to gift to an expectant friend or family member, Crystal Findings has you covered.

Out of Time? They’ll Never Know You Didn’t Make It

When those milestone moments sneak up on you, and you don’t want to disappoint, our ready-made jewelry delivers, helping you honor your friends and family on these most auspicious occasions:

•    Birthdays

Birthstone jewelry makes for a wonderful gift whether you choose a classic or modern, ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings.

•    Weddings

Complement the bride’s attire with the gift of a stunning gemstone pendant or earrings.

•    Anniversaries

Honor the love and commitment anniversaries represent, with a 3-stone gemstone ring signifying the past, present, and future of the couple.

•    Christmas

Great gifts come in small packages. Add a little more sparkle to the holidays of those on your list. Gift special women in your life with a beautiful gemstone pendant necklace, gold bracelet, or unique earrings. For younger girls, classic gold hoops or hoops adorned with small, colorful Swarovski crystal beads are ideal. Pair with a matching bracelet for an unforgettable stocking stuffer.

•    Valentine’s Day

Express your love on Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped jewelry and designs.

•    Mother’s Day

Honor Mom with a piece of jewelry she’s sure to cherish for years to come, gifting her with a stacking ring of family birthstones.

•    Baby’s Birth

Reward her effort with a ‘push gift’ of stackable rings featuring the birthstone of each member of the family: Mom, Dad, and baby.

•    Graduation

Congratulate your recent graduate with a bracelet or necklace of Swarovski pearls, a symbol of adulthood.

Find the Perfect Ready-Made Jewelry Gifts for Your Friends & Family

•    Ready-Made Necklaces

Crystal Findings offers a wide selection of ready-made necklaces, from simple necklaces to those adorned with shimmering Swarovski crystal beads

•    Ready-Made Earrings

Our ready-made earrings range from classic gold-filled earrings to unique and fun earrings of Swarovski crystal pendants in a variety of shapes, providing you a number of options for that special someone.

•    Ready-Made Bracelets

Choose from gold-filled bracelets with Swarovski crystal beads in an assortment of designs, or the elegant looks of Swarovski pearls in wired and bangle styles.

•    Ready-Made Rings

We offer a wide variety of ring options, including adjustable rings perfect for any size; stacking rings, gold-filled rings, sparkling Shamballa bead rings, and multifaceted Swarovski crystal rings in various designs.

From wholesale beads and jewelry supplies to ready-made jewelry and how-to guides, we’re here to make your life a little easier. Shop Crystal Findings today.

 

Don’t Know What Type of Wire to Use when Beading? Check out These Tips

For those new to jewelry making, the seemingly simple task of selecting beading wire can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. With so many types, sizes, and manufacturers, how can you find the right one? The tips that follow offer general guidelines (not rules), and are meant to help those new to beading avoid trial-and-error frustrations.


First Things First: Understanding Beading Wire Measurements


To make an informed decision, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with beading wire terminology and how it applies to measurements and durability:


• Beading wire diameter

Wire diameter determines the overall strength of the beading wire. The smaller the number, the wider the diameter and more durable the wire. Wire diameter will also determine what types of beads will fit on the wire. Measurements are typically given as a fraction of an inch.


• Strand number


Beading wire is actually a cable composed of multiple strands. The more strands in the wire, the more flexible it is. The smaller the number of strands, the stiffer the wire will remain. For example, 19-strand wire is more flexible than 7-strand. This is a classic more = better scenario. More flexible wire feels higher quality, whereas less flexible wire will be prone to kinking. The tradeoff is in the expense.


• Pound test strength or “break”


This number is sometimes displayed on beading wire, denoting weight tests surrounding the maximum pounds of pressure beading wire can take before breaking. The higher the number the stronger the wire.


Tips for Selecting Beading Wire by Design


Considering these aspects of your project can help you determine the best beading wire:

• What diameter are bead holes? How small/large are the beads?

– Small, lightweight beads, such as sterling silver beads and Bali beads, work well with .010-0.15-inch wire.

– Light to medium crystal and stone beads work well with medium diameter 0.15-0.21-inch wire.

– Heavy beads are best with heavier 0.24-0.36-inch wire.



• What’s your budget (or your client’s)?


– Affordable & durable for gifts, crafts: 7-strand.

– Middle-of-the-road: 14-19-strand.

– Higher-end jewelry for sale: 19-49-strand.


• Will you be using oversized beads or large crystals?

Large, heavy beads and multifaceted crystals such as Swarovski crystal beads and Swarovski crystal pendants are best strung on beading wire with a pound test strength of 26-40-pounds.


• Necklace style:

The more strands, the more wire will drape. Seven-strand wire holds its shape; whereas 49-strand is supple like string, allowing for elegant draping. Here is a general rule of thumb you can use while choosing the number of strands for your beading wire:


– Stiff, choker-style: 7-strand.

– Artful drape/movement: 19-49-strand.

– Unsure: 19-strand.


• Visibility of the wire.

If beading wire will show between beads, carefully consider the color of beading wire. Bead wire now comes in an array of colors and finishes. Carefully chosen, your wire color can showcase or enhance your bead colors.

Looking for high quality beading wire and beading supplies? Shop the wide selection of quality jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/dont-know-what-type-of-wire-to-use-when-beading-check-out-these-tips/

Leftover Beads? Try These Unique Beading Projects!

Leftover beads? These simple and unique beading projects can help you utilize your ever-growing collection of beading odds and ends.

10 Great Beading Projects for Leftover Beads

1.    Beaded Earrings

Because it takes relatively few beads to make earrings, earring projects are a great way to put leftover beads to good use, especially sparkly statement pieces like Shamballa beads. As an added bonus, these make great last-minute gifts for family and friends.

2.    Beaded Bookmark

Make a pretty beaded wax linen twin bookmark from odd beads from yourself or the avid reader in your life. This simple project takes only about 10-minutes, making them a fantastic project for children or any potential new jewelry makers in your life.

3.    Burlap Curtain Tie-Backs or Napkin Rings

Spruce up your curtains or dining room table with stretchy strings of your leftover beads. Have a little extra time and quite a few extra beads? Add a beaded fringe to your drapes or make a full beaded curtain for budding bohemians.

4.    Wine Glass Beaded Charms

Enjoy a glass of wine while making charms for your stemware. Wine glass beaded charms are a great way to mark glasses. Make color variations from leftover beads for dinner parties, or put those alphabet beads to good use for your next family gathering.

5.    Beaded Barrettes

A few bobby pins and a bit of glue and you can turn just a few leftover beads into a fun hair accessory for children or friends and minutes.

6.    Beaded Insects

Dresser or desk less than inspiring? Top it off with a conversation piece. Create your own beaded spider or dragonfly. A quick Google will have you on your way to a unique beaded centerpiece in no time.

7.    Beaded Wind Chime or Sun Catcher

Artfully arrange your assortment of leftover stone beads into a unique and sparkling sun catcher or set of wind chimes for your yard.

8.    Beaded Candleholder

Drape fringes of beads surrounding a mason jar or string and glue beads around a simple glass votive or pillar candle holder to make a colorful home accent piece.

9.    Holiday Ornaments

Your imagination is the limit for turning your leftover beads into a fun or stunning holiday ornament. Shape with craft wire, create a wrap, or simply glue to a frosted glass ball.

10.    Beaded Art

Lose the wire and string and grab a tube of glue, turning your leftover beads into art atop a photo frame, mirror, or into a collage. A fun project with or without the kids for the artistically inclined.

Out of ideas? We’ve got more than a few. Shop the wide selection of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings, or peruse our blog for inspiration today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/leftover-beads-try-these-unique-beading-projects/

Why You Should Buy Wholesale Beads

Love jewelry making but wish you could find a way to cut the cost of beading supplies? You may be surprised to discover you don’t have to be a large retailer to purchase wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies. Most wholesalers have many customers who buy in small quantities. Even crafters and hobbyists can purchase beads at wholesale prices from Crystal Findings.


Why Should You Buy Wholesale Beads?


•    Wider Variety, Lower Prices


Buying beads in bulk from a wholesaler, rather than a retailer, will give you access to a greater variety of high-quality beads at a much lower price. And if you think this means millions of the same boring beads, think again. You can purchase beads wholesale in variety packs, ensuring a variety of colors, textures, and styles, sizes or choose your own in quantity or by the piece for special projects.


•    Shopping & Delivery Convenience


Save time and shop from the comfort of your home. Purchasing your beading supplies online from Crystal Findings gives you access to a wider variety of beads than your area craft store, allowing you to create beautiful, unique projects without trekking to a multitude of stores. Once you place your order, items ship quickly to your door, ensuring you don’t have to wait for your bead and gemstone orders to trickle in before you can finally begin your project. With wholesale beading supplies, you can start your project anytime, or stock your shelves for future projects throughout the year.

 

Tired of the Same Old Craft Store Fare?


Shop our fantastic variety of interesting and unique wholesale beads and find something new and exciting:

•    Swarovski Crystal Beads

Add unmatched sparkle and flair with Swarovski crystal beads and pendants.


•    Stone Beads

Our semi-precious stone beads come in a variety of colors, adding a unique, earthy feel to your jewelry designs. Use them alone, alternating colors and shapes, or pair with your favorite accent pieces such as Bali beads and gold-filled and silver charms.


•    Shamballa Beads


Shimmery and colorful, disco-ball-like  Shamballa beads make a stunning addition in any jewelry design.


•    Cloisonné Beads

Pair the colorful art of our Cloisonné beads with your favorite gold or silver beads and findings.

Tips for Gaining Additional Savings When Shopping Wholesale Beads

•    Purchase Larger Orders, Less Frequently

Rather than spending a few dollars here and there, make a list of what you need and wait. The larger the quantity of beads you purchase, the more you save.


•    Get a Tax ID

If you’re a jewelry making aficionado, an inexpensive business license and tax ID can help you save on the cost of retail taxes.


•    Shop Only Trusted Websites

Some wholesalers are less than honest, selling beads with defects, or shorting you on promised billed inventory. Shop only online wholesalers with a trusted reputation who you know will be around to handle any customer service needs.


Treat yourself to a little something new and exciting. Shop the wide variety of affordable wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/why-you-should-buy-wholesale-beads/

Summer Project Ideas to Spend Time with your Kids – Make your Own Jewelry!

Already sweating summer boredom? Whether you are a parent or activities instructor, summer break is the perfect time to try a few fun jewelry making projects with your kids. Easy and inexpensive, jewelry projects help kids develop their fine motor skills and creativity and leave them with a unique memento of the summer season.

Inspire Your Child’s Creativity with these Kids Jewelry-Making Favorites:

We offer a variety of colorful and unique beads that children love for making necklaces and bracelets. Choose from some of the kid-friendly favorites below, complementing them with our wide assortment of gold-filled and sterling silver beads and findings…

•    Alphabet Beads

It’s easy for kids to get creative with a mix of alphabet beads and colorful spacers. We offer a wide assortment of alphabet bead options, sold by the letter.
  1.  A-Z alphabet bracelet or necklace for younger kids, placing colorful round beads between each letter.
  2.  Name bracelet.
  3.  Friendship bracelets: “BFFS FOREVER.” Or “X O X O.”
  4. ‘Positive message’ bracelets, such as, “BE HAPPY,” “DREAM BIG,” “THANKFUL,” “SMILE,” AND “U R AWESOME.”
•    Semi-Precious Stone Beads

Alternate colorful semi precious stones in a vibrant pattern of each child’s favorite colors, stringing on a stretch cord for an easy fit. Add in fun accent pieces such as Bali beads or gold-filled and silver charms with a jump ring to make a statement.

•    Cloisonné Beads

Colorful yet sophisticated, Cloisonné are favored by older girls, adorned with beautifully painted imagery with metallic accents perfect for pairing with gold and silver beads and findings.

The perfect way to add both color and texture to a jewelry design, smooth, shimmery cat’s eye beads make kids of all ages ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh.’ Alternate bold colors of stones of the same shape, or mix shapes to stunning effect.

Don’t Miss Out on these Other Fun Bead Styles

Providing an assortment of beads allows each child to showcase their own unique personality through their jewelry making creativity.

•    Dice Beads
Dice beads add a touch of fun to any young child’s jewelry design.

•    Shamballa Beads
These shimmering, disco-ball like beads are always a hit with the girls!

•    Lamp Beads
These bright, colorful, luminous glass beads are like miniature works of art.

•    Star Beads
For those in your life inspired by the celestial.

•    Floral Beads
For the ‘flower child’ in your life.

•    Squaredelles
Add just a touch of sparkle with these rhinestone-studded spacer beads.

•    Bali Beads
A great way to add texture and visual interest to any jewelry design.
From simple shapes to flashy designs to liven up any creation.

While the day away, creating a new tradition. Discover the fun of jewelry making with your kids. Shop the wide selection of inspiring options at Crystal Findings today.

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