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.

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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Buying Swarovski Crystals for Jewelry Making

Swarovski crystals beads and pendants have a well-earned reputation for their luxurious good looks, making them a popular choice in jewelry making. Unfortunately, this popularity comes at a cost in the form of subpar, unlicensed, imitation products. To protect your business’ reputation with beautiful, premium, lasting jewelry, we’ve put together these tips to ensure you get the Swarovski crystal beads and pendants you’re paying for.

How to Make Sure You’re Purchasing True Swarovski Crystal

Real Swarovski crystal beads are crystal clear, machine-cut, absolutely identical, and produced to the highest quality standards. To avoid disappointment, look for these features of a true Swarovski crystal:

1.    Look for clarity.

Like a diamond, Swarovski crystals should be brilliantly clear and bubble and blemish-free. The special proprietary formulation and manufacturing process the company uses are a secret, and cannot be duplicated by imitators. Bubbles immediately indicate a fake, as these stones would never pass Swarovski’s rigorous production demands and quality control procedures.

2.    Inspect surface luster.

The surface of Swarovski crystals should be crystal clear, with no swirl marks, oily sheen, or blemishes. Imitators often have scratches, swirl marks, a cloudy or oily sheen, and other imperfections.

3.    Confirm a uniform cut.

Swarovski crystal pendants and beads are machine cut. Each crystal should be identical and each crystal should share the same precise height, width, slope dimensions and color(s). The complicated and precise cuts of Swarovski crystals are a technological feat, with light refraction first calculated by computer, then simulated in 3-D, and later optimized and converted for precise cutting on complex and technologically advanced Swarovski machinery.

4.    Check the direction of facets.

All facets and junctures on Swarovski crystals will point up, meeting at a single, precise point, similar to the facets on a diamond. The facets of imitators will not meet in a perfect point.

5.    Expect superior sparkle.

The special glass formulation used in Swarovski crystals will outshine all beads of lesser quality. This can be easily confirmed with a side-by-side comparison to known Swaroski crystals.

6.    On arrival, inspect your crystals.

Look for signature Swarovski packaging. Bulk purchases from a jewelry making supplies wholesaler should arrive in clearly branded, sealed envelopes. The latest packaging includes a sparkling silver Swarovski hologram. When you open the envelope, make sure your crystals are not strung. Only Swarovski pearls are delivered this way.

7.    Buy from an authorized reseller.

Crystal Findings is one of America’s very few authorized Swarovski resellers, supplying you with sparkling beads, pendants, rondelles, and flat back stones in a wide variety of crystal sizes, shapes, and colors.

Don’t fall for imitators. Safeguard the future of your jewelry and your brand reputation. Shop the wide variety of certified Swarovski crystals and beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

How to Clean Sterling Silver Beads

Tarnished silver abandoned in the jewelry box? The brilliance and versatility of sterling silver beads make them a wildly popular addition to many jewelry pieces. Unfortunately, exposure to air can lead to the tarnishing of silver jewelry, making items appear dirty or discolored. Luckily, however, you can give these pieces a fresh start, easily cleaning sterling silver beads and jewelry with these tips and tricks…


Electrolyte Method for Resilient Pieces

The electrolyte method is easy and science-backed, helping you avoid endless polishing and possible abrasions on ornate or engraved pieces. It reverses the chemical reaction that causes tarnishing. To clean with the electrolyte method, you will need a dish or bowl, aluminum foil, 1 cup boiling water, and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Line the dish with foil, dull side down. Place the jewelry in the dish, making certain it touches the foil. This ensures the silver sulfide atoms tarnishing the piece will transfer to the aluminum foil. (They will also cause a ‘rotten egg’ smell as they lift, so do not be alarmed.) Mix the baking soda with the boiling water, then pour the solution onto your jewelry in the dish. Let sit for 2-10 minutes to remove tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Silver Cleaning for ‘Delicates’

Like your favorite cashmere sweater, some pieces are more delicate than others, requiring more careful cleaning. This includes jewelry held together with glue, porous stone beads (gemstones like opal, turquoise, onyx, and carnelian), as well as clear gemstones such as Swarovski crystal beads and pendants, Cloisonné beads, watches, and antiques. For these more delicate jewels, try one of the following methods:

•    Simple Soap & Water


This simple and safe method should be the first cleaning method you attempt on silver jewelry.


•    Baking Soda & Water


Make a paste of baking soda and water, polishing your silver beads gently with a pea-sized amount on a polishing cloth. For etched or detailed items such as silver fancy beads and corrugated beads, be sure to use a thinner paste. A soft-bristle brush can help on cracks/crevices. Run carefully under warm water when done and dry with a clean cloth.

•    White Vinegar & Baking Soda

This combination works better for items with heavier tarnish, applied in the same manner as the baking soda method, however it should NOT be used with soft gemstones, which can etch and scratch. Make a solution of ½-cup vinegar to 2-tablespoons vinegar for polishing. Expect it to fizz and bubble. Rinse well and pat dry.

The Easiest Tarnish Prevention


Many avoid wearing their sterling silver jewelry, saving it for special occasions. While silver can be effected by chlorinated pool water and sunlight, however, surprisingly, the oils from your skin can help your jewelry keep its shine. Thus, wearing silver jewelry often is the easiest tarnish prevention. When its not being worn, reduce oxidation by simply sealing each piece into a small craft bag separately. This also prevents scratching and tangling.


Ensure looks that last with premium beading supplies. Shop Crystal Findings today.

What is so special about Swarovski Crystals?

Meta: Swarovski crystals are the finest available for jewelry making today. Learn the 3 reasons why jewelry made with Swarovski crystals is a cut above the competition.

Why are Swarovski crystal beads so unique? Synonymous with the highest quality, there are many facets to these stunning stones that make them stand out from lackluster competitors in the market. Why should you choose certified Swarovski crystals for your next jewelry making project?

Choose Swarovski for Superior Clarity, Sparkle & Brilliance

A favorite of top-notch fashion designers from Christian Dior, who aided in their creation, to Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, the secret manufacturing process of Swarovski crystals results in a spectacular stone that emits an explosion of rainbow sparkles. What is known about how Swarovski crystals are made? The proprietary method of creating these manmade stones, a favorite of jewelry designers, involves a combination of quartz sand and other minerals including lead, which help maximize the refraction in the crystals. Once formed, each crystal is precisely cut with the company’s patented cutting machines, then polished, and sometimes coated for effect. This combination results in a multitude of facets, as many as 100, each bend capable of refracting light in different directions. This patented, complicated manufacturing process makes these spectacular crystals more expensive than dull bargain doppelgangers.

Choose Swarovski Crystals for a High-End Look Superior to Glass Beads

Featured in classic, elegant designs, from the giant crystal on top of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree to Swarovski crystal pendants adorning designer jewelry, handbags, and clothing, Swarovski stones emanate luxury. Though named ‘crystals,’ science aficionados will be quick to point out Swarovski creations aren’t actually crystals at all. They are closer to a gemstone, with a higher refraction index than true crystal and actually similar to a diamond, though manmade. In fact, their Austrian creator David Swarovksi, dreamed of Swarovski stones offering a more accessible “diamond for everyone.”

Choose Swarovski Crystals if You Want to Steal the Show

Since their creation in 1892, Swarovski crystals have been featured in movies and worn by starlets for over a century. They have graced the clothing of Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 classic Blond Venus,adorned Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,and encrusted Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’stiara. More recently, took the spotlight at the 2018 Academy Awards, over 45-million crystals decorating the stage.

Stand out from the competition with crystals that are a cut above the competition. Shop the wide array of Swarovski crystal beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

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