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Designing Jewelry

Designing Jewelry

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07/29/2013

 
KIM GOVERKIM GOVER
Stringing instructions and techniquesfor necklaces, bracelets, and much more
DESIGNING JEWELRY
 
with semiprecious beads 
 
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ABOUT BEADS
Typical colors:
all kinds of purplesranging between lavender, rose,and magenta.
Popular forms:
round and facetedbeads, chips, drop beads, and pendantsin all shapes.
Relative cost:
$$
Companions:
silver, glass beads or otherquartz crystals—rose quartz is a subtlepink hue.
THE FACTS
Amethyst is from the quartz species ofstones, which is the largest gemstonefamily, and one of the most widely used in jewelry making because of its affordableand beautiful appeal.Amethyst can be found in a variety ofpurple shades, from light lavender or roseto the intense deep Siberian amethyst,which reflects a magenta color.These deeper shades are often moreexpensive than the lighter ones.
Amethyst
Typical colors:
brilliant blue to denimcolor, with gold or silver colored specks.
Popular forms:
beads, cabachons, chips,rough-shaped nuggets, and pendants setin metal. Beads tend to be squared ratherthan round.
Relative cost:
$$$
Companions:
set off by yellow-huedamber or citrine, looks equally good withbronze or copper colors.
THE FACTS
Lapis Lazuli is an intense opaque blue. Itoften contains small gold or silver mineraldeposits, which run like veins throughthe stone.The finest quality lapis has an even bluecolor without the mineral specks. It hasthe best depth of shade and is moreexpensive because of this.Lapis is commonly dyed to try and recreatethe more pricey varieties. If you buy themore expensive types of lapis get it froma reputable dealer to avoid fakes.
Lapis Lazuli
Typical colors:
traditionally sky blue;but turquoise comes in all kinds of bluesthrough yellow greens, with a brown“matrix” of veins and patches.
Popular forms:
available in a range offorms—it’s relatively light in comparisonto other stones, so quite large stones andpendants are popular too.
Relative cost:
$$
Companions:
silver is a traditionalpartner, but gold can look striking.
THE FACTS
Watch out for reconstructed or treatedturquoise which will be cheaper thanoriginal stones.It is a light stone, which makes it idealfor chunkier jewelry. Unfortunately thisalso means that it can crumble and markeasily, so if you are stringing, make knotsbetween the beads.The color of turquoise can range fromchina blue and deep blue to blue-green,dark greeny blue and yellowish green.
Turquoise
Amethyst is availablein lots of pretty cut-pendant shapes.Turquoise goes with allkinds of colors—yellowbeads bring out thegreener shades.
 
SEMIPRECIOUS STONES
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Typical colors:
from sea green to sky blue;even some darker blues.
Popular forms:
rough and polished chips,round, squared, and faceted beads.
Relative cost:
$$
Companions:
a darker blue or green willbring out the hues—try apatite or greenchrysoprase. Aquamarine is popularlytwinned with mother of pearl and silver.
THE FACTS
Aquamarine is closely related to emeralds.Aquamarine can be found in sparklingsea green, sky blue and dark blue. Skyblue and dark blue have become the mostdesirable (and the most costly option).It has become popular to heat treat thestone to give it a better color blue.
Aquamarine
Typical colors:
blue to blue-green.
Popular forms:
round beads, chips,and pebbles.
Relative cost:
$
Companions:
set off well by smoky quartzcolors, such as Cat’s eye.
THE FACTS
Amazonite is an attractive opaque stonethat, due to the presence of lead, is eitheran irregular striped blue and white or asolid blue-green color.Amazonite can also occur in yellow, pink,red, and gray, but blue-green is the mostpopular and widely seen.The stone has a vitreous luster, but canalso possess a lovely “silk” or sheen.It normally appears in bead form, as itcan be sensitive to pressure.
Amazonite
Typical colors:
blue-green toyellow-green.
Popular forms:
typically round beads;carved pendants are also common.
Relative cost:
$
Companions:
set off well by smoky quartzcolors, such as Cat’s eye.
THE FACTS
Serpentine, which is also commonlyknown as “new jade,” is a versatile stone.Commonly sold in a range of greens, itcan include patches or markings of white,black, and yellow.The stone is called “serpentine” becauseof its color and markings, which resemblethose found on snakes.It is said by mystics to help with emotionalcleansing, psychic powers, and attract loveand money.Despite being known as true jade's poorrelation, the stone can stand alone as apretty, affordable alternative.
Serpentine
Although less highly valued, gemstonechips can be used in bulk to greateffect. Here, the amazonite chipsare set on zigzag-shaped wireseparated by “gimp” or bullion(see page 23).

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