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The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, the emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go. Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there's nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky. ~Astrid Alauda, "Office with No Windows"

This blog is about giving insight view of the gemstone that will provide you information about the beads used in handmade jewelry. I have obtained all the information About Beads from various sources available online.

Beads are frequently used in jewelry. These may be made of glass, gemstones, metal, wood, shells, clay and polymer clay. Beaded jewelry comprises of different kinds of beads that comes in different shapes and sizes. Beads may be large or small; the smallest type of beads used are known as seed beads. Glass beads such as Murano, Venetian, Multicolored glass also known as Millefiori are also popular in Handmade jewelry.

Pearls

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. ~Author Unknown

Pearls are the queen of gemstones produced with in the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Pearls come in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop pear, oval baroque and circled. Though White is the most known color of the pearl, salt water Pearl comes in variety of colors Pink, black, green, blue, champagne and even purple. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold. Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry.

Agate is the banded form of the mineral Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz. Agate usually forms in rounded nodules or knobs which need to be sliced open to bring out the internal pattern hidden in the stone. Agate beads are mainly found in various kinds of rocks but are generally associated with volcanic rocks. The agate is one of the oldest stones in history. Agate is mined in Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, United States, Mexico, Madagascar, Egypt, India, China and Scotland. Agate is one of the precious stones in nature. It is amazing that agate can help release negative energy such as pressure and tiredness. And also they help you keep healthy.

Some other semi-precious and precious gemstones are:

Amber: it is composed of tree resin that has hardened over time.

Amethyst: It is from the quartz family. This purple colored gemstone can range from light to dark tone.

Emerald: Emerald is one of the most Precious gemstone, just like Ruby and Sapphire. Its color tone ranges from Green to Bluish green color.

Jade: Jade is usually Green but can be found in lot of other colors also. It is also called the State of Heaven.

Jasper: Jasper is from Chalcedony Family and comes in variety of colors, it is known for its interesting swirls and patterns just like Agate. Jasper comes in variety of colors, often in brown. Quartz: These gemstones are from crystalline family and comes in variety of colors and sizes.

Ruby: Rubies are highly Precious and known for their intense red color. It's also known as the king of Precious stones.

Sapphire: The most popular form of sapphire is the blue sapphire known for is rich and intense deep blue color. Sapphire is also available in various colors.

Turquoise: is usually medium blue or greenish blue in color and sometimes has matrix of dark brown markings.

Some other types of beads used in Handmade Jewelry making are:

Tiger Bead: Tiger's Eye forms when Quartz forms over existing bluish-gray Crocidolite. Tiger eye may form together in Brownish red or metallic hematite.

Cat's Eye: These Beads are fiber optic beads known for their rich band going across the width of the bead. There are available in variety of color, shapes and sizes.

Onyx: it is the most traditional black gemstone.

Howlite: these are the calcium silico-borate inexpensive stone. They are the cheap substitute for turquoise.

Murano Beads: also known as lamp work beads are the intricate glass beads that comes not only in a different shapes and sizes but also available three dimensional artwork over the bead.

 
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