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Gemstones in Jewelry

02 Jun 2011

DiamondsThroughout the ages gemstones have been objects to treasure and collect, important both as commodities an as symbols of wealth. The attraction of the gemstones has always been tied to their incredible ability to play with light. Certainly, the raw stone looks ordinary, but often they are processed by the nature powers like wind, sand and water. So people began to make jewelry and other adornments with natural stones. Initially they could process only soft minerals such as agate, amber and quartz. However in the middle of the 15th century the jeweler of the Burgundian duke Ludwig van Berkem for the first time has faceted a diamond, and in the 17th century people have learned to saw the diamonds. Now the precious stones are the gorgeous material for making necklaces, rings and other expensive jewelry. Read more about Gemstones in Jewelry

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Czech Garnets in Jewelry

24 May 2011

Czech garnet earringsCzech garnets – also known as Bohemian garnets – are deep red Pyrope garnets, which are the variety of garnets with saturated dark red color. Deposits of the Czech garnets are in the north of Bohemia, northwest from Prague. The Pyropes were found in the territory of the Czech Republic more than thousand years ago. Besides, the pyrope deposits are known in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Russia, India, Tanzania, Norway. The oldest Czech garnet jewelry dates back to the 10th century. Read more about Czech Garnets in Jewelry

Murano Beads And Jewelry

17 May 2011

Millefori Murano BeadsMurano glass jewelry has always been an exclusive staff. It’s not only achingly beautiful, but it also carries a powerful positive energy. As Murano beads  are made directly by the hands! They are valued highly because of embedding of soul and live person feelings in the production process of that incredible artwork.  The Murano glass beads, also known as Venetian glass beads, are very trendy, widely demanded all over the world.

The history of the Murano glass started in 1291, when the city council of Venice had decided to move glass workshops on the island of Murano to protect the masters’  secrets from the competitors and guard the city from the fires, which could be caused by the heated master mines. The glassmakers have got the highest privileges, but lost the right to leave the Murano Island.  In three hundred years the glory of Venetian glass has become truly global. Read more about Murano Glass Beads

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Lampwork beads – beads for luxury bijou

04 May 2011

The name “lampwork beads” appeared long time ago when these beads were made at home at the table with the help of a lamp. Lampwork beads are unique among the glass beads thanks to their production method and technology. They are only handmade and because of that every bead is unique and can’t be exactly copied. Only the real master can change the glass rod to the real masterpiece. The difficulty of making and creative designs of the lamp beads are the reasons of a high price level. Read more about Lampwork Beads »

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Pressed Beads Production Secrets

26 Apr 2011

Bead Blog - Czech glass beads - Hearts

The pressed beads have appeared in the middle of the 19th century when the technical progress has invented pressing machines. Thanks to the production technology these beads have the identical size and shape.

The Manufacturing Process of the pressed beads is faster and productive than the production of Fire Polish Beads or Machine Cut Beads. In small workshops it begins with punching of beads in forms. Forms are fixed in pincers or in special cutting-and-molding machine. Throughout decades the machine was served manually. Beadmakers have started to use a drive from an electric motor only in the early 60’s. The master makes an aperture in a bead putting “the warmed up” bead on a metal core. Then glass is passed through the special form-press. After that the bead is polished to remove the seam which has remained from passing of glass through the press. Read more about Pressed Beads »

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Beads Shape, Colour And Coating Classification

11 Apr 2011

Czech Glass Bead - Spaghetti AmberThe basic types of beads are round, cylindrical and decorative beads  (tears, daggers, flowers, leaves, hearts, cubes, rectangles, drops, ovals etc.)  The beads can be made of opaque or transparent glass and may have brilliant or matt surface and various coatings: colors, rainbow, lustered, galvanized and other coatings. There are Czech glass beads with different holes treatment – the beads with round and square holes, silver and color lined beads. Read more about types of beads »

Czech Seed Glass Beads

08 Apr 2011

Beaded panelSeed beads are uniformly shaped  beads. Their  size varies from under a millimeter to several millimeters. Term “Seed Beads” is used for any small bead. They are generally used for embroidering on the cloth, braiding crochet with fiber or soft, flexible wire. They also may be used as spacers between other beads and natural stones in jewelry.

The most popular glass seed beads manufacturers are Czech Republic and Japan. The Japanese seed beads are more uniform in size, shape, and finish than Czech glass beads, but the Japanese make fewer styles. Read more about sead beads »

Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads

02 Apr 2011

Czech fire polished beads are beautiful faceted glass beads that have been made by Czech glass bead makers for hundreds of years and are still very popular today because of their high reflective brilliance and compatibility with other types of glass beads. Read more about fire polished beads »

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Costume jewellery in fashion

08 Mar 2011

Bijouterie (costume jewellery) is the most suitable option for those who want to keep up with fashion and save money at the same time. This is a great choice for young girls. Today in the fashionable shops and boutiques you can find also expensive, luxurious bijouterie which is perfect for women as well.

The art of jewellery begins with the fact that the well-known designers make jewellery completely indistinguishable from the originals. A famous fashion designer Coco Chanel was one of the first designers who started making jewelry which was often a mix of real and imitation stones. Read more about fashion jewelry »