Creativity on the Catwalk – The Nomadic Traveller Look

The Nomadic Traveller by Fernando DaSilva

Our Global Chic product line was beautifully captured in this picture from the “Creativity on the Catwalk” fashion shows in the UK last month at CHSI Stitches. (Photo from CHSI) Our Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva designed an “out of the ordinary collection of jewelry that is delightfully different, chic and of course trendsetting.”  Here is a closer look at just one of the six models he styled.  The unique embroidered dresses were hand picked by Fernando in Brazil in January.


Fernando has some global inspiration for this look.

“I was inspired by the real nomads (like in this picture). Women are clearly identifiable with color and I can imagine the jingling sounds created by the bells that are attached to their animals, which are also used to adorn their own clothing. That’s why I added lots of the jingle bells to both the wraparound bracelets…plus channel beads with seed beads.”

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The goal of this look was to showcase the tapestry cords from Global Chic collection and our model Sophie Kelman does that spectacularly with her completely adorned arms.  Fernando used 5 ft of tapestry cord for each design.

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We have tapestry cords in a grand selection of colors.  Creating a color palette is only difficult due to the many options available.

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The pom-pom earrings were added to bring a sense of joy to this look.  

“This woman is a world traveller and Bohemian…she doesn’t take herself too seriously.”

Pom Poms are something we have had in the John Bead catalog for decades.  They are available in many sizes and colors too.  The bells are also fun to work with.

The rings our model wore are from a collection of already finished European jewelry we sell in our John Bead Outlet.

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This is post four in our series.

Look One – Golden Butterscotch can be viewed here.

Look Two – Wild Boho can be reviewed here.

Look Three – The Global Jet-Setter


Creativity on The Catwalk Show – Wild Boho Look


Our Global Chic product line was beautifully captured in this picture from the “Creativity on the Catwalk” fashion shows in the UK last month at CHSI Stitches. (Photo from CHSI)

Our Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva designed an “out of the ordinary collection of jewelry that is delightfully different, chic and of course trendsetting.”

Here is a closer look at just one of the six models he styled.  The unique embroidered dresses were hand picked by Fernando in Brazil in January.


Wild boho is modeled by India Farr.  She has on so many spectacular pieces that it will take a moment of looking to see everything.

Global Chic Channel Beads

First, we hope you noticed the longer necklace with these peyote stitched channel beads from Lena Gillespie.  Fernando selected a gradation of rainbow beads from our John Bead catalog and Lena crafted the beads using the Global Chic channel bead blanks.  The snake chain these beads are strung on is vintage and a special addition to the collection.


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The statement necklace Fernando designed for this look is a showstopper.  It has a wildlife western influence.  The turquoise horn pendant with the pewter caps are separated by red coral beads that put a spotlight on the red pattern in the woven hitched braid used as a necklace extension.


Fernando also referred to this look as our “gypsy nomad.”  There are many cultural references scattered throughout the designs. He wanted to create pieces that would work well together or that could be worn one at a time.

Several sets of earring were designed and ultimately the model wore two distinct one that epitomizes the boho look.

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The earring on the left is exotic and features a waterfall of metal components.  The bells add a musical element and the Turquoise/Navy Global Chic teardrop semi precious beads adds an authenticity to the look.

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The earring on the right began with a dreamcatcher pendant and vintage Czech glass lava beads.  After seeing the unique channel bead Lena Gillespie added a beaded tassels to, Fernando opted for a stunning one of a kind combination.


The bohemian charm bracelet featured a little bit of everything that was showcased in the earrings and necklaces.


Last, but not least is the african influenced wrap bracelet.


Fernando added rivets to the weave but chose to leave the patterns visible.

The “Wild Boho” look was a success.

This is post two in our series.

Look One – Golden Butterscotch can be viewed here.

Year Of The Horse

Have you picked up one of the wonderful “Year of The Horse” stamps from Canada Post?These collectible series are always beautifully printed with special embossing and gilding. This years stamp is particularly beautiful.

Horse imagery has appeared in a number of creative designer lines.  This is the trend board created and the prancing horse necklace caught my eye.

We have several charms in the catalog if you want to add a horse to this year’s designs.

We have silver and gold to choose from

There are sliders as well.

Trend Alert – Are You Seeing Butterflies?

Left to right:
Leigh and Luca scarf, Brian Atwood Shoe, Sophia Webster boot
Alex Bittar brooch, Erickson Beamon necklace,
Erickson Beamon necklace, Tabitha Simmons shoe, Mattijs Necklace

I have been seeing butterflies everywhere I look right now.  Have you?

Entire butterflies, parts of butterflies and wings are constantly catching my eye.

They are being cut from so many different fibers and materials.

Naturally I am very interested in seeing anything that is jewelry related.

John Paul Gautier, Valentino, Valentino

The fashion imagery from Paris last week inspired me to take a closer look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Isn’t this a showstopper?

Simple, elegant, collaged, photographed, beaded or metal.  No matter how butterflies are featured they are a wonderful addition to a design piece.

Butterflies also appear throughout the John Bead catalog.  A simple search request for butterfly gave me dozens of categories to choose from.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Swarovski Beads, flat backs and pendants in dozens of colours and sizes.

Charms and pendants in various metallic colours.

There are butterfly trims.


You will find butterflies made from gem stones and pressed glass.

Metal blank butterflies are ideal to stamp words onto.

 There dozens of gorgeous sequinned and beaded motifs.  Costume designers love these.

You’ll even find butterflies in our craft area.  These are made from foam.

Icon Inspiration Necklace

The current GLAMOUR  issue of Perles et cetera is on the stands and it features my Icon Inspiration Necklace for John Bead Corporation.

The article is in french, so I am going to share the “how-to” with you in English.

One of the hottest trends for fall/winter 2013 is a divine one with religious inspiration.  Byzantine icons, stained glass and the Maltese cross appeared on clothing, handbags and jewelry.  I clipped several fabulous examples and left them displayed in my studio.

I knew that somewhere in my studio was an icon image that would become the featured image for my necklace for this Perles et Cetera issue.

It took some time to find (because I do save everything) but I finally located a letter my husband had written to me several years ago.  The edge of the note had the perfect image!  The printed icon was quite large, so I decided to see if I could embed it in resin after dividing it between two large Instant Glam by Fernando rectangle bezels.

I carefully cut out my paper icon sections and sealed them into my bezels with glue.  I then made a small batch of Jewelry Resin (according to the manufacturers instructions) and poured it into my bezels.  I allowed this first layer of resin to cure for 48 hours.

I decided to add some extra paint lines and markings to the first cured layer of resin.

When the paint dots and dashes were dry, I painted a second layer of Jewelry Resin across the bezel surface.  This top layer of resin ensures that my own paint markings are completely covered in resin and cured in place permanently.

I did not have a plan or instructions to string two bezels into one focal piece.  I knew I would have to just gather some great crystals, chain and fibers and experiment with the design.

I started by wiring my two bezels together.  The backs of the Instant Glam bezels have two rings.  I knew they would help me to place my chain and beads too.

Working on the backside I was able to add and subtract beads.  This is the sort of free form jewelry making project when the only way to know if the necklace will work is by stopping to try it on regularly.  I wanted the bezels to sit quite high, so I needed a strong choker at the top to hold everything in place evenly.

I added seed bead chains through my chain to make it more glamorous.

The strung crystals and the seed bead chain looked quite beautiful by the time I was done.  I even made a dangle with some of my leftovers.  However, I felt as though the necklace needed more.

I pulled out some sari silk ribbon in colours that would match my featured icon.

I simply sewed my fibers in place and attached them to the body of the necklace.

I am quite thrilled with the Icon Inspiration necklace.  I can’t wait to wear it to a special event this holiday season!

John Bead Products Featured

The Bezels

Instant Glam by Fernando Tuscany Rectangle

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Fire-polished 6mm White pearlized glass beads

Fire-polished 8mm Crystals AB glass beads

Platinum and orange Seed Bead Cube chain

Oval Cable Antique Silver Leaf Chain

Hook and Loop Clasp

Black Flat nose pliers

Other Jewelry Making Components Used

Wire to string beads.

Split Rings to attach strung beads to chain.

Wire Protectors and crimp tubes

Sari Ribbon

Carmi Cimicata is also the author and designer of Resin Crafts Blog where you can read hundreds of how-to articles about resin and how to work with it.


Cameos – Forever in Style

A few months ago we had a discussion in the board room about cameos.  When I was asked I said “cameos never go out of style.”  I believe cameos are timeless because so many designers have found new ways to incorporate them into contemporary designs.

Isaac Manevitz, designer and founder of luxury jewelry brand Ben-Amun (pronounced ben-AH-moon) established himself as an innovator in the fashion industry more than 30 years ago. Over the years, Ben-Amun has accumulated an impressive roster of A-list fans including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kate Moss, Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Blake Lively and Rihanna and the brand has been prominently featured in key influential publications such as Vogue, W, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. Ben-Amun has also made its mark on the runway, accessorizing top shows each season.

These two necklaces prove that cameos are always in style.  I thought I would do a good review of current designs featuring cameos just in case you needed more convincing.

Left to right from the top.
DANNIJO Cameo silver-plated bib necklace, Bisou Bijoux Ariela – Black Leather Cameo, ASOS Cameo Bib Necklace
Top Shop Cameo Chain Tassel Necklace, PUREVILE bone cross cameo necklace, Ben-Amun photo- Spring 2014
Maria Zureta London – my-kind-of-girl-bracelet
DANNIJO Matilde silver-plated crystal cuff, Ben-Amun photo- Spring 2014

There was no shortage of inspiration.

Dolce & Gabbana – Macramé Lace Loafers


Trend Watching With Fernando

Last week Fernando Dasilva was in New York and he managed to spend a little time people and window watching.  These are some of the trends he picked up.
I can positively say that  burgundy or bordeaux, navy blue and metallic grey are the strongest early fall colors for this season. Most of the windows on 5th Ave have those colours featured.

On the jewelry side, the Lord & Taylor windows spotlighted the gold-plated, oversized chains and the ‘modern hammered metal’ look trends.
As far as beads, I saw about eight women wearing  bib-style necklaces assembled with clear extra large acrylic drops, long, short, medium; also lots of cluster and multi-strand pearl necklaces (mostly white and ivory faux and acrylic pearls.) I also saw some Egyptian style large neck rings that covered the entire shoulder area.
These are some of our beads that fit the styles currently in vogue in Manhattan.

Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer 2014 Trend Report – Part 4

Last week we learned more about the trends predicted by Swarovski for the upcoming year.  Looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2014, four themes emerge:

MINIMALIST REFINEMENT (Classic) is defined by sculptural silhouettes trimmed with crystal in monochrome shades, including the new Light Silk.  (see post here)

The earthiness of FORCE OF NATURE (Romantic) is captured in vibrant, organic fabrics, using colors such as new Crystal Rose Gold.  (Shown in Thursday’s blog post)

POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics. 

MYTHICAL ALLURE (Glamour) exudes ethereal beauty in sensual, opulent materials. (shown in Monday’s post)

POETIC RADIANCE (Progressive) radiates adventure, technology, and poetry in high-tech metallic and pearly synthetics.

The sharply angular mixes with organic, producing a highly stylized yet immediately approachable design element.

Interlocking shapes create futuristic patterns on accessories and fashion designs.

Shape morph and blend with each other, blurring the boundaries of the usual – turning the everyday into the extraordinary.