Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Being that mother’s day is just around the corner. There’s still time to create something beautiful and personally made for your mom. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, has come up with 3 fun designs featuring the new Designer Edition Hearts designed by Manish Arora. These designs are easy and fun. The step by step instructions make it great for any level of jewellery designer and of course, find everything you need to make these designs at John Bead or one of our recommended retail stores.

Mother’s Day – Vibrant Hearts Necklace

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Devoted 2 U Pendant Article  6261.  36mm

Miss U Heart Pendant Article 6262.  26mm

Truly in Love Heart Pendnat . Article 6264.  18mm

4mm Jumpring -Silver

6mm Jumpring – Silver

Lobster Clasp – Silver

1mm (18g) gauge Silver wire

Silver fine chain


Swinging Hearts – Earrings

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 Truly in Love Heart Pendant Article. 6264  -18mm

Ear wire – Silver

5mm Jumpring – Silver

1.2mm (16gauge) wire -Silver


For more Mother’s day SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS design ideas visit. Create-your-style

JohnBead designers also created some fun Mother’s day gift idea using the Designer Edition Hearts;

“Drops of Love” Necklace


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To customize add whatever color beads and small pendants your mother likes for her own “Drops of Love” necklace.


“Love Charms” Bracelet.


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Other Color Option ;   17mm Miss U Heart


Other Color Option;   14mm BeCharmed Briolette

Sterling Silver  BRACELET SNAKE CHAIN – 7.0″ w/LOBSTER CLASP – “Bead Your Own Bracelet”

Sterling Silver BEAD STOPPER – SLIDE ON 8mm – 2.8mm LARGE HOLE


Tierra Cast- LINK LOCK 25mm


The Miss U Heart is the Perfect Fancy Stone to fit into the “Bead Your Own Bracelet” style bracelets and necklaces as shown in the “Love Charms” bracelet. It’s similar to the Pandora style bracelets and is available in Sterling silver!

Miss U Heart – Article 6262

Happy Mother’s day to all you moms!

Seneca College Fashion Show

It’s always great to support local talent and designers. On Wednesday April 13th, a group of our staff were happy to attend this year’s annual Sececa College Fashion Show !

Seneca’s 2011 Redefining Design was held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. The show featured 45 up and coming fashion design students. As well as a cocktail hour before, which gave viewers a chance to see the students garments outside the auditorium.

The other exhibits featured were from the Fashion Visual Merchandising Arts program. Where students showcased a variety of elaborate displays. It also featured makeup artistry of Cosmetic Techniques and Management students, creations by Floral Design students.

“Seneca students come from all over the world and I am pleased to see their diverse talents and inspiration showcased in the end of year show,” said Seneca College President David Agnew. “Redefining Design is a celebration of the success of our students and an opportunity for industry leaders and notable alumni to connect with these up-and-coming designers.”

Check out the images below for some of the latest fashion trends from Seneca’s students;

Donna, Denise, Laura, Rishma and Lilla


Opening design by Amy Liu, the pieces looked liked outer skeleton ribs and bodily organs wrapped like blood vessels. Blue, red, black and white were the featured colors.


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 Very unique, textures with dangling bubbles and exaggerated balloon shape skirts by Michelle Chen.

Silun Chens designs featured florescent lights immerging from all white garments in the darkened auditorium. Models wore black spotted tights that gave way for the contrasting garments.

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 Seneca winner was Katie Hodgson for her tubular knits, tight pleats and crafting her own Gaga-esque heel-less platforms.

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A group favourite. Textured tiny pleats reminiscent of a tree trunk and tubular knits attached to create this dynamic 3D design.  

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Alexandria Layton used lots of fur and feathers in her collection, something that’s been popular this seasons. She created some beautiful wearable looks with a backwoods, igloo feel.

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Neckline full of gems and sparkle. This Indian inspired collection was full of glitz with crystal embellishments.

More jewels and glamorous layered dresses by Mary Mariades.



Second place winner from the Floral design program. I love how she used metallic lilac aluminum wire for her assemblyand pops of crystal.

International Days at Seneca

Another beautiful design by Seneca Floral design student by Shannin Morgan. 

International Days at Seneca

Displays by the Fashion Merchandising students. Big and Colourful !

International Days at Seneca

Saw lots of use of cut out paper shapes creating flowers , butterflies and birds.


International Days at Seneca


Rishma’s having fun too !

Special thank you to Martha Mintsopoulos for coordinating tickets for John Bead staff.

Bead Extravaganza 2011 !!

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The Bead Extravaganza held March 11th to 12th was a great success ! Full of demos and seminars, guests were presented with the newest season of Swarovski Elements Spring/ Summer 2012 and got a glipse into the trends for the coming year.  Guests also got the chance to get a more upclose, intimate demonstration of Beadalon products, Bead stitch techniques and Crystal application techniques.

The day started out with Vince Scalera introducing the S/S 2012 Swarovski Elements. Guests received gift bags with a sample box of new products, Innovations Catalog and Trend forecast materials.  New Designer Editions from Manish Arora called “Love story of the heart”. Manish is India’s most popular prolific design talent. He created 5 new heart shape pendants, each one expressing one of love’s different emotional states; Crazy 4 U Heart , Devoted 2 U Heart, Forever 1 Heart , Miss U Heart and Truly in Love Heart.  Astral Pink is the new color introduced in these heart shapes. It’s unique to this collection and to Manish Aroras collaboration.




Vince then went on to New Colors and Effects ; Chrysolite Opal , Bronze Shade Crystal  and Crystal Vintage Gold Pearls.

Chrystolite Opal is a soft, serenley pleasing color that enhances any palette from neutrals through to deeply intense colors. It has a light ethereal edge. It can appear to be feminine and romantic as well as adaptable to more fashion-foward , futuristic designs.



Bronze Shade Crystal is  directly in tune with the strong design trend towards metallics. Elegant and sophisticated, it adds strength and depth to any design. It’s extremely versatile it can be used in glamour wear and compined with chain to achieve a more utilitarian look. The Bronze Shade Crystal is ideal to combine with other Swarovski Element colors such as; light metallic gold, silvernight crystal, silvershade and golden shadow.



Crystal Vintage Gold Pearl is a beautiful addition to existing line of crystal pearls. With the trend of vintage inspired clothing accesorries this softer , natural color is ideal. It also responds to the current and extremely strong design mood for pearl inclusion in accessories.




Blends !!  Blends !! Blends !!! Amethyst Blend is part of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS “Fusion Concepts” line.  It’s the result of morphing two colors into a seamless gradient shade. Each crystal is different and has it’s only characteristic of blend between clear crystal and color. The amethyst blend is a subtle shading that extends across seasons- winter through to summer. It also suits perfectly the major trend direction for washed and fluid colors.



 Topaz Blend is a deeply warm hue with the appeal of a Smoke Topaz crystal and a dinamic playful gradation. It combines elegance with sophistication . It’s also a crystal that extends across seasons of winter and summer, it offers amazing color combinations with other earth tone brown such as ; light colorado topaz, colorado topaz, smoke topaz, mocca and golden shadow crystal. It also combines beautifully with natural greens such as khaki and olivine.



The Stairway bead is a perfect extension of classic geometric shapes in the Swarovski Elements beads assortment. The straight and parallel cut facets are reminiscent of the staif of a glamour stairway. Due to its rectangular shape, oher elements aligh edge to edge and allow for compact designs and is easily combined with other shaped beads. The bead is featured in two sizes; 10mm & 14mm and 10 colors and 5 effects.




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Becharmed Helix Bead- Swarovski Elements collectible charm beads made with stainless steel, are the perfect addition to existing Charm Bracelet versions. The helix cut has  dynamic angular facets and appeal to a wide variety of design combinations and options. It’s featured in one size 14mm and is available in 12 colors and 6 effects.

The enlarged hole allows it to cross over between jewelry and fashion items.




BeCharmed – Briolette Bead is a beautiful in the classic briolette shape. It’s easily combined with the Helix bead or collect all 12 colors and 6 effects.






Guests participated in a make and take using Apoxie Clay and Swarovski Elements Chaton pointed back stones. Participants were really happy with how easy it was to use and the beautiful jewellery they got to take home. 

Here are a few samples of Apoxie clay and crystal work. 


New Selection of Bezels perfect for Apoxie Clay and crystal work.


Nick Regine Presented the many ways to applying Swarovski Elements HotFix flat backs,

 he’s here demonstrating applications with the Bejewler.



Guests using the transfer sheets to create a pattern.


Here’s Pam Arion from Tierra Cast in her lovely booth area. Pam did “make and takes” featuring the new Metamorphosis line. She used leather cording and guests attached charms to the clasp.








Design by Rishma Sarohai using the Metamorphosis line and the Alternatives line.  The Brass oxide and Black go very well with leather and Gunmetal chain !


Wyatt White and Fernando Dasilva were here representing Beadalon. They did a wonderful job at demonstrating all the unique tools from Beadalon. From jump ring makers to wire twisters and chainmaille , they had it all. Wyatt made some beautiful rings with wire working and Fernando.



Great wiring technique using the Beadalon Wire Twister ! Then use the Beadalon Jumpring maker and make one of kind jumprings !


 Alison Savage was here from the Canadian Beading Magazine showing guests demontrations of projects from the magazine.

She had some beautiful design ideas using dagger glass beads and floral patterns.


Karen Fish a bead store owner and designer from Bracebridge was presenting bead stitching tecnhique. She created the Dragon bangles from the new BeadWork magazine as well as showcases a variety of uses for Miyuki Tila beads, Cube beads and Magatamas.  Here’s Karens mom in her booth area.


Thank you all Guests and Representatives for a Successful BeadExtravaganza !!



Pantone Forecast for 2011

If you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you. HONEYSUCKLE IS THE COLOR OF THE YEAR !! Yes everyone, this warm pinky peachy , hint of fuschia has been adorned with the coveted status of color of the year from Pantonev ! As a bit of a girly girl myself , I have to say I really like it !

For over a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design. Pantones innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. Pantones color matching system concept is used in color-critical industries, including digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and interior design, and paint. Today, the PANTONE Name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries.

I love the way Pantone describes the new Honeysuckle color as ; “emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life. ”

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.” –

Just take a look at this room a la Honeysuckle – it will definetely ward off your blues !

Some of the top Fashion designers have introduced this color into their garment designs; Nanette Lepores floral tunic dress screams exitment and adventure and Badgley Mischkas evening design radiates glamour and allure. On the runway it’s a color that’s hard to mis and mixed with a flora pattern it’s a guranteed striking look. I’m sure we’ll see this color more throughout the year and the summer as designs make their way into stores.


Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. The Dessy Group group offers bridesmaid dresses in the Honeysuckle colors, along with tuxedo options and accessories.



As part of this forecasting I’ve prepared featured firepolish beads in the honeysuckle color. (To view the products on our website click on the image , login as a customer and browse the Pantone favorites list.)

There’s a wide variety of our Johnbead products that match the Honeysuckle color. Makes for some exiting options and design possibilities. I was exited to see that Swarovski Elements Rose color is a great match.


Preciosa Crystal Options in Honeysuckle;


Other Honeysuckle options in seed beads, semi-precious stones, Miyuki Delicas and acrylic beads.



Cherry Quartz Semi-precious stones ;




If you yourself have made anything using the Honeysuckle color I would love to see it. You can email me at [email protected] and we can feature your creation on the next blog post !


Seed Bead Finishes and Coatings – What does it all really mean ?

I recently started looking deeper into the meaning of various seed beads and Miyuki beads. With so many types of finishes and coatings its easy to get confused, so I thought I would break it all down and make it easier to understand.

Let’s start with finishes; you’ve probably heard of these common ones.

Opaque –   beads are a solid color and do not allow light to pass through.


Transparent– beads are clear and tinted, and you can see through them.  Light is visible through the beads. There are many combination for transparent beads; matte transparent, matte transparent AB. 

Silver-Lined – beads have a shiny silver color-lining of a transparent bead.   The bead may be crystal, or any other transparent color.  There is a mirrored effect coming from the center of the bead making them metallic looking  

Color Lined-  beads transparent and have a color lining.  The colors vary, including special color effects such as metallic lined, gold lined or copperlined .


Matte (or Frosted) beads have an etched look to them, and sometimes called frosted effect. Matte finish  beads are usually opaque and of one solid color but can also have a Iris or AB effect. There are transparent matte finish seed beads. Those beads appear to be milky and are not truly see through.  These beads have been submerged in an etch compound or tumbled, removing part or all of the top layer of the bead surface, leaving the bead smooth. Matte beads have a unique feel to them; when you hold a bunch of these beads together or beadwork piece with these beads included, you will hear a soothing crinkly sound as you rub them together.  Most matte beads do not have a shiny appearance; however, if the bead is color-lined with brass, silver, or copper, the surface will be matted with a shiny surface showing through from the color-lining, making the bead look frosty in appearance.

Semi-matte – beads have a mixed glossy/matte finish to them.   They are a little brighter than regular matte finish beads.

Metallic Finish-  beads finish is one that has the appearance of metal. It can come in many different colors, bronze, gold, silver and copper tones. They are characterized by an extra shiny coating with the appearance of metal rather than the glass they are made of.

AB(Aurora Borealis) / Rainbow– These beads are sometimes referred to as AB or rainbow ,the finish creates an iridescent finish that reflect all the colors of the rainbow. It can be combined with transparent, matte, metallic or opaque beads.

Now for some of the more unique finishes.

Iris finish- beads are close to being iridescent. While iridescent(AB) beads will shimmer in all hues of the rainbow, iris finish beads usually include colors that are next to the main bead color on a color wheel. For example, blue iris beads would shine with some green and purple tones. Orange iris beads would have some red and some yellow hues. It appears to look like a drop of oil spilled in water.  For example, Blue Iris is black with blue rainbow effect, but solid in color.


Silk– Silky whiteness with Satin  Finish

Alabaster: beads that have a unique finish much like the old milk glass of the past, a dense translucent white or tinted finish.

Oily: glass seed bead with shallow translucence that gives it a greasy appearance.


Galvanized- beads have a coated finished applied to the glass through a galvanization process.  Silver-plating on the surface of the beads. This finish does come off, so we suggest you use a clear fixative, like Krylon spray.

Duracoat Galvanized–  Durable coating on a galvanized bead to ensure the coating does’t rub off easily.

Ceylon beads have a pearlized finish.   Sometimes the pearlized finish has been dyed to attain a particular color. The beads are sometimes identified as pearlized because of the pearly appearance of the finish. Ceylon beads can have a color line in the bead hole which will change or enhance the bead appearance. This bead is a favorite for making beadwork that appears to be composed of pearls.

Luster coating- creates an irridescent shine around the bead.  Lustered beads are rich, shiny, semi-transparent with a very high gloss.

Inside Color– Dyed color inside the hole of beads.

Special Plating– Special plated beads such as 24KT , Palladium , Nickel, etc

Special Treatments

Solgel (or Sol Gel): is name given for a specialized coated treatment that provides seed beads with longer lasting color. It protects seed beads from exposure to sunlight, washing, cosmetic exposure, perspiration, hand perspiration, and lengthy storage. The colors are fade-resistant, ideal for garment designers, and washable in temperatures below 40C; even when using fabric softeners.

Terra: is a treatment that provides seed beads with longer lasting color. Basic characteristics of terra colours are that they are fast to light, resistant to normal cosmetic products and perspiration. It is also recommended that when you launder any materials containing any terra colored beads, that you machine or hand wash at 40C in mild detergent for fine and color laundry.

Here is a Miyuki Chart that helps in learning more about finishes and their durability.

Process Feature ex. Color Sample Durability
Seed Beads Delica Beads A B C
Transparent Crystal or colored transparent. 0 0 0
Opaque Black,Chalk-White or colored opaque. 0 0 0
Silverline Silverplated into the hole of beads. Silverline
Silverline dyed X X
(AB coating)
Rainbow coating. Transparent rainbow 0 0 0
Opaque rainbow 488 0 0 0
Inside color rainbow 0 X
Luster Luster coating. Transparent luster 0 0 0
Opaque luster 0 0 0
Glazed luster 0 0
Metallic Iris coating or bronzed
luster glazed.
Gunmetal 0 0 0
Iris 0 0 0
Bronze 0 0 0
Gold Luster Gold luster glazed. X
Ceylon Luster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beads. 0 0 0
Inside Color Dyed color inside
the hole of beads.
Inside color 0 X
Dyed Color Dyed color
on the
surface of beads.
Galvanize Silverplating
on the
surface of beads.
Dyed X X
Durable coating on galvanize 0
Silk Silk White color with Satin finish. 2562 0 0 0
Special Plating Special Plated beads as 24KT,
0 0
Inside (Gold) 0 0

Inside( Copper)

198 X
Dyed none X X
Frost(Matte) Frosted beads. Frost 0 0 0
Frost rainbow 0 0 0
Matte bronze 0 0 0
Matte gold luster 37 X

*How to see the durability information
This data is based on our examination result and manufacturing history. It is not the absolute one, therefore it differs in an individual use and condition. Please confirm it well before you use it.

Mark Meaning
A Colors which might change and / or fade due to bright sun or deterioration with time.
B Colors rubbing off from friction or contact with skin acid.
C Colors which will alter or fade from dry-cleaning.
0 There is no problem in usual use.
There might be a problem in durability by individual use..
X There is not strong durability , so attention is required for use.

Please do appropriate handling referring to the above information and the following notices when they are applied to textile goods or accessories that touch the skin directly.

  • Some beads are dyed, galvanized or plated. The colors on the outer layers may come off, rubbed, or if soaked in the strong solvent.
  • Silverline or galvanized beads are oxidized while apply on certain fabrics that are acidic, they may decay or turn dark due to the chemical change. In order to avoid such case, neutralize your fabrics and threads before embroidering.
  • Some dyed color beads might fade in the sun.

 © 2010 John Bead Corp.



Halloween at John Bead !!!

It was that time of year again and here at John Bead we had a lot of fun dressing up and scaring each other.

It was that time of year again and here at John Bead we had a lot of fun dressing up and scaring each other.

Sailor Aro, Candy the Receptionist, Sarah the Pregnant/Bride from Hell, Chiao Ling the Cowgirl, Brianna the Cereal Killer, Maggie the Wedding Cake, Daniel the Vampire

Some costumes were cute, some funny and some downright creepy.

Our two Winners Donna aka Candy and Sarah received gift certificates. Happy Beading Ladies !

Let’s Go to the Creativ Show

The 23rd annual Creativ Festival
“Where shopping, inspiration and
creativity flourish!”

The Creativ Festival was held this past weekend from Oct 22-24th and JohnBead was there!

Brianna, Rishma, Maggie and Lilla

It’s where you go to get in-the-know and stay on top of what’s hot, what’s new and what’s next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, rug hooking, fibre arts, paper crafts and other creative art forms.

Formally known as the creative sewing and needlework festival, the event has come some ways from it’s origin. Guests had a wider variety of creative outlets to admire. Though this wasn’t specifically a BEAD event, Swarovski Ambassadors  Laura Timmons and Stephanie Dixon held make and takes as well as classes. The show also featured Nick Regine who shared 25 years of Jewellery manufacturing experience as he showed guests how easy it is to use Hot Fix Swarovski Element Flatbacks. Guests embellisehd a denim pouch with the BeJeweler Stone Styler. Kim, key account manager of Swarovski Elements,  provided valuable insights and an exceptional overview of the company, their products, applications and trends that benefits both retailers and consumers alike.

Our Sales Manager Lynda got to take a class and had this to say;

“I had a fabulous time at the show on the weekend. If you want to get inspired then you must take a workshop with the fabulous duo, Kim Paquette and Nick  Regime, instructors from Swarovski. Kim was awesome as usual ,giving us valuable insights and showing trends that were very inspiring. Nick came up with great ways to apply Swarovski elements to fabric, glass, wood and Plexiglas. He had some great ideas and unique techniques with working with crystals.

They were awesome!

So if you ever see them at a show you must stop by and see them in action!” -Lynda.

A variety of Bead related Classes were showcased;

Jewellery & Accessory Design (25) All Levels-3 hour workshop

Guests worked with Swarovski Elements exploring the varity of techniues and discored various ways of setting stones. With different types of glue, epoxy clay, ultravilet and hot fix gluing techniques to create and embellish jewllery and accessories.

Pearl Knotting (25) All Levels- 2 hour workshop

Guests learnt the proper technique of pearl knotting to ensure high quality end results.

Jewellery & Accessory Design for Retailers – 3 hour workshop

The class was restriced to retailers and designers. They learnt new techniques to embellish and design jewellery and accessories using Swarovski Elements.

On our Saturday exploration of the show, we came across many beautiful works of art. There was a handful of booths representing Bead Stores ;

Dragon’s Lair

Bling Bling



…just to name a few.

Marilyn Gardiner had some wonderful kits ready with all the beads and findings as well as full instructions you’d need. She has various chainmaille designs and beadwork. Melanie from our inside sales team and Dorthe, from our purchasing department both did a make and take with Marilyn and made themselves some lovely earrings with the chainmaille technique.

The Girls and I also fell in love with Karibu Beads (Kazuri Beads from Kenya). Not only do the beads have a great story but they are trully beautiful and individually unique. Full of color and magic Kazuri was founded in 1975. The now established factory employs disadvantaged single women and trains them to produce these unique clay beads and jewellery. Kazuri is a member of the World Fair Trade Federation.

One of the other fun things I picked up at the show was a fur necklace made of sheared  beaver yarn made by Paula Lishman from Fur Yarn. It’s so nice and warm ,I love it for the coming fall season.

Fur Necklace

Scrapbooking and stamping seemed to have grown in popularity. The show was full of the latest and greatest sewing, knitting machines as well as the dedicated work of handcrafted knits and quilts.

Donna from our customer service team said it best;

“A veritable feast for the creative soul! A cornucopia of colour and inspiration!” -Donna


Saturdays New Item Showcase

Saturdays New Item Showcase Saturday proved to be a great success !

This past Saturday John Beads had it’s first New Item Showcase Saturday. Customers had the opportunity to see and purchase Swarovski Elements NEW colors and shapes for the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 season. The three new colors ; Sunflower Yellow, Silver Night Crystal and Light Gold Pearl were well received and customers who had attended Septembers Swarovski Seminar were happy to get their hands on the new items they had been shown in September.

Sunflower Yellow New Swarovski Element Color
Silver Night Crystal New Swarovski Element Color

My personal favourite from Swarovski Elements is the Wild Heart Pendant. Available in 12mm, 17mm and 27mm and in Sunflower, Aquamarine, Black Diamond, Crystal, Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Silvershade, Crystal Copper, Crystal Red Magma, Indian Pink, Crystal AB, Dark Indigo ,Jet, Rosaline and Tanzanite.

It’s a more modern breakaway from the classic heart shape.  The Wild Heart Pendant owes its elongated shape and asymmetric faceting to the nostalgic mood sweeping through the design world. One of Swarovski Elements inspirations is Farmland/Fox. It’s based on a Classic style that embodies rich reds and golds. It plays off floral patterns, that ones your grandmother would wear on her approne. It’s a step towards nature and the comforts of farmlife. The mood is familiar, cozy and warm.

Swarovski Element -Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011/2012

The perfect compliment to this Wild Heart Pendant is leather cording as it makes the overall look  more organic. I also combined the Helios Pendant with leather cording further playing off of this Farmland/Fox theme.

Wildheart with leather Cording

Wildheart with thinner leather cording

Helios Pendant with Leather cording

Holiday Booklet and Designs

Our in house designer; Thanh Tran showcased New Earring designs for the upcoming Holiday Season. Angels, Evergreen Trees and Light Bulb Earrings were part of her demos, complete with instruction sheets customers could take home. Swarovski Elements Create-Your-Style Website features even more design. ( Ask us what items we carry that are featured on other designs)

Part of the Holiday Booklet


Rishma, our newest in house designer, did demos with Tila beads and farfalles. And with her bubbly personality, who wouldn’t get exited about beads !? She did a great job showing the Farfalle Ball Earring and the Tila Cuff Bracelet. The tila cuff bead is shown below. It’s a great piece for the fall season. The creator of the bracelet our designer Brianna Walsworth choose the Rasberry Gold Iris Tilas because of their beautiful iridescence and the way the bead shows many colors as the light reflects off it. She complimented it with the Gunmetal Tila that is easily matched to any color of clothing. Brianna also prefers to work with A Sterling Silver findings to ensure strength and durability of her jewellery pieces. This piece is beautiful and finely crafted, if you’re up for the challenge, it takes approx. 4 hours to complete.

Tila Cuff Bracelet

Bead weaving: How to start

You need 10 strands 1 ½ to 2 ft long to start.
3 strands in one bead tip for the outer wires and 2 strands in one bead tip for the middle wires.Materials Used:

690TL00-2005B Raspberry Gold Iris Tila Beads

690TL00-2001B Gunmetal Tila Beads

63900502 Delica Beads

96003084 Sterling silver 4 strand tube clasp

96003001 Sterling silver bead tips

250STW01430SLV Soft Touch fine wire

Farfalle Ball Earring

Materials Used:

68003005 Farfalle -Bow Beads (Farfalle)-Cut 2x4mm Opaque Blue Iris

690DB00-1211V Delica 11/0 RD Grey Mist  Silver Lined

17402328 Pearl Bead-PEARLS 16mm WHITE

74423057-01 BEADALON WILDFIRE .006″ 0.15mm BLACK- Thread

74701009-07 Artistic Wire- ART WIRE 18G Lead/Nickel SAFE PURPLE-spool

26001000-78 HEADPIN SILVER 2″ 10pcs x12