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11/09/2012

semi-precious stones

There is jewelry that is made of pure gold and silver and there is also jewelry that is made of glass, crystals, semi-precious stones and other natural materials.

I am always fascinated with fashion jewelry, trinkets and stuff made of crystals especially necklaces, earrings and swarovski crystal brooches.Crystal giftsAfter I graduated from college, I used to make fashion jewelry made of crystals as a hobby. My favorite things to do are crystal brooches, earrings and pendants. I went into every bead supplies stores I know just to find the finest materials I can use for my jewelry-making hobby. After trying different kinds of beads and using different beading materials, I settled myself with crystals.

When buying jewelry made of crystals, you have to remember that there are different facets, cuts, shapes, colors and looks of crystals. There are also crystals that have AB (Aurora Borealis) coating. This coating is often applied to one side of a crystal bead to accentuate the light-scattering properties. The AB coating looks metallic and opaque from the side it is covering but on a transparent crystal bead, the color and brightness of the sparkle shows through strongly when the bead is seen from the other side.

Crystals also come in several qualities and their facets also vary. Also remember that some of the best crystal beads are hand-faceted. Office furniture desk choice Based on my jewelry-making experience, I learned that crystals have different cuts and shapes. The ones I know are:

1. Triangle-Cut - this cut is  more angular and has fewer facets but it reflects light very strongly and looks very bright when worn. 2. Hexagon-Cut - this is a common cut for the round variant of crystal beads. This type of crystal bead is sometimes opaque; it is reflective but not translucent.
3. Diamond-Cut - I have several shapes of diamond-cut crystals like round and cushion shapes. Both have diamond facets but their shapes are different.
4. Bicone - there are bicones that are translucent but there are also bicones that are AB coated. Among my beads, this is my most favorite because of its diamond shape.

Of course, aside from the ones I mentioned, there are also other cuts and shapes of crystals but what I know and am always using are triangle cut, hexagon cut, diamond cut and also bicone.Office Furniture Manufacturers If you are still new to beading, these types of crystal are very easy to match with other beads and beading materials; I love them because I can make gorgeous and elegant beaded crystal jewelry without compromising my budget.