On June 21st this year we will celebrate the June Solstice, also known as the Summer Solstice. This day marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year, as well as the shortest night. The Summer Solstice holds a few fun facts you may or may not know: The Earth is farthest… Continue reading Get FREE Summer Solstice Beads!
In honor of the month of March and St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve rounded up some “lucky beads” from around the warehouse, along with some little known facts.
Tutorial by Adrianne Surian This is a quick and simple design using just a few components. Use layers of natural cord and a pewter accent connector to create a boho-chic DIY leather bracelet. The glue-on end caps make this a great beginner project! Adrianne says, “I got the supplies for this project from Happy Mango… Continue reading Make this Trendy Bracelet in ONLY 10 minutes
Some gemstone beads are so cool it hard to believe they’re real. Sometimes it’s the pattern on the stone that looks unnatural, but more often it’s the color that leaves us wondering. Moukaite is one of those stones. It’s almost too good to be true! Moukaite (aka Mookaite) is a jasper that is found near… Continue reading Moukaite, it’s the REAL THING
Perhaps the best thing about owning a bead company is the opportunity to travel to exotic places where we purchase a majority of our beads … but once a year we also get to make a pilgrimage to Tucson, Arizona (from Denver, Colorado) for the world’s largest gem and mineral show. And that’s what we’re… Continue reading Tucson, here we come!
No stone was ever more important to the Mayan people than their precious Jade. In fact, the Maya believed it to be more desirable than gold. For fear of outsiders stealing their special green stone, the Mayans quit going to the mine – which was the only source of all Mayan and Olmec (Central American)… Continue reading Jade, More Precious Than Gold
Saint Francis of Assisi was born circa 1181. His father was a wealthy cloth merchant who owned farmland around Assisi, Italy, and his mother was a beautiful Frenchwoman. He wanted for nothing as a child, and indulged in all the luxuries available to him. He lived in a time of troubadours, or poet-musicians, and Francis had… Continue reading St. Francis of Assisi