Thursday, May 19, 2011

Natural and Gemstone Beads

Shell or Mother of Pearl, Cultured, Sweet Water or Salt water Pearls, Bamboo Coral, Lava Stone, Agate, Amazonit, Amethyst, Amber, Ametrine, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Chacedony, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Emerald, Fluorite, Garnet, Howlite, Jade, Kunzite, Kyanite, Labradoite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Onyx, Opal, Peridot, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz and Turquoise are some of my favorite. Most of those beads are made in China and India, few in Russia. Cultured Pearls are coming mostly from Chinese Pearl Farms, but also from Japan ( Akoya Pearls), Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines (south sea pearls). You can purchase those beads in many different qualities. Here we are talking about price. The better the quality of the stone and its manufacturing process, the more expensive they are. I recommend to buy your stones in a store and not on the internet in the beginning. This way you can look at them, feel them, ask questions etc.

Amethyst combined with Swarovski Crystal® and a sterling Silver Bali Bead

Aventurine combined with Sterling Silver elements
Baroque and round Akoya cultured pearls combined with Sterlig Silver

Apple green Turquoise combined with Swarovski Crystal® and a Sterling Silver Bead

Garnet combined with Swarovski Crystal® and a Sterling Silver Bead
Lava Stone, Cultured Pearls and Cracle Quartz combined with Sterling Silver elements

Lava Stone combined with Swarovski Crystal® and Sterling Silver elements

Cultured Pearls combined with Czech Bicone Fire Polished Glass Beads and Sterling Silver elements
Apple green Turquoise combined with Swarovski Crystal® and a Lampwork Bead

Red Coral with Lava Stones and a Sterling Silver Bead

Apple Green Turquoise with Onyx, Quartz and Sterlin Silver elements

Aventurine combined with Sterlin Silver elements

Red Coral (Sponge Coral) with Cultured Pearls and Sterling Silver elements

Apple green Turquoise with Swarovski Crystal® and Sterling Silver

Aventurine with Quartz and Sterling Silver elements

Sponge Coral with Cultured Pearls and Sterling Silver Elements

Quartz and Onyx

Aventurine combined with Swarowski Crystal®, Sterling Silver elements and a Cloisonne Bead out of Sterling Silver

Russian Serpentinecombined with Gold Fill Beads


Turquoise combined with Sterling Silver

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise combined with Sterling Silver


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