The following books are a great inspiration for making jewelry with gemstones, pearls, and other organic objects.
Healing Jewelry: Using Gemstones for Health & Well-Being
Have you ever been mysteriously drawn to a turquoise or amethyst bracelet, or chosen to wear the same amber necklace for weeks on end? Perhaps you intuitively recognized in those stones the power to heal an ailment or mood-- a capacity that has been attributed to many gems for centuries. This approachable, illustrated guide outlines the beneficial properties ascribed to dozens of gems (for example, onyx is said to protect against negativity) and includes instructions for making more than 50 pieces of jewelry using healing stones. Stitch elegant branch earrings of coral and pearl (which reduces irritability), or an intricate citrine bracelet that will improve your disposition. Other projects include a rosary, prayer beads, and a beautiful circle of life brooch.
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Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads
Learn to reate beautiful gemstone jewellery with this dazzling collection of over 100 projects, ranging from eyecatching earrings and accessories to exquisite necklaces and bracelets. This beautiful book offers an impressive range of 28 beautiful semi-precious stones (including birthstones) and a glimpse into the fascinating history and mythical properties behind them. Projects range from the simplest stringing to more detailed beadwork to cater for all levels of ability. Clear artworks, beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions ensure flawless results.
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Beading from Nature: Creating Jewelry with Stones from the Earth
For creative crafters, Beading from Nature is like two books in one! First, it offers a comprehensive guide to the essential tools and techniques for designing and making jewelry. That alone would make this a must-have volume. But it also provides 25 sophisticated designs, all featuring natural stones and fascinating found objects. There's a full inventory of beads on the market today, and in-depth advice on designing a personalized piece--how to choose the materials and what elements (like texture, color, weight, and balance) to consider. Wires, chains, knotting, attaching pendants, and creating hanging items all receive close attention. The unique projects include an Amber Chip Bracelet, Onyx Graduated Shell and Ethnic Silver Amulet Pendant, and a Driftwood Necklace.
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Beading with Gemstones: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques
Beading doesn't get more elegant than this, with such gleaming gems as amethyst, quartz, and lapis lazuli. Valerie MacCarthy--whose work graces the pages of high fashion magazines around the world--has created a magnificent collection of sophisticated, unique jewelry. The 30 projects include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings, and they tend to the playful and colorful. In addition, an entire section is dedicated to the different stones and their properties, including their spiritual and healing aspects. But what will really entice intermediate jewelers, beaders, and other general crafters are the pieces themselves: a balloon ring, festooned with seed pearls; chandelier earrings with sparkling, dangling stones; and a fireworks necklace of citrine, peridot, and apatite. Introductory chapters present all the gems, tools, and techniques used in the pieces. A Selection of the Crafter's Choice Book Club.
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Organic Beaded Jewelry
The excitement surrounding jewelry making is based, in part, on the wide variety of materials available. Organic Beaded Jewelry bridges the gap between assorted materials used to create fine jewelry, and demonstrates techniques to make truly unique items. Organic jewelry accounts for something with a natural form, shape or function, or items made from natural materials or those that mimic nature. Whether it''s precious metal or polymer clay, glass or gemstones, this complete reference offers options for more than 40 stunning pieces of jewelry including necklaces and bracelets. In addition to more than 150 color illustrations, the book includes the techniques and creativity of other well-known artists, for an unrivaled how-to resource!
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Beading for the Soul: Inspired Designs from 23 Contemporary Artists
This collection of projects inspired by myth, symbolism, religion, and personal beliefs is designed for beaders and artists interested in imbuing their work with meaning. The 26 designs range from necklaces and bracelets to wall hangings, bags, an heirloom box, and even a mobile. Each piece has a distinct focus and specific purpose that is elaborated on by its designer, who writes about the significance beading plays in his or her life. The designs are divided into chapters focusing on different aspects: protection, healing, strength, good fortune, prayer, bonding, and remembrance. A wide range of techniques is offered for beadworkers, with some as basic as knotting, seed beading, peyote stitch, brick stitch, ladder stitch, and bead embroidery stitches. More specialized techniques include bead weaving, beading on screen, and painting on glass. Beyond the projects inside, this guide is a starting point for an artist's own creativity and self-expression.
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Designs for Beaded Jewellery Using Natural Materials
This wonderfully inspiring book shows twenty-eight gorgeous designs for jewellery made with natural materials such as coral, wood and mother of pearl combined with beautiful beads and threads. There are precise details of the materials needed for the designs which range from classic to ethnic and from sporty to elegant.
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Making Designer Jewelry from Hardware Beads and Gems
Interest in beading and jewelry-making continues to grow. Making Designer Jewelry from Hardware, Beads, and Gems offers DIY crafters and jewelry-makers a fun, funky approach to jewelry constructed from not only glass beads, pearls, and semi-precious gemstones, but shows how to incorporate simple stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and tin hardware, such as nuts, bolts, washers, and tubing, into stunning, innovative, and modern jewelry pieces. Using hardware in jewelry has become popular, and features an aesthetic twist that mixes "high" and "low" --inexpensive and common metal hardware with favorite bead-store jewels.
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Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry
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Making Designer Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry
- The hottest new look in fashion jewelry is all about gemstones and pearls. Now readers can create--right at home--their own unique versions of the stylish looks they see on models and in magazines. Using simple, accessible techniques and easily assembled supplies, Making Designer Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry shows how to make chokers, lariats, bracelets, earring, and more in a variety of styles, from classic to modern to funky. Whether the desired look is simple and elegant or ornate and chunky, the creative process is easy and fun, and the results are spectacular. The book also offers information on the healing powers of gemstones--turquoise for serenity and positive thinking, amber for romance and love--to help readers imbue their designs with personal meaning. For anyone who loves jewelry, even if they''ve never strung a bead or twisted a wire, this unique guide will inspire readers to make beautiful, stylish accessories to keep or to give as gifts.
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Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear
- The editors of Beadwork magazine reveal the elegance of pearls with projects, photography, and history in this tribute to nature’s iconic gemstone. Step-by-step instructions for 20 stunning projects involving natural, freshwater, and imitation pearls are accompanied by photos to guide jewelry makers of all ability levels through the wide range of materials, colors, and shapes used in these elegant and wearable designs. Broken into three sections, "The Classics" covers traditional pearl stringing and simple earrings, "Special Occasions" includes a striking copper-colored choker and a lariat suitable for a bride, and "Fashion Forward" contains a bangle with fiery-colored pearls and a dramatic bracelet using handmade beads and dyed pearls. Chapters on the science and culture of pearls include tips on selecting, working with, and caring for these treasures, while engaging anecdotes and vibrant images of pearls throughout history round out this informative and entertaining book.
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Simply Pearls: Designs for Creating Perfect Pearl Jewelry
Whether you prefer a classic single strand or a funky combination of pearls and semi-precious materials, Simply Pearls shows you how to create necklaces that are easy to make yet look both expensive and professionally made. No longer the extravagance they used to be, pearls come in a variety of types—from freshwater to faux—that make these beautiful gems an affordable and elegant option. Part project manual, part style guide, Simply Pearls shows how to create, update, and wear pearl jewelry--everything from freshwater to faux. Professional jewelry designer Nancy Alden offers great how-to-wear-it ideas for the Holly Golightly in all of us. 120 color photos. 75 illustrations.
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Making Designer Freshwater Pearl Jewelry: Techniques and Projects for Creating Classic, Contemporary, and Casual Jewelry
Focuses exclusively on making jewelry using freshwater pearls
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Beading with Pearls: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques
Pearls have long stood for classic beauty and elegance, and this collection of 30 exquisite projects, the latest in the bestselling Beading with series, continues that time-honored tradition. It features sophisticated and stylish designs by a pool of talented artists, most using simple techniques suitable for beginners. The pieces range from vintage and sentimental to hip, modern, and edgy: the showstopping Bohemia ring features three burgundy pearls set in silver wire, accented with Swarovski crystals. Nefertiti earrings--fit for a queen--highlight clusters of tiny white rice pearls on wrapped bead loops. A shimmering three-strand necklace includes polished citrines, faceted glass beads, and off-white pearls. Every page is brimming with high-end style!
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Pearls: A Natural History
- A book with the luster and allure of its subject, Pearls is the most spectacular volume ever produced on this prized gem. Blending history, science, and the jeweler''s art to celebrate these natural treasures -- as in Abrams'' hugely successful Amber -- this lavishly illustrated volume, shimmering with new color photography and archival images, traces the natural and cultural history of pearls around the world. Published to accompany an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, Pearls begins with the earliest pearl artifacts found in Mesopotamia and discusses how pearls are formed, in nature and by humans, the ways different cultures have used pearls in literature, paintings, religious objects, and sculptures, and, of course, pearls as personal adornment.
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Pearls of Life: For the Personal Spiritual Journey with Other
Stranded by stormy weather on a small Greek Island, Lutheran Bishop Emeritus Martin Lonnebo created the Pearls of Life concept to guide his own prayer. He shared the idea with others and was amazed at their response and their stories of ever deepening prayer.The bracelet is made of quality glass and ceramic beads, strung on a soft elastic cord and imported from a fairtrade manufacturer in India. The book describes the meaning of each pearl and how it may be used in personal prayer. There are eighteen pearls, twelve round and six oblong. For example: - The largest golden pearl reminds us that we are not alone: God is supporting us, accepting us, loving us.- The six oblong pearls are for silence, for shutting out that which distracts.- The small shimmering white pearl reminds us that we are created in God's image.- The large white pearl reminds us that we are forgiven.Suitable for use by youth and adults, congregations may adapt it for use in confirmation classes, study groups, and retreats.
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The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones from Cut and Color to Shape and Settings
A well-illustrated reference for anyone needing to make accurate judgements about gemstones, including sources and grading, settings, cutting and faceting, gemstone groups, appraising, spotting synthetics and fakes and much more.
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Crystal Prescriptions: The A-Z Guide to Over 1,200 Symptoms and Their Healing Crystals
Listing over 1,200 symptoms, this is a practical first-aid guide based on sound crystal-healing principles that have been practiced for millennia. Crystals are a gentle, non-invasive system of holistic healing with no side effects. Suitable for children and animals, they can also benefit your environment and your home.
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Healing with Crystals and Gemstones: Balance Your Chakras and Your Life
Chocron shares meditations, visualizations, exercises, and an extensive array of crystals and healing techniques. She includes many uncommon stones and practices discovered through years of study and working as a healer.
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The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals: A Comprehensive Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones
Investigate the healing and divinatory power of crystals with this illustrated guide to 150 of the earth's most potent elements. From Agate to Zoisite, each crystal entry includes a color photo, description of properties, listing of associated herbs, oils, and incenses, and astrological significance. You'll not only learn how to identify crystals, but how to harness their powers for decision-making, protection, health, and well-being. Relieve a child's earache with rose quartz or rid the workplace of tension with an amethyst geode tucked in your desk. Whether you carry a core set of crystals, fashion an amulet for portable empowerment, or whip up a pitcher of energy-boosting crystalline water, these practical suggestions can help you face fears and soothe daily stresses.
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The Essential Crystal Handbook: All the Crystals You Will Ever Need for Health, Healing, and Happiness
Beginning with a historical overview, this useful and inspiring book covers every aspect of crystals, from their role in healing meditation to their use in amulets. The book even covers birthstones -- their link to auras, chakras, and reflexology points. Organized by color, over 100 crystals are profiled, each with a full-color photograph and descriptive text on its appearance, healing properties, and other practical uses. Keywords identify each specimen, while informed commentary explains how to distinguish similar crystals, how to create a collection, and the myths and legends associated with each one.
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Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power: A Practical Guide to How Gemstones, Minerals and Crystals Can Enhance Your Life
- 200 different gemstones, minerals, and crystals, uniquely and usefully organized by their particular powers and practical uses: All stones are organized by how they''re utilized in various traditions and how they are used today. The unique format will help readers more easily find the stones that suit their specific, personal needs--whether for love, money, work, power, physical, or emotional wellness, or spiritual transformation.- Illustrated with four-color photographs throughout: Beautiful photographs help readers identify each gemstone--while additional features include FAQs as well as where to find, buy, and identify crystals for personal use. Throughout, the emphasis within the text is on sparklingly clear, fact-based information--a welcome alternative to books that often emphasize the "woo-woo" over solid reference information.- Gemstones and minerals have universal, timeless appeal: Every world culture--from Ancient Egypt, to India and Asia, to Mayan, Incan, and indigenous Native American tribes--has used and continues to use gems and gemstones for health, protection, and their "magical" properties.
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The World of Gemstones: A Laypersons Guide
Whether buying gem-set jewellery or loose stones, you will be faced with a colourful array of beauty and value. With such a wide choice - from amethyst to zircon which should you choose? What is it worth, and how do you even know it is real? All that glitters is not gold, as they say, and all that sparkles is not diamond. Gemstones helps to answer these questions in simple and easy to understand terms. As well as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, over 100 gems are featured, with full descriptions, technical details, and tips on how to check for fakes; illustrated throughout with fabulous colour photographs to make identification easier. Technical terms such as refraction and fluorescence are explained and some basic identification tests are introduced. A helpful tour around the world details where gems are best available. Informative appendices include a glossary of terms, tables of specific gravity and refractive index, and the comparative value of different stones.
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Healing with Gemstones and Crystals
Healing with Gemstones and Crystals provides a complete guide to healing the body, mind, and spirit with the aid of gemstones and crystals. Written by healer Diane Stein, this work packs a wealth of information and instructions on every page. Readers will learn how to choose gemstones and will learn chakras and the hara line for gemstone energy work.
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Crystal Healing for Animals
Discover how the healing power of crystals can be used to enhance the well being and happiness of animals.
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