Brithstone for October: Opal

Opal is the modern October birthstone and the accepted gem for the 13th wedding anniversary. It derives its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel that treats the eye to an explosion of shimmering colors. It is said that opal is the multi-gem that has the colors of world.

Splendorous Colors

Once an influential people has quoted opal’s brilliant colors like that:

“There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald – all shining together in incredible union.  Some by their splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil. “

For its unique ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called “Cupid Paederos” by the Romans, meaning a child beautiful as love. One legendary explanation for this gemstone’s origin is that it fell from heaven in a flash of fiery lightning.

Component and Origin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opal is made from non-crystallized silica, a mineral found near the Earth’s surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once existed. As these hot springs dried up, layers of the silica, combined with water, were deposited into the cracks and cavities of the bedrock. This in turn formed opal. Most of the world’s Opal deposits are found in Southern Australia. Other sources of this gemstone are Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia and Nevada.

Opals were valued also for their magical healing powers and the symbolic of faithfulness and confidence.  In ancient time, monarchs loved to set opals into crowns and Wear them in necklaces to ward off evil to protect the eyesight. It’s believed that opal jewels also can ward off nightmares.

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This gemstone actually contains up to 30% water, so it must be protected from heat or harsh chemicals, both of which will cause drying and may lead to cracking and loss of iridescence. Opal must also be guarded from blows, since it is relatively soft and breaks easily.

I also add some jewels made of various natural opal in Zacoo blog’s Photo Album: Opal Jewels and our facebook community.

Besides, to find more resources of  gemstones and beading world here in Zacoo’s Bead Knowledge Base.

 

 

Glam up Your Fingers with Antique Touch

Similar to the recurrence of fashion trends of past decades, antique and vintage ring settings tend to be continuously reinvented in the same manner.Antique and vintage ring settings are grown to be popular as they can remain ultimate classic chic and will never go out of style years after years.

Antique and vintage fans would be wild with delight when they find that there are ten more antique and vintage style ring settings presented in Zacoo’s October New Arrival Lists with characters of intricate designs, less costly, well-built and high finishing etc.

This kind of  antique ring settings are featured with classic bow knot and  floral. You can just put in on your fingers and demonstrate a simple but classic style.

The  following delightful collection are all common ring settings and mountings of round and heart shape.  Each kind is available in all three colors of sliver, antique copper, antique brass to fulfill your various needs.

 

For people have special preference on stylish filigree workmanship ,the antique copper ring settings with complicate and intricate designs would be the best choice. Also this kind of ring settings can provide you more inspiration space. Designing it with resin cameos or resin flowers, adding delicate beads, pendants or charms are all worth to experiment.

Moreover, one thing you don’t need to bother about the size is that all ring settings are adjustable. So just take action and try every experiment to glam up your fingers.

Beading Tips: Basic Knowledge About Seed Beads

Seed beads are one of the most commonly used beads for jewelry making and decorating garments. This post is all knowledge about seed beads including its definition, national origin and development, sizes and unit of measurement, colors and finishes etc. which will definitely bring a clear understanding on the world of seed beads especially for beginners who wants to start his or her art project using seed beads.

Definition and National Origin

Seed beads are tiny pieces of glass cane tubes that have been heated until they are smooth. Available in hundreds of colors and many finishes, they are the “paint” of your loom and off-loom beadwork.

Before World War II, there was a thriving bead industry centered in eastern Europe, especially in Bohemia, before 1918 a part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and a part of the Republic of Czechoslovakia  after, although Germany, Italy and France were also noted producers of glass beads.

Most contemporary high-quality seed beeds are made in Japan or the Czech Republic. Japanese seed beads are generally more uniform in size, shape, and finish as well as having larger holes than Czech seed beads of the same size, but the Japanese make fewer styles.

Size and Unit of Measurement

Seed beads range in size from 1.3mm to 3.3mm. Larger numbers mean smaller beads. The most common smaller sizes are 11/0 and 15/0, and the most common larger sizes are 6/0 and 8/0. The term “aught” refers to how many beads can fit into a standard unit.

Material

Glass is the most common material used to fabricate seed beads, but some were made of metal, usually aluminum or steel, porcelain or tile.  They are often cut in what is known as “three-cut” faceting; these are popularly known as steel cuts. Usually a 10kg rod of glass will yield about 8kg of seeds beads.

Colors and Finish

Seed beads come in an endless variety of colors and finishes, so it can be daunting to pick out the perfect beads for the jewelry you want to make. The unique look and feel of each seed bead comes not only from color, but also from the perfect combination of finishes that are applied to the seed bead. Here is a glossary of seed bead finishes that will help you pick out the exact beads you need for each project you make!

Color-lined: clear or colored transparent beads with an opaque color lining the inside. These beads can achieve a fantastic depth of colors.

Metal-lined: clear or colored transparent beads with real metal or metal color lining the inside. The beads lined with real metal are often less likely to wear than the colored lining.

Silver-lined: clear or colored transparent beads with a silver color lining the inside, a popular variation of metal-lined. This finish reflects light to achieve a very sparkly finish.

AB or Aurora Borealis: an iridescent finish applied to the surface that creates a rainbow effect. Iris, Rainbow and Rainbow-lined are effects that achieve a variety of iridescent finishes similar to the AB finish.

Luster: a shiny glaze applied to the surface that creates a pearly effect. This finish is at risk of wearing away or fading.

Gold Luster: a variation of the luster finish that creates a metallic gold pearly effect. This finish is at risk of wearing away or fading.

Ceylon: a finish applied to the surface to achieve a milky, pearly effect. This finish is at risk of wearing away or fading.

Opaque: colored glass beads that are not transparent. Most opaque seed beads are very stable and resilient to rubbing or fading.

Transparent: clear, colored glass that can be seen through. It is important to keep mind of the color of thread you use with transparent beads as it will show through.

Matte: frosted effect etched onto the surface of the bead. Matte finishes combine beautifully with metallic, AB, transparent and opaque finishes. Matte finishes are very stable and usually resilient to rubbing or fading.

Galvanized: Zinc plating coats the surface of the bead to create a shiny metallic look. This coating is at risk of wearing away or fading.

Permanent Galvanized: similar to the galvanized finish, however the coating is permanent and often shinier. This is a great alternative to galvanized seed beads when used on a piece that will have a lot of friction with skin or fabric.

Metal-plated: metal-plating over glass beads.

Metal: seed beads made of metal. These beads have sharper edges than most seed beads, so use of Fireline thread is recommended. Metal seed beads have larger holes and function well as an inexpensive alternative to spacer beads.

Satin: fiber-optic tubular seed bead with slight striations. Made from a different type of glass than other seed beads, satin seed beads have sharper edges, so use of Fireline thread is recommended.

Opal: semi-transluscent finish that is often achieved with a dye on the surface. This finish is at risk of wearing away or fading.

Dyed: seed beads are coated with a dye that is often impermanent. Dyed seed beads in bright pinks, purples and reds are less stable and more likely to wear and fade.

Methods of Packaging

Seed beads are sold either by “hank” or by gram weight.

A  hank is unit bundle of strands of seed beads or bugle beads. A typical hank has twelve 20″ (51 cm) strands of beads. Different sizes and types of beads may be sold in hanks which have different numbers and lengths of strands. Different hanks (age, type, size) have had from 8 to 14 strands, and lengths have varied from 8 to 20 inches per strand.

Japanese beads are sold by gram weight, seldom by the hank. Buying Japanese beads by the hank usually costs about twice as much, therefore, they are not usually sold or purchased from Japan in this manner.

Share all knowledge about beads and techniques, keep more attention on Zacoo’s Bead Knowledge Base.

 


Fall/Winter 2011 Wedding Trends

Harvest time, wedding time… Are you prepare to get married in September, October and November? Are you still in search of what to incorporate on your wedding day ? Today, we’ll break down the coolest wedding trends for Fall/Winter 2011.

 Trends in Surrounding Decoration

Sheer layers , transparent looks, and lots of textures are key words of Fall Fall/Winter 2011 wedding trends for surroundings decoration.

There is a multitude of ways to incorporate sheer layers into your wedding. lucite chairs and accents , layers of sheer paper in your invitations, clear chandeliers, beaded bouquets, transparent tents etc can all create a soft, sheer look .

Mixing and matching elements and textures are on trends this season. Texture is all around us like sheers of lines, flowers or branches, paper accessories and lights etc.

 

Trends in Apparel

This season’s wedding trends feature a strong vintage appeal that adds to the romanticism of the wedding day. Keep high hem and short veils in mind when choosing your wedding apparel.

A higher hem is very in, and allows you to play up your choice in shoes. Flush your shoes with jolts of color or floral accents or vintage inspired blush-hued accessories.

Shorter cocktail dresses and 1950′s styles with tea-length skirts and sweetheart necklines will give your wedding a timeless appeal. Birdcage veils are a growing trend, especially for these cocktail-style wedding dresses.

Trends in Color

Sun-faded earth tones such as olive green, taupe, ivory, lilac and peach offer an additional element of vintage rustic appeal.

Rich antique shades such as royal purple, navy, emerald and dark crimson contrast the natural shades with a majestic beauty.

And don’t forget about pewter grey and charcoal. Their popularity continues to grow and will be a welcomed addition to your wedding color palate.

Trends in Jewelry

Whether your jewelry is actually an heirloom or just has that appearance, vintage jewelry completes the look.

Layered and cascading lariat-style necklaces and multi-stranded bracelets provide a gorgeous accent to complement the simpler dress designs.

Bold earrings and ornate hair combs with brass filigree add detail and brilliance while the classic appeal of gold and pearls provide an elegant touch.

Rich, jewel-toned crystals, rhinestones and gemstones are gaining in popularity, especially sapphires and emeralds in vintage-style engagement ring designs.

Follow the fashion elements of the above, whatever your style, if you’re an autumn/winter bride you’re sure to be fashionable.

Spooky Dark Night Bat Chain Necklace Tutorial

Hey, Halloween Holiday is only half month away. How’s your plan going on? Do you prepare a featured and spooky art project? If you still have no ideas then follow today’s post and make a spooky dark night bat chain necklace.

First, prepare for all the Materials:Crystal beads,antique style bat charm,chain,jump rings and head pins.To have your own style, you can make some change on colors, sizes or pattern of crystal beads.
Tools you may use are as follows

Now lets get started to do it step by step.

Step 1: Making five simple loops

Step 2: cut the same length chains using the side cuter. To be different, you can decided the length of the chain to create other effect.
Step 3: Add the crystals to the chains.
Step 4: Open and close a jump ring. Here you need to do this five times to add five jump rings on the bat charm.

Step 5: Connect the five chains with crystal pendants to jump rings one by one.

Step 6: Add the bat charm to the chain. Then you have finished your dark night bat chain necklace.

Hot Sells for Christmas Resin Cameos and Cabochons

When comes to Christmas, it’s all about Christmas trees, Santa clause, Christmas wreath, snowflake ornaments, Christmas candy cane etc with the traditional holiday color of red, green, golden, silver and blue.

When Christmas holiday is drawing nearer and nearer, people start getting in the mood and begin making plans to decorate your surroundings for the purpose of creating a strong festival atmosphere.  To make relevant Christmas jewelry is one of the must-to-do things. Never brother too much on that task as I am going to  introduce you an easy and fast way to finish Christmas themed  jewelry projects.

Yes, that is Christmas themed resin cameos and cabochons that carved with traditional Christmas icons and colors.

These resin cameos are flat in back and can be used for anything that could be sticked on, like  mount and settings, resin cabochons, bezels, art papers etc.. In addition that, you can also make holes to use it as a focal pendents since resin products are easy to make a whole with. To know more creative and fashion ways of using resin cameo, click this blog: What Can You Do With Cameos and try the ways  by yourself.

Other recommended holiday cameos:

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Ways to wear a beautiful, vintage-inspired brooch

Yesterday, I shared knowledge about antique brooches. So why not continue that topic and think of other practical and creative ways to wear brooches which will give this fashion choice a new lease on life?

There are many possibilities of wearing a brooch. You can wear it with clothes, on a purse, scarves, hats, headbands and cardigans or tucked into an updo. Therefore, to constantly keep a brooch into your bag is so important as you never know when you might need it in order to refresh your look.

See how celebrities uses various brooch to glam up their looks…


 Practical and Fashion Ways to Wear Brooches

1. To wear it with shirts, tops, and dresses is not the most creative way, but it is a tried-and-true way that will never, ever go out of style. Brooches look great pinned to winter sweaters and comfy cardigans, because they provide a perfect splash of sparkle.

2. Headbands with accents are in – bows and jewels on headbands are becoming commonplace, but it is just as easy to DIY – just pin a beautiful brooch onto a headband.

3. Want your outfit to have little French chic? Simply wrap a scarf around your neck and fasten it in place with a brooch. Very simple but effective. For a slightly more modern take on this look, place the scarf around your waist or hips instead to draw the eye downwards and accentuate your figure.

4. Pin a brooch onto bags. This method looks best when the brooch is pinned onto a clutch or other small evening bag. Pick a brooch that matches a color or detail in your dress, and it will really help tie the bag into the look.

5. Use a brooch as a hairpin. Make a bun or french twist extra glamorous by pinning a brooch in your hair. This usually looks best in the back of your hair, but use your judgment depending on the style.

Ready to DIY your own brooches and try some of these ideas? For me, I’ve come up ideas of making a brooch using resin cameos with antique mount and settings or some featured Tibetan  silver charms with chains.  I will show them up later on my Facebook pages. Be sure to browse our website for brooch bases and jewelry beads and supplies.Here must be a few choices to whet your appetite.

 

Jewelry Trends for Fall/Winter 2011: Antique Brooch

With the autumn breeze howling, sweater, jacket would have appeared in other parts of the most attractive woman on a beautiful  brooch with very intricate details that will not be missed by anyone.

Woman takes pleasure on brooches also have a long story that can be dated from Victoria Period. Traditionally, the brooches are made to be worn or clipped on clothes, but in modern times there are experimental fashion geniuses would also like to put brooches as ornaments on their shoes, wrist bands, bags, belts, even on plain hair accessories. For the antique fans, to make a collection of antique brooches is always full of delightful and excitement.

When one says antique brooches, of course, the understanding is that these can be dated to way, way back. The question now is, how way back can an antique brooch be considered really valuable antique accessories? To serve as a guide, here are some of the most common kinds of antique brooches out in the market these days:

1. Victorian Brooches- these are brooches resplendent of the design of fashion items during the reign of Queen Victoria of England, which took up all of the 63 year period from mid-1830s to the 1900s. Such design is appreciative of the romance and flair of ornate and bodily curves. Antique brooches made during the Victorian era usually have coral accents, and there are even some in the form of lockets that serve as memorabilia to a particular person dearest to the owner.

2. Edwardian Brooches- these, on the other hand, sprung up right after the regime of Queen Victoria of England. King Edward is, thus, basically Queen Victoria’s son, and he apparently has decided to follow in the footsteps of his mother to promote great style. Apart from the female silhouette, the Edwardian era saw the emergence of soft and flowing designs, stones that have a pale and delicate color, and brooches, lots of them.

3. Albertian Brooches- these brooches, meanwhile, are typically black and indicative of some kind of mourning. This is because this type of brooches started becoming famous when Prince Albert, also of England and another advocate of fashion, died.

4. Elizabethan Brooches- these are included in the vast collections of jewelry pieces in Queen Elizabeth II’s archive, mostly embellished with pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. According to accounts, many of these are gifts from fellow monarchs.

5.Romans Brooch- Roman brooches are hailed by many as a race of highly skillful and artsy people, which explains why most of their works, including those on jewelry and accessories like brooches, are given much acclaim in all parts of the globe. Some of the signs that one has got an antique brooch that came from the Roman era: styles that are extremely resplendent of nature, crude materials, and gigantic sized center pieces. Also, most Roman brooches have a kind of loop attachment that enable them to be compatible to any kind of clothing. Truth be told, Roman brooches are typically made to secure the robes of Romans way back, so while Roman brooches may be aesthetic, they are functional as well.

 

 

A Delightful New Collection of Zinc Alloy Charms and Pendants

Hello bloglandia!

New Arrivals all about a delightful collection of zinc alloy pendants and charms with high-quality and fashionable patterns are just prepared for you in this month. All the pieces display an elegant antique finish that evokes the romance of vintage jewelry while highlighting the beautiful details.

Since they involves with a wide selection of themes, it would satisfied your different requirements and favors. Themes including fantasy and fairy tales such as castles and bowknot and carousel, baby and family theme of teddy bears, animal themes such as feature fun dinosaurs and pigs, Halloween holiday theme of spiders and bat, motifs of keys ,party theme of bling-bling purse and ice creams….

 

Makes it easy to attach them to a chain or cord. Choose from an incredibly wide selection of charms and pendants in styles to suit your fashion style and whimsy.


Bling Out Your Jewelry Inspiration for the Golden October

What’s popular in the season of fall?

How could you make yourself looking good and outstanding when walking down the streets?

How you state your style and let people thinking about that you are somebody and not think as if you don’t exist at all.

All you have to do is have the right piece of bling bling jewelry that can bring an effect of flashy, ostentatious and elaborate.

For bling-bling jewelry,  it is now not just for the rich and the famous. The chance is here at Zacoo’s new arrivals for October. We have provide quite a number of selections for bling-bling beads and supplies. They can be used as  stylish pendants of your necklace, the focal parts of the brooch to show off your style and sparkle and flash earrings elements.

These bling-bling jewelry beads, pendants, supplies can be enjoyable to do for your project. Not only is decorating your own jewelry entertaining, it serves as a creative outlet for anyone who has a knack for fashion and design.


 

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