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What Are Rhinestones?

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History of the rhinestone Rhinestones which are also known as diamantes or paste date back as far as the thirteenth century where they were first made from Czechoslovakian or Bohemian hand blown glass. The term rhinestone came along later, when rock crystals were discovered in and around the shores of the river Rhine in Austria. These rock crystals could be ... Read More »

What are the Differences Between Natural and Cultured Pearls

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Different Types Of Pearls The hunt for natural pearls dates back thousands of years to places like China and the Persian Gulf where divers would swim down to the ocean floor or river bottom to hunt for pearls. Diving for natural pearls was the only means of findings pearls until the late 19th and early 20th centuries where Japanese researchers ... Read More »

How To Protect Your Jewellery Or Craft Designs

Having your own creative business can be extremely rewarding, whether its making handmade jewellery or other crafts you get to do the thing you enjoy on a daily basis. Coming up with new designs and experimenting with different ideas to create jewellery that’s representative of your own unique style. It’s this style or uniqueness that attracts customers to buy your ... Read More »

Nail art – How to create Swarovski crystal nails

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Equipment needed: Bowl of warm water with soap free hand wash (Can use normal hand wash if you don’t have soap free) Moisturiser Colour Nail varnish (or Clear if you prefer) Clear nail varnish Base coat nail varnish (optional) 1 x Orangewood stick Swarovski rhinestones ss5 (1.8mm perfect for nails) Spread the rhinestones out and make sure that they are ... Read More »

Create semi precious beads and pendants from pebbles

If you ever visit the beach you will be amazed at the number of pebbles that you come across that have beautiful patterns and colours. If you make handmade jewellery it’s a great inexpensive way to come up with new materials for your designs. To use a stone for jewellery making it will either need to be top drilled to ... Read More »

Choosing Jewellery Pliers

One of the most important tools you can get for jewellery making is pliers. There are so many different kinds that when you are starting out it can be quite confusing choosing the right type. Using the right tool for the right job can really improve your jewellery making whilst cutting down on the time it takes to create your ... Read More »

Why does silver tarnish

Silver tarnishing occurs when the natural gases in the Earth’s atmosphere (Hydrogen Sulphide) react with the surface of the silver. Hydrogen Sulphide can be found in material such as wool, paints, latex, hairspray and certain foods such as onions, eggs and oil. The speed at which your silver would tarnish really depends on how it was stored and the climate, ... Read More »

New website look

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Hi and Welcome to crystal and Glass Beads Blog, we have just updated the look of the site, including new software that allows user accounts. After having done a small trial it would appear that not many people liked being forced into having to setup an account, so we have updated the original site to look like the new one. ... Read More »