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Your sister's birthday is next month and you have no idea what to get her. Your anniversary is right around the corner and your wife has given you no clue as to what she wants. You don't want to just buy them something from a big box store. And a gift card or cash is so impersonal. What could you possibly get for them to show them how much they mean to you? Let me introduce to you why handmade jewelry makes such an amazing gift.

Each piece of handmade jewelry is unique. No one else is going to have the exact same piece. So, when you give a unique and special gift, you are letting the receiver know that you think they are worth the effort of finding a handmade gift. It lets them know that you think they are unique and special.

You can easily up the personalization factor by choosing handmade jewelry that is made with their birthstone. When you give someone jewelry made with their birthstone it lets them know that you went the extra step to think about when their birthday is and what special meaning that stone may have to them. Handmade jewelry with their birthstone is sure to be a treasured item.

If the recipient has a favorite color, look at jewelry made with lampwork beads. They come is a rainbow of colors and are simply beautiful. The artistry is evident in each bead.

Also, when you give someone handmade jewelry you are giving them a wearable work of art. Care and craftsmanship have gone into each piece. They can look at it day after day and be reminded of the care that you put into choosing a gift just for them. There are so many different types and styles of handmade jewelry.  Choose handmade jewelry for your next gift and the experience is sure to be out of this world. To learn more about handmade jewelry contact us and we will be happy to help you.

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We understand that each customer is as unique and original as our handmade pieces! Figuring out what jewelry is right for you can be a challenge. Let us help you find your sparkle by Exploring Your Personal Jewelry Focus.

A Gem for Every Outfit

The right jewelry demands the right outfit, but figuring out which pairings go best can be like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. One golden rule to remember is that opposites attract. Try pairing a chunky statement piece with jeans and a solid color blouse. Stacked bracelets are perfect for shaping this trendy casual look. Throw on a pair of color pop heels and you're ready to take on the town!

Looking for more jewelry code rules? Pay attention to necklines and select a piece that fits your ensemble. High necked dresses pair great with long necklaces or short pendants. For v-necks and plunging evening wear, consider a classic style like pearls or silver.

Busy patterns work well with solid, timeless jewelry sets, while boho aesthetic was made for artisan, beaded anklets and earrings. Get creative and design your own runway!

Jewelry for Work, Play, and Everything in Between

How do you rock a necklace from Monday through Friday night and on into Sunday afternoon? Having a few staple pieces can help coordinate your style to your lifestyle. Never underestimate the power of a basic element. For the office, simple earrings portray professionalism alongside elegant style. Subtle color can be highlighted with a classic bracelet or necklace. Careful not over-accessorize. The best looks can take you from day to night, without distracting from your inner beauty.

As an added bonus, consider accessorizing to compliment your face shape. Oval faces pair well with long, dramatic earrings, while faces may be best accentuated by vertical jewelry. 

Dress It Up for the Most Important Person: You!

Finding you jewelry focus is an adventure! Imagine your favorite style icons. Are you more of an Audrey Hepburn or a Beyonce? Trace the rich history of lampwork beads to inspire a modern wardrobe or explore the facts about gemstones. Color and texture are great elements to mix in, while midnight tones can capture your inner moonchild. Wherever your personal jewelry focus takes you, go boldly and in style!

Contact us for more great tips and ideas!

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Swarovski Crystals have an extensive and rich history dating back to 1892 when Daniel Swarovski created a glass cutting machine that enabled crystals to be cut the same every time, changing the jewelry business forever. For more on the origins of Swarovski Crystals click here.

To stay on top of the competition and within current trends, the company began using coatings or effects, which help them trump other bead companies every time. There are two main types of effects Swarovski uses: Classic and Exclusive.

The Classic coating involves all the main jewelry colors, while also including shades from across the entire color spectrum. An Exclusive coating is an effect created with international trend agencies, such as high-end fashion designers. One example of an Exclusive coated bead would be Crystal Scarabaeus Green (001 SCGR) designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.  It is easy to tell which beads have an effect according to the Swarovski Color Chart Guide because they all have a 001 code. Any color on the chart that is has Swarovski Exclusive Effect will be underlined.

There are five Crystal Effects that Swarovski uses, they are Transparent, Metallic, Full Coating, Crystal Patina, and LacquerPRO. From there the bead can vary due to additional coatings or effects which are represented by 2x, B, V, Z, or FC. A bead with a 2x in the code means that both sides of the bead have been treated with the effect, whether is be Metallic or Crystal Patina. B code signifies that all three sides of the cube have been treated, where V shows that the effect is used on the reverse side of a crystal. Z simply means that a part of the crystal was coated and not the entire bead. FC indicates that it is Fully Coated with an all over, consistent application of intense effects. 

Swarovski Crystals have reigned in the jewelry business since the early 20th century. The company employs a lot of time and effort into their product to ensure it lives up to the name it has created. SWCreations loves using Swarovski Crystals because of its outstanding reputation. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your bridal party or need something to wear for that special occasion please contact us.

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Many jewelry lovers opt for pieces made with gemstones, such as amethyst and citrine. Gemstones are a great option for those who appreciate the boho, natural look. But gemstones are not just a beautiful part of the earth, they are also believed with be charged with certain energies.

Each gemstone is said to carry metaphysical or healing properties and benefits. Amethyst is said to provide users with calm, healing energy, while also being a good gemstone for sleep and sobriety. However, many people who seek gemstones are often in search of healing or some form of assistance. While gemstones can and do help, they do not do all the work. The wearer of gemstones should keep in mind that in order to receive the healing benefits associated with their jewelry, they too must put in work. Gemstones are not a quick fix in healing, but rather act as a motivating catalyst. One must show up and put in the necessary elbow grease to see true results.

Another important tip to keep in mind when purchasing jewelry made with gemstones is to buy from a trusted source. There has been a buzz in recent years about citrine stones in particular. Some of what is being marketed and sold as citrine is actually not citrine, but baked amethyst. When amethyst reaches a certain temperature it begins to lose it's famous purple hue and shifts into a goldish yellow color that mirrors citrine. If the gemstone shopper is most concerned with the healing benefits of their jewelry, they should keep in mind that heat treated amethyst will still have the molecular aspects of amethyst.

However, Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy writes that since the color has changed after the amethyst has been baked it will then carry the citrine energy associated with the color. So instead of working with violet amethyst light, the wearer is now receiving the yellow, honey-colored light of citrine. There is some debate around it. Some people believe you will still have amethyst properties even if it is yellow, some will disagree and work with the energy of color and light. It is up to the individual to decide what feels and works best for them.

Gemstone jewelry is an easy way to incorporate metaphysical healing with fashion. With enough research and guidance, anyone can begin to work with energy from the earth. One of the best ways to choose, work, and heal with gemstones is by utilizing intuition and purchasing from a trusted source such SWCreations; if interested in purchasing jewelry for the new year ahead, feel free to contact us.

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Handcrafted arts have become more accessible than ever before. Thanks to internet connectivity, artisans are able to showcase and sell their creations around the globe. The individual designs of every specially made piece of art are easily within reach of anyone looking for something unique. In this world, jewelry creators and admirers alike can share in the beautiful creativity that goes into every piece we choose to adorn. For anyone who adores handcrafted jewelry, here are just three amazing things you should know about what goes into it.  

 

It's Strictly Defined

The FTC, aka Federal Trade Commission, says that the term "handmade" cannot be used unless the item in question was genuinely made by hand from start to finish. This means when you see an item advertised as being handmade or handcrafted you know it's authentic. It means the piece was crafted entirely from the labor and care of the artist themselves. No duplication or machine-made piece could ever quite match what's been made deliberately with the hands.

 

The Quality Is Often Better

Unlike jewelry that's made on an assembly line, artists of handcrafted items oversee every step of the process. Because of this, it's much easier to control the quality of both the materials and the process itself. Handcrafted designers are more likely to choose reputable suppliers who offer better quality materials for their work. They're also more inclined to value ethics and sustainability than those whose jewelry is mass produced. Workers in some mass produced factories report that they work long hours, safety is not taken into consideration, and receive low wages.

 

Every Piece Is Special

It's more than just poetic language. When you make something by hand, you're putting your passion, love, and creativity into something that will never be made the same way again. Just as every person is unique, the inspiration and effort that goes into every handmade piece is unique as well. When the jewelry is finished, it's like will never be known again. The beauty of these precious items is in their finite capacity, being a one-and-only item that can never be perfectly replaced. 

 

At SWCreations, our pieces are one-hundred percent handmade and never mass produced. Visit us here to take a look at our creations and find something that speaks to your own unique story!

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Handmade jewelry is an art that has been practiced over lifetimes, the main reason is due to the one-of-a-kind aspect of handmade jewelry. Jewelry shoppers typically love the idea of buying something unique, ensuring the fact that they have the only one in the world like it. That quality alone draws people into the handmade design world and keeps them coming back for more. The elite feeling of handmade jewelry provides customers and artisans the chance to sell and shop within a wide price range.  In short, nearly anyone can have that positive and confident feeling while wearing artisan jewelry.

Designers are often given creative freedom in the handmade jewelry business; often times, designers will work with natural gemstones which provide that one-of-a-kind experience naturally, seeing as each gemstone forms differently as it grows. Handmade jewelry is a rewarding experience for designers and customers alike. This preserves the craft of making jewelry.

Handmade jewelry should be maintained, cleaned, and cared for carefully. Anything made by hand is a delicate treasure that requires TLC from time to time. Jewelry can easily be maintained by avoiding water exposure. Some of us toss and turn in the night and even those of us who don't still run the risk of having our jewelry caught on bedding, potentially breaking or damaging your one-of-a-kind design.

For quick and efficient cleaning try using jewelry cleaning cloths. They can be reused multiple times to keep your jewelry looking new and tarnish free. Taking your jewelry to a reputable cleaner is always the safer and sometimes more costly option.

SWCreations jewelry can be worn everyday. Also, if you ever need your jewelry restrung, we can help extend the life of your handmade jewelry. Having a small collection of jewelry is a good investment; having additional pieces to alternate between helps balance damage from wear, as well as keeping jewelry looking nicer, for longer.

For more information about handmade jewelry, or to purchase one of our unique designs, contact us.

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Tracking the history of seed beads in beaded jewelry has been an interesting journey from eighth century Murano to the current day, and it has brought us to the most fun part of all: the sizes, shapes, and uses of seed beads throughout time.

Seed beads are measured in units called "aughts", and the higher the aught number, the smaller the bead; the smaller the bead, the more beads can fit in an inch. This can vary somewhat according to where the bead is made and whether it has coatings or finishes, but this will give you a general idea: if you're working with 15 aught beads (signified as 15/o; sometimes a degree mark is used after the number, in place of the "/o"), each bead would measure approximately 1.3mm and you could fit about 25 beads along an inch of string.

Sometimes you can judge the age of a bead by its size - although very tiny beads are still being made, the majority of beads used today are between 6/o and 15/o. Smaller beads ranging between 16/o and 24/o are usually vintage/antique (and usually round in shape) or made by special order. To give you an idea of how tiny these beads can be, a 24/o bead is the size of a grain of sand, and about 50 can fit in an inch. Considering that jewelry artisans craft their designs by hand, imagine the time and care it takes to work with such small individual pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seed beads are extremely versatile and are made in a wide range of shapes: hexagonal, cylindrical, round, cube, oblong, peanut, star and many more. With their exquisite colors, shapes, and size variations, they create amazing patterns in beaded jewelry and are also used as dramatic spacers between larger beads or crystals.

Our one-of-a-kind seed bead creations are perfect for any style or taste; contact us if you'd like to have a custom-made piece created just for you or for any special occasion.

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Earrings are such a classic staple of jewelry that the world of fashion would undoubtedly feel something was missing without them. With that said, there is such a diversity of earrings that they almost contain a world within themselves. As makers of handcrafted jewelry, this presents an enormous range of possibilities to shape and experiment with. Beaded earrings in particular present such beautiful promise, their many combinations and colors allow an almost unmatched touch of individuality. 

The components of every piece of jewelry are ultimately what decides the overall effect it has. With beaded earrings, this means that selecting the right beads is crucial in creating the right look and feel you're going for. Our selection features an assortment of quality gemstones and glass beads made into every piece we create. Lampwork beads offer some of our finest glass pieces, with elegantly hand blown designs unlike any other form of glass. We also use a number of Swarovski Austrian crystals in our creations, allowing us to utilize their fantastic range of brilliant hues in our beads such as few other crystals can replicate. This alongside precious metals like gold and silver, with natural-inspired shapes and precisely selected arrangements, is what makes our selection as wonderful and unique as any of the selected pieces are themselves. From beaded earrings to everything else beyond, handcrafted jewelry presents a nearly endless array of truly gorgeous options.

At SW Creations, every piece of our collection is one hundred percent handmade. Our beaded earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more are never mass produced, meaning you'll almost never see the same piece twice. Many of our pieces are in limited supply and won't last very long. Visit us here to browse through our collection and take the chance of ordering one of our beautifully rare creations while they're still around!

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Deep topaz, brown, tan, and bronze... Swarovski crystals are available in a stunning range of brilliant colors, so why choose plain brown? Well, for one thing, there is no such thing as a 'plain' Swarovski crystal! Even neutral colors shine when presented in the form of a faceted crystal. Adding one of the many special effects coatings adds even more intrigue and color to these remarkable crystals.

Crystals with an aurora borealis (AB) coating have an extra appeal since they show hints of as many colors as the famous Northern Lights which they emulate. The shimmer effecttakes the AB to even greater heights of movement and, well,... shimmer!

An elegant antiqued bronze finish creates a metallic crystal that coordinates with a wide range of other metals. What do you get when you pair Swarovski crystals with a company that produces a custom mahogany coating? You get warm, shimmering browns with hints of pink!

A range of intriguing browns

Combining the loveliest of browns with the sparkle of Swarovski crystals opens up a world of jewelry possibilities. Swarovski produces several appealing shades of brown. These include Light Colorado Topaz, Light Smoked Topaz, Smoked Topaz, Mocca, Light Silk, Silk, and Smoky Quartz. 

Our handcrafted mystic topaz brown lampwork beads display a range of lovely tints, including purple, blues, and greens. What a perfect foil for the shimmering sparkle of Swarovski crystals in a range of browns! Beautiful on their own, brown Swarovski crystals become stunning when paired with handmade silver lampwork beads. The two uniquely different types of glass play off of each other beautifully! 

These sparkling faceted crystals are also gorgeous when combined with the earthy look of natural gemstones like banded agate, crazy lace agate, garnet, smokey quartz, sunstone, or tiger's eye. Whichever pairing you choose, you're sure to love your sparkling new piece of jewelry!

Contact us for more information about the lovely jewelry we create from Swarovski crystals and other beautiful beads. If you have a special color combination in mind, let us create something extra special just for you!

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Handmade jewelry items is a wonderful way to share your feelings for a loved one without making the item yourself. Talented artisans create a wide variety of unique pieces. With a little time, you are sure to find just the right gift to showcase the special flare that only your intended recipient has.Human beings have been giving the gift of handcrafted jewelry since the urge to adorn our bodies with beautiful things first appeared.

 

Lovers have gifted each other to seal their bonds. Families have exchanged beautiful trinkets to remind each other of home during travels. Friends have created works of wearable art that express appreciation each other’s individual spark. The meaning woven into these sparkling bits of loveliness is what makes them so perfect.

Purchasing handmade jewelry items is a wonderful way to share your feelings for a loved one without making the item yourself. Talented artisans create a wide variety of unique pieces. With a little time, you are sure to find just the right gift to showcase the special flare that only your intended recipient has.

Are you searching for a striking piece that highlights your cousin’s bold nature? Consider a statement piece created in dramatic style of bright colors. Large pendants can highlight your loved ones free-spirited, flowing nature or their confidently structured mentality. The right piece will be sure to turn heads whether worn with a fancy party dress or a striking combination of sweater and leggings.

Your best friend’s love of buttons has been a theme in your relationship since you have known her. She even has a jar of them sitting in a place of honor on her desk. Show her that you really understand her with a brooch or cuff bracelet made with antique buttons so she can share her passion wherever she goes.

Pink is the color of breast cancer awareness. Any jewelry made with rose quartz hearts is a lovely way to celebrate your mother’s win against the horrible disease. The heart shape represents the amazing love and support you will always have for her. Plus, since each quartz stone is unique, the piece you choose is sure to be one of a kind just like her.

You have always loved how she tucks her hair behind her ear. It was one of the reasons you fell so hard for her when you met. Giving your love a pair of well chosen earrings in her favorite color will be just the thing to highlight her endearing habit and remind her of your love throughout the day.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, let us help. Contact us for just the right piece this holiday season or for those “just because” urges to share your love.

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