Fairfield

The newest member of the Beadworks family, our Fairfield store is perfectly situated on the Post Road in Fairfield, nestled between Hands on Pottery and Bodega, so plan to spend the afternoon with us. Beadworks Fairfield is an energizing and creative experience for novices of all ages as well as a comprehensive resource for professional designers. Birthday parties and Ladies Night Out are just a few of the special events hosted at Beadworks Fairfield. Come in to create something on the spot or call 203-955-1550 to plan an event of your own.

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Thomas Midgley, Jr. – The Real Inspiration for Earth Day

Earth Day is observed by 192 countries around the world. It’s a day dedicated to spreading awareness of humanity’s effects on the planet and the million little ways we can counteract the bad. It supports everything, from minor changes like carpooling to work or buying locally to reduce car emissions, to major orchestrated protests and walks to draw attention to ...
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April Announcements: Sales, Classes, and Consultations

April has started, and spring along with it. To celebrate the beautiful warm weather after the rather wet winter, we’re offering fantastic deals all month. All Gemstone Strands on Sale! That’s right, all our gemstone strands are on sale. The rondelles, faceted strands, rounds, even those spectacular precious gemstones in our case. If you buy 2, you get 20% off; buy 3 ...
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Why are diamonds different colors?

Diamonds are universally acknowledged as one of the hardest substances on earth. In fact, this knowledge is so common, the word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adámas” for unbreakable. Throughout history, diamonds have been used as tools for cutting and engraving, starting with their discovery in India around the 9th century BCE. Because diamonds are so hard to even ...
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How to write Rune Scripts

Runes have been used for centuries as in jewelry and armor, starting with the Vikings. They can be found in writings, as bindrunes on jewelry, or as rune scripts on armor. A rune script is a series of runes that is a direct request. They are best for jewelry or tattoos, something the owner can keep on themselves at all ...
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Rare Green Gemstones

Quick! Name three green gemstones off the top of your head! Here’s a guess at what you thought of: emerald, jade, agate (if specifically moss, give yourself extra points). If you guessed something different, like green jasper or green sapphire, you get an extra point. If you guessed a green pearl, that’s not a gemstone, and neither is amber, but’s ...
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Beadmaking and Beadwork Throughout Africa

February is Black History month and we at Beadworks were interested in learning more about the history of beading and bead making in Africa. We researched online and found a great article (see here for site) from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC that elaborates on the history beadmaking in Africa.  They have an entire online archive of articles which ...
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Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Rooster Beadworks loves celebrating multi-cultural holidays and we are anticipating the upcoming Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year begins on January 28th, with the festivities typically starting the day before the New Year and continuing until the Lantern Festival which is February 15th. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is symbolized with an animal sign ...
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Tricky Turquoise

How do you tell the difference between genuine Turquoise and Dyed Howlite or Dyed Magnesite? Turquoise is one of the most common gemstones that gets imitated in the jewelry design industry. It is often dyed Howlite or dyed Magnesite. So how can you tell the difference between the real deal and imitation? It’s difficult so always ask, but a few tips: ...
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Vogue Report: Jewelry for 2017

The latest jewelry report from Vogue says gemstones are in! Vogue is without a doubt one of THE guides for all things fashionable. Just off the latest Spring/Summer runway shows, Vogue has confirmed gemstones are a big hit in jewelry this year. Not only are minerals making a hit on the runway, here are a few other trends for jewelry for Spring and Summer ...
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