• Waist Beads

    The history and modern uses of waist beads

    Waist beads have been worn by women for as long as time has been recorded. Their history dates back to the early Egyptians as well as tribes in Western Africa. They were …

  • Know Your Symbols: Ankh

    Ankh bead

    What does the Ankh symbolize?

    The Ancient History Encyclopedia defines an Ankh as a symbol from ancient Egypt, dating from the Early Dynastic Period and it is known as the “key of life” or “the cross of life”. The Ankh …

  • How to use Silver Blackener

    A few tips on blackening silver

    Sometimes things are easier than we make them out to be… oh isn’t that too true for so many aspects of life? I’m sure we can all relate but for right now, lets talk …

  • Gem Show Time!

    Gem Show Alert

    February’s Fabulous Gem Show is coming up so get ready!

    We are thrilled to announce our upcoming gem show which will be held in store so come on in, the show is free and all our welcome. …

  • Go Birds!

    Well, we wouldn’t be authentically Philly if we weren’t excited to see the Eagles in the Superbowl! And we also wouldn’t be true jewelry addicts if we didn’t celebrate with an Eagles-inspired combination of green and mystic labradorite…

    In all …

  • Age of Aquarius!

    The Water Bearer: January 19 – February 18

    Aquarius embodies the transition from earthy, hardworking Capricorn to mystical, dreamy Pisces: forward-thinking and idealistic, Aquarians are drawn to unconventional, creative solutions. Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer, but you’ll notice …

  • The Beader’s Toolbox: Who’s Who?

    assorted pliers and wire cutters beadworks


    To celebrate our January sale, here’s a primer on the basic tools every beader should have in their toolbox!

    Needle nose plier

    Use this plier to get a good grip on …

  • Sterling Silver and Thai Silver

    Sterling Silver vs Thai Silver

    Sterling Silver and Thai Siver are used in jewelry making just as much as gold is and it’s just as versatile. A lot like gold, there are different types of silver, including plated silver, sterling silver and Thai Silver. Obviously, …