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Kyanite Beads: Too Beautiful and Powerful to be Kept a Secret

Kyanite beads

Kyanite beads are a gemstone insider secret. Renowned in rock hound circles for its unique physical properties, kyanite presents in a sapphire-like blue, spring green, or intense orange and is often cut into striking beads for use in jewelry making or set in charms, pendants or rings.  Gem Collectors Prize Kyanite’s Unique Properties Kyanite, a […]

Rondelle Beads: A Wildly Popular Gemstone Bead Shape

rondelle beads in blue-and-purple-faceted-gemstones

Rondelle gemstone beads are characterized by their flattened, disk-like shape and rounded edges. This distinctive shape is achieved by cutting a gemstone in a manner that results in a circular bead with a wide diameter and a thinner profile. Typically, rondelle beads are drilled through their centers, allowing them to be strung together to create […]

Birthstone Beads: Astounding Long History & Global Traditions

birthstone beads

Birthstone beads are a popular choice for those looking to create personalized and meaningful pieces of jewelry. Birthstones themselves have been an important part of human culture for thousands of years. In ancient times, people believed that gemstones had mystical properties and that wearing them could bring good luck, health, and prosperity. Over time, birthstones […]

Yellow Sapphire and Orange Sapphire Beads: The Perfect Summer Stone

Yellow sapphire and orange sapphire strands

All the Colors Summer Demands Yellow sapphire and orange sapphire beads embody summer, the season of warmth, vitality, and abundance. As we embrace the joys of longer days and sun-filled afternoons, it’s only natural to gravitate towards colors that reflect this energy. Irene Neuwirth’s one of a kind Tropical Flower Necklace captures this vibe perfectly.  If you […]

Tourmaline: a Kaleidoscope of Color and Metaphysical Properties

tourmaline cut gemstones in a variety of shapes

Tourmaline are prized for their striking beauty, color variety, and metaphysical properties, whether cut as stones to be set as fine jewelry or gemstone beads. Tourmaline, a complex boron silicate mineral, occurs in a wide range of colors, from deep black to vibrant hues of pink, green, blue, and more. The gemstone is also known for its […]

What is Moss Aquamarine? Why you need this Meditative Gemstone

moss aquamarine gemstone beads

Moss Aquamarine is a semi-precious gemstone known for its blue-green hue, which is reminiscent of the sea. It belongs to the beryl family, which also includes emerald and morganite. It is a relatively rare form of aquamarine that features mossy inclusions and impurities, giving it a unique appearance. These impurities can appear as green, brown, or black moss-like […]

Chrysoprase – The Captivating Chalcedony that You Didn’t Know You Needed


Chrysoprase might not have been a gemstone on your radar but it should be. It is a variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz, known for its vibrant apple-green color, which results from traces of nickel. Throughout history, chrysoprase has been highly valued for its aesthetic appeal, as well as its metaphysical properties. This gemstone has […]

6 Factors that Give Gemstone Beads Their Stunning Colors

rainbow of 14K set gemstone beads and charms

When choosing gemstone beads for jewelry making, I’d be willing to bet that color was one of the main considerations. Gemstones have been admired for their beauty and valued for their rarity for thousands of years. One of the most striking aspects of gemstones is their color, which can range from the bright red of […]