Design Challenge: Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads

Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads Design Challenge

To celebrate the publication of the new book Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads by Kim Gover, Beading Daily is hosting a design challenge!


• You must be a member of Beading Daily to participate.  (It's free to sign up.)

• Design an original bracelet or necklace using 3 or more different semiprecious gemstones.  This means three different stones (for example, turquoise, garnet, amethyst), not three different shapes of the same stone.  Your design may include any other types of beads or findings in addition to the gemstones.  

• Techniques are limited to the ones described in the book:  stringing, simple overhand knots, simple wire loops, wrapped loops, simple wirewrapped beads, and wire spirals.  You may combine multiple techniques if you like. 

• Here are the semiprecious beads listed in the book: agate, amazonite, amber, amethyst, ametrine, apatite, aquamarine, aragonite, aventurine, azurite, blackstone, bloodstone, bronzite, carnelian, charoite, chrysoberyl, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, citrine, coral, dumortierite, fluorite, garnet, goldstone, hematite, howlite, iolite, jade, jasper, jet, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, larimar, lava stone, lepidolite, malachite, moonstone, mother-of-pearl, obsidian, onyx, opal, pearls, peridot, pyrite, quartz, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rhyolite, serpentine, sodalite, tanzanite, tiger's eye, tourmaline, turquoise, unakite, zoisite. You are not limited to the gemstones listed here.  You may use any gemstones you like, whether they are in this list or not.

• One entry per person.

• No purchase required.

Judging and Prizes

• The Step by Step Beads and Beading Daily editors will select the top three entries which will be showcased (along with a brief profile of the winners) on Beading Daily by April 17, 2009.  Judging criteria will include good use of materials and strong sense of design. 

•  In addition to being showcased on Beading Daily, the top three entries will also be considered for publication in Step by Step Beads.  If your design is selected for publication in Step by Step Beads, you will be required to write clear and complete step-by-step instructions for your project in order to be paid the standard design fee.  Winning the contest does not guarantee publication in Step by Step Beads.  The editors reserve the right to not make any offer of publication if the projects submitted do not meet the current needs of the magazine.  The decision of the editors is final.


• Entries are due March 31, 2009 by midnight Mountain Time.

In your email entry, please include:

• Name

• Email address

• A maximum of 2 high-quality JPG images (1 full and 1 close-up of your project).  If you need photography advice, check out these free articles:  3 Steps to Better Beadwork Photos, Jazzing Up Your Beadwork Photos, and Photograph Your Jewelry with a Do-It-Yourself Light Box

• Name of your project

• List the gemstones used in your piece

• Indicate whether it is a bracelet or necklace

• List the techniques(s) used

• Write a paragraph 50 words or less on the unique features of your piece.  What makes it special?  Why does the design "work"?

• Use the subject line:  "Semiprecious Beads Challenge" and email your entry to 

Good luck!

Be sure to check out our contests page for lots of other opportunities to win!

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