Free Gemstone Jewelry eBook: 6 Gemstone Beaded Jewelry Projects
Gemstones have been prized by humans for hundreds of years. Besides their natural beauty, natural gemstones are prized for their “mystic” powers. Each has a unique meaning and will help bring anything from wealth to health, and good luck to empowerment to the wearer. Even if you treasure gemstones more for their beauty than meaning, there is truly a healing, inspiring “power” of gemstones. Just sit down with a new strand of semi-precious stones or gemstone beads in your favorite color and shape, and create your own unique piece of gemstone jewelry. To celebrate the wonderful power of natural jewelry making, we’ve created this collection of gemstone jewelry designs and a special guide to using gemstones. Start by learning how to tell the difference between dyed and natural gemstones, then discover the special meanings of gemstones to find the perfect fit for your next piece of gemstone jewelry. Then join Marlene Blessing for tips on buying dyed or natural stones that fit your budget. Then take your new information for a spin with six gemstone bead necklace projects that you can create and personalize to fit your unique style.
A few years ago, I landed a teaching gig at a large gem and mineral show in western New York. As I walked the floor after my classes, I marveled at how many different gemstone beads were available. It seemed like there were gemstones for every color, every price range, and every shape that a beader could possibly want. Big gemstones, little gemstones, carved gemstones, and gemstone cabochons in every cut and material you might imagine. On the last day of the show, my friend and I went on a mission: we visited every single dealer who sold Herkimer diamonds in a quest to find me a perfect pair of these highly-prized quartz crystals. As I was paying for my purchase, it dawned on me just how much we treasure gemstones for their beauty and for their perceived metaphysical properties and “powers”.
Indeed, there’s something about gemstone beads that moves me like no other kind of bead. Holding a gemstone bead in my hand makes me think about the natural process that occurred deep inside the Earth to result in that beautiful rock. Gemstones do more than just make beautiful jewelry — they heal, they inspire, and they tell us their stories. Click here to get your free copy of 6 Free Gemstone Beaded Jewelry Projects eBook!
Sneak-Peek at the Gemstone Jewelry Projects:
Net Full of Gems by Linda Richmond
This easy netted choker is made by first working the body of the collar, then decreases at the end. It’s easy to create entirely different looks, from a long elegant robe of gemstones, to a choker that hugs your neck. This design leaves so much room for personalization, that no two pieces will be exactly alike. All you need are a few strands of small gem chips, delicas in a complimentary color, and the sky’s the limit!
Mile Marker 219 by Annie Hartman Bakken
This adventurous necklace was created for a special Aunt, to celebrate the location of their family farm in North Dakota. The design is simple, and easy to follow, but the results look anything but simplistic. Make your own mark with natural, dyed, precious, or semi-precious gemstone beads and create your own stunning gemstone bead necklace design.
Stone Soup Necklace by Tina Koyama
We all have the stash of leftover beads and occasionally the bead soup that just isn’t worth sorting. This gemstone bead necklace is perfect for using up those bits from your stash. Inspired from a Beadwork Creates cover project, this design uses a donut as a main focal point works up in vertical peyote stitch.
Stone Temple Donuts Necklace by Dustin Wedekind
Use a pile of turquoise gemstone donuts to make this piece of handmade gemstone jewelry! It’s a classic beaded necklace design that will never go out of style. Instead of turquoise, you can use onyx for a more sophisticated gemstone necklace.
Turquoise Collage by Marcella Austenfeld
Mix and match your favorite jewelry-making techniques and supplies when you create this unique gemstone necklace. Bead-weaving captures your favorite gemstone pendants for a stunning focal point, accented by knotting, stringing, and simple wire wrapping.
Cobblestone by Denise Yezbek Moore
Who said that gemstone necklaces had to be boring? The precious gemstone beads/nuggets used in Denise Yezbek Moore’s earthy and artistic necklace are naturally gorgeous. Make it even more refined by using faceted gemstone beads instead of nuggets!
Buying gemstones doesn’t have to hurt your budget, either. We’ve included some great tips for finding beautiful, affordable gemstones, as well as knowing what you’re buying when it comes to gemstones that have had their appearance altered with dyes or treatments.
So, take a few minutes to download and enjoy our free 6 Free Gemstone Beaded Jewelry Projects eBook, Using Gems and Semi-Precious Stones in Jewelry: 6 Free Gemstone Jewelry Projects Plus Guide to Gemstone Beads and listen to what your gemstones are trying to tell you!