Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Offer

I accept custom orders for bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. Genuine semi-precious stones (agate, garnet, carnelian, amazonite, jade, etc.) set up in non-tarnish stainless-steel wire, silver-filled, sterling silver wire, etc.

I also do very simple (but anyway very pretty orders). Email me at: anna@beadlythings.com with your request and we will discuss your taste, preferences in colors and stones, and your budget.

Merry Christmas everyone!

You can see a few samples of my work bellow.

Green Crazy Lace Agate

Turquoise

Ruby Agate

Lapis Lazuli

Pink Quartz

Fuchsia Quartz

Mountain Jade

Autumn Magnesite

Tanzanite

Ocean Madagascar Jasper

Sardonix

Amethyst

Pink Variscite

Cloudy Mate Amazonite

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Sets

I was so swamped before the Christmas Craft Show that I nearly forgot that I promised you to show my Christmas sets I made this year. Looks like I made my promise in just the nick of time. Anyway, it's better to be late than never :-)

There are my bright and festive sets. The bracelets are on the elastic cord and will fit most. They are made of Mountain Jade, a.k.a. dolomite marble.

1. The first one is white and deep blue with flowers and pinecones charms. The beads are 8mm.
"Blue Pine" $39 + $5 shipping and handling.



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2. The second one is white and light blue with Christmas bells, angel and crescent moon charms. Beads are 8mm as well.
"Blue Angel" $39 + $5 shipping and handling.


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3. The third one is white, green and red - the very colors of Christmas. Frosty the snowman charm, rocking horse and Christmas wreath. The beads are 12mm.
"Christmas Toys" $44 + $5 shipping and handling.


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4. And finally, the last one made of red, white and green 12 mm beads with candy cane, Santa Claus and pine cone charms.
"Santa Claus" $44 + $5 shipping and handling.


SOLD OUT!

Contact me: anna@beadlythings.com

Have you done you Christmas shopping yet? There is still time. Happy Christmas shopping to you, my dears! Yours truly as always, Anna: anna@beadlythings.com

Monday, December 9, 2013

FaceBook

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One Christmas Show done!

One Christmas show done, one more to go next week. I've sold quite a lot of my jewelry and happy about it! It was a hard work but it was worth it. Now I need to make more jewelery to restock my inventory :-)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Craft Show

Good morning, good morning! I am excited to invite you all who happens to be in Toronto next two Sundays, December 8 and December 15 from 11AM to 4 PM at a Christmas Craft Show!

The show will take place at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 823 Manning Ave., Toronto, ON, M6G 2W9.

I'll sell my jewelry at the show (that's the reason I'm so excited) and some great merchants are going to sell their stuff too.

Come and celebrate with us.  Russian food, crafts and gifts - what more do you need to get in the Christmas mood!

See you at the show! Yours truly, Anna.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, my dear American friends! And to my Jewish friends - Happy Hannukkah!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Cappuccino Swirl' Brazilian Agate Bracelet

I know, I know - it's almost Christmas time, well at least according to the stores.  And I promise you that next week I'll present you my Christmas collection. But today I'd like to talk a little bit about agate.

Agate is a lovely type of crystal with a smooth sheen. It's a part of the quartz family. Agate is a very old mineral, it was first discovered by Greek philosopher Theophrastus sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.

Agate is often a bit opaque and can be found in a stunning array of shades - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, pink, white, grey and more.

Agate is a hard stone - usually within the range of 7-9 on the Mohs scale (the scale ranges from 1 to 10), which makes it good for jewelry.

As with many types of crystals, agate has its own special healing properties to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of its users. It is often used for relaxation and balance, to ground and provide tranquility to its owner.

What I especially like about this bracelet  - it's the color. I called it Cappuccino Swirl, and it's just it - soft, sweet, warm milky cappuccino - what you need for cold winter morning before Christmas!

Thank you all for looking and I wish you warm and cappuccinny (is it even a word?) day!

The bracelet is 8,5'' long with a beautiful star clasp, and the agate beads are 10mm. It is only $52 + shipping and handling! Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sienna Red Agate 'Bear' Charm Bracelet

On a gloomy day like this one, you need something to cheer you up. Something simple yet powerful in its inspiriting.

Walking outside in crisp and windy air you are going to a nearby woods holding a cup of cinnamon coffee, you get lost in your thoughts and suddenly you see a bear in front of you!

All right, I'm just kidding, I do not wish for you to see a real bear, but how about this charming-charming cute 3D silver toned walking bear charm?

Bear charm made of imitation rhodium plating over lead-free pewter. The pewter in this charm meets CPSC lead standards. Approximate measurements: charm has 12.5mm hanging length (including loop), 17mm width, 5mm wide. It's the details that matter, isn't it? Have you noticed the small paw prints on the metal bead? How cute is it?!

The bracelet is on a stretch cord and about 8'' long, the beads are faceted 10mm Agate Gemstone. The color in these stones is a Siennna Red, just beautiful!

The bracelet is only $25 plus three dollars for shipping and handling.

Thank you for looking and I wish you sunny and cheerful day!


SOLD!

Email: anna@beadlythigs.com

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Red Coral Bracelet, 'Carmen's Kiss'

Though stores are already decorated for Christmas and some of the houses in my neighbourhood as well, it is technically still fall season. And Thanksgiving Day is still to come for our American friends. So, let's not rush my dears, and take one day at a time :-)

Fall is my favourite season of all: trees so colorful, leaves are rich yellow and red.

The bracelet is made of genuine red coral and 7'' long. Embellished by metal filigree beads and crystal beads.  It is only $25 + $3 for shipping and handling and you can have it for this fall!


SOLD!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ruby Agate Bracelet, 'Regal Jewel'

Tonight my dog walked me outside at 4 AM. That's very peaceful and quiet at that time. Though, I did see some activity: a car drove to a 24 hrs fitness centre (what an ungodly hour for a workout!) and a morning paper was delivered to my neighbours doors.

My head was clear off of all the thoughts and my spirit was free and high - ready to fly. Was something solemn, majestic and imperial at the moment... In a few moment the spell was broken by my dog, but I remembered it.

And there is quintessence of it: Regal Jewel Bracelet made of graduated  faceted ruby Agate. The beads are 10, 8 and 6 mm. The bracelet itself is 7,5" long and embellished by Swarovski and Chinese crystal and some metal beads. You can have it  for  $62 + shipping if you click the 'Buy Now' PayPal button bellow.

I wish you all have a grand day today! Happy weekend!


Sold out! Request a custom order anna@beadlythings.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Customer Testimonials - 2

Well, ladies, there is another testimonial from yet one more happy customer! And when you are happy - I'm happy!

Evgenia Kokhlova, accountant from Maple Ridge, BC:

"Got my order from Beadly Things today... Everything from jewellery itself to elegant embroidered packaging is absolutely perfect! I'm so happy, thank you so much :)!"

And now I'll show you what did she get:

1. Fuchsia Quartz wire wrapped bracelet


2. Matching pair of Quartz earrings


3. Amazonite matte bracelet with lobster charm


4. Matching pair of Amazonite earrings


5. Matching Amazonite ring


6. Amber earrings



Wish you all a bright, warm and happy day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Amethist Oval Bracelet


Amethyst IS a royal stone. Even if you did not know that before you would have guessed simply just looking at it. I've never owned amethyst jewelry before I started to create my own a few years back, and now I must confess it is my favourite gemstone and I cannot stop myself from wearing it all the time.

This bracelet is very rare because of it large oval amethyst beads which are not easy to find. The supplier I buy my beads from do not carry it anymore and not sure they will have it again. So this bracelet is one of a kind and even I myself, the creator of it, is not likely to repeat it.

Amethyst is one of the most famous purple gemstones, and has been used to make jewelry since ancient times. England's monarchy possesses some fabulous Cron Jewels which prominently feature royal purple amethyst of astounding size and beauty. Additionally, the Roman Catholic church favours it is a popular choice for clergy; every pope since the 16th century has worn amethyst jewelry of some type.

The bracelet is 8,5'' long. To buy it click the 'Buy Now' button bellow and you will be redirected to secure PayPal web site. The price is only $82.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Caring for Your Agate Jewelry

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! A few days ago I presented to your Agate Bracelet and today I'd like to share with you my little research on how to take care of your agate jewelry. It's easy and not time consuming. All your agate need is a little TLC.

Agate is a member of chalcedony group, same as quartz. It is one of the oldest minerals on earth.

  1. Use soap, warm water and soft brush to clean it. 
  2. Do not use abrasive chemicals or bleach. 
  3. Agate should not be exposed to extreme heat. 
  4. Store agate in fabric-lined box or wrap it in soft cloth. 
  5. Keep agate jewelry separately from other jewelry to avoid scratching. 
  6. From time to time you can polish your agate with olive oil. Just dip a small amount to a soft cloth and polish agate beads. 

Agate is quite porous stone, so if it got very dirty and lost its shine try this:

 - soak agate jewelry piece in warm soapy water for 30 min to 1 hour, then thoroughly rinse it in warm water. Allow your agate to air dry completely. After that use a soft cloth to shine up the beads.

As you can see, it's not a rocket science and very easy indeed. I wish you all the very cozy day and let your agates shine!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crazy Lace Green Agate Bracelet

Good morning to everybody who is reading this!

Today I'm happy to show you this green bracelet made of Crazy Lace Agate.  I know, I know - it's not St.Patrick's Day Parade, but you don't have do be Irish to like something green.

The beads I used to create this beauty are 12mm and look at the tiny Irish clover flowers charms! The bracelet itself is 8,5'' long. The price is $45.

Crazy Lace Agate is called the Laughter Stone or Happy Lace. It is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing and brings joy to its owner - just look at it, hold it, wear it and see you smile coming.

As always - I wish you all a very happy day!



Friday, October 18, 2013

Double Wrapped Lapis Lazuli Bracelet

Long hot summer starry nights are gone. The leaves and serotonin levels are falling. But guess what ladies - we can still have a small piece of a summer night! Lapis Lazuli is an amazing stone: deep-deep blue with a scatter of gold 'stars' on it, especially visible when sun shines on it. Just take your bracelet outside and see the magic!

To make this royal beauty your own - click Buy Now button underneath. The bracelet is 8'' long. Beads are 8mm. Stainless steel wire.

Thank you for looking and have a great day!


SOLD!

anna@beadlythings.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Customer Testimonials

I've got a few customers so far but I'm proud to say all of them are happy. There is one review from a lady Oxsana. Look how pretty she is! Oxsana is a nurse. Let's she what she has to say:

"I'm in love with longer earrings, but most of them are not workplace-appropriate because I work at a hospital. Anna's earrings are perfect choice in my situation and I have scrubs of matching color. I get lots of compliments!"



That's the pair she is wearing. Pink Quartz earrings. Although this pair is already sold, you can email me to request a custom order: anna@beadlythings.com


Thank you dear! I'm happy you like it. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my fellow Canadians! I'm sure and hope you all have something in your lives to be thankful for. Wish you all the best!

Friday, October 11, 2013

How to take care of your amber jewelry

Hello there!

Yesterday I showed you my Amber Bracelet and today I'll be talking about taking care of your amber jewelry. 


So, you are the lucky owner of a piece of amber jewelry. You hold it on your palm and it reminds you of the sun, honey, summer and hapiness . You want to cherish it, take good care of it and adore it for many-many years. 


As you may already know, amber is not a stone -  it is fossilized tree resin which came to us from Neolithic times.  And poetically speaking, it is a bit of the sun on your hand.


Lets talk about does and donts of amber care.


DON'T:


1.  ... be hard on you amber bracelet. Amber is fragile, don't drop it or hit it.  

2.  ... keep it in metal or other similar hard boxes.
3. ... keep it together with other pieces of your jewelry
4. ... let it come in contact with powder, cream, perfume and other cosmetics. Especially perfumes!
5. ... use chemicals to clean it. Even soap can cause your amber bracelet or necklace to become dull.
6. ... expose it to direct sunlight, at least not for long
7. ... expose your amber to rapid temperature changes
8. ... cook while wearing amber jewelry  - amber doesn't like high temperature (or too low for that matter)
9. ... do your household chores wearing you amber jewelry

All right, I think that's enough prohibitions for one day, let us focus on does.


DO:


1. ... keep it in soft clothe bag separately from other jewelry

2. ... clean it with tepid water and gently dry up with soft flannel tissue
3. ... 'walk' you amber to the sun. Amber loves sunlight if it is not direct. Let it sit outside at sunset or sunrise.
4. ... from time to time you can polish you jewelry with extra virgin olive oil applied on soft cloth. After that dry it up and clean off the olive oil completely with flannel. 

And finally I'll give you very interesting and old recipe how to  prevent amber from changing its color.


For brown and dark-honey colored amber: 


Brew a cup of strong black tea. Cool it down to +14C (57F). Put your amber jewelry in the cooled tea for 18 hours. Rinse with cold water and dry up with soft cloth. 


For lemon-yellow and milk-colored amber:


Make turmeric solution: 50 ml of boiling water + 20 g of finely grinded turmeric and put you amber into that solution for 22 hours.


You can do this procedures for prevention of color change and for giving you amber a color and shine boost.


Hope it helped you. If you know any secrets of amber care or have any questions - comment bellow please.


Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Amber Bracelet 'Harvest Season'

Good morning sunshine!

It's almost Thanksgiving Day long weekend here in Canada. I know many of you American friends celebrate it much later, so it looks like long Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday for you. But here in Canada we like to take things slowly :-)

The sun is still shining and its still very warm in Ontario though in the morning or at 3AM (yah, tell it to my dog!) it's a little bit damp and chilly.

I live close to a community garden and guys here are celebrating Harvest Festival this Saturday. They have grown some tomatos, greens, squashes and even pumpkins! Don't you just love pumpkin? It's yellow, it's orange, it's warm and comforting. Every day as I pass my local grocery store I look at their display of pumpkins and flowers. And even if I feel low this sight instantly lifts up my spirits.

So, now you know what inspired my to create this genuine Baltic Amber bracelet with a pumpkin charm.

The three-strand bracelet is 8'' long and costs $38.  Thanks for visiting and have yourself a wonderful day!


Sold out! Request a custom order: anna@beadlythings.com