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    Coating and Effects for Swarovski Crystals?

    AB: aurora borealis; a pastel iridescent coating on one half of the bead.
    AB 2X: coating is applied twice.
    CAL: comet argent light; a silver foil coating.
    Golden Shadow: a gold colored coating with a hint of champaque laid over clear crystal.
    Silk: a light flesh toned color. Its color looks pure, naturey, soft, elegant, and sophisticated for sparkling jewelry.
    Alexandrite and Cantaloupe: color changing beads depending on the light.

    Written by Agnes Chang

    China Fine Art and Meanings?

    China Fine Art and Meanings?

    As many of our beading friends asked for the meaning of China fine art, this is what I know and hope to share...
    Gold Abacus: symbolizes good luck and wealth. The world's first computer aka the abacus. The abacus is divided between Heaven and Earth with one Earth bead and the five Heaven beads, representative of the five elements: WATER, FIRE, EARTH, WOOD, and GOLD. 
    The Seismograph: a large bronze urn with eight mobile dragon heads. The mechanism was a complex balance of gears and a pendulum which would drop a ball into a dragon head which would fall into the mouth of a corresponding toad shaped cup beneath to indicate the exact direction of an earthquake hundreds of miles away.
    Five Blessings Tea Set: our favorite tea set of all time. The tea set is created to gather the five greatest blessings for you: LONGEVITY, PRESTIGE and WEALTH, GOOD HEALTH, COMPASSIONATE HEART, and PEACEFUL DEMISE.
    Silver Raft Cup: a Chinese tradition that poets and creative intellect possess beautiful cups to drink from.
    Lucky Money Frog: JJB loved by our customers and family alike. It brings good fortune, protects wealth and drives away evil spirits, charms for prosperity, luck and longevity.
    Tiger Tally, Hu Fu: a symbol of NOBILITY, STRENGTH, POWER, DIGNITY, STOICISM, and COURAGE.
    Sovereign Seal: symbolized "God given power" to rule the world and symbolizes "new emperor" and their ultimate power in their area of expertise, sphere of influence, or domination of power.
    Lucky Rabbit Keys: a symbol of WEALTH, HEALTH, PROMOTION, and HAPPINESS.
    The Dragon: symbolizes POWER, GOOD LUCK, and MASCULINITY. 
    The Phoenix: symbolizes FEMININITY, GOOD LUCK, JUSTICE, and FIDELITY.  Together, the Dragon and the Phoenix are commonly used symbols in Chinese weddings.

    Please feel free to notify us of any China fine art meanings you would like for us to define in the future!

    Written by Agnes Chang

    Anniversary Gemstones

    Anniversary Gemstones

    1 yr  = Fresh water pearls, Gold
    2 yrs = Rose Quartz, Garnet
    3 yrs = Crystal, Quartz, Pearl
    4 yrs = Topaz, Amethyst
    5 yrs = Sapphire, Turquoise
    6 yrs = Garnet Amethyst
    7 yrs = Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Copper
    8 yrs = Multi-colored Tourmaline, Aventurine, Bronze
    9 yrs = Tiger Eye, Lapis Lazuli, Leather
    10 yrs = Diamond, Black Onyx
    11 yrs = Hematite, Turquoise
    12 yrs = Agate, Jade, Pearls, Color gems
    13 yrs = Moonstone, Malachite, Citrine
    14 yrs = Moss Agate, Opal, Ivory, Gold
    15 yrs = Crystal, Quartz, Ruby
    16 yrs = Aquamarine, Peridot
    17 yrs = Citrine, Amethyst
    18 yrs = Opal
    19 yrs = Topaz, Aquamarine
    20 yrs = Emerald, Platinum 
    21 yrs = Iolite
    22 yrs = Spinel (all colors) 
    23 yrs = Imperial Topaz, Sapphire 
    24 yrs = Tanzanite
    25 yrs = Silver
    30 yrs = Pearl, Diamond, Jade
    35 yrs = Jade, Emerald, Coral
    40 yrs = Ruby
    45 yrs = Sapphire, Alexandrite
    50 yrs = Gold 
    55 yrs = Emerald, Alexandrite
    60 yrs = Diamond
    65 yrs = Star Sapphire
    75 yrs = Diamond

    Written by Agnes Chang

    How Many Seed Beads Used to Bezel a Swarovski Rivoli?

    How Many Seed Beads Used to Bezel a Swarovski Rivoli?

    Size 12mm (1122) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 30 beads
    Size 14mm (1122) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 36 beads
    Size 16mm (1122) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 40 beads
    Size 18mm (1122) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 46 beads
    Size 27mm (4327) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 68 beads
    Size 18x13mm (4120) = number of 11/0 Delica beads used 40 beads
    Size 30x22mm (4127) = number  of 11/0 Delica beads used 64 beads

    Written by Agnes Chang

    Birthstone Colors and Meanings?

    Birthstone Colors

    Jan. = Garnet. (Stone of health and commitment).
    Feb. = Amethyst. (Stone of spirituality, peace, and contentment).
    Mar. = Aquamarine. (Stone of love, marital harmony, and meeting new friends. Stone that husband gives his wife for their love and strength).
    Apr. = Crystal Clear/Crystal AB/White Crystal. Spinel (Stone of immortality and energy of beauty). Diamond (Stone of lasting love and friendship, inspires loyalty, rouses romance, and encourages a joyful life).
    May = Emerald (Stone that stands for love, rebirth, and fertility, eases childbirth, provides protection on journeys).
    Jun. = Ruby. Pearl (Stone that possesses special mystical and healing powers, symbolizes romance and devotion).
    Jul. = Ruby (Stone that symbolizes success, devotion, and integrity).
    Aug. = Peridot (Stone that brings happiness, good cheer, attracting to lovers and strengthening the eyes).
    Sep. = Sapphire (Stone representing fidelity, soul, romantic devotion, helps to find peace of mind and serenity).
    Oct. = Rose. Tourmaline. (Stone of reconciliation, attracts money, and wealth of spirit).
    Nov. = Topaz (Stone that helps one to act when making desired changes, balances emotions, inspires courage, and sharpens wit).
    Dec. = Blue Zircon. Tanzanite. (Stone of health, self confidence, and positive new life).

    And that concludes our complete list of birthstones and their meanings! We'd love to know what your birthstone is; let us know in the comment section!

    Written by Agnes Chang