Diversity of Beads

Our hands are so versatile. They are one of the most important organs of our body. When I first began my endeavor into making jewelry, I had no idea where to start, or where my hands would take me. The first thing I did was work with beads. Surprise! Most jewelry-makers will tell you beads were their starting point also. It is relatively easy to work with beads. You string them together into some fascinating pieces you want to wear, and so do your friends. Tah-dah! You’ve made a necklace in under 20 minutes. I’m calling this post the Diversity of Beads because there are so many out there, both natural (from the earth) and manufactured. I started with the manufactured kind, and made some pieces that were okay. Then I learned about gemstones and their natural beauty. I traveled to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, where there are some marvelous examples of gemstones natural to Georgia, and across the globe. Learning more about these gemstones pushed me to use them more in my pieces, so I stopped purchasing the manufactured stones I found at my local craft store and started to make more educated purchases on gemstones. And boy, are there many! I’ve pictured a handful along with this post. From sparkling faceted amazonite to unfinished rose quartz, the possibilities are endless. But don’t let me derail your efforts with my talk about gemstones. Find a medium you enjoy working with. If manufactured beads are it, go with it. The point is to let your creativity flow from your mind to your hands. I’m currently working on the website and adding more items for purchase. You may fall in love with something that you want to recreate. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’re still with me the next time I post.

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