Jewelry making supplies galore!

My favorite place to shop for beads and jewelry making supplies is Fire Mountain Gems! They always have great products and prices!

Fire Mountain Gems has just about anything you can imagine for bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting, and other jewelry related crafts.

They always have something on sale, and something new too!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been around since 1973, and is very dependable. There have been a few times where I have gotten something a little cheaper somewhere else and then regretted it because the quality wasn’t as good as Fire Mountain.

Fire Mountain Gems Beads

Jewelry Making Supplies and more!

Not only does Fire Mountain Gems have a gazillion beads and jewelry making supplies, they also provide lots of free information and resources:

  • Inspiration
  • Instructions and Tutorials
  • References and Charts
  • Articles and so much more!

Last but not least… Great Customer Service

Fire Mountain Gems has great customer service. I have only had to call with a problem once or twice in the 15 years or so I have been a customer. When I did call their customer service department I was very pleased with the care and attention given to me to resolve my problem.

My advice is to check them out!

Valentine hearts earrings are easy to make

These Valentine Hearts earrings are so easy to make! Whether you want to wear them at the office for Valentine’s Day or give them as a gift, handmade earrings are at the top of the list.

Valentine hearts earrings

Easy to make Valentine Hearts earrings

It will literally take you longer to pick out the beads you want to use, than to make theses gorgeous earrings! Just three simple steps and you are done!

  1. Slip the beads onto a headpin
  2. Make a loop at the top
  3. Attach to an ear wire

So easy and so beautiful, and they will be cherished for years to come.

Click here for a materials list from Fire Mountain Gems

Don’t want to make anything?

If you don’t have time to make anything then below is a lovely pair of Gold filled Valentine Heart Earrings that are already made and ready to ship!

Gold Heart Earrings
Gold Filled Heart Earrings by Bead Lovers Korner

Just click on the photo or here and you can purchase them from my Etsy Shop. But these are one of a kind so hurry before they are gone!

These Valentine’s Day earrings are made with all Gold filled parts and unique Rosaline Gold Swarovski crystal beads. Shipping is FREE on these earrings also!

Whether you make them yourself or buy them already made, earrings with hearts are always great gift ideas for women at this time of year.

Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!

Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!
Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!

Add some bling to clothing

Bling out clothing
Bling out clothing with designs made of Swarovski crystal

When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!

Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.

Iron on bling
Use iron on crystal on the back of a jacket

Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!

Embellish everything in the house

When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

blingy wine charms lampshade and gifts

Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.

My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.

Fire Mountain Gems website has a variety of project tutorials for just about anything you can think of!

Summer projects for teens

Summer will be here soon and crafty teens can spend free time expressing themselves by adding crystals to all their gear!

Blingy cat on phone
Create designs on cell phone covers with Swarovski crystal and glitter

My daughters have blinged out their shoes, headbands, notebooks and their Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals! These are perfect crafts for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

What is the most unusual way you have used Swarovski crystals in a design project?

St Patricks Day Irish jewelry ideas

St Patricks Day is coming in March and I wanted to share a few Irish Celtic Jewelry ideas! Even though this is right around the corner on March 17, there is still time to make something – in fact, if you love beads, there is ALWAYS time to create!

Irish jewelry ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

First of all, anything green or with a clover will work, but below are a few jewelry making ideas for inspiration!

Irish Celtic Earrings
Irish Celtic Earrings with Swarovski Crystal

There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. They are really easy to make! See the materials list here on Fire Mountain Gems.


Check out all of the Celtic and Irish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

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Tiger bead charms for bracelets

This Sterling Silver Tiger Bead from Carlo Biagi (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!) is the perfect charm for bracelets themed around a sports team, spiritual energies or for animal lovers. The large diameter hole has no threading and it is compatible with many popular bracelets.

Over the years this European charm has been very popular due to its symbolism of this ferocious animal.

Tiger bead charm
Carlo Biagi sterling silver Tiger bead (side view)

Tiger beads and symbolism

The tiger has always been an important symbol, and throughout history you see it’s influence in art, literature, or as a mascot.

Here are just a few interesting facts:

  • The tiger is the largest cat! For those of us who love cats, it is a dream to own such a huge kitty.
  • It is one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the next year of the Tiger is 2022.
  • The Detroit Tigers football team was named after the nickname of the Detroit Light Guard Military Unit
  • There are 9 different sub species: three are extinct and the remaining six are endangered

This popular sterling silver bead is also on my bead “endangered list”. There are only a handful of these beads available and they will not be restocked. (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!)

If you are waiting for just the right time to buy this bead, then NOW would be the time. (When they are all gone, and officially extinct, I will update this page.)

To answer the most asked question – yes they will fit on PANDORA bracelets and are also compatible with Troll, Chamilia, and other trendy charm bead bracelets.

The bead hole is 5mm and is smooth (no threading) making them easy to slip on an off any bracelet chain.

Begal Tiger Glass bead
Carlo Biagi Murano Glass Bengal Tiger Stripe

This Murano glass bead is fashioned after the colors of the Bengal Tiger. Together these two beads are a great combo to represent this charismatic cat.

Easy to make black leather bracelets or necklace

Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatile Carlo Biagi black leather cord.

How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces

  1. Pick out your favorite beads or charms
  2. Slide them onto the leather cord
  3. Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
  4. Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
  5. Easy Peasy


The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.

Leather bracelets example with charm
Example of how you can add beads or charms, tie knots and create a leather bracelet

String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!

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Example of an easy slide necklace with just a few beads

Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!

Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.