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.

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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.

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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.

Breast Cancer beads that give back

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the United States, a cause that people are very passionate about! Many women and their loved ones have had this form of cancer affect their life in one way or the other.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s a pretty scary number! But regular screening and higher awareness can help with early detection and treatment.

Show support for Breast Cancer

Purchase and wear one of the beautiful awareness ribbon pins below to show your support. Fire Mountain Gems donates 100% of the sale to research! These also make great gift ideas for women and healthcare providers.


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

European beads for awareness

Below are high quality charm beads that 10% of each sale goes towards cancer research. These beads are compatible with Pandora and other trendy charm bead bracelets, they also make great gifts!

Beading supplies and charms

There are a variety of options for beading and jewelry design if you are making a gift for someone or preparing for a fundraiser. So be sure to check them out!

Need fundraiser ideas for jewelry and gifts?

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Searching for fundraiser ideas that are easy and quick? Many jewelry designers and artisans use their talents and time to raise awareness and funds for a cause. Below are some ideas and inspiration!


Instant-Jewelry

Fundraiser ideas that are quick and easy

Want to make some jewelry for a fundraiser, but are short on time? Try easy to assemble jewelry such as Almost Instant Jewelry®. This line of metal settings is calibrated to specifically fit Swarovski® crystal fancy stones or other components. You’re able to produce a professional-looking piece of jewelry in 3 easy steps!

You can also use the settings as a base for other jewelry media such as Magic-Glos® top coat, Apoxie® Sculpt and your favorite polymer clay. Some settings don’t even require glue!! These open-backed settings are held securely closed by stringing onto a chain or cording. Want to switch out the pendant? Unstring the pendant and open the setting back up.

With such a vast selection of settings and Swarovski colors/effect, it’s fun to let customers customize their own jewelry. Lay out the options and allow customers visiting your fundraiser pick their favorite setting, chain and matching Swarovski crystal. They get a piece of personalized custom jewelry and your cause reaps the benefits.

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Use beads, charms or both to show support for a cause!

Bracelets full of charms and beads

Charm bracelets are a fantastic and fun way to show support for a cause. Attach lobster claw clasps to charms such as awareness ribbons plus other dangles in matching colors. Add hearts, angels, affirmations and more for a full selection of charm options.

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Large hole beads are a popular favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers will love being able to quickly and easily create a bracelet that stands for a cause they support. Plus, since the bracelet is interchangeable, charms can always be added later giving you the opportunity for repeat customers.

Large-hole beads are favorites for creating personalized jewelry. Dione® Easy-On Chains have threaded ends that twist off and on for putting on or taking off beads. There are even ring settings specifically made to accommodate a large-hole bead and are created simply by unscrewing the decorative top, adding the bead and securing the top back on.

You aren’t limited to just using metal bases though. If you’re a fan of custom cords such as macramé and kumihimo, make colorful cords at least 3mm in diameter and large-hole beads slide on perfectly.

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Leather cord or hemp is a great choice for non-metal jewelry

Metal-free zone

Non-metal options include cord and simple loops or knots. Some metals can cause allergic reactions to metal-sensitive individuals, so having a selection of metal-free jewelry ensures no one gets left out.

Knot closures are an added benefit as well since they slide to fit a range of neck or wrist sizes. Fundraiser attendees can then purchase jewelry not only for themselves, but also as gifts for friends and family without worrying about the jewelry not fitting. On the other end use a lark’s head knot to attach gemstone donuts, go-gos and other shapes with center cutouts. This type of jewelry is also a fan favorite with males–further expanding the reach of your cause.

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Try cuff links, tie tacs or pendants to appeal to all types of customers
Something for everyone

Want more ways to appeal to both the male and female demographics? Consider quick-and-easy pendant jewelry. Choose pre-made colorful multi-strand necklace cords or metallic chains including ever-popular ball chain. Then let customers select a pendant to match. Voila!

Other potential sale opportunities for men also include tie tac and cuff link settings made handsome by simply gluing a flat-backed component on the pad with a strong jewelry-making adhesive.

While we’re on the subject of gluing, bails turn beads, donuts, cabochons and more into pendants with just a dab of adhesive. You’ll be able to create more, in less time, for your favorite charity or community fundraising event. Decorative bail options give you and attendees more to choose from so everyone gets a piece of jewelry they’ll wear again and again.

Want even simpler? Try pinch bails. No glue required. Simply select a bead, charm, drop or other component with a hole and align the prongs of the bail. Squeeze with a pair of pliers and you have an instant pendant to attach to earwires or slide on chain as a pendant.

What to expect from the crowd

Now that you’re prepared to create for the next event, what should you expect? There are 3 possible outcomes.

  1. Some people will walk away–that’s okay.
  2. Some people will offer a donation without wanting a piece of jewelry–that’s great.
  3. Some people will buy your jewelry to support the cause and spread awareness by wearing it–super!

Not only do you end up helping your cause, but you also end up meeting a lot of caring people. You’ll also form a newfound appreciation of your own talents as you create fundraising design lines. Charity events and community fundraisers are sure to attract attention for your cause when tables are lined with your sparkling jewelry creations to buy or bid on.

Make it your mission to engage in deliberate acts of kindness and use your jewelry-making talents to foster a better community, nation and world one jewelry design at a time!

Design with
Almost Instant Jewelry
Dione large-hole beads
Gemstone donuts and go-gos
Charms
Pendants
Flat backs
Cuff link findings
Almost Instant Jewelry ring settings
Dione easy-on chain
Cord
Ball chain
Chain
Bails
Magic-Glos tools and supplies
Apoxie Sculpt tools and supplies
Glues and adhesives
Pliers

Landmark beads from around the world New for 2016

New for 2016 are four Landmark beads from around the world. Just as 2015 ends and the new year begins, there are four brand new Landmark Beads from locations around the world!

Landmark beads are a unique gift idea for the woman who loves to travel and who also love beads and charms.



Every year billions of people travel around the world for business, vacation, and for a variety of other reasons. Landmark Beads are a unique way for the world traveler to remember each destination on charm bead bracelets such as Pandora or Troll bracelets.

There are over 80 different Landmark Beads and this year there are four new beads being introduced to add to the collection.

New Landmark beads from around the world

New Landmark beads from around the world
New Landmark Beads for 2016. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Landmark beads are made of high quality .925 Sterling Silver and are finely detailed, making them a unique addition to charm bead bracelets.

The four shown above are new for 2016 and are as follows from left to right:

  1. Chiang Mai Palace, Thailand
  2. Sky Tower, New Zealand
  3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  4. Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby)

All four beads have just been released and are now available on our website. Each bead is compatible with Chamilia, Troll and Pandora, as well as other European Charm Bead bracelets.

Landmark beads have a large 5mm bead hole that is smooth making it compatible with types of bracelets since there is no threading to worry about.

Landmark beads are a cool way to show where you have traveled, remember a great vacation, signify where you were born, a reminder of where you want to go, and many other possibilities!

They are such a cool bead you could even collect them all!

Caring for your Landmark beads

Clean only with a silver cleaning cloth, do not use silver polish dip as this can remove the oxidation that highlights all of the intricate details in each bead.

Landmark charm beads are sterling silver memories

Landmark Charm Beads or European bead for bracelets make great gifts for women and are available to add to travel bracelets as sterling silver memories!

They are compatible with Pandora, Chamilia, Carlo Biagi and all of the different brands of trendy European style bracelet chains.




There are currently over 70 different highly detailed Landmark beads representing locations from around the world and the United States.

Landmark Charm Beads make great gifts

Landmark charm beads make great gifts for travelers, gifts for Mom, girlfriends and anyone who loves to travel.

There are currently over 70 highly detailed Landmark beads representing locations from around the world and the United States.

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Vienna Opera House Landmark Charm Bead. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

You can find the Landmark Straatsoper Vienna Opera House pictured above, as well as the Landmark Istanbul Blue Mosque or the Landmark Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion shown in the featured image on our website.

A the variety of Landmark Beads from around the world and locations in the United States are available on our website. The variety shown on the website may not always be the same since occasionally they are out of stock.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about these stunning charm beads!

Starbucks coffee addict

In trying to come up with inspiration for a new blog post early in the morning, all I could think of was Starbucks coffee, as in I need another cup!

Coffee Brands

When I first started drinking coffee I preferred Folgers. It had a nice flavor and didn’t seem to have that burned taste when it sat on the warmer like other coffee brands.

Then I graduated to Kona Coffee and an occasional flavored coffee like vanilla, hazelnut or cinnamon.

Starbucks Coffee

At some point I was introduced to Starbucks, and now I can’t seem to break away from the smoothness of this high quality arabica coffee. Believe me I have tried because it is very expensive… but no matter what coffee brand I try, I always go back to Starbucks.

You can also embrace your love of coffee by adding coffee cup beads to your European charm bracelet (yes, it will fit on P-NDORA bracelets, as well as Chamilia, Troll and others).

Do you love a good cup of coffee too? There are many ways to personalize your jewelry with a symbol of this delectable beverage.

FYI: As of  3/3/2017,  this bead shown above is close to being out of stock and may not be available any longer. Get your coffee cup to go bead now, before they are all gone.

So enjoy your morning cup of Java and tell me which one is your favorite?