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.

Displaying jewelry at celebrity events in Los Angeles

I started the new year with a bang by displaying jewelry at one of the celebrity events in Los Angeles! Several of my handcrafted jewelry items were showcased, in association with The Artisan Group®, in a by-invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK, honoring the nominees and presenters of the 2018 Golden Globes.

Beadloverskorner displaying jewelry
Bead Lovers Korner displaying jewelry at celebrity event

I have been a member of The Artisan Group for several years and have participated in many events, but never as a part of the display team.

This was a great experience! I highly suggest pushing yourself to try something you’ve never done. Not only is it exhilarating, but it teaches you new things about yourself and your business.

Asia-Ray wearing Bead Lovers Korner necklace
Asia Monet Ray (Dance Moms, American Crime Story) wearing quartz crystal necklace by Bead Lovers Korner

My top 4 benefits from displaying jewelry at celebrity events

Today it seems like EVERYONE has decided to go into business for themselves. The gig economy is trending and it’s easy to start your own website or sell on many social platforms, etc.  How do you compete with all that? Somehow you have to stand out from the crowd.

Displaying at a celebrity event gives you a way to stand out. Below are what I feel were the top 4 benefits from participating in this event:

  1. Great PR for a small business! I live in Central Florida and no one cares, but this consequently gives my small business credibility. View my Press Release here
  2. Awesome photos of a two celebrities wearing my jewelry. I couldn’t have gotten any better “model shots”!
  3. A new cool display for my jewelry should I ever decide to go back to setting up at local craft or art fairs.
  4. Most of all this was a great morale boost because I did have to apply and be accepted onto the display team 🙂
Jill Martin at The Artisan Group
Jill Martin (Emmy Award-winning TV personality & sportscaster, Today Show correspondent) trying on wire wrapped Lapis Lazuli sphere pendant by Bead Lovers Korner.

Will I do this again?

Absolutely!! Not only did I display my handmade products, but I also gifted attending celebrities a sample of my jewelry.

Bead Lovers Korner necklace in The Artisan Group gift bag
Scarab Green wire wrapped pendant gifted to attending celebrities.

The result of this puts one of my products, and also one of my business cards, into the hands of people I would never see at a craft fair or art show here in Central Florida!

You just never know where it might end up!

Style definition for Etsy listing attributes

Here you will find a style definition or guide for each of the style types that are optional attributes in the sell on etsy form.

They used to drive me crazy! There used to be like 50 of them and I didn’t know or remember most of them! Thankfully with the new updates there are only like 11 styles so they are much easier to remember.

Sometimes I still have to look them up though, so I decided to make this style definition list.

According to Etsy these styles are optional and not necessary, but when you are trying to be found on and improve sales on Etsy every thing counts!

Style definition for Etsy listing form

  1. Art Deco  – rich colors, geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation
  2. Art Nouveau  – curved lines, flowery
  3. Avant Garde  – Experimental & innovative designs
  4. Boho  – Bohemian gypsy “floaty” style clothes, boots, folksy
  5. Brutalist – This must be based on the Brutalist architecture which emerged in the 1950s-1970s. From the French word ‘brut’ which meant raw, and was mainly unornamented concrete made to project a feeling of strength.
  6. Celtic – There isn’t a really good definition of this style, but generally this art has a lot of spirals, swirls, triskelles. Typically from Ireland, Britain and Scotland.
  7. Edwardian – Very similar to Victorian style however clothing was a little more relaxed and hem lines were shorter, this time period was very brief
  8. Gothic – From the European late middle ages where architecture was full of columns and the use of repetitive geometric shapes with flourish (thinking of a cathedral). The modern Goth is a sub-genre of Gothic styles and is mainly characterized with the use of all black clothing, nails, hair, etc. But it can be colorful using dark and dramatic hues.
  9. Mid Century – Pure 1950s! Everything that was modern and clean lined in the 1950s. Soft colors such as lemon yellow, aqua, baby pink and sea green are used. There’s not much pattern but when there is it’s usually shapes like atoms, kidneys, arrowheads and boomerangs. Dior’s ‘new look’ (despite it being 1947!) and the TV show Mad Men are perfect examples. A lot of stuff that’s mid-mod is also called Eames era and atomic age.
  10. Minimalist – following the mantra ‘less is more’, this is modern with the most simple terms. Natural materials, stainless steel, straight lines, smooth textures, functional. Minimalist style contains objects and fashion that does little more than serve it’s function, all adornment is shunned.
  11. Victorian – Anything modeled to the last half of the 19th century is ‘pure’ Victorian, with the high peak being 1860s – 1880s. Though the Victorians were mad for color, Victorian style now is usually the ornate, lace-and-beaded black-on-black that was popular in the 1880s – 1890s, with high button boots, lace cuffs and cameo jewelry.

If you are looking for a style that isn’t shown, then checkout this list I came across on the Etsy forums, which has all 50 of the ones that used to be in the sell on etsy form. This list of attributes was done by sparrowsalvage several years ago, and I have incorporated some of her definitions also.

Cute gifts for girls – Biagi Kidz Beads Jewelry

Cute gifts for girls that will make them squeal with delight!! Carlo Biagi Kidz Bead Jewelry has a style just for little for girls. Bracelets and necklaces that she will treasure!

Fashioned after the adult Carlo Biagi Beads, the Kidz beads are an adorable mini size for children. The beads, bracelets and necklaces are great for young girls on your gift list.

Carlo Biagi bracelets
Really cute jewelry gifts for girls

Really cute jewelry gifts for girls

The Kidz Bead Jewelry Collection includes several options to get little girls started.

The bracelets and necklaces are made of rubber with sterling silver ends and clasp. (The all sterling silver bracelet has been discontinued, but I have one sterling silver bracelet left in size 7, so get it now!)

Biagi Kidz gifts for girls
Colorful Rubber Kidz Bead Necklace

Little girls will love the different variety of add-on beads to fill her necklace or bracelet and wear on special occasions. Most of all she will love being able to collect and add more beads as she grows!

Kidz Charm Beads, Bracelets and Necklaces are guaranteed to be of high quality material and are available on the Bead Lovers Korner website!

If you are familiar with Carlo Biagi Kidz beads and do not see what you are looking for, just send a request through email and I will see if it is still available.

PLEASE NOTE:  WARNING – Not suitable for children under 4 years of age.

Zombies, bats, and gargoyle beads for Halloween Jewelry

Zombies, bats and gargoyles, oh my! Creepy jewelry beads are a must in Halloween jewelry. These awesome beads from Green Girl Studios are perfect for Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year and I love all of the ghostly and ghastly costumes, horror movies, and wearing spooky jewelry to work and parties.

So if you are thinking about making something new this year, check out these really cool beads from Green Girl Studios.

Green Girl Studios Halloween bat bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Bats, Zombies, Gargoyles and Skull beads for Halloween jewelry ideas

I have accumulated a nice collection beads and jewelry making supplies that are perfect for Halloween ideas! Great for jewelry designs or other Halloween crafts. This Halloween Bat bead is the perfect touch for making something creepy for Halloween!

Zombies beads
Zombie bead by Green Girls Studios, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Zombies, walkers or undead anyone?

This zombie bead is so detailed and just an awesome bead for Halloween or anytime really. Great for fans of the popular “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead” TV series or any other horror flick with zombies.

Gargoyle bead
Green Girl Studios Gargoyle bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner


The actual use of Gargoyles was meant to scare off evil spirits and be a form of protection, but these gargoyle beads are still really freaky looking and are a great addition to Halloween jewelry.

Skull Bead
Green Girl Studios Smiling Skull bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner
And don’t forget about skulls!

Halloween would not be complete without skull beads! Skulls conjure up ideas of death and are scary looking to many people. However skulls were also traditionally used as a form of protection and to scare off bad spirits.

Please Note: Green Girl Beads DO NOT FIT ON PANDORA bracelets.

All of these really cool Green Girl Studios beads are made of pewter and the beads are fairly large, so they would be perfect as a focal bead or pendant, plus they are really affordable since Pewter is a lot less expensive than Sterling Silver.

Green Girl Studios beads, pendants, charms, clasps, and findings are available at Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

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?