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of Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay is my guide to the four main
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their key characteristics and most common applications.
Clay Brands and Formulas describes the different formulas of
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metal clay artists choose the most suitable products for their projects. It also
includes information on Aura 22 and Accent Gold for Silver 22K and 24K gold
application, including keum-boo techniques.
Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay provides a range of techniques
for setting gemstones in PMC and Art Clay, both before and after firing.
Creating Textures in Metal Clay describes the many different ways
to add wonderful, unique textures to fine silver and gold by impressing textures
that you find, buy or make into metal clay or by texturing the surface of dry
metal clay by carving or water etching.
Artisan Jewelry Designers
If you like Polished & Put-Together designer jewelry, here are some
jewelry artists and designers whose work
I think you'll appreciate.
Adorneya Jewelry Studio -
Georgia Hadley creates fine handcrafted gemstone designer jewelry that combines classic elegance with a contemporary
flair. Her wonderful one-of-a-kind jewelry designs come with free shipping and gift packaging.
Ahern & Brucker -
Carol Ahern and Bob Brucker are jewelry design and
manufacturing pros who hand-fabricate and custom cast gorgeous
designs in precious metals and gemstones. Their commitment to quality is unsurpassed
and they're a pleasure to deal with.
Always Elegant - Jewels by
Sherri's gorgeous original designs feature vintage & contemporary Swarovski
rhinestones and filigrees. These will positively knock your socks off!
Andante Designer Jewelry
- Leigh Allen personally selects the high-quality faceted gemstones and
cabochons for her breathtaking one-of-a-kind handcrafted art jewelry. Her
creations are elegant and unusual. She also does beautiful custom work.
Ann O'Brien -
Ann O'Brien designs elegant handcrafted Art Nouveau jewelry in silver and gold wire.
The wire is twisted by hand, without the use of special jigs or molds, into
graceful, flowing swirls.
Anni's Original Art Jewelry -
Anni's elegant one-of-a-kind original jewelry
designs made of vintage beads and components.
Her divine hand-wired beaded designs are reminiscent of Haskell or Hagler.
Artsfarm Jewelry & Wearable Art
- Ida describes her own striking, one-of-a-kind jewelry and wearable art best - "elegance with an edge." Her
contemporary handcrafted designs incorporate sterling silver, quartz, and
semi-precious stones like turquoise, onyx, amethyst and garnet.
Ashbach Designs - Lauri Ashbach
designs unique, handmade Christian faith jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold
for you to wear or give as a keepsake gift. She offers a Christian Symbolism Collection, Advent Collection, and others.
Beadacious Jewelry - Georgeanne Brutscher
makes versatile beaded jewelry that will take you from shopping to the office
and out to dinner afterwards. Her contemporary designs feature Swarovski
crystals, sterling silver and pewter.
Beads By All Means
- Vera Romoda is a Toronto-based designer of wonderfully
elemental, tactile jewelry. Her designs feature the unusual porcelain
beads she creates using raku, smoke firing and gold leafing as well as textile
fibers for textural interest.
BeeGee's Jewels - South Texas Trading Company
- BeeGee McBride's contemporary designer jewelry styles are as big and bold as
the state where she creates them: Texas. Her wedding jewelry is extraordinary. Her famous Christmas tree
pins often include vintage stones;
they were featured in
two collectible books in 2003. She also sells beautiful
Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry
- Bernardine designs exquisite, one-of-a-kind art jewelry handmade and fabricated in gold or sterling silver and set
with unusual gemstone cabochons. This is fine gallery-quality jewelry you will adore! She also does gorgeous custom-commissioned
BMarie Fine Art Jewelry - BMarie is handcrafted fine art jewelry fabricated by a husband and wife team. Their passion and joy in their work is evident in these terrific designs of sterling silver with semi-precious stones
- Lovely handcrafted cameo jewelry
designs from jewelry designer Preston Reuther,
who is well-known for his instructional programs on wire sculpture.
- Beth Thompson's artisan designer jewelry is positively delicious! Her wearable
art incorporates precious stones, sterling silver and gold as well as precious
gemstones and lampwork glass beads.
Beads and Jewelry
Kathy and Jean offer jewelry designers an unusual selection of beads, including gorgeous Venetian glass and handcrafted sterling silver. They also
design their own one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry.
- Israeli jewelry artist Daphna Shmuely
designs and hand crafts unique jewelry from
antique silver-plated cutlery, such
as spoons and forks. Exquisite, striking, and
extremely unusual designs!
Cindy and Kevin's
beautiful handcrafted jewelry blends lampwork glass beads, beadweaving and off-loom seed beaded designs. Many
are Native American inspired. They'll even do custom beadwork based on a picture
Dvora Schleffer Designs -
Israeli designer Dvora Schleffer
designs gorgeous handcrafted jewelry from sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones
using techniques that include wire crochet, weaving, metal inlays, metal
texturing and epoxy resin. Her well-organized collections include bridal jewelry,
crystal jewelry, pearl jewelry and more.
Elle B. -
Lisa Braithwaite, the creative force and the "LB" behind Elle B. jewelry, describes her wonderful designs as "adornment for uninhibited women." Her one-of-a-kind pieces are playful and distinctive, incorporating modern and vintage glass, brilliant silver
and lively colors. Her site is as much fun as her designs!
Enchanted Beads -
Ileana Munteanu is a wonderfully talented designer whose
unique jewelry is meticulously handcrafted. She uses semiprecious stones,
genuine pearls and tiny seed beads to create gorgeous bead applique' designs.
The Family Jools (SGH Originals) - Sheryl Hamilton's stunning jewels are bold and
attention-getting designs chock-full of Swarovski crystals and vintage
components. Don't miss her rhinestone collages.
Fancy That! Artisan Jewelry Design by Cheryl
- Cheryl's unique handcrafted artisan beaded jewelry features semi-precious and
gemstone beads, Bali silver, and
gold. Her varied selection includes bridal designs as
well as styles for men.
- San Francisco designer John S. Brana's custom handcrafted jewelry, wire sculpted jewelry, chainmail, and gemstone
jewelry collections are composed of unique one-of-a-kind pieces handmade in
Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Filled, and Polymer Clay. Wonderful!
Glassic Gems -
Ellen Gilbert is a talented, experienced glass artist. She incorporates her
fused glass cabochons into beautiful jewelry designs that exhibit meticulous
attention to detail. She hand crafts her designs with copper, gold, sterling,
glass and semi-precious gemstone beads, and often wire-wraps her cabochons with
14K gold-filled or sterling silver wire.
Graceful Earth Jewelry -
Sandi Meyers designs wonderful handmade jewelry with semi-precious gemstones and sterling silver. Many of her designs have an Asian or Native American flavor, and she offers a broad range of styles from casual to dressy, earthy to elegant.
Handmaid For The Lord -
Kathleen designs lovely Christian religious jewelry, featuring handcrafted heirloom
rosaries and gift jewelry for special milestones such
as first holy communion and confirmation.
- Chris and Julie Spencer design handcrafted keepsake jewelry for mothers and
children in their Oklahoma studio. Mothers' name bracelets are made from
sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and semiprecious stones. You can also
purchase special birthstone jewelry for new babies, children, and grandmothers.
Hooks & Toggles
All of Dina 's handcrafted, one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry features hook and
toggle clasps - no struggling with spring ring or lobster claw clasps! She
transforms genuine natural gemstone beads and sterling
silver - including Bali, Thai, and Hill Tribe Silver including Karen Hill
Tribe pendants and beads - into simple, elegant and versatile jewelry designs.
Dorothea Stringfield designs incredible Renaissance jewelry that has been
featured in professional theatre productions. Her one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry
includes fabulous bridal designs and theme jewelry based on different cultures
Jeannius Designs -
Jeanne Rhodes Moen creates the most intricate, delicate and gorgeous wire filigree and gemstone jewelry you can imagine! Her designs incorporate traditional Norwegian filigree, intarsia
and inlay, as well as other styles of jewelry and beadwork. This is seriously collectible jewelry, wearable art of the highest order.
Ka Gold Jewelry -
David Weitzman creates the most amazing gold and silver jewelry! His authentic collection of sacred jewelry and talismans for healing, self balance and unity will lift your spirit while adding elegance to your appearance.
Each pendant includes a paper scroll explaining its meaning and authenticity.
Katrina's Stones at the Moment -
Extremely elegant handcrafted wire wrapped designs. Sheila Cagle uses top-quality natural stones, including druzy and unusual and scenic types of Jasper, and wraps them in 14K gold-filled wire. These are more sophisticated than most of the wrapped pendants I've seen. Costly and worth it!
Kelly Meeker Designs - Original Handcrafted
Beaded Jewelry -
This designer's online jewelry boutique offers gorgeous
limited edition and one-of-a-kind handcrafted beaded jewelry. Her designs feature Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stone beads, freshwater pearls, and artist lampwork, fused glass, and
furnace glass beads with sterling silver and gold filled findings.
Exceptionally lovely handcrafted
jewelry that incorporates gemstone, semi-precious and Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater
pearls and sterling silver. The selection includes handmade beaded necklaces, chandelier
crystal bracelets, pearl jewelry, bridal jewelry and mothers bracelets. Custom jewelry
Designs - Laurel Clark
fashions unique beaded wire-sculptured jewelry featuring an eclectic mix of
vintage and contemporary beads - Venetian glass, Swarovski crystal,
semi-precious stones and vintage European and Asian glass and Lucite baubles. I
Lisa creates fabulous handmade original jewelry designs from vintage glass beads & antique components,
including vintage buttons, cufflinks, charms, rhinestone earrings, watch fobs,
rosaries, bracelet links and other vintage findings.
LuLu B Designs - Lulu B designs smart, stylish gem and semi-precious gem stone jewelry. These artisan-crafted jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind yet extremely wearable. She'll be happy to custom design a special piece just for you.
- a large selection of unique, handcrafted jewelry from
well-known wire artist and teacher, Preston Reuther.
MilliJoolz - A wide variety of glitzy, eye-catching designs made with vintage components, Swarovski crystal, and Czech and German glass beads.
Lots of "drippy" bib necklaces! If you like your jewelry big and flashy, don't
miss her site.
MLCreations - Mary L. Johnston
uses sterling silver, gemstones, pearls, and glass beads to create wonderfully colorful handcrafted
beaded jewelry. She sells her necklaces, bracelets, and earrings both retail and wholesale.
Pixie Jewels - Deborah creates beautiful, extremely wearable gemstone and precious metal handcrafted beaded jewelry.
She blends sterling silver beads from Bali with semiprecious stone beads in lapis lazuli, heliodor, aquamarine, rose quartz and more.
Rapt Elegance Jewelry - Sue Lindsey's
gorgeous designs brings a fresh look to wire wrapped
jewelry. Her distinctive wearable art is created with
with sterling silver, rolled gold, or rose gold wire
surrounding faceted gemstones, natural stone cabochons, shell, pearls
and dichroic glass.
Jewelry by Laura - Laura designs handcrafted,
wire-wrapped rosaries, chaplets, and other beaded jewelry
including bracelets, earrings and pendants.
Her affordable designs incorporate glass beads,
semi-precious stones, and wire in sterling silver,
gold-filled, bronze and other metals.
Sarit Designs - Talented jewelry designer Sarit Wolfus creates
one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Israeli jewelry
from silver, gold and gemstones. Her selection includes wedding and Judaica
jewelry. She will also create custom designs.
A Shasta Rose - This designer specializes in one-of-a-kind and
custom jewelry designs. Each piece is individually handcrafted by the jewelry
artist using silver, gold and unique gemstones, and made to be cherished and
enjoyed for many years.
Shastelle Creations Handcrafted Jewelry - This mother-daughter
team creates very wearable and affordably priced gemstone bead jewelry. They
have a nice selection of ID badge holders that also work as eyeglass holders. Of
special note are their unusual cancer awareness and elephant-themed designs.
Crystal - Shirley is the queen of crystal snowflakes! She designs them as
wonderful, sparkling pendants and holiday ornaments. Her delicate handcrafted jewelry designs feature
sterling silver wire-wrapped Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, dichroic
glass and pearls.
Sky Girl Style - Janet Reddick (AKA Sky Girl) creates affordably priced handcrafted artisan jewelry. Her semiprecious stone bead and sterling silver designs are bold, earthy,
"statement" pieces that require only the simplest of backdrops. She has a refreshingly original style that goes equally well with jeans and office attire.
Sunfluer's Jewelry Designs - Barbara Giordano creates original, limited edition and one-of-a-kind handcrafted artisan jewelry using gemstones, glass beads and precious metals. Her work is wonderful and she has a line of adoption jewelry that is really special.
SWCreations - Stephanie White's handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry sets
are contemporary and eminently wearable. Using Swarovski crystals, pearls, silver and semiprecious stones, she designs
beaded jewelry, fan pulls and bookmarks. Her off-loom seed beadwoven "bead art"
necklaces of are wonderful! Check out her Arts & Crafts directory with a
Handcrafted Jewelry section.
SWCreations Beaded Anklets - Stephanie has launched a new, separate site for her handcrafted adjustable one-of-a-kind beaded anklets, including lovely, delicate wedding anklets for brides and bridesmaids.
Swift Creek Creations - Peggy creates fine handcrafted designer jewelry using semiprecious stone, crystal, bone, pearls, polymer clay, wire wrapped accents and other high-quality
materials at affordable prices. She is happy to create custom pieces and offers free gift packaging.
The Scarlet Poppy - Jennafer
Bryan and Michelle Fowler make the kind of classy,
contemporary jewelry you'd expect to find in high-end catalogs. They personally
select the semi-precious gems, natural stones and cultured freshwater pearls they combine with 14k
gold filled, sterling silver and vintage components.
Soleil Noir Designs
- C. Ruth Blohm-Hunter's one-of-a-kind and custom jewelry designs express her unique personality and sense of style,
ranging from the quirky and eclectic to the classically beautiful. She
specializes in custom jewelry design.
Online Vintage, Antique & Estate Jewelry Stores
If you like Polished &
Put-Together designer jewelry,
I think you'll enjoy visiting these excellent online
vintage & collectible jewelry stores.
Joan is a recognized authority in vintage and collectible jewelry. She's got an
enormous, well-organized inventory of sensational jewels and an excellent
Always Elegant - Jewels by Sherri
Sherri's own fabulous, glitzy designs are complemented by some wonderful vintage
This wonderful site has a really great assortment of contemporary, vintage and
antique costume jewelry and fashion accessories. Although the majority of items
are vintage, there are a lot of really excellent contemporary styles to be found
Bitz of Glitz
Delores Benedict's easy-to-shop site includes an excellent selection of vintage
and contemporary costume jewelry from well-known designers. Don't miss her own
original glitzy rhinestone-laden designs!
The Family Jools (SGH Originals)
Sheryl Hamilton not only designs her own fabulous jewels but also carries lots
of great antique, vintage and estate jewelry, both fine and costume.
- Here you'll find a wonderful assortment of vintage
and costume jewelry, with excellent photos, descriptions and measurements so you
know exactly what you're buying!
In addition to her own gorgeous Renaissance designs, Dorothea Stringfield's site
also offers vintage and contemporary costume jewelry. Her
Researching Costume Jewelry section of the
site is a highly regarded source of information and expertise!
Lang Antiques, Antique
Jewelry & Estate Jewelry
- Lang Antiques' shop in Union Square, San
Francisco has an enormous collection of fine antique
estate jewelry, antique rings and antique engagement rings.
In the online store, you can purchase wonderful jewels from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro periods as well as jewelry from the 1950's.
Pretty Snazzy vintage jewelry
- Stephanie offers not only great vintage costume
jewelry and accessories but also a terrific selection of vintage glass stones
Remember When Vintage
- Rita Perloff offers vintage and contemporary costume
jewelry as well as vintage beads. Her inventory includes Czech, Italian, European,
pre-WWII and Egyptian jewelry.
South Texas Trading Company -
In addition to her famous Christmas Tree pins and her other original jewelry
designs, BeeGee McBride offers small but gorgeous selection of vintage, antique
and estate/period jewelry and accessories.
Recommended Bead Artists
I love the
beads crafted by these talented artists!
Dwyn Tomlinson creates extraordinary lampworked glass focal
beads that simply beg to be made into one-of-a-kind jewelry.
In addition to their beautiful beaded and bead-woven jewelry, Cindy and Kevin
make beautiful kiln-annealed lampworked glass beads in
their Iowa studio.
Enter The Flame - Brea VanPutten is an extremely talented lampwork bead artist. Her specialties include goddess beads, wonderful florals and sumptuous decorated chocolates.
Mary Ann Williams Glass Art
(Mary Ann Williams)
- Exquisite lampworked and fused glass beads, bead sets, cabochons and components by talented (and lovely) glass artist Mary Ann Williams.
Recommended Sources for Jewelry Supplies
are some of my favorite sources for beads, findings,
filigrees and other jewelry components.
1 of a Kind Bead Store
(Pat Everett) -
A totally different kind of bead store. Pat is always
searching for unique, different, one-of-a-kind beads and findings to offer her
customers. If you are looking for something that she doesn't have, ask her and
she'll try to find it for you!
(Susan Street) -
A wonderful selection of elegant vintage-inspired filigrees, connectors, and other findings and components.
- A terrific and huge assortment of Austrian crystal rhinestones, vintage glass stones, glass rhinestones and other
Bead2Bead (Jun Liu) - One of the best
assortments of vintage Swarovski crystal beads around. Also contemporary
Swarovski crystal beads. Nice people to deal with, too!
The Beadin' Path
(Heather DeSimone) -
Sparkling crystals, glass beads, stringing supplies, books, artist beads and a fantastic assortment of vintage (and contemporary) beads, pendants and Swarovski crystal. Very helpful
Bonkers for Beads (Bonnie Coulombe) - Some
of the nicest vintage glass beads you'll find, as well as some vintage Swarovski
crystal beads in wonderful colors.
(Brenda Sue Lansdowne) -
For jewelry supplies,
rhinestones, vintage stampings and components, vintage jewelry: Things you will
find nowhere else!
Caeryl (Carol Walker) - Gorgeous, unusual
vintage beads and wonderful, hard-to-find vintage Swarovski crystals from a
lovely seller! You'll always find something special in her auctions.
From master wire artist Preston Reuther, this site calls itself "The cheapest place to find beads, beading tools, and beading information online."
(Peter Gadoury) - These partners each offer hundreds of items every week, including wonderful vintage Swarovski beads, crystals and stones and other unusual and vintage beads and components.
Contenti Jewelry Making Supplies -
This comprehensive and extremely well organized site offers a vast assortment of
more than 7,000 jewelry, watch repair and beading supplies including Art Clay
silver and every jeweler's tool you can imagine. There are also detailed product
instructions for many of the products.
(Rob Valvo) - an ever-changing and unusual assortment of unique and vintage jewelry components, including beads, stones, cameos, findings, chain and finished jewelry.
Flowerchylde's Beads & Things
(Diane Mahan) -
www.flowerchylde.com - Some of the most beautiful and unusual Swarovski crystals and a wonderful lady. Don't miss her eBay auctions!
Gems 2 Behold
(Ken and Astrid Hall) -
Spectacular Venetian glass beads,
Murano glass jewelry, freshwater pearls and more. Wholesale
prices for 5+ pieces per style/color!
Jan's Jewels and More
(Janice Kostura) -
- A terrific selection of findings, beads and stones as well as vintage jewelry, Jan's own lovely original jewelry designs, and vintage sewing patterns.
(Robert Bass - The "King of Vintage Glass") -
- An enormous collection of absolutely fabulous vintage beads, crystals and findings. Not inexpensive, but lots of gorgeous, unusual beads you won't find elsewhere, and Robert knows everything there is to know
about vintage costume jewelry design, manufacturing and materials.
Rae) - Absolutely gorgeous vintage
beads, including some Swarovski crystal custom special effects colors you won't find
Purple Finch Glass Beads
(Marty & Sue Bunis)
A wonderful selection of vintage glass stones and cabs,
glass-based pearls, beads and beautiful vintage and new Swarovski crystals at
(Richard Utilla) -
A broad selection of terrific vintage stones, beads, crystals, findings and other components at wonderful prices. An especially nice assortment of vintage cabochons.
(Sharon Marzonie) -
Unique jewelry-making components and gemstone beads for jewelry
artists online featuring artisan-crafted sterling clasps, charms, earring tops,
buttons, soft flex, vintage sari bags and other nice things.
Sun Country Gems
(Susan Lucas) -
- A wide assortment of beads, findings and beadwork supplies, including beautiful semiprecious stone beads at excellent prices.
A really nice and knowledgeable person, too!
- videos, tips, beads, gemstones, and
a large selection of wire jewelry making supplies
from Preston Reuther.
Via Murano® -
Creative Elements for Inspired Minds - A fabulous assortment of Venetian glass beads, Snapeez®
snapping jump rings and Twisted Tornado Crimps® (which, as a designer, I can't
live without!) Highly recommended.
and Bead Stores - Not Vintage
These are sources for
contemporary beads and jewelry for your consideration. I have not had personal
experience with these companies as of this writing.
- A collection of fine genuine cubic zirconia and genuine gemstone jewelry, set in gold
vermeil and rhodium-plated sterling silver. Find the latest styles in necklaces,
earrings, and bracelets in high-quality CZ jewelry at affordable prices!
Artesania Galpicos - Lovely
handcrafted jewelry & gifts of sterling silver, 18k gold, jet, coral and
enamels, made by talented artisans in Spain.
Cufflinks Plus - Stylish and quirky cufflinks make great groomsmen gifts or gifts for men any time of year. Bull and bear cufflinks, engraved cufflinks, American flag cufflinks and more.
CZFWholesale.com - Sterling silver CZ jewelry and fashion accessories at wholesale prices to the public.
MoonRiverPearls.com - A huge selection of quality cultured pearl jewelry at affordable
Silver Chains - Sterling silver jewelry, silver charms, silver charm bracelets, wholesale.
StonesNSilver.com - Family-owned and -operated by a
mother, daughter and granddaughter team, this site sells high-quality American Indian Jewelry handmade by Navajo, Zuni & Santo Domingo artists.
You'll also find American Turquoise beads and cabochons as well as hard-to-find gemstones including Gaspeite, Rainbow Calsilica, Sugilite and Kyanite.
Baliku Silver Beads - A wide range of Bali silver beads and silver from Indonesia.
Beads 925 Bali Silver - Retail
Bali sterling silver beads and findings with free
Beads at Plasa Bali
- Wholesale silver beads direct from Bali.
ThAiGeMstone.com - A beautiful range of genuine mineral gem stones by thaigemstone.com.
Wedding / Bridal Jewelry and Resources
These online resources can
help you plan your wedding and honeymoon.
I have not had personal experience with these companies as of this
1st Class Wedding Invitations - A large assortment of wedding invitations that can
be customized and purchased online.Orders usually can be printed in two days and express shipping is available.
Anna Bellagio - Affordable wedding and bridal jewelry including cubic zirconia necklaces, rhinestone and faux pearl earrings, plus gift sets for the bride, flower girl, and bridesmaids.
Antique Engagement, Wedding Ring Sets - Resource for online engagement jewelry, including
engagement rings, antique style rings, diamond rings, platinum, wedding ring
sets, bridal sets, and more.
Arte Bride - Unique designer wedding accessories and bridal accessories including tiaras, bridal jewelry, bridal headpieces, hair pins, bridal purses and wedding day makeup.
Engagement Rings Girl -
Cathy Anderson has created a friendly, helpful and
informative resource focused on selecting and buying
engagement rings. She has information and recommended sources for buying not
only diamond rings but also sapphire rings
and other colored gemstone rings. There's also a
section on platinum rings. She keeps the site updated frequently. Be sure to use
the search box on the home page to find her informative articles on buying
Hayden Croft -
Hayden Croft offers wedding bands individually crafted and custom made in your choice of size, style and metal, at extremely reasonable prices for a custom service. The site also includes lots of useful content, including a helpful Buyer's Guide to help you choose the best ring for your lifestyle.
Model Bride - The bride's source for expert beauty advice including makeup, skin care and bridal hairstyles. Also featuring a collection of designer bridal accessories such as bridal shoes, jewelry, headpieces and more.
Orange Blossom Tiaras -
A creatively designed collection of tiaras, combs, bunwraps, and wreaths that seem to come from another, more romantic time. Find a piece to suit your style in your choice of colors and textures.
Orange Blossom Tiaras has created custom looks for traditional and modern brides, whether you fancy a headpiece that's delicate or more dramatic.
Princessbands - Freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal handmade tiaras, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings become instant heirlooms.
These unique tiaras double as necklaces for your life's occasions after the big day is long gone.
Wedding Gown Dress - A
very broad selection of beautiful and affordable wedding gowns. These are prices
that even the most budget-conscious bride will love!
Useful Jewelry-Related Sites and Directories
Here are some of the
jewelry-related sites I find useful, helpful or special in
some other way.
CraftRevolution.com Indie-Friendly Directory
- A shopping directory of independent designers who sell directly online. Sites in the directory must meet specific criteria for customer service and codes of conduct to ensure that online shoppers always have positive shopping experiences when buying from someone in this directory.
Dexigner Design Portal- Dexigner design portal connects the design world with news, competitions,
announcements, designers, galleries, board and links.
news, articles and a diamond price calculator.
- Unique and affordable contemporary fine art by Northeast UK artists (and others). The Gallery also doubles as a studio, so you'll often find artists at work. Gorgeous, modern, a must-see!
Project - The gem and jewelry world's foremost information
resource on the Internet. Open to the public, Free of charge - a substantial
library of articles, publications, reports, and technical data on gem and
jewelry related topics; as well as a sizable collection of art and jewelry
galleries, for both the casual visitor and the professional.
The Handcrafted Jewelry Mall
- A fine selection of handcrafted jewelry of all kinds. Includes a variety of jewelry from many artists.
Helicadesign.com | Custom Jewelry Design - Although this site specializes in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Web Design, it also has a useful page of links to custom jewelry designers (including Polished & Put-Together).
I Buy DIY - A terrific new directory of independent (indie) designers who sell their own products, independent businesses that provide services and/or products to/for other indie businesses, and online shops that sell indie/handmade goods.
International Jewelry Designers' Guild - An active association to which many incredibly talented and passionate jewelry designers belong.
International Jewelry Designing Forum - a meeting place for all types of jewelry artisans to share experiences, new designs, and problem solve. Whether you are new to jewelry designing or experienced, you'll be welcomed as a member.
JewelerCentral - An online directory of jewelers worldwide. Contains more than 15,000 links to jewelry related web sites. Search by state or
browse specific categories.
Jewelry Collective -
An informative online resource to make you an educated jewelry consumer,
explaining such things as how to distinguish between genuine and artificial
pearls or gemstones and zirconia, and how to tell the difference between 10
karats of gold and 22 karats.
JewelryList.net - Online Jewelry Retailers and Wholesalers
Directory - A well-organized directory of all types of jewelry-related
information - jewelry stores, discount jewelry,
silver jewelry, diamond jewelry, gold jewelry, wedding
jewelry, wholesale jewelry, gemstone jewelry, and much more!
JewelryMagazine - A well-organized, comprehensive
online directory of jewelry-related sites, including online stores, suppliers,
and guides and directories. A helpful feature is the ability for visitors to add
their comments or ratings to each site's listing.
Net Shopping Central - An online directory for women. In addition to antiques, arts, beading, beauty, collectibles, crafts, gifts, fashion,
shopping, special occasions, and " women related links, " there's a very nice Jewelry section with a separate
Handcrafted Jewelry page worth looking into.
Omex3.com Jewelry Directory -
An online directory of shopping sites for jewelry and watches. No editorial
content, but well organized to make it easy to find the type of sites you're
Polka Dot Creations - Polymer clay books, magazines and beads and some terrific how-to videos you
won't find elsewhere. Owner Lisa Clarke is a sweetheart.
Click to browse their wonderful collection!
SearchJeweler.com - Jewelers and Jewelry
Directory - A comprehensive directory of jewelers and jewelry
Walsh Brothers watches and jewellery - Includes a nicely organized directory of jewelry-related
Recommended Jewelry and Wedding Books
Polished & Put-Together book,
magazine and video store - Books, magazines and videos on jewelry design, buying, manufacturing, etc.,
beads and bead making, and wedding and bridal information.
Other Handcrafted Product Sites and Directories
Here are some of additional sites and directories for
handcrafted products other than just jewelry.
Fine Crafts & Imports - Hammered Copper Sinks, Copper Kitchen Sinks, Copper
Bathtubs - Contemporary Mexican oil paintings, tin and Talavera Mexican mirrors, hammered and handmade copper vases, hand-painted Talavera pottery, ceramic planters, ceramic hand-painted tile, sun
faces, hammered copper plates and a wide collection of home decor and garden