The Beauty Of Fake Pearl Jewelry

unduhan (37)Pearl jewelry has long symbolized class and sophistication. Only the wealthiest people had the finances to purchase a string of matching natural pearls that were priced for their low production. Once cultured pearls became available, owning pearls became an option available to more women. Today, imitation, man-made or simulated pearls are available for use in jewelry to provide wearers with a cheap alternative to the other options they have in jewelry.

Simulated Pearls

There are a number of ways that manmade pearls are made. One of these is from fish scales. In water, these scales have a pearly appearance from a substance that floats to the surface of the water. When the substance is mixed with varnish, it can be used to coat glass beads on the inside and then they are filled with wax to make simulated pearls.

A more popular way of making simulated pearls for pearl jewelry is by coating the outside of plastic or glass beads with pearl or d’orient powder. Plastic beads are first tumbled in wet powdered pumice to smooth the surface before being dipped into a solution of pearl film. The more times the fake pearl is dipped in the solutions, the more valuable it will be. After receiving a final polish, the pearls are ready to be used in jewelry.

Real or Genuine VS Fake or Simulated

For people who are interested in buying real or genuine pearls, being careful about the labeling and who the purchase is made from is important to prevent paying more than the pearls are worth or getting something that is not really genuine. When purchasing cheap fashion jewelry, there is no need to worry about guidelines or real value. Although a jeweler can tell the difference between real and fake pearls, the better quality or simulated pearls look real to most people. Those that are used in costume jewelry not only do not have to look real, but may be expected to look like the simulated jewels that they are. Even the lowest quality synthetic pearls have the beauty needed to create attractive and stylish pieces of jewelry.

Pearl Rings

Rings account for some of the most popular types of pearl jewelry available today. From the simplest solitaire to highly intricate designs combined with other semi-precious or synthetic stones, pearl rings are available as valuable fashion statements that are extremely affordable. Pearls may be used as the main feature or as accents to compliment other stones. Pearls can be used to create simple or embellished jewelry that complements an outfit or which is versatile enough for everyday wear.

Fake Colored Pearls

The way that simulated pearls are made allows for them to be produced in a wide range of colors and sizes. This offers jewelry designers even more versatility for designing a wide variety of pearl jewelry. Soft pink, bold black and many shades in-between make pearls the ideal tool for creating jewelry to coordinate with the latest trends. Like all fashion jewelry that made with manmade pearls is affordable enough to put aside once it is no longer fashionable.

How to Make a Beaded Necklace

unduhan (36)A beaded necklace! Well making it can be much easier than you think it is. Here’s how.

Step 1

Look for wire, possibly stainless steel, coated with nylon. Or you can look for silk cords, which come in several different varieties of colors and thicknesses.

Step 2

Before you cut in to your string, check the length of your necklace with an extra 4-8 inches. Make sure you have enough to clasp the stringing materials.

Step 3

Now add 2 crimp beads, 1 clasp and the beads to build the necklace to it.

Step 4

Now put on the beads on the threading material. First use a tiny bead, followed by a crimping bead and thereby followed by other beads in one inch gaps.

Step 5

One end of the clasp is to be placed after the crimp bead, making a loop with the stringing material.

Step 6

Now you have to place the end of the stringing material, through the clasp, followed by the bead-crimp-bead situation, followed by using the crimping tool/chain to put the beads in place. One dot of glue might be helpful, if you are using bead thread. If the beads are just left on the stringing material, it might cause them to rub against each other causing the necklace to break.

Step 7

Choosing the beads and the layout of your design is essential before the stringing process, the use of a beading board can be beneficial allowing the design to be laid out and also measured, before stringing is completed.

Step 8

After you are satisfied, just string them onto the necklace with just about a 3-4 inches gap in the end.

Step 9

Next take a jump ring and using the bead-crimp-bead combo, try and push the remaining stringing materials into the holes of the bead just below the crimp bead.

Do not pull the threading material too tight. A small amount of slack must be left in the necklace. This leaves room for the beads to rotate and move on, ensuring they do not rub against each other, way too much. If the beading is done too tight, the round feeling to the necklace will be lost, and it might look angular instead.

Step 10

Now crimp the second end, followed by cutting the stringing material with slush cutters. Cutting the wire too close to the crimp bead is not recommended. Leaving 1 inch of space is essential, as insurance to carefully hide the bead holes against breakage.

And there, your beaded necklace is ready!

 

Creative Bracelet Clasps To Give Your Jewelry A Unique Look

images (39)No matter which type of bracelet you are going to create, clasps are an integral element that you will be using in your creation. Today, you can find bracelet clasps in a variety of sizes, shapes and even colors. When making a bracelet, bringing both the ends to a secure close is utmost important, but you must also keep in mind that the clasps you use don’t have to serve functional purpose only.

There are many designs and types of bracelet clasps you can use. Previously, clasps were made for functional purpose only. They looked boring and people would always try to hide them as they would spoil the look of the bracelet. This problem doesn’t exist anymore because nowadays clasps are designed to enhance the overall look of the bracelet.

You can choose from many different types of clasps. But in this article, we will take a look at some of the creative types of bracelet clasps available which can give your jewelry a unique look.

Ribbon clasps

You can make your own ribbon clasps when you are finished beading your bracelet. With so many colors and types of ribbons available, you can make attractive clasps out of them. They are creative and look stunning as well. Although they may not be a practical closure, but they can be very secure depending on how you use them with your bracelet. They are also fun to work with and can be used in a number of ways. You can even form patterns such as bows which look extremely beautiful.

Beaded clasps

Beaded clasps are also popular when making bracelets. They are creative and fun and they work wonderfully for all types of bracelets. If you are a beadweaver, you can make your own beaded clasps for your bracelet. But, if you are not, you can easily purchase them online or from a crafts store. There are many different types and colors of beaded clasps available which you can choose from.

Buttons

Buttons make wonderful clasps for bracelets as well. But, one thing that you must keep in mind is that while they are creative, they are not easy to work with. Buttons are available in many different sizes, colors and shapes and you can choose ones that match your bracelet. They are also available in various materials which give you more flexibility. Wider buttons are more suitable as bracelet clasps because they tend to be more secure. When you use small ones, you risk losing your bracelet because they can open easily. You can use button on one side of the bracelet and a loop of beaded beads on the other. So you can insert the button into the beaded loop and secure your bracelet.

 

Costume Jewelry Care Guide

Costume-jewellery-9For thousands of years costume jewelry has been very popular around the world. It is widely believed that the Egyptian Cleopatra was one of the original wearers of what we in modern times call costume jewelry.

Designing intricate patterns in glass beads in more recent times is a skill that was highly developed by the people of Germanic and Slovak regions.

Beadwork in costume jewelry is not limited to only glass. It is also often created with non-precious metals with or without stones or beads. This metal is silver or gold-plated to give it the fine jewelry look.

A very large variety of other materials are used. You can find costume jewelry that is entirely made of or has some components made from pottery, ceramic, horn, coral, ivory, tortoiseshell, pearls and the list goes on.

In more modern pieces you will find plastics, nylon, and polycarbonate variants used to make beads and stones.

Whether you like to collect antique, period, or contemporary costume jewelry cleaning your pieces regularly is important to protect your collection. Cleaning is a simple process and will prevent your costume jewelry pieces from tarnishing.

When cleaning your jewelry items you can use a mild detergent mixed in water. It is very important not to ever submerge or soak your jewelry. This is especially important with rhinestone jewelry. Some rhinestones have a foil back to make the glitter more. If moisture gets back there it can turn your rhinestones dark ruining the piece.

Personally, I prefer to use alcohol and cotton swabs to clean the pieces. Using cotton swabs that are not too wet simply go over the jewelry piece lightly. Alcohol dries quickly and the less exposure to moisture the better.

When storing your jewelry for a long period you can buy anti tarnish paper to wrap the pieces in. This will help protect your collection and thus your investment, but regular cleaning should still be practiced.

Since costume jewelry uses non-precious metals some people cannot wear it due to adverse reactions to their skin. People who are allergic to nickel or copper should generally avoid wearing this type of jewelry.

If you have never worn costume jewelry keep an eye out for allergic reactions and discomfort. Sometimes these reactions only appear when a piece of jewelry is worn for a long period. There is a special coating that you can buy and apply it to the piece that will protect your skin and prevent it from having direct contact with the metals.