Om: The Sound of the Universe

Om is a common symbol on beads, charms and pendants. Including symbolic beads in your handmade jewelry is a great way to personalize and make your beaded necklaces and bracelets more meaningful. What does the symbol mean? Om is a sacred sound and mantra, and an important spiritual symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is … Continue Reading

Thai Silver Beads vs Sterling Silver Beads

Thai silver beads are incredible unique works of wearable art. Sterling silver beads are a jewelry making classic but what are these silver beads really?  Silver is as common in jewelry as gold and it’s just as versatile. Much like gold, there are various types of silver, including plated silver, sterling silver, and Thai silver. … Continue Reading

Beading Tips and Tricks

While we love teaching beading classes, we also know that a well-timed beading tip can be equally helpful to first-rate jewelry making. Here are just a few of the beading tips and tricks that we rely on. Clearly, have the right jewelry making supplies is a must! Don’t ever use clear nail polish – Use Hypo-Cement When … Continue Reading

Greek Worry Beads or Meditation Beads

Are Meditation Beads the same as Worry Beads? What are Worry Beads? Worry beads are traditionally from Greece. Everyone in Greece carries these glass or gemstone beads strung on a cord. They are usually strung very loose so they can be flipped around your hand throughout the day. Worry beads are very similar to the … Continue Reading

Anatomy of Buddhist Prayer Beads

Anatomy of Buddhist Prayer Beads Buddhist prayer beads are also known as malas and are composed We all love making long silk knotted necklaces with gemstones and even adding tassels to them. We have tons of them! When we get new rounds in- of course, we all have to make ourselves a new silk knotted tassel … Continue Reading

Black Friday Sales coming your way!

Thanksgiving is only a two weeks away and we’d like to give thanks for our amazing customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we love. We are so thankful that you allow us to talk about gemstones surrounded by gemstones all day, that we’re offering amazing Black Friday Sales! We’re opening … Continue Reading