Peridot: The Gem of the Sun

A look at August’s radiant birthstone Peridot is most well known for being the birthstone for August and the traditional anniversary gemstone gift for 16th anniversaries. There is a deep history and many mythological lore surrounding this beautiful bright green stone that has been prized for centuries.  Early records indicate that Peridot was a gemstone … Continue Reading

Ruby and the search for Passion

The history of the Ruby Rubies color ranges from an intense crimson to a pale rose. Their deep rooted history with passion and power keeps this gemstone as one of the most popular adornments in jewelry. The name Ruby comes from the Latin word for red which is Ruber.  Early civilizations draw on the color … Continue Reading

The Positive Ruby

The history of the Ruby Rubies color ranges from an intense crimson to a pale rose. Their deep rooted history with passion and power keeps this gemstone as one of the most popular adornments in jewelry. The name Ruby comes from the Latin word for red which is Ruber.  Early civilizations draw on the color … Continue Reading

Make them Sparkle! A Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles

It’s no secret we love our sparkly gemstones. We especially love when they catch the light and the colors practically glow! (cue heart eyes) At Beadworks you will find not only an incredible selection of gemstone beads, but also a gorgeous array of gemstone charms and 14k gold bezel-set gemstone pendants as shown in the … Continue Reading

Dendrite Opal: Nature’s Stone

Dendrite is the term used to describe the tree-like inclusions found in some Opals. These beautiful dark marks appear due to the prescence of manganise oxides or silicates. Dendrite Opal is usually gathered from the mines of New Mexico. It is widely believed that this stone promotes spirtual growth and balances both yin/yang energies. Some … Continue Reading

Amazonite: The Stone of the Amazon River

Amazonite, often called the Stone of Courage, was named after South America’s Amazon River, despite never actually being found in the river. Instead, it was discovered in places around Brazil. Today, Amazonite can be found in Brazil, the United States, Russia, Australia, and Zimbabwe. Amazonite is a feldspar, which is a large and common family … Continue Reading