Gemstone Quality and Grading System

Gemstone Classification First, we must learn how gemstones are grouped in order to understand their grading system. Gemstone beads are classified by three main categories: Precious gemstones exclusively allude to Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, and Emeralds. Synthetic gemstones are manmade stones such as Opalite and Goldstone. Lastly, semi-precious gemstone beads refer to all other gemstones that … Continue Reading

Wire Wrapping: Rekindle Your Love!

Fall Back in Love with Wire Wrapping With the popularity of string-centric beading techniques like silk knotting and simple bead stringing, wire wrapping jewelry may have been put on the back burner. The staff at Beadworks has been falling back in love with using wire wrapping in our jewelry. The process is repetitive and meditative … Continue Reading

Macrame: a Summer Classic!

Macrame for Easy and Fun Projects! When you hear the word macrame, you might think of 70’s wall hangings and puka shells. I’m here to tell you that macrame can be modern and cool! It’s a great technique to incorporate into your handmade jewelry. Since it’s so easy to learn, it makes the perfect Summer … Continue Reading