February Birthstone Feature: Amethyst

Amethyst, with it’s royal purple hues and fabulous crystalline formations, is the traditional February birthstone.


Tons of raw amethyst fill tents at the Tucson Gem shows.

Amethyst is the most highly valued of the quartz family and is used in jewelry raw as well as cut and polished. You can find a variety of amethyst rounds in the Bead Gallery® aisle at your local Michaels Store.


Raw amethyst beads have the typical 6-sided crystal form and range in color from pastel purple to darker violet.

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Namaste DIY Jewelry Set

Namaste DIY Jewelry Set – Greetings… We are switching things up a bit – DIY Saturday will now take place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Today we have a bohemian beaded set for everyone who loves Buddhas.  Our Namaste Necklace is an intermediate design that features your own handcrafted pendant with fringe.  If you are a beginner and can form a simple loop, I would give this design a try. This design is created using Bead Gallery® turquoise glass seed beeds, reconstituted stone round flower 14mm, gold tone metal small squares, turquoise dyed howlite Buddha, gold tone metal 4mm rounds, turquoise dyed howlite 5x8mm rondelles, gold tone metal small tubes and  turquoise dyed howlite stone 6mm rounds. All Bead Gallery® beads and findings can be purchased online or at your local Michaels stores.

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Pretty Palettes :: February 2017 Inspiration

Welcome to the February 2017 Pretty Palette Challenge!

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In the February 2017 Pretty Palette, we get away to the beach!

February. Ugh. For me, it’s a month of yearning. February in Indiana is one of the cruelest months; it’s cold and dark after a couple of other cold, dark months. It’s when I start to imagine spring & the possibility of going outside without multiple layers of clothing. It’s when I daydream about blue waters and soft, warm sand. Whether or not you’re in a similar weather situation, I think you’ll love this month’s Pretty Palette!

A few years ago, I went on my first cruise. Just the immensity of the cruise ship took my breath away. When we departed from Port Canaveral, I felt my stomach lurch as I watched the coastline drift away from me. As a Midwesterner, I’d never experienced anything like it, and to be honest, I worried about what I’d gotten myself into!

When I woke up the next day, however, in the midst of turquoise blue water, I was hooked!  Click to read more Pretty Palettes :: February 2017 Inspiration