Enjoy Summer Before Fall Arrives & It’s Pumpkin Ev-e-ry-thing!

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I know it can be tempting to jump the gun on, well, just about every holiday or upcoming season…I know Fall is just around the corner and I’m certainly as excited it as y’all are…cozy sweaters, stunning foliage and pumpkin ev-e-ry-thing…. but wait…let’s pump the brakes for just a sec!

Fall and all of its delicious and natural gorgeousness will be here before we know it, so let’s take the time to enjoy the last bit of summer time fun while we can!

I’m more of a “be here now” – try and enjoy the moment – type of gal…so in an attempt to hold onto every last precious moment of summer and all it’s glory, here are some color inspirations and jewelry designs that we can admire, make and wear before it’s too late!

Last week we had a surge in demand & popularity for the beautiful Swarovski Crystal 6731 Sea Snail Pendant. They are available in many colors and are quite unique.

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The Swarovski Crystal 6731-14mm Sea Snail Pendant in Blush Rose are perfect to use when wanting to make quick and easy earrings or a dainty pendant.

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(Swarovski Sea Snail Earrings Designed by Crystalynstudio)

These Swarovski Crystal Pearl and Sea Snail earrings are a simple and elegant design inspiration. The Rosaline Swarovski Pearls were used here, but you can also use the 5810 Swarovski Pearls in Powdered Rose for an excellent match.

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             Swarovski Powdered Rose Pearls                                    Swarovski Rosaline Pearls

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                 Swarovski Crystal Blue Shade                                Swarovski Crystal Bermuda Blue

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Free Swarovski Crystal “Under the Sea” bracelet Design & Instructions

This stunning ocean and sea life inspired Crystal Bermuda Blue Bracelet highlights the unique 6730 Radiolarian Pendants, 6731 Sea Snail Pendants and 1695 Sea Urchin Round Stone.

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Free Swarovski Crystal “Under the Sea” Earring Design and Instructions

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Free Swarovski Crystal Ocean Inspired Necklace Design and Instructions

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Céline Cousteau, the granddaughter of the ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, created an intriguing line of ocean inspired Swarovski Crystal Pendants, Flatbacks and Round Stones for us to design with and wear.

Find out more about Color, Jewelry Trends and Style Inspirations ~ Focusing on the Progressive Trend: WATER

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Swarovski Crystal 6731 Sea Snail Pendant in Crystal AB

Crystal AB is one of the all time most popular colors, with yellows, pinks and blues shining through, it’s one of the most sparkly crystal you will find.

Hope this ocean inspired, beachy theme keeps your enthusiasm fro creating beautiful jewelry buoyant!

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At Rainbows of Light we only sell Genuine Swarovski Crystals Wholesale to the Public, offering you thousands of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. We have no tax or surcharges and always provide Free U.S. Shipping on all orders over $100.00. This Guarantees you receive the best prices anywhere on all your favorite Swarovski Crystals!
We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
Harmony and Kashi
Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!

Happy Birthday Sheri

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Special & Sparkly – There’s Just Nothin’ Like a Handmade Gift!

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Awhile back, I had a delicious and fun brunch with some lovely lady friends (side note – it’s incredibly uplifting when you experience first hand, women supporting women – Yay!). Anyhoo’s… I was wearing a Swarovski Crystal necklace that I handmade myself, and I hear from across the room…I love Harmony’s necklace, I need one just like that in my life!

I was deeply touched that she liked my jewelry style and to be honest, when you hear something so nice about your creative work, you just never forget it! Right then, I was inspired to make her one! Fast forward a couple of months later, because you know, life gets busy…it’s her Birthday and what a perfect time to surprise her with her very own necklace. Oh what fun it is to be able to make gifts for the people in your life that you know will sincerely appreciate them!

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Let the creativity begin…

When you’re making jewelry for someone else, either as a gift, or for resale, I believe the best place to start, is to draw their unique personality into your heart. Then think about who they are, their lifestyle and what they like to wear. Ultimately, all of these aspects come together to reveal what they are drawn to and how they express themselves. This is an excellent foundation to begin creating something distinctive just for them, that you know they will truly love.

This particular friend is a tough woman, with lots of talents, she’s a personal trainer (her muscles don’t lie 🙂 She’s also an esthetician, a wifey, and a mom, so I wanted to make her something that was bold, but not too bold, pretty, but not overly feminine, and something somewhat simple, so that she could wear it with all of the proverbial “hats” that she wears. Here’s what I came up with…

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The color pallet that I chose was Grey. I’m sure all of you hip fashionista’s know that grey tones have been wildly popular in the last couple of years. It’s true what they say; Grey is the new black, so I thought this would be a perfect tone to compliment her wardrobe style.

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I started with the 6106-22mm Swarovski Crystal Pearshape Pendant in the new Graphite color. This was the going to be the focal point of the necklace, and I incorporated similarly colored crystal beads to compliment this influence.

I didn’t want this crystal necklace to have a pattern, I wanted it to be asymmetrical to give it a little bit of an edgy look.

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I added the 5328-4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads in Graphite. I also used the 5328-3mm, 4mm, 6mm & 8mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads in Black Diamond and Black Diamond AB. I utilized the Swarovski Crystal 5000-4mm & 6mm Round Beads in Black Diamond and Black Diamond AB,  as well as the Swarovski Crystal 5000-5mm & 6mm Round Beads in Crystal Satin.

There are three different grey tones that Swarovski offers in their 5810 Round Crystal Pearls and I chose to use the Grey color. It’s a medium tone that works well in this piece, but I also could have also easily used the Dark Grey.

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I integrated one larger bead on one side to give it some depth and distinction, which was the Swarovski Crystal 5650-16mm Cubist Beads in Crystal Silver Shade. I love this style and the light sparkly hues of the Crystal Silver Shade create an extra touch of elegance.

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For the final details, I included a few thin silver-toned flower spacers throughout the piece, especially where the crystals met the pearls. This helped to unify the silver toggle clasp with the sprinkles of silver throughout the necklace.

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Overall, I loved how it turned out and more importantly, SHE did too!

Her eyes lit up and she put it on right away! Even though we were camping, hiking and playing games in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, she wore it all day!

Happy Friend = Happy ME 🙂

I’ve been making handmade gifts for friends and family ever since I can remember, and it honestly never gets old! That same fantastic, fuzzy feeling pulses through me as I eagerly watch them open…..and….YAY! Excitement and gratitude are abound!

I hope this inspires you to make your own handmade jewelry as gifts, or resale, because you really can’t ever go wrong by surprising someone with SPARKLES! I’m always happy to help you with any color, style, or design combinations you may be interested in!

Shine Bright Sparkle Tribe!swarovski_authorized_reseller

At Rainbows of Light we only sell Genuine Swarovski Crystals Wholesale to the Public, offering you thousands of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. We have no tax or surcharges and always provide Free U.S. Shipping on all orders over $100.00. This Guarantees you receive the best prices anywhere on all your favorite Swarovski Crystals!
We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
Harmony and Kashi
Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!
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Winners of the “Bad Dreams” Bead & Button Show Swarovski Design Contest

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Passionate beaders from around the country flock to the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, where they discover numerous fun activities, take classes to learn new techniques, and be awestruck by stunning jewelry designs. Best of all, friends, colleagues and beading buddies can make the most of each other’s company while enjoying some of their favorite things in life…..Beads!

More than 9,000 beading fans attending 577 classes at this years’ Bead & Button Show scooped up their favorite goodies from 234 exhibitors. The annual jewelry artistry competition is one of the most anticipated events of the show. This years’ contest theme was entitled “Bad Dreams”. Designers from around the world were faced with steep competition, highlighting an exceptional level of beadwork. This made for an intense discussion among the jury members, whose job was tougher than ever this year.

Luckily, a decision was made and we can all breath easy. Drum role please…..Here are the Big Winners!

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2017 Bead & Button Show Design Contest Winners

1st Place Winner

First Place went to Svetlana Kossman of Pennsylvania for her opulent bib necklace entitled;

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Svetlana happily accepted a whopping $450.00 worth of Swarovski Crystals as her prize!

“The Last Day of Pompeii” was praised for its intricate and sophisticated use of beads. All agreed that the fiery intensity of molten lava flowing from an erupting volcano was spectacularly represented, creating a showstopper.

Her use of the new Crystal Royal Red Lacquer effect in the various Fancy Stone Styles, was stunning. That captivating coating paired beautifully with the Crystal Iridescent Red Pearl. This unique Swarovski Crystal necklace was balanced out with highlights of Crystal Silver Night, Topaz, and Fire Opal beads, for one remarkable statement piece!

2nd Place Winner

Second Place went to Kaori Nakakohji of Japan for her brilliant display of distinctive floral and figure eight patterns entitled;

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This radiant necklace design, features a color pallet of gold and blue hues, offset by lighter and darker tones. Her gorgeous necklace took the second prize of Swarovski Crystals worth $200.00.

The variety of Sapphire and Crystal Metallic Sunshine Fancy Stones pair beautifully together and the 4731 Kite Fancy Stones in Crystal Golden Shadow adds dimension and movement to floral the configurations. Crystal Iridescent Light Blue Pearls and Crystal Iridescent Dark Blue Pearls were superbly sprinkled throughout the necklace, creating an balanced look by bringing in a blend of matte and shimmer facade.

3rd Place Winner

Third place went to Nadezda Gerber from Germany for her graceful swan necklace entitled;

Under the Tuscan Sun

Winners of the Bead and Button Show 2017 Swarovski Contest Third Place

This whimsical necklace design emphasizes two graceful swans coming together accentuated by delicate features within a mixed media form. Assorted soft grey Swarovski Crystal beads mingle with Air Blue Opal highlights, as lovely heart pendants dance about.

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Swarovski’s Create Your Style Make & Take workshops, were also a big success. Participants learned new skills by creating unique projects and their donations raised a total of $3,086 for the Waukesha Women’s Shelter. Whoot-Whoot!! Amazing work beaders!!

Shine Bright Sparkle Tribe!swarovski_authorized_reseller

At Rainbows of Light we only sell Genuine Swarovski Crystals Wholesale to the Public, offering you thousands of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. We have no tax or surcharges and always provide Free U.S. Shipping on all orders over $100.00. This Guarantees you receive the best prices anywhere on all your favorite Swarovski Crystals!
We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
Harmony and Kashi
Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!
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