Save the Date: Spring Gem Show

Beadworks Spring Gem Show We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our spectacular Spring Gem Show in-store only! Join us Thursday, 2/27 through Saturday 2/29 to see our sparkly new beads and baubles from our most recent shopping haul at the Tucson Gem Show. We’ll have tons of colorful new beads, pave charms, pendants, … Continue Reading

The Healing Properties of Tourmaline

Healing Powers of Tourmaline Tourmaline is a popular gemstone that is admired for its beauty and metaphysical healing properties. It can be found in many different shades of colors such as pink, green (or a combination of both), blue, brown, and black. Thankfully, many tourmaline beads come in multi-colored strands! Here are some of the … Continue Reading

Understanding AAA Quality Gemstones and Grading

Gemstone Classification In order to better understand the grading system of gemstone beads, we must first learn how gemstones are grouped. 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 … Continue Reading

Caring for Freshwater Pearls

How to Care for Freshwater Pearls Quality freshwater pearls should be handled gently and cared for properly in order to preserve its beautiful lustrous sheen. Failure to properly care for pearls may result in discoloration and/or chipping, and who wants that to happen?! We’ve decided to create a list of helpful tips that will hopefully … Continue Reading

What Are Mystic Gemstones?

Mystic Gemstones There are so many spectacular gemstones that are naturally created and mined from our Earth. In the jewelry-making world, the gemstones that are used to make beautiful handmade jewelry are often drilled and referred to as beads. Gemstone beads come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Gemstone beads can either be left … Continue Reading

NEW Class – Crystal Cage Wrapping

Crystal Cage Wrapping Class This month, we’ve added our new and improved Crystal Cage Wrapping Class to our class schedule (by popular demand). Learn how to securely wire wrap a gemstone crystal using round half-hard wire. We’ll introduce you to all of the jewelry-making tools and supplies you’ll be using. Once you’ve mastered this technique, … Continue Reading