Swarovski Are Not The Only Czech Crystals

Swarovski Are Not The Only Czech Crystals

One of my guiding principles for my jewellery is to only use materials gathered from nature: semi-precious gemstones, wood, shell, but I also love beads made using Nature’s raw materials: namely glass and ceramic. In fact, the longer I make jewellery the more I’ve come to admire those makers who create the raw materials for me, the jeweller. I’m talking about the bead makers. So much of my time is spent sourcing quality materials and there is a whole world of people out there making amazing beads and findings (the hooks, clasps, chains etc. that jewellers use to finish their pieces). Through my work and a lot time spent on Etsy and other platforms I have discovered  people the world over making fantastic handmade beads. Just recently I’ve been falling in love with Czech crystals. I’ve always known about Swarovski of course and have used their beads in many of my pieces. Swarovski have an amazing quality of cut and clarity with the result they sparkle beautifully and are very consistent. But with that consistency comes a price. As someone who makes things by hand I love to see the mark of the hand that makes the object and so for me Swarovski are just too perfect and machine finished. I’m currently using some delightful glass beads that have come directly from the makers in the Czech Republic. The colour range is fantastic and the finish is beautiful too. I’m keeping designs simple as I want to offset the beauty of the beads without too much interference. I hope you enjoy them too. I’ll be listing a whole new range of earrings for just €20 and will be adding more bracelets and necklaces in the coming weeks. Now I just have to stop myself from buying more beads – it really is an addiction. 🙂

Crystal Beaded Earrings in Mint Green and Amber

 

Teal Blue Crystal Bracelet with Tassel

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