Designs for Creating Beaded Gemstone Jewelry
By Nancy Alden
(Potter Craft, Paperback, 9780307451354, 144pp.)
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Celebrities and fashion runways are glittering with gemstones more than ever these days, and chances are that if you’re a lover of jewelry and accessories you’ve lusted after a gem at some point in your life — be it turquoise, emerald, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, or, of course, a diamond.
Now Nancy Alden returns with her popular Beadworks series, this time introducing readers to what can seem like a daunting project, creating jewelry from gemstones. But in her typical fashion, she takes the anxiety out of the process, showing anyone how to create stunning gemstone earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Today, precious and semi-precious stones are available in many bead stores and online at a range of price points, making what had once been exclusive, expensive projects completely doable.
You’ll also be introduced to stones such as the Peruvian Opal, Pink Sapphire, Rutilated Quartz and Peridot, among a slew of others that you may not be immediately familiar with, but with which it's easy to fall in love.From humble hematite chips to sparkling sapphires and uncut diamonds, in Simply Gemstones there’s a gem and a corresponding project that is sure to complement your look or make a special gift.
NANCY ALDEN is the author of Simply Pearls, Simply Silver, Simply Gold, and A Touch of Glass. She is a jewelry designer and the cofounder of the Beadworks Group. Visit them online at www.beadworks.com.
"Nancy Alden's gorgeous book offers over 50 simple designs that you can create using magnificent, colorful gemstones--and at a fraction of the cost of those department store beauties! The best part: No fancy techniques needed! If you know how to string and crimp, make a wire-wrapped loop, open and close jump rings, and knot thread, then you can make every piece in this book." --Bead Design Studio Magazine