Sometimes birthday, holidays, and festivals sneak up on you. Whether you simply ran out of time to design, or you need jewelry in a flash to gift to an expectant friend or family member, Crystal Findings has you covered.
Out of Time? They’ll Never Know You Didn’t Make It
When those milestone moments sneak up on you, and you don’t want to disappoint, our ready-made jewelry delivers, helping you honor your friends and family on these most auspicious occasions:
Birthstone jewelry makes for a wonderful gift whether you choose a classic or modern, ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings.
Complement the bride’s attire with the gift of a stunning gemstone pendant or earrings.
Honor the love and commitment anniversaries represent, with a 3-stone gemstone ring signifying the past, present, and future of the couple.
Great gifts come in small packages. Add a little more sparkle to the holidays of those on your list. Gift special women in your life with a beautiful gemstone pendant necklace, gold bracelet, or unique earrings. For younger girls, classic gold hoops or hoops adorned with small, colorful Swarovski crystal beads are ideal. Pair with a matching bracelet for an unforgettable stocking stuffer.
Express your love on Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped jewelry and designs.
Honor Mom with a piece of jewelry she’s sure to cherish for years to come, gifting her with a stacking ring of family birthstones.
Reward her effort with a ‘push gift’ of stackable rings featuring the birthstone of each member of the family: Mom, Dad, and baby.
Congratulate your recent graduate with a bracelet or necklace of Swarovski pearls, a symbol of adulthood.
Find the Perfect Ready-Made Jewelry Gifts for Your Friends & Family
Crystal Findings offers a wide selection of ready-made necklaces, from simple necklaces to those adorned with shimmering Swarovski crystal beads
Our ready-made earrings range from classic gold-filled earrings to unique and fun earrings of Swarovski crystal pendants in a variety of shapes, providing you a number of options for that special someone.
Choose from gold-filled bracelets with Swarovski crystal beads in an assortment of designs, or the elegant looks of Swarovski pearls in wired and bangle styles.
We offer a wide variety of ring options, including adjustable rings perfect for any size; stacking rings, gold-filled rings, sparkling Shamballa bead rings, and multifaceted Swarovski crystal rings in various designs.
For those new to jewelry making, the seemingly simple task of selecting beading wire can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. With so many types, sizes, and manufacturers, how can you find the right one? The tips that follow offer general guidelines (not rules), and are meant to help those new to beading avoid trial-and-error frustrations.
First Things First: Understanding Beading Wire Measurements
To make an informed decision, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with beading wire terminology and how it applies to measurements and durability:
Beading wire diameter
Wire diameter determines the overall strength of the beading wire. The smaller the number, the wider the diameter and more durable the wire. Wire diameter will also determine what types of beads will fit on the wire. Measurements are typically given as a fraction of an inch.
Beading wire is actually a cable composed of multiple strands. The more strands in the wire, the more flexible it is. The smaller the number of strands, the stiffer the wire will remain. For example, 19-strand wire is more flexible than 7-strand. This is a classic more = better scenario. More flexible wire feels higher quality, whereas less flexible wire will be prone to kinking. The tradeoff is in the expense.
Pound test strength or “break”
This number is sometimes displayed on beading wire, denoting weight tests surrounding the maximum pounds of pressure beading wire can take before breaking. The higher the number the stronger the wire.
Tips for Selecting Beading Wire by Design
Considering these aspects of your project can help you determine the best beading wire:
What diameter are bead holes? How small/large are the beads?
Small, lightweight beads, such as sterling silver beads and Bali beads, work well with .010-0.15-inch wire.
Light to medium crystal and stone beads work well with medium diameter 0.15-0.21-inch wire.
Heavy beads are best with heavier 0.24-0.36-inch wire.
The more strands, the more wire will drape. Seven-strand wire holds its shape; whereas 49-strand is supple like string, allowing for elegant draping. Here is a general rule of thumb you can use while choosing the number of strands for your beading wire:
Stiff, choker-style: 7-strand.
Artful drape/movement: 19-49-strand.
Visibility of the wire.
If beading wire will show between beads, carefully consider the color of beading wire. Bead wire now comes in an array of colors and finishes. Carefully chosen, your wire color can showcase or enhance your bead colors.
Looking for high quality beading wire and beading supplies? Shop the wide selection of quality jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.