Earth Day Charity Drive Results – 2018

The results of our annual Earth Day charity drive are in! 796 TierraCast Tree of Life and Earth charms, pendants, and buttons were purchased in our Earth Day charity drive, which means that we were able to make a $796 donation to the National Wildlife Federation!

With as many as one-third of species at increased risk of extinction, a new report highlights the urgent need for collaborative action to increase wildlife funding.

Their ability to meet the needs of wildlife is inextricably linked to the amazing individuals, groups, organizations and corporations they call their supporters. Together, they form a pack, leveraging their influence to safeguard America’s wildlife and wild places. Your generosity and thoughtfulness will truly help make a difference!

Follow this link to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation!

 

Thank you from all of us at FusionBeads.com!

Our 2018 Hearts For Heifer Charity Drive Results Are In!

We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our kind and generous customers for their support in our yearly Hearts for Heifer Charity Drive! We sold 1539 select TierraCast and Nunn Design heart charms, which means that we were able to use that $1,539 to donate to the Heifer International  women’s empowerment program!

If women farmers had access to the same resources as men, more than 150 million additional people would have enough food to eat. Heifer International aims to make that a reality. Your gift will provide support for women’s groups, training in gender equality and the means to send girls to school. You are helping to empower women around the world to reach their full potential.

We greatly appreciate your support for this amazing program!

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

The new Classic Cut Pendants, part of the Birthstone Collection from Swarovski, is perfect for making personalized DIY birthstone jewelry throughout the year! We have tons of inspiration projects on our website that you could replace with birthstone crystals! Take a look at the crystal colors below for more birthstone information and ideas on what crystal colors to use for your jewelry designs.

THE HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM OF BIRTHSTONES:

Birthstone colors were first studied in 1400BC by the Assyrians, followed by the Old and New Testaments, which explored their symbolism and how each was associated with a specific calendar month. Indeed, the Book of Exodus describes the high priest as wearing a breastplate studded with twelve gems representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Likewise, in the Book of Revelation John describes the twelve foundation stones of New Jerusalem. Historical sources from around the world have mentioned, time and again, how various gems possess characteristics that might be helpful to individuals born in a particular month. With such a rich and fascinating history it’s no wonder that astrologers began making connections to the twelve signs of the Zodiac. After studying
the characteristics specific to each colored stone, they ascribed values that may be useful to people born under the corresponding star sign. This gemstone symbolism was recorded for the first time a few hundred years ago by jewelers in Germany and Poland. By 1912, famous jewelry brands had begun publicizing birthstones, with the National Association of Jewelers confirming the definitive stones and colors together with their associated months, signs and symbolic qualities in 1952.

 

SIAM: Those born in January, or under the star sign of the goat, have Siam as their birthstone color. Its deep red color changes under different light sources, just as Capricorns modify their behavior to get ahead. Those who want to improve their status, boost their self-esteem, or even invite romance, will benefit from wearing rich Siam. It symbolizes faith, love and courage, and its properties are said to help build energy levels and prevent nightmares in children.

AMETHYST: Those born in February, or under the star sign of the water-bearer, have Amethyst as their birthstone color. This beautiful purple shade represents royalty. Indeed, there was a time when only those of royal blood were allowed to wear it. The name “amethyst” comes from “amethystos,” which means “avoiding drunkenness,” so the ancient Greeks thought that amethyst protected the wearer against intoxication. It is said to help maintain a level head, while the color’s legendary protective properties extend to warding off general ill-health

AQUAMARINE: Those born in March, under the star sign symbolized by Pisces the fish, have Aquamarine as their birthstone color. Ancient legend has it that the sky was once solid and the only pieces of it that still remain are exquisite pale blue gems. Early sailors, meanwhile, believed that aquamarine talismans etched with the likeness of Neptune would protect them from drowning at sea. Pisceans find Aquamarine soothing, something solid to hold onto. Symbolic of positive self-expression, it is said to increase youthfulness, health and happiness, making it the perfect color to enhance radiant good looks.
CRYSTAL: Those born in April, under the star sign of the ram, have pure crystal as their birthstone color, representing the diamond. Known as “vajra” (“lightning”) in Sanskrit, the unrivaled strength and clarity of this color boosts the hardheaded and determined Arian’s clearsightedness and conviction when pushing forward to achieve bigger and better objectives. Wearers can harness the ram’s dynamic qualities, as well as enjoy its enduring romantic powers.
EMERALD: Those born in May, or under the star sign of the bull, have Emerald as their birthstone color. Its lush green radiance was said by the ancients to be dewdrops left behind by the bare footsteps of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emerald signifies faithfulness and fertility in love and passion, along with wisdom and patience. Traditionally believed to have magical properties that kept illness at bay, this color will also enhance Taureans’ natural sensitivity.
LIGHT AMETHYST: Those born in June, or under the star sign of the twins, have Light Amethyst as their birthstone color. Representing purity and childish innocence, gentleness and curiosity, Geminis are expressive, creative, smart and sociable, although sometimes inclined towards nervous anxiety. This cool, silky, and airy color can be used to instill a sense of serenity, grounding them, and providing reassurance.LIGHT SIAM: Those born in July, or under the star sign of the crab, have this beautiful shade of red as their birthstone color. Cancerians are known for their loyalty, empathy, intuition and tenacity, but they can be sensitive and emotional; so it is fortunate that as well as symbolizing passion, Light Siam safeguards their most tender emotions, just like the strong shell of the crab. Significantly, ravishing Light Siam encourages Cancerians to enjoy being themselves, safe in the knowledge that it offers protection.
PERIDOT: Those born in August, or under the star sign of the lion, have Peridot as their birthstone color, like the gemstone that shares the same name. This stunning olive-green stone was treasured by the ancient Pharoahs, who believed it brought them closer to nature, fostered friendships, attracted love, and brought happiness. Among the benefits of the mesmerizing Peridot color is its ability to reduce stress and anger.SAPPHIRE: Those born in September, or under the star sign of the virgin, have Sapphire as their birthstone color. Once thought to guard against evil and poisoning, this intense blue color was a favorite of priests and kings. Representing purity, loyalty and serenity, it is thought to be resistant to corruption and help to ward off pain. Virgos are known for their attention to detail, highly developed communication skills, and deep sense of humanity, so the wearer will benefit from the color’s intense natural energy in both mind and body.
ROSE: Those born in October, or under the star sign of the weighing scales, have Rose as their birthstone color. Rose stands for emotional tenderness, empathy, and deep sensibility. These are key characteristics of Librans, whose innate tact and diplomacy allow them to build bridges, mend fences, restore trust, and get along even with people others might find difficult. They also love beauty and peace—qualities especially evoked by the harmonious Rose tone.
TOPAZ: Those born in November, or under the star sign of the scorpion, have orange-toned Topaz as their birthstone color. Topaz is known as the “stone of the mind,” the superstition surrounding this fiery orange gem led to a belief in its ability to cure mental illness. It embodies the many virtues of passionate, determined Scorpios, who are society’s natural leaders. Wearers of the color Topaz are said to find it easier to assert themselves, to be resourceful, and to navigate misunderstandings. This is why it is renowned as the symbol of true and lasting friendship, as well as offering strength in both head and heart.
MONTANA: Those born in December, or under the star sign of the archer, have smoky blue Montana as their birthstone color. Known for their energy and generosity, their curiosity and their need for freedom, Sagittarians are born adventurers. Montana is reminiscent of the calm, fathomless ocean and endless clear sky that show Sagittarian travelers the way and guide them to the shore, symbolizing reassurance and security in their journey through life.

Swarovski Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations Sneak Peek!

The New Swarovski Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations are here and we are super excited to share them with you! Take a closer look at what this new collection has to offer below.

NEW COLOR – MAJESTIC BLUE 

Intense and evocative, a homage to vast cobalt skies and fathomless sapphire seas, and the color of happy memories, Swarovski presents new Majestic Blue. This superbly pure blue has a deeper hue and more intense sparkle than any previous shade of blue. It’s a mesmerizing quality that makes it ideal for use in premium costume jewelry, statement timepieces, and high-end apparel and accessories, as well as for adding a touch of luxe to DIY projects, packaging and electronics.

NEW PEARL COLOR – IRIDESCENT DOVE GREY

Elegant and refined, the new Crystal Dove Grey Pearl speaks to myriad design directions and exquisitely complements the new Majestic Blue in sophisticated and glamorous designs.

NEW EFFECT – CRYSTAL SHINY LACQUERPRO EFFECTS

The New Crystal LacquerPRO Effects Buttercup, Lime and Lilac answer our need for refined shine and uplifting hues. A perfect match for elegant styles, bold streamlined designs, and expressive looks, the New LacquerPRO Colors also offer exciting, fresh design possibilities when combined with Majestic Blue.

      

NEW SHAPE – CLASSIC CUT PENDANT

Versatility never goes out of style. Neither does simplicity. Featuring a multilayered round cut ideal for creating the look of fine jewelry without
 the need for a setting, this gemstone-inspired crystal features 49 facets that create a level of brilliance that stands the test of time. 

NEW SEW-ON STONE – EMERALD CUT SEW-ON STONE

A perfect companion for traditional elegant looks, the classic jewel cut of the Emerald Sew-on Stone appeals equally to truly individualistic styles and modern outdoor looks.

NEW BEAD – FINE ROCKS TUBE

Combining the unique sparkle of Swarovski crystals with a sleek metal silhouette, the new Fine Rocks Tube is the culmination 
of a fashion-forward approach to the creation of hybrid beads especially for creating distinctive designs. Cylindrical in shape, it features a premium pavé surface created using double-pointed chatons; this is a decorative technique renowned for its highly refined brilliance.

NEW FANCY STONE – TEARDROP FANCY STONE

This modernization of a classic cut means that it suits forward-thinking and sculptural designs just as much as it does traditional elegance.

Treehouse Holiday Charity Drive Results 2017!

The results of our Treehouse holiday charity drive are in! We sold 1686 TierraCast holiday charms during our 2018 charity drive this year! Thanks to you, an incredible $1686 donation will go to help Seattle foster children have a merrier Christmas this year! You have truly made a difference in these children’s lives and we thank you for your support and generosity.

 

Thank you so much from the entire Fusion Beads family! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday Tips and Tricks! Ringing in the New Year with Your Favorite Accessory…Necklaces!

The end of 2017 is just around the corner, and it’s getting to be that time to make the perfect necklace to wear while ringing in the New Year!

Fusion Beads will not only be introducing amazing new Inspiration Projects to get your creative ideas flowing, but we will also have a few tips to help you make your own! Including an answer to the most important question of all, does this necklace go with my dress?!When it comes to your ideal statement piece, there are actually quite a few popular necklace lengths to choose from! (Also, don’t forget to check out our Helpful Design Tips page for more expert knowledge on making necklaces!)

The Choker, is generally 14-16 inches long and will usually fall just above the collarbone, which displays a necklace beautifully on your neck. This length goes will with a Boat Neck, Strapless, Scoop, V-Neck (we may recommend a choker that mimics the V shape), Sweetheart, and Off the Shoulder necklines. For a quirky choker to wear check out our Frill Seeker Necklace!

The Princess, is generally 18-20 inch. This length is the most popular and can be easily dressed up or down. Its versatility accommodates many different styles of beads and techniques. The Princess is similar to the Choker in that it looks great with a variety of necklines, such as the Scoop, V-Neck, Sweetheart, and Off the Shoulder. A stunning statement piece in the Princess length is the Born to Shine Necklace!

The Matinee is generally 20-24 inches. The Matinee is a popular, classic choice. It’s an ideal length for a necklace worn over clothing or for the more daring, with a low-cut top. This length goes well with Strapless, Boat Neck, and High necklines. (On a side note, lower cut necklines may not work well with this length because it might start to compete with the neckline.) A great example of this length is with the Crystal Galaxy Necklace!

The Opera length which is 26 to 35 inches long and can be worn in a single strand, or you can double it as a choker-length necklace. Depending on the beads, this length might also work as a bracelet when wrapped multiple times. Three for one? Count me in! The Opera length can really bring out the style of your neckline if you wear it with a Halter or High neckline. This stunning new necklace, Shimmer Tassel Necklace Inspiration Project, is gorgeous and perfect for the New Year celebrations.

The Rope, is generally more than 35 inches. The Rope length hangs extremely low, sometimes just above the waistline. Like the Opera length, you can make the Rope into a multi-purpose piece by wrapping it several times to make a shorter necklace or even making a bracelet! The Rope length goes fabulously with a Halter or High neckline, and not to mention that this particular length really brings back the style of the Flapper Girl! A great example of this kind of necklace is the Natural Point Necklace!

 

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Tips & Tricks!

Happy Beading!

-Zoe