Pantone Color of the Year 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity

pantone4For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016! Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_2016_-_Rose_Quartz_and_SerenityIn many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.pantonefashion2

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Source: http://www.fashionlush.com/pantone-color-of-the-year/

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We have tons of inspiring inspiration projects in pink and blue hues that go perfectly with Pantone Color of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity! You’ll be right on trend with any of these fun designs below.

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An Elephant Among Us BraceletGA5267.MAIN.0A Whole Lot of Love Bracelet

What do you think of the two colors chosen for Pantone Color of the Year 2016? Share with us in the comments below.

Happy Beading – Allie

Allie

Swarovski Spring/Summer 2017 Innovations Sneak Peek!

It’s finally time for us to reveal the new colors and shapes from the upcoming Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2017! Feast your eyes on these incredible new crystal creations coming your way soon!

Yellow Opal Bicone
Yellow Opal – New Color
Inspired by the radiant citrine gemstone, Yellow Opal is a bold, playful new hue with a dazzling opalescent finish. This stunning color is the perfect accent tone for bright summer accessories and rich statement jewelry.

Graphite Bicone
Graphite – New Color
Bridging the gap between Crystal Silver Night and Jet, the mysterious new Graphite hue features a shadowy bluish gray-black tone. A strong all-purpose color, this unisex shade works well in edgy looks and red carpet evening wear alike.

Pearlescant White Pearl
Pearlescent White – New Pearl
A modern update on a true classic, the elegant new Pearlescent White shade shimmers with an iridescent, frosted mother-of-pearl look. Ideal as both an accent or stand-alone color, this soft hue stuns in pure and clean jewelry designs.

Scarab BeadScarab Bead (art. 5728) – New Article
Inspired by the scarab beetle and Ancient Egyptian culture, the eye-catching new Scarab Bead features realistic detailing of the creature’s head and wings. Try using this unique new shape in boho and ethnic-inspired designs.

Raindrop PendantRaindrop Pendant with Cap (art. 6533) – New Article
Beautifully elongated and brilliantly faceted, the sleek new Raindrop pendant is an instant classic in the Swarovski collection. A truly multi-functional piece, this versatile shape fits easily into both understated and opulent designs.

Radiolarian Pendant

Radiolarian Pendant (art. 6730) – New Article
Designed by marine conservationist Céline Cousteau, the new Radiolarian Pendant celebrates the beauty of marine life. Radiolarians are single-cell organisms with an opalescent exoskeleton that look awe-inspiring through a microscope. Ideal for summer jewelry, this pendant boasts a distinctive asymmetrical shape and both shiny and matte facets.

Sea Snail Pendant

Sea Snail Pendant (art. 6731) – New Article
Twirled like a classic snail shell, the new Sea Snail Pendant combines shiny and matte facets in a statement piece that can be easily used in summer or nature-inspired jewelry. Designed by marine conservationist Céline Cousteau, this stunning pendant captures the organic, eye-catching silhouette of ancient ammonites.

Sea Urchin Round Fancy Stone

Sea Urchin Round Fancy Stone (art. 1695) – New Article
Perfect for eco-inspired, back-to-nature jewelry, the new Sea Urchin Round Fancy Stone is designed by marine conservationist Céline Cousteau. This unique stone features an irregular sea urchin-shaped star that is surrounded by matte surfaces, highlighting the stone’s motif beautifully.

Artist Spotlight – Jill Wiseman

Jill Wiseman is a talented jewelry designer who works as a full-time beading instructor at bead shows, bead societies, and bead stores coast-to-coast. She also designs and sells kits and patterns in partnership with her mother, June Wiseman, as Jill Wiseman Designs in her home state of Texas. Jill has beautiful designs published in Beadwork Magazine as one of their Designers of the Year, and in Bead & Button Magazine! We are constantly in awe of her elegant designs and amazing talent, and are excited to feature her as our Artist Spotlight for the month of February! Now, let’s dive a little deeper into the wonderful bead weaving world of Jill Wiseman! Jill Wiseman_4564Adding another accomplishment to her already impressive resume, she wrote the book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, which was published by Lark in the fall of 2012. This book is full of stunning beaded ropes in many different stitches and skill levels. Book_cover__11759.1368225530.1280.1280Jill specializes in simple but classically beautiful designs for jewelry that are wearable in everyday life. FusionBeads.com offers over 20 beautiful Beadwork Jewelry Kits by Jill Wiseman Designs. From beginner to more experienced, there is a kit for you!

You can also check out Jill Wiseman Designs on YouTube for helpful beading tips, techniques and so much more!

I was able to ask Jill some questions about her life as a jewelry designer and how her beading journey began!

How/when did you get started beading?

I first was exposed to beads in 2001 at a quilt show. I was fascinated! I purchased a little peyote pin kit – and promptly failed at learning peyote by myself. I found my local bead store, and vividly remember my first visit. I walked in and my pulse started racing. I took a slow lap around the store, not touching a single thing because I didn’t know where to start, and walked right back out again! I got some lunch and calmed down. Went back to the store, signed up for my first classes, and proceeded to spend much of the next five years there. First as a student taking every single class offered, and three years later as an employee and teacher.

What inspires your designs?

I get inspired by literally anything. I’ll see a wallpaper pattern and try to imagine how I’d recreate it in beads. Strappy shoe sandals. Light fixtures. Iron railings. I also love to recreate the look of fine gold jewelry in beads. My general goal in designing is to create projects people will wear in their everyday lives so they’ll enjoy it. Which means my style can be a bit more restrained. Sometimes knowing when to stop adding is the hardest part!

Do you have a favorite stitch?

I really love them all – but if I HAD to pick, I think I’d choose herringbone. I love the soft, suppleness of the finished pieces, and there’s something so tactile about fondling a herringbone piece that I can’t resist.

Do you have an all-time favorite beading project of yours?

I’ve got a special place in my heart for Night at the Opera, which is the first piece that really caught fire and I credit it with taking my beading career to the next level.Night_at_the_opera_goldWhen not beading, what do you like to do?

I have a major knitting addiction that must be fed periodically, and I love to read – as a matter of fact, my only true resolution for 2016 is to make time to read more books. I also have 3 dogs and 2 cats, so I spend a lot of time snuggling and petting.

 

A huge thank you to Jill Wiseman for a great interview and for making such inspiring jewelry designs!

Happy Beading – Allie

Allie

 

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

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If you’re someone who gets crafty and makes all of your loved ones handmade gifts, then this tip is for you! When you’re making tons of jewelry you can tend to forget whose is whose when gift giving during the holiday season. To avoid this, it’s always a good idea to take pictures of your jewelry with the name of the person it’s being gifted to. This way, you will have everything organized, especially if you have to mail them off to multiple locations. This can also help to insure that you won’t accidentally make someone the same thing (or something similar) in the following years. Unless it’s a different color way, who wants to receive the same pair of crystal Christmas tree earrings two years in a row?Bead board - gifts

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It’s also a great way to remember how to make the jewelry you HAVE to have in your own personal collection! We’ve all been there; you make something and feel like you can’t part with it because you love it so much. By taking a picture and/or writing out the items you used you can easily remember how to whip it up after the busy holiday season.

How do you keep all of your gifts organized for the holidays? Share with us in the comments below!

Happy Tuesday – Allie

Allie

Treehouse Holiday Charity Drive Results!

Treehouse-Logo2-1024x698The results of our Treehouse holiday charity drive are in! We sold an amazing 2997 TierraCast holiday charms during our 2015 charity drive this year! Thanks to you, an incredible $2997 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!

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala!

We’re ending our Color of the Month challenge in style this December with Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala! The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

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Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute®, had this to say about vibrant Marsala: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

With its inviting warm tones and universal appeal, Marsala is an easily accessible color that has been popping up everywhere this year, from fabrics and cosmetics to accessories and home decor and everywhere in between!

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Our Inspiration Gallery features several stunning designs that incorporates Marsala’s delicious burgundy tones!

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Vega Rich Bracelet

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Burgundy Bliss Bracelet

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Merlot Nights Bracelet

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Marsala Dreams Bracelet

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Marsala Love Bracelet

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Marsala Wrapped Earrings

GA5260-CZGolden Marsala Necklace

Our Marsala Product Picks page is the perfect place to find beads and components that will color your jewelry designs with stylish pops of this elegant shade!

How will you incorporate Marsala in your designs during December’s Color of the Month challenge?

Happy Beading! -Gabby

Gabby