Save the Coral Charity Drive

We’re doing something special for World Oceans Day! Now through the end of June, we’ll be donating part of the proceeds from the sale of the Save the Coral Charity Drive to the Coral Reef Alliance, an amazing organization devoted to saving the most bio-diverse marine ecosystems in the world from extinction. The items gathered in this charity drive mimic the beautiful coloring or shape of genuine red and pink coral, but don’t contribute to the destruction of natural coral reefs.

We encourage you to try these wonderful alternatives to real coral and do a little good for the environment while you design.

Click here to view: Save the Coral Charity Drive

Here are just 4 reasons why we should all be more kind to coral:

  1. Provides Homes – Coral provides valuable habitats for fish and other sea life.
  2. Supports a Community – Corl supports nearby communities with a vital food source and fishing industry.
  3. Contributes to Medicine – Coral has led to medical discoveries, some that are helping treat cancer.
  4. Protect Against Disaster – Coral creates a natural barrier that protects against hurricanes and typhoons.

Swarovski CYS Psychology of Colors – Tangerine

Cheerfulness – Enthusiasm – Fun – Warmth

The second color in the Swarovski Create Your Style – Psychology of Colors program is Tangerine.

Experts believe that the way a color affects us correlates with how that color behaves in nature.

This juicy, summery shade is wonderfully energizing. Tangerine is a vivacious color that brings clarity and creativity and promotes physical strength and endurance. It also implies a desire for a fresh and playful element in your life.

Be inspired by our new Tangerine Drop earrings featuring Swarovski Crystal Tangerine in a fun glue-in Rivoli design.

We also have many more jewelry designs featuring tangerine to inspire you, as well as different crystal shapes and sizes on our website.

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The Colebanks go to Chiang Mai!

On December 23rd, 2018 my family traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I knew that it would be a great trip, but it turned out to be an experience of a lifetime, full of food, jewelry, elephants and, you guessed it, beads! My two good friends that live in Chiang Mai half the year were amazing tour guides. There is a 15-hour time difference from our home in Seattle, but we powered through and immersed ourselves in activity right away.

On our first day I met our Thai Silver Bead vendor, who we have been doing business with for about 15 years. This was a real treat to get to meet him personally, see his shop and pick out some one of a kind pieces to bring back to our amazing customers! The Thai Silver beads are handmade by artisans of the Karen Hill Tribe using traditional tribal techniques. I could have stayed there all week!  I hope you love what I picked out. Thank you for supporting this family run Thai business. We wanted to do something to give back to the community while we were there. We decided on the Piyawat Orphanage. The orphanage was founded by Mr. Preecha in memory of his youngest son, Piyawat, who passed away in 2008 from cystic fibrosis. My friend Cheron contacted them before our arrival and asked what we could do for them. We were told that the kids REALLY wanted to go ice-skating, so that is what we did! We spent an incredible day with the kids ice-skating, having pizza and finishing with ice-cream. They were all so polite, beautiful and gracious. You can read more about the orphanage here on their website: We spent a lovely day with a family owned business in Chiang Mai that sells their handmade sterling silver Thai charms that they design and make in their shop house. My daughter, Marina, and I picked out a new line of charms. We had so much fun! They were incredibly welcoming, letting us take our time going through all of their amazing samples. They are a very caring family that has created an environment to support hiring some deaf employees. We saw the artisans at work while we were there. You are supporting a great company when you purchase these charms! The elephant is Thailand’s national symbol. You cannot go to Thailand without seeing images of elephants everywhere on fabrics, in jewelry and in art. As a family we decided to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary. After some research, we picked Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. At Kanta the elephants are rescued from logging or the circus and get to live out their lives roaming free. We were able to feed them and brush them as they bathed in the river, which helps protect their skin from the sun and fungal infections. It was amazing to spend half a day with these gentle giants! Fun facts we learned are that elephants sweat through their eyes and love sugar cane. It was an enriching lovely day and I’ve already made jewelry using elephant charms! And then there were the markets! Thai markets are colorful, inspiring, lively and a must do while visiting. We spent an evening at the Chiang Mai night market surrounded by artists and creativity; I went from booth to booth to experience it all. Not surprisingly, the jewelry was my favorite and I was ready to bead, bead, bead back at our Airbnb. The jewelry artists I met were so nice and let me take pictures of their work. I bought plenty of pieces for my collection and have enjoyed wearing them back home. As you can see the detail and beauty of their work is amazing. There’s nothing more I love about travel than getting to see what kind of jewelry is being made in other parts of the world….ask any of my friends who have seen my collection! Thailand was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I felt inspired and humbled by the experience.

– Mari

Swarovski CYS Psychology of Colors – Light Topaz

Energy – Happiness – Illumination – Joy

The first color in the Swarovski Create Your Style – Psychology of Colors program is Light Topaz.

Experts believe that the way a color affects us correlates with how that color behaves in nature.

Energetic and joyful, Light Topaz expresses the sun’s brightness, warmth and light. It’s the color of ideas and dreams, stimulating creativity and boosting confidence, as well as clearing the mind, reviving the spirit, and encouraging us to live life to the fullest.

Be inspired by our new Sunshine Sparkle earrings featuring Swarovski Crystal Light Topaz in a trendy beaded cluster design.

We also have many more jewelry designs featuring light topaz to inspire you, as well as different crystal shapes and sizes on our website


• This rich color is a dominant color on the runway for S/S 2020.

• The use of topaz goes back to Egyptian times when the ancient Egyptians believed that yellow topaz received its golden hue from the Sun God, Ra.

• Topaz was first discovered in Ouro Preto in Brazil in 1735.

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Earth Day Charity Drive Results – 2019

The results of our annual Earth Day charity drive are in! With your help, we were able to raise $628 for the National Wildlife Federation to support habitat protection, restoration, and management.

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 for your support and helping us give back to this wonderful planet we call home.

-Fusion Beads

Swarovski Create Your Style – Psychology of Colors

The psychological power of color should never be ignored. Colors evoke emotion, influence our thoughts, and even moderate our stress levels. Experts believe that the way a color affects us correlates with how that color behaves in nature – think about the carefree outdoor mood that we associate with the color blue, for instance; in evolutionary terms, it says clear, storm-free skies, which brings to mind stability and calm.
The colors we are drawn to reflect our personalities, telling the world about the kind of person we are, what we want to communicate, and even revealing a glimpse of our anxieties. So, it’s important to choose colors wisely. Swarovski has always been fascinated by the psychology of color, and applies its color-coding expertise to each and every new color palette. During this program we will feature some of the hues in the current assortment, and find out how to identify the shades that complement the person that you are.

Subscribe to the Fusion Beads Newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we explore the psychology of colors during this exciting 11-month journey. We start with the first color in May, and highlight a new color and it’s importance each month until March 2020! We’ll also be sharing sparkling Swarovski crystal jewelry designs as each month’s color is announced. Stay Tuned!