Why Do People Use and Give Prayer Beads as Gifts?

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Some people struggle with prayers. I for one have not had this problem. I talk to God in prayers just like I would to a best friend, yet, others in this world struggle reciting prayers such as the Lord’s Prayer or even just having a conversation with God. For those, there is the need sometimes for prayer beads. Some people believe God provides those who struggle praying with tools. Prayer beads is one of those kind of tools.

I believe prayer is a time to relax and protect our minds as well as to become as one with our creator. People who use the tool of prayer beads can pick up their beads and allow the confusion of this noisy world to fade back into the background. Fill your mind with positive thoughts and push away the negative thoughts.

We all have both negative and positive thoughts throughout a 24 hour period. I consider myself having an extra blessed day if I actually go through the entire day without negative thoughts. Negative thoughts surely do bring us down into depressed moods just where the evil eye wants us to be. Fortunate for us who believe there is “good” in this universe as well, prayer is a time we can concentrate on that good. Prayer beads apparently help people who cannot relax enough to get into that other universe of good. I think prayer beads might have been originally designed to help people keep track of their repetitive prayers. They were a help to busy people on routine jobs and in between necessary daily activities.

In ancient times some cultures used the dropping of tiny pebbles one by one onto the ground as their repetitive prayers. If you think about this deeply, that is a relaxing activity. For me, during busy times of my life when I cannot pray out loud for fear of someone hearing my words, I just say to myself, “God Help Me.” I think though to be out somewhere alone where I could get hold of some tiny rocks or pebbles, it would be a relaxing time just to drop them one by one into a puddle of water. We need prayer to relax our minds. May I drop one pebble at a time into a puddle of water, sweet Jesus, and in your name wipe away all the sorrows within my personal world?

Actual prayer beads vary in length. Any bead artisan should be able to make prayer beads. Length can be anywhere between 4 to 5 inches to 17 to 18 inches. A strand consist of three larger primary beads. Smaller beads complimentary to the larger beads then surround these first three larger beads. I believe these beads can be any kind of beads, however, there may be a certain type of bead different cultures use.

People who use prayer beads usually hold onto the first large bead while reciting the first line of a prayer. It can be any prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most popular one or even the evening prayer of “Now I lay me down to sleep, and I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” can be recited while holding onto the beads. As you recite the first line, think deeply of what that line means to you in that particular moment of time. I use to feel a shiver down my spine to say the prayer at bedtime of “Now I lay me down to sleep…..” For some reason or another I feared death as a child and I thought if I close my eyes in sleep, death might surely come.

Move down to the second large bead and recite the second line of your chosen prayer. Repeat the process as above, thinking deeply what this line means to you.

The last large bead represents “the heart.” As you move down to the last bead, think good thoughts about how to take good care of yourself. You know it is the Lord’s will we take care of our self, eat the right foods, exercise regular, get enough sleep, don’t take anything that harms the body into the body and so on. Think of all the things in your life you can do that takes good care of you.

At this time, you can also concentrate on someone else who is in need of help in some way or another. You might even give that person a gift of prayer beads. If prayer beads have been helpful to you, they might also be helpful to someone else struggling along life’s way.

There are other ways people use prayer beads throughout their day. These include:

beginning a new day
trying to focus upon the present moments in time
helping cope with getting caught up in past events or worrying about future happenings
to calm the emotions
at the end of each day
sharing prayer beads as a gift

Giving a gift of prayer beads can mean you are showing a special act of kindness and regard for the person. If the person is not familiar with prayer beads, you might include a short summary of how to use them.

Many faiths use prayer beads. They are most common in Catholic faiths, yet, many other religious beliefs from ancient times have used prayer beads to help them with conversations with God. Prayer beads are a tool to help us pray.

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How to Choose a Pair of Handmade Earrings as a Gift

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It has been said many times that a woman is never fully dressed until she puts her earrings on! With that being said, choosing earrings as a gift for someone else, of course, has many things to consider. Some of those considerations include:

pierced or clipped
allergy to certain materials
how much weight will there be upon the ears and is there a preference
how long does the recipient prefer earrings
the hairstyle of a person you are choosing for
do they wear glasses
What is the face shape
are they for casual, professional or dinner date wear

Your first consideration is whether or not to choose earrings for pierced ears or the clip on kind. Many women and girls do not have their ears pierced. If you are making earrings to sell, try to come up with designs in which the findings can be swapped to make either pierced or clip on. If you are choosing a pair of earrings as a gift for someone else, you will need to know for sure if the ears are pierced or if the person prefers clip on style.

Allergic reactions is a huge consideration as many people are allergic to base metals. There are also individuals who can only wear real gold or silver. When making earrings for sale, it is a good idea to have earrings made with a variety of jewelry components to take into account the needs of people with allergies. I have allergies, but fortunate I am, not to any kind of earrings I have worn. When buying earrings as a gift, find out what the person can and cannot wear.

The weight of the beads and materials you use for making earrings is far more important than those used for bracelets or necklaces. You might consider using plastic or lightweight wood in some of your earring designs to accommodate those who have need to have extremely lightweight earrings. Gift giving earrings can be tricky here as well. Ask some questions about the earring weight your gift recipient might prefer.

For the most part, most of the earrings I make at the present time are fairly lightweight in my estimation. Yet, for someone else, they may not be. A variety of earrings made with plastic or lightweight wood might be a good idea for some jewelry artisans if you are making jewelry to maximize profits. I usually make what I would like to wear, so plastic or wood are not materials I normally use, however, I do use plastic flower beads which I think are cute.

When choosing earrings as a gift for someone else, be sure to question the person about the weight of the earrings they normally wear.

The length is something you must also take into consideration when designing earrings or choosing them as a gift. Drops and studs are the easiest to wear for most people as they are not obtrusive and will not get tangled up in the wearer’s hair.

There is some difference in drop earrings and dangle earrings. Drops are usually the shorter length and dangles are the longer lengths. Some dangle earrings can hang as long as 4 or more inches from the ear lobes and the weight can be quite a load to wear.

In fact, fashion now in the year of 2016 is it seems “bigger is better.” I personally prefer much shorter dangles or what is termed “drop earrings,” which generally hangs about 2 inches from the ear lobe, sometimes 3, but never any longer than this. Learn from your recipient of the gift what they prefer in length of their earrings.

The length of a woman’s hair truly makes a difference in the type of earring she can wear while wearing her hair down. She might not be comfortable in a pair of chandelier earrings as these may get tangled in her hair.

Does the recipient of your gift wear glasses. Many women do not like to wear earrings that may clash with the style or color of their glasses. This is an important consideration when trying to decide upon a gift of earrings.

What about the shape of her face? An elongated face may look even longer while wearing very long dangle earrings. Large hoops may not look good on a woman with a round face. Consider the face shape of the recipient of your gift, but do not be limited by this. Some people enjoy wearing all styles. Do some questioning before you purchase.

Is your gift for professional wear or going out on the town? Many jobs and professions require subtle jewelry, whereas, for a dinner date, you could probably go with big and bold.

These are just a few suggestions to consider before purchasing earrings as a gift and if you are a jewelry artisan the suggestions and tips also apply.

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How to Give a Gift from the Heart for any Occasion

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Beading and jewelry making can be one of the most rewarding hand crafts. All it takes is some basic supplies, a little personal creativity, and you are able to adorn yourself as well as others with beautiful handmade bead jewelry. Often these designs communicate your inner feelings and personal sense of style.

Jewelry crafting has been around for thousands of years. Hand crafted jewelry has been a symbol of social status, wealth and spirituality throughout all of human history. There are many cultures who think their handcrafted jewelry and gemstones possess magical and/or healing powers.

Today, many people few their jewelry, especially handcrafted jewelry as much more than mere decorations. Jewelry is used today to symbolize love and commitment, religion, politics, our many life experiences, the birth of children and important memories.

One piece of jewelry can mean much more to a person than just the color, or the look or what other piece of clothing we have on to match that piece of jewelry. Our choices in jewelry helps us and others around us to understand “who we are.” We communicate many different kinds of messages while we wear our jewelry. Are you a mother? Our choice in jewelry can prove that we are without saying a word to confirm that we are. Are you married? Of course a piece of jewelry can tell the world that you are married, in love and devoted to one special person. Are you a dedicated teacher? Even our professional life can be communicated by the choices of jewelry we wear.

Making jewelry and bead work utilizes the very same practices people of ancient times used. These practices have been passed down through generation after generation of people and can even communicate to others exactly what country or origin we are. For example, wearing Indian jewelry can immediately tell others that you have genuine Indian ancestors and ancestors who valued the art of making jewelry.

Handmade designs are special because you made them to exact specifications by your own hand. There is a special satisfaction in making your own jewelry as it portrays exactly what you love and fits you perfectly. Since I have been making bead jewelry, nothing else anywhere else satisfies me like a pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace made from genuine gemstones or carefully cut out faceted glass beads. I can tell the difference very quickly and I often reject anything of lesser quality than what I am use to in my own handmade jewelry. You become like as “one” to the beads you love. There is a very special relationship between the jewelry artisan and their beads. I always avoid the cheaply made, mass manufactured jewelry I one time chose to wear from retail outlets who buy their merchandise in bulk from mass jewelry making manufacturers. Handcrafted and especially that in which I make is my absolute favorite and choice now.

Handmade bead jewelry is often very similar to the kind of designer jewelry you can find in expensive jewelry boutiques and department stores and made at a fraction of the cost. Gift giving becomes far less challenging when you discover the world of handcrafted bead jewelry, either making it yourself, or buying it from other jewelry artisans. When the box is opened and your recipients see a beautiful hand crafted bracelet or necklace like they cannot readily see at the local retail outlet, you will hear a sudden “ahhhh” as if to gasp from the sudden scene of handcrafted bead jewelry.

There is probably one most important reward for giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts for special occasions and that is the jewelry can serve any purpose and match any kind of outfit your recipient has. This reward is much unlike anything else you would ever purchase in a local retail jewelry outlet. Your choices are so limited. Do you have a special person on your gift list who is very difficult to buy for? Watch them carefully and observe the style of clothing they wear, then gift them with beautiful bead jewelry. Your gift will most likely become one of their favorites.

If the people on your gift list loves fashion, become their personal fashion designer and gift them with jewelry that reflects their own personal fashionable style. If they are interested in history or a particular culture, religion or spiritual path, search for bead jewelry to reflect their interests.

Whether you are a bead artisan yourself or you are just interested in giving handcrafted bead jewelry as gifts, your journey through the handcrafted bead jewelry shops will bring you more personal creativity and enrichment.

I hope to see you in my shop soon. Visit Carmilita Earrings to see all the beautiful jewelry I have hand crafted and make your next gift to the special people on your gift list a “new” follower of handcrafted bead jewelry.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan. Carmilita Earrings.



Jewelry Gifts for Family Members to Enhance and Strengthen Bonds Between Family Members

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Birthdays, Christenings and Wedding celebrations help to bring families close together. Create long term memories while enjoying a meal together. Add finishing touches of the exchange of jewelry gifts.

Children especially become excited about receiving gifts on special celebration days. Family get together s on holidays are a perfect time for giving jewelry gifts to the babies and children in your family. Adults of course also enjoy gift giving and receiving.

Give a pair of cute, shiny 9k gold bunny rabbit earrings to the babies on first Easter suitable for wearing up to the age of 10. Teach the child to cherish the gift as her first family Easter gathering memento. Don’t forget the Easter Egg to give her along with the earrings.

When the Christmas family celebration rolls around add a bracelet to the gifts of the babies and children in your family. Each year try to make the bracelet jewelry for children “special” in some way as tradition to your family. Baby bracelets are one of the most popular Christening gifts. Choose gold or gemstones set into gold on bracelets. The timeless look of gemstones can be passed down generation after generation through the family babies.

Weddings in families are always memorable events. Choose pretty children’s necklaces for every little girl’s outfit. These necklaces can be kept for future weddings within the family. Keep them in separate special and pretty boxes only to be retrieved for the weddings in the family.

Teenagers enjoy receiving locket necklaces for birthday and Christmas jewelry gifts. Consider a heart locket charm hanging from a leather thong. The teenager will enjoy placing favorite photos of their friends and boyfriends within the lockets.

Babies look extra cute wearing little bead anklet bracelets for summer months birthday celebration gifts. Little girls usually enjoy seeing a beautiful bead and sparkling gemstone anklet bracelet around their ankles in summer seasons. Bead anklet bracelets make great gifts for babies and girls with birthdays in the summer months.

Mother’s Day offers us a time for giving a very special jewelry gift of birthstone rings, pins or necklaces having all her children’s birthstones on the piece of jewelry. You can give mother a pin one year and a ring the next year.

Maternity themed bracelets are special gifts to give to the expecting mothers in the family. “It’s a girl” bracelets are nice to give the expecting mother. Another popular maternity theme is a stork carrying a baby. You can usually find maternity themed jewelry on pendants as well. Give an engraved bracelet to the expectant mother with the word “Mother,” engraved on it.

Father’s Day is a jewelry gift giving occasion as well. You can find many different masculine styles and designs in sterling silver chain bracelets, tie pins, cuff links, watches and money clips. These types of jewelry gifts for dads are also nice to give on birthdays.
A gold or silver cross on a chain seems to be a traditional gift given within many families at Christmas, Easter, baby Christenings suitable for any member of the family from babies to grandmothers.

Never overlook the subtle memories and moments jewelry gifts create within the family. They serve as enhancements and help to strengthen bonds between family members.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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Meet Mabeldangle earrings mysterious mabel

I created this pair of earrings in a mismatched pattern. The lampwork beads are 14 mm round in size. The lampwork delicate flower pattern/design can be seen as light flickers through the bead creating colors of red and orange from the inside as if there is a light burning inside the lamp shade. The outside delicate flower pattern can be seen as light flickers through the bead. The design shows up very well under camera light here. I used silver and antique bronze with this pair of earrings. It is a mis-matched pair of earrings which in my opinion gives them a more “vintage look” even though all beads and jewelry components are new.

Because of the artwork on these beads and the color combination I came up with for this project, they should truly become a “conversation” piece of art jewelry. I love the way the light shows through this bead flickering colors of red and orange here and there and showing the flower pattern design. They are a mysterious-looking pair of earrings.

When I finished this project I noticed how these earrings made a special statement about my own personality…….”a light burning from within that flickers to the outside off and on…..” just as the light burns from within this little bead like a lamp shade.

I am calling this particular line of earrings: Carmilita’s Mysterious Dangles. Each pair of earrings is given a female name beginning with the letter “M.” This pair is named “Mysterious Mabel.” I will be adding more colors. This is the only pair in this color.

I really had some fun creating this pair of earrings as I laid out all the beads on my mat and worked through the color combination piece by piece. You won’t find another pair like these anywhere unless someone else sees my pictures and creates a pair exactly like them. They are unique and one of a kind as of right now 7-16-14 at 12:35 a.m., which in my opinion is what makes handmade earrings so special.

They are put together well and should last as long as they are taken care of properly. They are lightweight. They hang from the loop one inch.

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High School Graduation Gift Ideas for the Teenager/Young Adult

Girls like jewelry! It is as simple as that. Girls discover the beauty of jewelry at early ages, sometimes as early as two years old a baby toddler girl may dig into her mom’s jewelry box and try on her jewelry. It happened to me with my daughter around the age of 8. She was privately investigating my jewelry box and found a ring she placed on her fat little finger that she could not get off. She soon had to let me know what she had been up to. We ended up in the emergency room having the ring cut off her finger.

What is the solution? Jewelry just for the baby girl is what comes next. Of course at these early ages one also has to be careful about things still going into the mouth for a taste. There is inexpensive plastic jewelry you can purchase especially for little girls, maybe not a 2 year old who still thinks she must taste everything put into her hands, but the older little girls can have jewelry of her own. It is not an unusual occurrence for little girls to have pierced ears and this might be their first pieces of jewelry.

By the time the girl graduates from high school she is most likely fairly familiar with all kinds of jewelry. It is at this time you can give her a gift of jewelry as a graduation present. She is old enough to take care of the jewelry you give her and old enough now to attach a cherished memory to that gift as well.

High school class rings are traditional jewelry you can order through the school or from other sources. Nowadays it a rare occurrence boys or girls do NOT purchase a high school class ring. I sure wish I still had mine. I think it was one of those rings my daughter found while privately investigating my jewelry box and I lost. Class rings make great jewelry graduation gifts symbolizing the daughter’s years at school. A birthstone class ring is also very traditional with the graduation year in the center of the stone. Clubs or sports she was active in can be represented on class rings in many creative ways.

Charm bracelets are another great graduation jewelry gift idea. Charm bracelets are unique in that each one can be different. Charm bracelets given as graduation gifts can represent all the things a daughter liked to do while in school. Even the graduation year can be added as a charm to the bracelet. A parent can create a charm bracelet representing everything the daughter loved to do from a child up until their graduation year.
Beautiful lockets are great high school graduation gifts. What is a locket? It is a necklace that has a charm which opens up. A lot of people like the heart lockets as a heart always denotes “love.” Inside the locket a picture of the parents and their daughter makes a lovely surprise to open up and peer into. Lockets having a picture of the three of them together are great to give to daughters going away to college.

It is a rare girl who never wants a pair of diamond earrings. Not many girls actually get a pair of real diamond earrings. High School graduation is the perfect opportunity to give a daughter her first pair of diamond earrings. A girl in her late teens or early twenties is now well able to know the value of a pair of diamond earrings and is more likely to take good care of this gift. Every female needs to have at least one pair of diamond earrings in their jewelry collections. A pair given at her high school graduation is sure to be a pair cherished for a lifetime. Start a family tradition and pass that pair on down to the next generation who graduates high school.

These are just a few high school graduation gift ideas that are most commonly given to young teenage girls marking a very important milestone in their life.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Bailey


Bailey is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles a little more than one inch from the hook. Bailey’s focal point is the “lampwork” beads 12 mm. These are absolutely out of this world GORGEOUS Chinese Glass Beads. They have markings of gold splattered through the bead. Every time you turn your head and the light flickers through these beads it gives an illusion of a lamp shade with the light on inside, beautiful patterns of flowers light up behind the shade. Leave it to the Chinese artists to give us beautiful flower patterns in all designs!

These earrings say “holiday celebrations” for sure. They are appropriate for Christmas or New Year Party wear. They are appropriate for Holiday gift giving.

I chose the name “Bailey” for this pair of earrings in memory of the character in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” When you wear these earrings I suspect you will feel happy, gay, in the spirit of Christmas, and “it’s a wonderful life.” When I look at these earrings, they say all those things to me. The beads also resemble “Christmas Bells.”

Materials used:
2 silver plated french earring hooks
2 silver plated beaded bead caps 3 mm
2 silver filigree (cut-out) beads 3 mm
2 sparkling red Swarovski glass round faceted beads 6 mm

Bailey’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)

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Jewelry Christmas Gifts for Co-workers

Some people actually get along well enough as co-workers to be able to give each other gifts at Christmas time. A very common gift given to co-workers with a good working relationship is jewelry.

Why is jewelry so often the most selected gift for co-workers? Well, for one thing jewelry is extremely easy to find. You probably have a real good idea of what to buy as you see these people every day of your life nearly and spend many hours with them. The jewelry gift choice should be fairly easy as well. A jewelry gift is an item your co-worker can actually use, that is, if he or she wears jewelry. Jewelry gifts are practical gifts to give at Christmas time to your co-workers.

For your male co-worker regardless of who he is, your boss or a co-worker, “cuff-links” makes a nice jewelry gift. Are you saying, why? I would be right at this moment. Well, I am going to tell you why. Cuff links are usually priced fairly and in a limitless selection of designs. Cuff links is a Christmas gift that the recipient can wear for work or special occasions. Don’t you like to give “practical” gifts. I know I do.

A tie pin is also another good choice for the males on your work team. Same thing as for the cuff links and that is the prices for tie pins are usually fair, not so much that it will break your budget and even better if you have several males on your work team you need to purchase a gift for. They are a great useful gift to give at Christmas time.

Need another idea? Okay. Money clips. Money clips are actually more common than you might realize as useful gifts to males. They are widely available in a variety of styles and designs made of metal, stainless steel, gold plated and many other marvelously looking materials. They are a sharp kind of a gift to give to the males on your work team at Christmas time.

For the females on your work team earrings never go out of style as a gift for any occasion, but especially for Christmas, a pair of Christmas-themed earrings are nice to give without feeling as though you are making a very personal statement to the recipient. Of course other designs are also appropriate like those having beautiful sparkling gemstones, birth stones, studs or dangles.

Charm bracelets are a great Christmas gift choice for female co-workers. The recipient of a charm bracelet is able to add more charms of their choice over time. Charm bracelets are fun gifts to give.

A brooch might be considered a bit old fashioned by some people yet if you look around you might also see some of your women co-workers wearing brooches. Brooches are coming back better than ever in jewelry designs and collections. It is an old favorite of grandma perhaps, but is coming back in for just about any age of woman. You can find many with a Christmas-theme such as bells or Christmas wreaths that make very nice Christmas gifts for the female co-workers on your work team.

There are a lot of other Christmas jewelry gifts options for co-workers who actually do enjoy the company of one another while at work. These are just a few main ideas to get you thinking in terms of purchasing a jewelry gift this Christmas for your co-workers. Don’t simply go with the same old big box of chocolates you slap down on the desk top or counter tops. Give a gift that is practical, one people can use and wear.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Willa

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Willa is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Exotic Collection of Handmade Dangle Earrings. She dangles about 1 1/2 inch from the hook

Materials Used:

2 Gold Plated Dangle Earrings
2 Antique Gold Plated 16 x 22 mm Triangle Connectors
6 Gold Plated 2 inch Head Pins
6 Gold Plated 5 mm 19 Gauge Jump Rings
2 Antique Gold Plated 6 x 4 mm Decorative Discs
4 Red Carnelian 6 mm Semiprecious Rounds
2 Lapis Lazuli 12 mm Semiprecious Rounds

Willa’s Price: $15 (includes shipping)

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Wood Jewelry Boxes Verses Fabric Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry boxes are a part of the highly important essentials any person with jewelry owns. It does matter what the box looks like on the outside. It is a rare person who does not like to receive a beautifully wrapped gift. The same goes for the boxes that hold your jewelry collections. Consider selecting just the right box to hold those lovely jewelry pieces for yourself or someone else. The gesture will help prove just how much you cherish those jewelry gifts given to you if you are the one purchasing the box for jewelry gifts given you by someone else.

It is a good idea to invest in a “wood” jewelry box. Wood jewelry boxes are more durable and will last longer. Go even further and try to get one extra unique handmade, a box that he or she will not find any other place except through you. It is sure to be a cherished treasure just as the contents will be.

If you cannot find a wood jewelry box handmade or you cannot have one custom made, all is not lost. There are plenty of retailers who carry wood jewelry boxes. These wood boxes will be a little more expensive than boxes made out of other materials. Begin your search for just the right wood jewelry box with comparison shopping to find the best deal. You will save time and money as you might find a box at a much less price that you like. Don’t buy the first one you see. There are 100’s of designs of wooden jewelry boxes in a wide range of prices.

Maybe you just don’t like a wooden jewelry box even though I am saying it is probably the best choice. That is a lot of my own personal opinion. What I like about a wood jewelry box the most is the fact that some of them can be re-decorated or re-painted as time goes on making an old box look like a new box or with changes of colors in the room. Many people choose fabric jewelry boxes instead of the wooden boxes. Fabric boxes are typically less in price than a well made wood jewelry box. Some of these fabric jewelry boxes are quite elegant looking.

A well made fabric box lined in velvet can be strikingly beautiful to hold and display jewelry collections. Of course you can also line a wood box with velvet material for an even more strikingly beautiful jewelry box. Fabric boxes are popular worldwide for many women. As always, check to see what your recipient of the box prefers if you are not purchasing the box for yourself.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Virginia

dangle earrings christmas bella

Virginia is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles beautifully in a cascade of what looks like different colors of Christmas lights or bells. I placed individual 6 mm round Swarovski glass beads onto 5 mm jump rings for a total of 16 sparkling glass beads (2 beads to each individual drop) in a variety of colors creating a gorgeous cascade drop earring. Colors are a mix of gold, crystal white, Christmas green, Christmas red and a sea blue. Laying down flat she looks somewhat like a star design, in a dangle she also sort of resembles a Christmas decorated in traditional Christmas colored lights or bells.

I named this pair of dangle earrings Virginia in honor of the character who played in the Christmas movie:”There is a Santa Claus.”

If you have a child in which you wish to teach the stories of Santa Claus, this may be a symbol you can always use to help illustrate this story to her, or any kind of Christmas story about the beautiful lights, bells and trees we use to celebrate a traditional Christmas. These earrings would certainly make a great conversation piece.

They are suitable for Holiday gift giving.

They are very suitable to wear for Christmas parties, and get together s for exchange of gifts and food as well as to wear for a New Year Eve’s Party. They definitely say: “holiday celebration time.”

They shine forth a joyful and happy look as they dangle so freely about 1 1/2 inch from the main hook.

Materials used:
2 antique bronze French earring hooks
7 antique bronze jump rings 5 mm
16 round glass sparkling Swarovski beads

Virginia’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)

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Shopping for a Mother’s Day Gift to say a very Special Message of “I Love You.”

Mother’s Day is the one holiday of the year for showing love to your own beloved mother. Jewelry says it all. Giving mom a piece of jewelry on Mother’s Day makes the day a pleasant memory all year long. When you see her face light up after opening the box you will easily understand what makes jewelry such a special gift.

Each time your mother wears the piece of jewelry you carefully selected for her so lovingly she will be reminded of your love and appreciation. Moms do a lot in life they are never recognized or awarded for doing. Mother’s Day is the perfect day to give your mom a special award of your appreciation of her. Nothing says it better than a beautiful piece of jewelry.

Finding jewelry is not difficult. There is usually a display of jewelry in just about every retail outlet and online is full of choices right at the click of a mouse and like magic delivered straight to your door. There will be special Mother’s Day jewelry displays online and in retail stores worldwide. There are jewelry choices suitable for each age group.

If you find the choices a bit overwhelming I might be able to help you out a little in this article. The first thing you are looking for is a piece of jewelry mom will treasure forever. Think for more than a few minutes about your mom’s personal style. Keep in mind the jewelry gift you give her for Mother’s Day must also be so special she will cherish it forever and every time she wears the piece she will be reminded of your love for her.

There are a few more things to consider. Does she wear a lot of jewelry or just a few pieces now and then? If the case is that your mom likes wearing jewelry often the choice may be a bit easier, and then maybe not. If she has a lot of jewelry already why will one more piece from you on Mother’s Day make a big difference? The difference will be because the jewelry gift you give her on Mother’s Day is from YOU and given to her on Mother’s Day as a special message of saying “I love you mom,” and I appreciate all you have done for me in my life.

Now….maybe you can add a piece to a collection you know she already has and likes to wear, but remember the piece you add will still be that special piece to her all year long each time she wears it just because YOU gave it to her on her special day.

Does she wear mostly rings, bracelets or necklaces? This is easy to determine. Just notice what she wears and you have your answer here. What if she is a mom who wears no jewelry at all, but you still want to give her a piece of jewelry because you are reading this article now and I am telling you a gift of jewelry on Mother’s Day is the perfect way of saying “I love you, mom.” If this is the case, then go for a simple pin with all the birthstones of her children in that pin, even if you are her only child, choose a pin with one big birthstone, the month you were born and you have solved it.

A watch is another good idea for moms that do not wear a lot of jewelry pieces. How about a bracelet watch, maybe a handmade bracelet watch with white glass pearls and sparkling gemstones in the colors of all her children’s birth months. Again, if you are her only child, just find a handmade bead artisan online or in your neighborhood and have one made uniquely different from any other one anywhere with beautiful white glass pearls and your birthstone.

How could she now forget this day? Every time she looks to see what time it is, there on her wrist is the handmade bracelet watch you gave her to remind her how much you love and appreciate her. She will probably bake you that special cake you liked so much as a kid next time she knows you are coming to visit!

You say, okay, the suggestions in this article have not helped my case. In that case, start with the question-answer game again. Does your mom like wearing pieces of elaborate traditional jewelry and follow the most current fashion jewelry trends? If you answered yes, this should be an easy gift as well as all you need to do is figure out the styles she is most likely to purchase for herself and add a piece to her collection, one that is the most current fashion trend now. Look online with keywords of “current fashion jewelry trend,” or since Mother’s Day is in May of each year, type in keywords like “spring or summer fashion jewelry trends” for the year in which you are in at the time you do the search.

Does your mom seem to like exclusive artistic designs? If so, then look for a piece to add to her jewelry collection along the lines of the artistic designs.

Ask yourself, does mom prefer gold or silver? Does she wear mostly gold pieces of jewelry or silver pieces of jewelry. This is a real easy question to answer. She may even be a woman who wears equally as much gold as silver pieces which widens your choices for her at this time. Take a sneak peek into her jewelry box and you will find out exactly what colors she has purchased before and now has in her collection.

Add to her collection of either gold or silver jewelry pieces or even get brave and add something she has never had before. Sometimes sons and daughters can open the vision of mom’s by introducing them to a piece of jewelry they would never purchase for themselves, then again, this is taking a big chance mom won’t like it and won’t ever wear it. A choice like this could also remind mom of your “rebellious” side. If this is a joke between you, might still be a good idea, but if this part of your personality was and still is a thorn in her side, better to not remind her of your rebellious nature on Mother’s Day. There are lots of variables to consider here and to keep in mind.

Do you want to give her a gift of jewelry she can wear everyday or a gift of jewelry she will wear for special occasions? This is another important question to find an answer before you begin shopping.

Once you have answered all your questions and have covered most of the bases, it is then time to go shopping. I think a three piece bead set of a necklace, bracelet and earrings to match would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mother who likes beaded jewelry. I have a beautiful set here you might be interested in seeing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203539076/carmilitas-three-piece-bead-sets?ref=shop_home_active_5. This beautiful three piece bead set features Turquoise 12 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads. I worked hours putting this set together. It is completely handmade.

Even just a simple bracelet of sparkling beads is a good choice. Here is a beautiful handmade bead bracelet you might like: https://www.etsy.com/listing/206072657/carmilitas-beaded-bracelet-nicola?ref=shop_home_active_2.

Every woman is different. You just need to figure out what your goals are before you make the purchase. What memories do you want to create with this gift? Even one simple pair of earrings like these https://www.etsy.com/listing/202939641/carmilitas-flower-in-bloom-rose-and?ref=shop_home_active_12 done in spring and summer colors and a flowers in bloom style could just be the absolute perfect gift for your mother on Mother’s Day.

Of course, the one statement and memory most people will be shooting for on Mother’s Day is a memory that says to your mom how much her daughter or son loves and appreciates her. Just always remember, you can say “I love you” to your mom best with a jewelry gift, and you have started the process of finding that perfect jewelry gift. Wrap it up really pretty too and don’t forget the loving Mother’s Day card!

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Zena

dangle earrings zena

Zena is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Flowers In Bloom Handmade Dangle Earring Collection. She dangles about 1 1/2 inch from the hook, and is of lovely spring colors.

Materials Used:
2 Silver Plated 11 x 15 mm Leverback Earrings
2 Silver Plated Head Pins
2 Silver Plated Eyepins
2 Silver Plated 4 x 10 mm 7-Leaf Bead Caps
2 Silver-Plated 2 x 8 mm Filigree Bead Caps
4 Silver-plated 4 mm Ridged Round Metal Beads
2 Silver-Plated 2 x 6 mm Beaded Rondelles
2 Yellow 6 x 12 mm Flower Beads
2 Melon 7 x 10 mm Flower Beads
2 Sunburst 4 mm Glass Crystal Bicones
2 Emerald 11 x 7 mm Glass Crystal Teardrop Beads

Zena’s price is $15 (includes shipping within the U.S. and one FREE gift)

Purchase Zena here: Carmilita’s Earrings

Last Minute Decisions for a Jewelry Gift for Your Girlfriend

You have been planning for weeks a special getaway trip for your girlfriend’s birthday. You have finally got the entire thing put together and suddenly you remember the most important detail of it all……the gift. You was planning to pretend this trip was all there was and right at the most special moments of all you were going to whip out a wrapped up gift to give to her. You want something small so you can hide it from her throughout the trip. You want something to help her forget she has just turned 30 years old as she has been complaining about getting old. What could be more perfect than a gift of jewelry at this time? You got it. A piece of bead fashion jewelry would make this trip complete.

This particular girl has been by your side now for going on 5 years through thick and thin, up’s and down’s she has weathered some storms with you. You really want to make her feel so special because you know you care about her way beyond anyone else you ever dated. The problem is you are not exactly the type of male who is open and always ready to express your deepest feelings of love and appreciation for her.

You know she needs to feel this from you and now is your big chance. She is turning 30 years old and has started to complain about getting older. You want to turn this around and make her feel young again or at least show her you see her as young as she needs and wants to be.

The trip to DisneyLand is just not enough you have said. There needs to be a final icing put upon top her cake. Now here it is almost time to take off for the trip and you forget to get the gift. Don’t think diamonds are always a girl’s best friend. Nowadays it is fashion bead jewelry. Fortunately, there are lots of places you can get fashion bead jewelry in a hurry.

Jewelry is now an expression of one’s lifestyle and personality even more than ever before. This is a plus for you as it makes giving her a jewelry gift the safest option. You have already spent tons of money on this trip and you know there will be hidden expenses once you get going and are there, so you really need to get her a special gift that is not too expensive.

Fashion bead jewelry is your answer here. Adorn the love of your life with a pair of trendy fashion beads to show her she is still just “sweet sixteen.” I am serious, this is your absolute best option here.

One of the most popular fashion accessories today is beaded jewelry. Beaded jewelry makes the perfect gift for any occasion because of all the different styles there is to choose from. You can never go wrong with a fashion beaded jewelry gift. Take my word for it. I know this to be the truth. Now what kind of beads should you look for? Mardi gras type beads, love beads, a string of Cloisonne beads? You have no clue. Right?
Mardi gras beads are associated with the Krewes carnival. What do you think of when you think of a carnival? Lots of bright color, loud laughter and gay, happy times. Right? This style of beads also stands for “fun and vibrancy.” This may be the style you want to go with to make her feel young again.

Love beads are more a sign of the “hippy culture.” The peace loving hippy generation marched for sharing love with one another. Love beads are usually made of colorful beads as well and stand for love and acceptance. This is also a good choice for this time in your loved one’s life as she might be feeling that she is getting too old for you to keep loving her.

Just what is a Cloisonne beads? Cloisonne beads are elegant looking and made just a little different than an ordinary bead. A metal wire is placed at the base of the bead. Within the partitions of the wire lies beautiful powdered glass enamel painted, polished and electroplated. Cloisonne beads are a sign of elegance and sophistication. With age comes elegance and sophistication. Get it? This might be the choice for you. You will have to feel this thing out for yourself. I am just giving you a few ideas here.

You don’t want to accentuate the age thing right now. You want to either try and take her back to a more youthful period of time or make her see her age is worth much more than just getting old now. You can say it perfectly with the right pair of beads.

Hopefully you still have enough time to go online where the selections are easier to find quickly and have it delivered before you leave for the trip! If not, then there are beaded necklaces in every jewelry retail outlet, might not be handmade beaded jewelry, but still yet close to the real thing of handmade anyway! If you have the time, purchase handmade beaded fashion jewelry. As a general rule, these will be of the higher quality.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Natalie: Looking for a pair of Christmas Gift earrings instead?
dangle earrings natalie

Natalie is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection. She hangs about 1 1/2 inch from the hook. The name “Natalie” has been a long time favorite for baby girls born around Christmas time. Natalie dangle earrings looks a little like a snowman to me when standing upright decorated with red scarves or some kind of red in between the balls of white snow. She also resembles a line of bells or lights you might hang on your tree as garland or anywhere else around your home at Christmas time. She definitely has a Christmas holiday spirit look.

These are quite detailed having several different components adding to their personality from very interesting millefiori glass lampwork beads to the tiny 4 leaf antique bead caps. I have added several subtle pieces to accent this pair of earrings creating a personality of “simple, yet cascading elegance. This is a very beautiful and unique pair of earrings.

I doubt anyone at your office party will be wearing the exact same combination of jewelry components. I made only one pair.

She would be suitable to wear for any kind of Christmas get together or for New Year’s Eve.

Natalie Dangle Earrings is also suitable for gift giving.

Materials used:
2 antique bronze French earring hooks
2 Millefiori Glass Lampwork Round Beads 8mm mostly white with red
2 sparkling 6 mm Christmas red Swarovski glass beads
3 very tiny 3 mm antique bronze 4 leaf bead caps

Natalie’s price is $15 (includes shipping)

Purchase Natalie here: Carmilita’s Earrings

Jewelry Gifts for Valentine’s Day and Buying Tips

The first step in confessing an undying love toward your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day is to give her a “Promise Ring.” A promise ring is like a pre-engagement ring. The next step up is the engagement ring then the wedding band. The promise ring is a sign of being within an exclusive relationship.

A nice jewelry gift for the fashion conscious woman on Valentine’s Day is a bead anklet bracelet. You can give a bead anklet bracelet to your sister or girlfriend for this next Valentine’s Day celebration.

Earrings never go out of style for gift giving on any occasion. I have a sweet little pair of dangle pink heart earrings added to Carmilita’s Love Collection of Handmade Bead Dangle Earrings on my Weebly blog that would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Go here for more details: http://handmadebeadedjewels.weebly.com/blog/carmilitas-love-collection-handmade-bead-dangle-earrings-mallory
Don’t forget about storage of jewelry when shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift. Jewelry boxes of all kinds make great gifts for mom, grandmother, sisters, girlfriends, wives, aunts, cousins. There is hardly no woman on earth that does not have some kind of jewelry she needs a beautiful place to store it all in.

If you are handy with wood and tools. Carve out a design all your own for her. I always adore anything more that is handmade. In fact, just about every piece of furniture I have in my house now is all handmade. I don’t have much in here, but what I do have, I either designed it and had it made or found it somewhere in a magazine and had it made. I love my handmade furniture almost as much as my handmade bead jewelry. I was dating a man at the time I got all my handmade furniture. He was a genuis at making furniture.

Do you have a litte granddaughter who is extra special? Surprise her with a three piece set of bead jewelry made from hearts and pearls. Just a simple little set of matching bracelet, necklace and earrings should really make her feel special.

You can buy your mom a Valentine’s Day gift. Valentine’s Day is one of the most special days of “love” throughout the entire year. Show your appreciation and love for mom on Valentine’s Day with a gift of jewelry. You could buy her a mother-child pendant or a new charm for her charm bracelet or even a ring having all her children’s birthstones.

Buying Tips

Before you head out shopping be sure you know how much you can spend. You want to find a nice gift for the women in your life on Valentine’s Day without breaking your budget. Consider purchasing fashion jewelry, handmade bead jewelry or plain metal pieces to keep your cost down. This will especially hold true if you need to purchase more than one Valentine’s Day gift for several different people.

Make it a little easier on yourself and purchase something similar to what the receiver wears now. Do you see her wearing mostly gold or silver jewelry pieces or is she really into the beads more than anything else. Honestly, I am seeing more bead necklaces, earrings and bracelets than ever before. I think a purchase of bead jewelry for any woman on your list would be a fabulous choice and one that will not break your budget. Maybe some of the women you want to purchase for this Valentine’s Day have never worn bead jewelry. Introduce them to a whole new world of handmade bead jewelry.

You need to think about age as well. Purchase age appropriate jewelry. You certainly don’t want to give a little girl something that is more appropriate for her grandma to wear. Think age appropriate when shopping for your gifts.

Shop early. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy a Valentine’s Day Gift. Even though the receiver may not know the exact day you purchased, it is still a good idea to give this some thought and not wait until the last minute for shopping. You might even find better deals to shop early rather than waiting until the last minute. If you shop online you will need some extra time for delivery.

Gifts of jewelry is felt to be one of the most “thoughtful” gifts you can buy for someone you love. Heart-shaped jewelry symbolize love and is a classic design for Valentine’s Day. Make the women you love feel extra special this next Valentine’s Day with a gift of jewelry.

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Meet Mallory:
dangle earrings mallory

Mallory is a sweet pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Love Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles a dainty one inch from the hook. A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.

Materials Used:
2 Silver Plated French Fish Hook Earrings
4 Silver Plated Beaded Spacer Beads
4 White Czech Glass Pearl Beads 6 mm
2 Pink Beautiful “A” Quality Fiber-Optic Glass Cat’s Eye Heart Beads These hearts are about 3mm thick and 8mm

Mallory’s Price: $15 (includes shipping in U.S.) International shipping costs are billed through paypal. Each order will receive a FREE gift.

Purchase Mallory here: Handmade Beaded Jewels