Monday, May 14, 2012

Quartz Beads for Jewelry-making and A Brief History of Quartz


Quartz is the 2nd most common mineral in the Earth’s crust and comes in a dazzling array of colors, including clear, green, rose, rutilated, lemon yellow, smoky, and many other hues as well. Throughout history, quartz has been used for jewelry and carvings, and more recently (within the last fifty or so years) quartz is used as the main source of many silicon compounds (high-performance polymers and microelectronics, among others). Quartz for jewelry can be cut into many different shapes, like hearts, flowers, and other designs, perfect for jewelry items such as earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, chokers and broaches. Quartz beads can also come in various sizes and other shapes: Faceted round; briolette; helix; roundelle; chips; teardrop; rectangle; pillow-shaped, and many others.

To create a stunning pair of drop earrings, you will need the following: 4-5 8mm faceted round rose quartz beads, a pair of silver French hooks and small silver spacers (optional). A simple yet elegant pin design starts by attaching 4-5 quartz chip beads onto a gold or silver jumbo safety-pin. For a stunning necklace or pendant, string a grouping (approximately 15-20) 10mm quartz beads (either chips or lovely briolettes) onto 20guage jeweler’s wire (or memory wire), pair with a large quartz pendant and secure the ends with a lobster claw clasp for a beautiful detail to any outfit. Quartz beads can also be used to make rings and charm bracelets, and even home décor items like curtain tie-backs and candle-rings, for example. The most popular types of quartz beads for jewelry are: rose, smoky, rutilated, clear and multi-colored varieties.

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