Simply Gemstones: Designs for Creating Beaded Gemstone Jewelry

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Crown Publishing Group, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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Celebrities and fashion runways are glittering with gemstones more than ever these days, and chances are that if you're a lover of jewelry and accessories you've lusted after a gem at some point in your life — be it turquoise, emerald, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, or, of course, a diamond.

Now Nancy Alden returns with her popular Beadworks series, this time introducing readers to what can seem like a daunting project, creating jewelry from gemstones. But in her typical fashion, she takes the anxiety out of the process, showing anyone how to create stunning gemstone earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Today, precious and semi-precious stones are available in many bead stores and online at a range of price points, making what had once been exclusive, expensive projects completely doable.

You'll also be introduced to stones such as the Peruvian Opal, Pink Sapphire, Rutilated Quartz and Peridot, among a slew of others that you may not be immediately familiar with, but with which it's easy to fall in love.From humble hematite chips to sparkling sapphires and uncut diamonds, in Simply Gemstones there's a gem and a corresponding project that is sure to complement your look or make a special gift.

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User Review  - amyolivia - LibraryThing

This book had some pretty suggestions, but with a few exceptions (a few earrings, and a couple of multi-strand necklaces), this was almost all single-strand, simple necklaces. The pictures are pretty, but the designs were too simple for my taste. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

NANCY ALDEN is the author of Simply Pearls, Simply Silver, Simply Gold, and A Touch of Glass. She is a jewelry designer and the cofounder of the Beadworks Group. Visit them online at www.beadworks.com.

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