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July's birthstones - No negative thought will cross your life path

A July child celebrates life with larkspur, the symbol of strong bonds of love.

larkspur chorus violet

The modern birthstones for July are the ruby and the onyx. While the ruby is linked to the Cancer sign, the onyx is connected to Leo. Both ruby and onyx are supposed to eliminate negative thoughts, but where the onyx enhances steadfastness and determination, the ruby stands for strength and loyalty.

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they'll be exempt and free
From love's doubts and anxiety

- Gregorian Birthstone Poem -

Enjoy a delightful birthday!

PEARLS and facts - Part 2 - Pearl knotting, getting started

Traditional pearl knotting

This technique can also be used with other beads, and even to create a floating effect. Because of the sharp edge crystal beads are not recommended though. Use a much heavier cord such as a # 6. The Griffin knotting cord for a floating effect should be passed through a curling iron in order to iron out the fold creases ;-)

Material:

Calculating the length of the knotting cord

Make the following addition:

  • 2 times the length of the necklace
  • 30 cm to attach the clasp
  • 1 cm per pearl for the knot

Example: 40 cm necklace with 0,6-0,7 mm pearls: (2x40) + 30 cm + (40:0,7) = 167 cm

May I suggest that you do not shorten the 2 m knotting cord in such a case. The calculation is especially important so you know you have enough cord. You want to avoid having to start over.

Instructions – how to attach a clasp and knot pearls ... see part 3

PEARLS and facts - Part 3 - Pearl knotting, instructions

Instructions – how to attach a clasp

  • Measure the knotting cord – stretch it gently cm by cm

  • Thread the needle, double the cord and make a double knot at the end

  • Increase slightly the opening of three pearls so a doubled cord can pass twice through

  • String the three pearls on the doubled cord and slide them till the double knot

  • Attach the clasp:

  • Push the needle through a piece of French wire till about 6 cm from the pearls, string the clasp – push the needle back through the last threaded pearl – pull the cord gently while pushing the pearl against the French wire – the clasp will slide over the French wire and sit in the middle of a loop – behind the first pearl, make an overhand knot with the two pieces of cord – push the needle through the second pearl and push it against the knot – again make an overhand knot with the two pieces of cord – push the needle through the last pearl and put a drop of glue on the cord before making the last knot – cut off the short end

  • Advise: put also a drop of glue in the first knot

Instructions – how to knot pearls

  • Now you are ready to knot a strand of pearls – make sure there are no gaps between the pearls and the knots

  • String a pearl and slide it against the previous knot – make a loose overhand knot – slide the knot with your thumb and index finger towards the pearl – get your finger out of the loop – put a thick needle into the loop – maintain the knot against the pearl and pull the cord – take apart the doubled cord – pull gently on both cord ends – start over

  • Advise: instead of a thick needle you could use a pair of fine tweezers

  • If when finished you notice that the knots are slightly too tight and the necklace does not drape well, pull gently on the necklace to stretch the silk and wear it for a couple of hours. 

The overhand knot

This is a knot you use often.

Place the cord while rotating over the hand – pull the end of the cord through the loop towards you - pull – make your knots always in the same direction

Have fun and enjoy your pearls!

 

PEARLS and facts - Part 1 - Real or fake, choker or rope ?

How to recognize real pearls?

Remember your childhood, when you started to explore the world by putting things in your mouth. Well, the mouth test is still valid. Rub the pearls lightly on the biting surface of the upper teeth, the pearls feel rough and grainy. This is the real deal.

But visually, there is also a clear indication. On a row of real pearls, each pearl is different both in form and size as well as in color. You can also examine them under a magnifying glass and you will see that real thing has a scaly surface.

Rather a chemical test? Soak a pearl in an acetone solution for one minute. The luster should remain unchanged, whereas with imitation pearls its luster will disappear.

Necklaces: the different lengths.

From short to extra extra long, a strand of pearls is indeed perfect for any occasion. Through the ages each length received a proper name.

The traditional choker is the norm and this pearl strand measures between 36 and 40 cm. The shorter version is generally composed of three or more rows that hug the neck and it is called the collier de chien or dog collar.

  

Add to this the long lush rope or sautoir which measures more than a meter and goes all the way to the navel. This favorite of Coco Chanel is often doubled and decorates a bare back artfully. The somewhat shorter version, the opera measures between 80 and 90 cm. This latter version can be created by combining two chokers and fits very well with a turtleneck.

   

Between those two extremes, there are two other festive versions: the princess which is between 45 and 50 cm and the matinée with its 60 cm. After the choker, the princess is the most popular length. You can also use it to wear a pendant. As you can see, you are spoiled for choice.

  

Wearing pearls is maintaining pearls

Pearls and sensual pleasure are synonyms. So,

  • spray your perfume on before putting on jewelry
  • wear your pearls as often as possible – the contact with your skin and the air moisturizes them
  • and foremost, touch them as your hands are their natural polishing stone

So do not deny yourself the pleasure of knotting your own pearl necklace ... see part 2

June's birthstone - pearls for a gentle soul.

Your shopping list for the June child: saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls ... but above all pearls.

Since the beginning of the 20th century freshwater cultured pearls have become very popular. This 'queen' of gemstones is unique in the fact that it does not need man's intervention to reveal its beauty, no faceting, no polishing. The modern birthstone of June is astonishing simple in its beauty.

It is said that the 'sincerity' of pearl promotes prosperity and success. Don't we all need some of that?

Happy birthday!

Continued on http://dunebeads.com/en/june-s-birthstones-from-sweet-dreams-to-prosperity !

Macramé with leather cord


Materials:

  • Three lengths of leather cord – each four times the final length - http://dunebeads.com/en/leather-cord-and-leather-cord-necklaces
  • A clasp
  • A little glue
  • A big dose of patience

Weaving instructions:

  • Fold the bundle leather cords in two and make a loop with the left side on top of the right.
  • Keep the junction of the loop firmly in your hand.
  • Go with the end of the loop cord under the right side, then over the top right side of the loop you just made, then under the cords of the first fold and back up the left side of the loop.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Advice:

  • try it first with S-lon weaving cord until you get sufficient insight in the movement.

Choose your favorite products @ http://dunebeads.com/en/leather-cord ! 

ColOR ADvise – WARM Tones

From coral to peach, orange comes in soft fruity shades or in hot vibrating ones. When thinking of orange, you may think of carnelian, but do not forget the orange-like metals : brass, gold and copper.

Orange with a touch of green takes you to the tropics. Traditionally orange and black refer to Halloween. For a 1960's design combine orange with pink. Make your medium blue, yellow or red pop by adding some orange.

A little eccentric, you add some orange and yellow or white to deep purple. For a sophisticated look combine orange with neutral colors such as blues or grays. Back to nature, you will love a mixture of brown, green and muted orange.

tropical orange - red-brown aventurine, sodalite, carnelian, moss green to deep green striped agate

From lemon to cream, yellow perks up a subdued cool color palette of gray or blue. Pale yellow works as a neutral color for dark colors.

Yellow, orange and red in deep colors offer a hot exotic combination, but in softer shades they form a fruity fresh summer creation. For a high contrast mix yellow with blue. Celebrate autumn with deep yellow, olive green and brown, have a look at Picasso jasper.

coral, colorado topaz, chestnut rhinestone, ammonite

Beige is an elegant neutral color that contains still some of the earthiness of brown. It is warmer and richer than white and can be found in various shades from ivory to tan.

Beige has the particularity of picking up the hue of yellow or pink when combined with them. For a subdued feminine touch, combine beige with purple or pink. To warm up your cool blues or turquoise, beige is your friend. To go on the earthy tour add some green, brown and orange. And if you would like to give a warm glow to your medium or dark color palette add a touch of beige.

 mashan jade, onyx, aqua striped agate, sunstone

Brown on the other hand is a color balancing between sophistication and tribal ancestry. The solidity of the earth has numerous shades from sand to chocolate and from ocher to Sienna and Umber.

Looking for a smart look, you could mix brown with deep purple, green, gray or golden vermilion. Searching for an earthy feeling, combine brown with green. Wishing a warmer variation for black, you l could opt for dark brown. Loving your browns, you can mellow the shade by adding yellow or orange.

Red stone, African turquoise, Tibetan agate, indigo blue spotted jasper

Choose your favorite beads on http://dunebeads.com/en/ ! 

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ColOR ADvise – COOL Tones


We should start to mention that color is a subjective perception and no one has the absolute knowledge on the subject. Therefore trust nature, trust your instinct. We may try to rationalize everything, but our eyes will make the best choice when attuned to nature. In doubt, take a picture of you what you like to have a closer look at the colors.

But of course, there is group perception of color and from that point of view, we would like to share some ideas.

Quote, Marc Chagall

All things green, from emerald to lime, from aquamarine to jade, work well together with nature's colors. To echo the forest, combine green with blue, green with beige or green with brown. Green stands for the outdoors and permits to create a sporty design in bi- or tri-color combinations.

Looking for a high contrast, combine green with purple.... And for summer mix some lime green with orange and yellow for a fruity one.

Soothing blue adds a touch of sky or water to your creations. Mixed with green or turquoise, blue offers a watery palette. Soft blue with light brown or beige gives an earth-sky combination.

Blue and gray say understated elegance. Yellow adds bounce and contrast. Go into a nautical theme with dark blue and crisp white or team your dark blue with silver accents to make an elegant fashion statement.

impression jasper, pinched bicone, capri blue czech beads

Turquoise combines sky blue with sea green and as a consequence varies between those shades. Pale turquoise has a more feminine allure, while dark teal creates a more sophisticated look.

If you are in for a more feminine design add lavender and pale pink. For a more retro look combine bright turquoise with sparkling pink or go back to the Art Deco period and pair turquoise with black and white. Favoring a sporty look add some orange or yellow to turquoise. For the Indian American creation you would combine browns with turquoise and add silver or gray.

Purple or violet is a combination of blue and red and goes from eggplant to pomegranate. Deep purple with tans or beige create an earthy, conservative design.

Light purple, such as lavender, in combination with pink has a feminine and romantic appeal. For a more daring combination blend red and purple together. For an exotic design marry purple and green, and when using lighter shades of those colors you obtain a spring like feeling.

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