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Gem Profile July 26: Large Hole Round Beads
by Layna Palmer, Wire-Sculpture.com
Large Hole Round Beads with Leather Cords
My daughter is in charge of the activities for girl’s camp next week and she came to me asking if she could use some of my extra beads and cord to make name bracelets with all of the girls that are attending. We started sorting through my beads, leather and silk cording and were a little disappointed to find that there were very few beads that fit on the cord I had. The holes were just too small.
The next morning, I was walking through the warehouse and was thrilled to see Megan unpacking some new beads that were already strung on leather cords. I just had to have a strand, so I liberated one to take to my desk for a few minutes. I excitedly called my daughter to let her know that I had the answer to our cord and bead dilemma.
What I discovered:
These beads are beautiful! They are the same stones that we already carry, but they are large hole beads that are pre-strung on a nice leather cord. You can almost use the cord as is, attach a button for a fastener, and have a really cute modern bracelet!
So with this discovery, my daughter is using them for name bracelets at camp. Each girl picks a bead that corresponds to each letter in her name and strings it on the leather or silk cord. They’re teaching the girls how to make a sliding knot for one of the camp advancements, so this fits really well with learning a skill, and making something meaningful and memorable from camp this year.
More fun projects:
As I was looking at the beads I had at my desk, I realized that they will not only fit the thicker cords, but also larger gauge wire and will look great on the new expandable bangles that are all the rage right now. I’ve even seen people layer the expandable bracelets alongside the leather bracelets with charms and stones for a great bohemian look. My son even asked the other day if I could make him a tiger-eye bracelet on a leather cord.
Discover your own Large Hole Beads too:
I thought to go along with the names, I would review the birthstones for each month so you can have some great ideas for our newest stones.
We are familiar with the traditional gems for each month, but there are alternatives that have also been used throughout history;
- January; Garnet, Rose Quartz and Onyx.
- February; Amethyst of course, but also Jasper
- March; Aquamarine, Jade and bloodstone
- April; Diamond, moonstone and Cherry/Rose Quartz
- May; Emerald, Tigereye, Chalcedony, Agate, Carnelian
- June; Pearl, Moonstone, Chalcedony, Labradorite
- July; Ruby, Onyx, Carnelian, Sardonyx
- August; Peridot, Jasper, Jade, Moss Agate
- September; Sapphire, Sardonyx, Lapis, Agate
- October; Opal/tourmaline, Jasper, Coral, Obsidian
- November; Citrine, tigereye
- December; Blue Zircon, turquoise, Lapis, Black Onyx
You can also use gemstones to channel energy, heal and just plain look pretty too;
- Amethyst; Brings calm energy, can help with insomnia and is considered a “power” stone. It is also called a Bishop’s stone and is worn by many Catholic bishops today. Amethyst was used.
anciently to bring clarity and heal headaches.
- Bronzite; Alleviates doubt and is considered a great stone for masculine energy.
- Carnelian; guards against poverty, calms temper, magnifies sense of humor
- Goldstone; Energy stone will help maintain vitality and positive energy.
- Golden Obsidian; Clears negative energy, helps with direction in life, clears aura
- Jade; Ancient stone used to attract love, aids in mental reasoning and helps bring money into your life.
- Labradorite; Strengthens intuition, stimulates imagination and new ideas, realization of goals.
- Lapis; ancient purification stone for love, healing, protection and power
- Onyx; defends against negativity, strengthens self confidence, sharpens senses
- Pyrite; energizes the body or area where it’s placed. Overcomes lethargy, helps the circulatory system and is great for those with asthma.
- Sardonyx; Money, love, protection, enhances willpower and increases stamina
- Smoky Quartz; Perception and learning, relieves depression, enhances organizational skills
- Tigereye; focuses the mind, brings good luck, helps in interpersonal relationships
Take a moment to visit some of these beautiful beads – you won’t regret it!
Wrapping it all up:
Well, I have to hurry and run this strand of beads back to the warehouse before it’s missed, but I hope you will enjoy using these new beads as much as I will!
Do you have any beautiful jewelry you’d like to share with us? Send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and they could be featured!
Gem Profile by Layna Palmer