Gather Your Colors

A look into just a few of the ways that bead artists are flexing their creative muscles and getting down to the business of doing what they do best–surviving imaginatively and with generosity in a changing world. I

The Names of Things

A quick overview of some of the terms and curiosities of gemstone and crystal production!

The Beauty of RAW

A discussion of right angle weave stitch in bead work; how it can be versatile, easy to learn, and endlessly creative!

Something Blue

A discussion of the color blue, past and present, and a few fascinating tidbits about our favorite blue gemstones!

You Had Me at Druzy

What is druzy? Here’s a brief look at the this lovely and unusual gemstone, and a showcase of some of the fabulous designers who are using it.

Wedding Jewelry for the Boho Bride

What is boho bridal style? How can indie jewelry artists meet the needs of the modern bride who wants to add more art and independent style to her wedding. Meet some designers!

What Vintage Means

As part of the heartwish manifesto, I often mention “vintage inspired” or vintage designs. What does this mean?

Just Last Year

As we enter 2019, it is time to say good-bye to the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

Views From Here

There are many topics related to jewelry making, beads, stones, historical tidbits, etc. that I would love to explore on these pages!