Be Yourself – Introducing Swarovski Fall/Winter 2019/20

Today Swarovski officially launches their latest collection.

Here is a brief look at the new innovations.

“When it comes to Swarovski’s innovations, our clients have always been among our biggest sources of inspiration. This season’s innovations express the desire for uniqueness. Individualism is a growing megatrend that is poised to impact the lifestyle of the future. More and more,  uniqueness, self-discovery and self-expression are becoming part of our DNA and a new measure of value in our society. Under the motto  
“Be Yourself,” we have translated this desire into crystal innovations reflecting four aspects of self-discovery: “Check Yourself,” 
“Find Yourself,” “Excess Yourself,” and “Dress Yourself”.  

NEW CRYSTAL PEARL COLOR – Crystal Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl

Introducing A Brand New Bead – The LINK!

 It isn’t every day that a company can say they are launching a new bead, that is in fact almost 80 years old.

Mrs. Oldriska, a Czech pressed bead manufacturer, designed the LINKbead in the 1940’s and this mid-century masterpiece has finally been rediscovered and manufactured by her granddaughter.
3 x10mm – Two Holes
LINK is the perfect name to describe what it is and what it does.
It is both a component and a connection to the past.
A vintage design so contemporary you will wonder why this bead wasn’t mass marketed decades ago.
These beads look beautiful on their own,
but combined with the other beads, they offer designers
many new options for bead placement.
Joined together the LINK beads create a fabulous chain.

Our first project PDF (released later this week) will show you how to make the original chain as designed by our link inventor.

We are honoured to have been asked to launch this bead exclusively and world-wide.
200 piece bags are shipping now in over 70 colors.
Vials will be available shortly!
You can read about the history of the bead at

Introducing Anishinaabe Bimishimo

  16-year-old Émilie McKinney is from Swan Lake First Nation, Manitoba. She is a bilingual student, an international dancer (hoop, fancy, jingle, traditional) and an artist who wanted to make herself a new jingle dress.

  She and her Mom; Natalie Foidart, called their local supplier to get jingles and he explained that he had retired. There was no one in the area who made them, so Émilie decided that she wanted to make them locally herself.

  Émilie drew up a logo and a five year plan so that she could be the new Canadian manufacturer, supplier and designer of jingles and worked closely with her mom, Natalie Foidart to get her business started. After researching various meanings to words and careful consideration, she chose Anishinaabe (it’s who she is, a Native Canadian, First Nation Person) Bimishimo (dancing by) Corporation.   

 John Bead is honored to have been one of the companies that Émilie McKinney (along with her mom, Natalie Foidart) met with during their initial research and we are excited to be the first distributor to support their new business. 

“I’m really thankful for Daniel John to have personally taken time to answer our many questions on numerous occasions and for his guidance as well. We are excited to have our products available at John Bead Corporation.” – Émilie McKinney 

The logo has special meaning.

“The outer circle represents the world around us in full circle and the inner circle is a reminder of the full circle within ourselves. The tipi symbolizes home, family, where the heart is and the open tipi door welcomes ideas, hope, dreams, dance and people. The medicine wheel is a reminder to follow and never forget the sacred teachings including being humble, asking for help when needed and to show appreciation when it is given. Anishinaabe Bimishimo is written because it represents her and the feathers on either end. Feathers are used in prayer, for smudging, and in regalia.”

Canadian made using mild steel which has a very different sound than other jingles.

Nickel, Brass and Copper options.

Embossed flat plates or cones.

1.75 inch and 2.6 inch sizes (great for adult and childrens projects)

WANDERLUST – INNOVATIONS AND INSPIRATIONS SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Majestic Blue

Intense and evocative, an homage to vast cobalt skies and fathomless sapphire seas, and the color of happy memories, Swarovski presents new Majestic Blue (296) as part of its Innovations Spring/Summer 2019.

Which design choices are best suited for Majestic Blue?

This superbly pure blue has a deeper hue and more intense sparkle than any previous shade of blue. It’s a mesmerizing quality that makes it ideal for use in premium costume jewelry, statement timepieces, and high-end apparel and accessories, as well as for adding a touch of luxe to DIY projects, packaging and electronics.

It is particularly well suited to creating fashionable looks inspired by Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2019 trend theme, Wanderlust. This is a transformative Millennial mood that values Freedom, Leisure, Adventure and Culture above narrow-focused careerism and mere possessions. It also encourages following the open road, dreaming under the sky, and setting sail for adventure, preferring wealth of experience to material wealth.

What seperates Majestic Blue from other blue colors?

More intense, and with greater sparkle and depth than the existing Sapphire (206), Capri Blue (243) and Cobalt (369), the astonishingly brilliant Majestic Blue is the purest blue in the Swarovski spectrum. It has a scintillating presence that is reminiscent of a precious gemstone—indeed, as a true blue it has an ancient association with royalty. Blue is also recognized as the color of the divine and the infinite.

These vivid characteristics make it highly effective when creating bolder, fiercer and more eye-catching designs. Its color is very stable, too, appearing unchanged across different articles and geometries. You’ll also find that, like any of Swarovski’s crystal colors, Majestic Blue stands up well to plating and soldering.

Blue Goldstone Jewelry with Hamsa Hand Charms

Blue Goldstone is a man-made stone. Its sparkle comes from flecks of copper.  They say that Blue Goldstone is a helpful aide for children who are afraid of the dark. Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral.  “Called the Stone of Ambition, it is said that Goldstone will assist in attaining one’s goals. In keeping one’s emotions stable and calm, this energy generator revitalizes one’s personal energy field, building confidence, courage, a positive attitude and promotes vitality.”  Our blue goldstone strands are linked here.

“The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.”
Our TierraCast hamsa charms are linked here.

Crocheting With Beads

Have you tried crocheting with beads?  Nancy Donaldson completed this lightweight fiber necklace with our Lovely Knots cord.  She is an accomplished crocheter, so we wanted to give you a look at how quick it was for her to work on all the strands.  This makes me want to take a crochet class now!

The necklace looks wonderful when worn!

Nancy used Aqua Blue Lovely Knots cord for her necklace.

The beads are from our Czech Glass Mixed Bead box collection.  This is called Santorini Coast.