I usually buy my beads online where I can shop around comparing prices and quality. But I have to say, being able to see and touch the beads before buying was a dimension I really appreciated.
Here is a photo of my stash when I first came home before organizing and pricing each bead - I always calculate the price of each bead or component and label it so that when I design a piece of jewelry I can calculate my cost and then an appropriate sale price.
|My Gemstone Stash of Treasure (before sorting)|
I absolutely fell in love with fire agates through this show. They are an incredibly beautiful gemstone with all kinds of variations. Here is a photo of a necklace I designed this week using a blazing red fire agate for the pendant and smaller fire agate rondelles for accent:
|Red Hot Fire Agate Pendant Necklace|
|Close-up View of Fire Agate Pendant|
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