New Gemstone Shipment

A new gemstone shipment just arrived to our warehouse last week, and has been separated, photographed, and sent out to each of the retail stores.

We have dozens of new shapes in this order, including multi-faceted gemstone nuggets, wave discs, two hole discs, faceted barrels, turtles, faceted diamonds, and more.

The stones include Amazonite, Amethyst, Abalone, Antiqued Jade, Aquamarine, Aquad Jade, Azurite, Brown Amazonite, Bamboo Leaf Agate, Banded Agate, Black Labradorite, Black Moss Agate, Black Onyx, Blood Agate, Bloodstone, Blue Apatite, Blue Aventurine, Blue Candy Jade, Blue Crazy Lace Agate, Blue Goldstone, Blue Kyanite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Onyx, Blue Agate, Blue Sponge Coral, Blue Tigereye, Blueberry Quartz, Botswana Agate, Bronzite, Brown Agate,
Coral, Candy Jade, Carnelian, Cherry Quartz, Tiger Cherry Quartz, Calcite, Citrine, Colorful Jade, Crazy Lace Agate, Dumortierite, Fire Agate, Fluorite, Garnet, Goldstone, Green Banded Agate, Green Crazy Lace, Green
Goldstone, Green Kyanite, Green Onyx, Green Tourmalated Quartz, Green Nephrite Jade, Green Opal, Magnetic Hemetite, Howlite, Impression Stone, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lemon Agate (banded), Malachite, Moonstone, Opalite, Moss Agate,
New Jade, Red O
cean Agate, Ocean Jasper, Olive Jade, Opal Jasper, Orange Agate, Oyster Opal Agate, Peacestone, Picture Jasper, Pietersite, Pineapple Quartz, Purple Crazy Lace Agate, Pink Crazy Lace, Pyrite, Rutilated Quartz, Rainbow Jasper, Red Crazy Lace Agate, Red Jasper, Red Turquoise, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Orange Sardonyx, Serpentine Jade, Silver Leaf Agate, Silver Smoke Jasper, Sky Quartz, Soapstone, Sodalite, Tibetan Style, Tigereye, Red Tigereye, Tourmalated Quartz, Unakite, White Coral, White Lace Agate.

To see photos from the shipment, visit our New Gemstone Page, or follow our twitter posts (@potomacbeads) for more frequent updates.

New class idea

I was browsing the internet looking for new ideas for classes and I kept seeing different versions of the wire cuff that looked fairly simple to create, but were still very beautiful and funky. I would like to offer another wire cuff bracelet class (maybe call it “Freestyle Wiring”) in our stores. It took me about 30 minutes to complete and I’ve gotten multiple compliments on it when I wear it, so I think it would be a great addition to our class listing.

I made this one with 16 and 22-gauge silver plated wire, citrine nuggets and rondelles, green and brown agate rounds and some size 8 seed beads. I call it “Orange Tree Inspiration”!

So since I was feeling overly accomplished and proud of my new piece of jewelry, I ventured to take on a wrapped-wire coin pearl pendant I saw in the latest Art Jewelry magazine. I don’t think it turned out too badly! This one took me about an hour (I was forced to redo the inside section twice -kind of tricky!). I would have had an easier time using Sterling wire (I used silver plated copper) but I never like to use sterling on a project until I work out the kinks in case I have to start over.