I’m not the most well versed or the best educated or best informed or best skilled when it comes to knowledge of beads or crafting them in general (good luck finding someone that can feel that confident and back it up!) but I think at the very least, I do have good taste. And lately I’ve been browsing around trying to spot some of the up and coming coolest sites and artists out there. Most currently I’ve been trying to check out some lovely beads at wholesale price and have had some moderate success as you can probably tell from a single glance at that website in the hyper link there. I’ve been browsing the jewelry and getting a myriad of ideas for gifts and fun little surprises for friends and family alike as well as I have found out some pretty information regarding quartz and I’ve developed a new respect for Quartz also.
Above you can plainly see this awesome little piece of jewelry comprised of Czech bead work. It’s really intricate and I’d like to have a piece like this for somebody special, but one thing that’s kind of funny to me is that it has been compared to a butterfly in appearance, while I would argue it’s more like the cute little caterpillar stage of their life cycle. (This photo is © of Preciosa Ornela).
Now while I’ve been extolling the virtues of these more classic pieces of jewelry as you can see above, I think I should back pedal for a moment and mention that nice website has some of the coolest jewelry with aesthetic elements I can’t quite pin down to any one individual style. They don’t necessarily have that Czech style as you can see in the photo above, and they don’t quite have as much of a (arguably immature) quality as the bead work in the photo below, but I think their selection tends to strike a fine balance and blend the best of both worlds. The line between classic and contemporary, retro and new school if you wish to call it, is rather blurred and I think I like that. I prefer a unique style that strikes out on its own and makes a name for itself rather than just remaining stagnant and trying to reinforce a simple standard that we’ve already come to know and love. Don’t get me wrong, I like to be loyal to the styles I’ve come to embrace but I think there’s something to be said for finding a new style to enjoy. Maybe it’s my experience with western culture where I enjoy a melting pot of different cultures but I can’t help but really enjoy a selection that offers a diverse array of options. The Beads are also give the power of courage and Blue sapphire is an alluring blue variety of corundum.
I can’t help but feel such a gleeful little spasm of my childhood, so giddy with joy at the sight of this. Sean Loyless posted this supremely cool photo of beaded representations of yester year and of the new age’s popular culture.
If you’re not a video game fan such as me then you probably don’t recognize the sight of Pac Man and one of his ghost enemies on that bottom row, with a pair of ghosts from the Super Mario Bros. video game series set beside them! And above, you can see the popular internet meme “Nyan Cat” as well as a character from the popular Adult Swim animated series, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” in the top left. I am thoroughly impressed to see someone has been capable of capturing the awesome qualities of the relatively cotemporary (at least for people my age or older!) pieces of 1980’s popular culture (as seen in the representation of Pac Man and the Super Mario Bros. ghosts) as well as the more contemporary aspects of the current generation’s popular culture (as seen in the visage of the Nyan Cat and Aqua Teen Hunger Force character).
Losing a Loved one is never easy we hold their memories in our heart but with the passing of time we forgot their smile and memories. That’s why a hand crafted beads allow you to carry their smile and memory.
I’m happy to see that bead work has been keeping up with the times and that there are businesses out there that are perceptive enough to keep their ears to ground and fingers on the pulse of culture, offering people what they didn’t know that they wanted and needed.