Category Archives: Fashion Trends

Jewelry to Stand the Test of Time!

Greetings Bead Buddies, Leah here from Eureka Crystal Beads! Do you want your jewelry to stand the test of time? Read on!

So 2 facts about me: 1.) I’ve been making jewelry for 22 years. 2). I hate change.

What do these two things have to do with one another you ask? Well, it means that over the years I’ve seen some amazing advancements in the beading world with regard to stringing mediums, adhesives, techniques, tools… and sometimes I dig my heels in and instinctively want to stick with what I’ve always used. Do you remember Nymo beading thread? When I learned Peyote stitch Nymo was the thread to use for bead weaving. No one knew about FireLine – it simply wasn’t being used yet in the jewelry world. When Fireline came onto the scene I recall saying “Nope, I’m good. I like Nymo. Nymo is what I use and I don’t really see a need to change.” WOW, was I wrong! Once I actually bit the bullet and tried FireLine there was no turning back, especially since I was starting to incorporate more and more Swarovski Crystal into my beading and Nymo simply wasn’t going to stand up next to the edges of those crystals. But guess what would? FIRELINE! So anyway, you get where I’m going with this: I learned that embracing change (and a new product, even if that product was a little more expensive than what I was previously using) was – worth – it. My Jewelry was worth it. My time was worth it.

So now I ask you: Do you LOVE making jewelry? Do you get excited when that package of beads comes in the mail? Do you positively glow when that difficult stitch you’ve been working on is finally mastered? Do you sell your work? Do you want every facet (pun totally intended!) of your work to stand out? INVEST. 

INVEST in quality stringing materials like Soft Flex stringing wire and clean looking tube crimps when you’re going to string up those beautiful beads. Not only with your strung pieces sit and wear more nicely but they will last much much longer as well.

INVEST in quality findings when you’re putting together your gemstones and pearls or for attaching that beadwoven necklace around your neck that you spent 15+ hours painstakingly weaving together one bead at a time. Your time is worth it, and the findings of your pieces are just as important as the amazing beads you selected to design it!

And yes, INVEST in things like FireLine (hehe) so that way 10 hours later when your amazing (and labor intensive!) bracelet is all finished it has the best chance to last as long as possible as you (or a family member or customer) wear it lovingly for years…because it was made using materials that will stand the test of time.


INVEST in your passion, even if only a little at a time. YOU are worth it, and so are the amazing creations you make!

BEAD ON my lovely readers, bead on!



Spring is Coming… Get Inspired!!

Greetings fellow Bead-Lovers! I’m back with another helpful blog from Eureka Crystal Beads! Am I the only one excited to see Winter exit stage-left? I’m sure my fellow New Englanders would agree – bring on SPRING!! I’m just dying to see the first peeks of the Crocuses and Daffodils herald the arrival of warmer weather. (But not too warm… Don’t get too excited Summer, wait your turn!) What do you think of when you think of Spring? Alongside those early Spring blooms I think of pastel colors, soft and bright! Have you seen Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations yet? In addition to the absolutely electrifying Majestic Blue, Swarovski also released 3 new colors for their lacquered collection:




Crystal Buttercup, Crystal Lilac, and Crystal Lime! With opaque lacquered backs, the light reflects beautifully inside the Rivolis creating a stunning glow! Check out the links above to see our selections in both Rivolis and Chatons!


Looking for something less traditional for Spring? Vogue ItaliaGlamour (and more!) predict that, alongside the very pastels shown above, one of the HOT HOT HOT colors for Spring will be BRIGHT RED!!


Swarovski colors like Light Siam and Scarlet are sure to fit this bill!

And in addition to bright reds, those same sources are also touting “Army Green” as another popular trend for Spring.




Swarovski provides shades like Olivine, Khaki, and Olivine Dorado to keep your jewelry creations trending for Spring!!




What colors are you excited to work with as the weather gets warmer? **Comment below,** we’d love to hear from you!!


Until next time!

Happy Beading! -Leah

The Color Doctor is – IN!

Hello Beaderkin! Leah here with another helpful blog from Eureka Crystal Beads! Let’s talk … COLOR!!


In all my years working in a bead store environment and working one-on-one with customers to help them pick out their beads there is one thing that stressed them out over all the rest – COLOR. “Does this look ok??” or “Does this color match with this one??” or “I just don’t know. What should I mix with these beads?!” were just some of the many phrases I heard on a daily basis as I saw our fabulous beaders become more and more concerned with color. I would literally see the beads (pun intended?) of sweat glisten on their brows as they simply lacked some Color-Confidence. It’s impossible to blame them, however. These ladies (and some gentlemen) were selecting beads for projects on which they were possibly going to be spending hours and hours – various intricate pieces sewing beads together one – at – a – time. Wouldn’t you want to make sure you color choice would be outstanding from the get-go, too?

Do YOU suffer from… COLOR FEAR? Read on, because the Color Doctor is IN!

First, let’s talk a little basic COLOR THEORY. To start, we’re going to delve into 3 classifications of colors: PRIMARY colors, SECONDARY colors, and TERTIARY colors.




To the left is a Color Wheel. Highlighted are the 3 Primary Colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue. ALL colors are derived from some sort of combination of these 3 colors.





Here we see the same Color Wheel only the 3 colors highlighted are the Secondary Colors: Orange, Violet, and Green. These colors are created by mixing 2 Primary colors.

Red + Yellow = Orange

Red + Blue = Violet

Blue + Yellow = Green




Lastly, this final Color Wheel shows us our Tertiary Colors. These colors are created by mixing a Primary color with a Secondary color. Example: Red + Orange = Red-Orange, which is showing in the 3 o’clock position on the right side of the wheel.





So here’s the thing with color: If you imagine color to be PAINT, some colors you can mix together to create wonderful new colors, hues, and tones, and other colors, when mixed, will become muddy and grey/brown (which is fine if that’s what you’re going for!). But it’s a matter of knowing what to mix to get which result. Colors OPPOSITE each other on the color wheel (pictured to the left, called COMPLEMENTARY Colors) will become muddy if mixed, BUT side-by-side they will ENHANCE each other, almost vibrate with intensity!! Thankfully, beads aren’t paint. BUT, if you’re using lots and lots of teeny tiny beads (like weaving Delicas with Peyote Stitch) they might as well be as they will tend to blend in together visually so utilizing them takes a little more care. One of the most popular examples of Complementary Colors are RED & GREEN, which may make you think of Christmas! Complementary colors like Yellow & Violet or Blue & Orange may remind you of certain sports teams.

As you pick your beads for a project, think about what sort of feel you want the final piece to have. Do you want it to look a little funky? With some fun pop(s) of color? (e.g. Reds, purples, with hints of Green-yellows!) Or are you looking for something more subtle and demure that remains within a similar color family? (e.g. Blues mixed with Blue-Greens) For many people, the former is the more difficult one. They want to add a little “pop” but it – can – be – scary! Keep a color wheel handy and you simply have to look to the opposite side of the color wheel to determine which color(s) will add the most bang for your buck – the most POP!





“The Milkmaid” by Vermeer is a great example of complementary colors in use! Can you see how the golden yellow of the top of her dress pops nicely next to the deep violet indigo of her skirt?





Here we see a great example of colors in this photograph an ocean wave that stays within the same color family. Varying tones of blues, aquas, teals, mixed with whites all look amazing together – even without a pop of the Red-Orange that would be it’s complementary color scheme!




Now, let’s take a look at what happens when we add some of that Red-Orange! WOW – it really pops out brilliantly against all of those waves!! While this may not be a specific color scheme you want in your next bracelet, the intensity factor here cannot be argued.

Next time you’re having a stressful time picking out colors for your next project, consider looking to some of the great artworks created by the masters! (They are famous for a reason!) You’ll be sure to get some amazing inspiration! CLICK HERE to see some amazing Google search results I came up with!

Or, CLICK HERE to see some beautiful examples of colors schemes in nature – surely you’ll find lots of inspiration here, and then simply match up beads to the colors you see in the image you fall in love with!

I’m always happy to suggest bead colors for you!! Feel free to send a picture of what you’re working on or what you have picked out so far and I can certainly suggest some great beads from our website to add/enhance!

Bead on, friends!!


We’re all a little Irish on St. Paddy’s! Learn more here!


Saint Patrick’s Day is soon upon us! What do you think about when this holiday rolls around? Probably all things GREEN! Perhaps clothing or funny hats adorned with shamrocks, festive green beer at your local pub, or if you’re a beader – or just plain love jewelry – perhaps you’re digging out all your favorite green-themed pieces to adorn your neck, wrists, and ears!

Admittedly, I’m not Irish – BUT I’ve always felt a strong pull towards all things of the Emerald Isle! Perhaps this was foreshadowing for the enormous Irish family that I would one day marry into! My family-in-law is SUPER Irish. (Can you be “SUPER Irish?” If you can, that’s them!) I have a Ginger-freckled green-eyed husband and my mother-in-law has a very particular favorite color. (She also makes the best corned beef and cabbage and she drives from Connecticut to Boston just to purchase it for this special holiday!)

So how did this all start? What IS Saint Patrick’s Day and how did shamrocks and all things GREEN (her favorite color, if you couldn’t guess) come to be associated with it?

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This has become an international day of Irish culture. It’s interesting to note however that the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread for the culture and traditions of all things Irish – or those who want to pretend for a day!




SO WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT GREEN? Why do we wear THAT color for this holiday?



Well, aside from the Emerald Isle and it’s lush green landscape, every leprechaun we’ve seen is wearing a green get-up, thus distinguishing them as such in Irish folklore. It came to be that St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made leprechauns unable to see you. These fairy creatures would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green) and this has developed into pinching others to remind them that leprechauns wouldn’t approve of their nongreen apparel.

Clover Crystal



Saint Patrick’s Day, which is originally a Roman Catholic feast day, considers the three leaves of the shamrock (more green!) to represent The Holy Trinity. But the leaves can also stand secularly for faith, hope and love – with a fourth leaf being the bringer of luck!


Do you need any help with GREEN beads and crystals for this festive day? Eureka Crystal Beads can more than accomodate you!

Check out the Swarovski Crystal Clover pendant to create some simple and stunning earrings or weave a bracelet with all-things-green by checking out this “Emerald” search on our website!

What will YOU be wearing for St. Paddy’s? What traditions with you take part in? Please, comment below and share with us! Because on March 17th, we all carry with us a little Luck O’ The Irish!

Light and Shadow: New Swarovski Innovations for Fall and Winter 2018/2019

Light and shadow, nothing within the physical world can escape this duality; it is the nature of human consciousness and our planet. In order for our spiritual side to embrace this journey, we must experience the shadow side of spirit. Our daily lives are influenced by our perception of the world. The shadow has both negative and positive aspects that we must learn that we must learn from. This fall and winter season, these dueling perspectives will be brought to light. Today we present Swarovski’s new Innovations and Inspirations for Fall/Winter 2018/2019. These new Crystals interpret the times that we live in; drawing on the present, reflecting the past and envisioning the future.


Swarovski is also debuting brand new colors to add to their ever-expanding color palette.

Introducing Swarovski’s new Crystal Color: SCARLET


Scarlet is the latest note-worthy color; symbolizing passion and excitement with a dignified edge. This opulent shade is available through out Swarovski’s product range in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not to mention, this new Swarovski color is environmentally responsible, containing no cadmium.

Introducing Swarovski’s new Crystal Pearl Color: VELVET BROWN


Crystal Velvet brown invokes a classic and elegant mood. With it’s luxurious feel, this Pearl is decadent with an elegant edge, reminding us to celebrate the finer things in life. With it’s vintage appeal your designs will be further enhanced with it’s sophisticated allure.


Introducing a Line Extension of Swarovski Crystal SHIMMER EFFECT


Inspired by Swarovski’s notable Aurora Borealis Collection, shimmer represents vibrancy and elegance to the max. This ultra brilliant Crystal coating was originally used to enliven the dance sport industry.  This subtle coating emits a rainbow of multi-colored refractions; radiating three shades of a single color. Now you can enjoy this alluring look on Pendants, Crystal Beads, Round Stones and Sew-On Stones.


Designer Iris Van Herpen combines striking and bold designs influenced by biomimetic sciences, nanotechnology and contemporary architecture. The Designer Edition Series showcases Van Herpens’ two different Crystal Pendants inspired by the powerful forces of nature.


The first new Swarovski Designer Edition Pendant is the ‘6926’ GROWING CRYSTAL RHOMBUS PENDANT. This pendant is both brilliant and complex. The crystalline structure is filled with tiny fissures that reflect and refract the light.

The second new Swarovski Crystal Designer Edition Pendant is the ‘6925’ GROWING CRYSTAL RECTANGLE PENDANT. This unique rectangle pendant resembles a the cross section of a druse crystal, in both excellence and complexity.


Introducing New Swarovski CRYSTAL 3-D STUDS

These eye-catching 3D Studs were created by Van Herpen and Swarovski exclusively for her runway show. Crystals sit upon metal casings that are available in three different height options. They are perfect for adding texture to any garment.


Introducing Swarovski Crystal Flat-back Rhinestones and Sew-on Stones

Swarovski brings to life the finest precision cut crystal with cutting edge application methods. The jewel cut flat backs lavish shapes and gem like colors, make them ideal for embellishing. The new Crystal flat back shapes include: ‘2201’ Marquise Flatback, the ‘2303’ Pear Flatback and the ‘2602’ Emerald Cut Flatback.


The new Swarovski Sew-on Stone is the ‘3272’ Trilliant Sew-on Stone

This classic gemstone has three holes and can be hand sewn or applied using any threading technique.

New Swarovski Crystal ‘4775’ Eye Fancy stone


This symbol represents the traditional Evil Eye and is said to protect the wearer from Evil.

As Always be sure to check our website for the latest

Swarovski news and trends!



Dancing Duo Bracelets

Hi Everyone! We’ve been promising you this tutorial and here it is! These bracelets are easy to make and fun to wear. The bracelets featured here consist of Super Duos but you can use any Czech glass bead or bead of your choice. Keep in mind that some beads are more difficult to work with. However, you will be extremely pleased with the end result! Happy Beading!


Supplies needed: 11° SB (seed bead)

SD(super duo)

6 lb Fireline size

size 11 or 12 beading needle

*check Super Duos to make sure both holes are open before beginning*

  1. To help learn the stitch; at the beginning of each row, I pull out 3 sead beads and 3 Super Duos. Once all 3 SB and 3 SD are used, you will know it’s the end of your row. The first two rows are difficult but after that it gets much easier. Hang in there!


2. Begin by stringing a stop bead leaving an 8″ tail. Then string an 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD. Slide down to the stop bead.


3. Beginning row 2: Go through the empty hole of the SD that is closest to your needle.


4a. Pick up a SB and SD and pass through the next SB of row 1. Pull to tighten.


4b. Pass through the empty hole of the next SD and pull thread to tighten. I usually anchor row 1 beads by pressing against the mat with my finger while I pull to keep in proper order. This is the most difficult part of the whole bracelet; making sure your beads are in the right order. If your beads come off the mat, it’s easy to lose your place.


5. Pick up a new SB and SD


and go into the next set of beads in row 1. Starting with a seed bead


And continuing through the empty hole of the next SD.


6. Pick-up another SB and SD


and go through the SB next to the stop bead (silver bead at the end).


Row 2 is complete. This is what row 1 and 2 look like. The hardest part is over. Good Job!


7. You are starting the 3rd row. You will repeat row 3 for the duration of the bracelet.      Go through the empty hole of the last SD used. Set out 3 SB and 3 SD.

At the beginning of the row go through the empty hole of the SD of the previous row.



7b. Pick up a SB and SD,  go through the next SB and SD of the previous row.DSC00078

7c. Pick-up a SB and SD. Go through the next SB and the empty hole of the next SD in the previous row.


7d. Pick-up SB and SD. Go through the last SB of the previous row. Pull to tighten. Row 3 is complete. Repeat this row until you achieve the desired length of the bracelet. Allow room for the clasp.


10. Repeat row 3! Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! It get’s easier with each row. The hard part is over! The results are well worth it!


In the beginning try Super Duos or Two hole lentils. You will be happy with the results. You can change the width of the row by adding an extra set beads in row 1. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Kits will be available soon. Send us pictures of your bracelet or submit your finished work to be featured on our website.


Swarovski Crystal and Pantone Top Color Trends: Fall 2017

If you’re looking for unique jewelry that will make your fall fashion stand out, You’ve come to the right place. Every season Pantone creates invigorating and refreshing color palettes for men and women alike. The Autumn months are quickly approaching; the weather is changing and new Fall trends and favorites begin to appear. We have started to create jewelry projects reflecting this palette, that I’m sure will inspire and rejuvenate.

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Basics are back! However, don’t be afraid to experiment with a statement piece paired with a bold color. Warm and inviting colors such as Tawny Port, Butter Rum and Autumn Maple, exude a sense of comfort and peace. Stand out colors like Grenadine and Marina, add a little bit of drama and excitement. Following the lead of the world’s leading color experts, Here’s  a guide on how to match the latest Swarovski crystal colors with Pantone’s Fall 2017 color forecast.

Pantone Color: Grenadine

Swarovski match: Hyacinth

Described as an “attention getter”; this dynamic shade of red screams strength and self confidence.

Pantone Color: Tawny Port

Swarovski match: Siam

Tawny Port is a sophisticated darker shade of red that radiates elegance and charm.

Pantone Color: Ballet Slipper

Swarovski match: Vintage Rose

Soft and delicate, this classic color remains a favorite for fashion and jewelry designers alike.

Pantone Color: Butterum

Swarovski match: Light Smoked Topaz

Similar to shades of pink, nude and brown colors will always remain a fashion favorite.

Pantone Color: Navy Peony

Swarovski match: Dark Indigo

Unapologetically vibrant, Navy Peony is both classic and playful.

Pantone Color: Neutral Gray

Swarovski match: Greige

Always flattering and easily worn, Neutral Gray will always be a fall friendly trend.

Pantone Color: Shaded Spruce

Swarovski match: Emerald

Forge forward into fall with Shaded Spruce. Rich and lush, this velvety green is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Pantone Color: Golden Lime

Swarovski match: Olivine

Calming yet cheerful, this soothing shade combines an earthy green with a hint of yellow.

Pantone Color: Marina

Swarovski match: Capri Blue

A highly anticipated shade this fall, Marina is whimsical and bright. Certain to illuminate and intensify.

Pantone Color: Autumn Maple

Swarovski match: Topaz

Autumn Maple is the quintessential fall color. Both expressive and opulent.


Indulge in the Fashion of Fall. Utilize this guide and match your Swarovski crystal colors to the latest fashion color trends forecasted by Pantone. Stay tuned! Shop to easily find matching Swarovski Crystals.



Swarovski Innovations Spring-Summer 2018 – New Pearls Iridescent Dark Blue and Iridescent Light Blue

Swarovski has just launched INNOVATIONS for SPRING and SUMMER 2018 featuring new crystal shapes, new crystal lacquer colors (available only in no-hole stones) and two new Iridescent Pearl colors. To complement the Swarovski launch Eureka Crystal Beads offers brand new  Crystal Twilight Coating on Rivolis, Chatons and Bicones. Twilight coating  is a great addition to the “Spell Bound” theme.

The main theme of the launch is “New Perspective”. Here is how Swarovski own designers try to approach the ever-changing world around us:


“At Swarovski we don’t just develop products, we develop products that speak, that have voice, that mean something. Through our innovations we tell our story, share our believes and highlight our desires. This is then the story of our time and this season our story is the need for new perspectives.”

“We live in an age of disruption. One in which technology, gender, borders, and mindsets are all being broken down. The new value revolution has begun, as we seek to redefine ourselves and eradicate the out-modeled structures of the past.”

Here are some of the main themes:

nature and technology intertwines and coexists


old and new, eternal and surreal – escape!


mutiny and street style revolution





New Swarovski Crystal Colors: LacquerPro Azure Blue, Peony Pink, Summer, Mint Green, Light Coral are available only in no-hole stones, Rivolis and Chatons.

New Swarovski Pearl Colors Iridescent Light Blue and Iridescent Dark Blue are available from Eureka Crystal Beads in sizes 3mm to 8mm.

Eureka Crystal Beads offers rock-bottom prices for Swarovski Pearls every day, all the time. No coupons needed. Check our incredible selection of Swarovski Pearls and compare our prices. You will be amazed how much you can save.

To complement Swarovski Launch and its “Spell Bound” theme Eureka Crystal Beads offers our new, exclusive Crystal Twilight Custom Coating. This new color is now available in:

12mm Swarovski Crystal Rivoli

14mm Swarovski Crystal Rivoli

8mm Swarovski Crystal Chaton

Try this incredible, limited edition color, available only from Eureka Crystal Beads. See Swarovski Twilight Finish.


Visit Eureka Crystal Beads today for the best prices and the best selection of Swarovski Crystal, Czech Glass Beads and Toho Japanese Seed Beads.

New Swarovski Shapes for 2018:




Traditional Pearls Are Hip Again!


We all know (and love!) the simple but classic elegance of a string of pearls. And what’s lovelier than getting that pearl feel and quality by using Swarovski crystal pearls?


But take a look at runways from New York to Paris to Milan and you will find pearls paired in ways that are anything but traditional.


Miu Miu

Anyone who has been keeping their eye on the fashion scene would have noticed the pearl creeping back in over the last few seasons as young jewelry designers place them in unexpected places such as ear cuffs and pair them with unusual materials.




This winter, however, you are increasingly going to be seeing the democratization of that classic pearl strand as everyday street wear. Designers are pairing this classic element with denim patches, military jackets and the sports sweaters that are so very now.


Maison Margiela, Chanel, Miu Miu

This is a great time to dig out your old pearl necklaces or construct a new heirloom of your very own using our beautiful and versatile Swarovski crystal pearls! Adding a simple pearl necklace to your outfit is the best way to look fashionable today.



This summer there is a move to softer, pastel colors in jewelry and accessories.

This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art and magical words of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.


“Soft cool hues blended with subtle warm tones create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle”  says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Panthone Color Institute


Swarovski pearls necklace.


Make summer jewelry using pastel colors.     See examples and make your own                                                                                       barefoot sandals.


If you want to stay on top of these trends you should take a second look at the most recent Swarovski Innovations. Swarovski pastel pearls available in blue, green, rose, grey and yellow should be your choice for this summer leisure jewelry.

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Pastel Rose                              Pastel Yellow                     Pastel Blue


Pastel Grey                                              Pastel Green

They look great with Swarovski Bicones a variety of findings, for instance bead caps, as well as Czech glass beads.


The above Go Pink  bracelet is made with Pastel Rose Pearls and Rose Alabaster AB2X Bicones .


Simple and fun Swarovski pastel pearl earrings.

While you are browsing pastel colors don’t forget to check our entire selection of fabulous Swarovski crystal pearls sorted for your convenience by color. Among classic and naturals you’ll find Jade, Turquoise and Coral which are also very popular this summer.