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New Czech PRONG Beads and new CzechMates: 3-hole BEAM beads & 2-hole CABOCHON beads

January is a busy month for beading. We are all trying to get ready for the next season, Tucson show starts at the end of the month and, as almost every year at this time, we are anxiously waiting for the launch of the new glass beads from the Czech Republic. It seems like there is no end to the ingenuity of the Czech bead-masters. This year we’ll soon be able to play with CzechMates 3-hole Beam Beads, CzechMates 2-hole Cabochons and Prong Beads.

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CzechMates 3-hole Beams look like stretched 2-hole Bars with a third hole added in the middle. 3-hole beams are 10×3 mm in size. They can be used as spacers or with other beads as linking components . Free patterns for all three shapes are already available on our site, so please check out free patterns.

CzechMates 2-hole Cabochons are flat at the bottom and have a domed top. These beads were first offered for a pre-sale as 6mm Cabochons and then while we were all waiting for the delivery Czech manufacturer reclassified them as 7mm. Their actual size is 6.5mm so be careful not to confuse them with 2-hole Cabochons which look identical but are smaller and measure exactly 6mm. The size difference when you compare both Cabochons is quite dramatic.

Prong Beads look like a shark’s tooth and measure 6×3 mm. They have only one hole and can be used individually as small drops or in bead-weaving patterns.

All three new Czech bead shapes are available now in a large assortment of colors on Eureka Crystal Beads website.

 

 

 

 

Traditional Pearls Are Hip Again!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TOHO Beads wholesale to the public

Eureka Crystal Beads an Authorized Swarovski Reseller is also a leading distributor of Czech Glass Beads and TOHO Japanese Seed Beads. We have recently expanded wholesale section on our website. We sell at very low prices directly to the public. If you are interested in larger quantities of TOHO or Swarovski please visit us at https://www.eurekacrystalbeads.com/wholesale/ and see what we have to offer:

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You should also know that all wholesale orders are shipped free of charge within the USA if their value is over $35 .

We frequently offer discount coupons and specials, but they don’t apply to Wholesale/Bulk quantities since prices here are already rock bottom.

Should you be interested in Round Swarovski Crystal Pearls Eureka Crystal Beads has all of them at the lowest prices anywhere.

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Swarovski Crystal Color Matching with Pantone Fashion Color Trends for Fall/Winter 2016

The Fall 2016 Pantone color palette is led by the blue family which evokes the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism. The palette is further anchored by earth tones and punctuated with exhilarating pops of color to create a balanced and playful collection.

“Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Following the lead of the world’s leading color experts, we’ve put together a guide for how to match the latest Swarovski crystal colors with Pantone’s Fall 2016 color forecast below:

Highlighting the importance of blue in the palette, the new blue shade of PANTONE Riverside undeniably takes precedence in the fall collections.

  • Cool and calming, strong and stable
  • Maintains a sense of constancy
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Denim Blue

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There’s an edge to PANTONE Sharkskin, and yet it manages to remain neutral.

  • Pair-able with almost any fall color, bright or muted
  • A color that the rest of the palette can literally and theoretically rest on
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Black Diamond

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In contrast to the stable backbone of the Fall 2016 palette, Aurora Red adds a welcome punch.

  • A bold Red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye
  • Best Swarovski Crystal matches: Light Siam & Swarovski Crystal Dark Red Coral

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Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season.

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Like Airy Blue, Pantone’s Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

  • A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring
  • Dustier rose-toned Pink shade with some complexity
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Blush Rose

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Pantone’s green tone for the fall of 2016 is Lush Meadow which brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage.

  • Rich and elegant, vibrant and sophisticated
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Emerald

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Bouncing elegantly off other colors in the palette, Spicy Mustard is an exotic addition of zesty brightness.

  • Adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy
  • A spicier, zestier Yellow than previous seasons
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Sunflower

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PANTONE 18-1340 Potter’s Clay has an added degree of sophistication and layering.

  • Neutral earth tone; expected for fall and winter palette
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Topaz

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The unexpected bright tone of Bodacious speaks to the gender fluidity we continue to see and adds a brightness to winter styles.

  • Unexpected in fall
  • Versatile; can be used with Pinks and Reds
  • Best Swarovski Crystal match: Rose

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Use this guide to matching Swarovski crystal colors to the latest fashion color trends as forecasted by Pantone to keep your designs on trend. It’s also a useful guide to break out from the usual and explore unexpected color combinations that will be gaining popularity in the next few months.

Eureka Crystal Beads is:

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You are guaranteed to find in our store Genuine Swarovski Crystal in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colors, at best prices anywhere.

Shop Swarovski Crystal by color.

 

 

New Czech Glass Beads Arcos® Par Puca and Minos® par Puca are coming to Eureka Crystal Beads soon!

We have just posted about new two shapes of Czech glass beads. Many of you were wondering when they would be available. They will be available very soon, we have already received them and will be adding them to our online store in the next few days.

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We will be announcing the winner of our Swarovski Rivolis giveaway on Tuesday May 31. If you have not entered yet go to Eureka Crystal Beads facebook page and join other beaders.

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We will be shipping all pre-orders for TOHO Demi beads next week…

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…and finally we will be announcing a new fantastic giveaway on Friday June 3rd.

So please stay tuned!

Amethyst the birthstone color for February is symbolic of the power to overcome difficulty

Swarovski Crystal Amethyst is one of the most popular crystal colors.

Just looking into the deep purple depths of an Amethyst fills you with a sense of powerful well-being. The ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst held many powers, among them protection against intoxication. In fact, the word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober. In ancient Greece Amethyst was associated with, Dionysus, the god of wine, and it was common practice to serve this beverage from Amethyst goblets in the belief that this would prevent overindulgence. Even today, Amethyst is considered a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors.

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February’s birthstone has been found among the possessions of royalty throughout the ages. The intense violet hue of Amethyst appealed to early monarchs, perhaps because they often wore this color. Purple dye was scarce and expensive at one time, and so it was reserved for the garments of kings and queens.

Amethyst is also symbolic of spirituality. It has been used to ornament temples, churches and crosses and worn in rings and on rosaries by bishops.

The gift of Amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty. It is said to strengthen the bond in a love relationship.

Whether or not Amethyst holds such power, its beauty will certainly make anyone who wears it feel like royalty!

See our extensive line of Swarovski Crystal Amethyst. Crystal Amethyst is available in beads, pendants and stones. At Eureka Crystal Beads we let you shop Swarovski Crystal by color.

Eureka Crystal Beads currently offers Swarovski Crystal Amethyst in several shapes and sizes, among them Swarovski Amethyst Margarita, Swarovski Amethyst Bicone. Swarovski Amethyst Round Bead, Swarovski Amethyst Cube, Swarovski Amethyst Drop, Swarovski Amethyst Baroque Pendant and many more. Check our Swarovski Amethyst Page to see them all.

 

 

Czech Firepolish Beads are here to stay, buy them on sale now!

It seems that in the past year or so the entire focus of the beading industry has been on 2-hole beads and 4-hole beads. There is no question that this, relatively new, development of adding additional holes to the glass beads has revolutionized beading and hooked us even more on a hobby which we already liked, but it doesn’t mean that traditional one-hole beads are going away any time soon. As a matter of fact Eureka Crystal Beads now stocks and sells more Firepolish beads than ever before.

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We now have over 500 uniquely beautiful colors and finishes in sizes ranging from 2 mm Firepolish beads to 8 mm Firepolish beads. We have so much of them that we decided to reward our fellow beaders with the year’s end firepolish beads sale.

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This sale has just started, is limited to only 2 days and, depending on which Firepolish beads you are buying, you can save 25% and in some cases way over 30%. So go to Eureka Crystal Beads website now and stock up on your favorite colors.

Please sign up for Eureka’s newsletter at the footer of our website and you don’t miss future sales, new free patterns, free gifts and beading news.

Round Czech Firepolish Beads and Firepolish Gemstone Doughnuts also known as Czech Faceted Rondelles

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It has been a very intense and busy week. We have put our favorite and best selling Firepolish beads on sale. You can save over 35% on some items, since you are able to apply a -25% firepolish coupon to all sale items and to multiple item discounts. We know that no other company offers prices this low and your response to the sale proves it to us. Thank you – we are processing your orders as fast as we can. For those of you who have not taken advantage of this sale yet a reminder, IT ENDS TODAY AT 10 PM EST – so hurry, stock up now and “bead your heart out” later! You cannot go wrong, especially with a free shipping option available for all orders $35+

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Those of you who have ever placed an order with us know that we include (in each order) a free pattern of the month. September pattern is called Bellflower Earrings, by a TrendSetter Cindy Holsclaw.

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Starting next month you will be getting a new free pattern with each order. It will be a cool  bracelet. You’ll love it!

And now going back to our sale. You all use firepolish beads, but do you know where the name comes from?

Here are some interesting facts:

FIREPOLISH BEADS are pressed out of lead free, colored glass rods, processed in large drum-shaped, semi-automatic grinding machines to eliminate lumps, or irregularities and  placed in industrial ovens for firepolishing, during which their surface is slightly melted to make them look shiny and feel smooth. This ages-old, traditional firepolishing process transforms ordinary glass beads into sparkly, vintage looking beads sought after by all beaders.

Firepolish Gemstone Doughnuts are perfect for quick and easy but attractive projects. Make an earring featured below from discontinued colors (still in stock).

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New Free Beading Pattern for Victory Bangle & Your Favorite Zipper Bracelet

We have recently added free beading patterns to our website. They are all available to you in a printed form.  Not surprisingly Zipper Bracelet by Anna Lindell is one of your favorites.

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Zipper Bracelet is easy to make, looks great and is very comfortable to wear. The zig-zag texture of its design adds eye-catching contrast and flair. Main beads needed to make this bracelet are Two Hole Czech Triangles, which you can find in our Czech Glass, CzechMates section. Base is made with 1.5 mm Toho Cubes. You will also need size 11 and size 15 Toho. For a full list of supplies click here.

You can make your own variations of this bracelet. In a green bracelet pictured above we have used 3 mm Toho Bugles (on top of Triangles), the gold one we have dressed up with a 3 mm Swarovski Bicone.

Both bracelets look fabulous. Personally we like the one with 3 mm Bicones better. Swarovski adds a little bit of sparkle and interest to this already exceptional design.

And here is another free bracelet pattern which takes 2-Hole Triangles. It is called Victory Bangle. This design by Nichole Starman starts with a strong foundation of Two Hole Bricks, which quickly works up to delicate yet edgy bands of Triangles. By the end you’ll have created a solid bangle with a texture and depth that is only possible with two hole czech beads.

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Now for only one day you can enjoy a fabulous 25% discount on our Two Hole Czech Triangle Beads. So use code THT25, get them now and save. Get your free pattern with an order and let your creative juices flow. Click on a banner below to shop. Only one day left!

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You know Toho seed beads, but do you know how long they have been around?

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TOHO seed beads are manufactured in Japan. We all know them and use them for a variety of projects. It seems like they have been around forever, but in fact their history is very short by the glass making standards. You will be quite surprised to learn that history of glass beads making in Japan goes back only a few decades. It has all started in Hiroshima Fukuyama area in the early 1930s where a small “mom-and-pop” operations were founded to supply local artists with small glass beads. Most of the artists were connected to the kabuki theatre and adorned  costumes and accessories for the plays, with tiny beads. After about two decades of operation one of these micro businesses was incorporated into TOHO, a full scale factory and the industrial scale production was launched in 1952.

Toho seed beads are pressed from glass rods and heated until they are smooth and shiny. They are available in hundreds of colors and many finishes. TOHO colors are standardised and numbered so you can always find the right one to complete your project.

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Round Seed beads are sized by number – the higher the number, the smaller the bead,…, 15º seed beads are smaller than 8º.

Toho makes popular, cylindrical Bugle Beads.

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TOHO manufactures Cube beads with a large hole.

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Toho seed beads are generally more consistent in shape and have larger holes than Czech seed beads, allowing more passes of beading thread. Toho has a competitor in Japan called Miyuki which was founded around the same time and has a similar history.