Emaz Beadz

Handmade Jewellery and Crafts

The Story So Far…

I began making jewellery back in 2013. I was in Liverpool visiting family and it was my cousin who taught me the basics of jewellery making.

Not only did I catch the jewellery making bug, but also came up with my jewellery making name – Emaz Beadz. As my cousin suggested, to start getting my name ‘out there’, writing a blog is one of the best things to do. So, I wrote about my creations, holidays and even wrote about why I left a job.

I bought materials from various Internet sites, craft shops as well as the Beads Up North fair at Haydock Park Racecourse, which I attended with my cousin (she crops up quite a bit, doesn’t she?) and began making costume style jewellery at home.

Not satisfied with one jewellery making style, I attended a silversmith class which after 5 years became more of a workshop. I made bangles, rings, earrings and pendants. I even went on extra silversmithing courses such as silver clay and even ended up helping out my other ‘classmates’ with their work when our tutor was busy with other students!

Sadly, our tutor has now closed her workshop, which was based in Lancaster, but she is hoping to open a new workshop in the future and start running silversmithing classes again from her new base. The Silver Coast. In Portugal. Sun, sea and silver; what a great excuse for a holiday!!

 

 

Over the past 6 years, I have gone from making jewellery on my bedroom floor, to the kitchen table (a destination that’s familiar with many crafters) to finally settling at my work desk, situated in the bay window of the family living room.
It has great natural light, plus we were removing the piece of furniture that was there before. So I had to take the opportunity, right?

During this time, I tried and tested various styles and techniques in creating jewellery and only recently discovered that I don’t have a signature style or technique to my jewellery designs.
My designs come from various places of inspiration: the media, surrounding environment, own experience to the fact that I only have a certain colour in my stash. I am starting to be more aware of the gemstone meanings and incorporating this into my creations. 

I attend craft fairs, have both a Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as my online shop.

So welcome to my world of Emaz Beadz and I hope you find something that’s a little bit different.

Emaz Favourite Gemstones

Whitby Jet is one of my favourite gemstones. There’s a slight sheen to the stone but it can also have a matted (unpolished) look. If you want the finest Jet, you’ll find it on the 17 mile coastline around the seaside, North Yorkshire town of Whitby (I know – clue is in the name). Although, Whitby Jet isn’t actually a stone but a fossilised wood, similar to the Monkey Puzzle tree. It became popular in the Victorian Era, thanks to the railway; holiday makers bought Jet as a souvenir. It was also brought to the Great Exhibition in 1851, where it was loved by all. It became even more popular thanks to its most famous patron – Queen Victoria. Due to the stone being black, she wore Whitby Jet as a part of her mourning jewellery after her husband, Prince Albert, died. Like many trend setters, once the Queen was wearing it, everyone started to wear a
piece of Whitby Jet as a part of their mourning jewellery. Now, Whitby Jet is worn for all occasions: on a night out, during office hours or to just give your everyday outfit a bit of glamour

My other favourite gemstone is amber. When I think about it, I think it’s due to the fact the amber is fossilised tree sap, or resin, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs and possibly further. I’m a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, so watching the films as a child and seeing Hammond with his walking stick and the great, big chunk of amber with a mosquito in it must have had a lasting impression on me. We regard amber to be one particular colour, but this isn’t the case. Not only do you get the orange ‘amber’ colour, there is brown, blue, red, yellow and green. It’s just that in most cases, the yellow and orange tends to be the more popular. There have been studies that find there are at least 300 types of colour amber appears in. This might be due to the type of tree. For the finest amber, you must head towards Russia. Amber is found mainly along the Baltic and North sea shores and it’s Baltic amber that is held in the highest of quality. Therefore, the most expensive.

So my favourite gemstones are not technically gemstones at all! One is fossilised wood, whilst the other is fossilised tree sap. Because they are used in jewellery making, we regard them as gemstones, but due to them being from organic sources (like pearls) they are really gem materials.

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