Learn more about the beautiful, unique
components in Classy Sassy Jewelry and you'll realize just
how special these pieces are.
also known as Furnace Beads -
Italian glass blowing techniques were adapted to make beads.
Cane or furnace glass uses large decorated canes built up
out of smaller canes, encased in clear glass and then extruded
to form the beads with liner and twisting stripe patterns.
No air is blown into the glass. These beads require a large
scale glass furnace and annealing kiln for manufacture.
- Freshwater pearls come from mussels and may be natural
or cultured. Natural freshwater pearls are seldom perfectly
round or even nearly round. They are noted for their wide
range of color, including white, silvery white, pink, salmon,
red, copper, bronze, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue,
cream, and yellow. Although white is the most common color,
the most desirable are the pastel pinks, roses, lavenders,
and purples. The different colors are a function of the
mussel species, genetics, water quality, and the position
of the pearl in the shell. Generally, pearls assume the
color of the shell in which they form. Problems can arise
in putting together matched strands because of the wide
range of pastel colors.
Hill Tribes Silver
- Handmade silver beads and pendants made by six distinct
tribal groups in Northern Thailand using traditional tribal
methods passed down from generation to generation. The Tribes
are known in Thailand as the Karen (Kariang, Yang), the
Hmong (Meo), the Mien (Yeo), the Akha (Kaw), the Lahu (Mussur),
and the Lisu (Lisaw). All of the tribes do silver smithing.
Purchasing Hill Tribes Silver provides a reliable source
of income and helps to sustain skills that has been passed
down for generations. Hill Tribes Silver is typically 95-99%
silver, even higher than sterling silver (92.5%). Because
of the high silver content the beads and pendants are softer
and easier to shape into all the unique and wonderful styles.
Look closely and you'll notice that no two beads or pendants
are exactly alike, another attribute of these beautiful
- considered to be one of the highest quality crystals
available. Swarovski crystal, manufactured Austria, uses
the basic formulae perfected by Daniel Swarovski and his
sons in the early 1900's. Swarovski crystal is fired using
a combination of natural minerals and quartz sand, and then
cooled slowly to avoid stress and inclusions. It's high
lead content makes it sparkle brilliantly and durable.
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