Bead Library: Semiprecious Stone Beads

Alternative Birthstones by Beverly Fernandes
This article explores birthstones and their possible origins with a look at George Kunz's book, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, which contains much more information than this short article. ... read this article
Amethyst: Royal Purple Quartz of the Ages by Grace McNabb
As the birthstone for February and the gemstone for Pisces, amethyst veils the second month of the year in its purple haze. Read Amethyst: Royal Purple Quartz of the Ages for the full scoop on this beautiful stone. ... read this article
Peridot: The Gem Form of Olivine by Beverly Fernandes
Do you ever wonder where a Peridot Gem-Stone Bead comes from? This article gives you some background on Peridot and its parent, Olivine. ... read this article
Quartz: The Most Common Forms by Beverly Fernandes
Quartz crystals form from one atom of silicon and two atoms of oxygen, it is the most common form of crystal on the earth's surface. In this short article we discuss some common forms of Quartz. ... read this article

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In Harlequin's bead library you will find information on the history of beads, how beads are made and how beads have been used throughout the world.

Many articles include a bibliography to provide you with additional resources. Many of the beading books referenced are available at your local library, and we offer a number of books on beads and beading in our inventory.

We invite you to occasionally revisit this section of our website, as we are always expanding our collection of beading articles.

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If there's a beading topic that you'd like to know more about, or you have ideas for our beading library - we'd love to hear from you. Email us your topic or idea and we'll pass your suggestions along to our writers.

If you've written a beading article yourself that you feel would be a valuable addition to our bead library, we welcome your email, as well.
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Harlequin Beads and Jewelry specializes in Swarovski crystal, pendants and pearls, Czech glass and seed, Japanese seed and gemstone beads, plus a full selection of stringing supplies and jewelry findings.