Tuesday, February 06, 2018

If you are a passionate crafter or love wearing jewellery drop by our stand B54 at Rose Hill, Sydney. Be inspired and buy supplies.
Plus daily show specials!

Stitches and Craft is all about doing what you love. Covering a great selection of crafts, this event offers the perfect mix of inspiration, learning opportunities from experts across a range of crafts, and great shopping for the latest supplies to get crafting straight away.

The show is a destination event for the dedicated craft community as well as a great place to visit for the modern crafter or those looking to try something creative.

Rose Hill Gardens Exhibition Hall
March 11-8
10am -4pm


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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Did you guess it? Pantone has named Ultra Violet the colour of the year for 2018. Pantone called the 2018 color “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement, which “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future."
To celebrate we are offering 15% off all purple beads.
Offer valid until 31 Jan 2018
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Lucious Lucite. Why I fell in love with vintage plastic...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I have a confession to make:

Since I first laid eyes on some Lucite beads in a basement in southern Germany, I have become a plastic snob.

  • It is firstly, true to our sustainable values
  • it is weightless which is great if you love chunky jewellery like myself,
  • it is Vintage so there is only a limited supply and
  • it is the best quality glossy plastic you will ever find.


What is it?
Plastic (circa 1960s-early 1980s)
is a material that has both properties of plastic and glass and mirrors the clarity of glass. Lucite is heavier in “feel” compared to traditional plastics and is of the highest quality. Lucite was discovered in 1931 by Du Pont chemists. It was among the first plastics derived from petrochemicals and was sold to jewellery manufacturers after the war. Beads were mass produced in the 1960’s – early 1980s using this material.
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Monday, December 04, 2017

What is jet Jewellery?
Whitby jet is an organic material, which varies from dense black to dark brown. It is fossilised wood originating from the Monkey-puzzle tree. Jet isn’t actually a mineral, as it’s made when decaying wood is under extreme pressure (sort of like coal). Its what’s known as a mineraloid. Thus some traditional measures of the intrinsic material can’t be used.

French Jet is not made in France!
French jet  jewellery was made from shiny black glass, which was cut and backed, with black-coated steel early last century when Whitby jet mining (an organic rock from coal) was banned.

Why was jet so fashionable?
The fashion for jet jewellery started in the 1800’s as mourning jewellery, when Queen Victoria wore a necklace to a banquet after the death of her cousin followed by the death of Albert  and accidentally caused a fashion sensation.  Jet (high-grade fossilised pine) was considered the only suitable material for mourning. By the end of the 19th century imitations of jet were being made in costume jewellery in Bohemia for French designers. (hence the name "French jet")

SHOP FRENCH JET click here
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History of Czech Bead Trade

Monday, October 30, 2017


1550's a major glass industry was founded in Bohemia (in the current Czech Republic). The glass beads were mainly for use in rosaries, until the second half of the 16th century, when costume jewellery become fashionable, they started producing beads to be used more decoratively.

1700’s, chandeliers were being made, as were glass stones for the jewellery trade.

1829 The first recorded showing at a trade show in Prague of pressed glass beads was in .

1850, glass beads were being produced by the millions, and exported all over the world. The owners of these bead factories were the German glassmakers, who had invented the costume jewellery industry.

The Napoleanic Wars of the early 19th century changed the political face of Europe, with both Bohemia and Venice added to the Austrian Empire between 1815 and 1866. Competition between these two regions had always been fierce. Becoming part of the same empire did not change a thing and competition between the two regions continued to be as fierce as ever. In the face of this competition, Czech bead makers tried something new that allowed them to expand their markets. Bohemian "sample men" canvassed Europe and returned with new design ideas. It was a novel experiment. These men travelled from country to country from Africa, to Japan and Tibet asking people what kind of beads they wanted. Then, they returned to Bohemia with sketches and descriptions of these new beads. It was an astounding success. The demand for beads grew and production increased.

1860s  manufacturers developed special moulds and machines that allowed mass production of moulded pressed glass beads, so thousands of identical beads could be produced cheaply and quickly. 

 WW I not only disrupted, but nearly collapsed the bead making industry. At the end of the First World War in 1918, North Bohemia became part of Czechoslovakia. By 1928 Czechoslovakia was the largest bead exporter in the world. However, trade was then affected by the Great Depression that hit the global economy in the 1930s. This was followed by the Second World War. Following the war Sudeten Germans who had lived and worked for most of their lives alongside Czechs in the Northern Bohemia region, were forcibly relocated to within the new German borders, primarily because of their allegiance to the Nazi regime during the war years. Those who were glass bead makers took their skills with them. Many resettled in the town of Neu Gablonz which was so named in honour of the bead makers. In turn Jablonec was renamed Jablonec nad Nisou.
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Colour has a psychological power on us. Colours evoke emotion, influence our thoughts, and even moderate our stress levels. Experts believe that the way a colour affects us correlates with how that colour behaves in nature-think about the carefree outdoor mood that we associate with the colour blue, for instance; in evolutionary terms, it says clear, storm-free skies, which brings to mind stability and calm.

The colours we are drawn to reflect our personalities, telling the world about the kind of person we are, what we want to communicate, and even revealing a glimpse of our anxieties. So, it's important to choose colours wisely from your branding colours and your living spaces to your clothes and accessories.

Swarovski has always been fascinated by the psychology of colour, and applies its colour-coding expertise to each and every new colour palette. Take a look at some of the hues in the current assortment, and find out how to identify the shades that complement the person that you are.

See the Swarovski colour report.Click here!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ETELAGE IS 15!. This staff (from L to R: Sam, Chris, Rosie, Beth and Jamie) pic was taken in my second year of business on a unseasonably warm Aug day at Cronulla.
Little did I know where my adventures would lead me.
From opening stores in Cronulla and Newtown, custom bridal orders and craft shows to teaching thousands of students, hosting hens parties and more recently moving 100% online.
My regular sourcing trips of quality vintage and modern elements to Bohemia, the former hub of jewellery manufacture in the now Czech Republic and Southern Germany, are always a highlight for me as I love to fossick in former maker's basements for vintage beads and hear the stories of former makers.
It's such an awesome thing to do what I love as I continue on my creative journey making jewels  and selling beautiful elements.

Full of gratitude to all who support the maker culture.
Thank you!!!

SHOP NOW and receive 15% off on all orders over $60.
DISCOUNT CODE: HAPPY15 (until Oct 1 2017)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

curated by Jenny Fahey
until 30 Sept 2017 - Gallery 2017 North Sydney

According to philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, “any collection comprises a succession of items, but the last in the set is the person of the collector…For what you really collect is always yourself.”

Jeweller Jenny Fahey developed a passion for earrings in her teens and it has not abated. In her jewellery practice, she prefers making earrings above all else and she owns an eclectic earring collection encompassing varying styles, historical periods, materials and artists. Reflecting on the words of Baudrillard, Fahey believes there are many selves in her earring collection and in curating ‘Earring Obsession’, she invites a selection of artists to surprise and create new selves.

If you are earring obsessed like me and drawn to making and wearing these small sculptures, then you won't want to miss this exhibition.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

The tradition of high tea goes back to the 19th century when the English upper classes would convene mid-afternoon for tea and sandwiches followed by a promenade around the park. Take inspiration from this twee tradition & host your own high tea with a difference.
Set the theme & scene with a vintage flavour with our top tips below:

  • Make bunting from old doilies & string up
  • Extend your table and throw on a table cloth - if you don't have one handy, fabric shops sell cheap spotted, floral and striped material by the metre.
  • Rummage through antique and op shops and gather a selection of  vintage china … don't worry if the patterns are mismatched.
  • Borrow your grandmothers silver tea set
  • Buy a cut glass sugar bowl and milk jug cake slices for serving.

  • Serve chilled pink bubbly on arrival
  • Serve warm scones, home-made strawberry jam and slatherings of clotted cream.
  • Present multi-coloured macaroons in dainty china teacups
  • Don't forget some savoury. Ribbon sandwiches Salmon and cream cheese, or cucumber and cress make great fillings.
  • Pile a silver tea tray with oozing cream cakes and chocolate Ãclairs


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Monday, September 04, 2017


                 Statement earrings are huge in SS17—think sculptural oversized styles and solo danglers with a dose of colour or not. From linear and drop to geo chandelier,  gypsy hoop or beaded fringed. Designs from the catwalks have embraced all sorts of materials from metal and plastic to organics such as wood and nuts.
                 If you are not sure on how to wear them and have been a sensible stud girl all your life now is the season to embrace the statement earring                  which I am such a fan of!

      When wearing statement earrings here are my 6 tips:
  • wear simple cuts and a monochrome palette.
  • bare your shoulders: wear off the shoulder tops and dresses or shoe string straps
  • if you have long hair, wear it up to provide a centre stage for the dangling pieces.
  • statement baubles come in all sorts of shapes and colours. Whether you like gilded, sparkly bling, embellished or stones there’s a style for everyone.
  • statement earrings don’t need to cost an arm and a leg, you can make your own simply by using filigree stampings, lace or gyspy hoops or earring drops.
  • personally, I’d avoid wearing a statement necklace AND earrings to avoid the Christmas tree matchy matchy look.

SHOP new collection from drops, clip ons, studs, and chandeliers. click here

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