Cotton Pearls - What are they?

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

08 September 2013

These beautiful beads are called "Cotton Pearls" and are from Germany. They are each handmade from multiple layers of a paper mache type material. They are very lightweight yet surprisingly strong. I tried to crush one to see how strong they were and couldn't do it. Since they are handcrafted, each one is a little different. If you are looking for a perfectly shaped, uniformed size bead, this one isn't for you. But if you are looking for something a bit more unique, they are awesome!


Different types of earring findings

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

04 September 2013

Here are some pictures of some different earring styles.

1. French Hook

2. Lever Back

3. Post

4 Clip Back

5 - metal earring backs. Also called clutches, ear nuts, bullets and stoppers

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Vitrail Medium aka Watermelon Rhinestones Stones - Swarovski vs Czech

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

02 September 2013

Vitrail Medium is more commonly known as "Watermelon Stones". The gorgeous colors have been blended for a rainbow effect. When you are replacing rhinestones, you may wonder why the colors aren't matching up. Here are the two that you see most commonly. The first is the Swarovski Vitrail Medium and the second is the Czech.