WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
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WigJig Jewelry Making Design Contest:
During March, we are going to have our final design contest for 2011. Anyone who would like to submit a design for consideration is welcome. The project submitted must be made out of wire and/or beads using one of our WigJig tools. It should be your original work. Please select only projects that you are willing to allow us to publish in our newsletter. We will select monthly winners and after three months we will select an Grand Prize Winner in April 2011. All the winners designs will be published in our WigJig newsletter along with instructions on how to make the winning design. Winning designs will be selected based upon originality, and artistic content. We are seeking designs that are entirely new, or show a new way of employing components from our web site. Preference will be given to designs that are suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers. Designs that are so advanced that we could not describe how to make them in fewer than ten pages, will be considered, but designs that are easy to document will be given preference in the judging. Designs that use materials that are readily available will be given preference. The materials do not need to be purchased from our WigJig store, but need to be available for purchase at some Internet store.
Monthly winners will receive a $100 credit in our WigJig store. The grand prize winner will be selected from the three monthly prize winners and will receive an additional $200 credit in our WigJig store.
To submit a jewelry design for consideration in this contest, you will need to send us an e-mail including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and one or more pictures of your jewelry design. Please send your e-mails to email@example.com. Please use "WigJig Design Contest" as the subject line in your e-mail.
For February, we had six excellent designs submitted. Please select here to view all six designs submitted. Our winner of the WigJig Design Contest for February is Kelly Tibbets who submitted the Bronze Hearts Necklace design shown above. We want to thank all six entrants for submitting their designs.
Birthstone for March: The birthstone for March is the aquamarine. Aquamarine is a gemstone quality transparent variety of beryl and is closely related to the emerald. Aquamarine has a hardness of between 7.5 and 8 making it harder than most sand and dust. Aquamarine is known for its delicate blue or turquoise color suggestive of the color of sea water. Much of the naturally occurring aquamarine gemstones mined today are heated to bring out a bluer color. The deeper the blue color, the more valuable the gemstone is considered. Aquamarine is mined in the US in Colorado and is the the official state gem of that state.
People in the middle ages thought that aquamarine could overcome the effects of poison. Prior to the middle ages, ancient sailors often traveled with aquamarine crystals believing that it would ensure a safe passage. Please select here to view more information on aquamarine gemstones. We sell man-made aquamarine and aquamarine colored Cubic Zirconia. Please select either picture above to view our selection of aquamarine gemstones.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
Since our last newsletter we have added several new Precosia glass crystal beads to our inventory. Precosia is one of the leading bead manufacturers in the Czech Republic. These beads are a high quality alternative to Swarovski, Austrian crystal beads at a slightly lower price. Please see the table below to view our new selection of Precosia beads. Please select any picture below to view our selection of Precosia beads or select the item number below the picture to view that item in our Internet store.