Apps for Beaders and Gem Lovers

I’ve only been a convert to the value of m0bile apps since the end of June 2011, when my family bought me an iPod Touch for my birthday.  Now, I’m lost without that or my iPhone.  I did try a Blackberry but was utterly unimpressed – compared to Apple’s mobile idevices, Blackberry is unbelievably limited and cumbersome.  I’ve not had the opportunity to try an Android or  Windows ‘phone.

With the birth of my interest in beading and gemstones, I started looking around for good apps.  First on my list has to be A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewellers and the Gem-Loving Public by Roger Lichfield.  In fact, this work was authored by Frank B. Wade (in 1918) and I assume that Roger Lichfield simply convrted it into an app.  If you’d prefer, you can download the free ebook here.  This work is an excellent reference for anybody who wishes to know more than just the names of gemstones!  Priced at just £0.69 (GBP), it’s worth every penny!

Second on my list is Gemstones by Varietal by Darren Gates.  A pictorial database with over 2000 entries, this app is another excellent reference work.  It supports searching, editing entries and adding your own entries.  This is again priced at just £0.69.  Finally, for now, is jtv from Jewelry Television.  This free app includes the very useful Gemopedia which provides more information on gemstones.  It also includes some very useful videos.

I hope to bring you news of more apps in the future.


A Chain Of Flowers

I’m finding Mary Ellen Harte’s book, A Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages (published in 1999 by Eagle’s View Publishing Company), a great resource!  The patterns provide what amounts to a set of excellent tutorials.  The concepts are suited to adaptation, opening up limitless possibilities.  So, apart from providing attractive projects, it inspires growth as a jewellery designer.

My first project was the Pansy Necklace:

Pansy Necklace

Pansy Necklace


This can, of course, be made in any combination of colours, to suit tastes and bead availability.  This was my first experience in using two beading needles! I’m now working on the Princess Necklace pattern.

A Flowery “Thank You”

At the end of last week a very kind lady sent some special cushions for me, via Jenny, which will make my life more comfortable.  Naturally, I really need to adequately thank her.  The most obvious thing to do was to make her some jewellery.  For such things, I prefer to come up with a design of my own, so that they are truly personal “thank yous”.  As the lady likes pink, I knew immediately that it would have a floral basis.  I ended up with Bellbine Beauty:

Bellbine Beauty
Bellbine Beauty

This bracelet is deliberately “freeform”, to reflect Nature.  All I can do now is hope that she likes it.

St. Valentine’s Day

With St. Valentine’s Day closing in, I reckoned I should do something about it!  We actually rarely do much at all about St Val, as we feel we don’t need a special day to confirm what’s true every day.  However, with the Hell that’s gripped us over the past two years, with my health worrying poor Jenny so terribly, I thought that some small gesture would be appropriate.  I decided to make her a necklace…




I just hope that Jenny likes it…

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