Honor Valentine’s Day: Make it Count

February 2nd, 2011

According to one legend of Saint Valentine, the night before his execution he wrote the very first valentine, signing it, “From your Valentine.” Though apocryphal, it’s a fitting tribute to the tradition of conveying our love to others. It’s a tradition that has inspired many to do the same. The oldest known valentine is a [...]

The Traditional Touch of Artisan Jewelry

December 22nd, 2010

Artisan jewelry is not new. In fact, this type of designer jewelry has been around for thousands of years. In its earliest days, the wealthy commissioned artisan jewelry as a status symbol. Today, handcrafted designer jewelry is affordable and available in many diverse styles. That not only makes it the right choice for any occasion, [...]

The Power of the Swarovski Crystal

December 20th, 2010

The Swarovski crystal is the most popular crystal in the world, and the Swarovski name has come to stand for both sophistication and elegance. It is one of the most popular diamond alternatives for items such as bracelets, earrings, neckpieces and even tiaras. The Swarovski crystal provides that diamond-like sparkle at a fraction of the [...]

Tips for Choosing Bridal Jewelry

December 18th, 2010

The road to a perfect wedding is fraught by numerous challenging decisions. One such choice is your choice of bridal jewelry, which is an essential component of your overall look. A poor choice can undermine the best of dresses, but the right choice can have a magical effect on your ensemble. In order to decide [...]

The Gift of Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry

December 15th, 2010

There is a reason why giving jewelry for the holidays is a time-honored tradition. An exquisite piece is an extremely special and personal object, and it can create a wonderful bond between two people. It also represents the care and attention to detail that went into selecting the perfect item. This is the reason why [...]

Handmade Jewelry: In a Class of its Own

December 14th, 2010

Most women love to shop, and marketing towards them is aggressive. These tactics have fostered an entire generation of women who think mall first when it comes to buying jewelry. And the shame of that is that most never get to experience the excellence and uniqueness that handcrafted jewelry provides. The most obvious benefit of [...]

The Legacy of Swarovski Crystal Jewelry

December 13th, 2010

Today, the first word in crystal jewelry is Swarovski, and Swarovski crystal jewelry sells better than any other brand of crystal jewelry in the world. The reasons for this success and popularity are no secret. Swarovski AG, an Austrian company, has sold their crystals since 1895. Founded by Daniel Swarovski, it began as an idea [...]

Genuine Bijoux’ First Jewelry Expo

December 12th, 2010

Wow! Genuine Bijoux held its first Expo/Fair on Friday December the 3rd, 2010. It took much planning and work to to prepare for this event. We were given a large table and 1.5 hours to set up our jewelry display—I am very grateful to my dad and Kaisu, without whom none of this would have [...]

The Amazing History of Murano Glass Jewelry

December 10th, 2010

Since men have first been able to make glass, they’ve been making glass jewelry and decorative glassware. Perhaps the strongest evidence of this are the relics left behind by the Phoenicians, who brought glassmaking to the Hellenic culture. The Romans then assimilated these skills when they brought Phoenician and Hellenic slaves back to Rome. After [...]

Handcrafted Jewelry Makes the Perfect Unique Christmas Gift

December 7th, 2010

One of the most important Christmas gift choices we make is that special gift that we either make or buy for our loved ones. If you do decide to buy, your gift can still possess that love and attention to detail that only a handmade gift can have. The secret is handcrafted jewelry. The reason [...]

The True Value of Custom Jewelry

December 2nd, 2010

Choosing the perfect gifts for the women in our lives is never easy. We want to get them something that is truly unique and has meaning, and we want to show them that we put a great deal of care into the choice. But most important of all, we want to buy a gift that [...]

The Birth of Venetian Glass Jewelry

November 29th, 2010

Venice is one of the world’s most famous cities, and it’s renowned for its canals, the gondoliers and gondolas, the piazzas, the cuisine and of course, glass. The world celebrates Venetian glass, particularly Venetian glass jewelry, for its distinct colors, its elaborate nature and the skill of the hands that design it. Of all Venetian [...]

Handcrafted Jewelry and Artisan Jewelry for the Modern Woman

November 27th, 2010

Most modern women don’t give much thought to either artisan jewelry or handcrafted jewelry. In fact, most jewelry purchases are impulse buys, and even when there’s a plan, it usually involves the local mall. After all, the mall has both jewelry and department stores that boast impressive selections. But it’s important to recognize that there [...]

Introducing Genuine Bijoux, Your Source for Handmade Artisan Jewelry by Janine Horak

November 23rd, 2010

Just in time for Christmas, we’re happy to announce the launch of GenuineBijoux, featuring jewelry designs by Janine Horak. At Genuine Bijoux you’ll find gorgeous earrings, pendants, and necklaces created by an artist for the discerning jewelry enthusiast. Our timeless designs make the perfect gift, for your sweetheart, friends or even for yourself. Holiday Gifts [...]

Venetian/Murano Beads: Insist on the Real Deal

October 10th, 2010

The difference between a uniquely stunning piece of jewelry—and one that is just”so-so”—has a lot to do with the quality of the materials that have gone into it. Beaded jewelry comes in many styles and configurations, but it’s the materials that are used that will ultimately determine its overall appeal. Skilled jewelers know that investing [...]

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