Welcome to another wonderful article about beads, jewelry, crystals and the like dear reader! I’ve recently been trying to find some more practical information that would be useful for a seasoned professional, for the more intermediate individuals, and last but certainly not least, those who have not had much real hands on experience (such as myself!) but make up for it with plenty of heart and independent information gathering. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the use holistic medicine and the use of crystals for healing. Quite an impressive display wouldn’t you agree? This quite literal wall made up of crystal prisms features over a thousand different sizes, shapes and colors of crystal jewelry including pieces that are perfect for necklaces or pendants, bangles and bracelets, and plenty of pieces that are the perfect fit for a nice pair of earrings. Now if only a few places like this were available in every city, right? © Kay Adams. I’d recently found this decent page of information on Bead Town in Louisiana. I take a little personal pride in my research capabilities for this one since there are apparently no pages that link to this information. I think that intellectual curiosity is probably the most fundamental personality trait to encourage in anybody, regardless of their age. That aside, it looks like Louisiana is a great place to visit for these displays of mosaics and shops to find some of the more rare and interesting beads which have been sadly unused in the Mardi Gras celebration which goes on every year. I’m not so keen on that loud party scene these days but the beads sound fun enough! This is probably a familiar sight (or it will be soon enough if you’re like me!) for anyone that’s been trying to pick up the hobby of beading or dabbling with do it yourself jewelry in general. This little set of supplies is just what you’ll want to kick start your hobby with a charm bracelet kit, a set of glass beads, and a spool of metal wiring. Shopping for the gear is the easy part, putting it to work is the hard part! © LollyKnit. I suppose if you’re feeling brazen you could just leap right into beading haphazardly and probably do a half decent job on your own. But I like to get a little self-preparation in order before I take on a new hobby so if you’re like me, then you’ll probably want to do your research and get some supplies together before jumping into the fun! This nice little picture I just have a personal enjoyment for purely for the aesthetics of it. I don’t think I’d want to try and make a piece of jewelry with an ornament of that size but there are some men out there who like to wear the flashiest gear they can get their hands on. I just like the way you can see images reflected upside down in the crystal ball which looks like a perfect sphere, probably made by a machine since creating a perfect sphere could take a painfully long amount of time even for a prodigy artisan! © Garry Knight.