Friday, March 9, 2012

Bead Giveaway: Faux Amber

This week’s bead giveaway is timely - after our little visit to the home of Baltic amber, it’s fitting to share some pretty acrylic beads inspired by those natural beauties. There are two sets of beads up for grabs, all of them collected and treasured for their resemblance to lovely warm amber.

Faux Amber Beads

The first set includes some round beads and assorted nugget shapes in clear and translucent oranges and browns. The warm glow is irresistible! To go along with these, I have a handful of amber colored coin beads. They have an interesting vintage appeal - I think they would look fantastic paired with micro-macramé.

Vintage Square Coin Beads

These beads are definitely not the real thing - most acrylic beads can be spotted by the minute seams left by molds and presses, if not by their weight and feel. Did you know that genuine amber is one of the easiest stones to appraise? Warming a piece in your hands will produce a very faint odor like pine resin - the source of this beautiful stone.

How To Enter

For your chance to win all of the beads shown here, leave a comment on this post, answering the following question:

What is your favorite type of natural bead?

One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday, March 14th. If you don’t have a Blogger profile with email contact enabled, please make sure to leave a contact link with your comment, so I can let you know if you win! This giveaway is open to readers from Canada and the US.

Good luck, and happy beading!

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  1. Lovely looking beads here and thanks for the giveaway. My favorite gemstone is turquoise!

  2. HI,Mortira:-)
    It's been the third time,I've taken part in Your *Bead-Give-Away*.
    Maybe this time,I'll be lucky...?Only the 'Random' knows:-)
    I love the natural beads and use them in my designs very willingly and often.previously I made my jewels only with them.
    My favorite one is Nephrite,Malachite and Aventurine.I love green colors.They always look elegant in all kind of jewelry.Also,many other colors of seed beads and glass match them perfectly.
    Warm Hugs-Halinka-

  3. Wow!!!!!!! beautiful beads!!!! my favorite is turquoise.
    Thank you,

  4. I love Jasper, it comes in all different colors and patterns.

  5. Yippee! Another one of your wonderful giveaways. My favorite natural bead is turquoise.

  6. Wow... so great... so elegant, so perfect and beautiful.... I love the blue colors!!! this is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to make it... thank you so much...

  7. My favorite natural bead - pearls, without a doubt. Though almost all the pearls in the market are cultured and not made naturally.

  8. My favorite type of natural bead is Wood Agate.

  9. Favorite natural bead? Oh, no! It's a toss up between moonstone, labradorite, amethyst, pearls...

  10. Favorite natural bead? Oh, no! It's a toss up between moonstone, labradorite, amethyst, pearls...

  11. Love crystal quartz. (PS: the amber would look wonderful mixed with onyx beads)

  12. My two favorites . . . well, three . . . are turquoise (since a little kid), most any jasper (so much variety) and amber, especially amber that has captured a piece of Jurassic (or older) leaf or insect in it!

  13. My favorites are amber (fitting for this post!), amethyst and turquoise.

  14. Christine PotterMarch 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I think Jasper or is it pearls or maybe tequoise......

  15. My favorite bead or stone is rose quartz. Love the stone!

  16. My Favorite type of Natural bead is a toss up tween garnet & tigers eye, love them both!! But Amber is really pretty as well. I like the brown tones for sure!

  17. My fav are amber, jasper and tiger eye.

  18. my favorite stone changes all the time.
    At this moment I use a lot of coral, but i'm not sure if it is a stone and even if it is real coral ?
    jade is also absolutely a favorite of mine !

    ps : did you know you have a very complicated word verification ?

  19. I would have to say my favorite is carnelian. I love the orange and red variances in each color.

  20. Gemstones are so beautiful, and lovely to pair. My favorite is not just one, I really like a lot of them, but I would have to say that agate, lapiz lazulli, obsedian, and rhodonite. :) Thanks

  21. My favorite would be amethyst, and Jasper is a close second.

  22. I would have to say peridot with Job's Tears seeds being a very close second.

  23. I love real Jade. In larger pieces if you tap two of them together it creates a nice bell sound. Chinese women wear at least one bangle if they can their entire lives. It changes color when worn apparently. And the things they carve out of it! Beautiful.

    faewren (at) writers-cramp (dot) com

  24. My favorite would have to be tiger eye.

  25. It's hard to narrow it down, but my favorite is citrine. (but also labradorite and garnet).
    Thanks for the chance to win those pretty beads~Eileen

  26. Lovely beads. My favorite stone is amozonite...such a cool and soothing color


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