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Turquoise  Howlite NecklaceBeadsIt's time to talk about this addiction again -- our BEAD ADDICTION, that is. Out cruising the Internet for juicy stuff regarding the beloved bead, I have recently been reminded that I am not alone in this addiction. I run into this sort of thing everywhere -- especially on sites for bead shops across America (both on-ground and online) --

Love Beads, Nirvana Beads, Beader's Paradise, Precious Beads, Delicious Beads...

You get the picture. It's at the level of sex, or food, or any number of obsessions we may or may not admit to. In a previous post, "Why do we love beads?", I grapple with this question. As I mentioned there, it does make sense to me that gems, crystals and stones can radiate pureness, beauty, and integrity. 

amethyst crystalAre they living beings? I'm not going there, but please weigh in if you have thoughts about this. I do admit to being delighted with the story of the Lemurian crystal we found in Kauai, the so-called 'seed beads' because Atlantis-like people supposedly left them deep in the earth for us to find, to help us enlighten ourselves. I also admit that we held on to that particular crystal for only about a week after returning from our trip; someone who truly believes in the power of crystals snapped it up, and I was happy that it brought them joy.

I do think it's a healing activity to collect, learn about, and make objects of beauty from stones, gems and crystals. Some of us were caught by surprise by beads; we were shopping or searching for just the right hobby, and someone (or something) introduced us to the love of beads and beading.

kiffa beadsI often wonder -- how can people not love beads? If you've had the pleasure of seeing and holding even a small sampling of the gorgeous things out there -- natural Chrysacolla, Peruvian Opal, Sugalite, Lapis Lazuli -- well, you know what I'm talking about!

Then there's the love of what you can do with beads. I've noticed people are a little nuts about jewelry as well. :-)) Here are some names of jewelry shops I've run across (both on ground and online):

Jewels I Love, Lovely Jewelry, Jewelry Passion, Simply Adorable Jewelry, Oh La La...again, you get the idea.

I even wrote a post sort of psychoanalyzing why we love jewelry so much -- you can find that here:

Jewelry and Feminism

What's your story? Why do you love this stuff? Please tell us -- we want to hear about it!

Until next time,



0 # Ellen W Gonchar 2014-12-09 19:34
I think there must be some truth in the power of crystals. Several members of my family collect them along with stones and swear by them!
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0 # Sortmclaughlin 2014-12-09 21:54
Thank you for commenting, Ellen! A lot of my friends swear by them too! I even ran across a cafe where they did a sort if crystal elixir, mixing a crystal into a drink!
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