Category: Gemstone, Mineral & Crystal

Cubic Zirconia Jewellery: Cleaning and Caring

Keep Your Cubic Zirconia Jewellery Sparkling

What is Cubic Zirconia: Let’s get the nerdy bits over with first!

Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic (man-made) stone. Clear CZ is a budget friendly mass-produced diamond simulant.  Although they look similar, CZ is made from zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) and sits on the Mohs scale around 8 to 8.5, while Diamonds (both natural and lab-grown) are made of carbon (C), with a Mohs hardness of 10.

CZ can also be coloured and used as alternatives to coloured diamonds & gemstones (such as emerald, ruby, sapphire).

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Tips to Keep Your Cubic Zirconia Jewellery Sparkling

Jewellery comes in a variety of materials, each requiring specific care and cleaning methods. Cubic Zirconia (CZ) Jewellery, with its brilliance and affordability, demands special attention to maintain its allure. Here’s a guide on how to clean and care for your CZ Jewellery to keep it sparkling for years to come.

Cleaning Non-Specific Jewellery Pieces

Jewellery encompasses various materials, including metals, stones, gems, and organics, each presenting unique cleaning challenges. When in doubt, a gentle wipe with a soft cloth after each wear can help remove dirt, grime, and body oils, preserving its appearance longer. Be cautious with cleaners (even water) that may loosen glued stones or focal pieces over time.

Lint free soft cloths suitable for cleaning and polishing jewellery

Caring for Cubic Zirconia Jewellery

To maintain the shine of your CZ Jewellery, polish it with a soft cloth to eliminate surface dirt and dust, avoiding harsh circular motions that could scratch delicate metals. CZ can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Use a soft brush to reach crevices and gently remove any dirt or grime.

You can use a trusted Jewellery cleaner specifically designed for CZ. Follow the instructions provided with the cleaner for best results. Dry and polish with a suitable cloth. Cubic zirconia can also be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner, ensuring thorough cleanliness. Follow the instructions for the specific cleaner you’re using and ensure it’s safe for CZ Jewellery. After cleaning, dry and polish with a suitable cloth.

Important Note: Take care!

It’s important to note that while these cleaning methods are suitable for Cubic Zirconia, they may not be suitable for many other gemstones or crystals. Heat and ultrasonic cleaners can damage certain gemstones, so it’s crucial to research and understand the appropriate cleaning methods for specific types of Jewellery to avoid causing any damage.

Radiant and Resilient: Keep your Cubic Zirconia Shining Bright

Proper cleaning and care are essential to maintain the brilliance of your Cubic Zirconia Jewellery. By following these tips and techniques, you can ensure that your pieces continue to shine brightly, adding elegance to any ensemble while preserving their longevity.

Do you have your own CZ Jewellery care tips and experiences to share?

Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery at MaxineFaye

The How, Why and Who behind MaxineFaye Jewellery

I have always been creative and enjoyed Folk Art, Macramé, Decoupage, Lead-lighting, Woodwork, and many other forms of arts and crafts.  In 2003 I joined a beading class at a local Recreation Centre and was hooked immediately.  Being able to design and create beautiful handcrafted beaded Jewellery with the colours and stones I love is amazing.

Prior to that I had studied Colour Therapy, under the Aura Soma system, to the Advanced Level

Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery has become a Passion

The combinations of colour, texture and the “feel” of the beads are what inspire my original designs and as a beaded jewellery artisan I love working with colour and light.  The unique shapes and colour combinations of lamp-work and art-glass, the precision and sparkle of precision cut crystal and the organic feel of semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and metals are all considered in my designs.

Award Winning Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

I have been honoured to receive awards for my work and enjoy the challenge of creating to a themed competition.  Using materials or techniques that I wouldn’t generally incorporate in my designs is both exciting and creatively stimulating. While seeing other people enjoying and wearing my designs is very rewarding.

Repairs to Existing Beaded Jewellery

Repairing and remodelling customers’ jewellery pieces is a rewarding part of my business and gives me lots of satisfaction. The thought of sentimental beaded pieces being stuffed in a drawer and not worn, makes me very sad.  Contact me to discuss your options. 

Stretch bracelet repair or remodel choices at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Perhaps you have worn a favourite piece to bits. A stretch bracelet has broken; one earring has been lost; the thread has stretched on a necklace. You get the idea.

If all the beads have been rescued, the stretch cord can be replaced. If some of the beads have been lost, there are still a few options for you to consider. Necklace beading wire or knotted threads are generally replaceable. While I’m not magical, I may have the same beads in stock and can make an alternative earring to match the original. Otherwise, it might be made into a pendant or charm.

remodelling an existing necklace. Removed broken strands and replaced with knotted cord for easier travel packing

Remodel your Existing Beaded Jewellery to suit your needs.

Have you received or inherited beaded jewellery that is not quite “you”? 

Perhaps a simple change of length is all it needs, or maybe you have been down the Pinterest “rabbit hole” and would like to recreate a piece of handcrafted beaded jewellery in a way that is all your own.  Message me with your ideas and let’s see where it takes us. 

Together we can design Custom-Made Beaded Jewellery

Bespoke or custom-made creations is another side of MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery, and I’m delighted to share the testimonials and reviews I have received from numerous satisfied customers over the past 20+ years.

custom-made and bespoke designs from MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

Community Classes: Wire Wrapped Beaded Bugs

Friends, family, and community are important, and as an Australia Owned Business based in Bibra Lake, WA, I support local Community Groups to assist in their fundraising efforts when possible. I also teach wire-wrapped beaded critters at Community events at reduced cost to the attendees. These classes are enjoyable and suitable for most ages and abilities.

I also teach wire-wrapped beaded critters at Community events at reduced cost to the attendees. These classes are enjoyable and suitable for most ages and abilities.

What’s YOUR passion? Do you have a hobby or a cause close to your heart, I’d love to know what motivates or provokes your creativity. Let’s connect and inspire each other!

Jewels and Gems: Precious or Semi Precious

Celebrate Jewels, Jewellery and Jewellers

Jewel Day - A bead is a small item with at least one hole in it for stringing. Beads can be made from many different things including metals, wood, shell, bone, glass, ceramic and gemstones.

Jewellery: Its not all Jewels, Gemstones and Precious Metals

Since pre-historic times people have adorned themselves with jewellery. Eagle talons may have been used as jewellery in Croatia around 135,000 years ago. At a site in Israel researches found beads made from the sea snail. These are the first known jewellery made by modern humans dated as early as 110,000 years. Similar beads were found in Morocco and South Africa while ostrich shell beads from Kenya and a Stone bracelet in Siberia appear to be around 40000 years old.

Although, during the last century in the western hemisphere at least, woman have worn most of the jewellery, throughout history men have worn great quantities of beads and ornaments to emphasize masculinity, virility and wealth

A bead is a small item with at least one hole in it for stringing and can be made from different materials. This includes metals, wood, shell, bone, glass, ceramic and gemstones.

ancient Indigenous shell bead necklace Exmouth Mandu Mandu

The oldest evidence of human ornamentation uncovered in Australia

Isn’t this amazing? 32,000 years old and such a balanced and beautiful design!

Exmouth, Mandu Mandu Gorge, in Western Australia

ancient Indigenous shell bead necklace Exmouth Mandu Mandu

Precious Gems, Semi-Precious Stones: Which are What?

Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire and Emerald are considered precious but there are rarer semi-precious stones. An example, Jadeite can fetch higher prices for the same weight in either Gold or Diamonds.

5 Tips on How To Celebrate Jewel Day

Jewellery makes fabulous gifts: Brighten up the day with beautiful bling

  • Share some jewellery – today is the day to gift a special piece of jewellery to yourself or someone you love. Jewels light up people’s lives instantly and make everyone feel special.

Heirloom or Simply Sentimental: Appreciate the thought behind the piece

  • Honour a sentimental family piece – bring it out of the jewellery box and give it the attention it deserves! Today is a day to appreciate beautiful works of art.

Protect your Investment: A little TLC will stop a lot of tears

  • Care for your jewellery – check settings, clasps and threads for wear or damage. Clean beads, gemstones, jewels and other jewellery components and store appropriately.

Give it the love it deserves: Repair or Remodel your favourite Jewellery

  • Oops, found some damage or wear on your favourite piece. Clasp, thread, elastic, ear-wires are all elements which can be repaired or replaced. Ring resizing, gold or silversmith work should be carried out by a local trusted Jeweller.

Support your favourite jeweller: Share customer reviews and personal recommendations

  • Appreciate your favourite jeweller – today is as much about the creators of beautiful pieces as it is about the jewellery itself. Order a bespoke creation, appreciate the art and craftsmanship and celebrate your uniqueness.
Celebrate Jewels Day - labradorite and Sterling silver beaded necklace by MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery

What is your favourite jewel or bead? Is it set in a pendant or ring, or threaded as a necklace or bracelet? Do your wear it often, or only on special occasions. I love many stones and enjoy being surrounded by them each day. Pearl is my Birthstone and I love the flash of Labradorite.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Unique Gift Ideas to Cherish Forever

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with thoughtful gestures she’ll adore!

Spoiling Mum on Mother’s Day is a heartwarming tradition that allows us to express our deepest gratitude and love for the woman who means the world to us. As this special day approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to make Mum feel truly cherished and appreciated. Luckily, there are countless ways to spoil Mum, but few gestures are as meaningful as the gift of jewellery.

Unique Mother's Day gift ideas at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Spoil Mum with thoughtful and personalised gifts that show how much you appreciate her. Here are four thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to celebrate and spoil her:

  • Repair a Sentimental Piece: A thoughtful and eco-friendly gift
  • Order a Custom Creation: Something truly special
  • Purchase an Original Design: A gift to cherish forever
  • Forward a Gift Voucher: Freedom to choose her own gift

Repair a Sentimental Piece:

  • Give new life to Mum’s cherished jewellery pieces by having them repaired or remodelled. Not only does this gesture show thoughtfulness, but it’s also eco-friendly, reducing waste and allowing Mum to enjoy her favourite pieces once again.
remodelling an existing necklace. Removed broken strands and replaced with knotted cord for easier travel packing

Order a Custom Creation:

  • Create a personalised piece of jewellery tailored to Mum’s tastes and preferences. Discuss her favourite colours and styles with me at MaxineFaye to design something truly special. This bespoke gift will show Mum how much you care about her individuality and style.
Custom made and bespoke creations make a great gift idea at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Purchase an Original Design:

  • Treat Mum to a unique piece of jewellery crafted by an award-winning artisan. Choose from a selection of one-of-a-kind designs that she won’t find anywhere else. This thoughtful gesture ensures she’ll cherish her gift for years to come.
An original design Rose Quartz Heart charm bracelet  MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Forward a Gift Certificate:

Unique Mother's Day gift ideas at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Make this Mother’s Day unforgettable for Mum! Explore exclusive gift options and show her your love. Shop now and give her a gift she’ll treasure forever!

The Information Hub

Explore the world of Jewellery in the Information Hub!

Harmony Necklace gemstone necklace original design by MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery

Learn how to care for your precious pieces, decode industry jargon, and discover the perfect necklace or bracelet length just for you! Dive into award-winning designs, personalized services, and get inspired by birthstones and anniversary gift ideas. Uncover the fascinating attributes of gemstones and explore how colour impacts mood.

Bibra Lake bird hide on western side of reserve an inspiration for colours and textures

The links take you to the relevant post, while the Blog categories will provide broader information.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me


A list of birthstones and their alternatives

Birthstones make memorable gift ideas

Birthstones are a great resource when looking for memorable gift ideas.

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(21st Jan – 20th Feb) 

Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Garnet, Jet, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Silver

amethyst birthstone

(21st Feb – 20th March)

Amethyst, Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Fluorite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Silver

(21st March – 20th April)

Agate, Amethyst, Carnelian, Coral, Diamond, Garnet, Obsidian, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz

aquamarine birthstone

(21st April – 20th May)

Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Rhodonite, Selenite, Turquoise

(21st May – 20th June)

Agate, Aventurine, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Pearl, Rutilated Quartz, Sapphire, Staurolite, Topaz


(21st June – 22nd July)

Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl

(23rd July – 22nd Aug)

Agate, Amber, Aventurine, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Diamond, Garnet, Obsidian, Peridot, Pyrite, Topaz, Ruby


(23rd Aug – 22nd Sep)

Agate, Amazonite, Amber, Aventurine, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Jade, Jasper, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Zircon

(23rd Sep – 22nd Oct)

Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Coral, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot, Tourmalinated Quartz, Sapphire, Red/Pink Tourmaline, Turquoise

kunzite colour properties of pink
Citrine birthstone

(23rd Oct – 22nd Nov)

Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Garnet, Kunzite, Malachite, Moonstone, Ruby, Green Tourmaline

(23rd Nov – 21st Dec)

Amethyst, Azurite, Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite, Sodalite, Topaz, Red/Pink Tourmaline, Zircon


(22nd Dec – 20th Jan)

Amber, Amethyst, Garnet, Hematite, Jet, Labradorite, Obsidian, Onyx, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire, Tigers Eye, Green Tourmaline

All Signs
Bloodstone, Jade, Clear Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz, Colourless Tourmaline

Smokey Quartz birthstone

Remember that many of these stones come in various colours, so if you aren’t fond of the colour of a particular stone, see if it has variations that you love.

Quartz has several colours as do Agate, Jasper and Aventurine.

If you found this page helpful bookmark it for the future, or even better, share it!

I have a fabulous range of original and unique one-of-a-kind pieces currently available in my online store or you can contact me to arrange a custom made piece – just for you.

What do you think? Do you have an affinity with one of the birthstones listed under your star sign, or are you drawn to something else?

Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

MaxineFaye Jewellery: Handcrafted in Western Australia

The combinations of colour, texture and the “feel” of the beads inspire my original designs and as a beaded jewellery artisan I love working with colour and light,  The unique shapes and colour combinations of lamp-work and art-glass, the precision and sparkle of Swarovski crystal and the organic feel of semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and metals are all considered in my designs.

MaxineFaye Jewellery: Handcrafted in Western Australia

MaxineFaye Jewellery: The Evolution of a Dream

Beaded Jewellery has become an obsession

I took a beaded jewellery course at a local Recreation Centre and was hooked immediately.  I have always been crafty and have dabbled in Folk Art, Macramé, Decoupage, Lead-lighting, Woodwork and many other forms of creativity.  But being able to design and create beautiful Jewellery with the colours and stones I love is amazing.

I have been honoured with awards for my beadwork and enjoy the excitement of the challenge.  Using materials or techniques that I wouldn’t generally incorporate in my designs is a great way to stimulate the creative juices. Seeing other people enjoying and wearing my designs is very exciting and I love receiving testimonials from my happy customers.

Bespoke and commissioned work, repairs and remodelling of customers’ existing pieces and classes are other services I offer.  Contact me to arrange an appointment.

Become an Insider today. Subscribe to be one of the first to see new collections showcased, be in the loop with upcoming events and sales and receive Insider Only discounts. Information on how to care for and clean your beaded jewellery and gemstones are some of the topics I include in the newsletter.  If you have any suggestions or requests, I would love to hear from you.

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The Environment is another passion

Much of my packaging is recycled or compostable.  Both to keep down the costs and to reduce waste. Some of my beaded jewellery designs use recycled or up-cycled materials.  This is always clearly indicated in the description of the piece.

Our house is set up as energy saving as we are able.  We use solar energy, water saving devises, an inline water filter for the whole house. LED lighting, ceiling fans for both relief in summer and to keep the heat down during winter further reduce the running costs.

The garden follows a general permaculture / no dig practice. We harvest our own avocado, citrus and other fruit and vegetables. Vegetables and herbs which benefit from shade sit under some shrubs, while the heat loving plants find their spots on the edges of the gardens.  The garden isn’t always tidy, (who am I kidding – it is seldom tidy) but the bees and butterflies (and children) seem to enjoy it.

The chooks have yet to read the “no dig” agreement though!  They help dispose of the kitchen waste and reward us with eggs, so are generally forgiven.  When they stop laying, they enjoy their retirement foraging around the back yard.  We could never eat them.

Hubby has recently set up some native beehives in the front yard.  These aren’t for honey, but to encourage them to stay in the garden to protect it from pests and to help pollinate the plants.

Chickens in the backyard environment at MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery

Family, Friends & Community

Friends, family and community are important parts of my life.  I donate Gift Vouchers, Jewellery items and Class Certificates to assist Community Groups with their fund-raising.  I attend Community events where visitors (young and young-at-heart) can make their own beaded sun-catchers.

Suncatcher brooch decoration bug dragonfly butterfly classes at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery Bibra Lake Western Australia

You can view and purchase my designs online, at selected events and exhibitions in and around Perth, Western Australia or from the Bibra Lake studio (by appointment).

Due to my attention to detail, adding extras like crimp covers and wire guardians, all my original designs come with a 12-month workmanship guarantee.

Check if you are eligible to receive free postage within Australia when you purchase online, or arrange to Click’n’Collect for FREE local pick-up from Bibra Lake.

Now you know more about me: Tell me a bit about yourself.

What are your passions?

Do you have a favourite hobby? Is there a cause you are passionate about? I would love to know what things you enjoy.  What makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning?

4 Ways to Spoil Mum

Celebrate Mother’s Day

Show Mum your appreciation. “Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” — Gilda Radner

Happy Mothers Day 4 ways to spoil Mum with unique and original jewellery from MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

1. Purchase an Original Design: Choose a One-of-a-Kind piece

Gift Mum a jewellery design as unique as her

Are you looking for beautiful beaded jewellery which has been designed and crafted
with care & attention by an award winning artisan?  Designs you know you won’t see anywhere else.  All my original designs are one-of-a-kind (OOAK), so you can be confident knowing Mum will be the proud owner of an original design.

Serenity chrysocolla, quartz and sterling silver bracelet @MaxineFaye

2. Order a Custom Creation: Something perfect, just for her!

Want an exquisite design for Mum’s special gift but don’t have the time to run all over town looking for it?

Contact me to discuss a special piece you have in mind, arrange the design using her favourite colours and beads and then sit back and relax.

3. Repair a Sentimental Piece: An Eco-Friendly idea

Give Mum’s favourite pieces a new lease on life

Having Mum’s old pieces of damaged or out-dated beaded jewellery repaired or remodelled is a great gift for Mum and the planet. She can enjoy wearing her favourite pieces again.

Contact me and give her a wonderful and eco-friendly surprise.

repairing a knotted pearl necklace

4. Purchase a Gift Certificate: Gifting couldn’t get any easier!

 Have the Voucher Mailed, or Sent Electronically

Still not really sure of what to get.  Gift Certificates are a great gift giving idea.  They enable your Mum to purchase a design she loves.  Or she may wish to participate in a class or make an appointment to arrange a bespoke design of her own.

The Gift Voucher is valid for 3 years (36 months) therefore your Mum has plenty of time to decide how she wishes to use it.

Purchase a gift certificate that can be emailed to you to pop into a card, or directly to your Mum if you have left things to the last minute.

No matter which option you choose, your mum will surely feel cherished and loved on Mother’s Day.