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!

Cherished Memories: The Sentimental Value of Jewellery

Preserving Memories: Jewellery Repair and Remodelling Services

In a fast-paced world filled with fleeting trends and disposable goods, there are possessions that transcend their material value. Jewellery has a unique ability to capture memories and emotions becoming cherished keepsakes that hold a special place in our hearts.

Restoring Sentimental Value, One Piece at a Time

Take a moment to stroll down memory lane, and revisit the significance of certain pieces in your collection. Maybe a necklace gifted by a loved one or a bracelet purchased during a memorable trip. Perhaps a handmade creation from a child’s imagination.

One such memory is a bright orange and green pasta necklace my son made at pre-school for Mother’s Day. I no longer have this necklace but it makes me smile whenever I think of it.

Often more sentimental than valuable they pieces are tangible reminders of cherished moments and beloved individuals. They speak to the bonds we share and the experiences that shape us.

Quality You Can Trust

As a jewellery artisan, I understand the profound significance these pieces hold. That’s why I offer a range of services aimed at preserving and enhancing the memories they hold.

From minor repairs to complete makeovers or remodelling, I’m here to breathe new life into your treasured pieces. Whether it’s replacing a lost bead, repairing a broken clasp, or transforming a sole earring into a pendant. No task is too small when it comes to preserving your precious memories.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is hearing the stories behind each piece of jewellery. Like the customer who vividly recalled the sights, sounds, and scents of a special holiday while wearing a beaded necklace purchased during their travels. It’s moments like these that highlight the profound connection between jewellery and memory.

Get in Touch Today!

Contact me to discuss your ideas and let’s keep those memories shining bright.

If you find yourself in need of care and attention for your beloved pieces, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can ensure that your jewellery continues to tell your story for years to come.

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!

Sustainability & the Environment

Reduce Waste, Conserve Energy: Embrace Circular Economy

beehive-chickens-fruit-trees-garden promote Sustainability & support the Environment

A positive boost to sustainability and the environment! March, 2024 saw the second phase of WA’s Plan for Plastics coming into effect on Friday 1st, with a ban on single-use, non-compostable coffee cups and unlidded food trays. More plastic items are scheduled in the Plan from September 1st 2024 and consumers are encouraged to take their own take-away cups, water bottles, food containers and cutlery.

Protect the Environment: Promote Sustainability

When you purchase and item from MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery, much of the packaging may consist of reused wrapping paper, recycled boxes, or padded mailing bags, both to keep down the costs and to reduce waste. It may not make for an Instagram worthy unboxing experience, but stops waste at the source and helps improve sustainability and the environment through Circular Economy 

New packaging materials used at MaxineFaye handcrafted Jewellery are eco-friendly, sustainable, home compostable, plant-based, recyclable, and plastic free.

Protect the Environment: Promote Sustainability

Put your R’s on the Line: There is no Plan(et) B

  • REDUCE consumption of materials
    • REFUSE – do I really need it, can I borrow it
    • RE-GIFT – donate to a charity, join a community gifting group
  • REUSE – use a keep-cup, take your own shopping bag, water bottle, cutlery
    • REPAIR – can it be repaired, join a local Repair Café
    • REPURPOSE – can it be remodelled, what do I have that can be used instead?
  • RECYCLE/UPCYCLE– visit your local Council for where/when/how to recycle specific items
    • batteries, paints, chemicals, white-goods, computer, and printers
    • ROT – food scraps and suitable garden waste
      • Add to the compost bin, or worm farm/worm tower
      • start a no-dig lasagne or hügelkultur garden bed,
      • feed it to the chickens

Chooks are a lot of fun and a great way to recycle food scraps

The back garden follows a general permaculture / no dig practice. Vegetables and herbs which benefit from shade sit under fruit trees and shrubs, while the heat loving plants find their spots on the edges of the gardens.  The garden environment isn’t always tidy (who am I kidding – it is seldom tidy) but the birds, bees, bugs and butterflies seem to enjoy it.

The chooks haven’t read the “no dig” agreement though!  They dispose of kitchen waste and reward us with eggs, so are forgiven.  When they eventually stop laying, they enjoy their retirement foraging around the back yard, until it’s time for them to go to the great chicken run in the sky.  Then they are buried and become compost for the next generation of garden plants. 

I could never eat them…in fact years ago I bought a frozen free-range chicken to cook for dinner but the thought of it made me so sad that I buried it out the back (uncooked) and dinner wasn’t what the family had expected.

Recycling other organic materials support the Environment

The chooks share their run with a couple of compost tumblers, a worm tower and a worm farm. Anything the chooks don’t eat can be added to one of these. The reward for a little effort is less waste sent to landfill, and rich compost to add to the garden beds and improve the environment.

Bee Hive and Insect Hotels

Hubby had a Flow® Hive and it was amazing to watch the different coloured honey being harvested from adjoining cells. This depended on what plants were in bloom when the bees were out collecting pollen. Unfortunately, after he had a severe allergic reaction to a sting, and even with the EpiPen® I wasn’t comfortable having him work in their environment.  The hive has now been added to our daughter’s Apiary.

He has two insect hotels in the front yard for the local bugs and native bees.  These aren’t for honey, but to encourage the predatory insects to stay in the garden, protect it from pests and pollinate the plants.

What are your hints and tips on sustainability and way to reduce consumption of materials.

Handmade Beeswax Wraps: A DIY Guide

Making beeswax wraps with wax from the backyard Hive

bee hive-chickens-fruit-trees-garden promote Sustainability & support the Environment

This is totally NOT beadwork or jewellery related but was a bit of fun.  You might recall from a previous post that Hubby had a Flow® hive in our back yard.

One year he added a standard Langstroth box to this hive to experiment with different ways of harvesting honeycomb. It was tasty but time consuming and didn’t happen again. After removing and harvesting that box, he cleaned the wax from the frames and made these little honeycomb shaped moulds. The moulds had been stored away waiting for me to make some wax wraps to replace our old ones. 

How to make Beeswax wraps: One of the many ways to make these wraps

This is a look at the recipe I used and what I learned during the process.

Preparing the Fabric

I used a tightly woven, lightweight 100% cotton and as beeswax has a yellow tint, I tried to find prints that would work with this.  Darker prints may also hide stains left by juices from some fruits and vegetables.

Wash the fabric before cutting into the required sizes.  I did this back-to-front and ended up a tangle of frayed edges to sort out and trim off.

Pine resin is very sticky, so I lined a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and reused the sheet several times. I preheated the oven to approx. 150 Celsius and laid the washed and dried fabric onto the parchment paper.

Melt the Ingredients

I combined the beeswax, food grade pine resin and jojoba oil in a double boiler and melted it over low-moderate heat, stirring occasionally to combine.  This took some time because of how large my pieces of wax and resin were. (I had read that the resin may caramelise if heated over too high a heat and then won’t melt at all).

Large chunks of resin will take a long time to melt – I had put them into a cloth and hit with a hammer to reduce their size, but they could have been smaller. Avoid inhaling the small particles of resin. (A hint I read was to store it in the freezer to make it more brittle and easier to smash).

Do not melt resin directly over a flame as it is highly flammable.

Ingredients & Ratio

The amounts used in the 4:4:1 ratio below will be enough for one 25cm square   I adjusted the amount to use the full 100ml of oil I had and poured the leftover mixture into these lovely little daisy flower moulds to cool. I can now grate and use for re-waxing worn wraps or grating over new fabric to create more wraps in the future.

  • 40g beeswax
  • 40g pine resin
  • 10g jojoba oil

The mixture was very sticky so I was glad I used an old bowl as the top of my double boiler that can be reserved just for this use.

Don’t use your good cookware, cloths, or clothes.  It wasn’t the easiest thing to get off everything and if using an iron, maybe get an old one.  Even using a piece of cloth over the handle of mine, it still got sticky.  I am a messy cook so obviously a messy wax wrapper too.

Straining the mixture before using or pouring into a mould to remove any unmelted or caramelised lumps, in hindsight might have been the thing to do.

Wax the Fabric

I painted the mixture onto the fabric with an old basting brush.  A little went a long way and it didn’t need to go right to the edges as it melted further while in the oven.  I placed the tray in an oven for a few minutes on low heat while I painted the next lot.  When some of the fabric was larger than the baking sheet I folded it into halves or quarters to fit and turned it over during its time in the oven to let the wax reach the other side evenly.

Another option I tried was to place the fabric between two sheets of parchment and use a hot iron to spread. 

When I had added too much mixture, which resulted in a thick, hard wrap that was difficult to use, and cracked when folded, I placed another piece of fabric over or under the first and reheated in the oven, and for some extra juicy ones, with the iron.

Cool the Wrap

When I removed the trays from the oven, checked that the wax had saturated the fabric evenly and fixed any dry patches by adding more of the mixture and reheating and was happy with the result, I pegged to a clothes airer to let cool for a few minutes.

Some of the bigger sheets, I just draped over the airer rails.  Remember, the beeswax is still tacky so protect your airer with some old cloth or paper.

Caring for your Beeswax Wraps

Bees wax wraps are not designed to be used to cover hot foods or foods with lots of liquid.  You can however use them to cover a bowl of food (such as stew) once it has cooled.

Use the warmth of your hands to shape the wrap around the bowl or item and to activate the stickiness to seal to itself.

Wipe over used wraps with tepid soapy water, rinse and let dry before storing.  Your beeswax wrap will melt in hot water, therefore they can’t be used with raw meat, fish or poultry.

When your wax wrap starts to show signs of wear, just place it back in the oven (on parchment paper as before) and reheat.  If it has “bald spots” add a little more grated wax to that area and again using parchment paper, melt with the iron.  Once the wrap has reached its end, don’t throw it away, add it to the compost or use it as a fire-lighter for the BBQ or camp-fire.

Suggested uses for Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps can be used to cover cut fruit and vegetable ends, they can be folded into a pocket to store a sandwich, used to cover bowls of salads, cooled leftovers, and for proofing bread. 

Breads and baked goods can be wrapped in them and they make great food-wrap-come-plate for picnics.

The fabric offcuts were not large enough to “wrap” around items so I stitched them into little bags and coated them in the beeswax mixture. They are great for storing snacks in lunchboxes.

Beeswax wraps, snack-bags

Would I do it again?

Probably not. At least not to the above scale. I made enough wraps for personal use, to give as gifts, and I still have unused wraps in the drawer.

While the traditional honey harvesting and cleaning the wax was interesting, I’m glad we only did it once!

The original beeswax in the honeycomb shaped moulds have many uses. These include lubricating door hinges or drawer runners, conditioning leather jackets or shoes. Also furniture polish, personal care, and thread conditioner for beading or needlework.

I poured the leftover wax:oil:resin mix into little daisy flower shaped moulds. The smaller size is great for easy repair of any “bald spots” on the current wraps.


Additional Notes: Please verify with your health provider that this information is suitable for you.

  • Pine resin possesses antimicrobial properties, making it suitable for topical applications to prevent infection in wounds and scrapes.
  • The volatile terpenes (the smelly compounds) in pine resin may help with respiratory congestion when rubbed on the chest.
  • Pine resin salve can also serve as a soothing rub. Suitable for sore muscles and painful joints due to its warming and stimulating nature.

What have you made from beeswax? What is your favourite recipe or process and do you have any suggestions on how I can utilise the leftovers? I’d love the hear your ideas.

Bespoke Creations

Bringing your ideas to life

With the aid of internet technology you can design the perfect bespoke piece from anywhere in Australia.

This customer was interested in a turtle charm bracelet I had posted on my social media pages.  As it had already been sold I showed them other turtle charms and beads I had in stock. They fell in love with the Paua shell and Sterling Silver style in this photo.

Years ago they had a favourite necklace in little blue and white beads. They wanted to replicate it and add the turtle charms.

A selection of colours within the customers bespoke brief

Customer Briefing

Discuss colours, style and other design ideas

During our conversations the customer advised me of the colours and style of beads or look they liked. The length of the piece and other things relevant to the design.

With this information I shared photos of beads and materials I had in stock. I added other beads that picked out the colours in the Paua shell. The customer developed the mixes they were most interested in.

Trialling Patterns

It’s time to get into the pattern design phase.

This is where I make up several “dummy” strands in different patterns using the bead mixes the customer has selected. Once I have a few of these samples made I send more photos.  From this process the customer can tell me the elements they like or dislike.

A few little tweaks and another set of bespoke “dummies” are sent across the internet. Sometimes I may send a design out of “left field” just as an idea to develop on.

The Finished Product

Ready to send anywhere in Australia

This pretty set comprises of matching necklace and bracelet, both with extension chain. The sizing to be adjusted as needs be or they can be joined together to form a longer necklace.

The Paua turtle charms can be added or removed easily. As a bonus they can be threaded on large sleepers for earrings or added to a different necklace.

Bespoke or custom-made jewellery make lovely gift ideas and are perfect for that special occasion.

Paua turtle charm bespoke set @MaxineFaye

The Initial Consultation is Free and you are under no obligation to continue with the design. All costs will be quoted in writing before you commit to the project. You will be asked to confirm your acceptance of the costs and layby or payment plans are available

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

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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.

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Birthstones

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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Aquarius
(21st Jan – 20th Feb) 

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

amethyst birthstone

Pisces
(21st Feb – 20th March)

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

Aries
(21st March – 20th April)

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

Carnelian
aquamarine birthstone

Taurus
(21st April – 20th May)

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

Gemini
(21st May – 20th June)

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

pearl

Cancer
(21st June – 22nd July)

Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl

Leo
(23rd July – 22nd Aug)

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

Ruby
Sapphire

Virgo
(23rd Aug – 22nd Sep)

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

Libra
(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

Scorpio
(23rd Oct – 22nd Nov)

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

Sagittarius
(23rd Nov – 21st Dec)

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

Garnet

Capricorn
(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.

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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?

Jewellery Jargon: Clasp Styles

Clasp Styles used in Beaded Jewellery

In beadwork and jewellery making there are some words that may be confusing in descriptions or statements.  This post will help you understand what the clasp styles are and how I use them in my designs.  You may also find the post on jewellery findings interesting.

Parrot or Lobster Clasp

Natural Beauty necklace with a lobster style clasp @MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery waxed cord assorted wood beads

The most common clasp style is probably the parrot or lobster clasp.  They look like a parrot beak or lobster claw holding onto a ring from the opposite side of the piece.  This style is very functional, generally sit discreetly in the design. It can be used with an extension chain to enable the piece to be lengthened if required.  They may be difficult for people with restricted motor skills (arthritis, tremors etc) to use by themselves. 

Spring Ring Clasp

Spring ring clasp on spiral stitched beaded bracelet

These work similar to the parrot clasp but are a circular shape.  The latch springs back inside the circle to keep the piece secure.  This clasp is quite inconspicuous when used with chain designs as its appearance can resemble the links.

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Toggle Clasp

A toggle clasp is often a little easier to use.  They consist of an open ring through which a bar passes and sits across the opening.  The ring can be a simple small smooth circle or come in many shapes, sizes and some are very ornate.  The larger ornate ones are great as a feature on a the front of a necklace or bracelet. The smaller ones would be more comfortable at the back of the neck.

Screw Clasp

Both sides of this clasp have a threaded section and to fasten they are screwed together.  They are mainly spherical, tube or barrel in shape and can be quite simple, patterned or embellished in crystals.  This style and the Magnetic Clasp below can look very similar when in the closed position.

Magnetic Clasp

Magnetic heart clasp stye on dyed Magnesite bracelet

Positive and negative magnets make up each side of these clasps and when brought together the magnetic properties create the clasp.  The strength of the magnet will determine what item they are appropriate for. Only the very strong ones suitable for bracelets or many necklace styles.

This style of clasp can be found in many shapes including hearts, flowers, spherical, tube and barrel.  Some have a fold over style where there is a hinge between both sections of the magnet which folds over the other section of the clasp.  Some of this style can be very ornate.

Magnetic clasps are not recommended for people with pacemakers or other similar devices.

Tab Style Clasp

ab clasp style finished with a faux pearl

The receiving section of this clasp can come in many styles and shapes including flowers, gem or crystal encrusted.  This side of the clasp has a internal hollow section to accept the opposite side of the clasp.  This clasp is sometimes called a box or ball clasp  The other side of the clasp is made of a folded “spring”.  To open or close the clasp the Tab spring is pressed together and inserted into the hollow section.  Once in place the spring is released and the clasp is caught. 

Some of this style include a bar across the opening of the hole.  This acts as a safety catch to lessen the chance of you loosing the piece if it should get caught or pulled. In the top right picture above, both clasps are open, but caught on a safety bar.

Fish Hook Clasp

This style of clasp is generally an oval or marquee shape and may be filigree, textured or encrusted with marcasite,  stones or crystals.  The mechanism of this clasp is similar to the ball / box clasp in that one section of the clasp is inserted into the other under tension.

The fish hook section is looped over the bar at the entry to the opening and then pushed into place.  The little cutout at the end of the hook locks the clasp into place.  To remove the clasp the ends are pressed together to release the hook which is then slide out and unlooped from the entrance bar.

In the above picture you can see how this entrance bar acts like a safety catch and how this clasp gets its name.

Hook & Eye Clasp Styles

At its very basic design this style is a simple hook on one side of the clasp which catches into a ring connector (the eye) on the other and gravity keeps the piece in place.  In some styles the hook is shaped like the letter S and has rings on either end which are worked into the beaded design.  Each end of the S connects to one of the rings.  Generally one of the tails of the S sits a little firmer on the ring while the other one moves on and off with ease.

This style can be very ornate and look like the tails of animals or dragonflies or vines and flowers entwined with each other.  The can even look like ropes or ribbons.  The eye may be in the form of a fish which is caught on the hook or even the head of an animal with its tail used as the hook.  There are some self closing forms of this style which may have animal heads biting onto each side of a central ring.  Some of these styles may include a hinged safety latch which folds over the top of the S and connects one side to the other.

Slide Lock Clasp

With this style of clasp, both sides look nearly identical to each other as cylindrical tubes each with an open end and a caped end.  On closer inspection one tube has a slightly larger diameter and it has a slit cut from one end to the other.  The other tube has a tension spring which when slid inside the larger tube catches to form the clasp.

This style may come with individual rings attached to the outside for single strands or be longer and include many rings for multi strands.  They are also found with one long section like a buckle instead of rings for attaching ribbon or leather.

Button Clasp

There are two individual styles under this name.

One is the common button, similar to those on our clothing.  A buttonhole in the design, a ring of beads or fibres can pass over the button to form the clasp.

The other style that falls under this name has two sections. Each with their own ring for attaching to the design.  The knob like feature presses into the hole similar to a press-stud.

Other Clasp Styles

There are other clasp styles, but they generally have a similar way of operating as the styles listed above

Adjustable slide, tie and macrame style knots are great options for anyone with an allergy to metals. Stretch style bracelets and longer style necklaces that can be popped over your head don’t need clasp. They can be worn by anyone, especially those with limited dexterity. These styles can also suit metal free options.

Contact me If you would like a particular clasp style added to a custom order. Reach out if a piece currently listed may be altered to make it more wearable for your particular need.

I hope you found this page helpful.

Do you have any suggestions or requests for information on other terminology that you are unsure of. Get in touch with me and let me know.

Original Beaded Jewellery Designs

Beautiful and Exclusive Jewellery

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 designs (other than Bespoke work) are one of a kind (OOAK), so you can be confident knowing you are the proud owner of an original design.

Nature is inspiration for MaxineFaye original, OOAK handcrafted beaded jewellery

A Source of Inspiration

I design and handcraft my original pieces at my home studio adjacent to the beautiful bush and wetlands of Bibra Lake Nature Reserve, part of the much larger Beeliar Wetlands system.  The colours and textures of our wonderful Australian landscapes provide loads of inspiration for my designs as do the beads themselves.

Hook and eye clasp on original OOAK  shell and fibre necklace by MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

Quality Techniques

I use quality finishing techniques such as wire guardians to protect clasps and threads and crimp covers to offer a professional look, but also to reduce the sharp edges that a regular pressed crimp may offer.

Pearls and softer gemstones are generally knotted onto silk or cord to provide a buffer between each bead which protects them from wear and tear.

Visit the website to view some of the lovely things people say about my designs and services.

My Guarantee

Delighting customers and building a base of trust are priorities of my business, therefore I offer efficient service, well-crafted designs and a 12-month guarantee on all original designs and repairs or remodelling.  This enables you to relax and buy from me with confidence.

My beadwork can be purchased online from my shop, via social media, or from the Studio by appointment.

I have a beautiful range of colourful 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.

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Award Winning Designs

Designed and Created by MaxineFaye

Several of my designs have won awards which is always an honour when competing with peers.  

I enjoy competing in these exhibitions and competitions, as some have a theme to adhere to and that is a great way to get out of my comfort zone and learn a new technique or use a new material.

Immogen

1st Place – Jewellery Category – Perth Royal Show

Links of Artistic wire in Gunmetal were hand formed on a WigJig. They are linked to the Gunmetal wire wrapped Czech Jablonex Vitrial bicones by Boho Gold jump rings.13 more Jablonex Vitrial bicones dangle from Boho Gold headpins. Satin ribbons form the clasp enabling the design to be worn at a range of lengths. 

Citrus Garden

2nd Place – Beading Category – Perth Royal Show

More than 130 single Xilion cut 4mm Swarovski crystals in Jonquil, Light topaz, Sunflower and Swarovski 5301 in Sun are matched with Miyuki 11/0 Transparent AB Green Delicas in this gorgeous necklace. 

Swarovski Crystal diamantes and a faceted teardrop complete the design.

Award winning design: Chenille stitched long necklace

Tropical Adventures

3rd Place – Original Design Category – Perth Royal Show

Sections of tubular chenille stitch in yellow and green are punctuated with sections of Czech druk beads and tiny silver stars. 

A beautiful Lamp-work bead (looks a bit like a pineapple) and beaded tassel hangs from a Peyote stitched bail.

Awards from the Perth Royal Show

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Betty

1st Place – Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division

This gorgeous bracelet received 1st Place in the Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Clubs Annual Awards.

Transparent cherry red glass beads & opaque metallic gold mix glass seed-beads are combined with stitching and wire to create this cheerful bracelet. 5 sets of “cherry” charms are created using the same red glass beads and Czech pressed glass leaves.

Frances

2nd Place – Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division

Like a wild but contained garden. Gorgeous transparent Czech pressed glass bell flowers and leaves drip from these spirals like buds bursting into bloom.

This beautiful Green Spiral Rope Necklace was awarded 2nd place in the Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Clubs Annual Awards.

award winning, original, OOAK handcrafted beaded jewellery b MaxineFaye
Petra - 2nd Place - Wired or Strung - Ready to Wear Division - West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club

Petra

2nd Place – Wired or Strung – Ready to Wear Division

Three strands of glass beads in Opaque Rose Gold Topaz lustre are paired with gold flattened bead-cones with an etched leaf design and was awarded 2nd place in the Beading Division (wired or strung) of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club’s Annual Competition.

A piece of jewellery wired or strung together. Jewellery must be ready to wear. Judging is based on aesthetics, originality and design.

Awards and Trophy from the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club’s Annual Competition

Ceres

2nd Place – Theme (Scarecrow) – Perth Royal Show

To honour the Year of the Farmer, the theme for this competition was “Scarecrow”.

Wanting to do something out of the box, I consequently came up with this design and hence called her Ceres.  Which I thought was especially relevant as she was the Goddess of sowing and reaping.

Each wooden scrabble tile was hand-drilled to create the thread-path I wanted, as a result all the threads are internal and can not be seen outside the tiles.

Hand drilled scrabble tiles, glass beads and crystal faceted teardrops for Scarecrow themed competition at Perth Royal Show

Deandra

First Place Award Winner – Cockburn Community & Cultural Council Inc

My piece, “Deandra” won First Place at the Cockburn Community & Cultural Council Inc Awards in the Jewellery – Wearable division.

Diamond shaped components are joined with handmade links of wire and Czech fire-polished glass. A pressed brass stamping creates the base of the pendant which is highlighted with Czech Jablonex Vitrial bicones and Boho Gold round corrugated metal beads.

Additional drops of Vitrial bicones and Boho Gold metal beads are suspended from many of the jump rings creating lots of movement and sparkle to the design. The neck ring is wrapped with Gunmetal coloured wire while the centre features more sparkling Vitrial bicones.

Morocco

First Place Award Winner – Non Seed Bead Division – Bead Guild of WA inc

The piece “Morocco” won First Place in the non-seed bead category.

I was excited with the result as the Judges were leaders in their fields and I was competing against some wonderful beaders.

This design was made from laser cut Cherry wood components linked with wire wrapping and Swarovski Crystals.

Monocco First Place Award Winner – Non Seed Bead Division – Bead Guild of WA inc

Awarded Certificates

Beach Bag - Joint Award Winner - Theme (Summer) - Bead Guild of WA Inc

Beach Bag

Joint Award Winner – Theme (Summer) – Bead Guild of WA Inc

“Summer” Theme Bead Guild of WA challenge – This colourful Beach Bag design was chosen as a joint winner!

The title of the Bead Guild Members “Challenge” was ‘Summer’ and members could make anything they wished from the beads supplied.

Beading challenges and competitions are a great way of getting the creative juices flowing.

Members could use as much or as little as they like from the kit, and could add more from their own stash but points were earnt for each bead/item used from the kit.

The kit contained, memory wire, chain, seed-beads, lamp-worked beads, bugles, crackle beads, pearls, flower beads and 5 different forms of fibre.

Beach Bag close up - Joint Award Winner - Theme (Summer) - Bead Guild of WA Inc

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.

Suncatcher Classes: Wire Wrapping

Wire Wrapping Workshops: Ignite Your Creative Spark

Beaded Bugs wire wrapped suncatchers

Suncatcher Classes

Beaded Bug classes are suitable for most ages and abilities

Wire wrapping classes are a fun and relaxed way to learn a new skill.  You are welcome to bring your own beads and learn to make your very own beaded bug, butterfly, dragonfly (or your own crazy bug) and use it as a suncatcher, ornament, plant decoration or even a brooch.   

The possibilities are endless when it comes to wire wrapping suncatchers. Whether you’re drawn to the delicate beauty of butterflies, the whimsy of dragonflies, or the charm of your own custom bug design, these classes allow you to express your creativity.

A few suncatcher class participants fun and imaginative creations

Affordable and Fun

Everyone has different schedules and abilities, which is why my classes are designed to be flexible and accessible. Whether you have a full two hours to spare or just need a quick creative break, these fun suncatchers can be completed in under an hour.

At just $10 plus the cost of materials. I have a wide range of beads to suit every taste and budget. Choose from acrylic for the younger creative through to crystals to the more discerning artist. Suncatcher wire wrapping classes are an affordable way to explore your artistic side. Bring your own beads to personalize your creation and make it truly one-of-a-kind.

Yes – Children can do the classes.  An Adult will need to stay during the lesson to provide assistance if required, but will not be charged.   Wire is used to create these delightful creatures so very young children may find it a difficult media to work with.

Yes – This class can be arranged for small groups. Extra travel costs may be involved, contact me to discuss your requirements.

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Contact me to learn more about class scheduling and availability.

Suncatcher brooch decoration bug dragonfly butterfly

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.

Individual beading classes can be adapted to suit your abilities and you can choose which classes to participate in and when.

Custom-made & Commissioned Beaded Jewellery

Together we can design an exclusive piece of beaded jewellery

Bespoke and Custom-made designs can be arranged. Make an appointment and bring all your wonderful ideas to the table.

Searching for an exquisite jewellery piece for a special gift?
Don’t have the time to run all over town looking for it?

If you have a special piece in mind, contact me to arrange the design using, colours and beads of your choice and then sit back and relax.

Visit the website to see the custom made work I have done previously and be inspired to join my mission of making the world a more beautiful place.

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Custom made jewellery is a wonderful Gift

A Special Occasion Coming Up? Weddings, Balls or other special events.

Are you looking for an exquisite gift? Let me create it for you and you won’t have to run all over town looking for it?

Have you an accumulation of beads from your travels that you would like crafted into a fabulous piece for yourself or someone special?

Would you like duplicates of chosen designs made for Bridesmaids or family members. Many bespoke or custom-made designs can be made in multiples*

Some of my existing designs can be duplicated or customised in different materials or stones to suit your requirements.  This will depend on the availability (and suitability) of the materials and the original design.

Visit the Testimonial page to read reviews from some of my previous customers, and feel free to contact me to ask any questions.

Love one of my designs, but need it customised to suit your requirements?

I can often change the clasp style.  Do you find the basic lobster style difficult to use?  I can add a toggle or magnetic clasp.  As a result, it will be easier for you to wear.

Either due to different requirements or personal likes you may want an ear-wire changed.  I can customise earrings from hook to stud or even lever-back.  Especially of interest to those without piercings, I can custom most designs to suit non-pierced ears by using clip-on or screw-on findings.

If you have allergies to some metals, ear-wires can be changed to surgical steel or niobium (which is physiologically inert and hypoallergenic)

Depending on the design of the original piece, I can at times reduce / increase existing designs if they are too large / small.

The Initial Consultation is Free!

With no obligation to commit to the custom made design.

All costs will be quoted on before you commit to the project and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of the costs and the design in writing.

Custom designs or Commissions, and large alterations will require a 50% deposit once the design has been finalised and the quote accepted.

This deposit is refundable, less any supplies specific for your design that have been ordered.  Under some circumstances an hourly fee may be deducted for time already spent on a complex design.

Crafting of the item will not commence until the quote has been accepted and the deposit paid.  (Please keep this in mind if the design is required by a certain date).

The customised item may not be collected or posted until final payment has cleared.

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From formal to bright and cheerful, with a custom made design you can choose the beads and style that suits you or your loved one best.  Contact me to arrange an appointment either in the studio, over the phone or by email.

I also have a fabulous range of original and unique one-of-a-kind pieces currently available in my online store.

What Length Necklace Should I Order

How to choose the necklace length that suits you

Names of some Standard Necklace Lengths

  • Collar – this style fits closely around the neck 
  • Choker – sits around the base of the neck.
  • Princess – sits on the collarbone and is a popular length
  • Matinee – Falls below the collarbone and above the bust
  • Opera – falls below the bust
  • Rope / Lariat – Falls towards the naval.  These are the longest style with the rope not having a clasp while the lariat does.

These longer styles can be worn long as a single strand, wrapped two or even three times for a layered look or knotted.

Standard Mens Necklace Lengths

  • 18 inch (46cm) – sits at the base of the neck.
  • 20 inch (51cm) – sits at the collarbone
  • 22 inch (56cm) – sits below the collarbone
  • 24 inch (61cm) – sits above the sternum
  • Over 24 inch sits on or below the sternum

Remember this is a guide only: Account for your height and body proportions to determine the ideal length.

How to measure for a custom necklace

The fall of the mentioned lengths will be determined by your height and fullness of your neck and chest, and also the size of the beads used in the design.

Decide where you would like the necklace to sit, then take a piece of string or similar and drape it around your neck.  Bring the string together at the point on your chest you would like the necklace to sit.  Note this on the string with a marker, or by cutting it at that point.  Lay the string out flat and measure.  This is the length to request your necklace be made to.

Please remember this does not include the additional length of any pendant or tassel which you will need to be mindful of.

This easy to wear style has and has no clasp making it easy to wear and perfect for people with allergies to metals. Its length means it can just be popped over your head.

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Gift Certificates: Gift giving couldn’t get any easier!

Great gift giving ideas: Gift Vouchers for any occasion

Gift Vouchers are a great gift giving idea.  They enable the recipient to choose one of my (OOAK) One-Of-A-Kind, ready to post, beaded jewellery designs or maybe they would like to commission a Custom-Made or Bespoke piece in their favourite colours or stones. They may have a special piece of beaded jewellery that needs repair, or would love to do a beading class.

Under Australian Consumer Law the Gift Voucher is valid for 3 years (36 months) giving the recipient has plenty of time to decide how they wish to use them.

Vouchers can be made to any amount you wish.  The most frequently requested amounts are listed instore and you can arrange a certificate in a specific amount by contacting me.

The gift certificate can be sent to your address or if you are in a hurry, it can be forwarded directly to the lucky recipient.

Need a Gift in a Hurry: Gift Vouchers are just the thing!

Arrange for it to be sent directly to the lucky person.

Too many beaded jewellery designs to choose from?
Don’t know their favourite colours or styles?
Purchase a Gift Certificate and send it (or have it sent) to the lucky recipient.

Can be sent by email to you or your lucky recipient.

Save time and order a Gift Certificate. You can have a certificate sent to you by post, email or messenger (or directly to your loved one) for any amount you choose.   A perfect way to spoil someone special. The Voucher contains a unique Code to use during checkout.

Gift Certificates have an expiry date of three years from your purchase date as per Australian Consumer Law.

If you would like to purchase a Gift Certificate for an amount different to the amount listed, please contact me to arrange it.

  • Please note: Gift Certificates contain a unique code usable during checkout. It is your responsibility (or that of the lucky recipient) to keep them safe. If you lose one contact me as soon as possible to have it cancelled and re-issued with the remaining balance. I have no responsibility for any misuse of the Gift Voucher once issued to you.

Gift Vouchers are a great way to show your appreciation. Thank You, Kris Kringle or Secret Santa, Valentine, Birthday, Bon Voyage are a few that come to mind. Choose the wording and colours to suit the occasion

Special Access to New Releases Discount Codes Exclusive Shopping Experience Hints & Tips on Jewellery Care

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!

Australian Owned

MaxineFaye: Certified Australian Owned Business

How exciting. MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery has received Australian Owned certification.
Look for the Australian Owned Logo. It makes it easy for buyers to support Australian Owned businesses and keep the money in our communities.

I love our Aussie country and took this photo while traveling in a caravan for a couple of years with Hubby.  It was taken from The Great Central Highway going into Kata Tjuṯa from the WA goldfields.

I am extremely proud to have an Australian owned and made business.  All my handcrafted beaded jewellery is designed and made in my home studio at Bibra Lake.  While you’re here have a look at the gorgeous products I currently have available in my online store.

Each piece is generally one-of-a-kind, which means that once it sells there are no more so don’t miss out on this opportunity.  You can also join up to my email list to keep up with new releases and special offers.

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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.

I find inspiration from Australia’s wide and varied landscapes. From Esperance in WA’s South West to Cape Tribulation in the North East of Qld the contrasts of colours and textures are amazing.

What Size Bracelet Should You Order

How to choose the bracelet size that suits you

Are you wondering if one of my bracelets will fit you… just add your wrist size to the sizes below, depending on how you would like it to fit your wrist.  If you are concerned I can always add an extension chain and lobster clasp to the design. Contact me to discuss other options.

What size-how to measure for the perfect bracelet length guide

How to measure for your perfect bracelet size

Measure your wrist with a tape placed firmly (but not tight). If you don’t have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string or a strip of paper and once marked, lay it flat and measure with a ruler.

  • Firm fit: Add ¼” to ½” to your wrist size (approx. 6mm
    to 13mm)
  • Comfortable fit: Add ¾” to 1” to your wrist size (approx. 19mm to 25mm)
  • Loose fit: Add 1 ¼” (approx. 32mm)

For example – your wrist measures 6 inches:

  • You like a firm fitting style, add ½ inch, resulting in a bracelet length of 6.5 inches
  • You prefer a comfortable fit, add 1 inch, resulting in a bracelet length of 7 inches.
  • You opt for a loose fit, add 1 ¼ inches, resulting in a bracelet length of 7.25 inches.

What size Bracelet should you order?

Remember, if you’re unsure, adding an extension chain or an adjustable knot can provide flexibility in fit.

If you’re purchasing a bracelet as a gift and can’t measure the recipient’s wrist, you can use the average wrist sizes provided to estimate the appropriate length.


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Beading Classes: Unleash your creativity

Classes for Individuals or Small Groups

Beading classes are a fun and relaxed way to learn a new skill.  You can bring your own beads or old jewellery and learn the techniques to create something new.  Individual classes can generally be adapted to suit your abilities and you can choose which classes to participate in and when.

Class Availability and Prices may change – Please contact me to confirm

Choose from the following Class options:

  • Stringing and crimping a simple necklace
  • Making wire loops for earrings
  • Wire wrapping a charm bracelet
  • Peyote stitched cuff bracelet (simple)
  • Peyote stitched cuff bracelet (embellished)
  • Using other stitching techniques
  • Simple wire weaving
  • Multi-strand necklace
  • Spiral rope necklace
  • Suncatchers / Brooches
  • And more. If you have a request that is not on the above list, please ask 
Beading classes available for individuals and small groups

Class Price

  • Individual (1:1) Class: $40.00 per person
  • Small Group Classes: $36.00 per person (2 – 6 people): save 10% per group

What to Bring?

  • The price does not include beads and materials and you are welcome to bring your own.
    • Many beads and findings are available for sale before or after the class, but it is not essential to purchase from me to take the class (although that would be great).
  • Bring your own tools and beading materials (if you have them). 
    • I have a selection of tools and beading mats you may use during class (so don’t stress if you don’t have your own)
  • Please bring a container with a secure lid, to transport your beading piece/s and supplies (a lunch box size is generally great)
  • Limited Classes can be run at your venue. Please contact me for further information, availability and pricing.

Getting Married: Planning your bridal jewellery?

Do you have some ideas you like but can’t find just the right thing out there? Then make it yourself!

I can help you design and teach you the techniques to create your very own piece of jewellery. Classes can be tailored to individual or small groups (up to 6 people) so bring the bridesmaids as well.

Beading Classes make a Crafty Gift Idea

Looking for a special gift idea. Gift Vouchers are available and the lucky recipient has 3 years (36 months) to use them. See my blog post on Gift Vouchers for the details and contact me it you have any special requests.

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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.

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Jewellery Jargon: Findings

Findings – what does it all mean?

Findings – a word used in beadwork and jewellery making, that may sound confusing in descriptions or statements. This post will hopefully help you to understand what the items I mention actually are and how I use them in my designs.  I have other Jewellery Jargon posts and you might find clasp styles helpful.

wire guardian findings

Wire guardians, Wire protectors

Beading wire and threads can be damaged by wear and tear from clasps and other components.

Wire guardian are little horseshoe-shaped tubes through which beading wire or thread is passed. The arched section is open on one side for ease of threading. The solid sections protect the wire from wear on clasps or connectors.

French wire, Bouillon, Gimp

I may use Bullion or French wire on some designs. It provides a similar protection but is more supple and flexible. It looks like a little soft spring and is available in different size tubes.

French wire is often used to attach a clasp to pearl strands to protect the silk thread.

French wire, Bouillon, Gimp - findings
crimp beads and crimp cover bead findings

Crimp beads, Crimp covers

Crimp beads are hollow round or tubed beads which are crimped into place to secure beading wires.

The crimp covers are round beads that have an open seam and when positioned over the original crimp it is closed along its seam. This provides a neat appearance and protect delicate clothing. Squashed crimps without covers may have sharp edges that catch on clothing or scratch skin.

Charlottes, Bead-tips, Clamshell knot concealers

Beads tips, knot covers, clamshells, and calottes are names of covers used to hide crimped beads, the knots in thread and cord and some are used to finish ball chain designs. 

Bead tip variations include bottom clamp with double closed loops like pictured, but also side clamp, single loop, open loop, and may be plain or decorative (ladybugs, turtles, flowers etc)

Charlottes, Bead-tips, Clamshell knot concealers

This collage shows how all these elements come together to create a neat look which protects the wire and the beads. The crimping pliers pictured have two groove sections in the jaw. The rear groove creates a “half-moon” or folds the crimp bead onto the wire (top right photo) and the front section rolls the crimp bead into shape (middle left and centre photos). The rolled crimp bead can be left in that state, or finished with a crimp cover (remainder of photos) creating a neat and protective finish.

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Do you have any suggestions or requests for information on other terminology that you are unsure of.
I would love to hear from you

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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?


Repair & Remodel: Existing Beaded Jewellery

Repair or Remodel your broken or damaged beaded Jewellery

I can repair broken strands by restringing.  I offer silk or silkon™ thread for Pearls and softer Gemstones as they protect the delicate beads.  Glass or Crystal beads have sharp edges and I may suggest a remodel of the design using stronger thread or beading wire may be needed.

I can tidy up an existing design if it has damaged sections. The amount of repair will depend on the amount of damage to the original design and if you want to replicate it or remodel the design.

garnet stitched necklace repair @MaxineFaye

Not all Repairs are Major

A simple change of clasp, or earring style may be all you require

Would you like to change a style of clasp.  Do you find the basic lobster style difficult to use?  By adding a toggle or magnetic clasp wearing your jewellery will be easier.

Altering earring wires due to requirements or personal preferences is an option you can choose to change earrings from hook to stud or even lever-back.  I can alter most designs to suit non-pierced ears by using clip-on or screw-on findings.  Ear wires can be changed to surgical steel or niobium (which is physiologically inert and hypoallergenic).

Repair and Remodel Fit for a Bride

A Family Heirloom to Share

The original necklace belonged to the customers Mother and held sentimental value for the family. Inadvertently it had previously been cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner which had damaged much of the nacre coating, causing it to come away from the original glass Pearl beads.

I rethreaded with new Swarovski Pearls, cleaned, and replaced lost crystals in the clasp and added the extra strand which had been broken a long time ago.   Bracelets for the Bride and Flower-Girl (great-granddaughter of the original owner) were made from the salvaged beads of the original design. It is always such an honour to be trusted with items as sentimental as this.

Pearl wedding necklace repair and remodel at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

To Repair or Remodel: This is the Question?

Stretch bracelets are the biggest request for repairs therefore when arranging a stretch bracelet repair, choose between the following options:

  • restrung onto stretch cord as the original design.
  • threaded onto cord or leather and finished with an adjustable slide knot.
  • threaded onto nylon coated stainless steel beading wire with a clasp added.
    • Any beads removed to make space for the clasp or adjustable knot can be remodelled into charms to add to the bracelet, a pendant, or a pair of earrings.

When removing an elastic stretch style bracelet DO NOT pull the bracelet off your wrist, but gently roll it off.  This will reduce the wear and tear on the cord and extend the life of the piece.

Tired, Outdated or Unloved Designs?

Does your existing beaded jewellery need some TLC?

Have you inherited or been gifted beaded jewellery that is just not right for you? Possibly it is too long or short for you?  Consequently, even though you love the piece you are unable to wear it. 
This can be changed!  The piece was remodelled to suit the customer.

Pieces of damaged or out-dated jewellery can be given a new lease on life. I can repair or remodel them so you will be able to wear them again.

Do you want to remodel your beaded jewellery?  Do you have some wonderful ideas of what you would like, but not sure how to go about it?  Have you been making a scrapbook or Pinterest board of designs you like?  Are you ready to get that design created?

Book a Free Consultation to repair beaded jewellery

The initial consultation is both cost, and obligation free.

All costs to remodel or repair the item will be quoted on before you commit to the project. You will be asked to confirm your acceptance of the costs and the design in writing.  The repair or remodelling will not commence until the quote has been accepted and the deposit paid.

Do you have a box of bits and pieces?  Have you lost one of the earrings – did you know I can remodel it into a charm for a bracelet or even a pendant.  Sometimes I may have similar beads and be able to make something suitable.

If you need extra beads or materials for your chosen design, you can either choose from a large range of beads and findings I have available, supply your own or I can order that “certain” bead in for you.

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Discounts are available on eligible orders!

Discounts may be available to Insider Newsletter Subscribers, Loyalty Card holders and offered for Google reviews and multiple or bulk orders. Remember to ask when you contact me for more information or to arrange a consultation. I look forward to working with you and remodelling or repairing your existing loved beaded jewellery pieces.



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.



SOLD: This item is no longer available

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The piece you are looking for has sold or is no longer available

A Custom-Made or Bespoke Creation May be Possible

You have been directed here as the particular item you are looking for has sold out. This piece is no longer available. However, at MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery, I offer various other options including custom-made creations.

When a specific item has sold out and no longer available, I may be able to create something similar. This will depend on the availability of the components used. Due to the unique nature of handcrafted designs and the availability of certain materials, exact replicas may not be possible.

My designs often use limited edition beads and stones therefore I may not be able to duplicate the sold design. The Individual character of most gemstone, crystal, mineral, lamp-worked or handmade glass the design will never be exactly the same.

My lovely customers have written testimonials and reviews on the work and services I offer.

Contact me to discuss a bespoke design tailored to your preferences. I look forward to hearing from you regarding any special design requests or beading inquiries you may have.