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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.

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

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In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me

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.

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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.

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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?