Monday, July 27, 2015

Nelson Beads $40 Gift Certificate Giveaway for Gemstones Beads

By on Monday, July 27, 2015 48 Comments

Have you ever been disappointed when your gemstone order arrived looking rather different from the online pictures?  I have.  The use of stock photos is the cause.  So it was such a refreshing find with Joanne Nelson's exceptional and forthright service for Nelson Beads.  I had previously reviewed her gorgeous Madagascar rose quartz before.

Nelson Beads always shows the exact photographs of the gemstones on sale - she retakes pictures for each new supply - so what you see is what you get.  As you can see from my picks of favorite pictures here, Joanne is also a great photographer. She includes close up pictures which simply make one fall in love with the gorgeous gemstones even more!

Rhyolite Gemstones

The other thing Joanne does right is to explain what the gemstones are, their origin and how they have been treated.  Her product descriptions are often educational. And as jewelry artisans, we have to know because our customers expect us to know and may well ask! Take the rhyolite gemstones for example.  Did you know they are sometimes erroneously marketed as rainforest jasper? I didn't. Nelson Beads also has a section on Gemstone Properties if you wish to find out more about the gemstones being sold.

Crab Fire Agate

Joanne is also delightfully honest when it came to crab fire agate, "It's anybody's guess how these beads are made. I've been told that crab fire agate beads are made by heating and then rapidly cooling agate beads, which causes fracturing in the stone resulting in the crackled "crab" part, whatever crab means." She also suspects they are also dyed so "you are basically paying for a lot of processing."  Having said that, the gemstone prices over on Nelson Beads are very fair indeed. Crab fire agate beads are absolutely beautiful with such interesting crackle effects and will look wonderful for jewelry designs.

Lapis Lazuli

When I first wrote about Nelson Beads, only round beads were being offered. Since then, Joanne has been stocking other shapes of gemstones. Her undyed Afghanistan lapis lazuli nuggest are superb with that prized ultramarine blue color, some iron pyrite (fool's gold) but not much calcite (white flecks). Cheaper and dyed lapis lazuli often have a lot of pyrite and calcite.

The amethyst selection is another standout.  Such lovely deep purple colors! The photo above is the dark 10 mm round amethyst but has been deliberately lightened so we can see white quartz within the purple one.

Great gemstones are important foundations to jewelry making.  Here is what I did with Nelson Beads' lovely Madagascar beads.  The tutorial for the coiled wire framed earrings is here.

If you'd like to win a $40 gift certificate from Nelson Beads for gemstones of your choice, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  August 3, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


My jewelry designs were photographed with my iPhone 5 and the camera+ app using natural light and the Modahaus Tabletop Studio TS320. The light colors of the designs were challenging to photograph - I tried white, black and eventually settled on grey background. The round gemstones were also tricky to position. So expect some photo sessions to take longer than others and be prepared to experiment with backgrounds and moving things around for different poses. Info on How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar.

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  1. Can't wait to check the store out! Those lapis lazuli beads are gorgeous! Mcstellen @ g m a I l . C o m

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    1. Me too. I have received rose quartz that were a far cry from the pink ones in the picture. These Madagascar rose quartz are truly lovely in real life as well as in pictures.

  3. The lapis lazuli nuggets look luscious. Yes it is refreshing to find a supplier who knows what they are selling so we dont have to do the guess work when our clients ask us

  4. Thanks for another great giveaway! I follow on bloglovin, pinned, shared on FB, G+, tweeted and emailed friends.

    P.S. I'm loving my Modahaus photography set up. My photos are getting better too.

    1. That is so good to hear that the Modahaus is one of the reasons why your photos are getting better. Well done!

  5. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Pearl. I hope you all enjoy visiting my store, and good luck to you all!

  6. No matter how much I try to appreciate other mediums, I simply cannot break my absolute adoration of real gemstones! The feel, the colors, the mining, cutting and finishing techniques... the individual properties, myths and origins fascinate me! A rockhound wannabe is my middle name! I love using them in my creations! They inspire me still, like no other medium I have worked with. Although not alive, I find them as captivating as watching my tropical fish tanks used to be! they are all so unique and individual... I can't get enough of them!
    Of course I am a blog subscriber and faithful follower!

  7. Jesse from NyZoSa DesignsJuly 27, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I love Nelson beads. I have been very pleased with the 2 orders I got .

  8. I am in total love with that lapis! Thank you so much for introducing me to another supplier of my favorite drug.

  9. I follow your blog through Bloglovin' as Shaiha

  10. I shared on FB

  11. I've been one of those disappointed customers before... so it's wonderful to hear about a company that's being truly honest about their gemstones. Love the earrings design!

  12. I love gemstones and will give Nelson beads a try.
    Beadily yours
    Night Beader
    Susan Feldkamp

  13. These beads are very pretty.

  14. A fair description of goods for sale is something we're looking for and would rather trust! And I'm looking forward to the tutorial on the coiled wire earring frames :)

  15. I can't wait to start drooling over their website! Thanks for the chance :)

  16. A jewelry customer of mine wanted some red carnelian nuggets so I could make a long necklace for him, and I don't carry them. On my advice, he bought three strands from a prominent jewelry supply store. Two of the strands were red; one was orange. I can't make his necklace with these mismatched strands.

    I just can't believe any bead company would think that is acceptable, and I would never do that to my customers. When you order multiple strands from me, I also try to match up the colors.

    I'm so glad Pearl has introduced my business to you. I am a sole proprietor who also makes jewelry, so I know what jewelry designers are looking for in quality and consistency. I hope I can eliminate your pain when buying gemstone beads.

  17. How on earth did I miss this post?!

    I prefer using the real thing in my designs and Nelson Beads definitely have the quality and look I go for! I've perused their selection many times - drooling and oohing and awing over each selection.

    Throw my name into the hat my friend. One can never have enough beautiful gemstones to work with!

  18. Thanks for the great giveaway. I am a subscriber through Feedly. I'm so glad you introduced me to them, they have such beautiful stones.

  19. I reviewed the web site and was amazed at the grade of beads for the price. The photography was phenomenal. I will definite search this site before I order any more beads. Thank you Pearl for keeping us informed. I always read your posts every day.

  20. I am a customer of Joanne's (Nelson Beads) and I can give you 100% positive review of her gemstones and her customer service! I have bought from her several times and I am always impressed with the strands of beads I have received. Her photos are amazing and very accurate of the product. And she is such a nice small business owner, always a bonus in my book!!

  21. Thanks Pearl for introducing us to a great online store! Will have to go and check it out. :)

  22. I am now in love with this site!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Rachel M

  23. I can attest that the lapis nuggets are indeed as advertised. And undyed lapis is so hard to find. I love that Nelson Gemstones is starting to carry more stone shapes as well. I'd love to win a spree in Joann's shop.

  24. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Thank you for this opportunity! <3

  26. thanks, lovely chance! :)
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  27. Enter me please!
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  28. Great find! thanks for the site!

  29. I'd love to get gemstone beads that look exactly like the pictures for a change!

  30. Gorgeous giveaway! I'm in love with the amethysts!

  31. Pearl,

    Thanks for the information on this supplier. Am going have to check out the lapis lazuli.

    Would love to win the giveaway and get some lapis.


  32. Thank you for introducing Nelson Beads! I'm gonna check it out!
    And also thank you for doing this giveaway! I want to enter this giveaway please. I am your email subscriber and has pinned this article to my board:


  33. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

  34. I love the earrings that you posted above thanks for sharing them.I would love to win thanks for the chance.

  35. I am an email subscriber
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  36. I love gemstones! email subscriber

  37. I am a follower , and I think those are beautiful ! I would love to try them !

  38. It's great to know that the beads we are buying are just like the ones in the photos. I would like to enter this giveaway for gorgeous gemstones. Pearl, thank you for this giveaway. I am a blog subscriber by email.
    acbeads at gmail dot com

  39. OMG!!! Pearl, Those gemstones are amazingly stunning and gorgeous!!! I only know of a couple of suppliers for quality gemstones.
    These look like amazing quality gemstones.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and all the others you always have.

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