Thursday, July 18, 2013

Antelope Beads, an Online Supplier of Artisan, Fair-trade Beads and Jewelry Making Supplies, Highlights Leather Bracelet Components and Their Rising Trends

Antelope Beads is proud to highlight their line of leather bracelet components available in a variety of styles and colors for all your jewelry making needs.

Antelope Beads carries a wide selection of artisan, handcrafted beads and jewelry making supplies, but their beautiful line of leather cords and leather for bracelets is the foundation of the jewelry designs they provide. These varieties of clean, beautiful leather are cut from the center of the hide to ensure the finest quality and consistency, and come in different shapes and layouts for flat or round beads to allow plenty of customization. Presented by respected brands like Regaliz, these leather components are backed by a dependable name and provide a durable feel. With such attention to detail and use of the finest materials, it’s easy to see why Antelope Beads is an online leader of beaded jewelry supplies!

All leather bracelet components have the following features:
  • 0.5mm – 10mm widths
  • sold by the inch and cut to length
  • lead-free dyes
  • braided, suede, flat, round styles and more

While these varieties of leather bracelet component are great for jewelry making, they speak to the popularity of leather bracelet trends in today’s jewelry industry. Leather is much more versatile and cost-effective for creating jewelry than metals like silver or gold. While a metal could lose its shine over time and require polishing, leather can be dyed and heat sealed to mimic a metallic appearance. Leather cords, like the ones provided at Antelope Beads, come in a variety of styles from suede and snakeskin to Greek and braided. The many applications of leather, its comfortable feel, and its natural look make leather bracelets more popular in today’s society than they’ve ever been. Customers crave quality, handcrafted artisan products, and it’s why Antelope Beads is proud to offer the finest selection of leather for jewelry making available online.

Why: high quality materials, variety of colors and styles, great value

Antelope Beads is an online retailer of ceramic beads, leather for jewelry making, jewelry components, and more. Visit Antelope Beads today for all of your leather bracelet components, ceramic beads, and jewelry making tutorials.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kazuri Beads - Women Helping Women

It’s easy to forget about the struggles currently happening to women around the world in disadvantaged countries. As much as media exposure is needed to inform and educate the general public on civil rights violations and economic hardships around the world, a tangible, impactful change is needed. This is where Kazuri Beads comes in and it’s why we’re so proud to provide their beautiful, ceramic beads and bead jewelry components to our customers. Let us share some of their story with you.

Lady Susan Wood, having spent much of her childhood in Africa due to her parents’ time as missionaries, returned with her husband to the continent and Kenya specifically in the late 1940s to begin a lifelong quest to help better the lives of Kenyans. Their efforts, which began as a coffee plantation and medical research foundations, eventually morphed into what is known today as Kazuri Beads.

Kazuri Beads began in the 1970s when Mrs. Wood hired disadvantaged women to help her make beads in her Kenyan home. Realizing there were thousands of women just like her employees, she began work to expand her business and employ as many disadvantaged women and men as possible. The Kazuri Beads factory provided both a social hub for its employees and a means to develop craftsmanship and life skills that could be applied to the work at hand. With so few opportunities for work, the workers were truly able to provide for themselves and their families for the first time in their lives.

Today, Kazuri Beads emphasizes spreading awareness for the need to provide safe, fair-paying jobs for the disadvantaged citizens of Kenya, and shares the beautiful and vast culture of the country through the bright, colorful, and unique beads produced by the factory’s workers.

Through your purchase of Kazuri beads found online at Antelope Beads, you are directly affecting the livelihood of the people of Kenya. Furthermore, you are strengthening global awareness that women of all cultures, ethnicities, colors, and countries deserve equality, respect, and the opportunity to better themselves as human beings. The mountain to climb is large, but we can do it together and change this world with people like you! 

Antelope Beads is an online retailer of fine, fair trade, artisan beads and bead jewelry components. Carrying a large array of beads from designers like Dorabeth Designs and human aid businesses like Kazuri Beads, you’re sure to find all the unique jewelry components you need to create beautiful, original jewelry and lend a hand in changing the world one bead at a time!