CUSTOMIZE YOUR JEWELRY WITH BIRTHSTONE GEMS AND BEADS!
Making handmade jewelry is far better than something that is shop bought because you, as the designer puts effort and something of yourself in the piece. What is more, you can customize the jewelry to suit yourself or your recipient. Using birthstone gems is one easy way to do so.
The choices of gemstones for each birth month has changed over the centuries. But several times in the 20th century, the jewelry industry standardized the list. The modern list includes alternatives - very useful since some gemstones are more expensive than others.
Swarvoski crystals and other glass beads could also be substituted providing the colors correspond to those of birthstone gems.
There are a couple of popular ways to incorporate birthstones in jewelry designs. One is to make peas in a pod wire jewelry or bird's nest pendants.
Check out these tutorial collections from The Beading Gem :
How to Make Peas in the Pod Pendant Wire Jewelry (Crissy - please link text properly with given links)
How to Make Bird's Nest Jewelry