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Czech beads are glass beads that are available in a variety of colors and are made in the Czech Republic. Bead making has been a major industry in this region of the world for many years. During the 1st and 2nd World Wars, the bead industry suffered and in 1945 the communist regime in Czechoslovakia nationalized the entire glass making industry. Beads were not considered a part of the official party line. Production declined as a result. It was not until 1958, when the need for hard currency caused the communists to look for goods to export in exchange for cash, that the bead industry began to grow. Today the Czech Republic is making and exporting large amounts of beads and they are once again in the forefront of the global bead market. These beads are widely used to create beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. Many of the artisans we work with use these beads in their creations. One of our favorite items is the stunning Bola bracelet made by hand in Guatemala. This bracelet is made up of several colors of Czech beads in delicate circular designs and features a convenient magnetic closure. If you are looking for a truly unique and beautiful piece of jewelry you owe it to yourself to check out these amazing bracelets. Matching earrings are also available.
There is a lot to celebrate and commemorate about being an American. We are the land of the free and home of the brave. Many of us watched our USA World Cup soccer team fight valiantly in their game with Belgium and to almost pull out a miracle in the last minutes. We were all on the edge of our seats – one nation, one team. It is heartwarming to see us come together as a nation and even though we did not move forward in the competition we can be very proud of our athletes today. It seems appropriate to be feeling all of this national pride in the days leading up to our Independence Day.If want to show your red, white, and blue this coming Fourth of July or anytime, look no further than our amazing patriotic necklaces by Kate Mesta. These handcrafted dog tag style necklaces are glorious to see and amazing to own.Show your true stars and stripes this coming Independence Day. I know I will.