December 29, 2017
The color experts at Pantone chose Ultra Violet for the 2018 color of the year because it "communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." They went on to explain that "Ultra Violet is a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level, from exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection."
When Colleen Ewart, owner of Island Cove Beads & Gallery, heard the news of Pantone's pick for 2018, she remarked, "I love it! Purple is my first love, then came turquoise."
A few of the purple gemstone beads and cabochons in stock at Island Cove include amethyst and charoite. But if seashell beads are more up your alley, shop our strands of Deep Purple Coin Mussel Shell beads and Mini Purple Heishi Pallium Seashell beads.
Beyond just beads, if you'd like to weave purple or violet hues into your next corded jewelry design, here are a few ways to integrate this amazing shade into your repertoire:
Now that we're saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to a brand new year, drop by the shop to refresh your bead collection and to check out what's new this season. Colleen has stocked the shelves at Island Cove with lots of fresh colors for spring.
In addition to the Ultra Violet inspired assortment of rich purple and deep violet beads pictured above, we've added new fun pops of bright color in lime punch and cherry tomato red, plus the more dramatic chili oil and spring crocus shades. Pantone describes the full spring palette as "a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones." The table-cut hibiscus flower beads and sparkly strands of 2mm and 3mm gemstone beads (shown below) are making their debut this January.
May 29, 2022
This month, Island Cove is featuring the Herringbone stitch. A geometric, versatile pattern for using different sizes and shapes of beads to create beautiful beaded jewelry!
Named after the backbone of the Herring fish, the 2 bead pattern creates a shape like a “v” similar to a chevron but not the same, and is then...
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October 31, 2021
Dominoes inspire artist Susan Sudnik, an instructor at Island Cove Beads in Indian Rocks Beach, FL, to create whimsical holiday-themed dolls.
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