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Cynthia Bloom’s quest began with the beads. Many years ago, she was gifted a tattered old once-elegant multi-strand beaded necklace. Too fragile to wear but too beautiful to discard, the necklace resided in a dark box until one day, fifteen years ago, Cynthia found the box and opened it. A burst of sunlight brought the long-dormant glass seeds to life, and Cynthia was instantly enchanted by the interplay of light and color.
As she discovered the bead-making art and tradition of Central Europe’s Bohemian mountains, her playscape soon extended to Swarovski crystals, where precision cutting, clarity, and gem-like brilliance complement the lively irregularity of the hand-blown, hand-cut glass beads.
Like human travelers in the beginning of time, Cynthia can easily imagine that these tiny siliceous shards of light and color embody the secret of creation. It’s the magic of beauty and play.
VINTAGE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS
AND ANTIQUE CZECH BEADS