Merchants Overseas' Blog

Archive for November 2009

For all of you DIYers out there, if you don’t already know, Merchants Overseas is your One-Stop-Shop for all things crystal.

We stock an expansive collection of Swarovski Crystal articles, sizes and colors including: Beads, Flatbacks, Hot-fix, Pendants, Chatons, Fancies, Rhondelles, Sew-ons, Buttons, Cup-chain, Filigrees, Banding, Trimming, Transfer appliqués and much more!

This custom Bridal Necklace is a great example of how I used a variety of Swarovski  beads and pendants in a variety of shapes and colors!

Custom Bridal Necklace

Whether you are a reseller, retailer, or just like to make your own designs, you can get everything you need quick and easy!

If you don’t know what all of that means, feel free to post ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS right on this blog.  This is a place we would like to use for discussion, inspiration and as a help desk for all of our new or existing friends.

In an incentive for all of you Swarovski Crystal Lovers we are offering:

The first 20 people to comment or post on this blog will enter the chance to win this exact Necklace!

(a value of over $100, completely free!)

Good Luck!!

Like the look of these “vintage” Moschino pumps with multi-colored crystals?  It’s easy!

Just find your favorite pair of shoes and add our CRYSTALLIZED™- Swarovski flat backs with Hot Fix! Make those boring shoes, pants, shirts, etc into your favorite thing to wear!

Flat Backs Hotfix (HF) are loose crystal elements with a flat reverse side that has been pre-coated with a heat sensitive glue.  Flat Backs (HF) can be easily applied by heat to a range of textile materials and produce a durable and long lasting crystal effect!

At Merchants Overseas, we have Flat Backs (HF) available in a multitude of colors, shapes and cuts and it is so EASY to DIY!  Our best seller is the Xilion Rose, which is considered to be the most brilliant cut on the market.

For more information or to purchase these stones you can go to:

or email with all of your product questions!

Anyone can find their creative muse this Winter ‘09/’10 with these beautiful nature-inspired colors.  Based on our newest stock of CRYSTALLIZED™- Swarovski Elements, we have come up with a range of colors from Volcanic Reds and Ocean Blues to Juicy Earth and Functional Fog.

After much research and analysis, our visionaries at Merchants Overseas came up with the below PDF of color trends for this season.  For the first time, we have added a contrast color into the mix!

This winter we predict that fashion apparel, jewelry, personal accessories and home décor will be full of rich, passionate colors harmoniously balanced with earthy neutrals.

Free Freight on New Front Orders Shipped this Wednesday, November 25th!


Don’t Miss Out – call 800-333-4144!


*Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends At Merchants Overseas*

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for that special someone? Say I LOVE YOU with this year’s SWAROVSKI ANNUAL Edition HOLIDAY COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENT

Exclusively available for a limited time, the 2009 SWAROVSKI ANNUAL Edition HOLIDAY COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENT
resembles a shining star and sparkles with a thousand facets!  It is a small replica of the amazing , one-of-a-kind, star that sits atop The Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City.

By ordering through Merchants Overseas, you get the convenience of quicker shipping, wait just 1 week! Orders will end on December 4th, 2009 (ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST). This ornament will be discontinued after this year!

Sounds too good to be true? We agree! But don’t be fooled, this is an opportunity that we may never see again!

Not just for the Holidays, Annual Editions perfectly celebrate important moments in one’s life and make thoughtful gifts for any occasion.


This year’s official tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 2nd.

For more information on the Tree Lighting click on the link below:

Sign up for our free e-newsletter The Monitor now until December 31st and automatically enter to win a $250 Gift Certificate toward any Merchants Overseas Purchase!

No need to look around, The Monitor keeps you updated on our newest products, projects, discounts, special events and more!

Just a reminder to all of our customers:

Merchants Overseas will be closed next Thurs 11/26 & Fri 11/27 for Thanksgiving.

Please plan accordingly, especially for customers holding  Black Friday Sales!

Orders can still be made tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!

For More information go to: or contact one of our sales service associates directly at 800-333-4144 or

This blog is a place where we would like to share everything we know, love, and do, with YOU! We are hoping to meet other industry professionals as well as anyone who loves a little sparkle!

A Little Bit About Us:

Located in Providence, RI’s Historic Jewelry District, Merchants Overseas is your #1 source for all things crystal.  Merchants Overseas is a preferred Recommended 5 Star Dealer of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements. We are recognized as a leader in the Fashion Accessories, DIY, Textile and Giftware industries. Fascinatingly, we are almost all that is left of what was once considered “the Costume Jewelry Capital of the World.” In fact, right next door to us is The Coro Building, once the largest jewelry factory in the world, is now offices for many of the top physicians in the state.

The Beginning:

Eugene Wachtenheim, a WWII survivor who emigrated from Europe to join his family already residing in America, founded Merchants Overseas in 1950. Before moving, he corresponded with his uncle living in Chicago about business opportunities in America.  Discovering that the war had caused a shortage of large-sized Aurora Borealis rhinestones in the United States, his uncle suggested that he purchase crystals to bring with him on his journey. And so, Eugene came to this country carrying two suitcases full of crystal rhinestones for sale.

From that day on, Merchants Overseas has grown to become the largest U.S. distributor of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.

Ironically, to this day, the Aurora Borealis stone effect is one of our most popular sellers!

Six decades later, we remain a family owned and operated establishment, and the # 1 distributor of the timeless beauty that is CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.

This fact allows us to provide our customers with an extensive inventory collection of Crystal Stones and Components at very competitive market pricing, with of course, personalized, top-quality service.

For more information about CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements and our other products click on the link below:

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email!

Join 54 other followers

RSS Bookmark Us!

  • Please Visit Our New Blog
    Hello friends. Our blog has moved to Please visit us.
  • Save on in-stock Crystal & Crystal AB #5328 Bicone Beads
    April 9, 2012   For a limited time, you can save up to 10% on the best-selling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS #5328 XILION BICONE BEAD. Here’s How: Mix and match any size (2.5mm-10mm) of our in-stock Crystal and Crystal AB #5328 beads. The more you buy, the more you save. View your savings by quantity below: Purchase […]
  • April Inspiration for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
    Beads Pendants Fancy Stones (in settings) Cupchains, Channel linkchain April Inspiration: A Stunning Sparkler San Francisco-based designer, Liz Palacios created this sparkling necklace of cascading SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Create Your Own Design with the latest SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Whether you’re looking for beads, pearls, pendants or something else, Merchants Over […]
  • Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Mini Projects
    CREATE YOUR STYLE MINI PROJECTS!! FEATURING THE NEW SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS INNOVATIONS Beautiful Mini Projects you can Do Yourself!! Try making the Egyptian Gem Collar Necklace featuring the New SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Gem Pearl Colors, or the Evolution of Rose Peach Collar made with the new Rose Peach beads and pearls, a Quintet of Crystal Pearl Gems […]
  • New SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS CYS Instruction Guide!
    The New “Ethnic Strings Collar”   from  CREATE YOUR STYLE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS   This easy do it yourself instruction guide features the new SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Spring/Summer Innovations! It utilizes the new Color Blends, New Gem Color Pearls, and the New Crystal Luminous Green Pendant!   CLICK HERE for your FREE instruction Guide!!

Facebook Us!



Vote For Us on!

blogarama - the blog directory
Blog Directory & Search engine
Bead Directory
Blog Directory by Blog Flux

Art Jewelry Studios

Art Jewelry Studios

Oldies but Goodies!

Jewelry Supplies

Gemstone Directory