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Archive for July 2010

As the #1 US distributor of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for more than 57 years, Merchants Overseas has a unique selection of old stock that is now considered Vintage! These fancy stones have been out of program and out of production for many years, making them a rare find!

We’ve got a great selection left of these fancy stones in square, cushion, round, oval and rectangle shapes making them perfect for jewelry designs requiring the look of high fashion, elegant jewels.  These SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are so old, they feature the old gold foiling that hasn’t been seen in years!

These vintage fancy stones are classic and timeless and were made to fit many different settings.  Take advantage of this opportunity to have these special Swarovski stones!


Item of the Week!

Use Promo Code MO0725 at check out!

5% OFF 2 or more packages!

Now is the time to grab your stock on most popular selling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for Holiday 2010.  The holidays are fast approaching and so are the Do-It-Yourself gifts!

The most popular jewelry designs for the holidays are made with the 3700 margaritas, the 5328 bicone beads, and the 5601 cube bead.  However an article like the 5040 Artemis Bead will be debuting this year for those interested in the New Art Deco Christmas trees!

Click HERE for a full order form with pages dedicated to the designs above!

Call a Sales Associate Today at 800-333-4144 to order!

The great thing about this ornament is the fact that it’s new, fresh, and never been manufactured or seen before! Every year Swarovski comes out with a crystal ornament and this has caused many people to become collectors.  The best part about this Limited Edition Red Tip Swarovski ornament, is the fact that it is THE MUST-HAVE item for collectors.  If you don’t have this year’s exclusive ornament, you don’t have a full collection!

Take advantage of this Merchants Overseas Exclusive! We promise supplies are limited and won’t last very long!

Nothing is worse than getting ready in the morning and struggling to put on your favorite piece of jewelry.  If you’ve ever seen the infamous episode of Sex and The City when Samantha Jones struggles to put on her diamond bracelet and it falls to pieces, then you will appreciate the convenience of a magnetic jewelry clasp.  Having the ease of connecting two ends together definitely beats the misery of feeling alone in the world!

Basically, a magnetic jewelry clasp includes two parts that are held together by magnetic attraction and released from each other by pulling them apart to break the magnetic attraction. The best part is that these clasps are strong and secure and you do not have to worry about your necklace or bracelet just falling off. The Beadelle Pave´ magnetic clasps in particular come in an array of crystal colors, sizes, shapes, and plating to ensure you find the perfect one every time!

Magnetic Jewelry clasps are a tremendous innovation to regular “claw” clasps.  Anyone who has used a regular claw-type clasp has experienced the annoying pain that comes along with it.  Your thumb can start hurting, your arms can get tired, your hair can get stuck in it, etc! Without a mirror, it is virtually impossible to put on a short necklace with a traditional clasp. When it comes to putting on a bracelet, forget it! It is nearly impossible to do by yourself.  A lot of times, fussing with a regular claw clasp leads to damaging it or actually breaking it.

However with magnetic clasps in the picture, you can even turn your old annoying claw clasp into a magnetic clasp! The Beadelle Pave´ magnetic clasps even come with an extra claw to hook onto the necklaces or bracelets you already own. They are also perfect for becoming the statement piece in a simple design like the one below.

This discovery is great for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel, joint pain, limited range of motion in their arms, hands, neck, etc.  According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 19 million adults. It is predicted that 67 million adults aged 18 years and older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2030!

Shop The Beadelle Collection of Pave´ Magnetic Clasps Now!


This week’s items of the week are very high fashion and glamorous SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fancy Stones.

The 4470 Swarovski rounded square fancy stone is a very luxurious looking stone with faceting along the rounded edges and throughout the pointed back.  This stone’s unique flat front and cushion shape make it the perfect fancy stone for high fashion cocktail rings and other trendy jewelry pieces.

The 4610 Swarovski Octagon Fancy Stone is a beautiful rectangular stone.  Also known as an Emerald Cut, this multi-faceted stone is the perfect shape for jewelry designs requiring the look of high fashion jewels.

Use Coupon Code FANCY at checkout!

Latin and Ballroom Dance Costumes and Gowns

For unusual paths into the world of high-fashion ballroom dance wear, it’s going to be hard to beat Irina Birukova’s.  It’s difficult to believe that this stunningly elegant and talented designer (she designs for professionals and amateurs at all levels) started out in life as an aircraft engineer. Shortening “aircraft” into “craft”, she translated the sewing and embroidery skills she learned in school into a finalist’s award at the Burda Moden School of Design competition in Moscow.

International moves took her to Seattle, Washington, to the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT). She discovered that the skills that she had developed in Russia, including designing and crafting exquisitely tailored women’s business suits, found her teaching her teachers.  The staff was impressed with her skills to the extent that she was offered an instructor’s position there, which she declined.  She then attended the Istituto Di Moda Burgo, in Milan, Italy, where she honed her already-impressive figure drawing skills and studied fashion design.

At some point in her growth as a fashion designer, a professional dancer who had been impressed with the construction and tailoring of a pants suit that Irina had designed and made for herself, approached her and asked if she did gowns for ballroom dance competitions, and would she consider making gowns for this professional?  Irina had been required to take a few waltz lessons in high school (with a partner assigned whom she disliked and soon caused her to quit) and had never seen a ballroom competition, so of course she said yes.

She thought then, and still believes, that designing high-performance aircraft and designing equally high-performance ballgowns are very related fields.  “They are both about dynamics – speed and movement.  Flying is flying, regardless of whether it’s in a plane or in a gown”.  She says that just as an aircraft has to be designed and crafted “just so” in order to make it most aerodynamically effective, so a ballgown must drape and swirl “just so” to create the most attractive illusion of flight for each particular dancer.  Those are the dynamics Irina tries to achieve in each individual design – the drape and flow most flattering and becoming to each dancer, and not just prêt-a-porter pieces.

Irina comes by her talent naturally.  She says that her great-grandmother, Alexandra Tribunskaya, was a professional fashion designer and was always elegantly dressed in perfectly-tailored gowns. Family legend says that this lady once designed for the Romanovs.

Irina now lives in Seattle with her husband, photographer and programmer Eugene, and is the darling of her adoring, and beautifully adorned, clients.  Her website, provides examples of the many different designs Irina has created for her clientele.

Contact Irina at for more information!


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