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Archive for August 2010

It’s that time again, time for another SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Innovations Launch, and Merchants Overseas is giving you the first look at the newest innovations that are on the way.

This year, the innovations are exciting and include 2 new colors, Sunflower and Crystal Silver Night, as well as a new Pearl color called Crystal Light Gold.  You will also see 2 new ceramic colors: Terracotta, and Sea green.  There are also 20 new shapes total and 3 completely new designs including a new butterfly shaped flat back, new twist beads in “special prints”, new beads with larger holes, a new wild heart pendant, and more!

Click Here For a Sneak Peak!!!

As always, bling shined on the red carpet of this year’s Emmy Awards.  However, this time there were some fresh faces that sparkled!

New shows like Modern Family and Glee made their debut and were many of the night’s winners! Everyone looked stunning this year and these were our top picks for best dressed lastnight:

Claire Danes won an Emmy for her role as Temple Grandin in the HBO production ‘Temple Grandin.’ She is in a Swarovski Crystal covered Armani Prive gown.

TV presenter, Maria Menounos hosted NBC’s red carpet coverage before the Emmys, and looked gorgeous in a Ralph & Russo custom designed couture gown, which was covered with more than 15,000 Swarovski elements!

The Glee actress Lea Michele, chose an Oscar de la Renta dress, Brian Atwood shoes, a Swarovski clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Tina Fey wore a black silk organza embroidered gown with white satin underlay by Oscar de la Renta. She finished off her look with Guiseppe Zanotti shoes, VBH bag, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Sofia Vergara sparkled in a Carolina Herrera gown accessorizing with Brian Atwood heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Sofia presented the award with Jim Parsons for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series to her own hit show!

Modern Family also beat Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Nurse Jackie, The Office, and 30 Rock to win Outstanding Comedy Series!

Many of our customers have asked for these and we are happy to have them up on the site! These SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Color Charts are perfect for use in your home, office, store, show room, exhibit booth, etc as a “touch, see, and feel” informational and inspirational piece.

This SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal Chaton Color Chart features the array of colors available in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection. This sturdy color chart has actual chatons embedded into the board and is self-standing. Perfect for display!  $25.00

This SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flatback Color Chart features the array of flatback colors, both hotfix and no-hotfix, available in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection.  This color chart features actual Flat Backs on a cardboard magnetic folder and comes with a protective plastic covering.  $25.00

This SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Bead Color Chart features huge variety of colors, effects and shapes available in SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Beads. This self-standing color guide features actual SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5301/5328 Bicone Beads in each color both with and without the AB coating as well as a selection of other beads in clear crystal. $25.00

The Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Color Wheel is a great tool for on-the-go designing! This strong cardboard wheel has a neat spin feature to help designers with color pairing and matching across the color wheel.  With options for finding contrasting colors, harmonious colors, and matching pearl colors, this color wheel will help you make that hard color decision.  $5.00


Pearls are a HOT trend for Fall/Winter 2010! Seen in every fashion magazine from the sophisticated Women’s Wear Daily to trendy magazines like Teen Vogue.  Once only thought to be something your grandma would wear, pearls have made a BIG come back! Now seen more as classic and sophisticated, pearls are extremely easy and affordable to work with!

5mm Swarovski Pearls

Swarovski Crystal pearls are a great alternative to expensive, genuine pearls.  These pearls are made with an innovative pearl coating, giving them a silky, smooth, flawless look.  Available in many amazing colors, these pearls give you the look of timeless tradition, with the option to add your personality! They are also scratch and UV ray resistant!

Below is a very simple DIY project using Swarovski Pearls:

8mm Swarovski Pearls

Materials Needed For Necklaces:

  • 3- 30″ strands of knotted or unknotted (any color) Swarovski 5810 Round Pearls in 5mm or 8mm

* Pearls sold in strands

  • 4 feet and 1/4″  or 3/8″ thick black velvet ribbon

* Sold Separately


  • First twist tie the pearls together at the top to hold the necklace together temporarily.
  • Start in the middle of the strands (where it would lie the longest on your body) with the center of the ribbon and wrap the ribbon around the pearls. When you finish both sides tie a bow on top.  You can use a little glue in a few places to secure the ribbon.

Caution: do not use the clasps, just take the necklace on and off over your head

Materials for Bracelet:

1 – 30″ strand of 10mm endless pearls (any color)

5 feet in length and 3/8″ thick black velvet ribbon


  • Starting with the middle of the length of the ribbon, wrap the pearls circling around all strands simultaneously.  Wrap pearls continuously around wrist.

Voila! Classy Sophistication!!

A few times a month we like to thank our customers with Free Freight promotions.  Getting free freight helps our customers get that extra pack of crystals they might need or can help with tightened budgets.  And we love doing it!

Place an order of $250 or more with one of our sales associates this Wednesday, June 30th, and receive FREE Ground Freight!

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

This Labor Day Merchants Overseas is Celebrating with LOVE and Hearts! Take advantage of the following discount promotion on these beautifully faceted SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS heart pendants:

The history of Labor Day according to Wikipedia:

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (this year it’s September 6 in 2010).

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

Enjoy Your Day Off From Work and Remember Those Before Us!

Every week features something new.  Whether its a discount on a special item that week, promoting a Hot color for the season, or featuring an item that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves, you can count on a new experience on our website each week!  Below are this week’s special items!

The 5025 Vintage Diamond Round Cut Bead is similar to the multi faceted 5000 round bead but is slightly expanded on the sides giving it a more oval shape. This bead is perfect for vintage-inspired jewelry designs! It has a very romantic feeling about it!

What girl doesn’t like purple?  According to fashion trendsetter and the Pantone color trend forecasts, deep, passionate purples are a hot color for Fall/Winter 2010! A color like purple velvet from Swarovski, epitomizes just that! Click on the graphic below for our selection of beads and flat backs in Purple Velvet!

When it comes to adding a special sparkle to something, flat backs are a very popular selling product from our SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Collection. They are available in a variety of colors, shapes and cuts.

With 12 distinct facets the Xilion Flat backs are the most brilliant flat back rhinestones on the market right now and Merchants Overseas always carries a large stock.  A new and growing trend we are seeing is an interest in the very large sizes like the ss40s. As the #1 US distributor of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, we have the opportunity to offer our customers this hard-to-find size in the most beautiful and popular colors

When it comes to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flat backs, there are 2 important options to consider.  Hot fix or No Hot fix? That is the question! And this decision depends on what exactly you are crystallizing.

Flat Backs No Hotfix are loose crystal elements with a flat reverse side. Flat Backs NoHF are easy to apply to a variety of carrier materials using standard one-or two component glues.

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 carrier materials and produce a durable and long lasting crystal effect.


“Where Unique and Awesome Designs Are Our Specialty”

Satisfaction Guarantee ~*

Connie has been designing and making Pageant Wear for 9 years and her clients always come first! You can rest assured that she will do anything and everything that she can to make sure that you are 100% happy with your garment!!!  She will alter, adjust, or remake anything that you think is not just right and she is available until you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your garment.

She designs sportwear, theme wear, casual wear,  swimwear, hair accessories,  mega glitz dresses and everything in between!

Scheduling ~*

She can have most items out in only 4 weeks!

Rush Orders ~*

She does offer rush orders.  She can have dresses out in as little as one week if her schedule allows for it!  She can provide you with references on national level orders that have been completed in as little as one week’s time (and won overall fashion!).

Contact Info ~*

E-mail is Connie’s preferred method of correspondence at the address:
It is also the quickest way to get a hold of her. She is on Mountain Time and is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.


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12836 Dempsey
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

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