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27 Sevenoaks Street
Balwyn 3103
VIC AU
Tel 0425704663

About Bellissimo Jewels

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Welcome to my business Bellissimo Jewels ("beautiful jewels") - I have been providing quality Rosary Beads & rosary bracelets for approx 8 years. All my rosary beads are handmade by me using Swarovski Crystals & Swarovski pearls. I do not import them "ready made" or use cheap components. I only use silver-filled non tarnishing pins and 925 sterling silver chain links, crucifixes & centrepieces. All sets of rosary beads can be altered and customised for the individual as long as I have the components in stock. The rosary beads are WHOLESALE prices - I am a homebased business and I do not sell the rosary beads through retail outlets, this ensures you are getting a quality item for an exceptionally good price. All rosary beads are presented in a white leatherette style hinged box for safekeeping, and the bracelets are presented in a cream velvet drawstring bag.

I am also a glass beadmaker and my plan is to incorporate my own handmade lampwork art glass beads into my Rosary Beads - this is a work in progress and I look forward to having some of these truly unique sets available on my website - Imagine receiving a set of beautiful Swarovski crystal rosary beads with handmade art glass beads incorporated into the set - what a special gift that would be!!

Handmade art glass beads are made by melting glass rods over a flame and coiling the molten glass around a stainless steel rod (known as a mandrel) which has been dipped into a special mixture to prevent the glass from adhering to the steel - The art of lampworking has been around for centuries and it is a unique skill that takes years of practice. I have been making glass beads for 9 years now and it is a past time that is both relaxing and very rewarding as it allows for great creativity with each bead being so unique & individual. Although you can create them similar there will always be a slight difference which is what makes them such an artpiece!

5% of all sales is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation which is a cause that is dear to me because in 2003 at the age of 40 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Life brings us challenges and I must say this was one of my greatest. After enduring the treatment with the support of family, friends and a wonderful team of medical professionals I came through it all with a renewed outlook on life. We can't control everything that happens in our lives but we can control how we deal with life's ups and downs. We can look back and ask "why" but it is more important to look forward and ask "what now". I am grateful for my breast cancer experience because it has given me the confidence to do things I had only previously dreamed about. I would never have thought that 11 years on I would be running my own small business, learning new skills and crafts and meeting and making wonderful new friends; it has also made me even more aware of how precious life is, in this busy world in which we live we should try to embrace each day with laughter and enthusiasm. Look for the positives and make a difference!

For more information on Breast Cancer, support networks or to make a donation please contact www.nbcf.org.au

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