I found this enchanting passage in San Francisco, California.  I fell in love with how the greens of the plants and the color of the houses created a very interesting hue in the surroundings. These colors inspired me to do something similar with these 18mm daisy Czech glass buttons: B/110. The look is magical!

Daisy czech glass buttons and San Francisco

When I went to visit the social project that we were supporting in Burkina Faso, I was able to travel a few days to the desert in the north of the country. The earthy colors in this picture inspired me to apply them to these Rondell beads. The green bushes are the turquoise in the beads, and the water is represented by the amber Picasso beads. I find this combination of colors to be very pleasing to the eye! Find these 5x3mm rondelles 1009/RON5

Champagne rondelles and Africa

In one of our trips to Prague, Czech Republic I found the details of this door to be so beautiful. The rustic turquoise patina of the bronze inspired me to apply the same effect in these dahlia flower beads. I find so much inspiration in the scenes of life!. Find these dahlia flowers 0611/DAH

Dahlia Flowers and Czech Door

I have always liked turquoise furniture with an old country french style. The bed in the picture is mine, I painted it myself. I used different shades of turquoise and then I applied an antique finish. I adopted the same idea to design these beautiful rondell beads. They are also a mix of different shades of turquoise and the antiquing is mimicked by the Picasso finish. Find these 5x3mm rondells  0511/RON5

Turquoise rondelles and turquoise bed

I was walking in the Ramon Crater in Israel when I found these beautiful plants. Although most of the desert plants are thick with scratches due to the difficult weather and environment, I fell in love with the light reflecting across the plant. I found out that indeed, these plants were green but the white dust was so strong that they almost looked turquoise. I tried to apply the same colors in these Saturn beads. The beautiful mix of turquoise with transparent greens is finished with the earthy feeling of the Picasso finish. Find these Saturn Beads: 0654/SAT

Saturn beads and desert plant

We were walking in the “Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village” in Sedona, Arizona when I found this interesting setting. The shadows of the trees were creating a kind of spooky pattern on the walls while the Asian warrior gave us his back. The brown-red tones with a golden peach light gave me the inspiration to apply these colors to the roller beads. I love the earthy tones from the desert. Find these roller beads in 6x9mm: 0882/ROL and 8x12mm: 0859/ROL

Tlaquepaque and copper roller bead

I love the water and one of my favorite bodies of water istheMediterraneanSea. While taking a short hike in Cinque Terre Italy,  I had the chance to admire the myriad of blues from the cliffs. This beautiful combination of blue sapphires and aquas makes it so attractive and calming in my mind. I was inspired to use the same colors in these faceted round beads; I really love the result. Faceted Round Table cut beads 1393/FAS

Mediterranean ocean and faceted round beads

Fall in New York State is very beautiful. I took this picture a half block from home.  At this point in the middle of October, the colors of the leaves become very intense: yellows, oranges, reds and dark reds are so bright to the eye. Using a similar palette of colors I was inspired to design these 6x8mmrondell beads. The glass has a beautiful combination of transparent and opaque, giving a sense of the sun’s reflection. I think the picasso finish, which sometimes looks green, resembles the leaves that are still green. 6x8mm Rondelles 0173/RON8

Rondelles and New york Fall

The colors of these baroque beads, blue aqua glass with Picasso finish, is one of the most used combinations in jewelry because the colors are very pleasing to the eye. The reason is that these colors are found in nature. The blue aqua from these beads mimics the water color of the beach. The Picasso finish resembles the trees in the background. Round Baroque beads 0023/CEN

Baroque beads and Riviera Maya

I found these tulips in the gardens of Niagara Falls in Canada. The red-orange of the flowers stands out beautifully in contrast with the green of the stems. The colors of the small rondelles resemble almost identically this combination from nature. Although the Picasso finish can be browner, sometimes it looks greener too. 5mm Rondelle 0702/RON5

Niagara Falls flowers and rondelles

Turquoise waters can be found in rivers and lakes. We were visiting a waterfall in Chiapas, South of Mexico when I  took this picture. Turquoise colors are some of the most popular in jewelry because it imitates nature in a very beautiful and calm way. The beads are in deep blue aqua same as the river, but with the Picasso finish they look almost like the green plants next to it. These beautiful dahlia flower beads remind me of colors in nature. Dahlia Flower 1160/DAH

Dahlia flowers and waterfalls

Royal blue or sapphire with gold has been a combination used for many centuries. To me, it always reminds me of royalty, power and elegance. The image on the left was taken in the Baroque Chapel of Santo Domingo Church in Puebla, Mexico. I love how the color gold from the painting frame has been combined with the blue Talavera. With the same illusion of elegance, a gold finish was applied to these cobalt Czech glass buttons. Czech Glass Button B/277

Czech glass buttons and mosaics


Shanti designs most of the beads and buttons produced for Nirvana Beads. She is also a Graphic and Web Designer