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Find Unique Gifts at Craft Shows in Virginia and New Jersey

Craft shows in Virginia and New Jersey are great events where you can find unique and meaningful gifts for your special loved ones. The creativity of local artisans shines through at these events – from pottery to clothing to jewelry and much more. It is a wonderful way to see the true colors of all these local crafts in person.

If you haven’t experienced the beauty of dichroic glass jewelry, you have the opportunity to see the result of this artistic process and meet Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou at some of these local craft shows. As owner of Forever Fusions, she crafts one-of-a-kind jewelry (colorful pendants, bracelets and earrings) that she showcases at the events:

  • Memorial pendants lovingly and respectfully infused with cremated remains of loved ones or pets
  • Mother’s pendants to celebrate the love of mother and child
  • Metal cuff jewelry made of brass, pewter and .999 fine silver plating elements with fused glass cabochon
  • Funky Fusions designs of color-shifting dichroic glass and conversation-sparking designs

While she has a supply of pieces available for purchase at the events, some people commission her to create special pieces to express their feelings for a special person or pet. There is no better way to get an idea of the possible colors and shapes than by seeing her displays at the shows.

Visit the Forever Fusions Booth at These Upcoming Events

Whether you want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping or just want to enjoy a day out with friends or family, you’re sure to have a great time when you add these events to your calendar:

October 13-14, 2018

Gourds, Goblets & Ghouls Festival 

Hanover Vegetable Farm

13580 Ashland Rd.

Ashland, VA

11am – 6pm


October 20, 2018

Powhatan Artisan Festival

Mabel’s Espresso Bakery Cafe

3844 Old Buckingham Rd.

Powhatan, VA

10am – 4pm


November 3, 2018

Clover Hill Craft Fair

Clover Hill High School

13301 Kelly Green Lane

Midlothian, VA

9am – 3pm


December 1-2, 2018

41st Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market

407 Hope-Great Meadows Rd.

Hope, NJ

10am – Close


If you can’t make it to these craft shows or if you’d like to get a sneak peek at some of Chrisell’s designs, visit the Forever Fusions website at Online orders are also accepted. Happy Holiday Shopping!

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How One Family Found Comfort in Memorial Jewelry

The loss of a loved one is never easy; it is especially difficult when that loss is a child – of any age. Here is a story of how one family found comfort in memorial jewelry:

Cynthia M. is a mother of five children. After her son passed away, she looked for ways to honor the cremated remains of her son. Cynthia found Forever Fusions, a home-based art studio run by Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou. Chrisell has a passion for helping people cope with loss through her art. Through the creation of memorial pendants and pocket stones, she infuses small amounts of cremation remains into truly unique works of art that can be worn, carried or displayed by loved ones left behind.

Cynthia contracted Chrisell to create five memorial pendants for herself and her other adult children. The response from her family was so overwhelming, she returned to have two more pendants made to hang from her car mirror. One of her sons also had a pocket stone made so he could keep it in his tool belt while working.

“I love my pendant and all the pendants that you made,” said Cynthia. “Each one of them is unique and treasured. Thank you so much for the dignity and respect that you gave each one of them.”

These unique jewelry pieces bring Cynthia and her family comfort and a sense of closeness to the loved one that has passed. The ability to wrap her hand around the pendant that she keeps close to her heart is one small way to cope with the loss.

What are Pocket Stones?

Chrisell’s memorial pocket stones are palm-sized, smooth stones that are fused with cremated remains. Pocket stones are popular for men who don’t want a piece of jewelry but still want a commemorative piece. The finished pieces are delivered with a small card that reads:

“Keep this in your pocket; reach in and touch it when you are lonely or need comfort. Let it remind you that you are never alone. Those who leave don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.”

To learn more about memorial jewelry or pocket stones, contact artist Chrisell Vasiliou at


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Celebrate Your Freedom with Jewelry

As we celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4, we also celebrate our freedom. We celebrate the freedom to think independently and show our own true colors. Forever Fusions would like to take this moment to thank all of our service members, past and present, for their dedication to our freedom and keeping our country safe.

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.”
– Lee Greenwood

This July, you could honor the special service members in your life with a unique pendant, bracelet, ring or earrings. Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou, owner of Forever Fusions, can craft a truly independent piece of jewelry that celebrates the people currently in your life or honors those who have passed. By fusing dichroic glass pieces together with metals, oxides or silica, she can create a color-shifting piece that incorporates various hues of red, white and blue . Cremated remains of loved ones can even be incorporated into the jewelry to commemorate loved ones. This type of memorial jewelry can be worn as a reminder of the selfless sacrifices others have made for our freedom.

July 4th jewelry does not have to be red, white and blue. That’s the beauty of having freedom! That’s the beauty of having a truly unique piece of jewelry that celebrates your distinctive taste. That’s the beauty of Forever Fusions.

Enjoy your Independence Day with parades, fireworks and time with your family and friends. If you would like to learn more about the Independence Day jewelry options available, contact artist Chrisell Vasiliou at

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Summer Jewelry: Color and Shimmer

Summer signifies the return of showing bare skin to the world: freedom from layers of clothing as we wear shorts, tank tops and V-neck tops and dresses. Skin becomes the perfect canvas to showcase unique jewelry. Summer also signifies the return of color and shimmer to jewelry to accentuate fashions and complement tanned skin.

What better way to showcase your style than with unique, colorful, shimmering jewelry? Forever Fusions is a home-based artist studio owned by Chrisell Vasiliou. Chrisell hand-crafts brilliant jewelry designs using glass fusion. By fusing and vaporizing layers of colorful dichroic glass with super thin sheets of glass with metals, oxides or silica, she forms beautiful crystal works of art. The color wavelengths produced by this process produce jewelry that reflects a variety of shimmering hues depending on lighting and angle.

Chrisell transforms her pieces into:

  • Pendants
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Rings

Here is a pendant example that conjures images of sparkling swimming pools, a tropical beach scene or even a tie-dyed tank top. The hues in this piece created by Chrisell are absolutely beautiful.

This bracelet sample would be perfect to wear to a beach party. The dark blue background is highlighted with sunbursts of yellow and orange. Sporting this bracelet with your swimsuit coverup or sundress is sure to elicit Wow comments from your friends and family.

If pastels are more your style, you may be more drawn to a lighter piece that features a dominant image, like the butterfly pendant shown here.

Chrisell offers pre-made pieces or she can customize a unique design incorporating your favorite colors or designs. With affordable prices ranging from $35-$50, you may decide to order several different pieces to accentuate your summer skin and wardrobe. The best part is that literally no one will have the same jewelry as you – that’s just the nature of dichroic jewelry.

Visit Forever Fusions at to view the unique creations available and place your order for an affordably-priced custom piece.

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Meaningful Jewelry for Mother’s Day


Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

  • Robert Browning

Mother’s Day is May 13, 2018. It’s a time to celebrate the undeniable bond between mothers and their children. If you have a mom-figure in your life – your birth mother…wife…stepmother…foster mother…adoptive mother…grandmother…sister – express how much she means to you through the gift of meaningful jewelry.

Unique mother’s jewelry does not have to cost a fortune. Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou creates unique mother’s pendants in her home-based art studio, Forever Fusions. Using an artistic process of glass fusion, she hand-crafts pendants that feature the silhouette of a mother embracing a child. At only $40 per pendant, it’s an affordable way to give a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that could become a family heirloom for future generations to enjoy.

Wearing one of these pendants is sure to evoke comments from other people that your mom encounters. Imagine the pride she will feel as she not only gets to talk about the signature piece itself but also dote on the special person who gave it to her. It will be a subtle way to remind her of the love you feel for her and how important she is to your whole family.

If your mom has a favorite color, Chrisell may be able to incorporate your color requests into each pendant. You can learn more about the options available and commission Chrisell to create a special order. Contact artist Chrisell Vasiliou at

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2018 Jewelry Trend: BOLD

According to, bold statement jewelry is the trend for 2018. Now that spring is here, you can replace your bulky sweaters

with scoop neck tops and dresses…and accentuate those fashions with awe-inspiring necklaces. Rather than heading to the mall to purchase a design you might see on your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers, you’ll make more of a statement if you think outside the department stores.

Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou has been creating bold statement jewelry in her Forever Fusions studio since 2014. Transforming pieces of dichroic glass through the creative process of glass fusion, she hand-crafts pendants, earrings and bracelets that showcase brilliant colors, shimmer and shine. Each piece of her Funky Fusions line is completely unique.

Chrisell’s designs can be incorporated into necklace chains, chokers or neck wires to match your personal style or complement a specific outfit. Best of all, these statement pieces won’t ruin your fashion budget for the season. In fact, each piece ranges in price from $35-$50.

Funky jewelry pieces not only make a bold statement, they also allow you to express your individuality and mood while providing a quality piece of jewelry. The addition of a color-shifting glass pendant to an outfit can spark comments, conversations and even a renewed sense of self-confidence.

If you live in or near Virginia, you can see some of Chrisell’s designs in person at these upcoming events:

Hanover Vegetable Farm Strawberry & Wine Festival

May 19-20, 2018

13580 Ashland Rd.

Ashland, VA


2nd Annual Louisa Street Festival

June 9, 2018

1 Courthouse Square

Louisa, VA


It’s time to update your 2018 jewelry with a unique piece made just for you. Visit Forever Fusions at to view the unique creations available and place your order for an affordably-priced custom piece.

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How Memorial Pendants Provided Inspiration at the 2018 Olympics

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games were a whirlwind of amazing physical feats and inspiring stories. One Olympian’s story in particular struck a chord with Virginia jewelry artist, Chrisell Vasiliou.

Team USA aerial skier Jon Lillis of Rochester, New York, had to overcome incredible emotions to compete in the games. The 23-year-old athlete lost his 17-year-old brother, Mikey, in October 2017 – just a few months before the games began. Also an athlete who had dreamed of competing in the Olympics, Mikey passed away unexpectedly in his sleep.  

Knowing his brother would want him to push through the devastating pain, Jon continued to train. He chose to honor his younger brother during his time at the Olympics in two special ways:

  • Wearing Mikey’s old aerial jumping suit with his initials inside the collar during his runs
  • Wearing a specially-made memorial pendant containing Mikey’s cremated remains during the opening ceremony

Other members of Jon’s family also wore memorial pendants during his jumps as a way to share the experience with Mikey.

It was the latter gesture that hit home with Chrisell. In 2014 Chrisell’s beloved husband passed away. To help her cope with this great loss, she used her artistry to infuse a bit of her husband’s ashes into a unique pendant made of dichroic glass. The glass fusion process forever embedded the cremated remains into a beautiful, color-shifting pendant that she could wear close to her heart. It was then that Forever Fusions was born.

Today, Chrisell continues helping others cope with the loss of their loved ones by creating unique memorial pendants. She feels incredibly honored to create these exclusive pendants and treats the entire process with the utmost respect and compassion. By hearing Jon’s inspiring story, she knows that her work is truly making a difference in the lives of those who have lost a loved one – one pendant at a time.  

To learn more about memorial pendants, visit Forever Fusions online at  

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This Valentine’s Day, Give a Unique Candle Holder

Now there is a unique option for a candle gift that will set a warm and romantic mood – one that won’t break the bank. Virginia artist Chrisell Vasiliou, owner of Forever Fusions, has expanded her home-based glass jewelry business to include hand crafted glass votive candle holders. At just $25 each, this is sure to elicit a genuine smile from your loved one – and set the tone for your romantic evening.

Chrisell has transformed her glass fusion process of jewelry creation into stunning works of art that are the perfect size to showcase a battery-operated or traditional wicked votive (or tealight) candle. All of her creations are distinctive and one-of-a-kind, often containing color-shifting properties that give the piece a life-like quality. They can even be custom-crafted incorporating your loved one’s favorite colors. Even without a lit candle, these glass votive holders will add beauty to any room.

To view sample candle holders or to place an order, visit Forever Fusions online at Make this a Valentine’s Day she’ll remember forever.

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How to Bring a Smile to a New Mom’s Face

New mom, Jonna, and her husband, Dave, were in the beginning phases of first-time parenthood: working to find balance in their new tasks of diaper changes, sleep routines and feeding schedules. It was both a magical and exhausting time in their lives. If they were being honest, being new parents could feel overwhelming at times.

Imagine Jonna’s surprise when a package arrived in the mail after their baby boy was just several weeks old. When she opened the box, she found a beautifully hand-crafted necklace that featured a mother’s pendant. The image of a mother gently embracing her baby boy instantly brought tearful smiles to Jonna’s face. She instantly knew this would be an heirloom that would be treasured forever.

This is a real story that happened to a real mom in Colorado.

This thoughtful gift was crafted by Virginia jewelry artist Chrisell Vasiliou in her home-based art studio, Forever Fusions. Chrisell used the process of glass fusion to create a unique glass fusion pendant with a color-shifting black/blue background. The silhouette of the mother is a very light pink and the baby boy is, of course, crafted in baby blue. It is a jewelry piece that can complement almost any outfit.

For Jonna, the gift served as a reminder of how very fortunate she and her husband were to have this bundle of joy in their lives. Today, it is still a reminder that all of the sleepless nights, irregular schedules and frustrating moments are an absolute blessing and worth every second of it.

If you would like to bring a smile to a new mom’s face, visit the Forever Fusions website at to learn more about unique mother’s pendants. You can request colors that will reflect the mom’s style and personality, making it a more personal gift. Best of all, these thoughtful gifts are reasonably priced and sure to touch the heart of anyone who opens that special box.

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Unique Way to Remember Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of joy, wonder and excitement for many people. However, this time of year can also be a time of quiet reflection as we remember loved ones (even pets) we have lost over the years – those who will be forever in our hearts as we celebrate the season.

Virginia jewelry artist, Chrisell Vasiliou, understands the struggles that many people have this time of year. She began crafting her own unique way to remember loved ones by incorporating cremated remains into beautiful dichroic glass jewelry that can be worn close to the heart. The memorial pendants she creates at her home studio, Forever Fusions, are crafted one-by-one. No two are identical. Each one is designed with the utmost respect.

Just one half of a teaspoon of ashes are used in each memorial pendant. The ashes are fused into dichroic glass – they are not visible to others, but the memories are preserved forever into beautiful pieces of art. Dichroic glass is created by layering super thin sheets of glass with metals, oxides or silica and vaporizing them with an electron beam. A crystal structure is formed on the glass to create a variety of color wavelengths and depths on every unique piece of glass.

If you are searching for a gift with true meaning for yourself or a loved one this holiday, consider commissioning Forever Fusions to create a memorial pendant. You can work directly with the artist to decide what types of colors, shape and design would relay your feelings for the loved one that has passed or the person who will receive this as a gift. Each piece is a labor of love that is offered at very affordable prices starting at $45. The entire process can be handled via phone discussions, online communication and mail.

To view a gallery of memorial pendants or to place an order, visit Happy Holidays from Forever Fusions.


Mini Three Crosses
1” round pendant
Day time sky with black crosses
Silver-plated bail

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