Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Another up and down week in the weather- mostly down. This week my schedule looks like it will be the opposite of last week; at home Saturday and set up at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Sunday from 11 to 5.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Aquamarine is in the Beryl family of stones with the Emerald ( green) and Morganite (pink). beryl. Aquamarine’s color range is from blue to green-blue. The gem’s most valuable color is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with good intensity. In general, the purer and more intense the blue color, the more valuable the stone. Most aquamarine is a light greenish blue. Aquamarine is pleochroic, which means it shows different colors in different crystal directions—in the case of aquamarine, one is almost colorless and so the the blue is always the cutting orientation.
In the United States, Aquamarines can be found in central Colorado and in the Big Horn Mountains of Montana. Brazil has a number of fine quality deposits, in fact the largest aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found there in 1910.. Aquamarine is also found in Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What roller coaster weather we've had these last few weeks. This weekend is apparently not going to be an exception. Friday and Saturday will be in the mid 70's and I will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market from 11 to 5; Sunday will be in the low 50's and I will be at home.

I pulled a muscle in my shoulder this afternoon. At this point, pulling tables and bins and a 50+ pound tent out of the car tomorrow morning doesn't sound like a good idea. i'm going to give it a day of rest and will see you on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fresh water pearls on the way.

Some of the stones I ordered this week, from l-to-r: Natural color Emeralds, Peridot and London Blue Topaz.

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday from 11 to 5.
and Sunday from Noon to 5.
Amethyst is found worldwide, from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" which is a deep purple leaning towards the blue end of the spectrum. Russian Amethysts were not only famous for their beautiful color but were the only Amethysts whose color remained true even inartificial light.
The finest Amethyst available today is the deep grape colored stone that comes from Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia. The majority of the Amethyst on the market is the lighter pink- lavender from Brazil and Uruguay. Gem quality Amethyst is also mined in Madagascar.
The tradition surrounding the properties of Amethyst is also worldwide. Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to guard against drunkenness and seduction. Amethyst has been found in graves across the world from the Aztec in the Americas to the Anglo-Saxon in England. In Tibet, Amethyst was dedicated to Buddha and used for rosaries and, in Medieval Europe, soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.
In the picture, an Amethyst necklace made for Tiffany, with Emeralds and Diamonds. This necklace was up for auction Highlights at Sotheby’s New York December 11th, 2013 and estimated at $80,000 to $100,000.