Thursday, April 16, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA; IOLITE
Iolite is called the Viking compass because it is believed that the Vikings used the stone's polarizing filter property to help them find the position of the sun even through clouds or fog.
Iolite has different colors in the different directions in the crystal, the most extreme of any gem, with violet blue on one side, clear or greyish on another and honey from the third. In color, Iolite can be light to dark blue or violet-blue, but it may also occur in light shades of yellow, green, gray, or brown. Violet-blue iolite is considered ideal color.
It is mined in India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. The Vikings probably mined theirs from deposits in Norway and Greenland.
In recent history, gem-quality iolite was found in Palmer Canyon, as well as huge deposits at Grizzly Creek and Ragged Top Mountain Wyoming.
In the picture: One piece from Madagascar, viewed from two different angles that display its pleochroism. The top image shows the specimen from its angle of maximum violet color. The bottom image shows the same specimen rotated by an angle of 90 degrees to show a yellowish color. This specimen is about 4 centimeters in length. Photos by John Sobolewski, displayed here under a Creative Commons license.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Elementals will not be setting up today.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

 I went down to SoCo and it was already drizzling. Threat of rain is just too high later to set up today.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: EMERALD
Egyptian pharaohs ran emerald mines from 1300 B.C. Emeralds were sent to Europe, Iran, Turkey, and India up until around the 1700's. For thousands of years, almost all Emeralds came from Egypt: this didn't change until huge Emerald deposits were found in Columbia in the 1500's. 
Not only is Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group, gem quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds. More than any other colored gem, color is the biggest factor of value in Emeralds. The most popular and valuable color is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong saturation. Too blue or too yellow decreases the value of the stone. The extreme rarity of transparent emeralds is why inclusions in emeralds are accepted. Unlike other gemstones where 10x magnification grades the clarity, if an emerald has no inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it is considered flawless.
Colombia, Brazil and Zambia are the leading producers of gem quality emeralds, Leading the way, Colombia is famous for grass green emeralds. Brazilian has emeralds with fine clarity and a slightly yellowish green color and Zambian emeralds have a slightly bluish green color. The "emerald cut" was developed for the stone because cut corners reduce the risk of the stone being chipped.
In the picture, The “Mughal”, the most famous carved emerald in history



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weather depending, Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisan Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.
My most popular necklace style, Maeve, pictured in Sterling silver and fine Apatite, $45. Also currently available in Citrine, Garnet, Pink Topaz, Labradorite, Moss Aquamarine, Pearl, Iolite...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Gibson St. Market is closed tomorrow so Elementals will not be setting up. See you next week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

APRIL SPECIALS
- take 15% off all pieces with Emerald, Iolite, Opal, Rutilated Quartz and Sapphire
- Bring a receipt, wear an Elementals piece or send me a picture of you in an Elementals' piece and take 15% off your next purchase