Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rock Trivia: Citrine
The name is derived from the colour of the lemon. There are not many yellow gemstones and most- like diamond, sapphire or topaz- are expensive. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, but quality natural Citrine is a rarity.
In Europe and the Middle East, quartz have been the most commonly used mineral for jewelry and carvings for thousands of years.
Quartz has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary, Brazil and Uruguay.
Pictured is a Diamond and Citrine tiara made by Cartier and belonging to Queen Sikirit of Thailand.

Photo: Rock Trivia: Citrine
The name is derived from the colour of the lemon. There are not many yellow gemstones and most- like diamond, sapphire or topaz-  are expensive. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, but quality natural Citrine is a rarity. 
In Europe and the Middle East, quartz have been the most commonly used mineral for jewelry and carvings for thousands of years.
Quartz has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary, Brazil and Uruguay. 
Pictured is a  Diamond and Citrine tiara made by Cartier and belonging to Queen Sikirit of Thailand.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Please join me in helping to dispel the myth that there is only one standard of beauty and help our next generation of women grow up more self confident. 
Every time you see a little girl out in public, give her a positive comment. It can most certainly be about her hair or her smile, but also on her style, her poise, her posture- just anything that will make her feel good about herself!
A self-confident young woman is much less likely to do drugs, enter into an abusive relationship and more likely to give back to the community..

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My newest design. The center is a beautifully crafted precious metal bead from the Indonesian island of Bali. This handcrafted bead is available in both Sterling Silver or Vermeil*. 
The standard length of this necklace is 20 inches, but the necklace may be ordered at lengths of 16 to 24 inches.and with your choice of stones.
Pictured in Sterling Silver with Moss Aquamarine at $60. 

* electroplated gold over sterling
Photo: My newest design is named Adira, which means strong, noble and powerful. 
The center of the design is a beautifully crafted metal bead from the Indonesian island of Bali. This handcrafted bead is available in both Sterling Silver or Vermeil*. 
The standard length of this necklace is 20 inches, but the necklace may be ordered at lengths of 16 to 24 inches.with your choice of stones.
Pictured in Sterling Silver with Moss Aquamarine at $60. 
* electroplated gold over sterling

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SEPTEMBER SPECIALS:
*Take 15% off all pieces with Citrine, Iolite, Jade, Lapis and Sapphire 
* Buy one item, take 25% off a second item
Elementals will be at the Austin Flea on Saturday, September 6th. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin's most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, glass work, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! 
11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Opal Divine’s Penn Field (3601 S. Congress 78704).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and oceans levels changed.
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals such as silica, iron and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and  oceans levels changed.  
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule  by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes  the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals silica, iron  and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far.
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material.
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far. 
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material. 
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.