Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Violet Crown Festival is one of my very favorite yearly festivals. This is my 10th year. There will be live music all day, a variety of good food from ice cream to empanadas, children's activities, and fine crafts made by local artisans. 
Pictured. on the left the Maya in Lemon Quartz and Apatite, the top right is Amara in London Blue Topaz and the right is Aubrie in Ethiopian Opal



Elementals schedule:
Thursday at the 23rd St. Market* from 11 to 3:30
Saturday at the Violet Crown Spring Festival from 10 to 5**.
Sunday, weather depending, at the 23rd St Market from Noon to 4.
* 23rd & Guadalupe across from the UT Clock Tower
** Brentwood Elementary parking Lot 6700 Arroyo Seco 78757
May Specials:
Take 15% off all pieces with Chalcedony 
Take $5 off any purchase of $45
Pictured, the Maya style with a Green Chalcedony drop and Opal Rondelles. Regular price $65, this month only $55
ROCK TRIVIA: CHALCEDONY, ( Kal- SID-nee )
The alternate birthstone for May
Chalcedony probably was named for the ancient Greek town Chalkedon in Asia Minor, which is today part of Istanbul.Chalcedony is the name for a group of stones made of a microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, which means the quartz crystals are too small to be seen without high magnification. It is found all over the world.
Chalcedony was used in the Mediterranean region as early as the Bronze Age. In the Palace of Knossos on Crete, Chalcedony seals have been found dating back to 1800 BC. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often used to make seal impressions. It was widely used for rings and carvings by the Romans, for religious carvings in the Renaissance and for cameos by the Victorians.
Chalcedony occurs in the most amazing variety of colors and patterns. Agates have beautiful bands and stripes, Jaspers have incredible patterns and colors, and colors range from the translucent orange-red of carnelian to the apple-green of Chrysoprase - the most valued form of Chalcedony.
Generally what jewelers today mean by Chalcedony is the translucent material such as the blue in the picture. Other popular colors are mid-range greens and aquas.


Monday, May 2, 2016

My fingers have been busy clicking on shiny things! More briolettes on the way: Peridot, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst and London Blue Topaz
Just ordered these briolettes for earrings:Tibetan Turquoise, Lapis, Malachite and Tiger Eye

Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekend weather forecast has improved! Find Elementals 
Saturday at The SoCo Outdoor Market from 11 to 6 &
Sunday at the 23rd St. Artist Market from 11 to 4. 
Last weekend for April specials; 15% off pieces with Sapphire & Rock Quartz 
Buy one piece, take 25% off a second