Tuesday, April 22, 2014

These cleared customs in New York about 30 minutes ago and will probably be here in time for this weekend! If you want something wonderful and unique for a Mother's Day present ( or for yourself, I won't tell ), let me know as Rainbow Jasper always goes quickly.
Elementals will be set up Friday and Sunday at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on SoCo and on Saturday at the SoCo Open-air Market . 11 to 5 all three days. 
Gibson is 1318 SoCo in the LAZ lot / SoCo Market is at 1610 SoCo by Vespaio
This is the last weekend to take 15% off all pieces with Emerald, Iolite, Jade, Opal, Rutilated quartz and Black Spinel.
( a.k.a. Cupid's darts and Venus hair stone )
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color. 
Rutilated Quartz is most common in colorless, transparent Quartz, although a brown, smoky Rutilated Quartz has been found. The Rutile inclusions can be few and hair-like or very dense and the lines quite thick. The patterns can be parallel, crisscrossed, or something in-between. Rutilated Quartz is one of the few gemstones that is valued for its inclusions.
The name rutile comes from the Latin word rutilus meaning red.
Rutile is an ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys.
The chief sources of Rutilated Quartz are Brazil, and India. It is also found in Australia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at the Gibson St. Artisan Market on Friday and Saturday this week. 11 to 6 both days. 
In readiness for Mother's Day, over 100 new pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets have been added in the last three weeks! Quite a nice selection.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

                        ROCK TRIVIA: JADE
The name jadeite is derived from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada" which means "stone of the side". It was believed to cure kidney stones if it was rubbed against the side of the body. The Latin version of the name, lapis nephriticus, is the origin of the term nephrite, another variety of jade.
The Mayans and the Aztecs used Jade for medicinal purposes as well as for jewelry, ornaments, and religious artifacts..
Jadeite first came to China from Myanmar in the late 1700s, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century carvers created masterpieces that are unsurpassed even today.
Jadeite's color commonly ranges from white through pale apple green to deep jade green but can also be blue-green, pink and lavender. Its translucence can be anywhere from entirely solid through opaque to almost clear.
The Jade found in California, Alaska, British Columbia and Guatemala is mostly Nephrite; Jadeite is found in Myanmar, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Turkestan.
This huge boulder of nephrite jade was found in British Columbia, Canada. It was discovered in 2000 and the 18-ton specimen was called “the find of the millennium.” 
The nine-foot-tall “Jade Buddha for Universal Peace” is the world’s largest Buddha carved from gemstone-quality jade. It is considered priceless and weighs almost 10,000 pounds.       

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chalcedony on Chrysocolla 
This beautiful specimen was recently sold for $5,000 by Rob Lavinsky of the Arkenstone. It has a blue-green chalcedony-crusted exterior, and an interior of quartz-covered chrysocolla stalactites.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I just took a look at today's weather forecast and decided to stay home today.