Friday, July 18, 2014

These beautiful Arizona Turquoise Briolettes are the perfect size for the design shown in Peridot. The order has bee placed and should arrive in about a week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMBER
Many trees produce resin, but the majority of deposits are broken down by exposure to sunlight, rain, and temperate extremes as well as bacteria and fungi. For resin to survive long enough to become amber, it has to be resistant to all this or be produced under conditions that exclude them. High pressures and temperatures produced by overlying sediment, transforms the resin first into copal. Sustained heat and pressure drive off organic compounds and results in the formation of amber.
Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown, amber can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after.
The most highly prized amber is transparent, rather than the common cloudy amber and opaque amber.
All Dominican amber is fluorescent, the rarest Dominican amber is blue amber. It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other even partially ultraviolet light..Only about 200 pounds is found a year, so it is very expensive.
Amber sometimes contains animals or plant matter that became caught in the resin as it was secreted. Insects, spiders and even their webs, bacteria and amoebae, marine microfossils, flowers and hair, feathers and other small organisms have been recovered in ambers dating to 130 million years ago.
In August 2012, two mites preserved in amber were determined to be the oldest animals ever to have been found in the substance; the mites are 230 million years old and were discovered in north-eastern Italy.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMBER 
Many trees produce resin, but the majority of deposits are broken down by exposure to sunlight, rain, and temperate extremes as well as bacteria and fungi. For resin to survive long enough to become amber, it has to be resistant to all  this or be produced under conditions that exclude them. High pressures and temperatures produced by overlying sediment, transforms the resin first into copal. Sustained heat and pressure drive off organic compounds and results in the formation of amber.
Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown, amber can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after.
The most highly prized amber is transparent, rather than the common cloudy amber and opaque amber. 
 All Dominican amber is fluorescent, the rarest Dominican amber is blue amber. It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other even partially ultraviolet light..Only about 200 pounds is found a year, so it is very expensive.
Amber sometimes contains animals or plant matter that became caught in the resin as it was secreted. Insects, spiders and even their webs,  bacteria and amoebae,  marine microfossils, flowers and hair, feathers and other small organisms have been recovered in ambers dating to 130 million years ago.
In August 2012, two mites preserved in amber were determined to be the oldest animals ever to have been found in the substance; the mites are 230 million years old and were discovered in north-eastern Italy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's been a productive week! 2 dozen new pendants and 2 dozen new earrings!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JULY SPECIALS:
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amber, Citrine, Peridot, Ruby and Sunstone.
- Buy any two pieces and take 50% off a third

Photo: JULY SPECIALS:
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amber, Citrine, Peridot, Ruby and Sunstone.
- Buy any two pieces and take 50% off a third

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:
Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th 11 to 5:30
Gibson St Artisan Market 1318 SoCo

Pictured is a breezy pendant just perfect for summer! A very popular style available this weekend in a variety of stones. This one is Ocean Jasper and Sterling Silver. Most are only $35. In several cultures, fringe is believed to keep away the evil spirits so they cannot do harm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: Green Garnets
Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color. The garnet group has stones of every color except blue.
Many garnets are chemical mixtures of two or more garnet species. There are several varieties. 

First there is Grossularite, which has tones of yellow, green and brown earth colours.
Probably the best known green garnet may be Tsavorite which also belongs to the grossularite group. Tiffany's gave this name to the stone which was discovered in 1967 by a British geologist in Tanzania near the Tsavo National Park. The green of the tsavorite runs from vivid and light to deep it has particularly good brilliance.
Demantoid Garnet is a very rare variety of Garnet from the Ural mountains of Russia. Demantoid Garnet is generally bright green, and exhibits greater brilliance and light dispersion than even a diamond. Demantoid Garnet is also known for containing hair-like inclusions called horse tails that add to its beauty and value.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market this Friday from 11:30 to 6 and this Sunday from 11 to 5. Dozens of pretty little pendants just perfect for summer.
Austin Pets Alive is in need of a new tent to shade the dogs that are up for adoption. 10% of all Elemental's sales Friday and Sunday will go to this purpose.