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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Moss Aquamarine and Iolite on the way from India as well! I'm excited, I haven't had any fine quality Iolite briolettes to work with in awhile!

Can you picture the (just ordered) multi-color Tourmaline briolettes crafted in the Ceri style?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Its name comes from the Greek words “ios” for violet and “lithos” for stone. The iolite was also named “dichroite”, the Greek name for “two-colored rock”.
Iolite's nickname, The Viking compass, comes from it's polarizing filter property, which can detect the sun light, even through clouds or fog.
Iolite has different colours in different directions in the crystal. This property is called pleochroism, and Iolite's is the most extreme of any gem, exhibiting violet blue from one side, clear or greyish from the other, and honey yellow from the third.
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.
The picture, courtesy of the GemHunter, is Wyoming Iolite,