Tuesday, December 31, 2013

JANUARY TREE OF THE MONTH: FORTNGALL YEW


Modern expert estimates put the age of the tree at between 2,000 and 3,000 years, although it may be a remnant of a post-Roman Christian site and around 1,500 years old. This still makes it one of the oldest known trees in Europe The Fortingall Yew is possibly the oldest tree in Britain.
The area immediately surrounding Fortingall has a variety of prehistoric archaeological sites including Càrn na Marbh, a Bronze Age tumulus. Archaeological evidence hint at an Iron Age cult centre at Fortingall, which may have had this tree as its focus. The site was Christianised during the Dark Ages, with the yew already full grown, perhaps because it was already a sacred place.

JANUARY SPECIALS:


 - 15% off all pieces with Aquamarine, Flourite, Garnet, Tourmalinated & Smoky Quartz
 and Tiger Eye
- !st Time Special: buy one piece,
take
30% off a second of equal or lesser value


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday, December 28th

I'll be at the SoCo Open-air Market ( 1610 South Congress by Vespaio) from 11:30 to 5. It's only my second time here, so stop by and take 20% off any one item!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Under the weather today; staying home. Will be back at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rock Trivia: Famous Sapphires

The Star of India is the largest star sapphire in the world with a weight of just over 560 carats. Discovered in Sri Lanka about 300 years ago, it is now in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. T...he Star of India is also unusual because it has stars on both sides of the stone.
One of the oldest known sapphires is the 104 carat Stuart Sapphire which dates back to 1214. It was once mounted in Queen Victoria's State Crown and is now set on the back side of the British Imperial State Crown.
Among cut sapphires, the largest in the world is known as Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire ( pictured ), at 478 carats. It combines stunning color with a fascinating history. According to lab reports, it is of Sri Lankan origin and is completely untreated. It was purchased by King Ferdinand of Romania in 1921 for his wife Queen Marie, who was a granddaughter of both Queen Victoria of England and Czar Alexander II of Russia. The sapphire was sold around 1947 and was acquired by Harry Winston. The stone is now on permanent display in the Diamond Fund Exhibition, within the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.
Thank you all for the support you have given me this and the past eight years. You have made me feel good about the hours spent perfecting a new design and not so bad about the times I was caught out in the rain. You've stood in my tent and sweated with me in the summer and shivered with me in the cold wind. You've enabled me pay my rent and buy more stones. Thank you all and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It was such a pretty day yesterday on SoCo. Everyone was in a good mood, people meeting and chatting with each other, enjoying the great food, adopting puppies and buying handcrafted goodies from the vendors at The Gibson St. Artisans Market! It's on again today and Thursday from 11:30 to 5.
 
 (Saturday looks to be rained out and Sunday blown out from the cold wind gusts.)
 

 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rock Trivia: Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland. The Celts, who began colonizing the British Isles around 300 BC, mined the stone in the Cairngorm Mountains of the Scottish highlands. It is used in Scottish jewellery and as a decoration on ki...lt pins. The largest known crystal is a 52 pound specimen kept at Braemar Castle.
Here's an interesting fact: I 12th century China, flat panes of smoky quartz were used as sunglasses.
Pictured is a Tourmalinated Smoky Quartz.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The weather this week is going to be just what we deserve- wonderful! Elementals Austin will be taking advantage of this from Wednesday to Friday (as well as the weekend if it doesn't rain ) at The Gibson St. Artisans Market. 11 to 5.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A First

This may never happen again: the earring rack is full and there are 3 dozen extra pair! So, if you come by and don't see the perfect pair in the color you want, ask if there are any more.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Time to make the earrings! On the worktable: Picture Jasper, Tourmalinated Quartz, Tiger's Eye, Ruby Zoisite, Rainbow Jasper, Lapis/Picasso Jasper Intarsia, Carnelian, Lapis, Tibetan Turquoise, Andalucite ( aka Cross Stone), Amazonite...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 14th & 15th


Elementals will be at the Gibson St. Artisans
Market from 11 to 5 Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rock Trivia: Azurite

Azurite is a deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. The mineral has been known since ancient times, and was mentioned in Pliny the Elder's Natural History. Azurite was sacred to the Egyptians who believed it was an aid to spiritual communication.
Azurite was used as a blue pigment for centuries. Chemical analysis of paintings from the Middle Ages recognizes azurite as a major source of the blues used by medieval painters. True lapis lazuli was supplied from Afghanistan during the Middle Ages but azurite was a common mineral in Europe at the time.
Pictured: Velvet Beauty. It was found in 1890 at Bisbee, Arizona. It weighs about 3 pounds and is about 9" in diameter. For sale at the 2007 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show: asking price, US$25,000

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My show was cancelled and I don't like the cold, so I stayed warm at home and made bracelets. Lots and lots of bracelets! Pearl bracelets, peridot bracelets, jasper bracelets...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

WEEKEND UPDATE:
The Violet Crown Festival has been cancelled.

Violet Crown Cancelled for Saturday

I jjust received notification that the Violet Crown Festival was cancelled for Saturday the 7th and pending for Sunday

DECEMBER TREE OF THE MONTH


  Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig tree in Sri Lanka. It is said to be the southern branch from the Bodhi tree in India under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment. Planted in 288 BC, it is the oldest known planted tree in the world.

ROCK TRIVIA: CHALCEDONY

 Chalcedony probably was named for the ancient Greek town Chalkedon in Asia Minor, which is today part of Istanbul.
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.
Chalcedony is a form of quartz with many, many varieties including such very different stones as Carnelian and Moss Agate. Generally in the gem world, the term Chalcedony is reserved for the waxy looking, translucent blue and brown variety.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Specials

* Take 10% off all pieces with Azurite, Chalcedony, Lapis, Sapphire and Smokey Quartz
* Take 15% off purchases of $60 or more

Violet Crown Festival

Cold temperatures will not keep Elementals Austin away from The Violet Crown Festival this coming weekend! I'll have a heater with me so I can warm up any necklace you want to try on. 
This is an all handcraft show with 55 scheduled artisans. Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at The Triangle.
Pictured is a necklace with Chalcedony, one of the stones on special for December.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

December 1st

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Sunday,
December 1st from 11 am to 5 pm.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

After Thanksgiving

Elementals Austin will be at the Harvest Arts Harvest Art Fest in Bastrop on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5 both days. Pictured is one of dozens of precious metal and gemstone pendants that will be available.

Monday, November 25, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: PERIDOT

Peridot was used in Egyptian jewelry from the early 2nd millennium B.C.. The stones came from a deposit on a volcanic island in the Red Sea, off the Egyptian coast. The ancient Romans also used peridot and, because the color does not change in artificial light, they nicknamed it the 'emerald of the evening'.
The peridot is one of the few gemstones which comes in only one color- the most prized is a beautiful chartreuse green color with a hint of gold. Traces of iron give the stone its color and the intensity of the color depends on the amount of iron present. The color itself can vary from shades of yellowish green and olive, and even to a brownish green. Peridot cat's eyes and star peridot are particularly rare and precious.
The most beautiful stones come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan and, in the mid-1990s, a fabulous deposit of exceptional quality peridot was found in Pakistan. The find is on a mountain pass so high that the mine can only be worked in summer.
Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to come out and shop with Elementals Austin this past weekend! Finished all my errands in time to miss this current round of rain. Now it's time to have a second cup of coffee and get busy making more earrings!

Friday, November 22, 2013

COME SHOP INDOORS THIS WEEKEND!

 Elementals Austin will be at The Austin Handmade Arts Market
In The Primrose Ballroom at The Westin Hotel in the Domain.
Saturday 10 to 7 & Sunday 11 to 5.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Indoor Show This Weekend!

The weather outside will be frightful
But the The Austin Handmade Holiday Show will be delightful!

Elementals invites you to
come shop all handcrafted goods from Texas Artisans

Indoors at The Westin Hotel in The Domain
Saturday the 23rd from 11 to 7
& Sunday the 24th from 11 to 5





Mention this invitation and take 15% off your purchase from Elementals!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rock Trivia: Ruby


 Rubies have been treasured since ancient times; today they are more valuable than diamonds.
The color of Ruby ranges from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The most valued color is a deep blood red with a slightly bluish ...tint. This color is called "Burmese Ruby" or "Pigeon's Blood Ruby". Ruby from Burma is famous for its exceptional coloring, and has traditionally produced the finest Rubies. Burmese Rubies are generally small; large, top quality Burmese Rubies are often worth millions of dollars. A Ruby with Inclusions of small parallel Rutile needles is known as a "Star Ruby". When these are transparent, they are highly prized. Star Rubies generally exhibit six ray stars, though twelve ray stars are also known.
The color of Ruby is usually caused by tiny inclusions of chromium. Rubies will sometimes display a lighter and more intense color when viewed at different angles.
Pictured is a fabulous necklace, made by Cartier for the Maharajah of Patiala in 1928. It is platinum set with rubies, diamonds and pearls.

Saturday the 23rd & Sunday the 24th

National Weather Service Forecast for this coming Weekend:
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
What a good weekend to shop Elementals Austin indoors at The Austin Handmade Arts Market. At the Westin Hotel at The Domaine.

Saturday 11 to 7 and Sunday 11 to 5.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

11/16 & 11/17

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th from 11 to 5 both days. This is just one of well over 100 precious metal and gemstone creations! Now on to the beaded beauties.

Monday, November 11, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: LABRADORITE


Labradorite was named by by Moravian missionaries who found it in Labrador, Canada in 1770. However, it was known by the Red Paint people of Maine for over a thousand years. According to a legend of the Inuit people...s, Labradorite fell from the Aurora Borealis.
The stone is usually gray or green-gray, but rarer varieties include include Golden Labradorite, a transparent gold or champagne-color, and Spectrolite, which exhibits the entire color spectrum and was discovered in Finland in the 1940s.
Labradorite is a member of the Feldspar family and is valued for its beautiful play of color, known as labradorescence. The stone has layers that refract light in flashes of blue, green, and more rarely a gold or coppery red.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Rock Trivia


 The tradition of birthstones most probably originated with the Breastplate of Aaron. Aaron was the brother of Moses and a high priest; the breastplate was a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sunday the 10th

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market  Sunday the 10th from 11 to 5.
Pictured is a piece with Peridot, one of the stones on special this month.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Saturday, 11/9

Elementals will be at Georgetown Market Days on Saturday, 11/9 from 10 to 5. I'll receive my placement on Thursday and will post to make it easier to find my booth.
In the picture is Turquoise, one of the stones on special this month.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Rock Trivia: Turquoise

The two oldest known turquoise mining areas are in Persia and in Egypt, but the name turquoise probably came from the fact that it was brought to Europe by traders known as Turks. Turquoise has been valued since the time of the Pharoh's and... the Aztecs. Turquoise has been used by both Native Americans and by Indian tribes in Mexico. Central and South America. Prehistoric mining tools have been found in some of the old digs of the turquoise mines in California.
The U.S. is the world's largest producer of turquoise and some of the output from various mines in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada is the finest in the world- rivaling that of the renowned Persian.
Turquoise is only found near deposits of copper. Unlike other minerals or rocks, turquoise is created by weathering and chemical reaction between copper, aluminum, phosphorus, and water. This usually happens in arid, or semiarid environments. Nevada comes in with the largest number of mines in the U.S.- perhaps nearing as many as 100 different ones producing as much as $50 Million dollars of rough material!
Pictured is Aztec inlay on wood.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NOVEMBER TREE OF THE MONTH

The Wedding Oak
Outside of San Saba, a fabulous Texas Oak. According to legend, native Americans stood under the tree to be wed and that the tradition was later adopted by the settlers.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: TOPAZ ( CO-BIRTHSTONE OF NOVEMBER W/ CITRINE )


The word topaz is related to the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning "heat" or "fire but the name topaz is probably derived from an island in the Red Sea, Topazos. 
The Egyptians believed that topaz was colored by the rays of the Sun God Ra and that a Topaz amulet would protect the faithful wearer from harm. The Romans also associated topaz their God of the Sun and believed Topaz would change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
Topaz comes in many colors, including clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and blue. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce. The most common color is yellow with a red tint; the most valuable is pink to reddish. The coloring agents are iron and chromium.
The blue Topaz is the state stone of Texas.

Monday, October 28, 2013

NOVEMBER SPECIALS


- Take 15% off all pieces with Labradorite, Peridot, Ruby, Topaz  ( the biirthstone of both November and Scorpio ) and Turquoise.
- Take 10% off a purchase of two items and 15% off a purchase of three items.

Friday, October 25, 2013

New Inventory

2 dozen new pendants, check; 2 dozen new earrings, check. Guess it's time to start on bracelets.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday the 27th

The last Sunday in October will find Elementals Austin at the Gibson St. Artisans Market on SoCo from 11 to 5!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FIRST TIME AT THE 1610 SOCO MARKET


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH 11 TO 5
It will be my first time at this market, so I'll be in the back. Make a trip to see me, mention this post, and take 15% off your entire purchase
(1610 South Congress between Milton & Monroe )

Monday, October 21, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: LAPIS LAZULI

Lapis  is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been valued  for thousands of years for its beautiful, deep blue color.
Lapis lazuli was in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 6000 BC. It was used for jewelry, ( such as the beautiful Egyptian piece pictured ), bowls and urns, and for inlay in such things as the funeral masks of the Egyptian pharohs.
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis was exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder for the most valued and expensive paint pigments: ultramarine,  Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Da Vinci and Botecell and Rembrandt and Vermeer often reserved the color for the clothing of the central figure of the painting.
Today mines in northeast Afghanistan are still produce the most valued lapis. It is also mined in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunday, October 20th

Sunday may be even nicer than Saturday! I'll be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market from 11 to 5.
Pictured is a design available in a variety of stones. In some cultures, fringe is supposed to confuse evil spirits so they cannot do you harm. While I can't verify this, I can say this is a versatile and seriously cute necklace!

October 19

The forecast for this weekend calls for sunny, cool and beautiful! I'll be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday from 11 to 5. Find me under the tree!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OCTOBER TREE OF THE MONTH

  I love trees. The entire wall in my workroom that I face while working is covered in pictures of trees! So, I'd like to share pictures of unique or special trees with you every month.
The 1st one is right here in Texas and it is called simply 'the Big Tree'. This tree is over 1,000 years old and is probably the oldest and largest tree in Texas. It is a Live Oak tree located Just outside of Rockport, Texas.
After managing to survive centuries of natural disasters ( not to mention lumberjacks and Civil War battles), the Big Tree now needs help to live through the long drought in Texas. Volunteer firefighters have been watering it in hopes that it can be saved.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: CITRINE


 Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. The name comes from the Latin citrina for yellow. Citrine is a variety of quartz ranging in colors of yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark ora...nge-brown, reddish-brown. Citrine crystals can form together with amethyst or smoky quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called ametrine.
Almost all citrine that is available on the market today is heat-treated amethyst. Natural citrine is pale yellow to pale orange, much lighter than the heat-treated material which is dark orange-brown to reddish-brown. All of the heat-treated material has a red tint, while natural citrine does not.
After Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, they built Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. The queen gave many parties where she required her guests to dress in full Highlands attire. The Queen was enamoured of gemstones found within her kingdom, citrine in particular. So citrines set in traditional Highlands shoulder brooches and kilt pins became popular.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rock trivia: Moonstone

 The Greeks and Romans thought Moonstone was formed out of moonlight. Moonstone amulets have been around for centuries and tied to legends of the moon goddesses of Egypt, Greece and Rome. In India today, moo...nstone is considered to be sacred and magical. In the Far East moonstone is said to balance energies and promote greater mental and emotional flexibility.
Moonstone is a member of the feldspar group of gemstones. Fine moonstone is quite rare and is becoming rarer everyday. The finest sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. The stone is notable for its inner light, called shiller. Moonstone's color range includes colorless, white, gray, brown, yellow, orange and peach. The schiller can be white to deep blue. This glow is caused when two different types of feldspar with different refractive indexes grow together. The resulting effect occurs when a ray of light enters one layer and is refracted back and forth between the layers before leaving the stone.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 9th

Elementals will be at Georgetown Market Days on Saturday, October 9th from 10 to 5. Booth 703: on 7th St. the second booth from Austin St. 
This is the first time Elementals Austin has participated in several years. Come out and shop with me, mention this post and take 15% off your entire purchase! 
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownMarketDays

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sunday, 10/6

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans on Sunday from 11 to 5. Earring rack full, check. Pendant bars full, check. Pendant boards full, check. Now on to bracelets...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Saturday, October 5th

Elementals Austin will be at the Chalk Walk and Arts Festival
Saturday, 10/5 from 10 to 6. The booth is on Main St on the Plaza side and 1 booth away from Sheppard St.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tourmaline- one of October's 2 Birthstones

Tourmaline is distinguished by its three-sided prisms; no other common mineral has three sides. Tourmaline has a variety of colors. Bi-colored and multicolored crystals are common; crystals may be green at one end and pink at the other, or green on the outside and pink inside; this type is called watermelon tourmaline. Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, that is they change color when viewed from different directions.
During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. The Empress Dowager Cixi of China loved pink tourmaline and bought large quantities for gemstones and carvings from a mine located in San Diego County, California.
Almost every color of tourmaline can be found in Brazil. In 1989, miners discovered a unique and brightly colored variety of tourmaline in the state of Paraíba, and it has raised the bar on prices- over $5.000 a carat!

OCTOBER SPECIALS:


 Take 15% off all pieces with Citrine, Lapis, Moonstone, Sapphire and Tourmaline or
 Take 15% off purchases over $100 or three or more pieces

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ordering New Charms

I am ordering Sterling Silver and Vermeil Honeybee charms! I always liked bees, but I just learned they have cultural significance. In some religions, honeybees are considered messengers for the spirits, and in others they are linked to the sun as in ancient Egypt, where they were thought to be the tears of the sun-god Ra. In India, there are pictures with a blue honeybee on Krishna's forehead.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: AMMONITES (FOSSIL)

 Ammonites first appeared about 400 million years ago during the Devonian period and died out about the same time as dinasaurs during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.
These molluscs are more closely related to octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish than they are to the living Nautilus species. The name "ammonite" came from the spiral shape of their fossilized shells, which look a bit like coiled rams' horns. Pliny the Elder (d. 79 AD near Pompeii) called fossils of these animals ammonis cornua ("horns of Ammon") because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ram's horns.

Monday, September 23, 2013

FIRST TIME MARKET SPECIAL!

Elementals will be setting up for the 1st time at the market by Vespaio at 1610 Soco this coming Saturday, September 28th from 11 to 5.
Mention this post and take 15% off your entire purchase.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Plans for a rainey Friday

Turquoise strands and briolettes are laid out for tomorrow. I see 4 pair of earrings, 2 necklaces- wait, make that 3 and 1 each wire-work necklace and bracelet

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rock trivia: Topaz


 Most Topaz is colorless, but colors include blue, pale green, and the spectrum of yellow through sherry orange to pink, and most unique, red.
Colorless topaz is very common and has little value. Natural blue topaz is very light in color and is treated to produce colors from very light, to sky-blue, to almost an inky dark blue.
Rare pastel pink topaz is found in Pakistan and Ru...ssia. When pink topaz was first discovered in Russia, ownership was restricted to the Czar and his family and those to who he gave it as a gift. This is why fine colored topaz is known as imperial topaz.
Almost all imperial topaz is mined in Brazil. Other shades, including yellow, peach, orange, and brown precious topaz are called precious topaz. Precious topaz is found in Brazil and Sri Lanka.

Third Weekend in September

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisan Market on Saturday, 9/21 & Sunday 9/22 from 11 to 5. ( Also Friday if the forecast changes )

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Wire-work Pendants

I've made so many new wire-work pendants that I've added a new full and a new 1/2 tray to my display this week!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Austin Flea

Check it out! this is where Elementals will be this coming Saturday!
https://www.facebook.com/austinflea?hc_location=stream

Rock Trivia: Amethyst

Amethyst is the stone of February and Pisces. It is a variety of quartz and owes its color to iron impurities and the presence of trace elements.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was often used in antiquity for... intaglio engraved gems. ( see picture)
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Timeline for Special Orders for the Holidays

Elementals will be taking custom orders for the holidays starting September 15th and ending December 5th.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moss Aquamarine

I brought back a classic. This one in Moss Aquamarine & Sterling Silver, $50. Also currently available in Sterling Silver: Mystic Topaz ( violet-blue and green) and Garnet; in 14 K Goldfilled: White Fresh Water Pearls and Grossular Garnet ( beautiful greens, golds and browns). more on the way this week. Special orders welcomed

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rock trivia: Sapphire; birthstone for September

The most valuable colors of Sapphire are the cornflower blue Kashmir Sapphire, the very rare, orange-pink Padparadschah and Color Changing Sapphire ( blue in natural light and violet in artificial light ).
All colors of Corundum except red - which is called Ruby- are referred to as Sapphire. Anything other than blue is specified with a prefix color such as "Yellow Sapphire".
Sapphires often contains minor inclusions of tiny slender Rutile needles. When present, these inclusions decrease the transparency of a stone and are known as silk. When in dense, parallel groupings, these inclusions produce asterism and the stone is called "Star Sapphire".

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Strands of Turquoise


Gem show today

Making a list and checking it twice before heading off to meet friends for coffee and shopping at the gem show!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In the works

Earring rack full, check. "Fu-fu " boards* full, check.
Now on to pendants. On the work table: Tibetan turquoise briolette, quartz point with a sterling bead that says "bliss", a faceted ruby 3/4 of an inch long and 1/2 inch wide with gold... chain, a gold sand dollar, a sterling silver bear, 3 statement charms ( expect miracles, live your dream & follow your bliss ), a sterling silver angel's wing...

 

 * pictured is example of "fu-fu" board

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What next?

This one is Sterling silver with Emerald. What materials should the next one be?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Just in from my supplier in India!

 Let me know if you'd like something sparkly made with these spectacular new stones. Just to let you know the picture doesn't come close to doing justice to the amethyst!
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 23rd to 25th


 
Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market from 11 to 5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Dozens of new pendants and earrings.
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ROCK TRIVIA: ONYX


  Onyx is a chalcedony quartz that is mined in Brazil, India, California and Uruguay. It has a fine texture and black color; when onyx has white bands or ribbons against a black or brown background it is known as sardonyx.
The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. This is from a myth in which Cupid cuts the fingernails of Venus and the cuttings turn into stone.
Most Black Onyx that is commercially available today is color enhanced (heated and dyed) to increase it's depth of color.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Auction piece for Safe Place

This Ocean Jasper pendant with Sterling Silver chain and fringe will be Elementals' item for the auction to benefit Safe Place.
Saturday, August 17th from 9 to 5 Saengerrunde Hall 1601 San Jacinto

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rock Trivia: Garnet


  The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” because small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate.
Garnet is actually a group name for the silicate miner...als almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite, so the garnet is a far more diverse gem than its name suggests. All of these garnet minerals share similar cubic crystal structure and chemical composition. Gem quality garnet occurs in many countries, and beautifully formed crystals have been prized for over 5000 years.
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Sterling Silver Charms

I just received a new shipment that includes three 1 1/2 inch rectangular sterling silver statement charms: Follow your heart, Live your dream & Expect miracles and 2 smaller sterling silver word charms: wish & bliss. Message me by Thursday if you would like one of these with your choice of stones and I can have it for you by this weekend!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH

AUSTIN HANDMADE ARTS MARKET  M9 to 5Indoors at Saengerrunde Hall  1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701
( park free in the state parking garage next door )
Complementary wine, beer and mimosas while you shop!
Austin Safe Place is the local non-profit group for August.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tax Free Weekend

What, jewelry is NOT on the list of tax free items for this weekend? That's just wrong.
Elementals will be paying the tax * this weekend on jewelry essentials ( i.e. all jewelry ).


*To make it easier while complying with the law, I will take 9% off the ticket total ( tax is 8.25%) and then add tax to the discounted total.

Friday, August 9th

I just saw the weather forecast for tomorrow. . In addition to 103 degrees, we will have poor air quality due to a cloud of dust from- get this- Africa! I think I will forego sitting out in that for 8 hours. See everyone on Saturday and Sunday when it will be cooler and the dust will be out of our area

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

AMBER: One of the stones on special in August

The Greek name for amber was ἤλεκτρον (elektron), "formed by the sun", and it was connected to the sun god (Helios)According to the myth, when Helios' son Phaëton was killed, his mourning sisters became poplars, and their tears beca...me the origin of elektron, amber. The modern terms "electricity" and "electron" derive from the Greek word for amber, and come from research showing that amber could attract other substances
The presence of insects in amber was noticed by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia, and led him to theorize correctly that, at some point, amber had to be in a liquid state to cover the bodies of insects.
Amber from the Baltic Sea has been extensively traded for 2000 years. Well-established trade routes for amber went to virtually every corner of Europe.
Pictured normally $72, this month just $64.

Monday, August 5, 2013

2nd Weekend of August

Elementals will be at The Gibson St Artisan Market on Friday through Sunday the 9th, 10th & 11th of August from 11 am to 5 pm. Pictured is a popular designs in Peridot, the traditional birthstone of August. Normally $50, this month $44.

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Stones

Received a new shipment from Hong Kong today of beautifully matched stone pairs. The stones are flat so they are lightweight,
and average about 1.5 in length. I'll have them all with me this weekend just in case you want to have a pair of custom earrings made!
3 pair Blue fossilized coral , 2 pair Larvikite ( grays and mauves ), 4 pair Rainbow Jasper ( beautiful striping on all- predominately turquoise in color ), 1 pair each: golden quartz, Leopard Skin Jasper, Brown Zebra Jasper, Green Zebra Druzy Jasper, Golden Indonesian Fossil Cora and Picasso Jasper.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

SUNSTONE - the state Gemstone of Oregon

 
 Oregon sunstones are a rare variety of the feldspar mineral group.they are found in the soil and the underlying lava flows. Oregon sunstones are uncommon in their composition, clarity, and rang...e of colors and the quantity allows sustained production of faceted gems.
Sunstone crystals as large as 3 inches across have been found. The colors range from water clear through pale yellow, soft pink, and blood red to deep blue and green. Some of the deeper colored stones have bands of varying color. These color variations and the shimmer (often called "schiller") are caused by tiny crystals of copper metal contained in varying
amounts and sizes within the stones.