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.