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 ParaĆ­ba, 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