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


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


 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


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.