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.