Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: LABRADORITE
Labradorite was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found by Europeans in 1770. Eskimo legend has it that the Northern Lights were captured in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is said that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and, although he managed to free most of the lights with his spear, some of the lights remained trapped within the stone.
Labradorite has a base color of mid to slate grey with metallic-looking color shimmers of blue, green, yellow, and red. This iridescent effect is called labradorescence- after the stone. This is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth within the layers of the stone.
Labradorite is found in Canada, Australia, Madagascar, Mexico and the United States. Very fine varieties of Labradorite are found in Russia and Finland, and are called Spectrolite.

Pictured is a Labradorite specimen from the UCL Geology Collection.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: LABRADORITE
     Labradorite was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found by Europeans in 1770. Eskimo legend has it that the Northern Lights were captured in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is said that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and, although he managed to free most of the lights with his spear, some of the lights remained trapped within the stone.
   Labradorite has a  base color of mid to slate grey with metallic-looking color shimmers of blue, green, yellow, and red. This iridescent effect is called labradorescence- after the stone. This is caused by internal fractures that reflect light back and forth within the layers of the stone.
Labradorite is  found in Canada, Australia, Madagascar, Mexico and the United States. Very fine varieties of Labradorite are found in Russia and Finland, and are called Spectrolite.

Pictured is a Labradorite specimen from the UCL Geology Collection.
JANUARY SPECIALS
- Take 15% off any piece with Aquamarine, all Feldspar ( Labradorite, Moonstone and Sunstone ) any color Garnet ( January's Birthstone ) and Sapphires.
- Take $10 off any purchase of $75
Weather permitting*, Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.

* A high in the mid-50's

As of Thursday evening, the weather forecast has rain exiting Austin very early Saturday morning and a temperature in the upper 50's. Sunday's high is somewhere in the 40's. If this forecast holds, I will only be out on Saturday.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Well, the weather is certainly not cooperating with artisan plans to set up today at The Gibson St. Artisans Market. We have decided just couldn't sit outside all day in this weather so we cancelled today but are adding tomorrow! Noon to 5.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Elementals  will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market Friday and Sunday this week from 11 to 5.

1318 South Congress Ave


Thursday, December 18, 2014


2 new shipment of stone briolettes on my work table to be used today: Tibetan Turquoise, Arizona Turquoise, Garnet, Peach Moonstone, London Blue Topaz, Smoky Quartz, Black Spinel...
These on top of 130 finished pairs.Come see me this weekend for my best ever selection!
...
ROCK TRIVIA: GARNETS
Garnets are actually a group of more than ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition.A burgundy color is the most common, but garnets are also found in shades of green, yellow, orange and warm browns. There are even star garnets and color change garnets which look very different depending on whether they are seen in daylight or artificial light.
Garnets have been used and valued for thousands of years.The lantern Noah used to help him steer steer the ark is said to be made from Garnet. Garnets were used in jewelry by early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.Garnets were popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.
Pictured is an Antique Garnet Hairpin from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: GARNETS
      Garnets are actually a group of more than ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition.A burgundy color is the most common, but  garnets are also found in shades of green, yellow,  orange and warm browns. There are even star garnets and color change garnets which look very different depending on whether they are seen in daylight or artificial light.
      Garnets have been used and valued for thousands of years.The lantern Noah used to help him steer steer the ark is said to be made from Garnet. Garnets were used in jewelry by early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.Garnets were  popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster. 
      Pictured is an Antique Garnet Hairpin from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Looks like the weather is going to clear and stay nice Saturday through Tuesday! Elementals will be at 
- Guero's Holiday Market Saturday from 11 to 8 and Sunday from 11 to 6
Gibson St. Artisans Market Monday and Tuesday from 11 to 5

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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 Scottish highlands. It is used in Scottish jewellery and as a decoration on kilt pins. The largest known crystal is a 52 pound specimen kept at Braemar Castle.
Here's an interesting fact: In 12th century China, flat panes of smoky quartz were used as sunglasses.
SMOKY QUARTZ AND FENG SHUI
In feng shui, smoky quartz is used as a protective measure, as well as to ground the energy. You can use carvings, a sphere, a geode or even tumbled stones.The energy of the smoky quartz works very well as a protective element close to the front door. A point or a cluster are best for this purpose. It is also excellent in a child's room or in your home office.
Pictured is an Art Deco pendant by Theodore Fahrner of Smokey Quartz with Marcasite in silver. About 1928

Photo: 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  Scottish highlands. It is used in Scottish jewellery and as a decoration on kilt pins. The largest known crystal is a 52 pound specimen kept at Braemar Castle.
Here's an interesting fact: In 12th century China, flat panes of smoky quartz were used as sunglasses. 
SMOKY QUARTZ AND FENG SHUI
In feng shui, smoky quartz is used as a protective measure, as well as to ground the energy. You can use carvings, a sphere, a geode or even tumbled stones.The energy of the smoky quartz works very well as a protective element close to the front door. A  point or a cluster are best for this purpose. It is also excellent in a child's room or in your home office.
Pictured is an Art Deco pendant by Theodore Fahrner of  Smokey Quartz with Marcasite in silver. About 1928

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elementals will be here along with 60 other local artisans, food trucks and music. Come have fun and pick up unique gifts made with care in your community!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: TURQUOISE
The two oldest known turquoise mining areas are in Persia and in Egypt. There are six mines in the southwest coast of the Sinai Peninsula. and two of them are believed to be among the oldest known mines in the world.
Turquoise has been prized by civilizations around the world.The oldest known turquoise jewelry is a strand of beads from 5000 B.C.found in Iraq- then known as Mesopotamia. In ancient Egypt, Turquoise beads and jewelry date back to 4000 B.C. Engraved turquoise tablets with religeous passages were worn as amulets around 700 A.D.
The Incas carved beads, figurines and made astonishing inlay jewelry with turquoise, the Aztecs decorated ceremonial masks with it and the Indians of North America fashioned jewelry.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans decorated vessels and the covers of manuscripts with mosaics of small turquoise.Later, during the Renaissance, Turquoise was used in royal crowns and became one of the most popular gems to wear in Europe..

A fine Turquoise specimen from Los Cerrillos, New Mexico at the Smithsonian.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: TURQUOISE
    The two oldest known turquoise mining areas are in Persia and in Egypt. There are six mines in the southwest coast of the Sinai Peninsula.  and two of them are believed to be among the oldest  known mines in the world. 
     Turquoise has been prized by civilizations around the world.The oldest known turquoise jewelry is a strand of beads from 5000 B.C.found in Iraq- then known as Mesopotamia. In ancient Egypt, Turquoise beads and jewelry date back to 4000 B.C.  Engraved turquoise tablets with religeous passages were worn as amulets around 700 A.D.
      The Incas carved beads, figurines and made astonishing inlay jewelry with turquoise, the Aztecs decorated ceremonial masks with it and the Indians of North America fashioned jewelry.
      During the Middle Ages, Europeans decorated vessels and the covers of manuscripts with mosaics of small turquoise.Later, during the Renaissance, Turquoise was used in  royal crowns and became one of the most popular gems to wear in Europe..
      
A fine Turquoise specimen from Los Cerrillos, New Mexico at the Smithsonian.

Monday, December 1, 2014

DECEMBER SPECIALS:
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amethyst, Garnet, Smoky quartz, Tiger Eye and Turquoise ( Turquoise is December's birthstone)
- Take 15% off purchases of three or more items

Monday, November 24, 2014

This is where Elementals will be this week

DITCH THE MALL & SHOP SMALL
Gibson St. Artisans Market
Handcrafted products for the body and the home

FROM ART GLASS TO FOLK ART, LEATHER TO POTTERY, JEWELRY TO PHOTOGRAPHY. 

Open Thanksgiving Week: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 TO 5
1318 South Congress Avenue
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. It was widely used for rings and carvings by the Romans, for religious carvings in the Renaissance and for cameos by the Victorians.
Chalcedony occurs in the most amazing variety of colors and patterns. Agates have beautiful bands and stripes, Jaspers have incredible patterns and colors, and colors range from the translucent orange-red of carnelian to the apple-green of Chrysoprase - the most valued form of Chalcedony.
Generally what jewelers today mean by Chalcedony is the translucent material such as the blue in the picture. Other popular colors are mid-range greens and aquas.

Photo: 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.  It was widely used for rings and carvings by the Romans, for religious carvings in the Renaissance and for cameos  by the Victorians.
     Chalcedony occurs in the most amazing variety of colors and patterns. Agates have beautiful bands and stripes, Jaspers have incredible patterns and colors, and colors range from the translucent orange-red of carnelian to the apple-green of Chrysoprase - the most valued form of Chalcedony. 
     Generally what jewelers today mean by Chalcedony is the translucent material such as the blue in the picture. Other popular colors are mid-range greens and aquas.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: TOPAZ ( CO-BIRTHSTONE OF NOVEMBER W/CITRINE)
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 blue Topaz is the state stone of Texas.
The El-Dorado Topaz is the largest faceted gemstone in the world and weighs 31,000 carats- almost 14 pounds! It is an emerald-cut yellow topaz gemstone that was found in Brazil. It is now on display at The Programa Royal Collections based in Madrid. The American Golden Topaz, which is the biggest cut yellow topaz gem, weighs almost 23,000 carats and is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. It is one of the largest faceted gems in the world and two years were taken to cut the 172 facets.. The Chalmers Topaz is another huge cut topaz, and weighs about 6.000 carats. It is white with a blue cast and is a brilliant-cut oval-shaped gem. It is displayed at the Field Museum of Natural History, USA.
From left to right: The El-Dorado, The American Golden and The Chalmers all in hand to show their amazing size.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Expect fabulous weather and lighter than usual crowds with so many at the race track. It will be a perfect weekend to spend a little time on SoCo. Come shop Elementals and take 10% off purchases over $49 and 15% off purchases over $99.This is an unannounced special, so be sure and mention this post!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market Saturday from 11 to 5:30 and Sunday from 11 to 5.

Photo: Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market Saturday from 11 to 5:30 and Sunday from 11 to 5.
NOVEMBER SPECIALS:
Take 15% off all pieces with Chalcedony, Citrine. Iolite, Lapis and Topaz. (Citrine and Topaz are November's birthstones )

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Only "3" days left to get discounted tickets online to the "Largest Gathering of Celts in Central Texas." Save 20% at www.austincelticfestival.com

Photo: Only "3" days left to get discounted tickets online to the "Largest Gathering of Celts in Central Texas."   Save 20% at www.austincelticfestival.com

Saturday, October 11, 2014

If you are planning on coming to see Elementals today, the start time has been pushed back 2 hours to allow for the rain to pass out of the area. Have lunch first, and then come me around 1 PM.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: TOURMALINE ( stone of October )
Tourmaline has a variety of colors.from blues and greens, to reds, yellows and pinks.Gem and specimen tourmaline is mined chiefly in Brazil and Africa.
Almost every color of tourmaline is found in Brazil, including a new colored variety of tourmaline was found in the state of Paraíba It is blue and green. A recent discovery in Mozambique has colors a bit less bright than the Brazilian material, but it tends to be clearer and larger than that found in Brazil.
Some fine gem quality material has been produced in the United States, During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. Typically the colors are raspberry reds and bright pinks and mid-range greens as well as some bicolor in California.
Chrome tourmaline, found in Tanzania. is a rich green color due to the presence of chromium which also produces the green of emeralds.
Top quality indicolite (blue )and verdelite (green) are found in Afghanistan.These tourmalines have beautiful clarity and very intense color.
Pictured is an incredible specimen of Watermelon Tourmaline. This type of Tourmaline may be green at one end and pink at the other or green on the outside and pink inside.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: TOURMALINE ( stone of October )
     Tourmaline has a variety of colors.from blues and  greens, to reds, yellows and pinks.Gem and specimen tourmaline is mined chiefly in Brazil and Africa. 
Almost every color of tourmaline is found in Brazil, including  a new colored variety of tourmaline was found in the state of Paraíba It is blue and green. A recent discovery in Mozambique has colors a bit less bright than the Brazilian material, but it tends to be clearer and larger than that found in Brazil. 
     Some fine gem quality material has been produced in the United States,  During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. Typically the colors are raspberry reds and bright pinks and mid-range greens as well as some bicolor in California.
     Chrome tourmaline, found in Tanzania. is a rich green color due to the presence of chromium which also produces the green of emeralds. 
      Top quality indicolite (blue )and verdelite (green) are found in Afghanistan.These tourmalines have beautiful clarity and very intense  color.
Pictured is an incredible specimen of Watermelon Tourmaline. This type of Tourmaline may be green at one end and pink at the other or green on the outside and pink inside.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Elementals will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market
on Saturday, 10/11 and Sunday, 10/12 from 11 to 5.

Discontinuing large bead necklaces. Some beautiful pieces all 30% off just in time for the Holidays!

Photo: THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Elementals will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market 
on Saturday, 10/11 and Sunday, 10/12 from 11 to 5.

Discontinuing large bead necklaces. Some beautiful pieces all 30% off just in time for the Holidays!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Elementals will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday, 10/4 and Sunday, 10/5 from 11 to 5.
Over 170 pendants with Gemstones, Sterling Silver and Vermeil charms from which to choose!
OCTOBER SPECIALS:
*Take 15% off all pieces with Labradorite, Moonstone, Peridot, Ruby and Tourmaline
* Buy one item, take 25% off a second item

Photo: OCTOBER SPECIALS:
*Take 15% off all pieces with Labradorite, Moonstone, Peridot, Ruby and Tourmaline
* Buy one item, take 25% off a second item

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: IOLITE
Its name comes from the Greek words “ios” for violet and “lithos” for stone. Iolite is trichroic which means that three different colors can be seen in the same stone depending on the viewing angle. This property is called pleochroism, and Iolite is the most extreme of any gem, exhibiting violet blue from one side, clear or greyish from the other, and honey or brown from the third. Iolite is typically light to dark blue and violet, with the most desirable color being an intense violet.
The major sources of gem grade iolite come from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Burma. In recent history, gem-quality iolite was found in Palmer Canyon, as well as huge deposits at Grizzly Creek and Ragged Top Mountain Wyoming.
Pictured is a clear example of how varied Iolite's color can appear from different angles.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA; IOLITE
Its name comes from the Greek words “ios” for violet and “lithos” for stone. Iolite is trichroic which means that three different colors can be seen in the same stone depending on the viewing angle. This property is called pleochroism, and Iolite is the most extreme of any gem, exhibiting violet blue from one side, clear or greyish from the other, and honey or brown from the third. Iolite is typically light to dark blue and violet, with the most desirable color being an intense violet. 
The major sources of gem grade iolite come from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Burma. In recent history, gem-quality iolite was found in Palmer Canyon, as well as huge deposits at Grizzly Creek and Ragged Top Mountain Wyoming.
Pictured is a clear example of how varied Iolite's color can appear from different angles.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rock Trivia: Citrine
The name is derived from the colour of the lemon. There are not many yellow gemstones and most- like diamond, sapphire or topaz- are expensive. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, but quality natural Citrine is a rarity.
In Europe and the Middle East, quartz have been the most commonly used mineral for jewelry and carvings for thousands of years.
Quartz has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary, Brazil and Uruguay.
Pictured is a Diamond and Citrine tiara made by Cartier and belonging to Queen Sikirit of Thailand.

Photo: Rock Trivia: Citrine
The name is derived from the colour of the lemon. There are not many yellow gemstones and most- like diamond, sapphire or topaz-  are expensive. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, but quality natural Citrine is a rarity. 
In Europe and the Middle East, quartz have been the most commonly used mineral for jewelry and carvings for thousands of years.
Quartz has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary, Brazil and Uruguay. 
Pictured is a  Diamond and Citrine tiara made by Cartier and belonging to Queen Sikirit of Thailand.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Please join me in helping to dispel the myth that there is only one standard of beauty and help our next generation of women grow up more self confident. 
Every time you see a little girl out in public, give her a positive comment. It can most certainly be about her hair or her smile, but also on her style, her poise, her posture- just anything that will make her feel good about herself!
A self-confident young woman is much less likely to do drugs, enter into an abusive relationship and more likely to give back to the community..

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My newest design. The center is a beautifully crafted precious metal bead from the Indonesian island of Bali. This handcrafted bead is available in both Sterling Silver or Vermeil*. 
The standard length of this necklace is 20 inches, but the necklace may be ordered at lengths of 16 to 24 inches.and with your choice of stones.
Pictured in Sterling Silver with Moss Aquamarine at $60. 

* electroplated gold over sterling
Photo: My newest design is named Adira, which means strong, noble and powerful. 
The center of the design is a beautifully crafted metal bead from the Indonesian island of Bali. This handcrafted bead is available in both Sterling Silver or Vermeil*. 
The standard length of this necklace is 20 inches, but the necklace may be ordered at lengths of 16 to 24 inches.with your choice of stones.
Pictured in Sterling Silver with Moss Aquamarine at $60. 
* electroplated gold over sterling

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SEPTEMBER SPECIALS:
*Take 15% off all pieces with Citrine, Iolite, Jade, Lapis and Sapphire 
* Buy one item, take 25% off a second item
Elementals will be at the Austin Flea on Saturday, September 6th. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin's most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, glass work, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! 
11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Opal Divine’s Penn Field (3601 S. Congress 78704).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and oceans levels changed.
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals such as silica, iron and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and  oceans levels changed.  
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule  by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes  the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals silica, iron  and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far.
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material.
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far. 
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material. 
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz along with Citrine and Smokey Quartz. Most of the amethyst on the market today is the pink- lavendar commonly found in Brazil and Uruguay. The finest Amethyst is the deep grape colored stone that comes from Zambia and limited production from Tanzania and Namibia.
Russian amethysts, which were mainly mined in winter in the Urals, were once famous for their particularly beautiful colour, which - unlike most Amethyst- remained good even in artificial light.
Amethysts are often found in spaces lining agate almonds and druses in igneous rocks. The largest recorded cavity was discovered in 1900 in Southern Brazil. It measured 33 by 16 by 10 feet and weighed an estimated eight tons.
In the picture: originally owned by Queen Therese of Bavaria, Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen (b.1792-1854)

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz along with Citrine and Smokey Quartz. Most of the amethyst on the market today is the pink- lavendar commonly found in Brazil and Uruguay. The finest Amethyst  is the deep grape colored stone  that comes from Zambia and  limited production from Tanzania and Namibia.
Russian amethysts, which were mainly mined in winter in the Urals, were once famous for their particularly beautiful colour, which - unlike most Amethyst- remained good even in artificial light. 
Amethysts are often found in spaces lining agate almonds and druses in igneous rocks. The largest recorded cavity was discovered in 1900 in Southern Brazil. It measured 33 by 16 by 10 feet and weighed an estimated eight tons. 
In the picture: originally owned by Queen Therese of Bavaria, Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen (b.1792-1854)

Friday, August 8, 2014

I don't understand why chocolate is not a food group & jewelry is not tax free this weekend. I can't do anything about the chocolate, but since we all know jewelry IS a necessity, take 10% off all purchases this weekend!
I said I wasn't ordering any more briolettes until after the gem show. I lied.

Thursday, August 7, 2014



Pantones colors for fall. Beautiful! Let's see, stones I need to stock up on: Blue Chalcedony, Rutilated Quartz, Mozambique Garnet, Labradorite, Smokey Quartz....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Did you know that most pendants can be customized on the spot? One accent color of your choice is always included in the price and most chains can be switched if you would prefer all sterling, for example, over a chain with both sterling and 14k gold-filled.

Photo: Did you know that most pendants can be customized on the spot? One accent color of your choice is always included in the price and most chains can be switched if you would prefer all sterling, for example,  over a chain with both sterling and 14k gold-filled.