Friday, February 28, 2014

Not only is Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group, gem quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds. More than any other colored gem, color is the biggest factor of value in Emeralds. The most popular and valuable color is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong saturation. Too blue or too yellow decreases the value of the stone. Unlike other gemstones where 10x magnification grades the clarity, if an emerald has no inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it is considered flawless.
Colombia, Brazil and Zambia are the leading producers of gem quality emeralds, Leading the way, Colombia is famous for grass green emeralds. Brazilian has emeralds with fine clarity and a slightly yellowish green color and Zambian emeralds have a slightly bluish green color.
The necklace pictured was designed by Bulgari and given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton. The set includes stones that belonged to the Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. 
Pictured: Emeralds and Sterling Silver. Normally $53, this month only $45. This would look fabulous in gold as well. This style is named 'Circe' and means bewitching.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Arriving this week: Natural color faceted Sapphire Rondelles and faceted Amethyst ovals. 
As always, contact me to discuss a special order should one of the stones in the pictures call your name.

15% off all pieces with Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Hessonite Garnet and all Brown and Green Tourmaline.
Pictured is Moss Aquamarine and Sterling Silver. Normally $53, this month only $45. Maeve, the name of the design, is Gaelic in origin and means intoxicating.

Friday, February 21, 2014

These Blue Topaz rondelles on the way. Did yo know Blue Topaz is the state stone of Texas?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Peridot briolettes arrived yesterday. They are fine quality with beautiful color and clarity. 
This style is called Ceri. The name is Welsh and means love.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. 
Last weekend for the February specials: 15% off all pieces with Amethyst, Blue Coral as well as all the Feldspars : Amazonite, Labradorite, Moonstone & Sunstone
Pictured is the 'Circe' style in Turquoise and Sterling Silver. This necklace may be ordered in any number of stones such as Lapis, Amazonite, Moss Aquamarine, Garnet, Peridot...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I'm so tired of the cold and gray of winter. So I just bought these sunny Citrine briolettes to add to the soft, bright green of the Peridot in an earlier post today!
The shimmer of light of the moonstone is something very special in the gemstone world. The inner construction of the gemstone causes light rays to be refracted and scattered in the stone. This very unique light effect is known as 'adularisation'.
The classic moonstone, which is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. However, they are also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. For a few years, there have also been some green, brown and orange specimens on the market, as well as some with smoky and champagne colors, mainly originating from India.
Prices for Moonstone have the most astonishing range. The more intense in color, the larger and the more transparent, the more highly valued the moonstone. Bluish moonstones of good quality have been becoming more and more of a rarity in recent years and the prices for these will continue to rise exponentially.
This gemstone was very popular about a hundred years ago at the time of Art Nouveau. Pictured is a fabulous tiara from that era made by Rene Lalique with tortoise shell and moonstone.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Beautiful weather for both days of this coming weekend! I will be set up at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday. Both days from 11 to 5. 

In the picture, Jasper from Austrailia with Hill tribe ( fair trade) fine silver from Thailand. This stone's range of color works well with both grays and browns and is ever so flattering to almost every skin tone!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 I am enamored with Moss Aquamarine.
 These are on the way!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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 whoch comprise the rock
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.
In the picture, a beautiful specimen of Smoky Quartz and Amazonite from Colorado.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Queen Victoria not only wore jewelry, she designed it. Her passion guided and influenced the jewelry trade of London. One of her favorites was cameos, which were originally carved from stone and affordable to only a few. When shell began to be used, cameos grew in popularity because the relative ease of carving shell allowed a cameo that was both affordable and beautiful.
The industrial revolution brought more affordable manufacturing techniques such as stamped and cast metal for settings, and chain making machines.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The SoCo Outdoor Market on Saturday and The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Sunday. Both days 11 to 5.
Pictured is 'Solange' in London Blue Topaz and Moonstone. Normally $80 but, since all pieces with Moonstone are 15% off in February, only $68 this month.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fossil coral is a natural stone that is formed when ancient coral is gradually replaced with agate. The actual name is agatized coral or agatized fossil coral. 
Fossil coral can exhibit a wide range of natural colors, and may vary widely within a single stone depending on weathering, oxidation and the original mineral content. The fossilized coral typically appears as small flower-like patterns in the stone.
Of the varieties of fossilized corals found throughout the world exquisitely detailed specimens from the mountains of Indonesia are among the most unique. Florida and Georgia in the USA are also import sources of fossil coral. In fact Florida has declared fossil coral to be the Florida State Rock.
Pictured is a beautiful specimen from Florida.