Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen that can have large or small crystals. The microcrystalline quartzes have crystals too small to  be seen without magnification. Chalcedony is a microcrystalline quartz. Agate and jasper are both varieties of Chalcedony.
Like all quartz, Chalcedony is a hard mineral. On the Mohs scale of 1 to 10 ( 10 being Diamond ) it has a hardness of 7. Chalcedony occurs in a wide range of colors. The most popular are the blues and greens but it can also be found in white to black, yellow, brown, peach and orange, with or without bands or  patterns.
The primary difference between agate and jasper is whether or not you can see  light through them. Agate is a translucent to semitransparent.  Agate is generally banded or has inclusions that look like moss or feathers.
Agates form in areas of volcanic activity where waters flow through open veins and cavities in the rock. When the water has a high  concentration of dissolved silica, it can crystallize to form  quartz.
Impurities in the water can alter the the color or produce banding, plumes or moss that are often seen in translucent agate.
Jasper is an opaque form of chalcedony. Jasper contains enough impurities and other material that light and images cannot be seen through a thin slice.
Commonly, Jaspers form when soft sediments are deposited in large shallow beds and,with Jaspers, the silica solution acts more like a cement to bind these materials together. Jaspers are also formed when volcanic ash is cemented by the silica solution.
 On the left, Blue Chalcedony, on the right top-to-bottom Blue Lace Agate and Leopard skin Jasper.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5:30.
This is the last weekend for the March specials: 15% off all pieces with Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Hessonite Garnet and all Brown and Green Tourmaline.
Pictured is 'Maeve' in fine quality, shaded Moss Aquamarine. Normally $53, this month only $45.

Friday, March 21, 2014

I just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and will only be setting up on Saturday. 
Pictured is the Circe style in one of the stones of the month, Hessonite Garnet. Normally $53, this month only $45.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is this not incredible?
GemHunter is a fabulous page and - with his kind permission- I will be sharing some of his wonderful pictures on this page.

Photo: A beautiful specimen of colloform textured turquoise on display at the Duval copper mine, Arizona.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5:30. Two dozen new pendants, now on to earrings and bracelets! 
Pictured is Rhyolite with accents of Peridot and Hill Tribe Silver. Rhyolite is a type of volcanic rock. The cavities are often lined with agate and chalcedony and sometimes even opal. It is found in Mount Hay in Queensland and in North Western Australia in the Pilbara region.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hessonite is a grossularite garnet. While most of this type of garnet is green, Hessonite garnet ranges in color from pale champagne-yellow to an orange and even a reddish brown. 
The most well known hessonite deposits are in Sri Lanka but it is also found in India, Canada, Tanzania, Madagascar and Brazil.
Pictured is a pendant made in England around 1550 Enamelled gold, set with a hessonite garnet and a peridot, and hung with a sapphire. It is currently displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Elementals Austin will not be setting up today due to a threat of severe weather.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market from Thursday the 13th through Sunday the 16th. 11:30 to 5:30 on Thursday and Friday and and 11 to 5:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
Pictured is Maeve in Tourmaline, one of the stones on special this month. Normally $65 this month only $55.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 You may have noticed I've been ordering new stones almost every week. As I don't see stopping this anytime soon, I'm going to begin getting a bit of help from a fellow jewelry designer and friend to put the designs together!
Two items from today's orders: Mozambique Garnet and Seafoam Green Quartz Briolettes.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The flash on these opals is extraordinary.
I accented them with tiny vermeil nuggets and kept the design simple and casual- yet elegant, to showcase these finest quality      ( AAA ) opals. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coming in today or tomorrow!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Natural color Russian Emerald rondelles are on the way as well. Natural color Emeralds are a rarity. The quality of stone coming out of the Ural mountains rivals that of Columbia and Brazil. I did not know the largest emerald mine in the world was in Russia!
Could. not. help. myself! These Ethiopian Opal Rondelles somehow jumped into the shopping cart.
Fabulous, aren't they?
Elementals Austin will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market 4 days this week! Friday the 7th through Monday the 10th from 11 to 5.
Pictured is the Elena style in Sterling Silver and Hessonite Garnet- one of the stones on special this month. Normally $45, this month only $38!