Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisan Market on Friday, 
May 2 and Sunday, May 4 from 11 to 5. Saturday, May 3 will
 find Elementals at The Violet Crown Festival in Brentwood Park
 from 11 to 5. 
Pictured are all stones on special this month for 15% off. From 
left to right: Moss Aquamarine, Lemon Quartz and Blue Sapphire.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The more common forms are fairly inexpensive, but the rarer colors can bring astronomical prices. The most valuable Tourmaline is a very rare neon-blue called Paraiba. This Tourmaline was first discovered in 1989 in Paraiba, Brazil. The cost for this Paraiba became extremely high very quickly because the supply was so limited. Small deposits of Tourmaline of similar color to Paraiba Tourmaline were subsequently found in Nigeria and Mozambique and a huge uproar occurred in the gem world when suppliers called these "Paraiba Tourmaline" as well.
Other valuable forms of Tourmaline are Chrome Tourmaline, an intense-green Tourmaline found in Tanzania, Rubellite, the pink to red variety, and 

Indicolite, the rare blue variety.
Just recently new finds in Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Nigeria, and have made these countries big producers of gem quality Tourmaline.
Pictured is Watermelon Tourmaline on Quartz.
- 15% off all pieces with Agates, Aquamarine, Blue Sapphires, Lemon Quartz and Tourmaline
- Buy one piece, take 25% off a second

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

These cleared customs in New York about 30 minutes ago and will probably be here in time for this weekend! If you want something wonderful and unique for a Mother's Day present ( or for yourself, I won't tell ), let me know as Rainbow Jasper always goes quickly.
Elementals will be set up Friday and Sunday at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on SoCo and on Saturday at the SoCo Open-air Market . 11 to 5 all three days. 
Gibson is 1318 SoCo in the LAZ lot / SoCo Market is at 1610 SoCo by Vespaio
This is the last weekend to take 15% off all pieces with Emerald, Iolite, Jade, Opal, Rutilated quartz and Black Spinel.
( a.k.a. Cupid's darts and Venus hair stone )
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color. 
Rutilated Quartz is most common in colorless, transparent Quartz, although a brown, smoky Rutilated Quartz has been found. The Rutile inclusions can be few and hair-like or very dense and the lines quite thick. The patterns can be parallel, crisscrossed, or something in-between. Rutilated Quartz is one of the few gemstones that is valued for its inclusions.
The name rutile comes from the Latin word rutilus meaning red.
Rutile is an ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys.
The chief sources of Rutilated Quartz are Brazil, and India. It is also found in Australia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at the Gibson St. Artisan Market on Friday and Saturday this week. 11 to 6 both days. 
In readiness for Mother's Day, over 100 new pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets have been added in the last three weeks! Quite a nice selection.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

                        ROCK TRIVIA: JADE
The name jadeite is derived from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada" which means "stone of the side". It was believed to cure kidney stones if it was rubbed against the side of the body. The Latin version of the name, lapis nephriticus, is the origin of the term nephrite, another variety of jade.
The Mayans and the Aztecs used Jade for medicinal purposes as well as for jewelry, ornaments, and religious artifacts..
Jadeite first came to China from Myanmar in the late 1700s, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century carvers created masterpieces that are unsurpassed even today.
Jadeite's color commonly ranges from white through pale apple green to deep jade green but can also be blue-green, pink and lavender. Its translucence can be anywhere from entirely solid through opaque to almost clear.
The Jade found in California, Alaska, British Columbia and Guatemala is mostly Nephrite; Jadeite is found in Myanmar, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Turkestan.
This huge boulder of nephrite jade was found in British Columbia, Canada. It was discovered in 2000 and the 18-ton specimen was called “the find of the millennium.” 
The nine-foot-tall “Jade Buddha for Universal Peace” is the world’s largest Buddha carved from gemstone-quality jade. It is considered priceless and weighs almost 10,000 pounds.       

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chalcedony on Chrysocolla 
This beautiful specimen was recently sold for $5,000 by Rob Lavinsky of the Arkenstone. It has a blue-green chalcedony-crusted exterior, and an interior of quartz-covered chrysocolla stalactites.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I just took a look at today's weather forecast and decided to stay home today.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Moss Aquamarine and Iolite on the way from India as well! I'm excited, I haven't had any fine quality Iolite briolettes to work with in awhile!

Can you picture the (just ordered) multi-color Tourmaline briolettes crafted in the Ceri style?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Its name comes from the Greek words “ios” for violet and “lithos” for stone. The iolite was also named “dichroite”, the Greek name for “two-colored rock”.
Iolite's nickname, The Viking compass, comes from it's polarizing filter property, which can detect the sun light, even through clouds or fog.
Iolite has different colours in different directions in the crystal. This property is called pleochroism, and Iolite's is the most extreme of any gem, exhibiting violet blue from one side, clear or greyish from the other, and honey yellow from the third.
It is mined in India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. The Vikings probably mined theirs from deposits in Norway and Greenland.
In recent history, gem-quality iolite was found in Palmer Canyon, as well as huge deposits at Grizzly Creek and Ragged Top Mountain Wyoming.
The picture, courtesy of the GemHunter, is Wyoming Iolite,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moss Aquamarine is currently my favorite stone. I'll be working on several pieces this week in both Sterling Silver and 14k Goldfilled. Just to let you know, gold filled is 20 times as thick as gold plated and all my 14k GF is sourced here in the U.S. 

Come see them this coming Friday through Sunday from 11 to 5 at The Gibson St. Artisans Market.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Natural color Arizona Turquoise on the way!
Sarv-e Abarqu, also called the "Zoroastrian Sarv," is a cypress tree in Yazd province, Iran. The tree is estimated to be at least 4,000 years old and, having lived through the dawn of human civilization not far away, it is considered an Iranian national monument. Many have noted that Sarv-e Abarqu is most likely the oldest living thing in Asia.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. 
Take 15% off all pieces with Emerald, Iolite, Jade, Opal, Rutilated quartz and Black Spinel in April. 
Pictured is 'Circe' in Emerald and Sterling Silver. Normally $52, this month only $44.
15% off all pieces with Emerald, Iolite, Jade, Opal, Rutilated quartz and Black Spinel.
Pictured is very fine ( AAA ) quality Opal with Vermeil beads. normally $75, this month only $63. Also available in Sterling Silver.
 My wonderful friend Pauline Jacobson, the designing mind behind one of my favorite lines of artisan jewelry- Coral Reef Dreams- alerted me that a supplier we both use finally had more rainbow Jasper in stock. I ordered the 6 prettiest of the 9 available; 1 each of the 3 shapes pictured. They are on the slow boat from Singapore, so it will be about 3 weeks before they arrive.