Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisan Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.
The weekend straddles two months, so both months specials will be honored all weekend. That means you will receive 15% off all pieces with: Agates, Aquamarine, Blue Sapphires, Chalcedony, Green Garnet, Lemon Quartz, Moonstone, Fresh Water Pearl , Ruby and Tourmaline.
The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mine in Globe Arizona has been closed to turquoise mining. The owners of the mine are mining copper only since the price of that metal has risen significantly. There are no plans to open the mine up to turquoise mining in the future.
What is left of the Sleeping Beauty turquoise rough stones is going fast. Buyers from Europe and Asia are particularly fond of the stone- especially Egypt and Italy- and they are buying much of what is still available. The stone has already increased in price and will continue to do so as the supply continues to dwindle.
I am continuing to buy Sleeping Beauty as I find nice quality still at a relatively reasonable price. The briolettes and rondelles in the picture are on the way.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ruby is red corundum, all the other color varieties of the corundum are called Sapphire. Corundum is the second hardest gem on the Mohs scale, only Diamonds are harder. Ruby is one of the most expensive gems, large rubies are rarer than diamonds.
Rubies range in color and can have a pink, orange, purple or a brownish red tint, depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone. The colour of ruby is its most important quality factor. The most sought after colour is a strong pure red to red with a hint of blue. This color is called "pigeon's blood". When the colour of ruby is very light, it is called pink sapphire, but the line between pinkish-red ruby and pink sapphire varies by definition.
On November 26th, 2013, a Burmese ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera sold for a record $6.4 million at Christie's, Hong Kong. This is the highest price ever paid for a ruby necklace at auction.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

- Take 15% off all pieces with Chalcedony, Green Garnet, Moonstone, Fresh Water Pearl and Ruby.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend. Find me under the tree at the front of the market from 11 to 5 all three days. I am hard at work this week and will have dozens of new pendants and earrings!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oh, how did these get into the cart? From left to right: Chalcedony, Labradorite and Lemon Quartz Briolettes. As always, message me if you want something made from any of these.
Online shopping may have gotten too easy.... these are part of another new order. I only ordered 1 strand of the opals as it is the first time for a faceted strand. It is an 8 inch strand, so I can make 2 of the ' Aubrie ' pictured below.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Part of a new shipment of earring beads on the way from Indonesia.

 Part of a new shipment of charms coming in today. These are small and sweet- about 1/2 inch. Wonderful for a wear-it-everyday necklace and would certainly work layered with another necklace or as part of a personalized cluster. Available in Sterling Silver and Vermeil ( 24K Gold over Sterling).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisan Market Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend. 11 to 5. The weather is going to be perfect!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Although agates can form in all types of rock, a large percentage formed in volcanic lava. When the continents were first forming, layers of molten lava pushed toward the earth's surface through cracks and volcanoes. Within the lava, there were pockets of trapped gases. When these gases escaped as the igneous rock cooled and hardened, hollow cavities were left. Agates formed when the pockets filled in bit by bit with microcrystals. The colors and arrangement of the microcrystals were influenced by changes in pressure, temperature, and mineral content that occurred during the formation process.
Pictured is a specimen from the Barron Collection at the University of Texas. In this display are 140 specimens collected by Col. E.M. Barron (1903-1969), a former Texas legislator. An interesting bit of trivia: Barron was instrumental in Blue Topaz becoming the state stone of Texas.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

One each from three orders on the way!

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th from 11 to 5.
In the picture is 'Maeve' in Tourmaline, one of the stones on special this month. Normally $60.00, this month only $51.00.
Also a first time special for this month: buy one item, take 25%off a second.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

These are young trees that are being grown as a sustainable crop in a Hawaiian plantation.