Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:
Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th 11 to 5:30
Gibson St Artisan Market 1318 SoCo

Pictured is a breezy pendant just perfect for summer! A very popular style available this weekend in a variety of stones. This one is Ocean Jasper and Sterling Silver. Most are only $35. In several cultures, fringe is believed to keep away the evil spirits so they cannot do harm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: Green Garnets
Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color. The garnet group has stones of every color except blue.
Many garnets are chemical mixtures of two or more garnet species. There are several varieties. 

First there is Grossularite, which has tones of yellow, green and brown earth colours.
Probably the best known green garnet may be Tsavorite which also belongs to the grossularite group. Tiffany's gave this name to the stone which was discovered in 1967 by a British geologist in Tanzania near the Tsavo National Park. The green of the tsavorite runs from vivid and light to deep it has particularly good brilliance.
Demantoid Garnet is a very rare variety of Garnet from the Ural mountains of Russia. Demantoid Garnet is generally bright green, and exhibits greater brilliance and light dispersion than even a diamond. Demantoid Garnet is also known for containing hair-like inclusions called horse tails that add to its beauty and value.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Elementals Austin will be at the Gibson St. Artisans Market this Friday from 11:30 to 6 and this Sunday from 11 to 5. Dozens of pretty little pendants just perfect for summer.
Austin Pets Alive is in need of a new tent to shade the dogs that are up for adoption. 10% of all Elemental's sales Friday and Sunday will go to this purpose.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Just ordered. from left to right: Copper Rutilated Quartz, Multi-color Moonstone, Tourmaline and Moss Aquamarine. These are specifically for longer ( 24- 33 inch ) necklaces. The shading of these stone colors will look fabulous in a longer style and the length will work so well with lower summer necklines!! (4 photos)
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:
SoCo Open Air Market 1610 SoCo ( by Vespaio )
Saturday, June 21st from 11 to 5 

Gibson St Artisan Market 1318 SoCo
Friday, June 20th, from 11:30 to 6
Sunday, June 21st from 11 to 5

Thursday, June 12, 2014

106 pairs of earrings. 22 new pairs this week.
45 Sterling silver and 14k Gold-filled pendants. A baker's dozen of new Sterling Silver pendants for this weekend. A second cup of coffee and now on to necklaces with wire wrapped gemstone briolettes          ( example on the left) and then rosary style gemstone and chain in Sterling Silver and Gold-filled            ( example on the right).



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: MOONSTONE
Moonstone belongs to the mineral group of the feldspars, which comprise almost two thirds of all the rocks on Earth. The shimmer of light of the moonstone is referred to as 'adularisation'. The cause of it is the inner construction of the gemstone that causes light rays to be refracted and scattered in the stone.
Traditionally, the classical moonstones, almost transparent and with their bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. However, they are also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar.
The more intense in colour, the larger and the more transparent, the more highly valued the moonstone.Because of their rarity, prices of bluish moonstones of good quality have risen exponentially.
For a few years, there have also been some green, brown and orange specimens on the market, as well as some with a smoky colour and some the colour of champagne, and some black and some reddish ones, mainly originating from India. Some have a cat's eye effect or a four-spoked star as well as the typical undulating shimmer of light.

In the photo, a fantastic dragonfly corsage of gold, enamel, chrysoprase stones, moonstones by Rene Lalique made around 1897 or 1898.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This is where I will be today! ( click on link for map and more info) Music, food trucks, free ale and a benefit for Mamma Jamma Bike Ride.
Donate to the cause and take 15% off your purchase with Elementals or ask that 15% of your purchase go to the cause!




Break Point at The Boardwalk
2201 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, Texas 78741

Thursday, June 5, 2014

TREE (S) OF THE MONTH: BALD CYPRESS AT CADDO LAKE, TX
Bald cypress grow among a tangle of aquatic plants. The vegetation at the lake is so dense that parts of the lake are really an interconnected maze of ponds. People have lived in this area for at least 12,000 years.
Caddo lake was the only natural lake in Texas until it was dammed in the early 1900s for flood control.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: PEARLS, THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE
Pearls have been symbols of wealth, status and religious belief since antiquity. Almost 6,000 years ago in the Persian Gulf area, people were sometimes buried with a pearl in their right hand.
In Renaissance Europe, Lisbon and Seville were the centers of the pearl trade. The shops had massive amounts of pearls gathered from India, the Persian Gulf and the Caribbean. Pearls were worn by the powerful and the wealthy. Irregularly shaped, or baroque, pearls were especially admired.
When cultured pearls came on the international market in the 1930s, pearls became more available and affordable. By the 1950s, it became a custom to gift girls in their teens with a strand of white pearls as well as tradition for pearls to be worn by brides. White, round pearls were the ones in high demand. We have come full circle to valuing all shapes and colors of pearls in recent years. Today pearls have gone from being something worn on special occasions to a staple of every day wear.
Pictured is the Aphrodite Pin from the sanctuary of Aphrodite in Cyprus, Dating from 300 BC, it is one of the oldest objects containing pearls. It is at the British Museum in London.
CARING FOR PEARLS
Pearls are an organic gemstone, and this means they are softer and are more easily scratched and damaged. A bit of special attention will ensure your pearls will stay beautiful and last a lifetime.
First, chemicals, alcohol, detergents, chlorinated water and acids can permanently dull a pearls' luster. Always apply perfume, hair spray, and other cosmetics before putting on your pearls.This minimizes the amount chemicals that comes into contact with the pearls. After wearing your pearls, you may wipe them with a soft cloth or cotton balls to remove any moisture or traces of chemicals.. You can use non-chlorinated water to clean your pearls if necessary, but stay away from soap, chemicals, or anything abrasive (including toothpaste).
Second, to prevent scratches or other damage, pearls should be stored away from other sharp or hard jewelry items. Always wrap them in a soft cloth or store them n a soft-lined container or pouch. .Protect your pearls from extremes of heat, sunlight, and dryness. Don't store pearls in a plastic bag or other airtight container as ultra- dry air may cause them to crack. You may place a damp cloth near your pearls if you have to store them in a hot or dry place for any length of time
Lastly, do wear your pearls often. What's the use of having something so beautiful and never wearing them? Pearls are perfect for day or evening and look wonderful whether they are worn with blue jeans or silk.