Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Amara style in the stone of the month in natural Mozambique garnet - the stone of the month. The color is a warm, deep red as Mozambique Garnet is a mixture of Pyrope and Almandine Garnet.
24K Vermeil bead handmade in Indonesia on a 14k gold-filled chain. 22" with a 2" extender. $75.

Monday, December 28, 2015

* Take 15% off all pieces with January's stones, Garnet and Smoky Quartz
* Take $5 off any purchase of $35
Garnet is a group of ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition. Red is the color we usually associate with Garnet, but the stone is also found in shades of green, yellow, orange and some earth-colors. The only color you cannot find is blue. Star Garnets and color change Garnets are more rare, but absolutely stunning.
Garnets have a good hardness and wonderful brilliance which makes them a good choice for all shapes in cutting and all forms of jewelry, including rings.
The red garnets include Pyropes which have a burgandy tint, Almandines, which are a very deep red and Rhodolites which have a bit of a berry color. The Spessartite is the much more rare- and expensive - orange of the Garnet family. The earth colors include the Grossularites, which occur in a range of yellows, greens and browns and Hessonite which is found in a range of pale to dark warm brown. The greens include Tsavorite, a grass to emerald color and the more rare Demantoid, which are valued for their tremendous clarity and sparkle.
Pictured are 2 pair of Mozambique Garnet earrings.
, including rings.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Due to the high chance of rain, Elementals will not be setting up today. See you next week.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Guero's Handmade Artists Market is the next 2 weekends. All local artisans showing their wonderful products. Music in the Oak Garden and good food and margaritas!
Saturdays from 11 to 8 and Sundays from 11 to 6



René Lalique, Chrysanthemum Pendant-brooch, c. 1900.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Something special today! 100 Congress Place ( corner Cesar Chavez & Congress ) is hosting vendors today from 10 to 5. I'll be there along with five others including Connie Adcock Art and Merchant Ship Collective Handcrafted leather Goods.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: TURQUOISE, co-stone of December
Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: arid, or semiarid regions. Water containing copper percolates downward and reacts with rocks or minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum. 
The two oldest known turquoise mining areas are in Persia and in Egypt. Turquoise buried in Egyptian tombs around 4,000 BC.is among the world’s oldest jewelry. In ancient Egypt, it was called “mefkat,” which meant “joy” and “delight.”. The modern name Turquoise probably came from the fact that it was brought to Europe by traders known as Turks.
Turquoise has been used by both Native Americans and by Indian tribes in Mexico. Central and South America. Prehistoric mining tools have been found in some of the old digs of the turquoise mines in California.
The U.S. is the world's largest producer of turquoise and some of the output from various mines in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada is the finest in the world- rivaling that of the renowned Persian.
Nevada comes in with the largest number of mines in the U.S.- perhaps nearing as many as 100 different ones producing as much as $50 Million dollars of rough material!
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, a picture of a Diadem which was a gift from Napoleon to his second wife, Empress Marie-Louise. It was originally set with Emeralds!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

This weekend the weather is going to be beautiful! Come see Elementals at The Violet Crown Winter Festival. This is an all handcraft show with fabulous local artisans. ( I do a lot of my holiday shopping at this show )
Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5
Brentwood Elementary School 6700 Arroyo Seco Austin, TX 78757
Brentwood Elementary School
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- Think Blue and take !5% off all pieces with Topaz and Turquoise or
- Buy one item and take 25% off a second item and buy 2 items and take 50% off a third item

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This piece of Ancient Egyptian jewelry belonged to King Tut-ankh-amun. It symbolizes the birth of the moon and the sun and was worn during the king's coronation.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The matrix opal has a dark background, against which bright flecks of colors create beautiful patterns and shapes.
L'Odyssée de Cartier high jewellery necklace in platinum set with a matrix opal, cushion-cut emerald, brown diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds.
The most expensive gem in the world
Selling for $48.5 million, the once in a 'Blue Moon' stone, a Fancy Vivid blue diamond of 12.03 carats, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction, setting new records for any diamond of any color, or any gemstone, price-per-carat for any diamond, or any gemstone, and for any jewel.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Set in the center with an egg-shaped cabochon turquoise, framed by fan-shaped lotuses applied with turquoise-colored, green, black and white enamel, accented by rectangular-shaped and fancy-shaped topazes, and white opal segments, supporting a pear-shaped white opal pendant, the top framed by small rose-cut diamonds, signed G. Fouquet
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

Monday, November 2, 2015

The British popularized Egyptian styling after the 1798 Battle of the Nile, and the style spread across Europe. The popularity of Egyptian art peaked again in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales’ visit to Egypt in 1862 and then again when the British took control of Egypt in the 1880s. Studies done of ancient ruins and places sparked demand for Egyptian designs. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the popularity of Egyptian style ands motifs spread like wildfire throughout the western world.
Egyptian jewelry conjured images of ancient opulence, culture and mysterious symbols. Revival designs were often copied directly from Egyptian amulets worn for luck. The eye of Horus (healing and protection ), scarabs and lotus flowers ( rebirth and resurrection ), and the Ankh ( eternal life ) were among the most popular.
Revival pieces used enamel inlays in the plique à jour style to showcase animals like falcons, jackals, scarab beetles and cobras. Bib necklaces and fringed earrings inlaid with semi-precious stones or rhinestones were made and worn around the world.
Pictured, a Scarab Brooch in Silver with plique a jour enamel. Circa 1925

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fun Fact: All tunnel-boring machines are named after women. Because the patron saint of mining is a woman, St. Barbara.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Well here's something different. I will be setting up tomorrow at The 23rd St. Artist Market ( 2300 Guadalupe across from the clock tower ) from 10:30 to 3:30. First time back in 5 years. Come see me and I'll take $5 off any $30 purchase. That will pay you back if you have to pay for parking. Try the parking lot right behind the Coop and the market- I hear they don't charge during the week.
The word topaz is related to the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning "heat" or "fire but the name topaz is probably derived from an island in the Red Sea, Topazos.
The Egyptians believed that topaz was colored by the rays of the Sun God Ra and that a Topaz amulet would protect the faithful wearer from harm. The Romans also associated topaz their God of the Sun and believed Topaz would change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
Topaz comes in many colors, including clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and blue. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce. The most common color is yellow with a red tint; the most valuable is pink to reddish. The coloring agents are iron and chromium.
The blue Topaz is the state stone of Texas. Pictured, Carys style earrings in London Blue Topaz.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ethiopia Opal is truly beautiful.
Quickly establishing themselves as one of the world’s most sought-after gemstones, prepare to be seduced by the magnificence of Ethiopian Wello opals.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

More Art Nouveau and Opal
18kt Gold, Plique-a-Jour Enamel, and Diamond Butterfly Brooch, Cartier, Inc. (Lot 505, Estimate $3,000-$5,000) Art Nouveau Opal

Monday, October 19, 2015

Beyond incredible.
"The Path of Enlightenment" necklace contains 87 opals from Lightning Ridge, Australia.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fitting both the time period and the monthly stone categories- and breathtaking as well! By William Thomas Pavitt, a pendant in gold, Opal & Peridot.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The style took inspiration from nature and was characterized by the flowing lines and curves of botanical studies and illustrations of deep-sea creatures.
Jewelers took inspiration from nature portrayed in Japanese art, botanicals such as orchids, irises, lilies and, ferns as well as graceful living things like snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies and the female form.
A transition occurred from the view that the gemstone was the most important element in a piece of jewelry to the elevation of the settings as the focal element. Jewelers experimented with enameling techniques and different gemstones and materials.
In the picture, a pendant by one of my very favorite artists René-Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945) French Gold, enamel, opal, pearl, diamonds. About 1901

Friday, October 9, 2015

Beyond nice. October's birthstone duo.
More Tourmaline!
The amazing technicolour dream stone that is renowned for its rich range of intense colours, tourmalines are the chameleon of the gemstone world.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

More fabulous Opal!
Obsessed with opal jewellery, designers Keiko Uno, Alessio Boschi and Margot McKinney create fiery magic with Australia’s mysterious black opals.

Well aren't these exquisite?
Beautiful Tourmaline! This would look wonderful on a shelf in my workroom. What would you do with it if it were yours?
At Guero's again this weekend! Great food & music, local artisans and dd I mention the margaritas?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 minutes from my weekend Markets! Have a wonderful meal and then come shop it off!


Monday, September 28, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: TOURMALINE ( stone of October )
Tourmaline has a variety of colors.from blues and greens, to reds, yellows and pinks.Gem and specimen tourmaline is mined chiefly in Brazil and Africa. 
Almost every color of tourmaline is found in Brazil, including a new blue and green variety that was found in the state of Paraíba. Another recent discovery in Mozambique has colors a bit less bright than the Brazilian, but it tends to be clearer and larger than that found in Brazil. 
Some fine gem quality material has been produced in the United States, During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. Typically the colors are raspberry reds and bright pinks and mid-range greens as well as some bicolor in California.
Chrome tourmaline, found in Tanzania. is a rich green color due to the presence of chromium which also produces the green of emeralds.
Top quality indicolite (blue )and verdelite (green) are found in Afghanistan.These tourmalines have beautiful clarity and very intense color.
Pictured is The “Candelabra” Tourmaline, mined by Pala at the Tourmaline Queen mine in 1972. Today it is on public display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. (Photo: Harold & Erica Van Pelt)
* Take 15% off all pieces with October's 2 birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline
Saturdays 11 to 8 and Sundays 11 to 6
Good food, Live Music and Local Artisans

Pink diamond expected to reach up to $28 mn at Geneva auction

Pink diamond expected to reach up to $28 mn at Geneva auction

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bentley & Skinner emerald, ruby and rose-cut diamond Victorian dragonfly brooch, with two pairs of pierced veined wings pavé set with rose-cut diamonds, silver set to a yellow gold mount, circa 1880.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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.
A beautiful Edwardian Gold Moonstone Necklace. 1901-1914

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ethiopian Opal has the same molecular structure as Austrailian Opal. They are basically hydrated forms of Silica in a a unique formation. This formation does not crystallise in a regular form, and is called amorphous.
The main difference in Australian and Welo Opal is how much water they contain. Australian Opal is found deeper, so it has more pressure exerted on it and contains more water. Australian Opal is usually about 6% to 10% water and Welo Opal is closer to 3% to 5% water. Australian Opal has a tendency to dry out but Welo Opal can actually absorb more water.

Monday, September 14, 2015

More Fair Trade Opal on the way!
Busy fingers this morning! Some of what's on the way: Labradorite, Aqua Blue Chalcedony and Moss Aquamarine Briolettes

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Who would wear this cuff and with what kind of outfit would you wear it?
This brooch was made by Fortunato Pio Castellani & Sons. Itca. I
The sapphires in this brooch are naturally blue. The largest is carved with a figure of Cybele or Isis (the personification of Italy), with which Castellani both referenced antiquity and celebrated Italy's reunification, which had occurred during the latter half of the 19th century.
It is in the Cooper Hewitt Collection of The Smithsonian

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The fashion was inspired by 18th century French courts and the look was light and delicate. Stars, ribbons and bows were favorite motifs for this period. Pastels, white-on-white, lace, Diamonds, Pearls and Platinum ruled the look.
The look of jewelry that looked like embroidery and lace was made possible by advances in platinum fabrication. Pale colored stones such as amethysts, aquamarines, peridots, pale green garnets and blue sapphires were also popular as well as black opals from Australia.
Pictured is an Edwardian diamond with Pearls and Sapphires and set in Platinum. A perfect example of the period as well as the Stone of September!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

- 10% off pieces with Citrine, Iolite, Lapis and Moonstone & t5% off pieces with Sapphire, the birthstone of September
- 10% off all purchases of $50 to $99 and 15% off purchases of $100 or more
- Pictured natural color Sapphire, 24k Vermeil beads and 14k gold-filled chain. Normally $45, this month only $38.