Saturday, January 31, 2015

The weather reports tonight have improved a bit for tomorrow. I will watch in the morning and post if I am or am not going to market. 

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
COME FIND A ONE OF A KIND
FOR YOUR ONE IN A MILLION

Shop the all local artists and craftspeople at
The Gibson St. Artisan Market
11 AM to 5 PM  
Friday 2/6- Sunday 2/8


1318 SoCo

Pardon our Construction & enter on Gibson St.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

These very fine ( AA+ grade ) African Opals arrived yesterday. Perfect timing for the February special! I will be making the bar style necklaces in the picture in both 14k gold-filled and sterling.
FEBRUARY SPECIALS:
15% off all pieces with Abalone, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Opal and Turquoise.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Uh oh. I just watched the weather forecast. Unless it changes, it is very much looking like I won't be out this weekend.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rock trivia: The Unrivaled Kashmir Sapphires
Kashmir sapphire gems come from the states of Kashmir and Jammu in far northern India. This northern-most region of India is bordered by Pakistan to the west, and China to the north and east. Sapphires were first discovered here in the 1880s, when a landslide revealed the mineral deposit.
It is undisputed that the sapphires from Kashmir’s early mining days are the best in the world in terms of their color and size. Their unique, intertwining crystals give them their unique, almost velvety color. They are one of the rarest gems in the world, making them a collector’s item.
The most expensive sapphire in the world is known as Hill's sapphire. It is a cushion-cut, intense blue of 22.6 carats This Sapphire was sold for $3,064,000 at Christies. It now stands alone set in a gold pendant and surrounded with diamonds, but was originally part of a necklace purchased by the railroad magnate James J. Hill in 1886 for $2,200.

Photo: Rock trivia: The Unrivaled Kashmir Sapphires
     Kashmir sapphire gems come from the states of Kashmir and Jammu in far northern India. This northern-most region of India is bordered by Pakistan to the west, and China to the north and east. Sapphires were first discovered here in the 1880s, when a landslide revealed the mineral deposit. 
        It is undisputed that the sapphires from Kashmir’s early mining days are the best in the world in terms of their color and size. Their unique, intertwining crystals give them their unique, almost velvety  color. They are one of the rarest gems in the world, making them a  collector’s item.
     The most expensive sapphire in the world is known as Hill's sapphire. It is a cushion-cut, intense blue of 22.6 carats  This Sapphire was sold for $3,064,000 at Christies. It now stands alone  set in a gold pendant and surrounded with diamonds, but was originally part of a necklace purchased by the railroad magnate James J. Hill in 1886 for $2,200.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. 
The weather is going to be beautiful and the booth will be overflowing with new pieces!
ROCK TRIVIA: AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family. This group of minerals includes the green Emerald, the pink Morganite and the yellow Heliodore.
The largest find of gemstone quality aquamarine was in 1910 when the"Minas Gerais" mine in Marambaya, Brazil, unearthed a stone of 243 pounds. It was cut into gemstones that had a total weight of more than 100,000 carats.
In the late 1980s, an exceptionally large Aquamarine crystal was found by three Brazilian miners. They accidentally dropped the Aquamarine, breaking it into three pieces. The finest and largest piece - which measured about 2 feet long and weighed 60 pounds-was saved and named 'Dom Pedro'. It was cut in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 1992 by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner and is the largest single piece of aquamarine to have ever been cut.
The 2 pictures below are the cut and uncut stone. Brazil was approximately two feet in length and weighed almost 60 pounds. The picture of the uncut stone was taken by Munsteiner. The picture on the left is from the Smithsonian where the gem now resides.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA; MOONSTONE
Moonstone has been known and valued for centuries because of its unique properties. The stone was named for the resemblance to the shimmer of moonlight. This light effect is known as adularescence. Moonstone is part of a group of rocks called Feldspar which include Sunstone and Labradorite.
The structural pattern of the stone is the reason for the optical effect. It is caused by the presence of tiny inclusions of other feldspar within the main rock. Where the two types of feldspar intermix, the light is refracted and scattered differently and this produces the shimmer. The color may be white, blue or blue-and orange. The most valuable color is blue. which will usually occur in a white or gray colored stone.
The classic moonstone, which is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. Moonstone is also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. Moonstone is also found in peach, grey, champagne and brown.
The price range for Moonstone is enormous.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.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA; MOONSTONE
     Moonstone has been known and valued for centuries because of its unique properties. The stone was named for the resemblance to the shimmer of moonlight. This light effect is known as adularescence. Moonstone is part of a group of rocks called Feldspar which include Sunstone and Labradorite.
     The structural pattern of the stone is the reason for the optical effect. It is caused by the presence of tiny inclusions of other feldspar within the main rock. Where the two types of feldspar intermix, the light is refracted and scattered differently and this produces the shimmer. The color may be white, blue or blue-and orange. The most valuable color is blue. which will usually occur in a white or gray colored stone. 
     The classic moonstone, which is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. Moonstone is also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. Moonstone is also found in peach, grey, champagne and brown.
      The price range for Moonstone is enormous.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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The temperatures for this weekend are forecast to reach no higher than the lower 40's. Elementals will not be setting up this weekend.

Monday, January 5, 2015