Saturday, February 28, 2015

The cold has kept me inside and busy. One side of my earring display.130 pairs of earrings!
Another up and down week in the weather- mostly down. I watched the weather forecasts on all networks just now and, if the predictions of mid-50's and 30-40% chance of rain hold, I will not be setting up tomorrow.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine is in the Beryl family of stones with the Emerald ( green) and Morganite (pink). beryl. Aquamarine’s color range is from blue to green-blue. The gem’s most valuable color is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with good intensity. In general, the purer and more intense the blue color, the more valuable the stone. Most aquamarine is a light greenish blue. Aquamarine is pleochroic, which means it shows different colors in different crystal directions—in the case of aquamarine, one is almost colorless and so the the blue is always the cutting orientation.
In the United States, Aquamarines can be found in central Colorado and in the Big Horn Mountains of Montana. Brazil has a number of fine quality deposits, in fact the largest aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found there in 1910.. Aquamarine is also found in Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What roller coaster weather we've had these last few weeks. This weekend is apparently not going to be an exception. Friday and Saturday will be in the mid 70's and I will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market from 11 to 5; Sunday will be in the low 50's and I will be at home.


I pulled a muscle in my shoulder this afternoon. At this point, pulling tables and bins and a 50+ pound tent out of the car tomorrow morning doesn't sound like a good idea. i'm going to give it a day of rest and will see you on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fresh water pearls on the way.

Some of the stones I ordered this week, from l-to-r: Natural color Emeralds, Peridot and London Blue Topaz.


Elementals will be at The Gibson St. Artisans Market on Saturday from 11 to 5.
and Sunday from Noon to 5.
ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst is found worldwide, from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" which is a deep purple leaning towards the blue end of the spectrum. Russian Amethysts were not only famous for their beautiful color but were the only Amethysts whose color remained true even inartificial light.
The finest Amethyst available today is the deep grape colored stone that comes from Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia. The majority of the Amethyst on the market is the lighter pink- lavender from Brazil and Uruguay. Gem quality Amethyst is also mined in Madagascar.
The tradition surrounding the properties of Amethyst is also worldwide. Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to guard against drunkenness and seduction. Amethyst has been found in graves across the world from the Aztec in the Americas to the Anglo-Saxon in England. In Tibet, Amethyst was dedicated to Buddha and used for rosaries and, in Medieval Europe, soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.
In the picture, an Amethyst necklace made for Tiffany, with Emeralds and Diamonds. This necklace was up for auction Highlights at Sotheby’s New York December 11th, 2013 and estimated at $80,000 to $100,000.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Elementals will be set up three days this week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.
A first time special offer for Friday. Just say TAKE 14 OFF and receive 14% off any purchase!

Photo: Elementals will be set up three days this week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.
A first time special offer for Friday. Just say TAKE 14 OFF and receive 14% off any purchase!
ROCK TRIVIA: OPAL
The Opal group includes a large number of gemstones. If Opals lack a play of colors, they are called Common Opal. Precious Opals exhibit fire and color in a wide range of main body color, including dark or black, clear white to milky, pink to orange.
Opal is formed when water runs down through the earth and picks up silica from sandstone, As the water evaporates, it leaves behind a silica deposit. This cycle repeats and eventually - in about about 5 to 6 million years- Opal is formed.
Until recently, Australia has been the source for over 95% of the world's precious Opal. That all changed in 2008 when Opal from Ethiopia became famous for its unusual color patterns. Ethiopian Opals even display colors not found in Australian Opals like turquoise and indigo.They are also the toughest opal available. The Gemological Institute of America performed drop tests of opals from various sources including Australia. From almost 5 foot the opals were dropped onto concrete. Only the Ethiopian opal survived the test.
The Galaxy Opal is the world’s largest polished opal, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. It was found in Brazil in 1976. It weighs approximately 3,749 carats! It was carved from a grapefruit-sized piece of rough stone weighing 5,205 carats by Scott Cooley.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: OPAL
     The Opal group includes a large number of gemstones. If Opals lack a play of colors, they are called Common Opal. Precious Opals  exhibit fire and color in a wide range of main body color, including dark or black, clear white to milky, pink to orange. 
     Opal is formed when water runs down through the earth and picks up silica from sandstone, As the water evaporates, it leaves behind a silica deposit. This cycle repeats and eventually - in about about 5 to 6 million years- Opal is formed. 
     Until recently, Australia has been the source for over 95% of the world's precious Opal. That all changed in 2008 when Opal from Ethiopia became famous for its unusual color patterns. Ethiopian Opals even display colors not found in Australian Opals like turquoise and indigo.They are also the toughest opal available. The Gemological Institute of America performed drop tests of opals from various sources including Australia. From almost 5 foot the opals were dropped onto concrete. Only the Ethiopian opal survived the test.
     The Galaxy Opal is the world’s largest polished opal, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. It was found in Brazil in 1976. It weighs approximately 3,749 carats! It was carved from a grapefruit-sized piece of rough stone weighing 5,205 carats by Scott Cooley.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Gibson St Gibson St. Artisans Market is closed today due to weather, so I will not be out today. I plan on being out Friday, Saturday and Sunday next week!