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 RenĂ©-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!