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
SchoolAustin, TX
- 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