Weather permitting on Friday, find Elementals out three days this week. Friday at The Downtown Street Fair Congress & 9th from 11:30 to 2 Saturday at the SoCo Outdoor Market next to Vespaio from 11 to 6 Sunday at Radio Coffee & Beer 4204 Manchaca Rd. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ROCK TRIVIA: CITRINE, November Birthstone Citrine is part of the quartz family of stones, and the color ranges from a pale yellow to a deep, almost sherry color. Citrine is usually found inside geodes, and more rarely in larger formations which can weigh several pounds although most are not of gem quality. Citrine crystals can form together with Amethyst or Smoky Quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called Ametrine. Citrine was carried by travelers and nomads because it is believed to carry a protection against snake venom, evil and impure thoughts. It is even nicknamed as the “success stone” because it was thought to attract prosperity and success. Almost all Citrine that is available on the market today is heat-treated Amethyst. Natural Citrine is pale yellow to pale orange, much lighter than the heat-treated material which is a darker orange to reddish-brown. All of the heat-treated material has a red tint and usually subtle striping while natural Citrine is often cloudier.
Another week of beautiful weather! Find Elementals; Friday at the Downtown Street Market Congress at 9th 11:30 to 2 Saturday at the SOCO Outdoor Market 1610 SoCo 11 to 6 Come by and browse for a gift or yourself or both!
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Friday at the Downtown Street Fair from 11:30 - 2, 9th & Congress Saturday & Sunday at Guero's, 11 to 8 Saturday & 11 to 6 Sunday OCTOBER SPECIALS Take 15% off everything Opal Buy 1 item, take 20% off a second
ROCK TRIVIA: OPAL, Octobers Birthstone 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. "Halley's Comet", is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest uncut black opal nobby. This huge Opal was found by a group of miners on the Leaning Tree Claim at Lightning Ridge around the time "Halleys Comet" crossed the Australian skies.It weighs almost 2000 carats!
If y'all are anywhere close to Downtown on Fridays, come check out the Downtown Street Market. What a wonderful, relaxed experience it was! The next 7 Fridays from 11:30 - 2. Join us! Here's a link to Molly Alexander of The Downtown Austin Alliance talking about the Street Market! http://www.fox7austin.com/good-day/208893191-video #DowntownMktATX
This is going to be so much fun! Elementals is excited to be part of this wonderful fall event - along with other local artisans, great food trucks and music. Mark your calendars for Friday's ! Starting this Friday. 11:30-2 at 9th & Congress.
ROCK TRIVIA: LAPIS LAZULI Lapis is a deep blue semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its beautiful color. Lapis is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley in northeastern Afghanistan. The mountain faces are high as 17,000 feet, the ravines are dangerously deep. The mining is done by hand and only in the more temperate times of the year. This area has been mined since 700 BC, and these mines are still producing today. The Sar-e-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years.This area produced the lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the Greeks and Romans. Lapis is most probably what is called Sapphire in the Old Testament and is most likely the fifth stone in the original breastplate of the High Priest. The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was inlaid with Lapis. It was used for scarabs and other jewelry, and ground into powder for dyes, eye shadow and medicinal elixirs. At the end of the Middle Ages, Lapis made its way to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into a blue pigment called ultramarine. It was used by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, often for the clothing of important figures of paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.
A sample from the Sar-i Sang mine in Afghanistan, picture By Didier Descouens
I just finished a tally of the styles and the colors of all the necklaces that have found homes in the last 6 months. The popularity of the styles was as I expected, with the Aubrie and the Amara amounting to 65% of all necklace sales. However, the stone breakdown was a bit unexpected. Here are the top five in order. They account for 55% of necklace sales: Pearls, London Blue Topaz, Aqua Chalcedony, Ethiopian Opal and Moss Aquamarine. Lapis and Turquoise, 2 of my favorites, weren't even close!
Find Elementals at the usual Saturday spot in The SoCo Outdoor Market from 11 to 6 Come see Elementals at the Grand Opening of The Rue de Rainey Market on Sunday from Noon to 7. 604 Driskill St Austin, Texas 78701
Find Elementals Saturday at The SoCo Outdoor Market from 11 to 6 ( 1610 SoCo by Vespaio ) Sunday at the 23rd St Market 11:30 to 4:30. ( 23rd & Guadalupe across from the UT Clock Tower) Free parking Sundays
ROCK TRIVIA: PERIDOT Peridot is the Birthstone of August. Most Gemstones are formed by the earth’s crust. Like Diamonds, peridot is formed much deeper in the earth’s mantle and is carried to the surface by volcanoes. The color ranges from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. The intensity and tint depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. most valued color is a deep, clear limey-green. Peridot is the national gemstone of Egypt. It was mined on Jon’s Island in the Red Sea 3500 years ago and called called the ‘Gem of the Sun’. It is believed that the gemstones worn by the Queen Cleopatra were Peridot, not not Emeralds.. Nodules of peridot are found in volcanic rocks all over the American Southwest.Today, most of the Peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.
Over 120 pairs of earrings ready for this weekend! On the left, Lindsay in Aqua Chalcedony with Apatite and Amethyst. On right, from top-to-bottom, Risa in Chrome Tourmaline, Adira in Chalcedony and Amara in London Blue Topaz.
Come see me Saturday at The Soco Outdoor Market. Extended hours again this week, 11 to 7! Pictured, 2 pieces with beautiful Tibetan Turquoise. Both natural color. On the left, Elena in Sterling Silver and a Robin's Egg Blue Turquoise, $45 and on the bottom right, Sari in Sterling Silver and a Greenish-blue Turquoise, $70
Introducing the refreshed and refined Lindsay style earring. This is the prototype, and there will definitely be more soon. So very pretty on. Shown here in Sterling Silver with Amethyst briolettes and 2 accent colors of quartz. $45. I think it's namesake is going to like it!