Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Rue de Rainey Market cancelled today's market. I am going to set up at the23rd Street Artists' Market today instead. 11 to 4. Across from the UT Clock Tower.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's the last weekend for the August specials. You can find Elementals twice this weekend:
Saturday at The SoCo Outdoor Market from 11 to 5
Sunday at the new Rue de Rainey Market from Noon to 7.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The weather forecasts are now calling for rain to move in around midday rather than late afternoon. Elementals will not be setting up today after all.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

First time for Labradorite in the 14k gold-filled. I really like the cool grey of the stone with the warmth of the gold. from left to right: Amara, $45;  Sari, $55 & Adira, $55.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Find Elementals Saturday at The SoCo Outdoor market from 11 to 6.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weather update for today. I've been looking at forecasts and am seeing high expectations for rain today. Elementals will be sitting this one out. See you next week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Also on their way from India. These 2 shapes of Green Chalcedony are going to make beautiful earrings! Great color and translucency. I think i see a new pair of earrings in my future.

Monday, August 1, 2016

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.

Am I blue? Not for long! On their way from India. On the left, a stone I haven't seen in a long time, Azurite. On the right, Iolite. Both of these stones are in my personal top 10!