Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Moonstone and Labradorite on the way!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The rain here has made all the plants and grass greener. I thought I'd do my part to green things up too.
The translucent gems are Chalcedony and the opaque are Malachite. They are all on the way!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Harvey has made landfall and we know the weekend is going to be a washout. Stay home and stay safe. Next weekend will be much better weather!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I am waiting an extra day or so to post this weekend's schedule. With any luck, Tropical storm Harvey will not bring the heavy rain that is now predicted. Waiting for the official track to be released by the National Weather service.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Elementals is taking this summer week off!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 A sore throat and the absence of a voice above a whisper are keeping me at home. See everyone next weekend.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's raining here, and so I am cancelling my set up today. Crossing my fingers for tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

1. Take off your jewelry before getting into swimming pools or the ocean. Both Chlorine and salt water can damage some finishes of stones and discolor even gold and platinum pieces. .
2. Sunscreen, lotions, hair conditioners can all leave a residue on jewelry which can take away the sparkle. Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe jewelry after wearing to remove any products from them before you put them away.
 3. Store your jewelry in a dry place. Separate or wrap the pieces with softer stones like pearls, opals and turquoise to keep the harder pieces from scratching them. You don't have to spend a lot, paper towels will work just fine!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Unfortunately, tomorrow's event at Central Market has been cancelled. I was so looking forward to a new location in north Austin,

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

PEARLS are perfect for Mom and the Graduate. They work with silk and denim and everything in between. That's why I picked them for this month's special. Find your perfect piece with pearls and take 20% off this month.
Pearls have been symbols of wealth, status and religious belief since antiquity. Almost 6,000 years ago in the Persian Gulf area, people were sometimes buried with a pearl in their right hand. 
In Renaissance Europe, Lisbon and Seville were the centers of the pearl trade. The shops had massive amounts of pearls gathered from India, the Persian Gulf and the Caribbean. Pearls were worn by the powerful and the wealthy. Irregularly shaped, or baroque, pearls were especially admired.
When cultured pearls came on the international market in the 1930s, pearls became more available and affordable. By the 1950s, it became a custom to gift girls in their teens with a strand of white pearls as well as tradition for pearls to be worn by brides. White, round pearls were the ones in high demand. We have come full circle to valuing all shapes and colors of pearls in recent years. Today pearls have gone from being something worn on special occasions to a staple of every day wear.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just managed my very own comedy scene in the driveway loading a table into the car. The wind caught it just right and put me off balance just enough to land on my ...pride. Pulled a muscle in my shoulder, not badly I think, but don't think any more loading and unloading is my best bet for the day.
I'll tend to it today. Come see me tomorrow at Guero's Art Spot from 11 to 6.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Managed to pull a muscle unloading last night. Add the threat of rain and the idea of needing to do a quick pack-up and I decided the smarter thing is to stay home today.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Last week for 20% off everything Amethyst

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A 2 day weekend upcoming.
Saturday at the SoCo Outdoor Market and Sunday at Guero's Art Spot. 11 to 6 both days.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Already raining at my house. Cancelling my set up for the day. Tomorrow will be dry and a little cooler.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Three days this week to shop Elementals
Friday at Guero's Art Spot
Saturday & Sunday at the SoCo Outdoor Market by Vespaio.
11 to 5 all days

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Well, y'all probably looked outside and figured the outdoor markets were not happening, I'll be home in the studio today, working on a few custom orders and some new designs.
I have hope the rain will exit by Noon tomorrow and allow a late setup at Guero's Art Spot.

Friday, March 3, 2017

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.
Pictured, a gift from the Brazilian people for Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953. Made by Mappin & Webb in Rio de Janeiro.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Market will be closed today due to threat of rain/tstorms. See you next Saturday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Beautiful green Chalcedony on the way!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tibetan Turquoise on the way from India!