Wednesday, December 27, 2017

On their way, very fine grade Amethyst, Tiger Eye and Labradorite.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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. Most good crystals are found as gauge minerals in mineral veins. Citrine is often found in association with amethyst, but it is much more rare. The largest source of natural citrine is the Rio Grande do Sol state in Southern Brazil. Citrine mines in the US are found in Colorado, North Carolina and California. The gemstone is also found all over the world, in Spain, Brazil, Africa, South Africa, France, Britain, Madagascar and the Soviet Union.
Citrine has been popular for thousands of years. During the ancient times, 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.
The ancient Romans used it for beautiful jewelry and intaglio work. It was also very popular for jewelry in the 19th century. During the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II, large Citrines were set in many beautiful pieces made for Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.
Almost all Citrine that is available on the market today is heat-treated Amethyst. Natural Citrine is pale yellow, 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, while natural Citrine does not.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Last weekend for 20% off Opal. Pictured, Li ( the single drop ), Aubrie ( the bar ) and Brianna ( the lariat )

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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