It’s October, and my birthday is in October. I like to think it should be more than just a birth-day; I like the idea of a birth-month. What’s better than a whole month of cake? Well, nothing really, but a month full of Opals, the birthstone for October, comes a close second.
Now that Summer is gone, gone, gone, and the oranges and reds of October have peaked and we will soon be left with browns and golds to remind us that Autumn is really here. I thought I’d visit with the browns and golds in gemstones and metals. I think it’s fun to find out the backstory for some of my favorite materials…come join me. [Read more…]
I don’t think it’s possible to think of October and not immediately think of Halloween and it’s accompanying traditional black and orange colors. So I’ll just go with the flow and explore some black and orange with you this month. [Read more…]
The red oak leaves are starting to land on my porch, which reminds me that autumn is on its way and leaves will soon be turning colors. Before we know it, we’ll be surrounded by hues of greens, golds, oranges, and reds. Jasper, the stone I’m featuring this month, comes in the colors of autumn and then some. [Read more…]
Mid-summer heat makes me want to just spend my days oceanside, splashing in the surf. Alas, the mountains don’t provide many waves to frolic in, and so I must satisfy that urge for the ocean by playing with ocean gemstones.
One of the most beautiful and interesting items to wrap are cameos. They come in a variety of different materials from agate to resin, from shell to bone. Each depicts a scene or person in a three dimensional carving that creates an elegant statement.
For nearly my entire career as a jeweler, I have had requests to make rings. While I dabbled in this area in wire, I did not find any methods or designs that appealed to me. Well, the time has finally come. After a grueling and fun week learning upwards of a dozen different wire-wrapping ring styles and the knowledge to create new styles, I am now a provider of rings!
In celebration of spring, the colors of April reflect the blue of robins’ eggs, the petals of lavender, the swirled patterns of yellow and white like the daisy centers and pink cherry blossoms. Like a garden of colors bursting with life, these stones are inspired by the the colors of spring!
The color of March is dark and light pastel green. You see this hue in forests and jungles, from the darkness of ivy and malachite to the lushness of green lotus leaves and Peruvian opals.
White sales, silver icicles, white snow and a clean, sparkly new start to the year makes white the color of January! There are multitudes of beautiful white gemstones from the translucent rainbow moonstone to the glittering druzy quartz. They make for a perfect complement to any outfit, mood or occasion!