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I Heart You

I Heart You

February is one of my favorite months because of Valentine's Day...need I say more?  Valentines Day is my favorite holiday of the year. And when I think of Valentine's Day, I think of hearts, which are my specialty. I am the Queen of Hearts...the good kind (in case...

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Zircon & Turquoise, Birthstones of December

Zircon & Turquoise, Birthstones of December

ZirconZircon, the starlight blue variety, is a birthstone of December.  A translucent gemstone, it evokes images of the snow and ice found in the winter months, making it the perfect accessory for a cold day in December.Fine silver bracelet featuring colorful cubic...

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Titanium Flame Painting

Titanium Flame Painting

A few years ago, I went with my husband to Albuquerque, New Mexico, while he competed in the Senior Games.  We took a side trip to Santa Fe and came upon a shop filled with copper flame painted items, ranging from wall murals & wall clocks to jewelry. For the...

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October ~ Black & Orange of Course

October ~ Black & Orange of Course

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. Lest you think black gemstones to be...

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I’m a Rockaholic, Part 3

I’m a Rockaholic, Part 3

Recently, I shared my secret, that I have a collection to end all collections of unfinished stones just waiting to be called into service as a piece of beautiful jewelry.  And I committed to you that I would make something beautiful out of at least a few of the many....

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I’m a Rockaholic, Part 2

I’m a Rockaholic, Part 2

Remember these?  Last month I vowed/committed to you that I would stop my gem-shopping habit and work with some of the stones that I had.   Well, I did stop by a gem show and picked just a few things (but I swear, it was waaayyyyy less than I usually buy). ​  But I...

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Pearls Are Always Appropriate

Pearls Are Always Appropriate

Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate”, and I couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re going to a fancy event or heading out in your jeans, pearls fill the bill. Since pearls are June’s birthstone, guess what we’re talking about?  Umm….pearls!“I feel...

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Wire Whisperer

Wire Whisperer

Wire wrapping, not to be confused with wire sculpting, is my passion.  What's the difference you ask?  Well, I'll tell you.Wire sculpting is usually done by grabbing a few wires and creating swirls and dips over the top of a stone, thereby at least partially covering...

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O-O-O-Opal!!!!

O-O-O-Opal!!!!

I’m an October baby, so my attention and reverence for opals have been lifelong. I recently connected with an opal dealer, whose collection of Australian Opals was irresistible to me.  My purchases were only limited by my available funds. I couldn’t wait to share them...

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Custom Etchings ~ Dogs, Symbols, Logos

Custom Etchings ~ Dogs, Symbols, Logos

Shih Tzu for client  When I think about all the classes I took last year, the one that stands out is the etching class. Probably because my final special order for Christmas was a special etched piece for a client whose wife had recently lost a pet shih tzu. He...

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A Blog About Me

A Blog About Me

A custom pieceWhen I left teaching at the end of 1999, all I cared about was getting my life and family back to some semblance of normalcy. That’s when a one afternoon class in wire wrapping sparked my interest. Little did I know it would change the course of my...

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The Colors Of The Holidays

The Colors Of The Holidays

“It seems like the holidays (of giving and receiving) begin sooner and sooner each year!  I’ve already seen them up in several stores.  So here’s a little preview and something to think about.  Let’s explore the pieces that will let you dazzle those around you! You...

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Beauties From Russia (with Love)

Beauties From Russia (with Love)

When international conflicts or supply chain issues occur, it also affects the availability of certain gemstones. That includes stones from Russia.  Fear not, not only do I make jewelry, but I collect gemstones from all over the world, and that includes Russia.Russia...

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For the Art’s Sake

For the Art’s Sake

William Holland SchoolMore than 10 years ago, I found out about the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, which sent my art into a different trajectory. It is a lovely little school (my husband calls it “art camp”) nestled in the woods in Young Harris, Georgia....

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Ooh, Labradorite!!!

Ooh, Labradorite!!!

Like many stones, labradorite is named after the place where it was first found - Labrador, which is in Canada. I have always admired the incredible fire and colors in labradorite, also known as a “fire stone”. It is known for its changing colors and aids the body and...

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Love “Stones”

Love “Stones”

I think I fell in love with gemstones while I was learning to wire wrap in 2000.  It’s hard to believe that is now over 22 years ago.  But, as some of you may have heard me say this (or read it somewhere), I am a rockhound and my jewelry making supports my “habit”. ...

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Courage & Strength Continued

Courage & Strength Continued

This month I'm continuing with more gemstones that help with courage and strength. My focus this month is on howlite, onyx and lapis lazuli, three more stones with amazing properties that help with both courage and  strength.Howlite Not only does howlite promote inner...

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Shungite, Does It Help with EMFs?

Shungite, Does It Help with EMFs?

Shungite earringsMost gemstones have healing properties, properties that may help with emotional or physical issues. I’ve often met clients who are attracted to certain stones and find out that they help with certain things they are lacking in and need in their lives....

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Anatomy of a Custom Order

Anatomy of a Custom Order

Here’s an example of a true experience I recently had. My client was given a tumbled gemstone rock(smoky quartz) by her daughter. The meaning to her was far beyond any dollar amount and she wanted it turned into a precious keepsake that she could wear often. She also...

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Valentines – The Heart Of the Matter

Valentines – The Heart Of the Matter

This beautiful heart pendant, made with a mabé pearl, is on its way to Kress Emporium.While some people say Valentine’s Day is a Christian holiday, others say it has a pagan background. Regardless of its origins, Valentine’s Day represents romance, and what symbolizes...

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The Browns & Golds of November

The Browns & Golds of November

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...

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A Fallen Leaf…

A Fallen Leaf…

If I have to think of fall, the first thing that comes to mind are leaves, leaves, and more leaves. (My yard is comprised of trees...lots and lots of trees, which mean an annual onslaught of falling leaves.) So, leaves is what we shall focus on this month.My BackyardI...

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The Colors of Quartz

The Colors of Quartz

To coordinate with the Henderson County Gem and Mineral Society’s upcoming HUGE annual Gem Extravaganza on Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d give you a bit of background on this year’s theme. It is the Colors of Quartz. Quartz is found all over the world and is the...

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Treasures From the Sea

Treasures From the Sea

As our summer heats up, it 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. Known as the “Jewel of the...

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Bucket List ~ Down Under Gemstones

Bucket List ~ Down Under Gemstones

Like me, I bet most of you have been itching to travel.  Since we’ve been on lock down, I decided to revive a wonderful memory of our “Bucket List” trip to Australia and New Zealand several years ago.  It was unforgettable and extraordinary! So, journey with me to...

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, and this is the theme of May! Our recent rains have resulted in resplendent blooms of azaleas, tulips and more, dotted among the leaves of daylilies, rhododendrons, and hostas awaiting their blooms. It’s time to celebrate the beauty of...

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I purchased this red cinnabar necklace, and it is gorgeous! It has a nice weight to it, and beautiful detail. I bought the matching earrings as well, and they’re just as gorgeous!

Judy

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