Malachite March

Malachite March

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, my thoughts go to my favorite green stone, malachite. Except for a few occasional ”buys” (I am a bargain hunter when it comes to gemstones, among other things), my go-to dealer is from Namibia. Malachite is named after the mallow...
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....
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...
My Name is Nadine and I’m a Rockaholic

My Name is Nadine and I’m a Rockaholic

When I took my first wire wrapping class in 2000, I knew I loved working with wire and it came easy to me. At the time, I hadn’t yet realized my love for gemstones was so strong! Somewhere I’ve written (maybe it’s on the biography inserts I put into my gift boxes?)...
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...