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Beautiful Patterns in Natural Mineral Jewelry

Beautiful Patterns in Natural Mineral Jewelry

 We all find pictures, patterns and even stories in the clouds above.  Spend a few minutes watching the sky on a partly cloudy day and our minds and creativity expand exponentially.   The same thing can happen when we look at the matrices of beautiful natural gemstones, rocks and minerals.  The swirls of color, lines, splotches, and imperfections are unique to each stone and can inspire our imaginations.   

The matrix also adds distinction to what would have been just a pretty stone, as the Moss Agate Nursing Necklace at the beginning of this article shows.  The green color and carving are lovely, but that small eddy of lavender raises the entire piece to a stunning work of art.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but a true work of art and distinctive jewelry can be found in pieces made from

Choosing the Right Jewelry

Choosing the Right Jewelry

 You are a fashionista, shopping for jewelry (for real or just for fun).  You are surrounded by beautiful pieces in so many colors – gemstones, semi-precious stones, natural stones; already a heady mix.  Then there is the metal – gold, silver, copper, brass.  So many choices.  How do you pick the right pieces?  It’s easy – you pick your jewelry the same way you pick your clothes and it’s not by just picking the trendiest pieces.  You choose the jewelry that enhances your own natural beauty (and maybe helps distract from that little flaw) and is unique, personal, and of course, gorgeous!

First, look at your skin tone – is it warm or cool?  Don’t know – here is an easy way to tell.

Look at the veins in your wrist – are they bluish colored?  Do you have pinkish or rosy-red undertones in your face?  Are your eyes blue, green or grey?  Is your hair color (the natural shade, please) blond, black or brown?  Then yo

'Tis The Season For Giving Back

 Charles Dickens had it right – this is the time for helping out those in need – but as Americans, we already know that.  A few years ago, a Canadian wrote an article enumerating some of the international crises to which Americans had been more than generous.  We give – for the catastrophic disasters and the smaller, more personal ones.  This blog will be short of pictures, but there will be a number of links to local merchants who are sponsoring collections and a review of a couple of larger ones that are so consistent and personal.

Jewelry Based on Movies and Movie Characters - Ideas for Gift Giving

Jewelry Based on Movies and Movie Characters - Ideas for Gift Giving

We all know the obvious pieces of movie based jewelry – the “One Ring” from Lord of the Rings, jewelry with pictures of characters from the Twilight series, and of course all the jewelry based on Disney classics and Harry Potter come immediately to mind.   There is another type of jewelry that is movie based, and that is the more subtle, almost subliminal reference that can be found in some uniquely designed, original pieces of jewelry available in craft shops on the web.

For example, a pirate’s treasure map can bring to mind Johnny Depp and the Pirates of the Caribbean  movie series.  A wizard can be from either Dumbledore from Harry Potter or Gan

Amazing Amber

Amazing Amber

Amber is amazing.  It’s not a true gemstone because it isn’t an inorganic mineral like diamonds or lapis lazuli.  It’s million year old tree sap.  Just think, something as common, sticky and sometimes annoying as tree sap is converted over time into a warm, translucent, softly gleaming precious jewel. 

It comes in several natural colors, from a clear, sun filled light lemon to a mandarin orange to a deep rich red brown cognac color to an olive green.  Some pieces even encapsulate tiny insects and plant life from prehistoric times.  Remember Jurassic Park?

Another wonderful quality of amber is its versatility.  It can be worn with casual, business and formal clothes.   Th

Tourmaline - A Different Birthstone for October

Tourmaline - A Different Birthstone for October

Sure, we all know that opal was determined to be the official birthstone for October by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912, but how many know that TOURMALINE was chosen as a co-equal birthstone?  Not many, unfortunately.

Tourmaline is a fantastic jewel.  The name comes from the Sri Lankan language and means "stone of many colors."  An ancient legent says that tourmaline got its color by traveling through the rainbow, gathering all the colors found there as it passed through.  How true that is.  This gemstone ranges in color from deep, almost opaque, green to a translucent raspberry red.

Because of the many colors found in this wonderful gemstone, it is very versatile

Nursing Necklaces - The Modern Solution to an Old Dilemma

Nursing Necklaces - The Modern Solution to an Old Dilemma

Babies become distracted after the first pangs of hunger have been satisfied.  So they stop eating, pull away from the nipple, and begin playing with anything within their reach.  This can be Mom's hair, an earring, a necklace, clothing, in other words, if they can reach it, they will pull on it or play with it. 

Developmentally, this is an important time.  The baby is exploring her world; learning how to focus the eyes, using the sense of touch to discover all the wonders around.  While very cute, it is hard on the hair, jewelry - well, you get the point.