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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer is flying by

Living on the high desert you loose track of seasons unlike living where the weather changes more drastically. I grew up in the mid-west and, I have experienced more drastic changes. Here we go from not wearing a jacket to, need to run air conditioning and, it got chilly enough to need a jacket. 
I have been adding new pieces to my shop, some of which are inspired by gifting opportunities in association with The Artisan Group®
First up, a pair of Turquoise earrings highlighted with Carnelian and Sterling Silver with a boho style twist.
Once they have been chosen by the stylist to be worn on the show I'll shout it from the mountain tops!
Turquoise being my favorite gemstone, I knew it had to be used for my design.
Educate yourself prior to investing in this gemstone.
I advise searching for sites like geology.com and magpie gemstones prior to investing your hard earned dollars.
There are vendors that will sometimes unknowingly sell material or finished jewelry that isn't real turquoise. Even I have been fooled in the past.
If I could travel back in time, I'd love to go back to when artisans created pieces using turquoise for King Tut.
They are listed in my Etsy Shop




Next up are my Pink Peruvian Opal Sterling Silver earrings.
They too, have been gifted to a show's stylist in association with The Artisan Group® in consideration for use on a show.
I opted to use this gemstone for my spin on Patone's Color of the Year choice.
I like the more opaque color of Pink Peruvian Opal over the Rose Quartz that Patone chose.
The handmade sterling silver components have been hammered to add light catching texture.
Like many stones, there are meanings and metaphysical properties for this stone.
They are also listed in my Etsy Shop.
Once I have confirmed they have been chosen to be worn on the show it will be announced via my shop listing!


Next up!
My twist on a Turquoise Rock & Roll Boho Style Necklace.
One of these necklaces is going on a journey!
In association with The Artisan Group® it is being
gifted to the stylist of a show in consideration for use.
Once I have confirmed it being used by the
stylist, it will be announced via my listing!
I chose to create texture using sterling silver
materials and add a pop of Turquoise.
Also, a piece of rough Druzy with a titanium
coating has been added for sparkle!
You can view the piece in my Etsy Shop.







I created the next piece on a whim when inspired by the Turquoise Boho Style earrings above.
You might notice the difference in the sterling silver bead cones. I'm not a fan of matchy matchy jewelry. I typically have a more eclectic approach to pairing earrings with necklaces and bracelets.
The Turquoise I've used shows the variation the gemstone can be found in.
Even the Citrine I've used is present in it's rough form and tumbled chips.
The Carnelian and Amethyst are in a more typical bead shape.
Hence, my more eclectic approach to designing pieces.
It is also listed in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you for looking!














































































Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung!
Well, maybe not so much for some of us.
Even here on the high desert it's cooler and overcast.
Which hinders my photo taking of new pieces but, gives me more creative time.
Creative time means revisiting my first love of creating with seed beads.
What seems like eons ago, a bead store owner talked down to me because I expressed an interest in signing up for a tubular peyote class.
She told me there was no way I'd be able to grasp what was going on unless I took a peyote class first.
Her loss and mistake!
When I get a design idea in my head, I start pulling materials that I want to work into a piece.
In this case I was determined to highlight the Rose Quartz with Amazonite, Green Garnet, Peruvian Blue Opal and a Turquoise Suede Tassel.
After watching a video by Artbeads that demonstrated creating end caps with the peyote stitch an idea light bulb switched on!
The semi-glazed seed beads I had recently fell in love with was the magic that pulled the natural gemstones together.
There are subtle hints of colors on the semi-glazed seed beads that pick up and compliment each and every stone.
With all the Spring Fashions hitting the sales floors of major retailers, you'll see pastels with pops of more intense colors.
Which is why the more saturated turquoise tassel plays so nicely with the soft pinks.
More photos of my Rose Quartz Boho Necklace can be seen in my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nirvana = Tucson During...

We returned from the Tucson Gem Shows on Friday.
It's the only time you'll catch me up at 6:00 am four days in a row!
The city is full of people who are friendly, knowledgeable and driven
by the same love of natural gemstones.
For me, it's a quest to find the unusual and stones I cannot find locally.
How I decide what to look for and take into consideration:
1. Patone's color forecast.
2. Color stories of fashions that are surfacing in stores.
3. The style of jewelry I love to create.
4. Is the material something that will withstand fads.
5. The quality of the material.
If you're going to attend a show to buy natural gemstones it's wise
to do some homework.
One of the best things I did was, buy a book on gemstones.
Even that does not promise you to not be taken by a vendor that hopes
you believe them 200% that the material they are selling is legit.
We've all been taken at least once!
Once you find a vendor that truly has your best interests at heart they
know you'll be back.
It's like going out to eat and getting a beyond good meal or one that
literally makes you sick.
Word gets out that you got sick and people avoid going there.
With the cost of getting merchandise, staff, and a place to stay to vend
at the shows it's not in their best interest to fib.
The vendors I trust and seek out are vendors I'd recommend to someone
I might not personally know. That's the type of place you want to do
business with.
Stones that were on my list were:
1. Chalcedony
2. Peruvian Opal
3. Turquoise
4. Larimar
5. Druzy
6. Amazonite
7. Rose Quartz
8. Amethyst
9. Jasper
Actually, I was able to find what I set out to find!
I posted some photos on my Instagram account if you'd like to see.
You'll also see I like to eat local while there.
We returned to Bangkok Cafe for lunch after having ate there
last year. Their Thai dishes are really good!
A new place to try was Guilin which we tried due to a Facebook
post by a friend local to Tucson.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there as well!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Thinking about Patone's Rose Quartz Choice...

I have been thinking about Patone's Rose Quartz color choice for 2016.
In my opinion, there is a shade of pink for everyone that looks best on them.
That is based on a couple of reasons.
1. The color of your complexion and it's undertones.
2. Eye color.
3. Hair color.

Years ago women were having their colors done.
I have to admit after having mine done, it explained why I typically avoided center tertiary colors.
Reds with orange in them look horrible on me but, true red look beautiful.
Where am I going?
When adding a touch of pink to your jewelry wardrobe it should be a shade that compliments you.

There are several natural gemstones that fall into the pink family.
Granted some are quite expensive and, some more affordable.
Even Rose Quartz can fetch a pretty penny when it's gem quality.
It ranges from a light pink to a medium-dark pink.
A few that fall into the expensive category are.
1. Pink Diamonds

2. Morganite
3. Pink Sapphires
4. Rubelite Tourmaline 
5. Rhodochrosite
6. Rhodolite
7. Kunzite
More affordable stones would be.
1. Pink Spinel

2. Zircon
3. Pink Amethyst
4. Rose Quartz
5. Mystic Topaz (treated)
6. Pearls
None of this means you should run out and purchase the most expensive piece of pink gemstone jewelry you can find.
What you should do is, know what shade of pink you want to highlight your wardrobe with.

Also, educate yourself before heading out the door to shop for a gemstone.
You can add a lot of impact by choosing an affordable pop of natural gemstone jewelry.
Most importantly, add it because you love it enough to wear it long after the color trend is over!
Jewelry is not only an investment, it should make you happy.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Patone's Color Of The Year 2016


"For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage."

At first I was a little apprehensive about Pantone's choices,
Rose Quartz is not a favorite of mine. I typically like pink stones that aren't as milky as Rose Quartz.

That being said, I'll probably create some new pieces with Rose Quartz worked into the mix. A good example of that is the Rhodochrosite Necklace  currently in my shop. The Smoky Quartz, Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite compliment each other.

The Serenity Blue is going to be a favorite of mine and, Chalcedony is at the top of my favorite stones for this color story. This Boho Style Necklace features my favorite shade of Chalcedony.

Going forward I'm going to be searching for natural gemstones that will play well with both featured colors.




Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wire and Natural Gemstones


Precious metal wire is my fabric and thread with which I hand sew jewelry.
It's the best way I can describe how I sooth my need to create art. It calms and relaxes me.
Searching for unique natural gemstones also brings me peace. 

With wire and gemstones in hand, I can get blissfully lost with time flying by. 
Finding your niche/style that makes you happy, can happen instantly when you stop chasing overnight trends.
Bohemian style was "in" back when I was in my early teens. At the time, I never thought I'd revisit what was a more relaxed easy to mix fashion.
Over the years you see  it show up and, there are diehard fans that stick with it no matter what the fashion industry thinks!
I have found it to be my niche, bohemian style. 

There have been women who tell me "I would have never thought about pairing that piece with that...".
Isn't boho all about mixing what some think is work attire pieces with a pair of your favorite jeans, fringed ankle boots and layered jewelry? 

I often mix tops from a more work appropriate style with boyfriend jeans and statement jewelry.
So why not take that long layering necklace and add it to what you'd wear to work?
Jewelry is supposed to make us happy and, add a pop that makes us standout.
After all, do we want to look the same no matter where we are going?
No!
That's why I hunt for the unusual natural gemstones like the crazy lace agate and garnet slice in the necklace above.
Or,  why not pair rough amethyst with turquoise and a citrine point in the necklace below.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It's been a busy Summer!

Wow! I can't believe it's September already!
Some of the states will start experiencing cooler temperatures and, foliage turning beautiful vibrant colors.

Here, we are still enjoying warm temperatures and sunshine filled days.
Like the rest of the retailers across the country , fall fashions are hitting the sales floors at the area retailers. Lots of jewel tones, faux  leather accents, bohemian and denim.


I always find a way to mix my favorite stone into what I'm wearing!
Go figure turquoise is trending!

It's a good thing it is still trending and, should never stop in my opinion.
I decided to take a plunge into a gifting via a juried group I am fortunate to be part of The Artisan Group


In association with The Artisan Group our Turquoise Front Back Earrings will be at an invitation-only luxury pre-event celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on September 18-19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California in honor of the Emmy nominess and presenters.

There's more! 

Our Boho Bliss Necklace was gifted to the stylist of Cedar Cove in association with The Artisan Group in consideration for use.


It has been worn on two episodes this season by the lovely Grace (Teryl Rothery).

Note the touches of turquoise mixed with amazonite, amethyst crystal and green agate.

Looking for something else with touches of turquoise?

How about turquoise loaded with rich matrix, yellow opal, amethyst and a touch of suede via a tassel!

Our Turquoise Boho Tassel Necklace  can be found via the link included in this sentence.

Add a touch of turquoise to every season! 
Mother Nature does,  just look up at the sky!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

White Is Trending In Women's Fashions

White fashions are #trending!
Why do I know this?
The #1 reason, I love shopping for clothes! Especially if there's a 50% off sale, plus a 20% off coupon and my employee discount!
The first thing I saw were white fashions on mannequins with the merchandise presented on racks behind them.
Don't believe me? Here's proof Elle !
Of course my muse started running amok! Fortunately it was a short trip and, she knew within seconds what needed to be made.
I had purchased a strand of white druzy slices with natural bling pockets. Someone asked me at the time what I was going to make with them. I love the looks I get when I tell them I have no clue.
The notion of placing something on the wire that would go through the slice was immediate.
So, with wire and other materials in hand a necklace was born!
It is now listed in our Etsy Shop.
If you're quick, it qualifies for a coupon code through May 4, 2015. Enter SPRING20 at checkout on purchases of $50 or more.