Blue Zircon

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This is a photo of a vintage 1950/60’s blue zircon and diamond ring. Don’t confuse it with the synthetic cubic zirconia. This is a real gemstone since ancient days! The colorless stones make convincing substitutes for diamonds! However, the strength of this stone cannot take the place of diamonds. Care must be taken if you own one as the facets can chip. Zircon comes in an array of colors. Although it’s called ‘blue’ it does have a tad of green in it which should become apparent when compared with other blue stones. This is the December birthstone so look for an upcoming additional post at that time. If you own a blue zircon take care of it…..it’s GORGEOUS!

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Autumn Admiration

Autumn Admiration

 

I put together a whimsical collage showcasing some jewelry perfect for Autumn. Here you’ll find a Keith Davis sapphire and diamond gold ring, Irene Neuwirth fire opal and tourmaline drop earrings, a Harry Winston crossover necklace and a Moissanite 9Ct gold 1 carat heart solitaire ring.

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September Blues

Change is in the air! Literally. As I write this, Florida is hunkering down, preparing for Hurricane Irma. I sit in North Carolina waiting to see if we will be in the direct path ourselves. So in comes the cool air as Summer fades in the not so distant past. September brings a warm and cool mixture.

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I wrote this short poem a year ago:
The bluest skies I’ve ever seen,
Are within September days,
A perfect mixture of Summer and Fall,
While leaf and Summer fades.

Blue is a cool color. It is fitting then that the birthstone for September is Sapphire. The month brings cooler air and a cool colored birthstone!

I’d like to explore a few blue gemstones. Especially if the only blue gemstone you were aware of was Sapphire.

Tanzanite:

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credit: mygemologist.com

Tanzanite is used as a relatively cheap gemstone, where it can substitute for the far more expensive sapphire after undergoing artificial heat treatment to form a deep blue coloration. Naturally formed tanzanite is rare and is endemic only to the Mererani Hills.

Kyanite:

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credit: geology.com

Kyanite is a mineral used to make porcelain, as an abrasive, and occasionally as a gemstone. Kyanite normally gets its name from Greek word called as “Kyanos” denoting Blue. One of the popular colors of the kyanite jewelry is the vibrant blue and it is similar to that of the regal shade of sapphire.

Blue Diamond:

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credit: indonesia-product.com

Traditionally, blue diamonds came from India, where they have been worn for many years. However, many blue diamonds now come from South Africa and blue diamond jewelry can be bought in countries across the world in various settings and styles.

Blue Crystal:

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Swarovski is the finest crystal made in my opinion. Swarovski  is an Austrian producer of crystal headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into three major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces crystal jewelry and accessories is one of those industries. The crystal in the center of the above photo is called a ‘Pave’ crystal. You’ll sometimes find them on earrings. Especially on hoops.

Sapphire:

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So last but not least,,,grabbing the center of attention is the BLUE sapphire. Sapphire is a gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide. It is typically blue in color, but natural “fancy” sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors!

Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest in gemstones. Stick around and I’ll share more interesting facts about the jewelry, fashion and color world as I learn them myself!

 

 

 

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My Meager (But Hopeful) Beginning

As I am soon to take my final to obtain my Certificate of Jewelry Design, I finish my first jewelry project! Though a humble beginning, a hopeful one. I will be studying more and more and practicing as well. We will soon be empty nesters and I chose jewelry design and making as my hobby and profession. Although the materials in the above earrings are not genuine stones, I am looking forward to producing more and more quality upscale jewelry by using high grade materials…….these things take time.

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In the meantime my shop is starting to take shape! I still have some rearranging to do in the shop room once my son moves out to make it fully a shop and office though….again, in time.

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I came across the prettiest rendering of a rose colored stone setting! I printed it out and have it sitting on my easel for now as inspiration! I’m eager to gain more experience drawing these precious pieces of jewelry!

While my children were growing I spent that time at home with them being their mother and friend. I am looking forward to still being that no matter where they live. What a precious time for me watching them grow and being with them. When I was younger I studied and obtain a Certificate of Interior Design. I did a bit of consulting then when I worked at a local furniture store. When my kids were older I did a little more work here and there but found that the work was little needed in my area. So putting that behind me was a little sad. Now that I’ve taken up jewelry designing/making, it puts that spark back into my life to be creative! I’m enjoying learning something new and being able to share it with others. It opens the door to other things in connection with jewelry, such as accessories, fashion, and color! I hope that I’ve sparked your interest enough to want to follow me on my creative and learning journey and see where it leads me….and thanking God all the way!

Autumn Announcement

Autumn Announcement

My very first post is about discovering Polyvore! This is an ensemble I put together that embodies the feel of Autumn. Autumn has both warm and cool weather sensations. Like a marble. My two favorite seasons I like for buying clothes are Summer and Autumn. I hope you enjoy the ensemble. I’m only a beginner. I have much to learn yet about jewelry making and the jewelry industry, but it’s a joy! Stick around and journey with me…