Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Opals for October

Opals and Tourmalines are the birthstones for October. Although I think that Ovals are very beautiful - I was always told as a child that Opals are bad luck to wear if they are not your birthstone. Since my birthday is not in October - I do not own this stone.

There is more than one root claiming fame to the name of Opals. The first is from the Latin word "opalus" meaning "precious stone". The second is from the Greek word "Opallos" meaning" to see a change of color".

Opals are very colorful stones ranging from white to black with flashy bits of sparkle and light when moved around. They come in many colors and can be quite valuable. The majority of Opals are from Australia.

There has been various claims to the mystical powers possessed by the Opal from the Roman to the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Powers have even been claimed special if various parts of the world such as the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
Tourmaline does not have as fascinating of a mystical history of the Opal as it was discovered much later.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Rapunzel Necklace

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your golden hair! I created this necklace for my daughter and her birthday guests to take home and remember the party where we watched the puppet show Rapunzel.

Therefore, I named the necklace Rapunzel which is 16" choker made with 2 types and sizes of red czech glass beads: 4mm round and 7mm faceted rounds which are seperated by pink seed beads strung with various clasps.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Summer Kiss

On Thursday, September 27, 2007 I attended and donated Summer Kiss to the Last Kiss of Summer Gala which was specially commissioned for the event to be used for their silent auction:

Summer Kiss was especially commissioned for this Gala event to help raise money for Second Chance Employment Services which is a non-profit that connects at-risk women with suitable employment. Summer Kiss is a hand-crafted, hand-wired triple strand necklace, approximately 22" in length. Summer Kiss is made of two (2) types of turquoise in chips and 8mm rondelles, 8mm freshwater pearls, Sterling Silver Wire, Sterling Silver O-Ring Clasp, and Seed beads.

Tanya Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson's sister was the guest speaker and I was honored to hear Tanya's heart-felt story and plea for helping at-risk women. Thank you Tanya for protecting women and breaking the silence!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sapphires in September

Gemological Institute of America Photo Copyright 2002

The Sapphire is the birthstone for September. Sapphires are rare enough that they can be sometimes more expensive than Diamonds. According to Carly Wickell from Cornflower blue is the most popular color for Sapphires although they come in many different colors.

An interesting find on Wikipedia is that the difference between Sapphires and Rubies is that rubies are only red and Sapphires are not red. They both share the same mineral corundum.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Red White and Blue

The picture here is fuzzy and it is difficult to take a picture of opaque Czech glass jewelry. This necklace was made in honor of our upcoming 4th of July celebration - Independence Day - made with red, white (clear), and blue Czech glass beads.
What are some of your favorite 4th of July traditions?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Independence Day

Independence Day is around the corner! The jewelry box set shown here (Wanda) is also available in the patriotic colors of Red, White (Clear), and Blue in Czech glass beads. E-mail me at to order it in time for the Fourth of July!!
Wanda was designed for a flower girl for a wedding that will take place on June 23, 2007. The wedding colors are Red, Black, and White.The earrings shown are on silver tone, but can be easily made on sterling silver by request. They are handwired.

Friday, June 15, 2007

June is for Weddings!

June is the romantic month for brides to get married. I designed these earrings for my friend Jennifer as a wedding gift. She will be getting married this month on the 23rd. These earrings are available in sterling silver and freshwater pearls. Congratulations Jennifer!