Friday, November 14, 2008

Updates on my Artisan handmade jewelry; Saxa Terra Sea Glass, Handcut Cabochons, and Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Wow it has been a long time. In the past year, I have taken a long hiatus from my jewelry making. Some may think that I simply got burned out, however this is far from the case. I took a year off, because I was expecting. My beautiful baby boy was born in August.

As much as I love being a new mom, I feel like I have fallen behind. Some of the
artists that I have know have moved on to other things. This makes me feel
envious. I want to jump right back into the swing of things, but life has me
moving at a different pace.

Right now, I am trying to get ready for my Holiday show coming up in December. It will be the last show I will do this year. I am also in the process of updating the site again. I have created a new color scheme.

I am now carrying a new line of jewelry: Saxa Terra Sea Glass.

This line is created from my reproduction
sea glass. I am carrying both sets and earrings alone. I really enjoy working with my
Saxa Terra Sea Glass
as a medium. Every time I work with it, I feel like I am at the beach enjoying the surf, sand, and sun. I am currently experimenting with turning stained glass into reproduction sea glass. Stay posted to see the results.

I am also carrying a nice selection of
handmade handcut cabachon pendants. Each pendant is a hand cut cabochon that was designed by me and wire wrapped. Two of my favorite stones to work with has become Labradorite and Moonstone. You will find quite a few Labradorite pendants listed at my site.

I also have a spectacular handmade
African Pietersite pendant. The stone displays a wonderful pattern of reds and blues. I am absolutely in love with it.

Over the next few weeks I hope to update my site even further with my
handmade beaded and handmade wire wrapped necklaces. I also hope to create more jewelry for my upcoming show.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006


(June Birthstone)

Alexandrite is a rare variety of Chrysoberyl, which was first discovered in 1830 in
Named for Czar Alexander II (it was found on his birthday), the stone is prized for its strong pleochroism properties. Pleochroism is an optical property that changes the color of the stone, dependant upon the length of the light wave. In the case of Alexandrite, the stone is bright green when viewed in short-wavelength light (daylight). When viewed in
long-wavelength light (candle light), the stone appears to be a rich red or brown. This change is attributed to the chromic oxide found within the stone.

The stone has been extremely popular in Russia since its discovery in 1830 for a
number of reasons. First, as I mentioned before, the stone was found on the birthday of, and named after Czar Alexander II. The second reason the stone is popular in Russia is the fact that the stone echoes the imperial colors of Russia (Red and Green.)

In the 1920, the famous jewelry store Tiffany's produced and marketed an entire line of rings that showed off the stone beautiful coloring.

For many years Alexandrite was a hard stone to find. The Urals mine in Russia had exhausted it supply of the gemstone. New sources of this gemstone were found in 1987 and again in 1993
bringing this stone back to the forefront for gemstone enthusiast.

Alexandrite is said to have the power to effect positive change on the central
nervous system, tissue regeneration, the spleen, the pancreas, and the endocrine
system. It is also believe to sooth swollen lymph nodes and afflictions caused
by leukemia.

Alexandrite is also believed to demonstrate several mystical qualities. It is said to encourage emotional maturity, purity, elegance, grace, protection, and regeneration. It is also thought to be lucky for gamblers, and said to bring about happiness and success.

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