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2019 Mother's Day Gift Guide

2019 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Most of us are recovering from filing our taxes, and I can't think of a better time to release my Mother's Day Gift Guide, which at the end, has my FREE gift bundle! My intention is to make shopping for Mother's Day easy and stress-free!  

I am also offering a new free service called "Drop a Hint."  Ladies, all you need to do is message me your significant other's name and phone number as well as the item(s) you want and I will send a text as a "hint" with links to your items.  Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised on May 12!  

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

 

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Living Coral: The Color of 2019 and What You Need to Know

Living Coral:  The Color of 2019 and What You Need to Know

Spring has sprung and I feel like we are finally thawing out from winter!  With warmer temps on the horizon, this is the perfect time to dive into the color for 2019: Pantone's Living Coral 16-1546.  Every year, the color experts at Pantone's Color Institute searches for color influences across the globe in fashion, entertainment, art, and technology to determine the winner for the upcoming year.  Living coral was selected for its uplifting and energizing tone, which also has a softer side than a true orange or red.  

While you won't see me starting to create jewelry from coral due to my ethical and environmental values on conservation, I am here to let you know there are options in other stones and that would compliment your coral clothes and accessories!  Below are my top 3 stones (and a bonus):

1.  Turquoise.  When I first saw the 2019 Color of the Year, I just wanted to add a pop of deep blue; which is the perfect contrast.  A turquoise statement ring or a silver and turquoise pendant will do the trick.

2.  Amethyst.  Similar to turquoise, the deep hue of purple can add a punch; but  it shouldn't be overdone.  A simple amethyst charm pendant or earrings with an amethyst accent stone would be a perfect accent. 

3.  Pearls.  Whether the pearls are cream or gray, the soft luster of a pearl pendant or earrings are a beautiful understated addition to your coral outfit.  

BONUS:  Silver.  Ok, silver is not a stone, but it makes the cut as the preferred metal to compliment Living Coral.  While the warm tones of gold and copper would likely get lost, the cool tone of silver is the perfect final touch for your 2019 Color of the Year outfit.  Go for statement silver earrings, 5-7 silver stacking rings, or a statement cuff bracelet.

How fun was that?  I am now inspired to dig out my (ethically-sourced) Tahitian pearls and turquoise stones and make some new pieces for summer!  Want something made specifically for you?  Email me and I am happy to set up a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation.  

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Stones of Love: Gemstones and Minerals That Have the Healing Energy of Love

Stones of Love:  Gemstones and Minerals That Have the Healing Energy of Love

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I see this is a perfect opportunity to talk about my favorite subject:  STONES!!!  Stones and minerals have been known to have certain healing energies*, and are often associated with a particular chakra.  In this blog post, I am going to summarize the gemstones and minerals that are associated with the heart charka, thus helping to attract love in all its forms (not just romantic love) and to heal matters of the heart.  

Here are the major stones of love:

  • Garnet, the birthstone for January, has been known to attract love and abundance.  Fun fact: in ancient times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to ensure that they meet again.
  • Emerald, the birthstone for May, has been one of the most desired precious gemstones in history. A stone of calm and rejuvenation, it is also a stone associated with the heart chakra, helping clear any matters of the heart.  
  • Ruby, the birthstone for July, is regarded as one of the main stones of love, attracting love in all its forms.  A symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift.
  • Peridot, the birthstone for August, is a stone of love and healing.  Associated with the heart chakra, it helps heal old emotional wounds.
  • Rose Quartz stimulates love and opens the heart chakra, bringing peace, happiness, faithfulness, and good relations. It promotes forgiveness, love and friendship, and is a symbol of gentle love and beauty.
  • Rhodochrosite, the Colorado State Mineral, is a strong love healing stone, which helps heal old emotional wounds and helps to facilitate self-love.  
  • Jade, a stone of good fortune, is also a stone of love.  Specifically, its message is "love and accept yourself."
  • Chrysoprase  is believed to help heal a broken heart and alleviate emotional pain.  It can also help bring new opportunities for new love.  

I am there are other stones of love that are not mentioned above, but these are the ones that come to mind. Happy Heart Chakra Month!!  

(*Disclaimer:  Crystal healing and other types of energy work are not to be considered as a substitute for traditional medical treatment.  If either you, or someone you know, has a serious health issue, you or they should consult their own doctor and/or other appropriate professional medical practitioner.  Just because a crystal or stone is alleged to have one or more healing properties, either physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, it does not mean that you, personally, will definitely experience, or benefit from, any such properties.)

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Case Study: Custom Order: Found Objects Pendant

Case Study: Custom Order: Found Objects Pendant

I am always up for a challenge, and I have gained the reputation of taking on the near-impossible when it comes to custom orders.  When a client proposes a design idea, I happily say, "No problem!  I can have it done in a week!" This is followed by me working like a crazy woman in my studio stressing, sometimes crying, and always consulting my metal-smith friends.  What I realized is that my perfectionist, over-achieving self creates this stress-ball environment.  My latest big custom order, however, I learned to allow myself the time and space to enjoy the process, and I found myself in the zone and everything worked seamlessly...

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All About Opals: October Birthstone

All About Opals: October Birthstone

Opals are a stone like no other.  With brilliant flashes of color, opals are one of my favorite stones. So, below is a crash course about opals, the birthstone for October.  Mainly found in Australia, opals are also mined in Mexico, South America, Ethiopia, and the U.S.  

Although gemologists do not grade opals, they are classified into 5 main categories:  

  1. "White or light opal: Translucent to semi-translucent, with play-of-color against a white or light gray background color, called body-color.
  2. Black opal: Translucent to opaque, with play-of-color against a black or other dark background.
  3. Fire opal: Transparent to translucent, with brown, yellow, orange, or red body color. This material—which often doesn’t show play-of-color—is also known as 'Mexican opal.'
  4. Boulder opal: Translucent to opaque, with play-of-color against a light to dark background. Fragments of the surrounding rock, called matrix, become part of the finished gem.
  5. Crystal or water opal: Transparent to semitransparent, with a clear background. This type shows exceptional play-of-color." (Source: GIA)

Energetically, opal is a stone of love and wisdom.  In ancient times, Romans regarded opals as the most precious because of the play-of-color.  Ancient Greeks believe it gave them powers of prophecy and protected them from disease.  

Some people believe that it is unlucky to wear an opal if it is not the person's birthstone.  This superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800's, Anne of Gierstein by Sir Walter Scott.  

I have a lot of opals that are ready to be made into a custom piece just for you.  Interested? Call me for more info!  

 

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5 Fun Facts about the September Birthstone: Sapphire

5 Fun Facts about the September Birthstone: Sapphire

When selling my birthstone pendant necklaces, I find that many people don't particularly like their birthstone.  I fall into this category; I have always wanted sapphire, the September birthstone, to be my birthstone.  Here are 5 fun facts about my all-time favorite stone: Sapphire!

1.  Sapphire, a precious gemstone and a variety of the mineral corundum, is one of the hardest gems, second only to a diamond.  Sapphire stones rates 9 of 10 on the Mohs Hardness scale.  Because of its hardness, sapphires wear well in any kind of jewelry, especially rings.

2.  While the most common color is the blue sapphire, sapphires come in a variety of colors, including pink, green, yellow, white, orange, and the very rare orange-pink called padparadscha.  Sapphire color is caused by the trace elements in the mineral corundum.  

3.  Sapphire comes from the Greek word sappherios, which likely referred to lapis lazuli.  Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years: in ancient times in Rome and Greece, royalty believe sapphires protected them from jealousy and harm.  Clergy in the Middle Ages wore sapphires to symbolize heaven. 

4.  Energetically, sapphire is known as a stone of wisdom, with each color having its own particular wisdom. For example, blue sapphire is a seeker of spiritual truth, and clears the throat chakra.   Bringing emotional and mental calm, sapphire balances the mind, body, and spirit.  

5.  Sapphire is not only popular in engagement rings and birthstone jewelry, but because of its hardness and the fact it can be lab created, sapphire is used in manufacturing.  Some uses are in watch lenses, screen monitors, electrical insulators, sand paper, and cutting tools.  

Because I love sapphires, I have a unique selection of Montana sapphires as well as vintage blue star sapphires.  If you would like a piece custom-designed for you, please contact me today!

(Sources: GIA, Rio Grande, and "The Crystal Bible" by Judy Hall)

 

 

 

 

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Announcement: New Retail Location at Arden Jewelers in Sacramento, CA

Announcement:  New Retail Location at Arden Jewelers in Sacramento, CA

I am thrilled to have my mountain jewelry collection for sale at Arden Jewelers in Sacramento, California!  They released a formal announcement introducing my mountain jewelry and mixed metal jewelry at Arden Jewelers.

Stay tuned to my blog for more exciting announcements!

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