Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Paraiba Tourmaline

(Paraiba image found on gia.com; this stone was cut by gemcutter Bernd Munsteiner)

Paraiba has to be one of the most beautiful varieties of Tourmaline. It is a variety of Cuprian Elbaite Tourmaline. Paraiba Tourmailine is an intensely coloured gemstone. It may be turquoise-blue, blue-green, and sometimes even violet. Technically, the term "Paraiba" should only be used to refer to the electric blue/blue-green Tourmalines found in Paraiba, Brazil, however, the term is often applied to Tourmalines of the same colour found elsewhere. It has a hardness of 7-7.5 with a vitreous or resinous luster and may be transparent or translucent. Paraiba Tourmalines are about the rarest and most expensive of the Tourmalines. They can reach values of $10,000 per carat and sometimes even higher.  For a chart of current Paraiba values, you can visit GemVal.com.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lileas (Bracelet)(Pink/Orange/Brown)


("Lileas" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This is the first of a new bracelet line that I am working on.  It is a Celtic Spike Flower bracelet.  This one is made from hot pink, fuchsia, burnt orange, and two shades of brown enameled copper.  The bracelet measures at 8.25 inches long.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Elspeth





("Elspeth" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

I am soooo happy with how this necklace turned out! It's an Elizabethan inspired necklace made entirely from vintage jewelry parts.  When I saw the pendant, it just screamed to be made into a necklace fit for a Renaissance faire. The necklace measures at about 20.5 inches long.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Mtorolite

(Image of Mtorolite found on crystal-treasure.com)

Mtorolite is the trade name for Chalcedony that has been coloured green by Chromium. Hence, it is also called "Chrome-Chalcedony," Mtoroloite is the name used for the Chrome-Chalcedony that comes out of Zimbabwe, while the specimens coming out of Bolivia are known under the trade name "Chiquitanita." Mtorolite has a hardness of 6.5-7 and translucent with a dull or waxy luster. Chrome-Chalcedony is found in only a few locations.  It may be found in: Australia, Bolivia, Zimbabwe, and Turkey.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Started a new blog: Think Art Loud



Just wanted to let everyone know that I've started a new blog. The new blog is not a replacement for this one, so don't worry, I will still be posting here. My new blog is called Think Art Loud and is going to be about handmade arts and crafts and various other related topics.

If any of you reading this enjoy making art/crafts (whether for hobby or as a business), would you like to have your work featured on my blog? If you are alright with me posting pics of your work (all relevant information regarding artist, shop links, etc. will be given) please let me know and don't forget to post a link to where I can view your work! I would also be happy to let you know of anytime when your work has been featured on my blog.

Think Art Loud links:

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Nifontovite

(Image found on thegemtrader.com)

Nifontovite is a colourless or gray gemstone.  It was discovered in 1961 and named after Russian geologist Roman Vladimirovich Nifontov.  Nifontovite is fairly soft, with only a hardness of 3.5. It has a viterous luster and may be transparent or semi-transparent.  Nifontovite may be found on Honshu Island, Japan; San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and the Urals Region in Russia.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Trolleite

(Trolleite (in Quartz) image found on thebeautyintherocks.com

Trolleite is a rather rare and largely unheard of gemstone.  It is a phosphate based mineral and was discovered in 1868 by Swedish chemist Hans Gabriel Trolle-Wachmeister after whom the gem is also named. Interestingly, for some reason, there appears to be a disagreement as to the gems hardness. A number of sources list Trolleite's hardness as 5.5-6 while an equal number of sources list it at 8.5.  In either case, it has a hardness that should render it acceptable for jewelry use. Trolleite is a transparent to translucent gemstone with a vitreous luster.  Its may be light blue, bright blue, colourless, or greenish blue.  Trolleite may also be a darker blue if included with Scorzalite or Lazulite. Recently, some specimens of Trolleite included Quartz were introduced at the Tuscon Gem Show. These specimens were tested and confirmed to be Trolleite and Lazulite included Quartz. This gem mixture is found in Brazil and is opaque to translucent with a fairly even light or medium blue colouring. Trolleite may be found in: Australia, Japan, Madagascar, Russia, Rwanda, Sweden, Brazil, and the states of California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia.