Monday, November 28, 2011

All Shows Finished for the Year!

Well, all my shows are now finished for the year, and over all they went pretty well this year.  There is one show, however, I won't be doing again and that is the Sugar Springs show I did in July.  The Tawas show was great and is already scheduled for next year, and I will be trying the Chesanning show again next year as well.  So far, these are the only two shows I've scheduled for next year, but I will be scheduling more and will post my 2012 show schedule when it's finished. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Diopside

Diospide can come in a variety of colours, but the best known variety of Diopside is Chrome Diospide which is an intense deep green (think astroturf green).  However, Diospide may also be colourless, pale green, brown, and sometimes even blue or violet.  There is also a black star variety that is found in India.  The star is generally a four ray star, but sometimes six ray stars are also found.  Diopside is a hardness 5.5-6.5 and is never treated as it will melt under a jeweler's torch and does not react well to chemicals either.  The value of Diopside ranges from $30-$200 per carat depending on the size and quality of the stone.  If you have any Diopside jewelry, clean it with warm soapy  water as it is not safe to use ultrasonics to clean them. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gothic Aine

("Gothic Aine" by Handmaden Designs)

Copper and enameled copper Celtic Flower chainmaille earrings with freshwater pearls.  The earrings are 2 1/4 inches long.


("Signy" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Copper Romanov chainmaille earrings with freshwater pearls and shell spikes.  Earrings are almst 2 3/4 inches long. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Kyanite

Kyanite is a gorgeous stone that is often blue, but can also be white, grey, or green.  It is a polymorphic stone, which means it has the same chemical structure as another stone, yet with a different crystalline structure. In the case of Kyanite, it shares the same chemical structure as Sillimanite and Andalusite. It ranges from transparent to translucent and actually has two different hardness on the same crystal face.  If scratched length-wise, Kyanite has a hardness of 4.5, but if scratched width-wise it is a 6.5.    Some of the main locations where  this stone can be found are: Brazil, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia, India, Kenya, and within the US is found in Georgia and North Carolina. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


("Sybella" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Steampunk necklace made from old jewelry and watch parts.  This necklace is the perfect piece to complete any ladies' Steampunk outfit!  The necklace is about 19 inches long.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Last Show for the Year!

In a couple weeks, I will be have my last show for the year!  The show is at the Chesaning High School and Middle School on Nov. 25-26 (the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving) in Chesaning, MI.  My booth is located in the main room of the middle school.   The show is from 10am-5pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday.

Celtic Lace Micromaille Bracelet

("Celtic Lace Micromaille Bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Sterling silver mircomaille Celtic Lace chainmaille bracelet the bracelet measeures at just over 7 3/4 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.

Celtic Lace is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a gorgeous, and highly rare form of the mineral Chrysoberyl.  Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia in the Ural mountains in 1830.  It was given the name Alexandrite as it was discovered on the 12th birthday of Czar Alexander II. It is a very unusual stone as it is a colour change gem.  Under incandescent light, Alexandrite will appear purplish-red and green in natural sunlight.  It is an extremely rare gem and can be valued at upwards of $20,000 per carat for the highest quality stones, with a starting value of natural stones with noticeable colour change being $1,500 per carat.