Friday, January 27, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Morganite

(Morganite image found on jpeters.net)

Image of Morganite

Morganite is a variety of Beryl.  It tends to be pink, rose-lilac, peach, orange, or pinkish-yellow.  The colour is due to the presence of either cesium or manganese in the crystals.  Often, Morganite will be colour banded, with blue near the base, almost colourless in the center, to peach or pink a t the termination.  Morganite was named after J.Pierpont Morgan who discovered it in 1917.  Morganiteis found in the U.S., Madagascar, Mozanbique,  Italy, and Brazil.  It has a per carat value of between $40-$500 depending on the size, colour, and quality of the stone.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sharalyn

("Sharalyn" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver wire-wrapped green and brown seaglass pandant.  The seaglass was found at Lake Michigan.  The pendant is about 2.75 inches long.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eibhlin

("Eibhlin set" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver, enameled copper, copper, and Garnet chainmaille necklace and earring set.  This set was inspired by the Art Nouveau/Celtic Revival designs of  Archibald Knox for Liberty and Co.  The chainmaille knotwork are all design variations on the weave Celtic Star.  The necklace measures at 18 inches with the central design extending downwards 3 inches.  The earrings are 1.75  inches long.

Alastriona

 
("Alastriona set" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver, enameled copper, and Chrysocolla chainmaille necklace earring set.  This set was inspired by the Art Nouveau/Celtic Revival designs of  Archibald Knox for Liberty and Co.  The chainmaille knotwork are all design variations on the weave Celtic Star.  The necklace measures at 18 inches with the central design extending downwards 3 inches.  The earrings are 2.25 inches long.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Smithsonite

(Smithsonite image found on irocks.com)

Images of Smithsonite
Smithsonite is a beautiful stone that can come in white, pink, green, yellow, brown, pink, or colourless.  Most of the time it forms as botryoidal stalactitic masses or honeycombed aggregates, but sometimes it will also form as crystals.  Smithsonite is often mined as a source of zinc.  It can be found inItaly, Germany, Mexico, Zambia, Australia, and parts of the U.S.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Jadis

("Jadis" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Sterling silver wire-wrapped Bismuth crystal.  The pendant is just under 1.5 inches long.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Larrisa




("Larrisa" by Handmaden Designs  LLC)

Steampunk necklace made from clock parts; upcyled: vintage beads, chains, and rhinestones; and copper wire.  The necklace is 18 inches long with the central clock gear measering at roughly 1 inch across with a 2.5 inch chain dangling off of it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Boracite

(Boracite image found on irocks.com)

Images of Boracite
Boracite is a pale coloured crystal.  It is most often white to gray in colour, but can also be a light green when it has increased iron content.  Boracite is a minor source of the element boron, and has psuedocubic crystals  although it can also form as massive aggregates. Its crystals are double refractive and are strongly piezoelectric (it has the ability to generate a voltage when mechanical force is applied and vice verse) and pyroelectice (can become electrically charged when heated).  It can be found in Thailand, Germany, England, France, Poland, and the U.S.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Zowie


("Zowie" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Steampunk brooch made from watch parts.  The brooch measures at 2.75 inches long and about 1 inch wide.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Apophyllite

(Apophyllite image found on Kristalle.com)

Images of Apophyllite

Apophyllite is an unusual gemstone and generally considered a "collector's gem."  Apophyllite was once thought to be a single mineral, but can actually be divided into two distinct species: fluorapophyllite and hydroxyapophyllite.   Some are still simply called "Aphopyllite" if it is unknown which one kind they actually are. The crystals are found as either glassy prismatic crystals, blocky, or tabular and are colourless, green, pink, or yellow.   It can often be found in basalt or sometimes in the cavities of granite.  Aphopyllite is found in Brazil, India, Germany, Canada, Scotland, and the U.S.