Monday, October 29, 2012

Half Persian 3in1 Bracelet

("Half Persian 3-1 bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This is a beautiful and sleek Half Persian 3-1 chainmaille bracelet made from sterling silver, copper (square wire), and enameled copper.  All the rings, and even the clasp, have been made by hand.  The mixture of the round and copper wire gives the piece added beauty with the subtle change in surface area allow it to sparkle even more as teh square wire catches the light.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Busy getting ready for another show!

Well, I have one more show and then I'm done for the year and can start getting ready for next years' shows! I will once again be doing the show in Chesanning, Michigan the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This will be my forth year at that show, and I may or may not do it again next year.  It really depends on how being able to accept credit cards affects the sales for that show, so we'll see.  It's a mid-range arts & crafts show, and I'm working on applying to more Fine Art shows, so I may try to replace it with a better show next year. 

For anyone interested, here is the info for the Chesanning show, would love to have you drop by if you're in the area!

Chesanning, Michigan: Chesanning Music Booster Arts & Crafts show:

Friday-Saturday show after Thanksgiving November 23rd-24th.  Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.

The show is held in both the Chesanning Middle School and Chesanning High School.  My booth is located in the main room of the Middle School.

So I will be uploading many images during the weeks leading up to the show!  I currently have 7 bracelets I need to take/post pictures of and another bracelet in the works with many more projects to follow.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Painite

(Painite image found on

Painite, probably one of the most valuable gems you've never heard of!  Painite was discovered in 1950s by British gemologist and mineralogist Arthur Charles Davy Pain and was named after him after being recognized as a new mineral.

 Most often, when you think of what the rarest gem may be you mind immediately thinks of the diamond, but in actuality the diamond is not really that rare.  Economically, there are far more diamonds in supply than in demand the reason the diamond still commands such a high price per carat is that the value is through manufactured scarcity.  Diamond miner owners will stock pile them, and only release a certain number of them at a time so as to keep the price up.  In reality, the gem gemologists and mineralogists have generally considered to be the most rare mineral in the world is actually Painite.  

 Painite may be red, brownish, brownish-red, or orange-red.  It is a transparent gemstone with a hardness of 8 and a vitreous luster.  Painite crystal structure tend to be hexagonal-dipyramidal. So far, Painite has only been found in Burma/Myanmar and even there only in a couple locations.  One of those two mines was only just found in 2001 and prior to that only 3 specimens were known.  This new mine is in the Mogok area of Burma/Myanmar and is a fairly significant deposit having produced a 55 carat Painite.  

As would be expected, this rarity of having a Painite comes at quite a high cost.  One website I looked at said to expect to spend $1,800 per carat, while another said that the per carat may even be as high as $50,000-$60,000 per carat.  Regardless, it is certainly safe to say that if you wish to add a good quality Painite to your collection expect to spend a lot of money.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Emmonsite

(Emmonsite image found on

Emmonsite is a very unusual looking gemstone, with all of its spindly, lichen-like crystals.  It was discovered in 1885 and is named for geologist Samuel Franklin Emmons.  Emmonsite is a hardness 5 and has a vitreous luster.  The crystals tend to be transparent to translucent and is yellowish-green colour. It is a secondary minerals that forms by the oxidation of Tellurium bearing minerals. Emmonsite is found in: Japan, Honduras, Mexico, and the states of Nevada, South Dakota and Arizona.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Silver Byantine bracelet v.5

("Silver Byzantine bracelet v.5" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver, copper, and enameled copper 7 inch Byzantine bracelet.  The bracelet has a mixture of both round wire and square wire rings.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Silver Byzantine bracelet v.4

("Silver Byzantine bracelet v.4" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Simple and sleek, this delicate looking bracelet is perfect for any lover of purple! Square wire, sterling silver and enameled copper Byzantine bracelet. The bracelet is about 7.5 inches long.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dragonscale Bias bracelet v.2

("Dragonscale Bias bracelet v.2" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Elegant and sleek, this Dragonscale on the Bias bracelet is made from Sterling silver and enameled copper. The bracelet is about 7.25 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


("Iseldis" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver, Moonstone, and Aventurine Half Persian 3-1 micromaille and silver-smithing earrings. Handmade, open-backed cabochon prong settings. The earrings are just over 2 inches long and about 3/4 of an inch wide at the widest point.

Gemstone of the Week: Pezzottaite

(Pezzottaite image found on

Pezzottaite is a pink lovers dream gemstone! There are some pink gems that are only faintly pink, or various shades of pale to medium pink, but Pezzottaite is most often shockingly pink! Pezzottaite, is a fairly new gem to the market having only been discovered in 2002 and was named for Dr. Federico Pezzotta of the Museo Civico.  It has a vitreous luster and may be transparent to translucent.  This gemstone is a type of Beryl, which is the same group to which both Emerald and Aquamarine belong to, so expect to pay a high price for any stones of good size and colour.  In 2004, the per carat value of Pezzottaites of 1-2 carats of good quality was $1,600-$4,000 per carat.  The largest Pezzottaite found is about 6 carats and sold for $13,000 per carat.  As this is still a new gem to the market, the per carat value may still be in fluctuation depending upon how well it is received.  Pezzottaites, just like some of the other Beryls, can produce cats-eyed stones. The colour of Pezzottaite ranges from raspberry red to various shades of pink (many of which are shockingly bright).  Pezzottaite is a very rare gemstone and so far has only been found in Afghanistan and Madagascar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


("Iselota" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver, Petoskey Stone, and Aventurine Half Persian 3-1 Extra chainmaille and silver-smithing bracelet. Handmade, open-backed cabochon prong settings. The bracelet is just over 7 inches long and is just over 1 inch wide at the widest point.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Dravite

(Dravite image found on; custom faceted gemstone by Michiko Huynh)

Dravite is one of the many little known varieties of Tourmaline.  It is generally light to dark brown, but may also be brownish-black, dark yellow, blue, red, green, or white. It is a hardness 7 with a vitreous to resinous luster and may be transparent to translucent. Dravite was discovered in 1883 and was named after the Drau river ("Drave" in Latin) where it was first discovered.  As with all Tourmaline, Dravite can reach very high prices, although inexpensive specimens are available.  Dravite has a trigonal crystal structure, and is most often found in metamorphosed limestones or mafic igneous rock. It can, however, on the rare occasion be found in pegmatites or authogenic overgrowths in sedimentary rocks.  Dravite may be found in: Antarctica, India, Australia, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nepal, Iran, Burma/Myanmar, China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia, North Korea, Japan, Sweden, Finland, the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Peru, Chili, Bolivia, Brazil, and numerous locations across both the U.S. and Canada.