Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Eudialyte

(Eudialyte image found on alpinegems.ca)
(Eudialyte image found on heartsofstonestudio.com)

Eudialyte is the primary gemstone belonging to a group of gems called the "Eudialyte group" which is a group consisting of five other gems.  Eudialyte is a truly gorgeous gem, and yet one that I'm certain very few people (outside of gemologists, mineralogists, and, perhaps, some gemstone collectors) have heard of.  This gem has a hardness of 5-6, with dull or vitreous luster. It may be many different shades of red, red-orange, pink, orange, brownish-red, yellowish-brown, brown, yellow, violet, or green.  It is a fairly rare cyclosilicate and was discovered in 1819 in Greenland,  and may be transparent to translucent or opaque. According to same places that I've looked at, some opaque examples of Eudialyte appear to have some chatoyancy. As compared to other gemstones, you can get Eudialyte at some relatively low prices, but you should still expect to pay a upwards of a few hundred for some examples.  Eudialyte may be found in: Brazil, Australia, Portugal, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Ukraine, Tajikistan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, all across  Canada, and the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, Texas, and New Mexico.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Half Persian 3in1 bracelet v5


("Half  Persian 3in1 bracelet v5" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

 Simple, sleek, and colourful, this enameled copper and square wire copper Half Persian 3in1 chainmaille bracelet is entirely handmade.  Every link has been coiled and cut by hand  before being woven into this beautiful weave.  The clasp is a hook-and-eye clasp and is also handmade.  This bracelet measures at 7 inches long.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Half Persian 3in1 Bracelet v4



("Half Persian 3in1 Bracelet v4" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

 Colourful and sleek, this Half Persian 3in1 bracelet is entirely handmade from square copper wire and enameled copper.  The mix of the coloured copper with the square creates a really beautiful affect with the square wire have great sparkle due to catching more light than regular round wire.  The bracelet measures at about 7 inches long.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Annora v.7



("Annora v.7" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Bright and colourful copper and enameled copper Celtic Flower chainmaille bracelet.  This bracelet measures at just over 7 inches long with a width of just over 1/2 inch.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Morgan





("Morgan" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Inspired by the form of the Scottish dirks and Scottish dirk kilt pins, this stunning sterling silver chainmaille necklace is entirely woven by hand with each ring is also entirely handmade.  The necklace is a Half Persian 4-1 weave chainmaille necklace with Black Onyx and Garnets intersperced on the chain.  The centerpiece of the necklace is an Orthoceris fossil and a .75 carat oval faceted Garnet; settings for both stones are open-backed and entirely handmade.  The clasp is an S-hook clasp and has been hammered in the centered for added detail.  The length of the necklace is 19 1/4 inches with the centerpiece of the necklace just over 2 inches long.

Thracian

("Thracian" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Thracian is a European-Persian weave variant.  It combines aspects of Forars Kaede and the Medo-Pesian/Sweetpea/Fieldstone weaves and came about while tinkering with Rhino interactions.

Thracian is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Psilomelane

(Image found on silverhawkcabs.com)

Psilomelane is an unusual gemstone with a natural woodgrain like patterning.  It was discovered in 1747 and named in 1785.  The name "Psilomelane" comes from the Greek words "psilos" meaning "smooth" and  "melas" meaning "black."   In appearance, Psilomelane is very like Hematite except that it has that swirly woodgrain pattern. Psilomelane is a hardness 5-6, is opaque, has a dull sub-metalic luster and is iron-black in colour. You can buy beautiful examples of Psilomelane for pretty reasonable prices.  The number of places where it may be found are quite numerous and include: Slovakia, Ukraine, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Kosovo, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Jordan,  Cambodia, Japan, Australia, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Morocco, Kenya,   Madagascar, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Canada, the U.S., Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chili.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Triplite

(Triplite image found on realgems.org)


Triplite is considered to be quite rare and is primarily a collectors gem. Which is really too bad as it is a gorgeous gem with a hardness of 5-5.5 which is really a pretty decent t hardness.  Triplite gets its name from the Greek τριπλόος, "triplos" meaning "three-fold."  This is in reference to how Triplite has three prominent cleavages (the planes where a stone tends to split apart).  Triplite was first discovered in 1813, may be subtranslucent to opaque, and may have either a resinous or vitreous luster.  In colour, Triplite may be brown, dark brown, salmon pink, brownish black, black, red-brown, light brownish yellow, or dark reddish brown.  It generally forms as granular massives.  Although being considered rare, Triplite is found in many different locations which include.  It is found in: Namibia, Rwanda, Argentina,  Australia, Russia, China, Spain, Portugal, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, and many locations across both Canada and the U.S.  So the rarity of this gem is not based on the number of locations where it may be found, but on the colour and quality of most Triplites found.  The vast majority of all Triplites found are black and opaque, and so gem quality Triplites can get quite expensive.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Johachidolite

(Johachidolite image found on thegemtrader.com)

Johachidolite is another very rare gemstone and is named after the Johachido District (an obsolete Japanese colonial-era name for what is now part of North Korea) in 1942.  Johachidolite has a hardness of 7.5 and may be transparent to translucent.  Its colour may be white, colourless, yellow, or pale yellow and has a vitreous luster.  An interesting thing about this gemstone is that some specimens have been known to fluoresce a strong whitish-blue under long-wave UV lighting and pale blue to purple under short-wave UV lighting and some week phosphorescence. It tends to form as orthorhombic dipyramidal crystals and occurs as granular or lamellar masses.  Currently, Johachidolite is only known to be found in North Korea and Burma/Myanmar. Due to the rarity of this gemstone expect to have to pay high prices for faceted gems.