Friday, July 20, 2012

Moria bracelet

("Moria bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

Sterling silver Moria weave bracelet. All the rings are handmade as well as the clasp. The S-hook clasp has been hammered for extra detail.  The bracelet is just over 7.5 inches long and is 1/2 inch wide.

Moria is an original weave by Handmaden Designs LLC


("Moria" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
Moria is a European-Moibus weave that appears to be related to the Interwoven European weaves and possibly to Elfweave. Moria is one of my own weaves.

Gemstone of the Week: Heliodor

(Heliodor image found on

Heliodor is another stunningly beautiful type of Beryl.  It is the yellow variety of the same mineral that gives us Aquamarine, Morganite, Emerald, and Goshenite. Heliodor generally forms as hexangonal columnar prismatic crystals.  The name "heliodor' is derived from the Greek word 'helios' meaning 'sun.' Some of the best crystals come from the Ural Mountains in Russia, but it can also be found in Namibia, Nigeria, Brazil, Ukraine, Madagascar, and various locations across the U.S.  Heliodor ccan have a per carat vale of $50-$350 depending on the depth of colour and quality of the stone.