Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Bustamite

(Image found on rivlap.com)

Bustamite was discovered in 1822 by the Mexican General, Anastasio Bustamente after whom the gem was named.  Bustamite belongs to the Wollastonite group of gemstones.  Its colour ranges from pale to medium pink to brownish red and may appear colourless or yellowis-pink in transmitted light.  Bustamite is transparent to translucent and has a vitreous luster. It has a hardness of 5.5-6.5 which makes it good for jewelry use. Bustamite may be found in: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Yukon Territory in Canada, China, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, England, Scotland, and the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Show Schedule

At long last! My 2013 show schedule!

I have three confirmed shows this year and will be applying for another one later this year when the application becomes available. 

Here are the confirmed shows:

-Petoskey Art in the Park:

Location: Pennsylvania Park, downtown Petoskey, Michigan.
Date:  Saturday, July 20th
Hours: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

-53rd Tawas Waterfront Fine Art Show:

Location: City park, Tawas, Michigan
Date: Saturday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 4th
Hours:  Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM; Sunday: 10:00 - 4:00PM

-Chesanning Music Booster Arts & Crafts Show:

Location: the high school and middle school in Chesanning, Michigan; my booth is located in the main room of the middle school.
Date: Friday, November 29th - Saturday, November 30th
Hours: Friday: 9:00Am - 5:00PM; Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00PM.

I will also be applying for the Holiday Art Fair held at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan once the application becomes available. The show is November 23rd-24th.  I will give an update if I am accepted.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dragonscale (Bracelet)(Copper/Brown/Blue)



("Dragonscale bracelet" by Handmaden Designs LLC)
 A beautiful and luxurious feeling piece, this is a copper and brown/blue enameled copper Dragonscale chainmaille bracelet. It measures at just under 8 inches long and is 1.25 inches wide. Dragonscale not only is a beautiful weave, but when worn feels so smooth  you'd think it were cloth.
A beautiful and luxurious feeling piece, this is a copper and brown/blue enameled copper Dragonscale chainmaille bracelet. It measures at just under 8 inches long and is 1.25 inches wide. Dragonscale not only is a beautiful weave, but when worn feels so smooth  you'd think it were cloth. - See more at: http://www.handmadendesigns.com/product/dragonscale-braceletcopperbrownblue?tid=15#sthash.KR2hG1Jp.dpuf
A beautiful and luxurious feeling piece, this is a copper and brown/blue enameled copper Dragonscale chainmaille bracelet. It measures at just under 8 inches long and is 1.25 inches wide. Dragonscale not only is a beautiful weave, but when worn feels so smooth  you'd think it were cloth. - See more at: http://www.handmadendesigns.com/product/dragonscale-braceletcopperbrownblue?tid=15#sthash.KR2hG1Jp.dpuf
A beautiful and luxurious feeling piece, this is a copper and brown/blue enameled copper Dragonscale chainmaille bracelet. It measures at just under 8 inches long and is 1.25 inches wide. Dragonscale not only is a beautiful weave, but when worn feels so smooth  you'd think it were cloth. - See more at: http://www.handmadendesigns.com/product/dragonscale-braceletcopperbrownblue?tid=15#sthash.KR2hG1Jp.dpuf
A beautiful and luxurious feeling piece, this is a copper and brown/blue enameled copper Dragonscale chainmaille bracelet. It measures at just under 8 inches long and is 1.25 inches wide. Dragonscale not only is a beautiful weave, but when worn feels so smooth  you'd think it were cloth. - See more at: http://www.handmadendesigns.com/product/dragonscale-braceletcopperbrownblue?tid=15#sthash.KR2hG1Jp.dpuf

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Binghamite

(Image found on samsilverhawk.com)

Binghamite is a beautiful and rather unusual looking stone. It's named after the lapidary artist Bill Bingham who discovered it in 1936. Binghamite is a variety of Chalcedony and consists of chatoyant Chalcedony mixed with fibers of Goethite and/or Hematite. Its is yellowish to red and is often streaked with both colours.  Being a Chalcedony, which belongs to the Quartz group, it has a hardness of 6.5-7.  It may be resinous or waxy in luster and tends to be either translucent or opaque. Binghamite forms as fibrous masses or grained aggregates. Binghamite is only known to be found in the state of Minnesota.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gallery Acceptance!

I have some exciting news about my jewelry! 

A couple weeks ago, I met a lady at the Midland Antiques and Collectible Festival in Midland, Michigan who was reselling jewelry she'd bought on wholesale and I was helping her to identify some of the stones.   She was wondering how it was that I knew so much about the different stones and we got talking about my jewelry and where I was at in growing my business.

 Well, because of this conversation she introduced me to her friend who happens to work at the Do-Art Studio and Gallery in Bay City, Michigan and told her about how I've been looking for places that would be interested in carrying my jewelry.  (Thank you, Lord, for unexpected encounters and blessing in ways I'd have never thought!!)

And the super exciting news is that today I met with the gallery manager and they've decided to take my jewelry on consignment!! 

The Do-Art Studio and Gallery is located at:

810 Washington Ave.
Bay City, Michigan

Their hours are:


Mon. through Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-3p.m.
Open First Thursday until 8:00 p.m.


If you happen to be in the area of the gallery I hope you'll drop by!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Zircon

(Image of Zircon found on gemologyonline.org)


Zircon is a beautiful and greatly varied gemstone. There is no clear date as to when Zircon was first discovered other than to say "ancient times."  It's name is believed to be derived from the Arabic words zar meaning "gold" and gun meaning "coloured" (this word "zargun" is itself derrived from the Persian word "azargun"); this was in reference to one of the many colours in which Zircon is found in.  There is a common misunderstanding by some that Zircon is just a fake stone, however, this concept is because they have mistaken Zircon for Cubic Zirconia and they are absolutely worlds apart.  While both clear Zircon and Cubic Zirconia have been used as Diamond substitutes, Zircon is a genuine gemstone (and one that, in the right colour, may command some rather high per carat values) and Cubic Zirconia is a completely synthetic 'stone' having no intrinsic value. Zircon has an excellent hardness of 7.5 and may have a vitreous, greasy, or adamantine luster.  It's colour range is quite varied.  Zircon may be colourless, yellow, grey, reddish-brown (a colour often reffed to as "hyacinth") , green, brown, and black. You may also see 'Blue Zircon' on the market, but this is not a naturally occurring colour for Zircon, but results from Brown Zircon being heat-teated.  Zircon may be transparent, translucent, or opaque.  The retail per carat value of Zircon varies quite a bit depending on the size, colour, an quality of the stone. For the current values of Zircon you may check on GemVal. Zircon is vary widespread and may be found in: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, the Atlantic Ocean, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma(Myanmar), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon,China, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic republic of Congo (Zaire), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Polynesia, Germany, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Guatamala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta,Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippians, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, the moon, Turkey, Uganda, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, all across Canada, and nearly every state in the U.S. (all but 9 states have Zircon).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Vesuvianite/Idocrase

(Vesuvianite image found on Gemselect.com)

Vesuvianite is a really beautiful and rare gemstone.  As you may have guessed, it is named after where it was first found: Mount Vesuvius.  Vesuvianite was discovered in 1795 by Abraham Gottlob Werner.  It tends to be found in areas of contact metamorphic rocks (often limestone) and alpine areas. Vesuvianite is also known as Idocrase, and sometimes I've even seen it referred to as 'Vesonite" although that name is not commonly used.  Vesuvianite is a hardness 6.5, has a vitreous or resinous luster, and may be transparent, translucent, and even opaque. While Vesuvianite is most known for its brilliant almost Peridot green, Vesuvianite actually is found in several colours.  It may be brown, yellow, brown-black, light green, emerald green, white, red, purple, violet, and blue-green to blue.  Of all it's colours, the purplish-red shades are the most rare. An opaque cabochon grade Vesuvianite is found in California and is often marketed as "Californite" or California Jade."  Vesuvianite's value ranges greatly depending on the size, colour, and quality of the stone, however, you can find the current 2013 per carat value chart for Vesuvianite on GemVal's website.  Vesuvianite may be found in: Afghanistan, Antarctica, Argentine, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma(Myanmar), Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iron, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, England, Scotland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the Canadian provinces of: British Colombia, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, and Yukon Territory, and the states of:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.