Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gemstone of the Week: Paraiba Tourmaline

(Paraiba image found on gia.com; this stone was cut by gemcutter Bernd Munsteiner)

Paraiba has to be one of the most beautiful varieties of Tourmaline. It is a variety of Cuprian Elbaite Tourmaline. Paraiba Tourmailine is an intensely coloured gemstone. It may be turquoise-blue, blue-green, and sometimes even violet. Technically, the term "Paraiba" should only be used to refer to the electric blue/blue-green Tourmalines found in Paraiba, Brazil, however, the term is often applied to Tourmalines of the same colour found elsewhere. It has a hardness of 7-7.5 with a vitreous or resinous luster and may be transparent or translucent. Paraiba Tourmalines are about the rarest and most expensive of the Tourmalines. They can reach values of $10,000 per carat and sometimes even higher.  For a chart of current Paraiba values, you can visit GemVal.com.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lileas (Bracelet)(Pink/Orange/Brown)

("Lileas" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

This is the first of a new bracelet line that I am working on.  It is a Celtic Spike Flower bracelet.  This one is made from hot pink, fuchsia, burnt orange, and two shades of brown enameled copper.  The bracelet measures at 8.25 inches long.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


("Elspeth" by Handmaden Designs LLC)

I am soooo happy with how this necklace turned out! It's an Elizabethan inspired necklace made entirely from vintage jewelry parts.  When I saw the pendant, it just screamed to be made into a necklace fit for a Renaissance faire. The necklace measures at about 20.5 inches long.