Signs of Spring in our front yard! I took a quick couple of pics from a distance and left this little one alone. Mama deer leave their babies during the day in hidden locations. This spot in our front yard was not so hidden, luckily the little guy found a better, shadier spot.
I love his ears, their just like both of my dog's ears!
Last month I had a photo shoot with Julie Stanley of a new collections of jewelry. We had a fantastic time. She is an amazing photographer. Stay tuned for the big jewelry reveal! See more of Julie's work here.
necklace was designed for a woman who loves J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
I created a scroll out of sterling silver and engraved the quote ‘The stories
we love best do live in us forever. – J.K. Rowling’.
few symbols from the series were included: a quill, the Horcrux and Harry’s
chain is a handmade sterling silver twist chain.
necklace was a surprise Valentine’s Day present from her husband. I loved this
quote I engraved because it was from her favorite author but could also include
all the other books and stories she loved!
Last week a Christmas present arrived from a good friend of mine in Maryland. She made these ornaments. The lace that surrounds the is all her work. They are just beautiful and I wanted to share them with you.
In the ornaments above and below you can see my reflection.
From November 20, 2013 until March 9, 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit over four hundred pieces of jewelry by Joel A. Rosenthal. It will be the first retrospective of the designer’s work in America and he will be the first contemporary “gem artist” exhibited at the Met. Above is a diamond bracelet he designed in 2010.
"He is known for his pavé technique—the setting of small stones so close together that they appear as a continuous surface of jewels—and uses subtle gradations of color to create a painterly effect." - the Met
Last year around this time I ordered a present for myself, a pair of these sterling silver, 14k gold filled bead and fresh water pearl Fuchsia Earrings by Ai Jewelry. I really loved the look, the movement and the craftsmanship! These are earrings I will cherish and pass on to my kids. Hope you're Holiday Shopping is going well. See more of Ai Jewelry here.
Over Thanksgiving I was happy to deliver this necklace I made to a dear friend. She wanted a necklace with all of her children on it. She provided me with some sentimental beads to add in. It was a great deal of fun to make this piece and I know she will treasure it forever. The necklace is made of sterling silver and I made every link and jump ring from wire and sheet metal. I loved the view above so you could see the children's names, and then behind the names are their birthdays.
A couple of Sundays ago I went to the Summit Lapidary Club Gemboree where they had all kinds of gemstones, beads, slabs, rocks, fossils, jewelry and fun demonstrations. Above I bought these beautiful blue goldstone beads. Goldstone is actually a type of glittering glass and these reminded me of the night sky full of shimmering stars. I bought those from ARA Imports.
The stone above was a fun cut of Quartz with tourmaline inside. The black lines are the tourmaline which really stood out against the shine of the quartz. I'm not sure who I bought this stone from. Unfortunately almost no one was giving out their business cards, and I had to ask for them even when I bought items. The business card didn't make it in this this stone.
I loved the shape of the black onyx above, it matches the shapes of some of the jewelry I've been designing. I got this from Joseph's Designs, he had beautiful cabochons and a real good eye for cutting the stones.
Last I bought this slice of Geode, the crystals sparkled beautifully.
It was a really fun day, my friend Katie and I spent 3 hours at the Gemboree and didn't realize we'd missed lunch by a couple of hours. It was a blast! I can't wait to turn these into jewelry pieces.
Joe and I went to an azurite mine while in Moab, Utah. We spent half a day hunting for these rich blue stones, they called the round ones blueberries. The picture below is what we found, still very dirty. The picture above is what they look like after I tumbled them.
Here is the different in one picture.
I'm keeping them in a yellow bowl for great contrast.
You can see a few green pieces of malachite. This mine was privately owned so we paid a guide to take us and it was so much fun! This bright color is caused by the weathering of copper ore deposits. On the Mohs scale it is a 3.5 to 4 so it's very soft and fragile. And for centuries it has been used as a pigment.
While on our vacation we came across many rock and mineral shops (thought many many more bike shops)! It was so much fun to come through the different rock shops, it felt like a treasure hunt. I bought this piece of Bismuth, the geometry really spoke to me as well as the color.
Oxidation, in the air, can cause Bismuth to turn pink which is the color in the core of this piece of bismuth. Did you know that is what colors Pepto Bismol? It is also used in cosmetics and pigments.
The many colors are called iridescent oxide tarnish. I wish more metals tarnished so beautifully!
Bismuth is very brittle and this piece is going to sit on my bench as inspiration. I don't plan to use it in a piece of jewelry. In the Earth's crust bismuth is twice as abundant as gold.
Here is a close up, the growth of this metal is just fascinating. It crystallizes in a rhombohedral lattice. What stone or mineral fascinates you?