Thursday, August 30, 2012

My First John Dyer Gemstone! (I'm excited!)

This is a 2.05 carat Green Tourmaline with a ZigZag Cut by John Dyer. He is by far my favorite gem cutter and so wonderful to work with! 

Now down to the studio to start designing the perfect piece for this stone. 
(Back in April we were going to buy a stone as my anniversary present but it got delayed, so Happy Anniversary to me!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Colette Steckel Jewelry

I am in awe of Colette Steckel Jewelry! This ring is Cosmique from the Galaxia Collection. Made of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, 1.38 carats of White Diamonds and Blue Topaz.

What I was working on yesterday...

In the studio yesterday I made what we'll call a prototype in metal of a sketch I made this past weekend. (Excuse the not great photos, my photo set up had to be taken down for a little while.)

I made sure to keep a flat sample piece so I know exactly what the domed shapes are made of. This is an idea in slow formation. Testing out what can come of it.
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Panning for Gold

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to go gold panning with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The gold was put there when Glaciers melted. At times Ohio has had 3/4 of its surface covered by vast sheets of ice as much as a mile thick (about 1.6 million years ago). 

Members of the Gold Prospectors Association of America were present to help teach us about gold prospecting. They were so friendly and helpful!

Plastic gold pans are light in weight and have ridges along the inside lip of the pan that prevent gold flakes from being sloshed out. You agitate the pan, while it's submerged in water with a wrist motion. Doing this technique will cause the coarsest gravel to rise to the top and out of the pan. Once there are only small particles in the pan you will put a little water in and do a swirling motion so the heaviest materials can be seen (magnetite, ilmenite and garnet). These heavy materials are dark so the gold should sparkle up at you if there is any in your pan. 

When panning you are trying to get to the heavy dark materials including iron, since gold is 2.5 times as heavy as iron it will still be in the pan as well. The iron can then be taken out with a magnet and you can make one of these. The gold is commonly confused with pyrite and marcasite (fools gold), chalcopyrite and weathered mica flakes. I found some gold flakes inside of a tiny quartz rock. 

You use a snuffer bottle or a small plastic syringe to suck up the tiny bits of gold. You can't easily pick them up with your fingers.

Many of the gold-panners pan for the black sand that holds the gold on the river and then take that home to find the gold.

The professional gold panners had a portable sluice and dredge. A sluice is an inclined trough that has a series of cross ridges or baffles that trap gold and other heavy minerals from a mixture of sand, gravel and water flowing down the incline. Dredges are gasoline powered and use a long hose to suck sediment from the stream bottom. 

Look at those tiny yellow specks of gold! You won't get rich panning for gold but you will feel enriched.

Standing in the rive panning for gold was somewhat backbreaking, so they would run sediment through the dredge and sluice and we'd sit on buckets and pan.

We had a beautiful day to pan and I had fun learning about gold panning. I truly appreciate being able to call a company and order my metal. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Have a beautiful day!

Gold and diamond pendant by Gavello 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jewelry should have a nice flow...

The way this necklace flows down the neckline caught my eye. It is yellow gold with 18ct of diamonds and red micro-mosaic by Roger Thomas for SICIS Jewels.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Adventure as a Fashion Model!

This weekend I was lucky enough to be a fashion model in a lookbook photo shoot for Michelle Pajak-Reynolds' next New York Fashion Week Show Jewelry Collection. Since the runway show isn't until September I can't show you photos from the actual shoot but these are photos of my hair (Oliva Davis) and make-up (Mia Saltis of GlamNatural).The art direction and styling was done by Carmel Clavin.
(My husband Joe took these photos when I got home. Thanks Joe!)

The hair styling is called a pompadour. I have to say I loved it!

I'm not one to wear much make-up so when I looked in the mirror I was very pleasantly surprised. The GlamNatural makeup was fantastic!

My favorite photo of myself that Joe took, I wanted you to see the eye shadow and eyebrow. 

Joe told me to act like a character from Austin Powers. Grrr Baby!

I would love to use one of these photos as my profile picture for all of my social media. What do you think? Am I recognizable without all the make-up and hair?
Which is your favorite photo?

Our red Fox!

We have a red fox in our yard who I caught taking a nap on what may be an Indian Burial Mound. I wanted to share this neat photo with you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Naked Ladies Blooming in my Yard!

These flowers are always a surprise when they come up! Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Surprise PARTY!

You may have noticed my absence on the blog, well that was because I had to sneak down to Maryland and help my sister (Kelly, pictured above) throw our Mom a Surprise Birthday Party! I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Kelly for all of your hard work in getting the details of the party taken care of. I couldn't do much from 7 hours away in Ohio. 

Our Mom's good friend Karen let us use her barn for the party (no animals in the barn). We decided on a Hawaiian theme and did some serious decorating that I helped a little with on Friday. That's me pictured above hanging up flowers.

I don't have a picture of when my Mom arrived to the party but she was shocked. The party was a surprise (about 40 people came) and me being there from Ohio was a surprise. As a note most of these photos were taken by my sister who is a professional photographer

This is my Mom on the left with her Aunt Helen!

The funniest gift my Mom received was this t-shirt from a friend, it reads "I Just Turned 50 Ain't I Nifty!" It says this on the back and front of the t-shirt and her head on the shirt is life size. Mom and Aunt Helen and the rest of us were cracking up!

My sister set up this fantastic beach backdrop for the Hawaiian themed party, we had crazy hats, giant glasses, beach gear and Hawaiian Leis. Back Left to Right is my cousin Kimberly, my Granddad, myself, and my very tall cousin Billy, Then my sister Kelly in the front with the pink hat!

Myself and Kelly, I've got a beer and she's got a wig on!

My sister Kelly and her boyfriend Andy, we have a lot of family and friends who are good sports acting goofy for the photos! I love it!

My Grandmother made a beautiful cake for my Mom's 50th Birthday! Her cakes are always beautiful and delicious. She even made my wedding cake when Joe and I got married.

This is my Mom and Dad, he gave a really sweet speech about how lucky they are and his hopes for the future! 

Group photo of the party with our giant inflatable whale named Willy.

This is my Mom with her Mom on the left. 

I loved this photo of my Mom (left) and Karen (who owns the barn we had the party in) cracking up at a private joke!

I liked this photo my sister took of my Dad and I talking with Grandma in between us. I was telling him about the funny birthday card I got my Mom. I like cards that make you laugh.

My Mom and Dad.

Mom smiling while opening her presents!
It was an amazing party, thank you to Kelly, Dad and Karen for all of your hard work. And thank you to everyone that made it out to the party. It was a blast!

PS I'm also very proud of myself for now blowing the secret about the party or about me coming down to Maryland, I can't keep a secret to save my life. : )

Summer Flowers

Found these beauties in the parking lot of a fast food joint. They were too cheerful not to photograph.