I love browsing the website Klimt02, that's where I found the work of Zwetelina Alexieva. This is a brooch of 18kt gold and pearls. The branching of the brooch makes me think of scientific models of molecules.
Emeralds are actually more rare than diamonds. They are a variety of the mineral Beryl. Pure beryl has no color and it is due to traces of chromium and vanadium that the green effect so prized in emeralds comes about. Emeralds occur in ranging hues but the gems that are medium to dark in tone (green) are considered emerald.
They have a hardness of 7.5-8 out of 10 on the Moh’s scale. Emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor so you should not put them in an ultra sonic and drastic change in temperature can break them. Emeralds tend to have numerous inclusions and surface breaking fissures.
A loupe is not used to grade an emerald, it is graded by eye. If an emerald has no visible inclusions (to the eye) it is considered flawless. Most emeralds are oiled after they are cut, in order to improve their clarity. Cedar oil, having a similar refractive index, is often used in this generally accepted practice.
This year I flew out the Philadelphia PA for the Buyers Market of American Craft Show. While flying I took the time to practice some photography. This is my view outside the plane during daylight.
Another of the photos that I loved.
Then on the way home from Philly I wanted to get a good picture of the lights on the ground at night. Turned out that wasn't possible with my camera. So I kept the shutter open for 15 seconds and moved my camera around.
I've been working on photographing my colors the way at want them. As in the background that is white, looking white. I'm so happy with this picture.
I have a Cannon PowerShot SX230 HS. I used the tungsten lighting setting, 1/100, F3.1, ISO400.
This piece of jewelry was made back in 2004 I believe, out of sterling silver. We had to form spiculum and anticlastic shapes out of one piece of metal. There are five pieces of metal, that look somewhat like a pitcher plant that I strung together with leather. This is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, it always stops other jewelers in their tracks and I get wild comments about what they think it looks like. Some think it's a bow, others a throwing star. What do you think it looks like?
This pendant made by Rahaminov Diamonds is 18k rose gold with black diamonds (16.30 TCW), round diamond (.30 TCW) and melee (1.04 TCW). I'm loving the black diamonds and different sizes of the black diamonds.
I made a surprise visit down to Maryland last weekend for my Sister's show 'Beautiful Silence' at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick Maryland. Kelly (my sister) showed up at my parents house and was shocked to see me there. I'm terrible at keeping secrets so I did well this time!
Here is Kelly with one of her photographs. Beautiful scenes of snowy landscapes.
Many wonderful treats were made for the show. Though these lovely treats were made by our Great Aunt for us to enjoy at home. Since hostess is going out of business she made homemade orange hostess cupcakes. They were way better than the hostess version! Thanks Aunt Helen!
My Sister and Mom also baked this tasty lemon pie bites. Don't you want to reach out and eat one? So good. I had a great time visiting and just loved surprising Kelly!