Ear Wire Styles – How to Avoid Losing Another Earring!

We all hate to lose an earring – seems as if I’ve hunted for a million earrings over the years.  I carry a variety of  ear wires and posts for pierced earrings, both commercial and handmade, and hypoallergenic shepherds hooks … Continue reading

Making Progress

In June I had surgery for a badly torn rotator cuff on my left side.   Unfortunately for me, I am left handed, so I’ve had my share of anxiety about the injury and the recovery and how all of this … Continue reading

Pearls – Types of Pearls and What makes Pearls Valuable

Pearls start when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within the soft tissue of a live mollusk. The mollusk creates a pearl sac to seal off the irritation and then secretes multiple layers of nacre (calcium carbonate), eventually creating a … Continue reading

More of My Favorite Gems

Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how they bend light), luster, hardness, etc.  Perfection in appearance is of primary importance in the finished … Continue reading

Some of My Favorite Gemstones – Part 3 – Labradorite

All gems are described by their chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gemstones are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how theybend light), luster, hardness, etc. Labradorite has a silky appearance and is a dark grey … Continue reading