Pearls and Pearl Jewelry
I love pearls and pearl jewelry. Pearls can have unusual shapes (baroque pearls) and neat colors – I think they are all wonderful. A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a mollusk as the result of an irritant. The pearls we treasure are composed of calcium carbonate deposited over that irritant…Read More
Spicing up My Life
There are two opportunities for gift giving in February: February birthdays and Valentine’s Day. The traditional birthstone for February is amethyst and also bloodstone as you get closer to March. If you want more choices, the Zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces include thirteen stones: amethyst, garnet, moss agate, opal, sugilite, turquoise, jasper, aquamarine, bloodstone,…Read More
New Earrings & a Jewelry Tip: Wrap a Necklace around Your Wrist – Two Accessories for the Price of One!
I’m excited to tell you about my new earrings and a jewelry tip. Since it’s back to school time for teachers and students alike, you may be looking for new jewelry ideas for Fall and Winter fashions. Here’s the jewelry tip: you can use a long bead necklace as a bracelet. Wrap your necklace around…Read More
Ruby is the Birthstone for July!
The birthstone for July is the Ruby. Rubies are one of the hardest natural gems. Only moissanite and diamond are harder. Rubies (from the Latin “ruber” for red) are the red version of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) which is colorless in its pure state (ruby is an allochromatic gem – see below). In rubies,…Read More
How Did Christmas in July Start?
Did you ever wonder where the idea of Christmas in July started? The very first mention of “Christmas in July” was from an opera back in 1892 that featured children rehearsing Christmas songs in July. In 1935, the National Recreation Association’s journal Recreation described what a “Christmas in July” was like at a North Carolina…Read More
GEMSTONES I LOVE – SOME FACTS ABOUT TOURMALINE
Facts about Tourmaline: Tourmaline is a crystalline boron-silicate mineral with additional elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone occurs in a wide variety of colors. Tourmaline is actually a group of related varieties rather than a single species. The mineral Elbaite is…Read More