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When you subscribe to my free monthly newsletter on gemstones and jewelry design you’ll receive a free Jewelry Care Tipsheet by return email. Here’s the link for the subscription form: http://eepurl.com/HwVbv Each monthly issue of Diana Kirkpatrick Art You Can Wear News has information about a variety of gemstones…Read More
My Favorite Gemstones Part 7 – Garnets
I’ve always loved garnets and I use them in many of my jewelry designs. Garnets have been known and used in jewelry and other applications since ancient times. At one time, garnets were referred to as Carbuncles. Although garnets occur in a wide range of colors and can be found in every color except blue,…Read More
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 gemstone. Many gemstones have long and complex histories. Some specific gems have a lot of…Read More
Gemstones I Love – Part 6 Fluorescence
Some require special lighting or viewing conditions to see this phenomenon. Geology.com recently published a fabulous article about fluorescence that I hope you will enjoy. What is a Fluorescent Mineral? All minerals have the ability to reflect light. That is what makes them visible to the human eye. A few minerals have an interesting physical…Read More
Nice Note about Me in Natural Awakenings Magazine!
There’s a nice note about me and my jewelry in the February 2014 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine.Read More
Gemstones I Love – Part 5 – Freshwater Pearls
Pearls are unique! These beautiful creations can be termed organic gems: pearls are formed inside oysters and mussels when a bit of sand or other irritant gets inside the mollusk’s shell. The mollusk secretes layers of a lustrous material called nacre around the foreign object to protect its soft internal surface. As layer after…Read More