Birthstones and Alternatives for April and May

The idea of one gem for each month and the concept of wearing your “birth stone” started long ago – between the 16th and 18th centuries.The National Association of Jewelers released a list of so-called “modern birthstones” in 1912 in … Continue reading

Birthstones for April and May

What is a birthstone?  The association of one gem to each month and the idea of wearing your “birthstone,” started long ago – between the 16th and 18th centuries.The National Association of Jewelers released a list of so-called “modern birthstones” … 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

December Specials

Lots of jewelry on sale during December in my website store here and also in my Etsy store. Check out all the wonderful gift ideas!   I will be adding some new items during the month, so you’ll need to keep … Continue reading

My Favorite Gems

I love gems, so picking favorites is difficult.   It’s a long list, but here are some of my favorites and some information about them.   Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based … Continue reading

Agate Pendant with Banded Carnelian

I have had a lovely agate cabochon for sometime now, just waiting for the right treatment.  I wasn’t sure what kind of jewelry piece I wanted for this stone.   I decided on a pendant and created a netted setting for the … Continue reading