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

Some of My Favorite Gemstones Part 2 – Lapis Lazuli

I love the beautiful blue of Lapis and I’m especially fond of lapis with a scattering of pyrite (“Fool’s gold”).   This article is illustrated with photos of necklaces that I have designed using “treasures” I have discovered in my … Continue reading

Some of my Favorite Gemstones – Carnelian

I’m going to do a series on some of my favorite gemstones and I’m beginning  with a long time favorite of mine, Carnelian. Carnelian draws its name from the Latin carneolus – meaning “red stone”.   Like many other gemstones, carnelian … Continue reading

Caring for your Silver Jewelry

Silver is quite soft – be gentle in your cleaning to avoid bending the metal or scratching the jewelry. Wash pieces carefully by hand in soapy water, rinse and dry with a cotton cloth. Do not soak –soaking can damage … 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

Black Friday Specials & More!

Check out the jewelry listings at www.dianakirkpatrick.com for Black Friday savings on several of my necklaces, pendants, and earrings!  I have some things marked down already and I’ll be adding others on Thanksgiving Day.    The savings will continue through November … Continue reading