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

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

The Evil Eye in Jewelry from the Middle East

Jewelry from the Middle East has fascinated me for a long time.   I am  intrigued with the designs used and the meanings behind the designs.   My collection of Middle Eastern jewelry includes a variety of medallions, talismans, amulets, and … Continue reading

Catching Up to November!

I’ve been redesigning my website with a new look and feel.   My blog is now part of my totally redone website!   Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do blog posts while the new site has been “under construction,” so we … Continue reading