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 … 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

Nice Note about Me in Natural Awakenings Magazine!

There’s a nice note about me and my jewelry in the February issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine. Here is the the link for the article in the February Issue: http://naturalawakeningsnnm.com/blog/2014/02/02/beautiful-handcrafted-jewelry-designs/     … Continue reading

My Favorite Gemstones Part 4 – Tourmaline

Another of my favorite gems is Tourmaline.  Since I love green and pink, I am particularly fond of the  multicolor and watermelon varieties. The tourmaline family aluminum and borosilicate minerals includes several separate minerals, one of which is called elabite.  … 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