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 derives the rich colors we see – pinks, oranges, and orange-reds – from iron. A…

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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 soft and porous stones.  Cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaner can also damager delicate and porous…

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Copper Jewelry Designs

Over the summer, I started working on a series of flower designs in copper as prototypes for some planned silver pieces.   However, I think that I like the look of the copper enough to also do a series of designs in copper. My first design was a flower pendant.   I also plan to do a…

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I’m Glad to be Back!

About three weeks ago I suffered a computer meltdown that has left me very thankful to have an iPad2!  The iPad has let me keep up with almost everything, but doing blogs and websites has been difficult because of photos that aren’t on the iPad.   I will take steps to correct that with an eye…

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