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Sunstone gemstone

Sunstone is a variety of Plagioclase feldspar which emits flashes of shimmering golden-orange color similar to that of the golden rays of the Sun. It is a protective gemstone and is normally seen in colors like yellow, orange and reddish brown. It is normally formed in molten lava and is discharged onto the surface with the help of a volcano. This stone is also known also as ‘Aventurine Feldspar’ and has a hardness rating of 6.5 on the Mohs scale with a triclinic crystal structure. They are normally non transparent, but it also comes in transparent form. These stones are rare and carry a higher price tag. Sunstones from No... » Read More

Iolite gemstone

Iolite gemstone is the more commonly used name for the mineral Cordierite that is named after the French geologist P.L.A. Cordier. It is also one of the most commonly used gem variety that exist in the Cordierite group. The name iolite comes from the Greek ios, which means violet. Viking sailors allegedly used iolite as a polarizing filter to find the sun on cloudy days for a safe offshore navigation. Iolite is usually a purplish blue when cut properly, with a softness to the color that can be quite attractive. The best color is a lovely violet blue that is unlike other gemstones. Pleochroism is very pronounced in iolite and is seen ... » Read More

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a rock, largely formed from the mineral lazurite The main component of lapis lazuli is lazurite, a feldspathoid silicate mineral.  Most lapis lazuli also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue), and pyrite (metallic yellow). Other possible constituents: augite; diopside; enstatite; mica; hauynite; hornblende, and nosean. Lapis is the Latin for "stone". Lapis takes an excellent polish and can be made into jewelry, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, and vases. It was also ground and processed to make the pigment ultramarine for tempera paint and, more rarely, oil paint. Its usage as a pigment in oil pai... » Read More


I'm in love with mixed metal jewelry. I enjoy playing with all my metal smithing tools. Stamps, hammers, dapping and punch set. Here is all the information of the different types of metal I've used. Gold Filled: Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant.  It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors.  As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold fil... » Read More

History of Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Traditions I was curious how modern day Valentine's Day started so I did a little research and here is what I found out. Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the ... » Read More

Garnet - January birthstone

Garnet is January’s birthstone.  Garnets are red, right?  Not so fast, they actually come in many colors and many names.  Colors include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet. It changes color from blue-green in the daylight to purple in incandescent light. The names you might hear that fall into the garnet family are almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, hessonite, pyrope, rhodolite, tsavorite, spessartine, and uvarovite.  The traditional red is called pyrope.  What makes a garnet a garnet?  Well that has to do with a few ... » Read More

MCWT Gala 2011

MCWT Gala 2011 I’m a member of a professional organization called Michigan Council of Women in Technology.  In addition to providing the technology professionals valuable programs and support the Foundation gives scholarships to women to earn degrees in the technology field. MCWT Foundation Each year the Foundation hosts their Gala fundraiser to raise the scholarship money.  This year I am donating a piece of jewelry for the silent auction. Hand forged sterling silver chain with 3 step cut crystal quartz nuggets.  Valued at $200 it’s sure to bring in some great bids for the Foundation. My husband and I ar... » Read More


Moonstone is a beautiful gemstone that I love to use.  My favorite is the Rainbow variety.  Which is your favorite?Composition Moonstone belongs to the large mineral group of the feldspars, of which almost two thirds of all the rocks on Earth consist.  Moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as 'adularia', which is of gemstone quality.  Moonstone is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Then, as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. The shimmer of light of the moonstone is something very ... » Read More

Beyond the Cube 2011

Compuware Corporation's 2nd Annual Beyond the Cube art exhibition is coming up!! I have entered a series of flower pendants for this years event.  Please come and check out all the great art during the exhibition and don't forget to vote for your favorite! beyond the cube compuware world headquarters detroit, michigan 99 monroe (between farmer and randolph) october 13 to november 17 2011 open to the public every thursday.10 am - 5 pm opening reception. thursday october 13. 4 pm to 7 pm an employee art exhibition David Abayev Meenakshi Bandreddi Cardi DeMonaco Jr. David Dix Melissa Duckworth Don Genser Joel Hawkins Cordell Hill... » Read More

Chalcedony gemstone

I recently purchased some sea foam green colored Chalcedony and wanted to know more about this gemstone.  Here is what I found. Chalcedony is not scientifically its own mineral species, but rather a form of Quartz in microcrystalline form. However, the name is an old name, and almost all mineral reference guides and collectors distinguish Chalcedony separately from Quartz. Many of the colors of Chalcedony are known by another name such as the orange version is called Carnelian.  Chalcedony's standard chemical structure (based on the chemical structure of quartz) is SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide). Chalcedony is known to promote calm a... » Read More

Murano glass

Murano glass On my recent trip to Venice I decided to bring back some of the famed Murano glass in the form of beads to be used in my jewelry designs.  It also peaked my interest in what makes this glass so famous as compared to other glass techniques.  Here is what I found. Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass. The history of Murano glass is interesting in the fact that it is the longest lasting ... » Read More

Talenthouse - Debra Shepard

I have joined Talenthouse and submitted my cut out Sterling Silver Daisy Pendant necklace for consideration to be produced by successful jewelry designer Debra Shepard.     You can help by supporting my entry and visiting the web page and clicking on the support link and also sharing with any of your jewelry loving friends.  I will retain full rights to the design and receive a share of the profits for Debra Shepard sales of my design!   Please visit my submission here and show your support if you like my pendant: Cutout Sterling Silver Daisy and Pearl Pendant Then you can ... » Read More

The Artisan Group

I have applied for and been accepted into The Artisan Group! The Artisan Group is an exclusive group of talented artisans who collectively provide a lovely sampling of our hand-crafted products to celebrities at major award show Gift Lounges. Artists can also elect to provide one item of their choosing to go on display at our Gift Lounge exhibit where celebrities stop by to hear about our artist's products. I have just started with the group but already I will have business cards in the gift bags for the Emmy Award gift lounge taking place on Friday and Saturday September 16 &17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA. ... » Read More

Quartz Gemstones

Quartz. April’s birthstone is Diamond. But Diamonds are expensive, right.  I am often asked for a substitute to the girl’s best friend. I recommend Crystal Quartz.  Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar. It is made up of a continuous framework of silicon–oxygen. Pure quartz, traditionally called rock crystal (sometimes called crystal quartz), is colorless and transparent (clear) or translucent.  Common colored varieties include citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, milky quartz, and others. Quartz goes by an array of different names. ... » Read More

Blue Topaz - December Birthstone

Blue Topaz – December birthstone Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. Topaz crystals are mostly prismatic terminated by pyramidal and other faces.     Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is usually tinted by impurities; typical topaz is wine, yellow, pale gray or reddish-orange, blue brown. It can also be made white, pale green, blue, gold, pink (rare), reddish-yellow and opaque to transparent.The blue hue is created when Topaz is heated, whether the heat source is natural or engineered by man.  The three shades of Blue Topaz are Sky, Swiss and London Blue.  A gift of Blue Topaz is symbolic ... » Read More

Peridot - August birthstone

Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe), or precious olivine, is a volcanic gemstone that was once treasured by native Hawaiians as the tears of the Goddess-of-Fire, Pele.  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow- to olive- to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green. Olivine, of which peridot is a type, is a common mineral in mafic and ultramafic rocks, and it is often found in lavas and in peridotit... » Read More