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Bocce Palooza Charity Auction

Bocce Palooza IVBenefitting the Mary and Charles A. Parkhill Foundation for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation. Canterbury Vines Studios is exicted to donate a Rainbow and Snowflake Obsidian necklace, bracelet and earring set for the silent auction for this very worthy cause.  This event raises grant money to help with rehabilitation for spinal cord injury patients.  For times when gaps in insurance coverage occurs and stopping rehabilitation would set the patient back months in recovery or when insurance coverage is unavailable this grant helps fill the gaps.I encourage you to participate in Bocce Palooza I... » Read More

Pearl - June Birthstone

Pearls – June birthstone and a Bridal Classic A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. ... » Read More

History of Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  How can we thank the Woman who will do anything for us, support us, cheer us up, remind us how wonderful we are, while at the same time urging us to be our best?  Well, regardless if you have a down to earth mom, a fashion diva mom, outdoorsy mom, sophisticated, exotic, funky, etc. your mom will always love something from your heart.   I researched the history of Mother's Day and thought you would be interested in how it came about and what other countries might do.  While you are here, don't forget to check out the shop to find a really great, unique, and one-of-a-kind piece of... » Read More

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”   I did a little research to see where this saying and tradition came from.  What I found is there is actually another line to the saying.  It originally goes:  “Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”  This is an English tradition that if followed is suppose to bring good luck to the Bride and the couple.   A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding traditio... » Read More

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

Aquamarine (from Latin: aqua marina, "water of the sea") is the blue, or perhaps more correctly, blue-green or aqua variety of the mineral beryl. Other gemstone color varieties that are also the mineral beryl include emerald, morganite, and heliodor. Other colors of beryl are simply referred to by their color, such as red beryl. Aquamarine is colored by trace amounts of iron. Most gem aquamarines have been heat treated to produce the popular blue-green colors from less desirable yellow or pale stones. The leading producer of aquamarines is the country of Brazil, which has many mines. Pakistan, as well as many U.S. localities, produce wonderful s... » Read More

Valentines Day

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 t... » Read More

Ametrine gemstone

  I love the way the purple and yellow intermingle in this interesting gemstone.   Ametrine, also known as trystine or by its trade name as bolivianite, is a naturally occurring variety of quartz. It is a mixture of amethyst and citrine with zones of purple and yellow or orange. Almost all commercially available ametrine is mined in Bolivia, although there are deposits being exploited in Brazil and India.   The color of the zones visible within ametrine are due to differing oxidation states of iron within the crystal. The different oxidation states occur due to there being a temperature gradient across the crystal du... » Read More

Gold Filled components

Do you want to know what gold filled wire is? I use 14K Gold Filled wire and components in many of my designs. According to Wikipedia Gold-filled jewelry is a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. The minimum layer of karat gold in an item stamped GF must equal at least 1/20 the weight of the total item. There is no standard for the thickness of gold-plated jewelry but you can expect GF items to be between 50 to 100,000 times thicker than gold plating. GF jewelry is heirloom quality. Shannon ... » Read More

Wire wrapping

You may have noticed that my jewelry design differs from other handmade jewelry you have seen.  I prefer the look of wire wrapped designs verses strung designs.  The wire wrapping puts more emphasis on the metal portion of the design.  I use wire to attach the gemstones together.   To make wire wraps loops I use round nose and chain nose (flat tapered jaws) pliers.  I made a loop and then wrap the tail of the wire around itself.  This create a very strong connection that will not break under normal and even rough wear and tear.  You can spot the difference between a wire wrapped piece and a strung piece by ... » Read More

Metalsmithed jewelry

Have you noticed some hammered link jewelry designs in my collection?  Pieces like Hammered Link Crystal Quartz Necklace, Hermatoid Quartz Leaf Pendant Necklace, Leopard Jasper freeform Necklace, Mahogany obsidian S link bracelet, or my new favorite, two toned hammered link bracelet?  I handmade each link and hammered it to give it texture. This technique is called metalsmithing.   A metalsmith is a person involved in the shaping of metal objects. I have taken metalsmithing classes to learn how to saw, hammer, bend, and shape metal to make jewelry. Forging is the term for shaping metal by using localized compressive force... » Read More

Garnet - January birthstone updated

Garnet -  January Birthstone revisited Last year I did a Garnet blog and it was great info.  Here is an updated version with even more interesting info about this great red gem and some new designs.  Garnets are a group of common silicate minerals that have similar crystal structures and chemical compositions.   It can be translucent to transparent, sometimes opaque with a vitreous or resinous luster. The best known type of garnet is red semi-precious stone pyrope, one of several red gems, which the ancients used to call Carbuncles.   Garnets are actually one of the largest families of gemstones. Most natural gar... » Read More

Amethyst - February Birthstone

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. Purple is my favorite color so I am excited to bring you some Amethyst pieces to celebrate Februrary Birthdays. Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian" and has a primary purple hue of around 75–80 percent, 15–20 percent blue and (depending on the light source) red secondary hues.  See my blog on Ametrine to find out about how closely Citrine and Amethyst are related. Amethyst was ... » Read More

Ruby - July Birthstone

A ruby is a pink to blood-red gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from , Latin for red. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond. Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The brightest and most valuable "red" called pigeon blood-red, commands a huge premium over other rubies of similar quality. The primary hue of any ruby must be red. All other hues of the gem species corundum are... » Read More

Beyond the Cube - Art Exhibition

I'm so excited.  I will be showing some of my jewelry at an Art Exhibition starting next week.  I work (day job) for Compuware Corporation in Detroit, MI.  The company is holding an art exhibition to showcase their employee's talent.  Hence the name 'Beyond the Cube'.  If you live in the area, I invite you to stop by for the opening next Thursday from 5-8pm. beyond the cube an employee art exhibition compuware world headquarters detroit, michigan 99 monroe (between farmer and broadway) october 14 to november 12 2010 open to the public, wednesdays + fridays 11am to 5 pm opening reception. october 14. 5 pm to 8 pm dou... » Read More

Emerald - May Birthstone

Emerald – May birthstone I love green; it’s my second favorite color after purple.  Wearing  green brings out my green eyes, so I’m a huge fan.  Emerald is one of the three precious gemstones and of course just gorgeous.  Read on to find out more about this great gem. Emeralds, like all colored gemstones, are graded using four basic parameters–the four Cs of Connoisseurship: Color, Cut, Clarity and Crystal. The last C, crystal, is simply a synonym for transparency, or what gemologists call diaphaneity. Before the 20th century, jewelers used the term water, as in "a gem of the finest water," t... » Read More

Making chainmaille

  Have you noticed Chainmaille jewelry in my studio? Looks really great but a little pricey right?   I can guarantee you wear your chainmaille pieces all the time. These will become your go to pieces that go with everything, will last forever, and get noticed as a gorgeous yet classic piece of jewelry.   Let me tell you more about what goes into each piece so you can appreciate the quality and workmanship that in involved.   Chainmaille jewelry is made from rings, usually metal, that are woven together to make a pattern. I have taken a chainmaille class to learn about this ancient craft that ... » Read More
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