Fringe Element

January 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

I am just beside myself getting it together to get to my favorite “state of utter fascination” (aka the Tucson gem shows). My bench is cleared, my design table is cleared, and I am sooo ready to discover a new cache of shiny sparkly jewels. As usual, while attempting to clear my work spaces, I got distracted. This time by some “fringe”. Here are the latest pieces off the bench:

Rose Cut  Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline) Miss Matched Earrings with Tourmaline Crystal Fringe

Rose Cut Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline) Miss Matched Earrings with Tourmaline Crystal Fringe

Rose Cut Pink Tourmaline Necklace Pendant with Tourmaline Crystal Fringe

Rose Cut Pink Tourmaline Necklace Pendant with Tourmaline Crystal Fringe

I love the “fringe” element on these pieces; they kind of give off a “tribal” vibe!

Watermelon Tourmaline Pendant with Green Tourmaline Crystals

Watermelon Tourmaline Pendant with Green Tourmaline Crystals

This next piece¬†doesn’t have “fringe”, per se, but I liked it, and it’s sort of frilly.

Rose Cut Aquamarine In Diamond Pave Setting with Moss Aquamarine Drop & Aquamarine Briolettes

Rose Cut Aquamarine In Diamond Pave Setting with Moss Aquamarine Drop & Aquamarine Briolettes

Want more info? Clicking on the photo will take you to the shop.

Gotta go pack! Leaving the Big Easy… Next update from Tucson!!

Problem Children

January 9, 2014 § 2 Comments

Every now and then I get a rock that will not become what I originally envisioned. Recently, I had two such problem children. Everyone seems to love rings, they are usually the most meaningful, and the items that many people like to give as gifts, so I like to have a selection on hand.

Pink Kunzite Crystal & Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline

Pink Kunzite Crystal & Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline

These two babies refused. Refused! After way too much exasperation, I let them tell me this: “We want to be part of something MORE”! Then, I dug around my vault to see what to do for their makeover.

I combined the emerald cut green tourmaline with some thin, raw tourmaline crystals, and added a smokey quartz “rosary” chain with a handmade hook. It became this necklace:

Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline Necklace with Raw Tourmaline Crystals & Smokey Quartz Rosary Chain

Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline Necklace with Raw Tourmaline Crystals & Smokey Quartz Rosary Chain

I thought the big pink kunzite crystal would look good with a nice, honkin’ (over 20 carats!) pink tourmaline briolette I had in my stash. Sometimes, things go from bad to worse…

Broken Briolette :(

Broken Briolette ūüė¶

I guess it was too much competition for the kunzite! Since I like rocks with interesting flaws, the danger is sometimes they don’t take kindly to being dropped. Sigh.¬†What to do, what to do‚Ķ a couple of smaller briolettes…maybe some sapphires‚Ķ What about that rose cut sapphire/diamond thingy I’ve been hoarding?

Pink Kunzite Necklace with Pink Tourmaline Briolettes, Umba Sapphire Briolettes & Rose Cut Sapphire with Diamonds

Pink Kunzite Necklace with Pink Tourmaline Briolettes, Umba Sapphire Briolettes & Rose Cut Sapphire with Diamonds

Still needs a little something. MORE sapphires!

Pink Kunzite Necklace With Rose Cut Sapphire Surrounded by Diamonds, Umba Sapphire Briolettes & Pink Tourmaline Briolettes

Pink Kunzite Necklace With Rose Cut Sapphire Surrounded by Diamonds, Umba Sapphire Briolettes & Pink Tourmaline Briolettes, Smokey Quartz/Silver Chain

Pink Kunzite Sapphire Diamond Necklace CloseUp

Pink Kunzite Sapphire Diamond Necklace CloseUp

Both of these “problem” children are very different from each other, and interestingly, they both seem to work with the smokey quartz rosary chain. For more details, or to purchase, click on the photos of the finished pieces to go to the shop listings.

Happy 2014!

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