Flame Into Spring

April 2, 2017 § 2 Comments

Pantone named “Flame” as one of the top Spring 2017 colors, and I am happily (accidentally!) obliging. This year I found a handful of perfectly sized aragonite “sputnik” crystals. They were just too cool. Did you know that in addition to being grounding, stress relievers, these clusters encourage conservation and caring for the earth?

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Aragonite Sputnik Crystals

I paired them with some lovely rose cut emeralds.

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Rose Cut Emerald Earrings with Aragonite Sputnik Drops

Since I was on an orange roll, here’s a pair of emeralds with sunstones for you more “demure” types.

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Rose Cut Emerald & Sunstone Earrings

Not big enough for you? How about some honkin’ big morganite (aka as pink emerald or pink beryl) babies paired with orange kyanite and sapphire briolettes? No wallflowers need apply for these. Just saying.

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Emerald Cut Morganite Earrings with Raw Orange Kyanite & Sapphire Briolettes

A couple of BIG rings: Cantera aka Mexican fire opal and a gemmy pink rhodochrosite. Both over 30 carats each.

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Cantera or Mexican Fire Opal Ring

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Rhodochrosite Ring

Clicking on the photographs will take you to the shop for more info and to purchase. Or click here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

Hoppy Flaming Spring!

Berylicious

February 26, 2017 § 2 Comments

Here in the Big Easy it’s the height of Carnival season. I generally try to avoid crowds, but sometimes you get an offer you can’t refuse; this one was “above” the crowds, courtesy of some of my friends in high places. We were invited for dinner at a fancy schmancy restaurant that included a viewing stand. I had a perch to see three parades, including the Krewe of Muses, which is an all female crew. It’s all about shoes and bathtubs, my kind of theme!

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Krewe of Muses Bathtub Float

Let me use the watery theme to segue into March, which means aquamarines! One of my favorite rocks, from the berylicious (or in boring scientific terms “beryl”) family.

I am always on the hunt for cool specimens, and this year in Tucson I found the coolest aquamarine crystal slices. A matching pair of beautiful cross sections showing different shades of blue in the natural crystal structure. They are now a special pair of earrings, reminiscent of ancient Roman jewels!

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Natural Aquamarine Crystal Cross Section Slice Earrings

I also bought a handful of polished, natural aquamarine crystals, perfect for rings and pendants. This one is especially nice, long and lean with a little curve action!

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Natural Polished Aquamarine Crystal Ring

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Rose Cut Aquamarine Earrings with Chrysocolla Drops

Adding a little interest to these earrings is one of my other favorite rocks, chrysocolla. I have a nice little collection of this stuff, looks nice with aquamarine too.

My latest pièce de résistance is an emerald cut berylicious with gorgeous inclusions. It’s big and honkin, over 40 carats! You can get lost inside this world for hours.

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Emerald Cut Beryl with Inclusions Pendant Necklace

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Beryl with Inclusions – a closer look!

Last but not least, not a berylicious piece, but still droolworthy in my humble opinion. Natural turquoise with black matrix from exotic Uzbekistan. Perfectly Miss Matched earrings.

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Natural Turquoise Earrings

You can get more info on all of these pieces by clicking on a photo, and checking out the shop. Or click here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

For those of you who live where Fat Tuesday is just another Tuesday, go ahead and overindulge in your favorite treats and pastimes! You can repent later. That’s what we do in New Orleans!

Beryliciously yours
Lydia

Garnet Karma

January 17, 2017 § 6 Comments

To say that we are living in “unusual” times would be an understatement. Thankfully, I can tune out, and touch rocks to keep my sanity. Last week I gathered some of my favorite “ruff” stuff, and worked on this talisman.

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Raw Spessartite Garnet Orange Kyanite & Black Spinel with Diamonds Talisman Necklace

The combo of raw spessartite garnet (encrusted with pyrite) and the raw orange kyanite (this piece is encrusted with mica) just seemed to kumbaya together, in an earthy but elegant sort of way. They both help with creativity. Adding the grounding black spinel in a pave diamond setting made me feel better too. Pyrite brings self confidence to the mix. Mica has reflective qualities to see flaws without judgement. Ready to layer, with say a deep orange strand of mandarin garnet?

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Mandarin Garnet Strand Layered with Talisman Necklace

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll notice that I often refer to my collecting or um, “hoarding” of rocks. This really beautiful hessonite has been in my stash for awhile. I have loved it and gazed upon it for quite some time. It’s ready to go out in the world as a ring. It’s a very unusual cut called “surface cut”, a gorgeous peachy color, and a nice size; over eight carats. Perfect for artists of all kinds: hessonite garnets inspire and bring out the artist even in the seemingly untalented! Hessonite garnets also remove dark thoughts and intensify one’s life.

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Surface Cut Hessonite Garnet Ring

My other obsession is opal (OK, I have way more than just ONE other obsession). But, I did free a couple from my stash to make these Miss Matched earrings. FYI: Opals offer inspiration and enhance creativity.

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Miss Matched Boulder Opal Earrings

Of course, I am gearing up to go get more rock candy in Tucson at the end of January. I’ll post pics of my finds, you can follow me on my Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/ledajewelco/

Clicking on a photo will take you to the shop for more info on these pieces.

Happy 2017 to all. It is garnet groove approved!
peace
Lydia

The Blue Season

December 7, 2016 § 1 Comment

Every now and then, I try to do the “right” thing! Get with the program and make a smart business move: like get timely with birthstones. So this month, I made a couple of things with tanzanite and turquoise (December’s birthstones) and then I just made whatever the heck.

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Tanzanite Ring

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Dendritic Agate Earrings with Turquoise Drops

I just love inclusions. Dendritic agate = a whole little miniature world in and unto itself.

Speaking of inclusions, in my stash of goodies, I had a couple of very rare paraiba quartz pieces (aka Medusa quartz). This stone comes from a mine in Brazil, that has since closed. The inclusions are called “gilalite”, which is blah blah blah for the mineral that gives the gorgeous blue/green color inclusions.

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Paraiba Quartz Pendant

Then, since we’re still waiting for a frost down here in the Big Easy, I took a couple of icy Herkimer diamonds out, and paired them with some drop dead gorgeous aquamarines. Very cool (pun intended).

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Herkimer Diamond Earrings with Aquamarine Drops

Want more birthstone pieces? Let me present an encore viewing of some rocks that a December baby or pretty much anyone else would love (clicking on any image takes you to the shop).

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Lighting Ridge Opal & Tanzanite Earrings

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Rose Cut Turquoise & Rubelite (aka Pink Tourmaline) Earrings

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Rose Cut Peridot Earrings with Turquoise Drops

For many people, holidays really are the “blue” season. This is the time of year that loneliness and depression affect people more than at any other time of year. Be kind, you never know who is suffering. Peace.

Rocktober

October 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

October rocks for a lot of reasons. First, my favorite rocks are October’s birthstone: opals and tourmalines. Second, it starts getting cool here in the steamy south, and third, there’s always a mysterious black magical theme going on. There’s more: like we celebrate our anniversary in October, and well, let me shut up and get to the bijoux!

Let’s start with this drop dead gorgeous Australian boulder opal and Oregon sunstone. Sometimes things just make themselves. One morning a loose sunstone dropped right down on the opal I was working on, and that was it.

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Togetherness.

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Australian Boulder Opal & Oregon Sunstone Pendant

Stack ‘o black and orange: representing the end of light and the beginning of darkness. Raw black tourmaline crystal  and Oregon sunstone stacking rings.

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Raw Black Tourmaline & Oregon Sunstone Stacking Rings

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Tumbled Black Tourmaline & Aquamarine Necklace

This necklace is perfect for when you’re feeling black and blue. Black tourmaline (aka shorl) is grounding, protective (especially against negative energy), along with an offset aquamarine for peace and courage.

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Rose Cut Oregon Sunstone Earrings With Black Spinel Drops

OK. So these earrings consist of Oregon sunstones and black spinels (which are NOT October rocks) but they are probably my favorite of this batch. They work with the black and orange thing going on.

Clicking on a photo brings you to the shop to purchase, and for more info.

Spookily yours,

Lydia

Orange You Inspired?

July 14, 2016 § 3 Comments

Many years ago, when I first visited Paris, I vowed I would go back and see ALL the art I missed. This year I got to do just that. Well, almost.

It seems water (as in flooding) likes to follow me wherever I go (FYI: I live in New Orleans!) and, so of course a couple of days after I arrived, so did the flood; which in turn closed down The Louvre and some other institutions of art. However, I did manage to tour Musee D’Orsay and L’Orangerie before they had to shut down and move the art. So my dream of seeing Monet’s Lilies did come true! Not to mention all the spots that stayed open throughout the 10 day downpour (Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso, etc). Enough about the art. The real BIG deal of my trip was a visit to a teeny tiny boutique on Rue Saint Honoré, an exquisite jewel box. The shop of one of my idols: Lydia Courteille. Well, let me just say, it was going to be enough for me just to look and swoon, but there SHE was! And so gracious and lovely. I got to touch and pet her work, and talk to the designer herself. Here’s proof:

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Lydia (Courteille, classy) & Lydia (me, giddy)

Ms. Courteille’s work is over the top fantasy. I’m not making this up, check out her stuff here: http://www.lydiacourteille.com/

Well, enough about that Lydia. This Lydia came home inspired by all that pavé, and pulled out a couple of jewel encrusted crystals (pavé created by Mother Nature)!Here’s what they became:

 

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Spessartite Garnet Encrusted Smokey Quartz Crystal Pendant Necklace

 

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Smokey Quartz Crystal Studded With Spessartite Garnet Crystals with a Triple Strand of Pyrite Chain

Since I was on an “Orange You Glad” theme, I made this bracelet with a larger spessartite crystal (and a “bestie”)!

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Raw Spessartite Garnet Crystal Cuff With Diamond

Staying on the “orange” theme: gorgeous Mexican fire opal (love the spots).

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Mexican Fire Opal Ring

Clicking on an image will take you to the shop for more info. While you’re at it, you can check out some of the other Beautiful Blondes, including some wonderful “redhead edition” pieces here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/collections/beautiful-blondes

Hope everyone is having fun in the sun and enjoying summer. I am still dreaming of Paris!

A Bientôt.

 

His Purpleness

May 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

You could practically feel everyone’s hearts breaking last month, when the shocking news of Prince’s death hit the news. We have lost so many talents this year already: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Keith Emerson.

Good grief – it’s all too much.

Whenever I don’t know how to handle a loss, I play with my rocks for therapy. This time they are purple. For the “Her Purpleness” jewelry collection, my tribute to His Purpleness.

You can check out these and other “Her Purpleness” pieces here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/collections/her-purpleness

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“There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels”. Buddhist teaching.

RIP Prince

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