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!

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

Aquae

March 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

If I had to pick my favorite find in Tucson, it would be this:

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Raw Beryl Crystal Strand with Iron Oxide Inclusions

It was sold to me as an “aquamarine” strand with inclusions. I’d never seen anything like it, very rare and unusual. It is a very pale green/blue color, so to me, it would be “beryl”. Either way, I fell in love with it.

Not only that, but I found these two fabulous pieces that I believe must have come from the same mine in Brazil:

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Beautifully Cut! Faceted Beryl With Inclusions

What to do what to do…

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Playing With The Lovelies

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Almost finished!

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Beryl Aquamarine & Citrine Necklace on Leather

I may be keeping this necklace for myself!

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Faceted Beryl and Raw Beryl – Earrings?

Since I was only able to snag 2 of the faceted pieces, I was thinking of “Miss Matching” earrings with a raw crystal to complement the faceted one. The jury is still out on this, it may become a pendant or another necklace. Opinions and comments welcome!

More stuff:

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Aquamarine Sugarloaf Cabochon Earrings with Raw Beryl Crystal Drops

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Raw Crystal Beryl Pendant & Earrings

Since this is March and aquamarine is the birthstone, these really are (for true!) aquamarines:

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Herkimer Diamond Earrings with Emerald Cut Aquamarine Drops

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Rose Cut Moss Aquamarine Double Drop Earrings

You can check out what’s for sale in the shop here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

If you want to snag one of these crystals for your own fine self, send an email to: lydia@ledajewelco.com and we can make it happen.

Overdose

February 15, 2016 § 1 Comment

Tucson Arizona at the end of January, and beginning of February: Motel rooms become gem shops. Tents spring up all over town overflowing with rocks and minerals. Convention centers bring the world to town with cases and cases of gemstones, fossilized shark teeth and glittery druzy. I am in my element.

This is what I wake up to every morning:

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Sunrise in Tucson AZ

Then I hit the ground running and start the quest. Here are some of the highlights I managed to snag:

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Trapiche Sapphires

Trapiche, taken from the Spanish word meaning “a spoked wheel” used to grind sugar cane. These sapphires resemble the pattern. Found in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Very rare, collectors’ items.

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Raw Orange Kyanite

Beautiful raw strand. For self esteem, creativity and positivity.

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RARE Aquamarine Crystal Slices

Rare, rare, rare AND HUGE aquamarine crystal slices (Gem dealers were stalking me for this find!)

 

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More aquamarines!

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Variscite

Sometimes confused with turquoise; variscite is greener. Brings peace and harmony.

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Azurite: Relieves stress & worry.

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Australian Boulder Opals

I can never have enough opals in my stash. These are so beautiful, they made me weep.

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Indicolite (aka Blue Tourmaline) crystal slices.

Rare (there’s that word again!) blue tourmaline crystal slices. Sigh.

Some people have no sense of humor. I was so taken by some of the displays, I broke out into song; specifically the chorus of Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces (“it’s all too beautiful, it’s all too beautiful”), no one joined in. They actually moved away. At least I had fun.

Small Faces aren’t your generation? Have a listen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14ViwvgtvbA

Look out for some new work coming soon, as soon as I stop the drooling and the singing.

For finished pieces to buy, go here: http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

 

 

 

Blue Blazes

September 12, 2015 § 2 Comments

Some days stuff just takes longer to happen. I’m hoping that this month’s batch of goodies were worth waiting for! It’s been so hot here in the Big Easy, I tended to go with blue hues and with dreams of the sea.

Rose Cut Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline) Earrings With Druzy Fossil Seashells

Rose Cut Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline) Earrings With Druzy Fossil Seashells

It’s no secret that I am in love with tourmalines. Indicolite is a blue tourmaline, rarer than most. I was lucky enough to snag a couple of big specimen slices from Madagascar.

Indicolite specimen slices from Madagascar

Indicolite specimen slices from Madagascar

One became a necklace (with a hint of the sea).

Indicolite Specimen Slice Necklace With Druzy Fossil Seashell, Blue Tourmaline Rose Cut & Crystals On Zebra Jade Strand

Indicolite Specimen Slice Necklace With Druzy Fossil Seashell, Blue Tourmaline Rose Cut & Crystals On Zebra Jade Strand

My love affair with the fossil continues.

Ammonite Druzy Fossil Seashell & Shark Tooth Necklace With Oregon Sunstones & Andalusite Garnets - Strand Of Natural Zircon

Agatized Ammonite, Druzy Fossil Seashell & Shark Tooth Necklace With Oregon Sunstones & Andalusite Garnets – Strand Of Natural Zircon

And to match?

Oregon Sunstone Earrings With Shark Teeth

Oregon Sunstone Earrings With Shark Teeth

I had high hopes for a beautifully matched pair of green tourmaline crystal specimens embedded in quartz. My box of broken dreams continues to fill up with stuff like this and several broken shark’s teeth.

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For My Box Of Broken Dreams

Plan B

Green Tourmaline Specimen Trio Necklace On Sari Silk Ribbon

Green Tourmaline Specimen Trio Necklace On Sari Silk Ribbon

This necklace has three types of green tourmaline: An elongated oval cabochon, a tourmaline crystal in quartz, and a watermelon slice. Kinda boho chic!

And to match?

Green Tourmaline Oval Cabochon Ring

Green Tourmaline Oval Cabochon Ring

These pieces were being made during a record breaking heatwave. Just so you know I’m not making it up, here’s a typical forecast from August:

National Weather Service Heat Index MapNew Orleans is in the pink part. 115+. Just saying.

While I was breaking beloved rocks, I was also wrecking some of the settings (I’m blaming the heat). I had to wait for some silver to arrive to finish the necklaces. In the meantime, I raided the vault, and took out some cool aquamarines and opals. Sometimes you need simple.

 

Australian Opal Ring

Australian Opal Ring

Australian Opal Pendant

Australian Opal Pendant

Aquamarine Oval Cabochon Pendant

Aquamarine Oval Cabochon Pendant

Aquamarine Oval Cabochon Ring

Aquamarine Oval Cabochon Ring

Aquamarine Square Cabochon Or Sugarloaf Cut Ring

Aquamarine Square Cabochon Or Sugarloaf Cut Ring

And there are those who like to go BIG or go home. Here’s the big sister to this one:

BIG Sugarloaf Aquamarine Ring

BIG Sugarloaf Aquamarine Ring – 26 Carats.

 

 

 

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