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

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Berylicious (or What I Did On My Summer Vacation)

October 2, 2016 § 1 Comment

This summer after road tripping to Canada, I made a stop in NYC to get a rock fix. There’s a dealer that gets heart stopping stuff and, let me just say, I have a problem. I am a rock addict. I admit it, and apparently I do nothing (except give in). Here’s a tray with some of my stash. Note the green stuff (beryl) towards the right.

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Addictive strands.

A couple of sights on my way to do the deal.

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Then I went home, and got to work.

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Polished Green Beryl Crystal & Prehnite Necklace

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Aquamarine & Green Beryl Crystal Earrings

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Raw Aquamarine Crystal Pendant, Polished Beryl On A Strand of Aquamarine Discs

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Polished Green Beryl Crystal Pendant

Sometimes, the simple stuff is all you need.

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Simple Polished Beryl Crystal Earrings

Click on a photo to take you to the shop for more info.

Hope you had fun on YOUR summer vacation!

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/

 

 

 

Ten Years After

October 22, 2015 § 6 Comments

Never mind that 10 year Katrina/flood anniversary thingy. We had our OWN 10 year celebration recently: the Ball&Chain and I married shortly after the flood. For OUR 10 year commemoration, we decided to leave the Big Easy, and frolic in my mother country. One of the most beautiful places on the planet is Canada’s west coast, and I am particularly smitten with the western edge of Vancouver Island. It is wild, pristine and breathtaking.

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Western Shore of Vancouver Island

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Beach With Driftwood & The Ball&Chain

The area is also a rain forest. Here’s the stairway to heaven in one of the old growth forests!

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Stairway To Heaven

Just before our trip, the Ball&Chain picked up a copy of National Geographic at the news stand, in it was a very interesting article about a creature I’d never heard of: the sea wolf. Sea wolves only live on Canada’s west coast islands and Alaska. These wolves swim! They eat seafood and barnacles! And guess what? On our bear watching tour, we not only got to see a mama bear with her two cubs, but we also got to see not one, but TWO elusive sea wolves! Even the tour guide was shocked and started snapping photos. Here’s one of my lame shots of the pair:

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Elusive Sea Wolves: The black one is the female.

Check out this link to the article with way better photographs:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/sea-wolves/mcgrath-text

Enough about me. This is October, and that means tourmalines! I managed to create a couple of pieces before our little holiday.

Rose Cut Pink Tourmaline Pendant Necklace On Labradorite

Rose Cut Pink Tourmaline Pendant Necklace On Labradorite

Carved Pink Tourmaline Flower Necklace With Australian Opals On Apatite Strand

Carved Pink Tourmaline Flower Necklace With Australian Opal Centers On Apatite Strand

Rubelite (Pink Tourmaline) Earrings With Pink Watermelon Tourmaline Drops

Rubelite (Pink Tourmaline) Earrings With Pink Watermelon Tourmaline Drops

Want more? Here’s an encore presentation of some of my favorite tourmaline earrings in the shop (click on the photos for more details):

Watermelon Tourmaline Double Drop Miss Matched Earrings With Peridot Briolettes

Watermelon Tourmaline Double Drop Miss Matched Earrings With Peridot Briolettes

Rose Cut Tourmaline & Watermelon Tourmaline Triple Drop "Miss Matched" Earrings

Rose Cut Green Tourmaline & Watermelon Tourmaline Triple Drop “Miss Matched” Earrings

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Rubelite Crystal Earrings With Raw Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Drops

Rubelite Crystal Earrings With Raw Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Drops

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