Aquae

March 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

Raw Aqua Strand

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.

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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/

 

 

 

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