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

Roadtripping & Rocks

February 17, 2017 § 5 Comments

Another year, another trip to mecca (aka Tucson Gem Shows). Gem hunting in Tucson this year was just as spectacular as ever, and one could not order up better weather! Warm, sunny and perfect for the outdoor venues. Here’s a wrap up of some of my favorite finds:

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Chrysocolla Malachite Slices

I have never scored such beautifully mismatched chrysocolla malachite slices; perfectly sized for earrings!

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Emerald Cut Aquamarines with Inclusions

Can never get enough of these hard to find babies! Love beryl with all that trapped gorgeousness.

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Chrysocolla with Jasper, Malachite. On the right: Apatite in Apatite.

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Cantera Opals from Mexico

These babies are often called Mexican Fire Opals. When they have a host matrix, they are similar to Australian Boulder opals, but are referred to as “Cantera” opals.

Tucson is more than just rocks. There are all kinds of exhibits that can literally take your breath away, or move you to tears. This year I came across an exquisite display of lights by Lawrence Stoller. Here’s a photo I snagged off his website:

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Lawrence  Stoller

I was in tears. The artist himself was so moved, that I was moved, he gave me one of his calendars in appreciation! Note to self, stop hiding tears. Check out his gorgeous stuff at his website: http://crystalworks.com/

On the way back home, I crossed a couple of things off my Texas bucket list. First, I lassoed me a pair of cowboys boots.

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Second, I took the long way through Big Bend State and National Parks. I figure, if they’re going to build a wall, I wanna see it before they wreck the view.

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Big Bend

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Big Bend Hoodoos

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The Rio Grande

While picnicking in Big Bend, I fell in love. This is me with Emmy Lou. I wanted to take her home, but then I’d be wanted for dognapping!

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Me & Emmy Lou

So, there you have it. I’ll be posting some finished pieces soon.
Meanwhile, you can still go shopping for some lovely baubles here:http://boutique.ledajewelco.com/

Happy trails!

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

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!

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