October Birthstone: Opal

October Birthstone: Opal

Fire Born From Water As an artist, I think of opal as a bridge between the two elements of fire and water. I think of opal birthstone as a paradox, and a talisman of hope; a spark of light where there should be none. Why? Because aside from random artistic visions,...
Amethysts are Amazing

Amethysts are Amazing

Happy September! I should probably be talking about Sapphires, but to be honest, I’ve been dreaming of Amethyst! Amethyst is one of my favorite semi-precious stones- and it was the first piece of rough gemstone that I owned! I think I was 10 when I got it, and...
Custom Alexandrite Pendant

Custom Alexandrite Pendant

Recently I came to the realization that I dither way too much. I found this out when I realized I’d been daydreaming over my gemstones for about an hour and had almost all of them spread all over my bench, and I still hadn’t decided what stone to use in...
Morganite

Morganite

If you know anything about jewelry, you know that for most people, it’s about the gemstones. Those sparkly little bits of color that make us stop suddenly and say, “Wow! What’s that?” Which is what I did when is saw this: I must have waxed...
Radical Rhodochrosite

Radical Rhodochrosite

I am not normally one to get excited about pink. Other people I know are, but pink and I don’t usually get along. Except when it comes to Rhodochrosite. A stunningly pink banded mineral, and a truly magnificent stone that is not only pink, but practically stands...
Andalusite

Andalusite

I’m in love. Shifting colors, mysterious depths- who wouldn’t love Andalusite? All the warmth of chocolate sable, with hints of gold, olive, and crimson in it’s shadowed depths…. The perfect Autumn gem, actually. In order to rhapsodize over the...
Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside

Today I’m writing about Chrome Diopside, which is one of my all time favorite green gemstones. Why, you ask, when there are so many fabulously famous green gemstones like Emerald and Tourmaline? The answer is simple. I love deep flawless gorgeous green, and my...
Marvelous Malachite

Marvelous Malachite

Is there anything more life affirming than glowing, saturated, natural green? Green fields, green mountains, bright green new grass or green Malachite. Now while all those plant type things are green due to the chlorophyll inside their structures, Malachite is green...