• Gemstone Roundtable Summary

    We received beautiful pictures of our Gemstone Roundtable from our friends, Crystal and Keith, at red apple tree photography! I wanted to share a few with you to give you a visual on how our Gemstone Roundtables work.  We will be having another one in the Spring of 2014, so plan ahead if this seems interesting to you! [...] Continue Reading
  • Maintaining your PEARLS…

    Hi everyone! On this beautiful day (llyn’s birthday!), we are going to give you some tips on maintaining your pearls. -Be sure to put your make up and perfume on before you put on your pearls.   Chemicals can be very harmful to pearls over time. -After wearing your pearls, wipe them with a soft, microfiber […]

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  • llyn’s custom jewelry

    Hello! Many of you bought stones at our Gemstone Roundtable, and many others of you are interested in having custom work designed in the future.  In case you are one of these, I want to tell you a little about llyn's custom design process. Custom jewelry is a way to create personal jewelry, which represents you.  It can have symbols, [...] Continue Reading
  • World Record White Diamond Sold!

    Hi everyone! Here is an interesting little CNN segment for you… At $30.6 million, an egg-sized white diamond sold in Hong Kong by Sotheby’s for a record sell! This diamond is the size of an egg and is the largest white diamond ever sold at auction. Previously, the record was held by a pear-shaped white […]

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  • Modullyn System

    Thank you to everyone who came to the Gemstone Roundtable last night and the night before!  We had a blast and hope you did too!  I am very excited to see the beautiful jewelry created with the amazing stones bought. Today, I want to post a WWD article on how modular jewelry has gotten popular. Just [...] Continue Reading
  • Tanzanite

    Today is our second and last day of the Fall 2013 Gemstone Roundtable! Our stone dealer has some gorgeous Tanzanite sitting in our gallery, ready to go to new homes! So, I am going to tell you a little more about it. Tanzanite is a Zoisite Species.  The mineral Zoisite was first found in Austria [...] Continue Reading
  • Zircon

    The gemstone Zircon has been known since antiquity.  It has had various names, but today's name, Zircon, is probably from the Persian word for "golden colored." It is known for its high refractive index and strong dispersion. It is a brittle stone with a hardness of 7, so be careful of knocking its edges. Although [...] Continue Reading
  • Amber

    The fossilized, hardened resin of a pine tree creates the stone, Amber.  It is found mostly in the Baltic, but younger ones have been found in the Dominican Republic. Pieces as large as 22 pounds have been found. Bubbles within Amber can be cleared out by boiling it in rape-seed oil. Insects and plants can [...] Continue Reading
  • Agate

    “Agate” is named after the river Achates in Sicily.  Geodes are often Agates that are completely filled. Agate is a banded chalcedony, which sometimes contains opal.  It’s quartz fibers are vertical to the band’s surface and can be of different colors. It has a hardness of 7. German Agates are often pink, red or brown.  […]

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  • Chalcedony

    Pronounced "kal-ced-ney" "Chalcedony" encompases a variety of gemstones, including agate, petrified wood, chrysophrase, bloodstone, jasper, carnelian, moss agate, onyx and sard.  The Chalcedony that we typically refer to in the gallery, however, is a bluish-white-gray gem.  We have several pieces that have been hand carved by Steve Walters. All Chalcedony is a cyptocrystalline quartz.  It [...] Continue Reading
  • Garnet

    Garnet is another gemstone that comes in a variety of colors and subgroups, although it is usually thought of as red.  This is also January’s birthstone!  The name “Garnet” comes from the Latin word for “grain” because of its round kernel-like crystals similar to those of pomegranates. Pyope Garnets are red/brown.  This was the fashion stone of […]

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  • Moonstone

    In honor of the gorgeous Moonstone jewelry currently in our store, I want to tell you about this gemstone today. Moonstone is from the Feldspar Group, which has two subcategories:  potassium feldspars and plagioclases.  Moonstone falls in the potassium subcategory. It can be colorless, yellow, gray, peach, green, blue or have a pale sheen.  It is known [...] Continue Reading
  • Opal

    In honor of it almost being llyn’s birthday month, I want to tell you about October’s birthstone, opal. “Opal” comes from the Sankrit word for “stone.”  It has a hardness of about 6.  The finest opals come from Lightning Ridge Australia, although they are found all over the world, including Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, and our […]

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  • Tourmaline

    Tourmaline is another gemstone that comes in many colors.  A pink one is an alternative birthstone for October. It is actually very rare to have a uni-colored one, and its name comes from "Turamali," which means "stone with mixed colors." Tourmaline's most desired colors are intense pink and green. Varieties include rubellite (pink to red), schorl (black, often [...] Continue Reading
  • Sapphire

    Today, I want to tell you more about Sapphire, which is in the Corundum family.  Most commonly thought of as blue, sapphire actually comes in a variety of colors.  What we know of as a Ruby is a red Sapphire.  A pinkish orange one is a Padparadscha Sapphire, which means "Lotus Flower."  Red is caused by [...] Continue Reading
  • Alexandrite

    Hello to All! To begin our Gemstone Roundtable count-down, I want to give you some interesting facts about Alexandrite. This gem was only discovered in the 1830's in the Urals.  Although today, it is mined primarily in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The largest cut Alexandrite weighs 66 ct. and is located in the Smithsonian Institution. [...] Continue Reading
  • Amazing Stones in Tucson

    Working in Tucson is like being in a very expensive candy store. Here are some images of some of the “candy” in the tower case at James Alger’s booth (#317) at the AGTA Show and of Pat Alger showing exquisite sapphires. http://www.agta.org/tradeshows/gemfair-tucson.html Continue Reading
  • Art Palm Beach

    Sydney and I are at Art Palm Beach in West Palm Beach Florida! It is beautiful, 78 degrees and sunny with amazing works of art, jewelry and sculpture by hundreds of artists being represented by over 50 national and international galleries. My work is being represented by Oliver & Espig Gallery out of Santa Barbara, […]

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  • Every Angel Has a Story

    Angels mean different things to different people but bring inspiration to all of us. Each “Angel” within my collection is individually named; the first being Alice, after my mother and inspiration for this collection. Pendants and brooches with detachable wings that can be worn as earrings, each Angel is accompanied by an original “Angel” portrait [...] Continue Reading