March 18, 2018
“Names have power.”
― Rick Riordan,
Customer often ask us, how do I name our jewelry?
I was originally inspired by a talented lampwork artist, Darlene Hayes from Quiet Haven Studio, who named each one of her creations. Her gorgeous and unique lampwork beads were miniature artworks that inspired new stories in my designs
Since the beginning, when we have finished a bracelet or necklace, we choose a name that tells its "story" to us. It can be where it came from, its meaning, or what its natural design makes us think of in the world around us. These names can range from the mystical "Journey's End" to the whimsical, like "Pistachio Ice Cream", and require reflection, don't always come easily and sometimes are gratefully inspired by friends. But it is an important part of the meaningful process in our designs.
When a customer tells me they love the piece they have purchased from us, I don't ask them "what does it look like?". I ask them, "what was its name." Its "story" has a place in my heart and memory.
March 11, 2018
Nature always wears the color of the spirit Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Silverstone collection celebrates earth treasures from around the world, incorporating both precious and semi-precious gemstones into one-of-a-kind pendants. Some gemstones, like garnets, amethysts and aquamarines have a long history of appreciation,meaning and value. Others like Polychrome and K2 Jaspers are newcomers to the lapidary and geological world. In researching these gemstones, I developed an even greater appreciation of the treasures they truly are.
Polychrome jasper (a.k.a Desert Jasper, Madagascar jasper) was discovered by accident. While mining for Ocean jasper off the coast of Madagascar in 2006, a new discovery was made of a beautiful new stone with rich earth-tone colors, ranging from deep teals and tan to dark reds. It has quickly become one of our new favorites and is an inspiration and delight to design with.
K2 Jasper (a.k.a. Granite jasper, K2 stone, Raindrop azurite) is from a remote area in the Skardu area of northern Pakistan, near the base of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. K2 is actually not a jasper, but a bright white granite, which is a striking contrast against the orbs of bright blue azurite. The occurrence of azurite in granite is rare, causing controversy at first as it whether it really was azurite.
Both of these gorgeous stones remind us that beauty can be found serendipitously or in the most remote locations, we only have to keep our eyes and minds open.
For more information, check out the site: https://geology.com/rocks/granite.shtml
March 4, 2018
Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build. Gene Luen Yang
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. I have been inspired working with these luminous gemstones and learned that the name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color. I love to research the history of any of the gemstones we incorporate into our pieces, to hear about their history and meaning through time. Must be the science lover/teacher in me. From subtle shades of blue to sparkling faceted ones, Aquamarines have been so much fun to design with this week, resulting in a series of pieces ranging from earrings to a sparkling, Swarovski crystal enhanced bracelet.
February 27th, 2018
When I first began making jewelry nine years ago, I was sure it was going to be easy. All I had to do was to visualize the piece I wanted to make, select the materials and begin putting the beads on the string. Right.......I quickly learned there were critical steps...