Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Colorful Spring - April Giveaway

I am so in love with the colors of spring! The fresh greens, pretty yellows, vibrant pinks, the hum of the hummingbirds, all the new life that is just starting to sprout is so inspiring to me! So when I came across this pair of earrings in my collection, I decided to add a touch of aqua to my spring, spread the cheer and offer it to one of you, my loyal fans. Aren't they pretty?

 Enter below for a chance to win this beautiful pair of earrings and get in the "Colorful Spring" mood! Thanks for participating! The Giveaway will run April 17 4:00pm through May 1, 2013 12:00am - Pacific time. Open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18.

April Giveaway - Aqua CZ Earrings
Beautiful teardrop-shaped cubic zirconia (approx. 8x14mm) in a vibrant aqua color are eye-catching on this delicate pair of earrings. They are faceted to capture the light from every angle and sparkle beautifully. The gold-plated brass ovals they are hanging from are hammered for added strength and texture. 14K gold-plated french hook style ear wires. Overall length of the earring is 50mm (approx. 2"). Handcrafted - One of a kind.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Got Green?

They call it “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."  It is Green,   the color of growth, the color of spring, the color of renewal and rebirth. An emotionally positive color, it renews and restores depleted energy, so it comes as no surprise that Pantone chose Emerald Green to be this year’s color.

The word green comes from the Old English word green
which like the German word grün has the same root as the words grass and grow.

Green had a positive connotation throughout history. In ancient Egypt it was the symbol of regeneration and rebirth. The hieroglyph for green represented a growing papyrus sprout, showing the close connection between green, vegetation, vigor and growth. In wall paintings, the ruler of the underworld, Osiris, was typically portrayed with a green face, because green was the symbol of good health and rebirth. Green also symbolized the sea, which was called the "Very Green”.

Kambaba Jasper Earrings

For painting on the walls of tombs or on papyrus, Egyptian artists used finely-ground malachite, mined in the west Sinai and the eastern desert.  A paint box with malachite pigment was found inside the tomb of tomb of Tutankhamen. Also, palettes of green facial makeup made from ground malachite were found in tombs. The makeup was worn particularly around the eyes as protection against evil.

In Ancient Greece, green and blue were sometimes considered the same color, and the same word sometimes described the color of the sea and the color of trees. The philosopher Democritus described two different greens: cloron (pale green) and prasinon (leek green).  Aristotle considered that green was located midway between black, symbolizing the earth, and white, symbolizing water. However, green was not counted among of the four classic colors of Greek painting (red, yellow, black, white), and it is rarely found in Greek art.
Prehnite and Tibetan Silver Necklace

The Romans had a greater appreciation for the color green; it was the color of Venus, the goddess of gardens, vegetables and vineyards. The Romans made a fine green earth pigment, which was widely used in the wall paintings of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Lyon, Vaison-la-Romaine, and other Roman cities. They also used the pigment verdigris, made by soaking copper plates in fermenting wine. By the Second Century AD, the Romans were using green in paintings, mosaics and glass, and there were ten different words in Latin for varieties of green. 

Carved Brass Earrings Antiqued with African Bronze Patina

When it comes to gemstones, Pliny is credited with his attempts to classify gems according to color and observable external characteristics. This led to the practice of assigning the attributes of one stone to all stones of similar color or appearance. The green stones named smaragdus in Latin are prime examples. Pliny classified most green stones as varieties of emerald. In all, twelve varieties are listed; green sapphire, turquoise, smithsonite, malachite, jasper, and even glass are identifiable by his descriptions.

In our times, when you think of green gemstones, a few gemstones that are well known come to mind, like Emerald, Peridot, or Green Garnet (Tsavorite Garnet). There are many more green gemstones that are not as well known but just as beautiful and sometimes just as valuable as their better-known counterparts, among them Green Chalcedony, Malachite, Green Jade, Kambaba Jasper, Prehnite, Tree Agate and Green Jasper.

The color green is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well-being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and this is why we need to keep it that way

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Incredibly Versatile Copper

Hammered Copper Earrings
It represents Venus, both the planet and the goddess.  It is the universal symbol for female (♀), and in hieroglyphics is represented by the ankh, which symbolizes eternal life.  It is associated with Friday, the goddess Aphrodite and the country of Cyprus, where the word cuprum originates.  Atomic number 29 on the periodic table, it has a melting point of 1083o C (1981.4o F) and a boiling point of 2567o C (4652.6o F).  It is COPPER.

No one knows exactly when copper was first discovered, but earliest estimates place this event around 9000 B.C. in the Middle East.  Copper and its alloys have played an important role in many civilizations, from the ancient Egyptians, Romans, to modern day cultures around the world and has been a major factor in nearly all aspects of history, technology, medicine, architecture, art and culture in general.  It was used for thousands of years in the making of tools, weapons, coins, medical instruments, ornaments, and - yes, you guessed it - it was used for making jewelry.  The oldest copper jewelry piece discovered is a pendant found in northern Iraq that dates back to 8700 BC.  


Freeform Agate Slab and Brushed Copper Necklace and Earrings Set

So it comes as no surprise that one of the top trends we are seeing today and especially this season is the infatuation for copper jewelry. Copper has a quiet refinement and an understated, timeless quality because it holds the promise that it could last a thousand years or more.  A copper jewel will take on a different patina in time but it will not lose any of its intrinsic beauty.

Over 400 copper alloys are in use today.  The most familiar forms of copper are pure copper, brass (copper-zinc alloys) and bronze (copper-tin alloys).  Versatile, copper can range in tone from rose to deep brown and from a brilliant shine to a weathered, antiqued patina. It can be hammered, cut, brushed, etched, polished and oxidized into different surface textures and patinas.  Whether on its own or mixed with different gemstones, copper is a classy, affordable, equally beautiful alternative to the more expensive metals available on the market today.

"Copper Mountain"

Turquoise and Brushed Copper Bracelet

As the copper ages and is exposed to various elements, it can gain a patina and its brilliance will transform over time into a warm brown hue.  While copper tarnishes easily, it can be just as easily cleaned and turned back into its original stunning look.  Create a solution of fresh lemon juice mixed with a dash of salt.  Submerge the copper jewelry piece into the polishing solution and swish it around to coat the surface.  This solution will remove the patina that comes along with tarnishing, restoring its original brilliance.  Rinse the jewelry with water and dry it gently with a soft, dry cloth.  Jewelry polishing cloths can also be used as an alternative to this natural method.  
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"Caribbean Dream"
Azurite Chrysocolla and Hammered Copper Earrings

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