Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WOW 4 Sales In One Day!

SS Emerald and Red Sapphire Ring Stunning SS Emerald and Red Sapphire Ring Stunning

SS Cherry Red Garnet and Orange Sapphire Ring
SS Cherry Red Garnet and Orange Sapphire Ring

SS Pink Zircon and Ruby Ring
SS Pink Zircon and Ruby Ring

Last Time Listed Silver Marquise Amethyst and Pink Sapphire Ring Last Time Listed Silver Marquise Amethyst and Pink

I could not believe it yesterday, when one customer purchase all four of these rings. She took advantage of my free layaway program, and should be a smooth transaction. Be sure to check out my Etsy shop, and you can take advantage of my layaway program too.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Learn To Make A Chain Link Crystal Necklace

These necklaces are very popular. They are dainty, and lovely on the neckline. Watch the video, to see how to learn to make one for yourself, or give as a gift.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ending Sept 30th Will Not Be Relisted

This lovely sterling silver, blue topaz ring, will be ending on Sept 30th, from my Etsy store. I will not be relisting it, and it is on sale for the awesome low price of 9.99 Don't miss out on this great opportunity, go to my Etsy store, and check it out.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Learn To Crochet A Beaded Necklace

This is cool. I have seen these offered by various sellers. Here is a video that will teach you how crochet a beaded necklace. One of these days I will get to do all these projects, I find. Maybe when I retire, LOL. Have fun if you try it, and share your results.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fun Friday Featured Etsy Store: Circle In The Sand

I am doing a new feature every Friday, called Fun Friday. I will feature an Etsy store, or craft blog. If you would like to be featured be sure to leave me a comment, they come in first come first serve order. Be sure to leave the address to your store, or blog. This week I am featuring a fellow Floridian. She is from Jacksonville, and the name of her store is Circle in the Sand. Her shop features all kinds of cool craft supplies including appliques, buttons, stickers, etc. I have my eyes on these two items. The Thomas Kinkade cross stitch kit. I love cross stitch, but have not had time to do it in many years. Thomas Kinkade is one of my favorite artists. I may just have to get back into it. The second are those cute airplane buttons. I have no idea what I would do with them, but they are simply adorable. Be sure to click on the link, and visit her store. Just maybe you can find something you will love. Happy Friday, everyone.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Feature For This Blog

On my homeschool blog, we do a Fun Friday post. So I am making a Fun Friday topic line, for this blog. It will feature fellow Etsy shops, or craft blogs. All you have to do to be featured, is leave me a comment, and sign up to follow my blog. I will do them first come first serve, and will put up a reminder post, every Thursday. Be sure when you comment me, you let me know the address of your store, or blog. So lets get started, with this Friday. Will you be my first featured site? Lets find out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Learn To Make Cluster Drop Bead Earrings

Check out this free tutorial video, to teach you how to make beaded drop cluster earrings. I have not tried this one yet, but it doesn't look too difficult. Give it a try, and let me know how it worked for you, and have fun.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pink Zircon and Ruby Ring

This is a lovely sterling silver ring, size 6, featuring a lovely pink gemstone. Now I can not say for sure what it is, but there are not many pink gemstones out there. It could be pink sapphire, pink zircon, pink spinel, or pink topaz. I am figuring it is probably pink zircon, as it came in a parcel, and is the most likely to be that. It is a real gemstone, whatever it is, and not a simulant or synthetic. If you look at the picture you will see that there are tiny rubies, embedded into the shoulders of the rings, these are on both sides, adding a lovely design to the ring. This lovely ring will be available for purchase in my Etsy store, for 49.99 If you like this ring, and do not have Etsy, or are from a non US country, please contact me, and I will see what I can do for you.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Prasiolite and Red Sapphire Ring

Prasiolite, sometimes called Green Amethyst, is a member of the quartz family, and is created by heat treating very pale purple Amethyst. It is a soft, minty green color. Like all quartz it is a durable gemstone. This lovely ring is sterling silver, size 6, featuring a 8mmx6mm emerald cut Prasiolite gemstone, with two red sapphire accent stones on the shoulders. It is very delicate, and feminine. This lovely ring is available for purchase in my Etsy store, for 49.99

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sale Items Ending Will Be Gifts

These three items, will be ending in my Etsy store, on 09/19/09, and will become gifts for family, and friends if not sold. They have been marked down to move better.

1- Orange Murano Glass necklace with goldtone chain, sale price 34.99 was 64.99
2- Citrine, and green CZ ring price 14.99
3- Marquise Amethyst and pink sapphire ring, price 24.99 was 39.99

Hurry and get these, before the listings expire. Go to my Etsy store to purchase. If you are not from the US you need to contact me first to check with shipping to other countries.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Emerald and Red Sapphire Ring

This lovely ring is sterling silver, featuring a 3.5mm round Emerald gemstone, as the center stone. Then the sapphires surrounding the emerald are a intense cherry red color. These sapphires most definitely have been treated, as I have never seen red sapphires of this intense red color. It is a size 6, and is available for sale for 39.99 in my Etsy store. I do offer a layaway plan, and combine shipping. If you are from another country, than US, and are interested, please contact me so I can check with my post office about shipping.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Star Sapphire Real, or Treated

Sapphire, one of the most precious gemstones in the world. It has a hardness of 9, making it extremely durable. Most sapphires are treated in some way. Either through heat treatment, diffusion, or other accepted treatments. Star sapphires are a phenomenon gemstone. The star is actually an inclusion, formed by rutile needles which when aligned will form a six ray star. The way the stone is cut, is important to centering the star. There are manmade star sapphires namely Linde Star Sapphires. This star sapphire was sold to me as a loose gemstone, and was sold to me as a natural gemstone, meaning no treatment. The picture was taken under a good light source, so the star can be clearly seen. Under poor lighting, or other than natural light sources, the star looks washed out, and difficult to see. It has good movement, and is not just fixed to center of the stone. It does have very straight legs, which may be suspicious to treatment. I set it in a sterling silver filigree design setting. It is a size 6. I actually have two of these, one I kept for myself. I kept my price reasonably low, in case it is not natural as advertised to me. Even a synthetic star sapphire has value, and is beautiful, and appealing on the hand. If the star has a four legged ray, it is most likely a Star Diopside, not a star sapphire, a collectible, and valuable stone in its own right. This lovely ring is available for purchase in my Etsy store, for 34.99

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sapphire Virtual Tour Of Mine In Australia

Sapphire is the birthstone, for the month of September. Sapphires are some of the most beautiful, and expensive gemstones to man. Known as one of the precious gemstones, it has a hardness of 9, and is the original gemstone given for engagement, before diamonds became marketed as such. I will be dedicating the month of September to this amazing gemstone, starting with a virtual tour of a sapphire gemstone mine. It is short, but interesting.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Kyanite The Blueberry Blue Gemstone

I have actually blogged about Kyanite before, mostly whining about how I don't own any LOL. Kyanite in its finest form is a beautiful blueberry blue color. It can be very expensive, and in loose form, I never seem to be able to get any. Ha, then I came upon this ring. HSN was selling this lovely Kyanite ring, and I just had to have it. I had to save my pennies, and hope it didn't sell out, it was on clearance. It is actually over 3 carats in weight, and a bit larger than I am accustomed to wearing. I have been wearing it all week, and it is quite comfortable. Kyanite is a very difficult gemstone for a lapidary to cut because it actually is variable in its hardness, and cleavage. Kyanite can have a hardness anywhere from 4-7 depending on how it is cut. It can also be found in a soft blue, with hint of violet tone of color. Due to its lack of hardness being set in a bezel setting is optimum, especially for me. I am hard on my jewelry, and this setting will largely protect the stone. Though I did not make this piece, one of the reasons I started making my own jewelry, was the expense of buying already made pieces. Due to the harsh conditions I put my jewelry under, I can not see spending a fortune on it, yet love lovely jewelry. When I sell my pieces, it is my ultimate goal, to make lovely jewelry, at lovely prices. It is not really a business for me, but more of a sharing experience. I hope everyone has an awesome Labor Day weekend. By the way there are still a few of these left. If you want one, better hurry.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How To Set Gemstones In A Non Snaptite Setting

If you go back in my archives, you will see the video that showed you how to set gemstones into a snaptite setting. Snaptite are by far the easiest to set stones in. Now you can learn how to set them into traditional prong setttings. The first gemstone setting tool, is rather expensive, but nice if you can afford one. I do not own one, about 60 dollars, but I have one on my list. You can use just plain old gemstone setting pliers, about 10 dollars, those are the ones I have. Be sure to watch both videos, and you can watch it as many times as you need, to get the procedure down. It does take a lot of practice, and is not as easy as they make it look. Start with inexpensive settings, and poor quality, or cheaper gemstones, in case you chip, crack, or otherwise break your materials. Most of all, have fun, and start making your own jewelry.

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