Wednesday, July 15, 2009

40th Birthday Contest Win A Pink Tourmaline Ring

August 8th is my 40th birthday. I honor of the big event, I am giving away this Hot Pink Tourmaline, with White Topaz ring. Here are the particulars of the ring. It is sterling silver, size 6 1/2 band ring. Each stone measures appx 3mm round, 10 points each, for a total of 1/3 of a carat. It is a band ring, and sits nice, and low.

Now the rules: This contest starts today July 15th, and runs until August 8th at 8 AM. You must sign up to follow this blog. You must make a post on your blog, about this contest, then contact me at melissaruede@yahoo.com with the address to the post. Take the poll, at the top of the blog. You must live in the US, Canada, Great Britian, Phillipines, or Australia. I will not ship anywhere else. If you do not have an address that is allowed, your entry will be null and void. This post will remain right here at the top, until the contest ends, so be sure to get your entries in.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Turquoise Alternative Birthstone For July



For all you July babies, who maybe can not afford a real nice Ruby, you have choices. Turquoise is an alternative birthstone for July babies, and a favorite of mine. The white pendant shown is Magnesite, also called White Buffalo Turquoise. It is a sacred gemstone to Native Americans. It is wire wrapped with a soft lovely wire. It is available for sale in my Etsy store. The lovely blue one is Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Mines, in AZ. It is some of the finest turquoise available today. Watch the video below to learn all about Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Be sure to check out the Italian carvings, they are stunning.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Lemon Quartz and Orange Sapphire Ring

Sorry ladies this one is all mine. I have not made anything new in a while, the new car is pinching my budget. This is my birthday gift to myself, for next month. It is a sterling silver lemon quartz, and orange sapphires. The lemon quartz is a pear shape, and stone that is a soft yellow, with green hues to it. Like all quartz it is a durable gemstone. I initially wanted to put my smoky quartz in here, but the pavilion was a little to large to fit. I also made a tanzanite simple solitaire ring, which I will share later. Have a great Monday, everyone. Don't forget to visit my store and take advantage of my pink blush zircon sale.

Friday, July 10, 2009

How To Create A Netting Stitch




I am still attempting to learn beading. I am getting better at the beaded cabachon, but I also want to learn the chainmail byzantine I posted the other day, and now I have found this netting pattern. I want to try this one too. If only I had enough time in a day LOL. Check it out.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SS Blush Zircon Trillian Ring




This lovely ring, is what they call Blush Zircon. Zircon is one of the oldest, natural gemstones known to man. It is completely natural, with no treatments necessary. Blush Zircon is a mix of pink, raspberry, and even a tiny hint of peach. It is a 5mm Trillian shape, set into a sterling silver, with rhodium plating, with tons of sparkling CZ's all around it, and down the shoulders of the ring as well. This ring is a size 6, and is available for purchase in my Etsy store. If you buy, and use the code blush, I will give 25% off, and free shipping to USA buyers only, offer ends July 31st. Please be sure to contact me to use the code, if you are unsure how to do it. I offer a layaway plan, so you can start your Christmas shopping early. Be sure to check out all my great items.



Monday, July 6, 2009

How To Make A Byzantine Chain

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This free video tutorial, will teach you how to make a byzantine chain. I have not tried this one yet, but I do intend to do so. It looks a bit complicated, so you may need to watch it several times, and while doing it. Have fun~


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Burma Rubies Banned

I believe it was last year, but might have been the year before, that the US banned the buying and selling of all Burmese Rubies. Rubies from Burma, are of the finest quality, but due to the dictator governments abuse of their people, the US put on the ban so we are not helping to fund that government, and their ways. This put a strain on the whole ruby industry, because technically there is no definite way to know a stone came from Burma or not, unless the trader is honest and says where it comes from. So a lot of buyers in the US had to stop buying rubies all together, without proof of where they were coming from. Of course if you are caught selling, or buying Burma rubies, after the ban the fines are extremely high. The ruby, one of the most precious gemstones in the world, having a hard time making it to markets.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SS Cherry Red Gemstone Ring

This lovely sterling silver ring, features a 5mm round cherry red, with a hint of purple gemstone. I am assuming it is a garnet, but due to its color it could be worn as a July birthstone. It is a size 5, and features fancy filigree work. It is available for sale in my Etsy store, for 29.99 plus you will get 20% off, and free shipping until July 6th. Start your Christmas shopping early, buy now.

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