Monday, February 28, 2011

Choosing An Engagement Ring

I am not a traditional person, and probably a little unconventional. My husband, and I, did not follow a traditional engagement at all. When we got engaged we really could not afford an expensive engagement ring, though of course it is every girls dream to own the perfect 1 carat diamond engagement ring. I had just began learning to make jewelry, so I told my husband to just get me a nice CZ solitaire set in real gold. Trust me that wasn't exactly cheap, but it was beautiful. Once I could afford a small blue diamond, I removed the CZ and put the blue diamond in. I wear it proudly to this day, with the blue diamond and pink sapphire wedding band I created to go with it. When we got married my husband gave me a white gold wedding band, with small diamonds. I wear that as a set with my blue tourmaline pear shape ring, or the rubellite tourmaline ring shown below. I alternate my sets depending on my mood, and what I am doing. Big bulky rings really do not suit my profession, or doing yard work. We have been married five years this March, and I think I might make yet another wedding band, with sapphires, the gemstone to celebrate five years of marriage. The videos below are fun to watch and discuss how to pick the perfect engagement ring.









Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Healing Properties Of Amethyst

A lot of people love the color purple. Since there are so many variations to the color purple, it is hard to say just one single hue of purple is the best. However the dark purple Amethyst is the most prized in the gemstone collecting world. It is thought to be the color of royalty, bringing power and strength. The video below will share the healing properties of those that wear Amethyst. A lot of gemstones, especially in the quartz family like Amethyst, are thought to hold healing elements to anyone that wears it. Amethyst can be both a feminine and masculine gemstone, and is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of February.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Shapes Of Gemstones

Antique Cushion Cut Andesine/Labradorite ring. Did you know there are many different shapes of gemstones? What is your favorite? For me I think I like the trillion or triangle shaped. There are heart shapes, round, emerald, square or princess, pear, emerald, oval cuts, and the very flattering marquise cut. There may be others that I am unaware of. A rounded edge square cut is usually referred to an antique square cut. Where a pointed square cut is princess or square, depending on the faceting. Gem cutters try to cut a gemstone in the shape that is most flattering to that particular stone. Not all stones can be cut in all shapes due to internal flaws and inclusions that may be natural to that particular stone. I do not have a square, or heart shaped piece of jewelry to exhibit at this time. Please stop by my Etsy store, to check out all these lovely shaped gemstones.


Trillion shaped Blush Zircon ring.








Peridot and Garnet oval antique setting ring.








Round Blue Topaz and Blue Sapphire ring.









Emerald Cut mint green Prasiolite with Red Sapphire ring.








Huge Pear Shape Citrine pendant and Carnelian necklace.








Marquise Amethyst ring.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pink Mother Of Pearl Earrings

My pictures are not the best, but these are Pink Mother of Pearl earrings. I used pink jump rings to make them dangle a little bit more, and add some more pink color.
These are not loud or gawky, very comfortable for day or night. If you would like to purchase these you can visit my Etsy store.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Art Clay Silver

I actually heard about this Art Clay Silver, while listening to JTV a few days ago. I have been looking at it, and am considering giving it a try. I am not sure if it will be this year, or next, because like all new projects there is quite a bit of investment involved, so for now I will read, watch and learn. If any of my readers have any experience with this particular product, I would love to hear your experiences.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Sale Ends Tonight

Don't forget my Valentines Day Sale ends tonight at midnight. Everything is marked down at to 50% off. I know a lot of items have watchers so get your favorite while it is marked down. Click the link to start shopping now.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FEST Is The Best!

Ellie the Elephant Padded Electronic Case $18.00











Celestial Blue Beaded Bracelet $10.00












Hand Applique Cat Pillow $30.00











Pretty in Pink Garden Stake $30.00











The Date Night Bag $28.00







Forest Sprites Bronze Pearl and Crystal Bracelet $40.00







This is my Marquise Amethyst and Pink Sapphire ring, on sale until Monday for $24.99








This is my first time doing this, so please if you have time visit each of these lovely shops, and see if there isn't something you just can't live without. This will be a weekly feature on this blog in support Team FEST, which I am a proud member of. FEST stands for Florida Etsy Street Team, in case you were wondering. Have fun and do some shopping.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Day Sale #2!

I don't think I have had so many sales in such a short time, LOL! Sale number 2 for my Valentines Day Sale is this lovely vintage Tsavorite Garnet ring. Congrats to the lucky buyers. Hurry and get the piece you love. Sale ends Valentines Day at midnight. Go to my Etsy store to shop. Sorry no international shipping at this time.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentines Day Sale #1

My White Topaz earrings is the first item sold in my Valentines Day sale. You too can take advantage, and get 40-50% off on all my items, in my Etsy Store. Click the link and start shopping now. Sale ends on Valentines Day at midnight so don't delay. All items have been automatically reduced so there are no codes to enter, or anything.

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