Pools of Light Close to Your Heart

Have you heard of the “Red Thread of Destiny?” It is the belief that people who are destined to meet are connected with an invisible Red Thread. This thread can get tangled and pulled but it will never break. Those connected by this Red Thread will play a major part...

Dreaming in Color

You can buy a finished pie at the bakery, just buy a pie crust or make your own.  Some even create their own recipes.  We made our own recipe creating a jewel starting with finding an elusive amethyst crystal from a fabled locality, faceting the gem, creating a design...

Colorful Expressions

Colorful Expressions: Using colored gem jewelry as symbols of self and meaning Initiation and growth are Spring’s hallmarks.  It’s 37 degrees the day I’m writing.  Since the garden is mostly dormant, let’s look at the initiation of an interesting jewelry...

B.Y.O.J. = Bring Your Own Jewels

Spring is in the air bringing with it our desire for something new…… We can recreate starting with your own jewelry – you know… the jewelry that’s languishing in your drawer and seldom sees the beauty of spring. Sometimes, it’s just...

Gem Hunting while Pregnant and other Stories

In my 30’s used to tell the joke, “Do you know why men like younger women?  Their stories are shorter.”  My romance with colored gems and jewels is long, with so many stories.I’ve had 34 years with my business now and through gems and jewels I have...

How the Law of Odds Creates Visual Power

Going from a good design to a great one isn’t a matter of luck. I met with a customer, Frances, who had two pairs of gorgeous, rare and vivid gems – yellow danburite and teal “cuprian” tourmaline.  These are rare gems and great examples of their type.  Both pairs...

Gem Cents: What Determines the Value of Colored Gems

As many of you know, I’ve spent over 30 years in the jewelry industry as a colored gemstone dealer and designer. Working as a dealer who supplied high-end jewelers and collectors for decades led me to understand the nuances of the international gemstone market,...

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