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Jewelry Fashion Color Trend 2017

Color Trends for 2017

Color of the Year 2017

The jewelry fashion color of 2017 is lovely that  goes well with the many of the natural colors of genuine gemstones.  Its a yellow-green coloring that compliments so many dark colored stones.

Labradorite Gemstones – A Stone of Beauty Raw Rough


Labradorite Gemstones a Stone of Beauty

A Labradorite Gemstone is a considered by mystics to be a stone of transformation and magic, beauty raw and rough.  It is said to clear, balance and protect the aura, as well as being an excellent stone for general protection. It is purported to help provide clarity and insight into your destiny, as well as attract success. It is used in metaphysics for dream recall, and finding ways to use dreams in daily life. Mystically, energies of stress and anxiety are said to be reduced by labradorite, possibly due to is energy of self-confidence. Labradorite is said to increase intuition, psychic development, esoteric wisdom, help with subconscious issues, and provide mental illumination. In crystal healing and folklore, Labradorite is said to help with eyes, sight, diagnosis, brain, digestion, metabolism, warts.  Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. Labradorite is associated with the solar plexus and brow chakras.

Labradorite commonly has blue to green flash. There are both lighter and darker Labradorites.

Labradorite earrings

The finished product!  Lovely labradorite gemstones, sparkling with that amazing blue flash.


Red Quartz Gemstone Earrings Silver, Gold -Click Here!

Red Quartz Gemstone – Rough and uncut amazing natural beauty!  Below is beauty again after being cut and polished.  I love both forms of gemstones and utilize them in my designs.

Quartz Cut and Shape

Due to the roughness of the color distribution in the crystals, quartz is often cut as brilliant rounds to maximize their color. Other cuts can be used when the color is better distributed. Quartz is available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including many fancy shapes.


Faceted Onion Cut Red Quartz!

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Lovely Bright Red Gemstone Earrings are so luxurious!  January Birthstone!

Turquoise Quartz Gemstone Necklace

IMG_0514-Turquoise Quartz Gold NecklaceThis lovely turquoise quartz gemstone necklace is an example of both a beaded and wire wrapped necklace.  This lovely gemstone necklace is full of interest and contrast! I have wire wrapped the turquoise stones in gold plated wire and then hand beaded the orange quartzite gemstones. A elegant necklace with a little southwestern flair!

IMG_0489-Quartz Pearl Oval HoopsMatching earrings created with freshwater pearls, quartzite gemstones, crystals and 14k gold filled ear wires.

Druzy Pendant

IMG_9970-large druzy necklace.Druzy Crystal Quartz Necklace

What is Druzy…..
Druzy is crystal-covered rock. Tiny quartz crystals form on the surface or within the cavities of other rocks. Like a geode, such crystals often form on the inside of a stand-alone stone. When cracked open, a geode reveals crystals on the inside. When the crystals are small, and look like a coating of glittering stardust, it’s called druzy.


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For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your mother’s traditional strand of pearls. Learning about types of pearls is important when adding items to your jewelry collection.
Pearl Education
Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process. For both, the quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen. The misshapen pearls are called baroque pearls.
While shopping for pearls, there are various lengths available: A collar fits directly against the throat. A choker rests at the base of the neck. The princess length reaches near the collarbone. A matinee length is usually 20-24 inches; and the Opera length is 30-36 inches. The longest length, known as a rope, refers to all strands longer than 36 inches. Necklaces can also be classified as uniform (where all pearls are about the same size) or graduated (pearls change uniformly from ends to center).
Natural Pearls — are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today, most have already been harvested. You may be able to purchase small, natural pearls, but they will be costly.
Cultured Pearls — are grown in pearl farms. The mollusks are raised until they are old enough to accept the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus. Through a delicate surgical procedure, the technician implants the bead and then the mollusks are returned to the water and cared for while the pearl forms. Not all produce a pearl; and not all the pearls are high quality. Over 10,000 pearls may be sorted before a 16” single strand of beautifully matched pearls is assembled.
A fact about pearls is that they can be found in saltwater and in freshwater. There are also different types of mollusks that produce very different looking pearls.
Saltwater Pearls — these include the akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They range in size from 2mm (tiny) to 10mm (rare) and are usually white or cream in color and round in shape. Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines produce the South Sea pearl – the largest of all the pearls. They range in size from 9mm to 20mm and can be naturally white, cream, or golden in color. Tahitian pearls are interestingly not exclusively from Tahiti – they’re grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti. Their typical sizes range from 8mm to 16mm. These naturally colored pearls are collectively called black pearls, but their colors include gray, blue, green, and purple.

Freshwater Pearls — these pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds predominately in China. Although many are white and resemble the akoya cultured pearls in shape and size, they can also be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel colors. Many freshwater pearls don’t have a bead nucleus — only a piece of tissue — resulting in a pearl with thicker nacre than the akoya.

Why Women Like Pearls
Centuries may come and go but the one thing which never changes is that women love wearing pearls. Anything that has to do with pearls such as necklaces, pendants, earrings and even brooches. Pearl jewelry makes a woman feel confident, well dressed and lovely. No matter her age or background at some point in her life a woman will want some pearls. One reason for this is that pears are lustrous and shiny. Another is that they are affordable while say diamonds are not. There are many different kinds of pearl necklaces and can be matched to a woman’s age, personality and style of life. They usually match any outfit a woman chooses to wear and she can step out in style and flair. The pearl is also looked upon to be the most feminine of gems and they can be worn during the day or night and can look just right whether the woman is in a business outfit, jean, casual wear or a cocktail dress.
These days women have even been seen dressed in jeans, shorts, or summer dresses with a lovely black Tahitian pearl necklace around their necks. There are many different ways to wear pearl necklaces and they can be arranged in many different styles, length and strands. Not only that but pearls come in all sorts of interesting colors so they can be matched to a woman’s wardrobe. Pearls are one fantastic gem which will never go out of style. Pearl earrings always look wonderful on a woman no matter if they are short or dangly and you can always be matched by wonderful pearl rings set in gold tones. Women are especially attracted by the luster of pearls as they send off shiny sparkles of light. Their shapes also intrigue as all pearls are not perfectly round. You can be sure that a woman will always be delighted by a gift of pearls.


Pearl value factors:
–the rounder a pearl is, the more valuable it is
–the larger a pearl is, the more valuable it is
–the less surface characteristics, the more valuable it is
–the better the luster, the more valuable it is
–white pearls are more valuable than dyed ones
–salt water pearls are more valuable than freshwater pearls

Pearls come in all price ranges! The difference is QUALITY!

Pearl is the traditional birthstone for the month of June.


New Gemstone Jewelry – Visit CaveGemstones!

IMG_9232-seed bead necklace

Indonesian Beads wire wrapped in antique gold.


IMG_930-tiger eye necklace

Tiger Eye Leather Necklace hand knotted on grey leather.


Wire Wrapped Agate Pendant wire wrapped in silver with a technique known as wire weaving.

IMG_9090-Pink agate wire wrapped pendant


IMG_5692Oh my! Another jewelry blog!

Well, I can’t help it, I love gemstones, any kind, any shape, any color and any size, and I love talking about them and creating handmade, one-of-a kind jewelry.  Over the years, natural stones and rocks in landscapes have always intrigued me. I have been known to stop on the road, of course where it was safe, and pick up a beautifully shaped rock or a small boulder because of its color, shape, sparkle and beauty (well, that’s what I saw) and to bring it home to place in my yard. Strange, maybe so, but plant a row of flowers alongside an ordinary stone and it turns into a garden! Amazing, no, lovely, yes! Natural beauty is everywhere, imagination makes it come alive.

I’m writing this blog to share the beauty in the simplest of gemstones and to pass along to you what I have learned over time. I will tell you about the gemstones I work with and others that you may be interested in hearing about.

Rough, Raw, Natural Gemstones

Rough, Raw Peridot gemstones.

PERIDOT_2Here is a pair of Peridot Chandelier Earrings from my shop which are created with beautifully faceted, briolette peridot gemstones.  Amazing color!



Raw Quartz, Citrine and Amethyst Gemstone Jewelry

Raw Clear Quartz Crystal, Citrine and Amethyst gemstones which have been wire wrapped.

I wire wrapped the gemstones in their raw form in this necklace from my shop.

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