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June Birthstones

Modern – Pearl & Moonstone   Traditional – Alexandrite  Mystical - Moonstone   Pearls, the beautiful and elegant organic gems, are unromantically but scientifically described as globular cysts of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite, a relatively soft carbonate mineral (CaCO3) that also makes up the shells of mollusks) that form within the tissues of mollusks as nacre, a protective coating resulting from an internal irritation, such as a grain of sand. Most pearls on the market today are cultured by inserting an artificial irritant or bead into the mollusk shell to create the pearl. Coin pearls - such as the ones in the picture above - are formed around a flat shaped bead nucleaus that causes the pearl to form around it into a coin, oval or square....

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May Birthstones

Modern – Emerald   Traditional – Emerald  Mystical - Sapphire Emerald is considered one of the four traditional precious gemstones along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.  It is a bluish green member of the Beryl family of minerals along with Aquamarine.  Beryl is a mineral found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. If a Green Beryl stone is too light in color and less saturated to be called Emerald it is usually named Green Beryl. Aquamarine often has a greenish cast to the stone but is heated to bring out more of the blue color and reduce the green. In that way, Aquamarine and Emerald are closely related, but Emerald has chromium or vanadium in it which gives it the rich...

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April Birthstones

Modern – Diamond   Traditional – Bloodstone   Mystical - Opal Diamonds are nothing more than highly organized carbon, yet through history, diamonds have been held in the highest regard and value. They are formed under high temperature and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface and come in a variety of colors - gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black. I'm in love with the cognac/champagne colored diamond in this Chinchar/Maloney Aira ring. Love them or hate them, they have been created to endure! Many famous quotes use them as a way of showing high value in all things good: Better a diamond with a flaw then a pebble without. -Confucious There are three things extremely...

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BSBP Hoarders Edition - The Sequel

I had some time this week to play with another one of the items that my share partner, Carla sent me.  The enameled pendant that she made was calling my name.  I wanted to pick up the colors in the pendant with gemstones and knew that Carnelian would be a nice match to the red. The yellow had me stumped though. I didn't really have anything that coordinated well.  There were some natural colored peridot sitting on my work space that caught my eye.  Serendipity! The green had just enough yellow in it to play up the yellow but they were not too matchy, matchy.   I oxidized some silver wire, chain and a clasp to go with the black metal...

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BSBP Hoarders Edition - The Reveal :)

  From the beginning, I knew I wanted to make a long wire wrapped necklace using the vintage crackle glass beads and the striped 1980s furnace glass beads.  I looked at the colors in the striped glass beads as inspiration for what else to use in the necklace - black, blue, orange, light rose and yellow.   Adding black seemed too harsh, light rose just seemed to not belong and I'm not a big fan of yellow. I decided to use some blue and its complement orange to add more color to the piece. I am madly in love with cobalt blue glass and had some long vintage tube beads in my hoarded stash (not knowing what to do with them yet)...

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