Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Has Sprung

...but it's actually snowing today. Well, whatever. It's the thought that counts.

I'm dropping a photo of these kooky new earrings here just to say 'hi.'

Handmade cowgirl earrings; discs measure approximately 1 inch in diameter on silver wires; you can choose 2 of either design or a mixed pair. These are fun and unique. I'm not sure hot pants are the best choice for cookin' up grub, but what do I know, I'm a city girl.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lampworked Bead Bracelet

A few weekends ago, I whipped up this bracelet for my Aunt. She was visiting my parents from her home in Europe, and I thought she'd love the soft blues and beiges of the beads. She has a lot of beautiful pieces, but she can also appreciate simple costume jewelry, which I think is great. She especially likes glass beads.

I put this piece together, sent it to my parents (with almost a week to spare) and heard that it made it there--right after she left for the airport. So my Mother was kind enough to send it on to her, and I hope she likes it when it makes its way there. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April is Diamond Month

April's birthstone is diamond. Diamonds aren't rare, though they certainly command prices as if they are. But one thing a diamond IS is hard. It's the hardest gemstone. In fact, a diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth. It was long held to be THE hardest, but that's not quite true.

(photo courtesy of the Univ. of Alberta)

One of the reasons diamonds are so hard is that they form deep within the earth and are subjected to crushing gravity. But recently, a diamond was found that showed interesting evidence of the environment in which it was created: water was found inside the diamond. Scientists were actually looking for a different element using spectroscopy. Instead, they found something called ringwoodite. The presence of ringwoodite was unexpected and to make a long story short, it proves that there are some very wet spots deep in the earth where diamonds are formed. This had been theorized as possible, but evidence hasn't been easy to find. Scientists actually suspect that there is more water within the earth than on the surface of the earth in all of the oceans combined.

In this small diamond, 1.5% (by weight) is water. So while this rock may not look like much to us, in terms of an engagement ring, it looks pretty amazing to the world of science.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Enamelled Holiday Earrings...Pt. 2

And, a last post for the 2014 year. Here comes 2015!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Enamelled Holiday Earrings...Pt. 1

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! It's more fun to celebrate while wearing holiday jewelry like these enamelled earrings.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glitter Holiday Earrings

More holiday earrings.

These styles are all glittery, which is exactly what Christmas should be!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Got a Mention in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Our sale, and yours truly, got mentions in the paper last week; I do think it did a lot to generate some sales.