Thursday, September 6, 2012

Item of the Day: Gemstone Bracelet

Here is a beautiful item, a leopard jasper bracelet with red, yellow, gray and black stone beads with sterling silver. This bracelet uses stretch cord so there is no need for a clasp.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Earring Find of the Day

Earrings add a dab of style and color to any wardrobe. While looking over many handcrafted products these caught my eye and earn "Earring Find of the Day."

What is so fascinating here? Is it the wonderful green color that pulls one in? Or is it the mysterious silver orbs? Perhaps the round and square shapes sharing a cozy space together?

Click here to see details on these and other amazing designs by a wonderful jewelry artist.

Purple and Silver and Ancient Style

In the past several hundred years we've come a long way as a species. But there are some things we did centuries ago that still fascinate. Some brilliant person created a way to weave small metal rings in to gorgeous repeating patterns and today we still love these creations.

This weave, known as Byzantine, utilizes bold purple rings to show off the design and its mesmerizing pattern. While creating this bracelet I found myself transported back to another time and pondering the vision of our ancient ancestors.

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Here's a New Old Idea that's Fun

Do you remember the old days when "mood rings" were popular?

These fun items changed color to supposedly reflect the moods of the wearer. They were quite popular for a while and then disappeared. But now a descendant of the old mood rings is back! And the new concept is better, too.

This bracelet uses a central bead and two oval beads that change color when worn. They can be many different colors. When I photographed these items I made sure to make them show several color schemes, but they quickly reverted to the base colors in the few seconds it took to snap the photo. They really are amazing and they are lots of fun!

Click here to see this item's details on Etsy.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Item of the Day, a Statement Bracelet

I find incredibly beautiful items online and want to share them with you. Today I found this amazing bracelet made with memory wire, gemstones and silver. This looks like a wonderful gift for someone special and it is one of a kind, never another to be like it.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Gemstones -- what the ancients believed

Many of us drawn to the beauty found in natural items such as gemstones. Are you drawn to certain kinds of stones? to certain colors? Some ancient peoples believed that gemstones did have power. I've included a list of a few gemstones and details about them.

This gemstone is one of the oldest recorded in history, going back to Babylonian times. They were said to ward off storms, block negativity, awaken inherent talents and give strength to carry on. There are many kinds of agates and many colors. Agates foster love, abundance, wealth, good luck, longevity, acceptance, courage, protection, balance, harmony, generosity, strength, security and appreciation of nature. Agates are considered stones with protective and healing energy. In ancient Rome they were the symbol for the goddress of farming and crops.

This blue-green color stone is named after the Amazon River and is said to have power to unlock psychic ability and openness. It is a spiritual stone that aids balancing masculine and feminine energy and strengthening the spirit leading to positive patterns. This calming gemstone aids self expression and creativity by assisting you to develop more trust in your relationship with the truth.

This man-made gemstone has been around for hundreds of years when monks practicing alchemy at an Italian glass factory accidentally spilled molten copper into molten glass. The tiny resulting sparkling crystals embedded throughout the glass. Technically not a crystal, goldstone is associated with vitality. Some believe it can store the energy of loved ones who must be away. Healers use it for long-distnace healing, stabilizing emotions. Since the stone contains copper it is considered to be good for decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow.

The earthy green kambaba jasper gemstones are said to bring balance and relaxation. Jasper is said to align the physical and emotional, the yin-yang. Some claim it brings good luck and aids in communicating. Jaspers are said to be healing stones. Mookaite, or Mook jasper, is considered a healing stone in Australia. Jasper stones are also said to bring peace and relaxation. Jasper is thought to be a stone of loyalty and inner strength. Once considered a warriors stone, it knows of loyalty, inner strength, and standing up for what you believe.

peace jade
This stone is not a jade, but a combination of serpentine, stichtite, and white quartz. As a combination stone it enhances the power each component. This is a stone of love and compassion and letting go. This stone is said to help quiet the inner critic and doubter and help to create inner peace.

snowflake obsidian
This unique stone is created from volcanic activity and is actually volcanic glass. The light spots in snowflake obsidian are areas of crystal formation. Ancient people chipped this stone to make incredibly shape blades for weapons and tools. This stone of purity is said to protect against depression and hostile influences and to balance mind, body and spirit. The black stone enhances your spiritual connection to your inner self. It is one of the earliest known stones to be used for scrying (seeing into the future). Healers may use this stone for detoxification. Native American shamans carried this stone to keep in touch with the Great Spirit.

This unique stone is said to bring inner peace by clearing mental confusion and aids endurance. Some claim it helps in losing a few pounds and giving confidence. Words often associated with this gemstone are communication, friendship, trust, balance and intuition. The stone helps connect with the spiritual and assists in letting go of negatives. As a metaphysical stone, sodalite promotes hidden creative abilities More to come . . .
To see jewelry items I am selling that use some of the gemstones mentioned, click here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Recent Sales Reflect Diversity

Recent sales of my jewelry designs reflect various styles of the items I create. Although these pieces have found happy new homes, there are others similar to each of these item available at or

Celtic knot pendant on black cord

Celtic-inspred gemstone and bead necklace

Dainty chainmaille or ring bracelet

Handcrafted glass pendant featuring waves and beaded necklace 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Word of Mouth

I created a beautiful fine silver bracelet for a friend and she showed it to her friend who wanted one also.
This gorgeous silver and green bracelet is our latest item to sell via word of mouth. These bracelets are in a chainmaille pattern called Byzantine. To create such a piece, each ring must be carefully opened, placed in the weave and then closed. We have similar bracelets listed for sale at and we make the fine silver ones as custom orders.

Bye Bye ArtFire

Recently I discontinued using to showcase my jewelry items. They can be found at and also at

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pink Chainmaille!

Dozens of tiny beads adorn this pink ring bracelet. The ring pattern is based on an ancient technique called European 4-in-1. The dainty bracelet is less than 1/2 inch wide and was jsut listed on Etsy.

Click to see my Pink Chainmaille Etsy listing!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Coupon for the Grand Opening Celebration

We are celebrating the Grand Opening of with a 15% off coupon. Use the code GrandOpen at checkout for the discount.

So far only a fraction of our items are listed and more will be coming soon! Woo Hoo this s great day to have a new beginning.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012