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Gems Gems and More Gems

Written February 13, 2014

I just returned from Tucson, Arizona where I was taking gemology courses and visiting some of the gem shows. There are about 40 gem, rock, fossil and mineral shows going on during a two-week period each February and the offerings go from $1 pebbles to super high dollar gemstones, not to mention a T-Rex skeleton!

(sea dinos!)

Gemology

Written September 13, 2013

I have begun to work towards becoming a certified gemologist through the GIA, Gemological Institute of America. It will take a couple of years, especially since I will continue to work full time. So far it is very interesting for me, I just passed the final exam for my first intro course to colored stones. Besides colored stones, I will study diamonds and pearls.

Hammered Rings ...Customized

Written March 25, 2013

 I am often asked to add some flare to a hammered band with a gemstone so I work with my customers to customize.

This ring is in 14K White Gold and I set the customer's diamond that she had me take out of an older ring.

Image mash-up

Written July 25, 2012

I am endlessly updating my website with new work.  First I design and fabricate the jewelry--- then I photograph it in my special light tent--- then I crop and correct the images--- then I upload the information and images and then...ta-da...it's online!  It can be overwhelming to run my own business and tend to every task, including sweeping and mopping the floors, but it is rewarding because I love my work and it makes me happy when my customers appreciate the jewelry.

Customized Hammered Rings

written - July 03, 2012

I often customize hammered rings to my customers' desires.  Here is one I made this week, 3.5 mm Hammered 14K White Gold ring with four flush set apatite stones.

Also a recent custom order was a hammered ring that tapers in back and has two star-set stones in a slab on top. My customer wanted a one-of-a-kind unusual mother's ring. The two stones are turquoise and lapis lazuli and the ring is sterling silver.

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