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Here Comes Summer!

May 27, 2014

Summer is fast approaching. Life in Pinedale, Wyoming goes from winter to summer in an instant, it was snowing 2 weeks ago and now it's in the 70's, the grass is getting green and already needs to be cut. Our corner of the USA is heaven on Earth in the summertime, wilderness and wildlife abound and the sky is huge and blue.

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.

New to Instagram

Written August 6, 2013

After some urging by a friend I have signed up Isabel Jewelry for Instagram photo sharing site.  My name on there is isabeljewelry so please follow me if you are into Instagram.  I'll be posting fun photos of new jewelry and workshop activity!

And it still is snowing...

Written April 22, 2013

So, living in Wyoming means about 8 months of winter. The snow is coming down heavily today, April 22.  But after living here over a decade I'm finally used to it.  Anyway to get through this time of year I often do indoor projects, this weekend I decided to devote my craft skills to making a new skirt. (those are my gas tanks for soldering in the background).

 

Happy New Year!

Written January 5, 2013

 I have taken a small break from the jewelry making to celebrate Christmas and New Year's with my family and friends.  However I am back in town and will be diving right back into the jewelry bench.  Right before I left for the holiays I made a beautiful turquoise bracelet with 6 strands of Nevada mined turquoise with a sterling silver clasp that I recently designed.  I will be offering more bracelets with this clasp with various gemstones.

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