Tassel necklaces are the current fashion take on the traditional mala. Rather than containing 108 beads for prayer, these beauties are shorter and the length is adjustable. Perfect for dressing up or down.
Sea glass versus beach glass
- If you love the beach as much as we do, you probably spend some your time there collecting shells and other washed up bit and baubles. Do you know the difference between beach glass and sea glass? The pendants pictured are authentic sea glass from the shores of Maui. Sea glass is best found at low tide on salt water beaches. It has a distinctive frosted and weathered look. Beach glass is found along inland fresh waterways and is less frosted. Both sea glass and beach glass make great jewelry, especially if you collected it yourself.
Say goodbye to “Green Amethyst”
The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that “green amethyst” is no more. We now use the term “mint green quartz.” Both the former green amethyst and the well known purple amethyst are from the quartz family. The green shade is obtained by heating the quartz. It is only natural in Prasiolite- which has erroneously been called “green amethyst” by some – but is in fact a rare gemstone mined in a very few places – and formed when the quartz is naturally subjected to intense heat. Prasiolite means “leek stone” named for the green color. These mint green quartz earrings are lovely no matter what we call them.
Larimar is the color of the Carribean Ocean
Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic quite by accident. It is named for the discoverer’s daughter, Lara and the Spanish word for sea, “mer.” To date there is no where else in the world where it is mined, which makes it much more valuable. And the perfect stone to set off your summer wardrobe.
Rhodocrosite – the Colorado state mineral
Originally found at the Sweet Home silver mine in Alma, Colorado, rhodocrosite was named the Colorado state mineral in 2002. Also mined in Argentina, really fine examples include the white banding seen on this pendant, circled with tiny white topaz rondelles. Wear your state stone with Colorado pride.
Spring time colors for your wrist
Spring is the perfect time to wear bold, bright colors – gemstone stretchy bracelets are easily stacked to make a colorful statement on your wrists. The more the merrier! These feature bold center accent beads for a fresh new take on the traditional stretchy.
Stick earrings – an inspired variation of hoops
We all love hoop earrings – the casual or dressy look for our ears. Why not try a new variation – stick earrings with gemstones or pearls, to glam up any outfit.
Gemstone briolettes showcase tiny rondelles
A chain of tiny gemstone rondelles accented with a gemstone briolette at the center is the perfect wear anywhere/anytime necklace for the spring/summer season – endless combinations possible – what’s your favorite?
The blue lustre of a labradorite drop is enhanced with a tiny blue opal dangling by its side.
Love the blue lustre in these moonstone briolettes on sterling silver findings