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Monday, July 9, 2018


The birthstone for July is the Ruby.  Rubies are one of the hardest natural gems.  Only moissanite and diamond are harder. Rubies (from the Latin “ruber” for red) are the red version of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) which is colorless in its pure state (rubyis an allochromatic gem - see below).  In rubies, some chromium (about one percent) replaces the aluminum and the chromium atoms reflect light in the red part of the visible light spectrum. This reflected red light is what your eyes see and is what gives rubies their red coloring.    

Other factors like defects can affect the color we see and whether you view the stone in daylight or fluorescent light. Rubies are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. Rubies are the most valuable gemstones.    The value of a gem increases based on its color and quality. Rubies are the most valuable gemstones.

Rubies vary in color from deep red to light pink and they can be found in many places. The best quality rubies are from Myanmar (Burma), but they can also be founds in many places, including the United States.   In the United States, a few rubies have been found in Montana, North and South Carolina, and Wyoming.

Gems that receive their color from impurities are known as allochromatic. These gems contain impurities of light absorbing elements.  The colors we see are due to the presence of these trace elements.  Other gems, such are malchite or turquoise, contain color causing elements that are part of their chemical structure. These are known as idiochromatic gems and these stones are never found colorless.

Earlier blog posts on birthstones

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Silver Spiral Jewelry from

I love spirals and I use them in a lot of my jewelry designs.  These pieces are sterling silver and are set with faceted blue topaz stones.   

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Buy Handmade!  Your support for local crafts and crafters is important and vital for the survival of the craft industry.  Crafters can’t thrive without you!  
When you purchase handmade items made in the USA, the dollars you spend stay here, and is spent and invested here!  Craft expresses the traditions of our communities, our history, and our way of life.  Craft attracts tourists. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My latest blog post:  Spring Fashion Colors for 2018!

This Spring, designers are showing more color in their collections. Bright and energetic colors team up with classic neutral shades for Spring 2018.
The PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2018 features the top 12 colors for men’s and women’s fashion and the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend report spotlights four classic colors.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Valentine's Day Coupon Sale February 1-15 
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Valentine's Day Sale - Fabruary 1 -15
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Thursday, December 21, 2017


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   Best wishes for a marvelous year ahead in 2018.  New jewelry styles are coming for the new year at

Sunday, November 19, 2017


 HOLIDAY SALE at through December 19 2017

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