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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Vivid Yellow Diamond

Professional recently reported on a fabulous diamond that will be auctioned by Christie's:
"Cristie's New York will host a jewellry and gem auction in October, headed by a 32.77 carat
vivid yellow fancy diamond estimated to sell for more than $6 million.  The Vivid Yellow, as it has
been named, is a rare highly saturated vivid yellow diamond. The yellow hue of this large pear-shaped diamond is so intense that GIA ranks it among the rarest of gemstones in its class."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August Birthstones

There are several possible birthstone choices for the month of August:   peridot, carnelian, sardonyx,  diamond, or sapphire - the choice depends on which "birthstone list" you are reading!   Personally, I really like all of the possible choices, so let me tell you a little bit about each one, then you can decide which you like the best. 

Peridot is an ancient gemstone with a rich bright yellow green color.    It's a fairly hard stone.  Peridot is thought to attract love and to soothe the nerves.

Carnelian is another ancient stone - known and used since Biblical times.   Carnelian is a form of chalcedony.  The red color comes from iron impurities.   Carnelian is thought to increase energy and to protect the wearer from evil.

Sardonyx is a banded stone known from ancient times and occuring in either red/white or black/white. 

Sapphire - Blue sapphire is the most popular color, but sapphires occur in a wide range of colors from colorless to pink, also purple , yellow, orange, brown, and even green.

Diamond is the hardest of known stones and the rarest.  diamonds are available in a wide assortment of colors and colored diamonds are very popular right now.  Diamond is thought to encourage hope and to promote healing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Artisans' Guild - Grand Reopening Event

Re-Opening Celebration Event!

Please join us at our NEW location in downtown Gainesville for our Grand RE-Opening Celebration!.  We welcome you to visit the gallery and browse our newest work, in a show titled "Orange & Blue...and Other Colors, Too!   The show opens this Friday, August 26th...keep reading for details!  We look forward to seeing you there!
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In keeping with Gainesville tradition, we'll be featuring orange and blue this September at the Artisans' Guild Gallery!  Please join us this Friday evening, August 26th, from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm, as we raise a toast to our new location in Downtown Gainesville.  Planned to coincide with the Downtown Artwalk, our Grand Re-Opening Celebration welcomes our long time customers (and new ones, too!), to browse our new gallery and enjoy light refreshments with our member-artists.  We're excited to join in on the Gainesville ArtWalk--fast becoming a tradition in the downtown area!  In addition to meeting the artists and checking out the new digs, enjoy LIVE MUSIC with "Greensleeves," featuring Lisa Johnson, playing Celtic harp and Nina Kaharl playing Viola Da Gamba.   We hope you'll visit and celebrate our new home with us!

What: Orange & Blue, and Other Colors, Too...Grand Re-Opening Celebration,
and Downtown ArtWalk!

Where: Artisans' Guild Gallery
201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 113 (Across from Maude's, in between Persona and Simply Gorgeous)

When: Friday, August 26th, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Midnight Delight!

I have owned a night blooming cereus for many years.  In the last few years we've been away when it bloomed, but this year we're home to see it.   It only blooms at night.

The first photo shows a flower bud that will open once it gets dark.  The flowers look like giant Christmas cactus blossoms.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tips to Keep Your Jewelry Looking Good

Your jewelry needs to be clean to look its best.   Jade, turquoise, malachite, tourmaline, pearls, opals, and lapis are among softer more porous stones that should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or soaked in jewelry cleaner solutions – just wipe off with damp soft cloth and air dry.  In fact, it’s not a good idea to soak your jewelry regardless of the metal or stones involved.   Stones such as those listed above require extra careful treatment.  You should avoid using hot water on these stones, too.   If more cleaning is required try wiping off with soapy water on a soft cloth.   Dry thoroughly. 

Avoid exposure to household cleaners and chemicals that can damage your jewelry.  Remove your jewelry before dealing with chemicals. Pearls and other porous stones can obviously be damaged by the chemicals, but even karat gold can be discolored by chemical exposure (chlorine, for example), even something like a soak in a hot tub.  Use rubbing alcohol to remove grease from karat gold.  Remove earrings when you have your hair done, especially if you are having it colored.  

Apply all of your cosmetics, make-up, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry.  Remove bracelets and rings before applying hand lotions and creams.   Remember that you should remove your jewelry before working in the garden or engaging in other physical labor, exercising, swimming, bathing, etc.
Finally, please don’t just toss your jewelry into a jewelry box or drawer - your pieces will scratch each other.    Jewelry often comes in a protective bag or box and you should store your jewelry in these boxes and bags or flat in a plastic bag in a clean dark dry place.  Store pearls in soft bags away from other jewelry which might scratch the pearl’s surface.  Store your silver jewelry in tarnish resistant bags.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back to Black

Big change - I've decided to return to my earlier black background which is a sort of match for the one at

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summertime in Florida

I love turquoise.   The lovely blue color makes feel cool and serene.    Cooler anyway.   It's so humid right now that there's water running down the windows and outside walls on some mornnings.   Once the sun has been out for awhile, the moisture goes away, but it's pretty soggy.

Here's a link to one of my favorite turquoise pieces: