‘I want to give Maya a pair of earring matching her ring’

Pierre, wants to give a nice present to his girlfriend, so he contacted me. After chatting a bit the idea came, he said…Yes yes!!!!  I know …’I want to give Maya a pair of earring matching her ring’ !! So all set. We need 18ct yellow gold and 2 nice square garnet.

So here we have the lovely earrings they both like very much.

Garnet and 18ct yellow gold earring for Maya for her boyfriend Pierre, made and designed by me.

Garnet & 18ct Y gold earring for Maya from her boyfriend Pierre. Made and designed by me.

 

 

 

A commission….a Sterling Silver Ring with Diamond

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Sterling Silver ring with Diamond

 

 

 

The story :

Silver ring with diamond had become too small….

 

 

 

silver with Niello belt… not more in fashion !!…so lets melt what needed use the Diamond…..

Sterling Silver with Niello,

Sterling Silver with Niello,

 

the customer explained what she had in mind and here is final resultS.Silver with diamond. Commission

Aquamarine

S. Silver with aqaumarine. 'Urchin' Collection

 

Aquamarine,  from Latin aqua marina, “water of the sea”, is the blue to blue-green variety Beryl.

Beryl also has other gem varieties, including Emerald, Morganite and Heliodor. Aquamarine ranges in colour from a faint light blue to blue and bluish-green, with lighter coloured stones being the more common type.

Most Aquamarines on the market are heat-treated. Natural Aquamarine is usually lighter and greener in colour, and heat treatment creates deeper bluer hues

Aquamarine is a relatively common gemstone, and is affordable in lighter colours. Deeper colours have a higher price.

Brazil is the largest producer of gem Aquamarine; other important producers are Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, China, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and the United States (Colorado and California).

Blue Topaz is easily confused with Aquamarine. Blue Zircon is also very similar to Aquamarine, although its colour is usually a deeper blue. Useful to know, certain gemstones are not aquamarines: “Brazilian aquamarine” is actually blue topaz, “Siam aquamarine” is actually heat-treated blue zircon and “mass aqua” is actually blue glass cut the way aquamarines are cut.

 

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Birthstone – March

Zodiac –  Aries, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces

Element – Water
Typical colours – green-blue

The commemorative stone for 19th wedding anniversaries,

Aquamarine is a stone of courage.  Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmental, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility.  Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion.    Promotes self-expression.  Soothes fears and increases sensitivity.  Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  Wonderful for meditation.  Shields the aura and aligns the chakras.  Highly protective during pregnancy, it helps to guard both mother and baby from harm. Discourages miscarriage.

Aquamarine is helpful to sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems.  It regulates hormones and growth.  Boosts the immune system and alleviates overreactions, such as hay fever or allergies.

 

They have strong metaphysical properties that help you to let go of old emotional issues you may be holding on to. By assisting you to release anger and reduce stress… it may help you to make positive changes in your life.

These lovely stones are powerful to aid self-healing.

The best use for Aquamarine stones is to meditate with them, and it is also excellent way to relax yourself. As you go deeper into the relaxed meditative state… keep in mind the qualities that you would like to integrate… that this stones energy may stress.

 

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Here’s how to take care of your aquamarine jewellery

  •  Put your jewellery on last and take it off first. Always complete your makeup before putting on your jewellery, so that the chemicals in hairspray and makeup will not damage it and you will have to clean it less often.
  •  Handle your aquamarines as little as possible because the natural oils in your skin will dull their luster over time.
  • Remove your jewellery before doing any housework or gardening to prevent the possibility of breaking the gemstone itself.
  •  Avoid exposing your aquamarines to harsh chemicals. This includes  chlorine in swimming pools and the chemicals used in shampoos.
  • Keep aquamarines out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures because the sun and heat will fade their colour.

Storing Aquamarine Jewellery

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Wrap each piece of aquamarine jewellery in its own cloth. Ideally, the cloth should be pure cotton, as coarser cloth may scratch the gemstones.
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Place each piece separate from other gemstones,  harder stones will scratch softer ones. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz are harder than aquamarine, while garnets are softer. Aquamarines and emeralds are of equal hardness and will scratch each other.

 How to clean the stone/jewel

  •  Pour warm water into a basin and test it for temperature by dipping your hand into it. The water should be a comfortable temperature.
  • Add mild dishwashing liquid to the water.
  • Place the aquamarine jewellery in the solution. Soak for no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Remove the jewellery from the cleaning solution and clean the stones with a soft cloth or toothbrush, don’t clean aquamarines with a wire brush because this will scratch the stones.
  • Rinse the jewellery with warm water and pat it dry.IMG_5714

Do you remember….. Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp ! post ?

Do you remember….. Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp !  post  ?

Here is what happened.

 I have textured a piece of copper then created a clasp for the necklace to be

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and the finished Necklace 18carat gold-plated claps.

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Ops ! I have broken the string of my necklace and lost the clasp !

Lovely coral pressed beads will become a new Necklace….here they are

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before I to do anything I gave them a clean with a product that also clean pearl and turquoise

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follow the progress, it will be a nice piece !

Maybe maybe we are getting there….. 

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is the most important and best known gem variety of quartz and has been used for lapidary works since ancient times. The word comes from Greek ‘ a – methy- stos”, “methy” the expression for being drunk, and “a-methy-stos” would translate to “one that does not get drunk”.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

Today most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Before most amethyst was mined in Sri Lanka, India, Germany and in Russia.

Amethyst owes its color to high energy radiation, e.g. gamma rays from radioactive source and the presence of iron built into its crystal lattice

Do not expose an amethyst to direct sunlight for a long time.

Very likely it will pale out by the ultraviolet radiation.

Even the intense sunlight behind the window in your living room might do some damage.

Ring with Amethyst set on 9ct yellow gold setting, and Sterling Silver. Part of my ' Urchin' Collection.

Ring with Amethyst set on 9ct yellow gold setting, and Sterling Silver. Part of my ‘ Urchin’ Collection.

Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and well known powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February and is the traditional birthstone of that month.

Amethyst is one of the best crystals for meditation. The amethyst color stimulates the highest vibration of the Third Eye. Amethyst is associated with the third eye and crown chakras primarily, but can also align the heart chakra.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

It is also very well-known (as from the ancients) as a sobriety stone. It has been used for millennia to prevent drunkenness, and is used to help in getting rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc., and destructive compulsive behaviors of all kinds.

Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviors, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease. It also helps one understand the reality of cause and effect in behavior, and assists in better decision-making

Because Amethyst initiates wisdom and greater understanding, it is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one. It is an ideal crystal to hold or meditate upon during the death experience, of another or oneself, allowing the release of the temporal physical body with more ease and peace. It is a perfect stone to gift to those with terminal illnesses or to use in preparation for a conscious death experience.

Amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds.

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp  part of  my 'Fleur' Collection

Necklace. Amethyst round beads and Sterling Silver clasp part of my ‘Fleur’ Collection

 

Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.

Amethyst is an excellent stone for diplomats, negotiators and business people. It calms angry temperaments and gives a distinct advantage in situations where debating is required.

It is also good to clear its energies from time to time by holding the stone under running water for a short period while affirming that the stone be cleared. or leave it under full moon light for a while.

Hardness (Mohs):  7