Monday, January 30, 2012

Turquoise the Mineral, a Natural and Unique Color

Turquoise is such a beautiful color and as a gemstone it is very popular in the Southwestern United States and around the world.  The stone can be found  in varying shades of blue, green and yellow-gray with the bluer shades being considered most valuable and highly prized.  It is typically found where copper is mined. If you ever have an occasion to hike within close proximity of an old copper mine, it is fairly easy to find less valuable colored turquoise out in the open, scattered about through the mine tailings. 

Turquoise is a fairly soft mineral with a hardness of 6 on Mohs scale and it is subject to damage and discoloration.  Most turquoise, even fine quality is treated in some way to help protect the finish. There are a number of different treatments that can be applied and sometimes dies will be introduced to help improve color. When making a major purchase investment in turquoise, it is always a good idea to buy from a reputable dealer and/or have the stones checked out by a certified gemologist.

Turquoise is one among some of the oldest known gemstones in the world. It has a long history of being recognized for many mystical and healing powers. -And probably best known as a symbol of good fortune and happiness.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Earrings from Therese...

Received a wonderful photo contest gift from Therese at Therese's Treasures. I just had to show you. Isn't the wrapping and little black organza bag lovely?

The earrings are perfect, so well made and just my style. Love the blue dyed agate beads with the patina copper disks, they look even better in person.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Twenty Life Changing Questions for 2012

O.K., a little late for new years resolutions but something fun to think about just the same. Dare you to answer these simple questions. Just click here:  20 life changing questions for 2012.

Eric Rolph

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Golden Eve" Necklace

Want to guess what I was out doing late New Years Eve? Toiling away in my little studio to finish this necklace and plan my New Years Bead Resolutions of course. First, I would like to share a little bit about the necklace.  It is a simple tubular herringbone stitch necklace with handmade beads that were inspired by the bead caps found in a bracelet designed by Melinda Barta and published in the June 2009 edition of Beadwork Magazine. Never know where new ideas will come from! Thank you Melinda and all you other Bead Artists out there who share ideas and provide inspiration for future work.

And now for the New Years Beading Resolution...hmm where shall I begin? Well, resolutions are usually made for the purpose of "fixing" a problem. And my problem centers on the issue of ORGANIZATION.  So many beads, so little time and some things simply get left forgotten. I am  a "one of a kind" designer but what can I say when a friend asks me reproduce something I made a few years ago in a different color?   I could not remember some of the bead counts and spent a lot of unecessary time retracing my way... Aaarg!  So this year I am starting a 2012 beading journal and this necklace is the first entry. And once again I have a very accomplished jewelry artist, Erin Simonetti to thank for mentioning the beading journal idea on her blog. Its a GREAT idea don't you think? And what would we do without these wonderful blogs?

Here is my journal. Nothing fancy ;)

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