Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nice Catch!

See Worthy

Fish jewelry is a favorite motif of mine. And it seems that the haute-ist of the haute jewelers love them too. I could go on forever, but why don't I show you a tiny sampling to tease you?

Once you're Hooked   .   .   .

I think you'll catch the bait once I tempt you with a couple of my favorites. Sorry, not sorry for the goof-ball pun. It was just one of those days.

Fresh Feesh

Here goes, let's just jump into the deep end;

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Jump Into Aqua, Won't You?

Aquamarine and pearl ear pendants from TamsenZ

You Need to Cool Down!
It's summer, it's hot, and you want to cool off. Jump into aqua, aquamarine, that is.

This perennially cool stone's name literally means marine water--or sea water. The stone is a member of the beryl mineral family. And beryl has some pretty snazzy other varieties in its tribe. You like emerald, don't you? That's a beryl too. So is Golden Beryl, Morganite and umpteen other yummy soft toned gemstones.

Leave Nature Alone
We're loving the uber cool vibe created by these ear pendants. The upper most aquamarine segment  of each earring is an individual shape, you'll notice. That's considered a bit daring on such a spectacular and rather classic jewelry item. But it certainly underscores the natural aspect of this gemstone. Move your eye around the entirety of these jewels, with special focus on the smaller aqua accent stones that create the pave end caps on the pearls, and the asymmetrical halos around the rough-hewn aqua top stones. You'll begin to see that some of these natural stones have glints of greenish-blue, while others are more pure turquoise-aqua in tone. That's because in nature, each stone actually has its own personality, and aquamarine is no exception. The material is mined in a range from greenish tones to almost straight sky blue colors. All fabulous and full of distinction.

Perfect Companions
The pearl. Did you notice the pearl. Now this was a charming finial to such an important piece of jewelry. But think about it for a moment. The pairing of aquamarine and pearl is a match made in . . .
the ocean! Aquamarine which means sea water is actually home to these lustrous South Sea pearls now isn't it?

Every Jewel Tells a Story
Every jewel tells a story, and this one is cool and inviting. This one's perfect for a mid summer night's party, or any time you want to cool down with some come-hither jewels. Dive in to aquamarine this summer.

Aquamarine and pearl ear pendants: TamsenZ by Ann Ziff

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beryl Beryl Good Company

Family Ties Make This Gemstone Rock

Keep Track--Take Notes
The species is the mineral family with which a gemstone is associated . But depending on that species, you may find a few or many varieties of that species. With gemstones, the inclusion of trace elements of other chemicals will be the reason it changes color. 

Looky Here
These scrumptious 3 segment dangle earrings are actually all members of the beryl family. The chemical makeup is something (or exactly) like this--- beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate

Trio of Lovelies
The Mark Patterson earrings showcase what a little 'intrusion' can do. The various beryls in these danglers are aquamarine, morganite, and green beryl top to bottom. Green beryl is not to be confused with emerald which is also a beryl stone. It's particular chemical make up will separate the two, besides their exact green coloring.

But Wait There's More
Other lovelies in this species include heliodor, golden beryl, bixbite and the lesser known goshenite. Seems like beauty runs in this family.