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2011 Stone Jewelry Collection

The 2011 Jewelry Collection has been posted in the Amigami Gallery!  All of the pieces feature natural semi-precious stones and are designed with the warm upcoming days of Spring in mind.  And of course, many of these pieces are currently available in my Etsy shop!

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Chinese Zodiac Stone Necklaces

These elegant stone necklaces are inspired by the lore and symbolism of the Chinese zodiac.  I first had the idea after purchasing a jade rat key chain, in honor of my own zodiac sign.  After salvaging a carnelian monkey and purchasing a fluorite dragon, it seemed only natural to begin a series of zodiac jewelry.  Each of these necklaces features the same basic design, with “gun metal” filigree end caps, toggles, and genuine sterling silver Bali beads.  I am currently on the lookout to complete the set, I need quality stone fetish beads for: ox, boar, horse, snake, rabbit, dog, tiger, rooster & ram.
As I previously mentioned, this first necklace (and matching bracelet) features a jade rat focal bead in luxurious pale green.  Jade is known as the “dream stone,” and helps to promote harmony.  The jade is complemented by rounds of Moonstone, a stone associated with wishes, hopes & femininity.  Due to limited Jade supplies, the matching bracelet is actually composed of Green Turquoise, a protective & grounding stone which facillitates mental clarity.

In contrast to the lunar-inspired Rat necklace, this carnelian monkey set is inspired by the warmth of the sun.  Carnelian (also known as Sard) is an energetic stone said to enhance happiness & positivity, while sharpening the mind.  The small dark rounds which punctuate the set are Onyx, a stone of strength said to banish grief and heighten self-control.  The set is tied together by large beautifully banded rounds of Sardonyx, the “lucky stone,” which is actually a naturally formed combination of Onyx and Carnelian.  To complete the theme of happiness and celebration, the set is accented by genuine sterling silver Bali drums.

This third necklace showcases the natural spectrum of the mineral Fluorite, a stone of structure, aptitude & health.  The colors of Fluorite are said to differ slightly in metaphysical attributes, opening and activating the chakras they represent.  The melange of green, purple, colorless & rainbow fluorite is punctuated by small rounds of Amethyst, a traditional healing stone, known as a “stone of spirituality and contentment.”

This Chinese Zodiac collection is a wonderful combination of beauty and symbolism, which really allows the natural brilliance of the stones to shine as stars.  I can’t wait to complete the series, so stay posted for your birth year to be featured as the next Amigami creation.

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

Revisiting Rogers: My Flea Market Finds

I love showcasing the artwork of others, and even though I’ve already spoke on our visit to Rogers Community Auction, I had to make special note of the wonderful jewelry I acquired there.

A mother-daughter team stationed down the market avenue had a fantastic array of beaded stone jewelry.  From rings to necklaces, they had four tables featuring a plethora of semi-precious stones and styles.  Having what seems to be a genetic predisposition for turquoise, I gravitated towards a perfect-for-summer chunky bangle and matching ring.  The bracelet features 5 intersecting bands of pale blue turquoise on elastic (for easy wear & removal).  The matching ornate ring showcases a dazzling cabochon set in brilliant sterling silver.  Both the mother & daughter were extremely approachable about their products & techniques, and I thank them for the excellent deal they gave me on the set.

Ramon went on several hardware outings throughout the day , and returned with a gorgeous pendant for me.  It showcases a perfectly intricate mini dried flower display, in shades of antiqued gold and mauve, encapsulated under a glass dome within a metal frame.  The reverse side holds a mirror of matching proportion, and hangs from a 24″ long complementary chain.

I absolutely love this necklace, but there’s one setback:  I’m allergic to nickel & most forms of metal.   Attempting to coat the chain in clear nail polish would ultimately be fruitless, so unless I find another method of combating my allergy, I may regrettably have to exchange the chain for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And finally, our market neighbor Denny, from Cambridge, and his friends had an assortment of goods, including some very special jewelry.  We spoke with Denny and his daughter at length, on a multitude of interesting topics – they were both absolute pleasures.  He told us about his sister, who was an artist & crafter in her own right, until she unfortunately passed of cancer a few years ago.  He had recently rediscovered some of her beaded jewelry, and of course I had to commemorate his sister & our meeting.  The medicine pouch I purchased is stunning, with a red & white heart theme, accented by rich gold.  Denny also told us of multiple herbal cures of which he is knowledgeable, including the potent Essiac Tea, which aided his sister & countless others through the hardest of times.  Denny was SO generous to share this information with us, we feel obligated to use it & pass it on.  Thank you Denny & Vanessa, as well as the entire Rogers Market Community, for all your great company & hospitality.

Autumn’s Turquoise Nugget Choker Necklace

As you all know, I am always happy to fulfill custom requests, and this is one I’m exceptionally proud of.  My dear friend Autumn showed me this colossal turquoise nugget a few evenings ago, and expressed how much she liked it but was unable to wear it.  She had not found any necklace sturdy and aesthetically acceptable enough to showcase such a spectacular specimen.  So of course I volunteered my services.

Autumn was kind enough to allow me full artistic reign over the project, trusting me to “just make it look nice.”  The only stipulations were that it was dark in color and constructed of hemp cord.

After contemplating several design ideas, I finally settled on this, which I personally think is an exceptionally elegant concept for women’s jewelry.  It is constructed using 8 strands (2 colors with 4 strands each), which are initially split into 2 groups and knotted into double helix spirals using the Half Hitch Knot method.  The lacy main body is made using a series of alternating Square Knots, which are punctuated by 3-strand-wide Josephine Knots.  The necklace is woven directly through the bail of the turquoise nugget, and is accented by an additional 3 Josephine Knots.  A loop is left on one end and a pair of long 4 strand braids on the other, so the necklace can be tied quickly and simply.

Autumn absolutely adored her new choker, and it fit perfectly.  I confess, I really like it too, and I will probably have no choice but to make something similar for myself in the near future.  If you’re anything like me and would love a necklace like this as well, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss design details, measurements, etc

Annual Wheeling Moose Steak Fry!

The solstice is approaching, and in Wheeling, WV that can only mean one thing:  the annual Moose Club Steak Fry!  The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international fraternal organization, much like the Elks and Kiwanis Clubs.  Every year we take a break at the Wheeling Island Marina, with great food, drink, & entertainment.  Tons of people showed this year, and the weather was superb (minus a rain hiccup during set-up) — all in all, it was a great success!!  The shelter is spectacular, with abundant seating, cooking space, and lots of room to roam.  Thank you to Tom Dorsch & his family for maintaining this wonderful space and allowing us to use it!  Congratulations to Dennis and Katie for winning the 50/50 Raffles.

And a HUGE Thank You to Ed, Katie, Gus, Karen, Box, Rabbit, Bill P, Arden, and all the other Moose members who volunteered their time towards making this year’s steak fry such a success!

This year a special appearance was made by Stone and Alberto, 2 alpacas from local Rancho Chico Ranch.  They were a big hit, and loved hanging out with the crowd and being true party animals.  Thanks to Ramon for bringing down his boys — we hope they return next year!

As the unofficial photographer of the day, I’m posting a full gallery of the day’s activities.  Please feel free to comment and share your memories of the Moose Steak Fry!

Tremendous Tribal Turquoise Jewelry Set

This was my very first attempt at beading my own jewelry in November 2009, and frankly, it’s still one of my favorites.  The blue chips and spears, the orange, even the stark white nuggets st the clasp of the necklace, are all variants of the mineral Turquoise.  The term itself “turquoise” is a misnomer – it has been inaccurately associated with the rich aqua coloration of the stone, when in reality the mineral turquoise is defined by the rich texture and marbling resulting from the crystallization of copper-rich solutions.

The chips and spears of the necklace were mined from Kingman, Arizona, which is considered to have some of the highest-grade blue turquoise worldwide.  Interspersed between are rounds of tribal brass bordered by rare Asian Orange Turquoise, which I find absolutely captivating.  Adding flare to the rear of the necklace are two generous nuggets of alabaster turquoise, a spiral toggle and a brass chain clasp accented by blue and orange turquoise rounds.

The matching bracelet also features alternating rounds of tribal brass, orange, and blue turquoise, in a slightly off-centered pattern which makes the eye dance.  Containing an astounding sixty rounds of turquoise and sectioned by bars made from vintage pot metal, the bracelet has a structure and durability which gives a true feeling of luxury.  This matching jewelry set looks magnificent under the summer sun.


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