TRUNK SHOW: October 2 & 3
We will be hosting a special two-day trunk show for Colorado artist Ryan Gardner on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. In his work, Ryan combines stones and metal in new ways, creating works of art for people to wear and enjoy every day. Ryan's work will be available all day, and you can meet Ryan on Friday from 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
September 15, 2020
OPAL: The Birthstone for October
September 5, 2020
Opal is hardened silica gel. It is created of tiny spheres of amorphous silica gel. A non-crystalline stone, almost 20% of its body weight is water that has been encapsulated. The Opal has been known to dry out and crack if not cared for properly. There are a great many colors and names for different types of Opals like the blues, greens, and boulder opals shown here. Gem-quality Opal shows iridescent flashes of color.
Opals are formed by filling the cavities in sedimentary rocks or in the veins of igneous rocks. It is also known to replace organic materials in fossils, wood, and shells, as well as bone. Australia has been the main producer of Opals since the 19th century, with other deposits coming from Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Mexico, Africa, and the US.
Opal is known as a stone of inspiration, enhancing one’s creativity and imagination. It will help one release inhibitions as well as enhance one’s memory. It is said to be a very spiritual stone.
Opal is associated with water and is a silicate containing water, correlating with one’s emotions. Thus this stone will amplify and mirror deep emotions, feelings, and desires that one may have forgotten. With this amplification, one becomes more spontaneous, uninhibited, and will benefit from imagination, visualization, and vivid dreams.
FEATURED WORK: Jewelry of India
September 1, 2020
In our effort to support indigenous artists and their amazing skills and craftsmanship, we have collected some special pieces of jewelry in our travels. Many incorporate carved and painted wood beads, hammered silver, amber, turquoise, and other semi-precious stones, and processes that are in danger of being lost. These pieces are not usually displayed in the gallery, so be sure and ask if you would like to see them.
SAPPHIRE: The Birthstone for September
Sapphire is the second hardest crystal, second only to the Diamond. Historically, Sapphire’s beauty and enduring strength made it popular as a talisman among royalty. Legend tells us that medieval kings wore the stone not only to protect themselves from harm, but also to prevent jealousy among their courts.
Sapphire is a corundum. All corundum that is not red, which is Ruby, is known as Sapphire, although the name generally refers to the stone that is dark blue. The treasured blue come from titanium and iron. Iron alone produces yellows, often referred to as Oriental Topaz. Titanium and iron combinations can also result in greens, while all three elements create a purple stone. A rare and popular Padparascha Sapphire gets is pinkish orange hue from a mixture of chromium and iron. A white Sapphire is perfectly clear with no inclusions whatsoever.
Sapphire was used as protection from the evil eye as well as to reflect harmful or evil spells. Sapphire may be used to open oneself up to receive heavenly messages, as well as aiding one in clarifying the meaning of messages received. When used during meditation, Sapphire may assist in finding hidden potential, and sharpening the vision of one’s life work. Sapphires can help achieve material dreams and desires, as well as sustain wealth once it is acquired.
August 13, 2020
FEATURED ARTIST: May Tzou
May Tzou works primarily in rose cut diamonds set in sterling silver with accents of high karat gold. Her collection has a very elegant feel with clusters of large diamonds, and at the same time an almost rustic feel with timeless designs and natural stones; a perfect combination of casual elegance. Her workmanship is meticulous, but her pieces are affordably priced.
August 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
PERIDOT: The Birthstone for August
Peridot is one of the few stones found in only one color. The reason for the deep green color with a slight golden hue is due to fine traces of iron. The amount of iron is what gives the stone a range of color from yellow-green and olive to brownish green. The olive green stones are called Olivine, the yellow ones Chrysolite, and the spring green are Peridot.
Peridot is gem quality specimens of the mineral olivine. Sources of Peridot include Egypt, China, Myanmar, Brazil, Norway, the USA, as well as Australia and South Africa. The Crusaders brought Peridot to Europe in the Middle Ages from St. John’s Island in the Red Sea, where it has been mined for over 3,500 years.
The friendly and joyous energy of this stone helps to create and seal friendships, clearing the heart and releasing the ego, which in turns cleanses the mind and soul of jealousy and anger thus bringing about the sense of peace and quiet amusement which leads to solid friendships.
Peridot is said to have the wonderful ability to bring vitality and healing to the entire body. Told to increase confidence, patience, and assertiveness simultaneously. Peridot is a visionary stone which helps to connect us to our destinies and to understand the purpose of our existence. It will assist one in visualizing not only the ultimate peak of spiritual continuation but also the peak of our physical bodies as well. It may assist one in looking into the past to find the gift in our experience, but one must be ready as it is attuned to the attainment of spiritual truth. Peridot shows one how to forgive, admit ones mistakes, take responsibility for ones own life and move forward.
July 1, 2020
RUBY: The Birthstone for July
Ruby has always enjoyed a very regal position in legend, myth, and lore. For thousands of years, it has been a favored talisman for royalty worldwide. Ruby has long been considered to be one of the more powerful gifts to honor Buddha and Krishna. The Hindu people have believed that Ruby’s red glow came from an eternal flame that no human could possibly extinguish; thus making it quite spiritual.
Ruby is in the family of corundums, which are aluminum oxide silicates that gain their color by chromium, iron, and/or titanium. Gemologists consider a ‘perfect’ corundum to be crystal clear. It is chromium that colors stones pinkish red to plum, and those are classified as Ruby. All other colors are often classified as Sapphires.
The Ruby is said to bring fire into one’s life, offering encouragement to follow one’s bliss. It will light the darkness of ones life with a spark of energy, conquering darkness on all levels and planes. Ruby will promote creativity and will grant expansive awareness and manifestation. This stone has been used to stabilize one’s economic status. When one seems unable to concentrate , Ruby will help bring clarity as well as wisdom, helping one choose the most productive path and sustain motivation.
May 20, 2020
FEATURED ARTIST: Jan Mayer
We have a beautiful new collection of scarves from artist Jan Mayer. These are gorgeous hand-painted and hand-dyed silk or silk blend scarves ideal as an accent or shawl. Available is a wide range of colors, sizes, and styles.