Monday, February 27, 2012

The Beauty of Gemstones and Crystals

Gemstones and crystals have always been fascinating to me.  I remember going on vacation as a child and stopping at those roadside rock shops out in the desert.  The Amethyst crystal in the photo is one I purchased as a teenager.  The Quartz crystal and green Calcite are more recent acquisitions. 
Since Amethyst is one of my favorite stones I use it a lot in my jewelry designs.  This is a picture of my Sophie Amethyst and freshwater pearl necklace.
The amethyst stones are fairly dark but much lighter with the light shining through them.
Do you have a favorite stone?  I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love and Romance

I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with love and romance!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Vintage Pearls

Vintage pearls can look so beautiful. They look nice with an elegant dress or blue jeans. This particular necklace has a wonderful warm color.
So often you see a simple stand of pearls in a classic portrait.
I really think they are one of those pieces that never goes out of style!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Duchess of Marlborough

Many years ago while in England I took a tour of Blenheim Palace which is in Woodstock just 8 miles from Oxford.  While there I first heard about Consuelo Vanderbuilt.  Consuelo was an American heiress who was forced by her mother to marry the Duke of Marlborough.  Her life story is fascinating and I highly recommend  her auto biography" The Glitter and The Gold".  It really gives you a window into the life of the wealthy in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Wow! That's some serious jewelry!