Here you will find out information about the minerals I use in my work and how to care for them. You will also find out how to care for your jewelry to keep it looking good for a lifetime.
While it is impossible for me to know where every stone is from and how it has been obtained, I mostly source from US providers. These fine stone cutters are located in several states, including Arizona and Indiana. Since not every mineral is found in the US, they will come from all over the world to be prepared for setting in the US. My main source of metal is Rio Grande in New Mexico. Silver is mined in the US plus, Rio Grande is a refiner and recycles silver and other precious metal scraps which are sent in by jewelers and hobbiests for credit.
I am neither a gemologist or a geologist, but I know where to find information and make it useful for others. Perhaps you remember from earth sciences that there are three main types of rocks, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.
Sedimentary Sedimentary rocks are formed from particles of sand, shells, pebbles, and other fragments of material. Together, all these particles are called sediment. Gradually, the sediment accumulates in layers and over a long period of time hardens into rock. Generally, sedimentary rock is fairly soft and may break apart or crumble easily. Jewelry is not made with these soft stones.
Metamorphic Metamorphic rocks are formed under the surface of the earth from the metamorphosis (change) that occurs due to intense heat and pressure (squeezing). The rocks that result from these processes often have ribbonlike layers and may have shiny crystals, formed by minerals growing slowly over time, on their surface. These are the stones you will most likely see in my jewelry. They can be made up of many minerals, which provide different colors and chemical properties.
Igneous Igneous rocks are formed when magma (molten rock deep within the earth) cools and hardens. Sometimes the magma cools inside the earth, and other times it erupts onto the surface from volcanoes (in this case, it is called lava). Stones created this way are also used in jewelry.
You will see me refer to the Mohs scale in many of my listings. This scale is used to measure scratch resistance in natural minerals, talc being the lowest (1) and diamond being the highest (10). This is just one of the things to keep in mind when wearing and caring for your jewelry. Besides scratch resistance, other important considerations are porosity, brittleness and shear ability. Before dunking it in that sonic cleaner or commercial cleaning solution, which would be fine for silver, be sure to have some idea if it can ruin the stone. I will try to give you a heads up when I can.
How to measure for a bracelet or bangle
Premade bangles are sized to medium. This fits the majority of average adult women. It is best if you follow the measurement for a bangle which follows, especially if this is for a petite woman or child, or a large woman. Bangles should fit over the hand tightly so they don't accidentally fall off while being worn.
To measure for a bangle, hold out your hand with the fingers tightly together, then slide your thumb underneath (like you were making a duck face). Now measure around the widest part of your hand. This measurement is your bangle size.
To get the best measurement for your bracelet take a tape measure and wrap it completely around your wrist then write down the numbers where it meets or if you don't have a tape measure take a piece of string & wrap it around your wrist loosely then cut it and measure the string.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Wow! Your bracelet was a big hit with my wife..it was her favorite Christmas gift! Thanks for making me look good! ~Merrill
I just love your pendant! Wherever did you find it? You made it...really! I can't wait to see more! ~Nice lady at the supermarket