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Here we go again!
There has been so much happening in the studio that I've barely been keeping my head above water. As you might have noticed, this is the first post in many months!
The studio has moved twice in the past 8 months and I am happy to say that we are here to stay- at our new home in Fort Worth. The studio is up, ready, and rocking, and there are LOTS of designs on the bench.
Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler was invited to participate in NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2014 with Emerging Trends. This group put on an amazing runway show at Boston Fashion Week last October, and I am proud to be a part of their debut in NYC this September.
The date is coming up quick and there is lots to do, as usual. I've decided to make some huge, bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks, off-the-wall pieces that will grab attention from the front to back row of spectators at the show. I have some great new ideas that include a lot of agate and a mixture of precious metals, including some GOLD. There will be lots of metallic stones like hematite and pyrite, and some copper as well since I have been so recently captivated by its beauty. Copper may not technically be a precious metal, but is precious in my books!
Keeping me company in the studio has been the history channel, with many shows about space exploration. This is an interest of mine and has been great inspiration for some of my latest pieces, including this "Lunar Eclipse" pendant with a gorgeous green Amber gem.
I plan to be more active here on my blog and website, so please keep watch as my newest ideas and pieces take form!
Happy Birthday, July!Let's celebrate the beauty of the Ruby, your birthstone and one of the most popular gemstones on the planet.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, "Ruby?"
Is it the infamous Ruby Slippers? The gemstone's bold, red-magenta color? Maybe you think of your Valentine, or get those fiery feelings of love and passion?
Whatever you feelings or thoughts, it's interesting to know that Rubies have held a place in human history for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians held rubies in the highest regards and placed them in the crowns of their Pharaohs.
The deep red color of a Ruby makes the stone look bigger than it actually is, which may have been one of the many reasons why ancient people believed so strongly in a Ruby's medicinal powers. Ancient medical writings from India suggest that rubies cured diseases of the digestive tract.
Burmese warriors carried Rubies INSIDE their skin to protect them from being slain in battle. Many other cultures still view rubies as a symbol of peace, and believe that wearing a ruby on the left side of the body prevents conflict when among enemies.
Burmese Rubies are the most prized, but new deposits of Ruby are still being found. Rubies that have recently been found in Vietnam are so much like Burmese Rubies that they are believed to have been formed by the same geological event.
Carrying or wearing a Ruby can make it easier to focus on the task at hand, bringing clarity and wisdom. Placing a Ruby under your pillow will help you to have lucid dreams, many times overcoming fears as your conscious and subconscious minds connect.
Rubies are thought to be the best stone to detoxify the blood, improve circulation, fight infection, and offer protection from disease.
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ARTIST INTERVIEW... AND GIVEAWAY!
A new and truly interesting blog, Around the World to the Left, has featured Sabrinah's Art!
A quickly-turning-popular blog with crazy SAHM stories, delicious recipes, and fun covos has conducted an amazing interview of Sabrinah.
Read about the start-up of Sabrinah's Art, what inspires Sabrinah, and what it means to her to have a business of her own.
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I designed a specific set of wine charms for "Around the World to the Left" with Motherhood in mind.
I used some colors that gave me the feeling of being in “grandma’s garden.” There is light peach, violet, moonstone, champagne, aquamarine, and sage. The tags read, forgive, cherish, nurture, provide, protect, and comfort. I figure, if your wine is talking back, it might as well be saying something nice, especially for moms!
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Happy Birthday, June!
What could be more nostalgically beautiful than your birthstone, the Pearl?
I have to admit, pearls were not always on the top of my "most wanted" list. They seemed like big, boring, round white beads. So what? It was only a few years ago when I finally discovered what pearls REALLY are; a lustrous, iridescent, gorgeously organic offering from an oceanic being. Now, I can't get enough of them.
What is most interesting to me is that pearls are formed by an irritable "intruder" of sorts, which either occurs in nature or is placed there through implantation, such as with a cultured pearl. The oyster forms a protective covering around this irritation by making small deposits of calcium carbonate that form an outer shell known as nacre, to create what we eventually call a Pearl.
A gemstone quality pearl is considered to be a precious gem, and must display extreme lavish qualities of luster, regular shape, surface quality, and increased nacre thickness, which determines the pearl's durability over time.
On a metaphysical level, pearls provide a connection to the Inner Goddess. Pearls are cleansing and centering and their powers initiate purity, integrity and faith. Pearls are very nurturing, which is not surprising as we already know they have been in a constant state of overcoming irritation. These properties make Pearl jewelry a great gift for Moms, expecting mothers, and brides. Pearls are also great for men, as they open pathways to understanding women more easily.
Physically, pearls will alleviate allergies, problems with the lungs, stomachaches, and headaches. They will stabilize hormone production, reduce allergies and prevent exhaustion.
Pearls are expert energy absorbers and therefore need to be "decontaminated" often. Energy-cleanse in water and re-charge in moonlight.
Never clean your pearl with chemicals, wear pearl jewelry in the pool or expose your pearl or pearl jewelry to cleaning products. I have found a GREAT product for cleaning pearl jewelry (any jewelry really) that is super safe and effective. It's called "jewel brite" and is a combination of banana and coconut oils and biodegradable cleaning agents.
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Happy Birthday, MAY!
Did you know? Emeralds have been a prized gemstone since ancient times. Emeralds were popular with ancient Egyptians, and have been found buried with mummies. Emeralds also held popularity in ancient Rome, but it is thought that these "Emeralds" may have actually been Peridot.
Like most colored gemstones, almost ALL Emeralds are treated to enhance their natural beauty. These treatments include oils and resins that camoflauge surface cracks and make the stone more transparent. due to this possible treatment, you should NEVER put your Emerald in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. It could destroy your stone!
Of course, you should beware of faux Emeralds, but there is also what's called a composite Emerald, in which chunks of glass or other inexpensive materials are combined with a small, valuable Emerald stone. The only way to tell if you are looking at a composite Emerald is with a microscope. Your jeweler should disclose this information, so it's important to have a jeweler that you trust.
The sacred stone of Venus, Emeralds strengthen and preserve love and open lines of communication. Emeralds can also be used increase clairvoyance and memory and to enhance truthfulness and faith. A universal symbol of hope and prophecy, Emeralds can assist in bringing wisdom and reason.
Highest during a spring full moon, the powers of Emerald can help to strengthen the eyes and heart, and boost the immune and nervous systems.
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Just north of Tanzania lies an ancient crater called Ngorongoro, formed by a volcano. This “Cradle of Life” contains rich soil and abundant water which make it a sanctuary for the animals and botanicals of Africa.
Aside from its natural benefits, the Cradle of Life has also provided scientists with a plethora of fossil finds of early man, signifying its role in the support of human life for thousands of years.
This geographic wonder inspired my design for this necklace, which is a commissioned piece for an expecting mother. Just as Ngorongoro cradles life, a mother cradles her new baby, sending rays of flourishing energy to her growing child.
Physically, rainbow moonstone will assist in healing the female reproductive system, and will relieve pain associated with childbirth and breastfeeding. It is also a great stone for removing harmful toxins as well as any excess fluids, such as with fluid retention.
The vibrant, changing color spectrum of Rainbow Moonstone is uplifting and energizing and may help to revitalize the emotions as well as the physical body.
You are welcomed to the World, Baby Vega!
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Like most people, I have always loved the water. There is something so soothing and tranquil about the way it sounds and moves. When I'm near it, I can't help but stare and imagine the mysteries that lie beneath. Is it the same for you?
Since childhood I have been deeply fascinated by all the creatures of the Ocean. I feel that I have a bond with the Underwater World- the magnificently vibrant colors, the synergistic relationships between it's animals, and the beauty of it's most minor details. It is amazing to me that in the vastness of the Ocean we seek value in the luster of one tiny pearl.
There is a great mystery to the Ocean, like a secret that no one has ever told. So much of it has never been explored and ike tiny bubbles, thousands of questions are continually rising to the surface. What an amazing thing to think that we really have NO IDEA what else, or who else, is living on Earth along with us.
What about Mermaids? How many other species and families are living in the Oceans that we have yet to discover? Is a shark smarter than a human? I mean, there has to be a reason for it's ability to survive for millions of years.
And whales... are they sleeping? Or, are they meditating? oooooh. It gives me goosebumps.
It is a great desire of mine to share my Oceanic visions with you through jewelry inspired by the Sea. Please partake in viewing these fantastic new pieces. As usual, there will be more to come!
February, here already!
How are you doing with your New Years resolutions so far? Not to worry, there's still plenty of time to make big changes this year, and Amethyst is here to help!
Known as the "Stone of Sobriety," Amethyst is the official birthstone for February. Amethyst will help you rid yourself of any addictions, major or minor. I'm not just talking about drugs and alcohol, people. We can be addicted to all kinds of things... Think food, TV, negative attitudes, pessimism, anger, depression, etc. It's already February and now is the time to LET IT ALL GO!
While Amethyst supports you in your challenge for change, it can sooth your soul and offer protection against psychic attacks (destructive words and thoughts) from others AND from yourself. It also dissipates your old thought patterns and can be very grounding, opening your eyes to new options and pathways. What can possibly stop you now?
Amethyst is a type of Quartz and can be found in all corners of the world. It is most popularly known for its deep, royal purple color. Deep purples are contained in high quality stones that are mostly mined in Africa and Australia, but Amethyst comes in a wide range of hues from super light lilac to dark eggplant.
Amethyst that is heat-treated usually becomes Citrine, which is an orange stone. Depending on crystalline structure, heat-treated Amethyst can also become Prasiolite, which is mint green in color. Prasiolite found naturally is very rare.
An alternative birthstone for February is Bloodstone, a type of Chalcedony. Bloodstone is known to help with predictions into the future, as well as relieving anxiety and confusion.
December Birthdays, You are LUCKY!
I know you have that whole, "my birthday is so close to Christmas, I rarely get enough gifts" complex (come on, it's a joke), but hey, you couldn't give birthstone status to a more gorgeous gem.
Blue Topaz is a silicate, and crystal clear in its purest form. Due to trace mineral varieties during its formation, it may develop into a number of different colors, including BLUE, pink, yellow, green, and red. Either naturally or by man, topaz is heated to achieve it's vibrant blues which come in Sky (lightest), Swiss, and London (darkest). London Topaz is sometimes used as a sapphire substitute.
Blue Topaz can be used to increase your level of compassion and kindness, and will protect your heart from falling for someone who doesn't really love you. You can also use Blue Topaz to enhance your creativity, especially to develop a plan for achieving dreams, the truest love, and success.
Blue topaz has physical healing properties, too, and you will love this one... Blue Topaz is thought to speed up the metabolism, assisting in weight loss! Who doesn't want help to burn off all those Christmas cookies?
Not to mention, Blue Topaz will assist in treating blood disorders and health issues related to the endocrine system. It also focuses on tissue regeneration, which can help reduce signs of aging.
Still not enough for you, December?
Turquoise is an alternative birthstone, which is a MASTER healing stone and a great stone for protection, both physical and psychological.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DECEMBER!
Enjoy your Birthstones...
The Saul Bell Design competition is for jewelry designers around the world. Presented by Rio Grande, the award is a challenge for designers to think outside the box and break through traditional methods of jewelry design.
I've entered my newest creation, the "Vanishing Point" necklace, made from fine and sterling silver wire and Tourmalinated Quartz. Each and every component is hand made, including the individual chain links. This piece is entered in the Silver/Argentium® Silver category.
The name "Vanishing Point" was inspired by the vanishing point technique in linear perspective drawing, where all lines converge toward the center. I thought this Tourmalinated Quartz stone was perfect for this idea due to it's clear color with the tourmaline stranding, as the tourmaline crystals seem to "disappear" within the stone.
Tourmalinated Quartz is a powerful stone for balance. It is a great problem solver and can help turn negative thoughts and energies into positive ones. It will aid in detoxification of the body and alleviate digestive issues.
Grand prize is a $10,000 gift certificate to Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Finalists will be announced in November. Keep your fingers crossed!
I can't wait to see all the friendly faces at the Rio Grande Balloon Fiesta Show.
I will be in BOOTH C22 from October 12-14, 2012 with lots of new pieces for you to see!
I've been working hard in the studio touching up my displays, too. Here is a pic of the display for my hot air balloon pendants... cool, huh?
Come and visit my booth this weekend and enjoy the Balloon-dotted skies of Albuquerque!
After a short and beautiful hike, we ended up at the "Secret Lava Pools" where the waves were crashing against the lava rock coast. A sea turtle was somehow swimming among the waves right at the rock line. So close it seemed I could reach out and touch him. It was an amazing sight!
This pendant represents the sun, waves, lava rock coast, and turquoise color of the ocean, with the sea turtle swimming out from the waves. I made it for the GIVEAWAY contest because I think everyone should enjoy the beauty of Kauai, especially in the form of jewelry.
You could WIN this gorgeous Kauai-inspired pendant made of sterling silver-filled wire, sterling silver wire, lava rock, and apatite gemstone, laced on a sterling silver chain.
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ALL REQUIREMENTS must be met to win this pendant! The winner will be selected on Friday, August 17th. GOOD LUCK!
Wow. What an AMAZING show. I "heart" you, Albuquerque!
I was happy to have the help of my dear friend, Heidi, to take me (and my entire booth) to set-up this past Thursday. It went super-smooth and we were out of there in under 3 hours.
Friday was a great day. I met a gallery owner who wants my jewelry! YAY! I will keep you updated on my progress...
Saturday and Sunday were very busy days at the show and I talked to so many people who just loved my jewelry. It made me feel warm and fuzzy.
Here are two sweet customers who purchased jewelry- Thank you so much!
I can tell that there is much appreciation for the arts here in New Mexico. Many of my customers suggested that I do the Balloon Fiesta this October. So, today I applied! Keep your fingers crossed!!
My sweetheart drove to Albuquerque on Sunday evening to help with the clean-up. We were done in less than an hour, with EVERYTHING fitting into my little Honda Fit! Wooohooo!
Thank you SO MUCH, Albuquerque! Hopefully I will see you all again in October!
I am always inspired by the ocean as well as it's creatures. There is something truly magical and elusive about them. My latest piece was inspired by this photo of the Man O'War Jellyfish. Beautifully deadly.
I chose the Larimar gemstone for this design due to it's properties as well as it's gorgeous blue color. I believe I was able to capture the liquid movement of the Man O'War by using chain and thick guage wire to create the "tentacles."
Larimar is a stone that is said to bring one closer to the ocean by opening channels of communication with ocean creatures. It also brings peace and tranquility to the wearer.
Like a Man O'War lures it's prey, Larimar continues to lure me in with it's gorgeous blue hues and lightning-like patterns. A perfect gemstone for this creation.
Pleiades resides in our galaxy, and is approximately 500 light years away from Earth.
The Pleiadians, an ancient, human-like race originating from Pleiades, discovered Earth during space exploration.
They entered our cycle and stayed with us through many of our world's transformations, guiding us to a more spiritual path.
Blue Zircon is said to stimulate all chakras and open the doorway to higher realms. It energizes psychic abilities and allows one to easily identify and accept spiritual guidance.
I could never have done this without my lovely fiance... who is always so supportive of my visions.
Here are some pics of the beginning of our project. It is a ton of work, but I'm expecting these walls to last a long, long time!
Our loot from Lowes
My studio is JUST big enough to work on the walls indoors.
Drake, the sawdust kitty.
This is one wall, nearly finished... still needs some extras for support, and paint of course!
Keep your Eyes peeled for the next set of pictures~
The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.
One thing I've always remembered about this summertime celebration is that Tiger Lillies are in full bloom.
These flowers are a fabulous vibrant orange that can create fields of color.
I realize we are in the middle of winter, but doesn't this necklace just remind you of a hot summer day, maybe fireworks to follow? Who ISN'T thinking about warm weather right now? I know I am...
I was so blessed this Christmas season with lots of business!
Thank you, fans, for your loyalty and support!
Take a look at my Holiday Creations.
So, the season kept me busy!
I have LOTS more to come.
I've re-vamped a few of my "vintage" pieces and I'm working on a pair of druzy earrings that I'm sure you'll love.
Stay tuned for more photos!
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