Ruby-licious!

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.

Contact me to place a custom order for your new Ruby jewelry.

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Fall in Love with Earth

Happy Earth Day!Earth is a huge inspiration when creating jewelry.  The colors, textures, plants and animals that share our planet provide a continuous supply of imagery and beauty.  By taking time to study the details that surround me,  I find that the Earth activates my creative realm- a place where possibilities are endless, especially in jewelry.

Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings
Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings

This year I've decided to grow a vegetable garden to gain inspiration and life-balance through growing plants.  With the help of my husband, I built two raised garden beds.  I decided to paint them a vibrant purple, which is not only my favorite color, but also a color of healing and tranquility. I know my garden will help me discover new things about myself as well as rekindle my appreciation for the Earth.  It will feel great to get my hands in the dirt and be invigorated by the beauty of growth.

Sabrinah's Art, raised beds
Sabrinah's Art, raised beds

Life has a way of wrapping up our minds which makes it easy to forget about living in the moment.  Earth has a way of slowing things down, so we can take time to remember that we are actually alive. The Earth loves us, and it never stops giving.  Every gemstone in every piece of jewelry you own originated from the Earth and vibrates with it's energy.

Our planet is taken for granted, easily neglected and most of the time just plain disregarded, but there is no way we could survive without it.  How about we try making Earth a priority?  With all the craziness of everyday work and errands, it's not practical to constantly think about protecting the Earth.  However, we can at least make an effort to increase the time we spend loving the Earth, and in turn, loving life.

Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace
Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace

This Earth Day, make Earth your first priority.  Plant something GREENRecycle everything you can.  Give new life to something old so it can be reusedSLOW DOWN and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a sunset, the smell of rain, the feeling of the sand between your toes, the detail in a simple leaf.  Watch a colony of ants as they work together to accomplish an impossible task while leaving no "soldier" behind.

Our Earth is truly amazing and Earth Day is a celebration of it's glory.

Thank you, Earth.  I am forever indebted to you and your endless beauty.  I simply can't live without you!

Happy Earth Day! Let's celebrate with a sale...  30% off all GREEN jewelry in my shop: Use GREEN30 at checkout!

Diamonds ~ Celebrate the Richness of the Self

Diamonds, known as a symbol of love, are also the official birthstone for April.

Diamonds are made of pure carbon.  They are not only the hardest gemstone on Earth, but also the hardest mineral.  Clear diamonds are the most popular, but the demand for colored diamonds is growing as people are being captivated by the beauty of blue, pink, yellow, and chocolate diamonds.

The "4 C's," know as Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat, together determine the value of individual stones.  "Clarity" is the word used to describe a diamond's level of flawlessness.  A flawless diamond is very rare, especially as the size of the stone increases.  Not to worry, if you have a diamond with a flaw, it can actually be a good thing.

Think of that "flaw" as a "characteristic" of your diamond.  It is like a fingerprint and is a great way to identify your stone.  If you know where this characteristic lies within your diamond, you can be sure that your diamond never gets switched when you take your ring in to have it cleaned or repaired.  Funny business avoided.

It should be no surprise that diamonds symbolize love, but they also symbolize purity, innocence, and faithfulness.  A diamond can be used to enrich one's sense of purpose and overall well being.  They increase the vibration of all stones in their vicinity, making them even more of a treasure.

Sabrinah's Art, Custom Wedding Jewelry
Sabrinah's Art, Custom Wedding Jewelry

A diamond can lesson jealousy, bring abundance, and provide a path to resolve problems using a positive approach.  These are great attributes for an engagement ring, as well as any jewelry for those lucky April birthdays out there.  Enjoy your jewelry!

To celebrate April birthdays, I am extending a site-wide 15% coupon.  Use code  DIAMOND15 at checkout and save on every purchase through April.

Interested in custom wedding jewelry?  Visit my WEDDINGS page!

Saul Bell Design Award

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.

Tourmalinated Quartz Necklace

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.

Wire Wrapped Necklace

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.

Healing Quartz Jewelry

Grand prize is a $10,000 gift certificate to Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.  Finalists will be announced in November.  Keep your fingers crossed!

24th Annual Balloon Fiesta Art Show

Balloon Fiesta

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!

Moldavite Necklace

Citrine Earrings

Moldavite ring

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?

hot air balloon

Come and visit my booth this weekend and enjoy the Balloon-dotted skies of Albuquerque!

Jewelry GIVEAWAY contest!

My husband and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, on the island of Kauai.  I have never been so inspired by the beauty of the Earth and Ocean.

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.

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ocean inspired 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.

REQUIREMENTS TO WIN:

1. "LIKE" my facebook page

2. "SHARE" this on your own facebook page

3. JOIN my mailing list (4-6 emails per year, coupons!)

4. Answer this... Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? AND...Why is it so beautiful to you? (facebook comment or email to sabrinah@sabrinahsart.org)

ALL REQUIREMENTS must be met to win this pendant!  The winner will be selected on Friday, August 17th.  GOOD LUCK!

A Love Message Etched in Silver

I recently expanded my skill set by learning a technique called etching.

Etching on sterling silver is not a difficult process.  It does, however, require some practice as well as the collection of the proper materials.

I found that using "press-n-peel" paper worked best for the design transfer onto the metal.  I am lucky enough to live close to a specialty photography store where I was able to purchase ferric nitrate (the etching chemical) in a small amount. Combined with this extremely informative video, the etching project was a success!

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In this case, the etched design was a message borrowed from a love poem, later read during a vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii (Yes, I attended).

The etched ring was created as part of wedding/vow renewal ring set for two very dear friends, now married for 10 years!  Because this particular love poem was so important to the couple, you can imagine how THRILLED I was to be able to make this work.

Here are some photos of the etching process and the finished ring for the groom-

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etched silver ring

etched silver ring

The ring for the bride was created by weaving sterling and fine silver wire to set a large london blue topaz and two cubic zirconias.  The resulting piece is one of the nicest pieces of jewelry I've ever made.

This design has inspired many new ideas.

blue cocktail ring

The vow renewal ceremony was beyond gorgeous, on the beach of Hanalei, HI on the island of Kauai.  The weather was perfect, the ocean a beautiful turquoise, and even a rainbow appeared over the water.  True magic.

I am so thankful to be a part of this couple's continuing love by creating the rings they will be wearing for years to come.

The Pleiades

My newest bangle is inspired by the Pleiades, a cluster of 7 stars in the constellation Taurus.

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.

This bangle has seven stars, representing the Pleiades cluster.  Included are 3 stars made from Blue Zircon gemstone briolettes.

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.

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The Pleiades
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A Tiger Lilly = Inspiration

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...

Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly Necklace
Tiger Lilly Necklace

Holiday Creations...

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.

Wire wrapped bracelet

Gold wire bracelet

Larimar Necklace

Laboradorite Necklace

Laboradorite Necklace

Green Gemstone Jewelry

Chrysoprase wire wrapped necklace

Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments

Blue Gemstone pendant

Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments

Ohm Necklace

Sabrinah's Art

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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