Tag Archive | jewellery

Heart pendants, perfect Valentine’s gift jewelry

Ideal gift ideas for Valentine’s day, these hot off the pliers Hearts are available on my web-store at: www.wrappedtogo.net

Click here to see all of my unique and creative designs!

 

Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Turquoise heart

Turquoise heart

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

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History of Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is made by bringing together different components that are assembled by the hand of mankind other than using machines. Even if at some point lathes and drills are used to make the jewelry, they have to be guided by the hands of humans. They are made by artists who use any kind of available material to come up with unique designs by using several techniques.

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Handmade Emerald Pendant

Some of the materials used to make the jewelry include gemstones, special coated wires, beads or even threads. With the unique skills, the jewelry are crafted using wires wrapped on the gemstones. History of handmade jewelry is traced back several thousands of years ago when jewelries were used by different cultures for different purposes. They provide several myths about how the ancient cultures functioned. This also includes the beautiful wire wrapped jewelry.

It is believed that the very first jewelry originated from the people in Africa. The materials used then included perforated beads that proved that shell jewelry made out of sea snails, dating 75,000 years ago at Blombos Cave, were very beautiful. In Kenya, at Enkapune Ya Muto, perforated ostrich egg shells were used to make numerous beads dating more than 40,000 years ago. In other parts of the world, there is evidence that the Cro-Magnons wore crude bracelets and necklaces made of bones, teeth, berries, mammoth tusks and stones.

The first sign of a copper jewelry was seen around 7000 years ago. Tremendous development on handmade jewelry include; Pair of Gold Hair Ornaments, Mesopotamian, circa 2000 BC in Greece, Gold earring from Mycenae, from the 16th century to the 20th century where there have been tremendous improvements on jewelry making worldwide. In the 21st century, most modern commercial jewelry continues traditional forms and styles, but designers have widened the concept of wearable art, bringing in the use of plastics, Precious Metal Clay, and coloring techniques.

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Ammolite handmade jewelry

Handcrafted jewelry has become very popular around the world. The current trends in handmade jewelry making involves unique necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and are all about size, volume, and edginess. They include; oversized cuffs, stacking rings, mixed metals, chandelier earrings, cuff earrings and cartilage jewelry, bright-chunky rings, glam chokers, statement necklaces, layering small pendants and charms as well as animal-themed jewelry. Therefore, you need to look for current trends in handmade jewelry making, especially the wire wrapped jewelry.

I use several gemstones to make wire wrapped jewelry as it gives it the glamour that is required of it. I use Ametrine Heart gemstone to make very unique and gorgeous jewelry. This awesome sparkling gemstone that is heart-shaped is wrapped using 14k gold-filled wire that is approximately 1 7/8” long and 1” wide (48x25mm). It is approximately $ 150 in price.

My skills as a jewelry artist are unique. I have acquired over 25 years of twisting Stainless Steel Safety wire as a licensed Aircraft Mechanic and Inspector, working on Piper Cubs to Boeing 747s. This vital skill of mine has enabled me to transform a wire wrapping activity into a serious business of jewelry making.

 

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Handmade Jewelry

For my handmade jewelry,  I wrap stones creatively by observing each angle to bring out their natural look and use the very finest available materials in the market. All my plastic materials and wire wrapped jewelry are of high quality and I use natural materials like Coral, Jasper, Turquoise, Agates, Glass and Pearls, without forgetting the whole family of Citrine & Peridot, Apatite & Amethyst as well as Chalcedony & Tourmaline gemstones.

Also in my possession is the world’s finest lead crystal that is made by Swarovski. Moreover, I use solid Sterling Silver, Copper or Brass wire and 14k Gold, to wrap my one of a kind jewelry that is handcrafted. I also customize jewelry pieces to meet the individual needs and unique personality of each client as well as budget. You can see all these products, and more, in my website www.wrappedtogo.net.

Metaphysical properties of Turquoise

 

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Turquoise Associations:   Chakras – Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra Birthstone – December Zodiac – Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces Planet – Venus & Neptune Element – Air & Fire Typical colours – turquoise, blue, green

Turquoise is a purification stone.  It dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere.  Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm.  It is excellent for depression and exhaustion, it also has the power to prevent panic attacks.  Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving.  It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love.

Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue,  and heals the whole body.  It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, and alleviates cramps and pain.  Turquoise purifies lungs,  soothes and clears sore throats, and heals the eyes, including cataracts.  It neutralises overacidity, benefits rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, and viral infections.

Lovely Turquoise pendants may be purchased here, on my website, Wrapped to Go!

http://www.wrappedtogo.net/Turquoise3.html

 

Fabulous, hand made Moonstone jewelry

 
Fresh off of the pliers, these fantastic Moonstone pendants are ready for Holiday purchasing!
 
Please visit my web-store Wrapped to Go! to purchase one of the darling pendants, or to view more of my hand-crafted jewelry!

New Smoky/Smokey Quartz jewelry

Fresh off the pliers, I have three brand new smoky quartz pendants to offer!

Two are very lovely faceted gemstones, and one is an untraditional, marquee cut cabochon ( not faceted)

All are quite fabulous and wrapped in 14k gold filled wire.

These beauties are available on my we-store:  www.wrappedtogo.net

 

Facts about Tiffany Stone/Bertranite/Icecream Opal

 

This rock is composed of many different minerals,
 which vary from sample to sample. It is found in nodules
and you have no idea what it is going to look like until you break them open.
It is found in the west desert of Utah,
near Spor Mountain, in a small area where they mine for beryllium.

 It is very rare, both because it comes from such a small geographic area
 and because much of it ends up in the ore crusher and gets destroyed.  Now, due to National security reasons, rockhounds are no longer allowed to collect this material.

 Some say the name tiffany stone came about because the
slab slices cut from the nodules reminded the miners of tiffany glass lamp shades.
 Others say the name tiffany stone came about
because of a miner that used to pick up the nodules for his daughter Tiffany.
In either case, it is a name that people recognize in association with the nodules.

Tiffany Stone can be a soft to hard opalized stone that forms in very small to very large (100+ pound)
“mineralized nodules”, composed predominantly of opalized fluorite (blues, purples and whites),
 often with many other minerals such as quartz, chalcedony, dolomite, rhodonite, manganese oxides (blacks),
 bertrandite, beryl, solid white or translucent-yellowish opal, and other surprises included.
The best pieces for cabs are the opalized pieces, which cut well and take a beautiful polish.

Some other tidbits about tiffany stone –

~ Tiffany Stone formed from water circulating underground,
eventually penetrating nearby volcanic tuff layers
and precipitating out as fluorite-rich siliceous nodules.
 The nodules consist mainly of quartz, chalcedony, agate and opal,
but the waters also contain numerous other elements
hat were picked-up as the water passed through other rock within the area.
 Only 75% of the siliceous nodules contain fluorite,
and the nodules that do contain it vary considerably in total fluorite content.
 The color of the fluorite varies from a light blue to a deep reddish-violet color to pink and red.

Slicing open the nodule often shows a wide variety of aesthetic and colorful patterns.

~ Mineralized nodules are locally abundant
in beryllium ore and represent altered clasts (fragments)
of carbonate rock. Other clasts, of quartzite, limestone, and volcanic rocks
, are little altered. Carbonate clasts show the alteration
sequence dolomite-calcite-chalcedonic quartz/opal-fluorite.
 Some of the nodules have a very nice concentric structure,
with an interior of calcite, an intermediate shell of gray to black chalcedony,
and an outer, white to purplish layer of opalized fluorite.

~ Bertrandite is a colorless, white, yellow, or light pink mineral that contains beryllium
and is what the mine is seeking as a raw ore. The beryllium processed from the bertrnadite
is used in the production of missile nose cones (it does not heat up at high speeds)
 and other high-tech metallurgical uses. Some say the beryllium is concentrated in the fluorite
 (probably how the purple rock became known as bertrnadite),
as microscopic inclusions of the bertrandite crystals,
with generally not more than 1% bertrandite present.
 Others say the bertrnadite is found in the soil and the nodules
are just dug up as the bertrandite is dug up. My guess is that both are true.

~ In either case, while mining for the bertrandite,
the tiffany stone nodules are dug up and end up in the overburden
(mining leftovers) and/or go through the ore crusher, to extract the
 1% to 2% beryllium contained in the opal tuff.
The end result is that not only are Tiffany Stone nodules
 rare because of their limited geographic location,
they are made even more rare (and consequently expensive)
because so few of them ever “escape”.

 

Please visit my web-store to view or purchase more examples of this marvelous stone :0)  www.wrappedtogo.net