A Ruby is King, not Pink

It just seems fitting that July is the most celebrated gemstone in history, and it’s mentioned more in the Bible than any other stone. The ruby is known as the “King of Gemstones” because it the hardest level of 9.0 on Moh’s scale, second in line to a diamond. Its mineral properties are corundum which make it red. All rubies have inclusions unless they are heat-treated or synthetic. Only true red corundum can be called a ruby, if it is pink, it’s called a sapphire.

Auf wiedersehen July, it was great!
Looking forward to August.

~~Tresa

Photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark 

July Birthstone

A pink ruby is not a ruby, it’s a Sapphire.

The Colors of Sunset and Wine

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

Color is important to me. Before designing a jewelry piece, I combine shades and textures that I’m drawn to. The Swarovski Crystal beads have amazing light reflecting qualities, and this color, Antique Rose, it very close tho the Pantone color, Marsala. The bands of color on the agate slice that I hand-picked for this piece, blend well with the crystal beads. This is an amazing close up! The finished piece can be viewed here in my Etsy shop where I added fancy caps to warm, golden jasper beads.

Pink agate slice

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It’s Quiet on Beaver Island

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

It was a quiet morning at the marina on Beaver Island. I decided to photograph the morning light and capture the stillness of the water, and its reflections from the lighthouse. This is Lake Michigan on a misty, gray morning in June. As I stepped off
the boat onto the dock, I remembered a photography tip from my Dad, “watch the horizon line, make it straight.” I quietly walked down the dock to an open boat slip, not to disturb the other boaters still sleeping. Normally, I don’t divide a landscape image in half
when I compose a shot, but this time it was a perfect opportunity to blend the sky
with the water.

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Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island is a great boating destination if you want to get away from crowds of vacationing people from down state, what we refer to in Michigan as, “fudgies”. It offers great sunsets, and a laid-back atmosphere. It is approximately 30 miles off the coast, with two ferry services from Charlevoix. It is the largest Island in Lake Michigan.
More information about its history, recreation and Beaver Island Boat Company  at Beaver Island.org

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Safe boating!
~~Tresa

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Anchor Your Happiness

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

Anchor

Sunrise at the Marina at Northport, MI — Photo by Tresa Meyer Clark

A customer of mine told me that anchors have a lot of meaning to her and that she was having some health issues. When I asked her to explain, she said, “an anchor is a symbol of strength and stability.” She inspired me to make more anchor jewelry and I wrote this.

Anchor your happiness, anchor your love.
Anchor your faith, hope and healing, from the stars up above.
From the heavens to the sea, anchor happiness,
Anchor your dreams.
~~Tresa