Name that Color

Pantone Institute announced their fashion color report for Spring 2017. A lively color inspired by nature called “Greenery” Pantone 15-0343. The yellow-green shade is the signature color they’ve chosen to express their take on current fashion design collections and trends. According to their report from September 2016, the 10 new colors impart “emotions and feelings that surround us in nature.” However, the most prevalent color in 2017 will be a blue, they’ve named, “Niagara” Pantone 17-4123.

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Shades of blue and green will always be included on my jewelry design and graphic arts palette. I’ve been working with these amazing druzy stones for a while now. They sparkle with tiny natural crystals from yellows to blues and purples. I also admire the translucent blue-green color in the tiny round gemstone, Apatite. I predict the shades of “Niagara” will make a few appearances in my graphic design and jewelry projects again this year.

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What color inspires you?

Do you have names for your favorite colors?

Maybe your favorite ice cream is Batman Blue!

Thanks for stopping by and share to facebook if you like Blue!

~Tresa

Read the 2017 Pantone Spring Fashion report here: 
#oscars #redcarpet #fashionindustry #Pantone2017 #thedailypost
This post was inspired by Pantone and The Daily Post: Names, Photo Challenge

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Purple Stones

Amethyst is February’s Birthstone. I always love to dig up something unusual, but this month, Amethyst stands alone. There is no other gemstone for February.

A lot of people love the color purple, and  it looks fabulous with gold. I’ve been designing with variety of amethyst and tanzanite stones. My pieces are very earthy with the warm jasper tones that are a nice surprise with the sparkle of purple stones.

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Amethyst and Tanzanite Necklace by MeyerClarkCreative

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Photo from The Crystal Castle

Amethyst is quartz. It ranges in color from pale to deep purple. Bands of color are common in specimens from some regions. Heating amethyst causes the color to change to yellow or gold, turning the amethyst into citrine!

Whatever colors I’m inspired by, originality is the key to creating. I strive to employ my best hand-picked beads in every piece. I want you to feel happy that you’ve made a personal choice when wearing and giving one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry.

If you want to see more of my jewelry and here more about my story, go to MeyerClarkCreative on Etsy.com.

Thanks for reading and sharing.
~~~~ Tresa

Rosie Outlook

 

Being optimistic is not always easy.
Staying positive is not always a matter of focus. Training my brain as an artist to see things in a different light, rearranged, contrast from dark to light, and opposites, can have a healing effect. Immersing myself into my garden around the bees and weeds is important to me, and can be very therapeutic as well.

Rose Quartz rock

Rose Quartz promises to bring love.

While planting mint for tea drinking, I was surprised to find three rose quartz stones in my garden on two separate occasions! I’m sure whoever planted them was an optimist about finding love!

I’m certain it helped me too.

Challenging my design skills keeps me positive.
Recently, Pantonethe global authority on color, announced the colors for 2016; Rose Quartz and Serene Blue. Inspired by this color combination and our Michigan sunsets, I gathered up my beads and coordinated rose quartz with blue gemstones. This necklace is a new listing in my Etsy shop. According to common gemstone lore, rose quartz crystals can provide help in keeping a positive outlook, help with insomnia, and has a balancing effect on emotions. It is also the alternative to the garnet for January birthstones.

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rose quartz and serene blue gemstone jewelry

Jewelry Design by Meyer Clark Creative

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Being optimistic can be life-changing.
Positive thinking keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. According to successconsciousness.com —how-to-be-optimistic—It helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing! Yes, sharing is positive! Tweet Tweet!

~~Tresa

Today’s journal was in response to The Daily Post’s photo-challenge, Optimistic.

Anchors and Moments

 

When I started this blog, I had so many ideas and not so much time.

Taking time to design anything is always a process that is very time consuming. Sometimes, just after finishing a new jewelry piece I think to myself, well that won’t take a lot of time to recreate. The truth is, I am more of a ONE-OF-A-KIND designer. I am getting faster and keep a sketchbook, which I won’t quite reveal here yet, to refer to later.

Writing descriptions,search terms and tags for each piece in my shop is always evolving, and sometimes I get lucky and someone finds me on Pinterest or Google. The most rewarding part of handcrafting is when someone notices your artwork or the photography of it, (another passion of mine) and takes time from their day to mention why they love a handcrafted piece over store-bought one!

“Your anchor necklace couldn’t be more perfect. My sister’s birthstone is Aquamarine, and she loves anchors for some reason. She has quotes and affirmations that have to do with anchors, and I wanted to find something nice for her for Christmas. I was searching Etsy for hours last night because I think handmade gifts are so much more special. Just knowing that someone took their time to create the item and put their heart into it makes it so much better than something purchased from a store. I actually handmade a gift for grandmother out of wood, and an iron tea light candle holder for my mother, but jewelry is not something I’ve ever tried my hand at. I came across dozens of anchors that had aquamarine colors, gems, etc. in them but as soon as I saw the one that you made I knew that I had to have it.”

Steven Krosnicki
Syracuse, NY

 

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Nautical, Anchor Necklace, Gemstone, Birthstone, Aquamarine, boating, art glass, beading, handcrafted by Tresa

Nautical Anchor Necklace, by Tresa Meyer Clark. @TresaArt #MeyerClarkCreative

 

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The photo of my husband and I is one of my most treasured images. We were at the North Channel Yacht Club that summer, a wonderful memory of boating on Lake St.Clair and relaxing with my parents. I was lucky to capture this moment. It only took a second to get this pic with my iPhone, so cool, right!

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Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones, Tresa MeyerClark, etsyshop

Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones
by Tresa MeyerClark

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My studio shots are more involved. This is the pic that is used for my shop, and as a result, Steven Krosnicki purchased this anchor necklace for his little sister. He explained that anchors carry a lot of meaning for her. This is what inspires me to make more pieces.
Handcrafting is awesome when there is meaning!

I’ll take time today to put together another one similar to this—and it should go rather quickly—but I’m sure another idea will pop up in my sketchbook!

Until next time,
Please feel free to share to Facebook, Comment and Tweet!

~~Tresa

 

Photography by MeyerClarkStudio 2015

 

Comfort Zone

Stretching my comfort zone is not always easy for me.  I’m experimenting with a new color scheme that represents a vintage feel and still has a unique combination of gemstones and beads. I’m not giving up shades of turquoise, as I’ve always been drawn to it since I was very young. This is a new piece I recently added to my Etsy Jewelry shop.

 

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All Photos are by Tresa Meyer Clark and are ready to be Pinned and Shared! Follow me on Twitter @TresaArt for daily updates, sales and features.
Until next time,

~~~Tresa
Meyer Clark Studio 2015

Light My Sapphire!

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Summertime Blues ~

The photo collage above is inspired by the painting by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, “Day at the Big Lake – Grand Haven, Michigan”. I’ve had a few dreams this Summer about walking down a white sandy beach, when something very sparkly catches the warm sunlight.
I was so surprised to find blue crystals in pointed rock formations! I felt an immediate sense of panic—trying to imagine how I was gonna’ lug all the stones home in my beach bag—and then I woke up! Since then, I’ve had a few opportunities to stroll down the beaches on Lake Michigan to capture a sunset. Fast-forward to now, well, it’s September, and time to share my research about the beloved blue gemstone, Sapphire. No, I don’t think we can find a Sapphire on the beach in Michigan, maybe just blue sea glass and a Petoskey Stone. If you want to go to where Sapphires are mined, buy a ticket to Montana, Sri Lanka, Africa, Eastern Australia, China, Thailand, or Madagascar.

The Gemstone of Rainbows ~
According to my favorite jewelry store, The Miners Den, Sapphires come from the gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, wherein the trace elements present during its formation give it its color: iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium create blue, yellow, purple, orange, and green respectively. In addition to the purple, chromium impurities can also yield pink or red corundum. (This red corundum is called “ruby”, and all stones marketed as “red sapphires” have been heat-treated to create the deep red you see.) Depending how much Chromium is in the mineral will determine what gemstone it becomes. Sapphires are mined in many shades of gray, black and clear. The real deal however, is vibrant blue Sapphire.

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Sapphire ring, beverly hills

Blue Sapphire Ring by Anup Jogani, Beverly Hills, Ca

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Pink sapphire ring

Pink Sapphire Ring by Pompeii3

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How do I know if my Sapphire is authentic, synthetic or simulated?
• Sapphires are next after the diamond on the Mohs hardness scale of 9.
• Natural Sapphires should come with a Certificate to prove the stone’s origin.
• A natural Sapphire will have inclusions visible with a Jewelers loupe.
• A clear, natural Sapphire, with no inclusions is very rare and extremely valuable.
• Synthetic or lab-created Sapphires are heat-treated to enhance color.
• Sapphires comes in many colors of the rainbow, and can be referred to as “Fancy”
• Simulated Sapphires come from quartz or tourmaline and are heat-treated.

Light My Sapphire ~
rare sapphire
On August 29, 1984, an article from The Wall Street Journal was published about heat-treated gemstones. It helped to fire a thunderstorm of animosity by the gem industry, because it was not well-known that precious gemstones were heat-treated. The orange-pink Sapphire, Padparadscha, also derived from Corundum, are extremely rare and totally natural, with no sign of artificial heat-treatment. Mined now in Vietnam and Eastern Africa, these amazing gems can be worth more than the very finest blue Sapphires. Can you believe $50,000 per carat!

Now you know that a Sapphire is not only a blue stone. I was watching Jewelry TV last week, when they mentioned a Pink Sapphire, calling it “Morganite” from Beryl. But we know now, Sapphires come from the mineral Corundum, not Beryl.

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A Morganite Ring by Pompeii3

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Thank you for reading my research & rantings! You are truly awesome!
Make my day sparkle and please share my blog with your friends on Facebook.
Dankeschön!

~~Tresa

Summertime 

Anchor Yourself with Happiness.

The inspiration to create is endless for me. Designing packaging and photographing my work makes everything come together.

Thanks for stopping by

~~Tresa

Photo by MeyerClark Studio

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.

Auf Wiedersehen, June Birthstone

June Birthstone Alexandrite

Alexandrite Gemstone with color variations

The month of June comes to and end soon. I hope we soaked up everything possible in the time we are given to enjoy Spring, which is not very long. Carefully studying and gazing at all the greenery in my garden from the hosta and fragrant lavender to the tiny lily of the valley—I ask myself, why is the June birthstone a pearl or an alexandrite? Instead, what about a peridot, as in the perfect shade of spring green, like chlorophyll in photosynthesis. Actually my friends, there are eight types of June birthstones depending on which part of the world you live in. Alexandrite, with its lovely shifts in color, from blue-green to pink-purple, has reined supreme in the U.S. since 1912. In 1952 the white pearl was added, in part due to the rarity of alexandrite.

 

Pearl beads in German dish

Photographed with outdoor light on a vintage jewelry dish from my Opa.

 

Faux pearl necklace

Faux pearls from a Miriam Haskell – style necklace I found at a flea market.

Do you know the difference between an imitation pearl and a fake one? Real natural pearls are cold to the touch. Also, it is hard to match perfectly round ones on a single strand, and they are pricey. Fake pearls are made of glass or plastic which are called “faux” or “costume”.

More about birthstones, pearls and jewelry making in posts to come soon.

Thanks for stopping by,
~~Tresa

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A Little Heart

This our “Morgan & Mason” custom, birthstone locket necklace I created to remember our little 9-month-old Morgan and 4-year-old Mason. They were so loved and cherished by many. A recent tragedy took the lives of three family members in a house fire in Michigan Center, Michigan.

Birthstone Necklace

Tiny birthstones for Morgan and Mason

Morgan was born in June which is Alexandrite gemstone and a Pearl. Mason was born in January which is a Garnet. This necklace will be customized to your birthstone selection.

Help Aaron and Lexi rebuild. All profits will go to an Aaron and Lexi donation fund to help them rebuild their lives after losing everything. Go to MeyerClarkCreative on Etsy
to learn more and make a purchase.

Locket Detail

God Bless,
~~Tresa