August Treasures

Say hello to August and the birthstone Peridot.

Imagine a beach that sparkles with the crystals of Peridot. On the Island of Oahu, it is so very treasured, that the people have illuminated many beaches by adding tiny grains of light green crystals.

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Photo by SilverRushStyle on Etsy

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A Little History

Miners have found Peridot in volcanic rocks and even meteors that landed on Earth. It is the only gemstone that comes in one color, and is not heat-treated to alter the color, as many gemstones are. Because it is sensitive to fast changes in temperature, it is not advisable to clean Peridot with an ultrasonic method.

Since 1500 B.C. valuable Peridot was mined near Egypt, on St. Johns Island, in the Red Sea. However, it was nearly depleted up to the time WW1 began. Later, it became more abundant in 1994 after a mine was discovered in Pakistan, west of the Himalayan Mountains. Today, in Arizona, 90% of the worlds Peridot comes from the San Carlos Apache Reservation, a very large source, which is mined only by the Apache Indians.

Peridot can be found in museums all over the world, with the largest on display at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., containing 310 carats. The second largest documented display is the Shrine of the Magi with 200 carats. It is located in the Dom, a Gothic Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. In 1988, I viewed the breathtaking shrine which is a reliquary for the Wise Men or Three Kings who visited the birth of Jesus.

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Magi in Cologne

Shrine of the Magi, Cologne, Germany

Traveling in Europe left a big impression on me, it was amazing and unforgettable. For me, it is easier to understand and remember history when art plays an important role in our world.

Interested in learning more about birthstones and fun factoids? Great! Next month it’s all about the amazing blue Sapphire.

~~~Tresa

 

Research from www.vivalachi.com

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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

Inspiration: Nature

June, 2015 I captured nature.

I once read, to claim “Nature” as your source for inspiration as a n artist is cliché. Many of us are drawn to nature, and especially the outdoors in summertime. I love June. I believe, the artistic expression through nature is a gift. Cliché is defined in the contemporary art world by an artist and digital media communications professional, Christopher Healey, who has extensive experience with online development, marketing and public relations. Here is a link to his post. “A glib list of the top 10 clichés in Contemporary Art right now.”

A Lonesome Rose

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I Painted Today. Pink Petals. This is it. I know it’s a photo, but it moves me like a beautiful painting. This rose is my June Rose. It comes from a very thorny stem with only two flowers. The lonely Rose, I’ll never forget you, even as you fade. Thorny stem, I’ll wait to see your next move, next season or next year. Maybe I’ll find a better spot for you to grow.

Thorny stem

Perfect Pin Rose

Rose Complete

Roses photo by Tresa

Roses in the crystal vase Oma gave me.

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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.

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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

Superconducting

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Today was a great day. For one, it was my day off and two, I found these beautiful Niobium earring wires at Pam’s Bead Garden. As I imagined how these would work well with my copper jewelry designs, I placed them in my hand and saw this image. They were positioned magically into symmetry! Immediately I saw a butterfly. What do you see? After deciding to photograph and submit them to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry,” I found more information about the metal and its many amazing uses in medical devices such as pacemakers.

Niobium earring wire hooks are hypoallergenic and naturally nickel-free, which means that most people with metal allergies can wear them without irritation. Niobium earring findings are also corrosion resistant and scratch-resistant.

Niobium is used in various superconducting materials. These superconducting alloys, also containing titanium and tin, are widely used in the magnets of MRI scanners. Other applications of niobium include its use in welding, nuclear industries, electronics, optics, numismatics, and jewelry. In the last two applications, niobium’s low toxicity and ability to be colored by anodization are particular advantages.

Thank you for reading, You are truly amazing. Yes you!

~~Tresa

Happy Valentines Day

“How shall my heart be unsealed unless it be broken?”
—Khalil Gibran

heartBreakfastMy husband is always finding creative ways to make me smile. What a wonderful breakfast display of love in the pursuit of happiness.

Happy Valentines Day!

~~Tresa

 

Just the Beginning

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.
– Ancient Indian Proverb

Starting something new is not always easy, like blogging, a new workout routine, drinking aloe with ginger in the morning, you get the picture. I am happy to say, I started working with new materials that will ensure that my jewelry is more durable than ever, and solve the problem of short-term vs long-term. It’s a time consuming and very detail oriented process to control a tiny knot between each bead or bead section. So, I’ll be sharing some tips in later posts about my process and the glamorous gemstones that captured my heart! — Off now to drink that aloe juice. ❤

Hungry for more? Awesome! Here is a link to my newly created Jewelry Design page. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.

~~Tresa

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