This year I was able to participate in the event. Each designer is to bring a handmade jewelry item (sample, casting, cut off, gem etc.) and trade it for “gem” from a fellow WJA Maker. This “gem” is then used in a wearable jewelry design that will be auctioned at the fundraiser.
The 2016 theme for the WJA Maker’s II Project is “She Inspired Me…”
There are many females in my life that have inspired me. So I looked to my “gem” for inspiration and found the answer, I realized that Mother Nature was the influence for this piece so I decide I would go with the strongest feminine entity in the world, Mother Nature.
Once the bezel was soldered in place, I oxidized the copper and brushed the edges to bring out the copper highlights. I selected copper colored freshwater pearls to complement the highlights in the oxidized copper. I handmade a pearl chain using these pearls and oxidized the sterling silver for added contrast.
The WJA Maker’s 2 Project will be held at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, 103, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Saturday, July 30th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Each Maker will receive one complimentary ticket for the event, additional tickets cost $10 for WJA members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth about 100 miles or so below the surface in the upper mantle. Diamonds are quite old. At least hundreds of millions of years old, but in most cases billions of years old, anywhere from one to three billion years old, a time when the earth was probably hotter than it is today and so conditions were perhaps more appropriate for diamond growth. Smithsonian.
Lately diamonds have been hot so to speak.
The most outstanding ones for me are the diamonds with color.
The Red Diamond
Vivid Oppenheimer Blue Diamond
According to Christie’s website, this 14.62 ct. diamond called the Oppenheimer Blue, is the largest fancy vivid blue diamond ever offered for auction.
“The Oppenheimer Blue can only be described as one of the rarest gems in the world,” said Curiel. “It is the gem of gems.”Those details are part of what makes the gem so rare. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s head of jewelry, told CNBC that less than 2 percent of the diamonds found in the world are blue, and only 10 percent of them are larger than a carat.
“Blue diamonds range from a very faint baby blue, a powder blue, to a dark, dark-indigo blue [that’s] almost too dark,” Kadakia said. “Vivid is the purest, most open, almost a happy blue color.”
The most famous natural-color green diamond is considered by many to be the Dresden Green . GIA. The green color in a diamond is the result of exposure to radiation. The source of the radiation can be naturally occurring or performed in a laboratory. Natural radiation is the result of the diamond being exposed to radioactive uranium from rocks near the earth’s surface.
The Argyle Violet Diamond
Rio Tinto has recovered its largest ever violet diamond from its Argyle mine in Western Australia.
Unique Pink Diamond
The “Unique Pink,” the largest Fancy Vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ever offered at auction, came to Sotheby’s New Bond street galleries in London. According to Ehud Laniado, the head of Cora International “People are bidding very high prices, which means that they don’t see diamonds as just an expense,” he says. “They are starting to be seen as an asset, more than something you just use in jewelry. In 11 years, pink stones have gone up by 350 percent. Compare that to gold, which only went up 150 percent.” With this said the unique point is made for the pink.
I consider myself very lucky. I was able to venture out this year, into the land of gems, and see the 2016 International Tucson Gem Show. I have been attending this annual show since I was a buyer for a design studio in Oakland back in the early 90’s. Seems like ages ago. But I never grow tired of the amazing sights to behold, tables piled high with gems and pearls. Need I say any more. Continue reading “My Journey to Tucson”→
WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR? At the beginning of each year I take a good look at the colors selected by Pantone (a company noted for standardizing the use of color in printing) and ponder how it may affect my jewelry designs for the new season.
Lydia Courteille’s new jewellery collection tells the tale of a Native American legend, thru the use of vibrant gemstones and amazing metalwork. She is one of my a favorite designers, bold and adventurous, two characteristics that I admire. Continue reading “Rarely do I see work like this…”→
I never really know how work will come to the studio. One would think that I do, but it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes it’s by word of mouth, or thru my website or past clients that bring me new design projects. Whichever they may be, I am grateful for the design challenges that come my way.
Inspiration : something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone : a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
Moonstones are beautiful gems from the Earth. During the summer while researching gemstones for a custom design project, I came across some interesting gemstone facts from AGTA, the American Gem Trade Association.