Howlin’ at the Moonstone
Gemstones

Howlin’ at the Moonstone

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This All Hallows Eve, forget the bad moon on the rise and celebrate the celestial beauty that is moonstone.  According to Roman mythology and Hindu legend, this feldspar gem was believed to be petrified moonbeams! The optical phenomenon responsible for this supernatural glow is called adularescence. Internally repeating feldspar layers (with slightly different compositions) scatter […]

Green Inspired Jewelry: Green With Envy
Fashion & Trends

Green Inspired Jewelry: Green With Envy

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“Women should empower each other instead of being envious of one another.” There is so much truth in that statement. When I was presented with the opportunity to write a blog themed “Green with Envy”, I knew I didn’t want it to be something everyone would expect. Everyone enjoys being envied, it’s our human nature, […]

Gem Journey: Deep Dive into Sapphire Mining
Travel

Gem Journey: Deep Dive into Sapphire Mining

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Waking early to go to the rough stone market in Nivithigala left a lot of time after the market closed to travel to the sapphire mine for a pre-arranged journey down into the mine shaft to explore the mine itself.  This was one of the most exciting days of our trip, and I was certainly […]

Jewel School: Beadweaving & Rope Jewelry
Jewelry Making

Jewel School: Beadweaving & Rope Jewelry

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Jewel School Program Monday Oct 27, from 10am-noon (EST)- Seed beaders rejoice! The one and only Jill Wiseman will be making her first guest appearance on Jewel School this week!! For those of you who may not know this amazing lady, let me tell you a little about her: Jill Wiseman lived a traditional, “8-to-5” […]

Opal Fossils
Gemstones

Opal Fossils

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Fossils are the preserved remains of once-living plants and animals often found in rock formations. These great little treasures can be found almost anywhere in the world and are a perfect snapshot of the past. Fossils can help scientists determine what life was like in a certain area thousands or even millions of years ago. […]

Gem Journey:  Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala
Travel

Gem Journey: Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala

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Apart from the cut stone market in Ratnapura, a distinctly different market operates in a smaller town, Nivithigala, about 19 km away.  It’s distinctly different in several respects – one, no cut stones are traded there and, two, the traders expect cash (no credit cards) for payment.  I would learn the hard way what it […]

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