Showing posts with label Magnesite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magnesite. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Under the Pink Earrings for Rachel

There earrings are custom made for my best friend, Rachel...

These earrings, named for Tori Amos's 1994 album "Under the Pink,"  feature moonstone, rose quartz, magnesite, sterling silver and sterling silver enameled wire, and platinum plated earwires.

Stone properties:
Associated with the heart chakra and the signs Aries, Taurus, Virgo, and Libra, rose quartz is a stone of "unconditional love."  It encourages all forms of love including self-love, self-confidence, and romantic love.  It also brings forgiveness and gentleness, tolerance and acceptance, and increased receptivity to colors, sounds, art, music, and poetry.  Rose quartz helps boost creativity and is calming, reducing stress, clears anger, resentment, guilt, fear, and jealously.  It is truly an amazing stone!

Magnesite has the same crystal structure as calcite, which is similar in texture and hardness to marble and turquoise. In gem lore, magnesite is known for its ability to calm, bring emotional balance, open wearers up to "higher realms and states of consciousness," and get them in touch with themselves beyond veils of perceptions. It is also believed to clear blockages and hang-ups over the past and open the third eye and crown chakras, which bolsters psychic abilities and promotes bliss (source).

Moonstone is known for its ability to calm, relive stress, encourage inner growth, intuition, success, and good fortune in both love and business endeavors. It is also June's birthstone and associated with the astrological signs Cancer, Libra, and Scorpio.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Desert Fire: Orange Agate, White Magnesite, & Turquoise Blue - OOAK Bold Southwestern Statement Necklace

Bold. Vibrant. One of a Kind.

This one-of-a-kind necklace is bold, vibrant, and statement making.  It features seven free-form agate slices separated by goldstone.  White magnesite and  hand-cut carnelian add interest to the design and echo the colors in the agate slices.  Pops of turquoise blue and antique copper complete the design.
The orange agate slices are striking and each stone is unique.  The white magnesite has a heavy brown matrix and looks amazing next to the rich orange carnelian chunks.


This necklace is of substantial weight and will bring a touch of Southwestern glamour, while evoking the colors of a stunning desert landscape, to your decollete.

Agate is a protective stone and increases courage and self-esteem.  Carnelian is also a courage stone and it opens one's heart, and brings joy into one's life.  With the calming properties of magnesite, this necklace has a nice, energetic balance (source here).

The blue turquoise chips add contrast to the necklace.  I've had these blue chips for a long time, and only a limited amount remain.  They are a rich turquoise blue and may be either natural turquoise or dyed howlite.

The necklace closes with an antique copper lobster clasp and can be adjusted from 21" to 23".  "Desert Fire" is a versatile matinee length and will look great for evening, office, or casual wear.  There is a replica Ottoman coin charm at the end of the extender, which brings a touch of the East to this Southwestern infused necklace.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Princess of the Skies Necklace: Turquoise, Magnesite, and TierraCast

I wanted this necklace to reflect the endless blue skies of the southwest USA while maintaining a bohemian feel.  I restrung this necklace more than once in order to get the length and aesthetic unity just right. I hope the wearer of this necklace feels like a princess who is connected with the natural minerals of the earth and the expansive and varied blues of the skies.

While designing this necklace, I wanted to imbue the finished piece with a classic, yet bohemian, one-of-a-kind quality, and I believe that the "Princess of the Skies'" mixture of materials, shapes, and textures have fulfilled my intention.

The centerpiece of this necklace is a 1 ¼" wide by ¾" long sky blue turquoise pendant with a beautiful matrix on each side, which makes this necklace reversible.  TierraCast silver plated pewter Turkish and  smooth rondelles are interspersed between blue turquoise beads, handcrafted reconstituted blue turquoise beads, and sky blue faceted magnesite nuggets with distinctive matrices.

This one-of-a-kind necklace is light to moderate weight and 16 ¾" long.

Check out this entry on Turquoise:  Turquoise is truly a powerful stone!

Buy "Princess of the Skies" here on Etsy!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stormy Neptune Earrings

The blue-green ceramic globes are reminiscent of the planet Neptune and its mysterious, swirling blue atmosphere.   The larger inclusions bring to mind Neptune's Dark Great Spot--the planet's massive storm.  These earrings are finished with red magnesite rondelles, that are a bright hot pink, bright blue gemstone beads, and Preciosa Czech glass flower bead caps.  The ear wires are platinum plated copper and are lead and nickel free.  These moderate-weight earrings measure 2 1/4" long and 3/4" at their widest point.  Buy them on Etsy!