Got the Blues? Discover Blue Gemstones

In one of his poems (“Fragmentary Blue”), Robert Frost described how we treasure the color blue. Blue gemstones are a case in point. Blue gemstones such as sapphire, turquoise, and lapis have been loved and treasured from antiquity to the point that deposits have played out and prices for fine quality stones have gone through […]

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Enjoy making one-of-a-kind jewelry? Stretch yourself even more by making jewelry that include gemstones with a story. Like Dave Otteson’s rare bubbly turquoise I pinned into an invisible sterling setting with a bunch of half-drilled pearls, below. (See page 42 of the September-October issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.) ABOVE: Denver gem and fossil show. Photo […]

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August. Deep summer, and the birthstone month of peridot gemstones. It’s a time of greens of all shades. It’s the last few weeks before the world begins to change color in September and we start to pack up our shades of green until next spring. ABOVE: This wild pattern in malachite gemstones can evoke turbulent water […]

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One of the fascinating things about gemstones, especially those that have been known for millennia, is that they have collected any number of myths about their mystical and medicinal properties. But could gemstones really heal? Many myths about gemstone medicine developed in the Middle Ages, which, for the bulk of the population, would mean a […]

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We’ve talked a lot here about creating perfect bezels and making bezel settings, but I think the other types of stone settings are getting jealous–so let’s take a look at them, shall we? ABOVE – Left: The coming of spring was a dream when DelDuca created this pendant of spring colors set with drusy chrysocolla, amethyst and […]

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