Friday, July 30, 2010

Pink Saturday - July 31



Welcome to the last Pink Saturday for July. Thank you to Beverly from How Sweet the Sound for hosting our weekly gathering.

So now Pink Ladies, I have a question....


How old is too old to wear Swarovski Pink Butterflies?




What if they are hanging around with Freshwater Pearls?



Thanks for visiting. Don't forget to visit all the Pink Saturday Ladies.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pink Saturday July 24


Just one of my favourite things





Freshwater Pearls and Pink Swarovski Crystal





Happy Pink Saturday!



Be sure to visit our hostess Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for the complete list of Pink Saturday participants.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pink Saturday July 17

Welcome to Pink Saturday. Special thanks to our hostess Beverly from How Sweet the Sound for organizing the weekly meeting of the Pink.




Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz. The pink to rose red color is completely unique, unlike any other pink mineral species. The color is caused by iron and titanium impurities.



Rose quartz is found in Madagascar, India, Germany, in the USA. Most of the worlds supply of good quality rose quartz comes from Brazil.




So now your mission for this Pink Saturday is to visit every one of the other Pinkers-last week 171 of us. C'mon its Saturday, what else are you gonna do? If you can't visit everyone at least make the trip to Amy's at vintage porcelain art. She actually paints all of the items she shows. I haven't seen a piece I didn't like.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Freshwater Pearls and Coloured Gemstones

One of my favourite gemstones is the Pearl. I love how a little "irritant" turns into something so beautiful. Combine them with coloured gemstones and you have a timeless piece of jewellery.





Amethyst and Freshwater Pearls on a sterling silver oval link chain. The amethyst is a rich dark purple, the pearls are white, luminous and smooth. Securely and easily closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. Total length 18 inches. $34.00

Amethyst-8mm, 6mm
Freshwater Pearl-5mmx6mm






Sodalite and Freshwater Pearls on a sterling silver oval link chain. The sodalite is a crisp blue, the pearls are white, luminous and smooth. Securely and easily closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. Total length 18 inches. $38.00

Sodalite-8mm, 4mm
Freshwater Pearl-5mmx6mm






Facetted Smokey Quartz combine with freshwater pearl on a sterling silver oval link chain. Sterling silver "S" clasp is secure and easy to attach. 18 inches in length. $36.00

Smokey Quartz 7mm
Freshwater Pearl 5mmx6mm smooth luminous






Facetted Black Agate and luminous white Freshwater Pearls on a sterling silver oval link chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. Total length 16 inches. Perfect with his white shirt or your LBD. $38.00

Facetted Black Agate-8mm, 6mm
Freshwater Pearls-5mmx6mm







Amazonite and freshwater pearls on a sterling silver figaro chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. Total length 18 inches. $33.00

Amazonite 8mm
Freshwater Pearl 5mmx6mm, 3mmx4mm smooth, white



All Gracie Jewellery arrives in its own storage pouch. Some of these necklaces are already listed in my shop, the rest will be by the end of the week.

Sodalite

Sodalite is found in various shades of blue and is related to Lapis. As the name suggests, it is partly composed of sodium. It is found in various locations throughout the world, most notably Canada, the United States, Russia and Greenland, where it was discovered in the early 19th century. It has also been referred to as "Princess Blue" after Princess Patricia who was so enthralled with it upon a visit to Canada that she requested it to be used as architectural detailing for the interior of Marlborough House in England. Found in Canada, Italy, Brazil, India, Greenland,Russia, Namibia, and Montana and Nevada in the US.

Trapezoid-cut Sodalite alternates with round Sodalite on a sterling silver figaro chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. Simply stunning! Total length 18 inches, 20 inches to the bottom of the sodalite. $34.00

Sodalite-15mmx38mm, 8mm, 4mm






Sodalite accented with sterling silver on a sterling silver oval link chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. 17 inches in length. $23.00

Sodalite 8mm & 4 mm







Sodalite accented with sterling silver on a figaro link chain. Total length 16 inches. Such a classic look. $26.00

Sodalite-10mmx14mm







All Gracie Jewellery is handmade in my smoke and pet free studio. Please visit my shop to see the ever-growing collection.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Botswana Agate

Botswana Agate gets its name from the only known source of this beautiful and interesting gemstone Botswana, Africa. With beautiful swirls and or bands Botswana Agate is typically a pastel blend of brown, cream, white and pink and is often semi-translucent.






Botswana Agate in a sterling silver frame on a sterling silver oval link chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. 22 inch chain, pendant adds 1 inch. $35.00

Botswana Agate measures 13mmx18mm






Botswana Agate in shade of ivory and taupe on a sterling silver figaro chain. Securely closes with a sterling silver "S" clasp. 16 inch total length. $30.00

Botswana Agate - 10mmx14mm



All Gracie Jewellery is handmade in my smoke and pet free studio. Please visit my shop to see the ever-growing collection.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pink Saturday July 10



It's Pink Saturday, the day we celebrate all things PINK. Thank you to Beverly from How Sweet the Sound who hosts this phenom every week.



A couple weeks ago I showed this Rhodocrosite bracelet.



I loved the look of the Rhodocrosite in the hand formed links so much I made a pair of earrings to match.



I think I will sell this as a set in my shop Gracie Jewellery

This week I am asking everyone to visit Peggy at My Affairs with Art & Daily Life. Peggy's husband Norm has had a stroke and I have been visiting Peggy everyday to see how he is doing. Please take a moment to visit and say a Prayer for Norm and Peggy.

Have a safe week and please drop by again.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Handmade Sterling Silver Earrings

Made from *Argentium Sterling Silver all the links have been hand formed by me, fused closed by me and then tumbled for strength and shine. And then, finally, all the links are assembled into jewellery by me. All in all a timely process.

Square links ranging in size from 9mm to 16mm are joined together in a swingy arrangement. From top to bottom they are 2" long.





Now these are cool! Oval links joined together to make a long slim dangle. From the top of the leverbacks to the bottom link these are 2¼" long.





A shorter vision of the earrings above, these hang 1½" from top to bottom.






All Gracie Jewellery is handmade in my smoke and pet-free home studio. Each piece arrives in its own storage pouch. Gracie Jewellery is available in my shop.

*Argentium Sterling Silver is sterling silver with less of the copper alloy. Copper is what makes sterling silver tarnish. Argentium is 92.5% pure silver with the balance a mix of germanium and copper. This makes Argentium silver harder, brighter and more highly tarnish resistant than traditional sterling silver. While Argentium silver is a bit more expensive than traditional sterling silver, it is well worth it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pink Saturday July 4



The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. You'll find more at USFlag.org



The Star Spangled Banner was composed by Francis Scott Key, "In Defense of Fort McHenry" in September 1814. Congress proclaimed it the U.S. National Anthem in 1931

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Flag draped from the roof of the Pentagon

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause. it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!





Welcome to Pink Saturday at Gracie Jewellery. This weekend is a special one as our neighbours to the south are celebrating their nation's 234th birthday. Our Pink Saturday hostess, Beverly from How Sweet the Sound has encouraged us to show our red, white and blue.






My red - Rhodolite Garnets





My white - Freshwater Pearls





My blue - Sodalite

Last week Carol at Old Glory Cottage joined Pink Saturday for the first time. The name of her blog fits in so well with July 4th, you have to go visit her today.

Have a happy and safe July 4th weekend. Thanks for visiting.
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