Jewel School Blog Special!
Although I know that many of you might have snow until May this year, the calendar states that it is officially springtime! On this week's blog, we are featuring candy quartz. Each matching pair of candy quartz, trillion-cut cabochons is approximately 18mm in size, and comes from our Barlow Designer Collection. Due to the nature of the material, as seen in the above photographs, the patterns shown in each pair of cabochons will be slightly different from those pictured, but the pair will match.
Jewel School Blog Special (good until midnight EST Wednesday April 2, 2014): $27.99!
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“Candy” Quartz Profile
You probably already know that agate is a form of quartz, and that quartz banded with color is usually called agate; thus these cabs might be called agate. Occasionally some forms of quartz aren’t as tightly formed as others, so it’s nice that these stones have been stabilized; meaning Bruce treated these stones so they are less fragile to work with. With a MOHS hardness of 7-7.5, agate is a fabulous lapidary material! Watch for more details about the colors of agate, comings in the near future.
Jewelry Design Ideas
Trust me when I tell you that it isn’t easy to find truly matched cabochon pairs. Probably the most obvious way to use them in jewelry design would be to make a pair of earrings. You could bezel set them into sterling silver or argentium, or perhaps create a matching pair of wire frames. With Mother’s Day coming, another way to use these stones would be to create a matching pair of pendants; one for mom and one for you!
Besides Mother’s Day (a great holiday for jewelry sales) here’s another thought. The zodiac sign of Gemini (the twins) would be a great way to promote a “matching pendant set”, because agate is a stone related to Gemini! (Believe it or not, one of the three Jewel School Institute team members and I are “Gemini Twins”. Pretty cool, huh?)
Jewel School Program Monday March 31, 10am-noon (EST)
Committed to helping you dear Jewel Schooler, not only as a source to find unique jewelry making supplies and education, but also with sales techniques, Jewel School is excited to welcome back inventor Cindy Lichfield! Taking clear photographs of your work is extremely important, not only for website sales but also to apply to juried art shows. Cindy has the perfect answer to this challenge, her Cloud Dome Photography Kit! Tune in to watch as she demonstrates how easy it is to get really great detailed shots of your work.
Helping you to keep track of your jewelry making inventory, software developer Barbara Carleton will share on-screen shots using her brand new Jewelry Designer Manager Pro for JTV. Developed just for Jewel School, this 2014 software program is an exclusive cross between the Pro and the Deluxe. Not only will you be able to keep track of your supplies, but this amazing program will also help you “take the guesswork out of pricing your jewelry”!
Sale on Monday's Show
Wait until you see all of our “springtime closeouts” on Monday’s show!
- One of my personal favorites is a really fantastic deal on The Art of Making Bracelets Kit. (Note: you don’t have to make bracelets with this kit, that’s just the title.) This kit retails for $94.99 and it’s on sale for just $49.99! That’s a whopping 47% off, and includes everything seen above.
- How about trying something just a tad different? Pick up an Artistic Square Wire Chain Maille Kit by Beadalon’s Lauren Andersen, and save almost 30%! (Yes… square artistic wire made into jump rings!)
- And one of YOUR favorite wire kits is on clearance too… Beadalon’s set of 8 assorted gauge twisted round wire kit with 116 feet of wire for less than $50.
Tip: if you can’t watch on Monday, follow the links above and get your specials now, before they sell out on the show!
JSI Happenings - Call for Volunteers
I’ve just finished drafting our first “Rockin’ Kids Summer Camp” schedule. The JSI team and I are going to have a blast educating children into “Pebble Pups” with such activities as: growing a crystal garden, making petrified wood beads, digging for crystals, making fossils and lots more! Do you live within an hour of the JSI in Knoxville? Would you love to volunteer and work with me and Courtney? The dates will be in mid-June. Send me an email and let me know if you’d like to come and play with us, email@example.com (PS- I guarantee you a sandwich, cookies, and a rockin’ good time!)
Being excited about our upcoming Kid’s Camp, I’d like to share some of my favorite childhood memories with you, that eventually led to my current (and hopefully final) creative career. My mom has always been interested in rocks and minerals, but moving to New Hampshire when I was about eight years old, turned her into an official “rockhound”! Many weekends found my younger brother and I sharing the back of a 1965 Willys Jeep with my husky and my grandmother’s albino shepherd, a cooler full of food, and a wooden box full of rock hammers, bug stuff, and other supplies. Armed with very old geology books and topographic maps, my grandmother rode shotgun while my mother drove. Off we’d go into the wooded mountains of New England, searching out old pegmatite and mica mines to hunt for mineral specimens.
Talk about adventures! Sometimes what appeared to have been a bridge (at some time in the past) was rotten, so we’d have to haul logs and build a new one so we could get to the other side of a deep brook or such. And occasionally 4-wheel drive just wasn’t going to get us where mom wanted to go, so we did a lot of hiking too! Thus I grew up learning how to identify and deal with spiders, snakes, deer, one time a black bear, strange big beetles, and other creatures. Did you know that for every one rattlesnake you DO see, there are fifteen you didn’t? Or that copperheads usually travel in pairs and release an odor that smells like freshly peeled cucumbers when they get nervous? (I’m not going to get into what we learned about spiders…fascinating to watch, but stay off of me … I can’t see where it went!)
Besides learning how and what to find at a certain location (like beryl, apatite, quartz crystals, tourmaline, etc), there were places I believed were magical! One of my favorites was a mine I called “golden roads”; mind you it was silver and not gold, but to an eight year old… shiny is gold. Today I know that it was a dirt mine road absolutely covered with what my mom called ‘rotten’ muscovite. In addition to the dirt being saturated with deteriorated material, books of silver mica as thick as a full inch and as large as a luncheon plate were everywhere! When the sun was bright, the road looked like it was made of molten silver in a fairyland.
Although there were times when none of us found the specimens we were supposed to, talk about quality family time! We saw views that most people don’t have the opportunity to enjoy, learned how to identify old settlements via cellar holes and dig for bottles, and spent a lot of time enjoying Mother Nature.
Until next week, stay “twisted”!