Let The Shows Begin!

It’s 2023 and we are finally back to a full summer schedule of shows. While we have done a few trunk shows since the Covid-times, this will be the first year we will be doing selected juried craft shows since 2019. In fact, it’s been so long that our show tent had to be retired because it developed leaks along fold lines from lack of use.

We’re excited to share our new work with you…in person! The connections we make with you when doing these shows fuels our creativity and inspires us. Looking forward to seeing you, wherever that might be. A full list of of shows with links to the events can be found below.

2023 Summer show schedule

Friday, July 21st & Saturday, July 22nd
Deja & Co
Saratoga, California

Friday, August 4th to Sunday, August 6th
Booth #F194
Park City, Utah

Friday, August 25th to Sunday, August 27th
Booth #118
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
Redmond, Oregon

Friday, September 1st & Saturday, September 2nd
Alchemy Jeweler
Portland, Oregon

La Floraliere: A Museum Debut

In 2019 our award-winning La Floraliere became a part of a fantastic collection of fabulous gemstones, amazing mineral specimens and award-winning jewelry known as Somewhere In The Rainbow (SITR). A private collection assembled over more than a decade, this treasure trove is now on display at the University of Arizona’s new Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

This February, Jack and I attended the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral show where the highlight for us was visiting the museum. We were met there by the lovely Shelly Sargent, the collection manager of SITR, whose enthusiasm for and knowledge of gem and jewelry artists is amazing. There was the obligatory photo-op of me and La Floraliere, like a proud parent, and a tour of some of the most spectacular works to inspire and awe. The wood fairy is in good company.

The museum is located in downtown Tucson in the historic Pima County Courthouse. It is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Gemandmineralmuseum.arizona.edu

What makes a moonstone glow?

One of my personal favorite stones is moonstone. Specifically blue moonstone. The stones are colorless but have a blue sheen that appears to float and move inside the stone. Often there are other secondary colors present like aqua green and yellow.

There is actually a gemological term for that floating sheen: it’s called Adularescence. The term originated with a city in Switzerland, Mt. Adualr (now St. Gotthard), that was one of the first sources of fine-quality moonstone. In fact, this type of moonstone was once called “adularia”.

Technically, adularescence is an optical phenomenon not a property of the stone itself. It only exists in the presence of light. The internal structure of blue moonstones called lamellae produce light scattering and interference. And it’s magical.

Of course what prompted this post was a necklace I just finished for a wonderful friend who loves moonstone as much I do. It features not only blue moonstone cabochons but a gorgeous strand of graduated blue moonstone beads.

Classically Inspired: A Ruby Wedding Ring

I was sent a photo of a Victorian Revival bracelet along with the note: “rubies & little gold balls you do”. This is how our most recent wedding band design began. It ended adorning the hand of a lovely lady we’ve been lucky enough to know for many years now.

The construction of a granulated ring is all about layers. You can see the different elements and how they come together to create this one of a kind ring.