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Kyanite

1 month ago 98 Views

Spark plugs, brake shoes, toilets, sinks, dentures. What are we babbling about, you wonder? Kyanite, of course! These items have one thing in common-porcelain. And Kyanite is used to make porcelain. It’s not all beauty and no brains! This beautiful shimmery blue stone is also very heat resistant and is used to make molds for high temperature metal casting. It’s also used in the automotive and railroad industries. Apart from these industrial uses, we are most familiar with Kyanite as a gemstone. It can be used in all types of jewelry and Jay has demonstrated this in his earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. It’s definitely one of our favorite stones!

Pearl Knotted Labradorite Necklace

1 month ago 64 Views

Now that summer has come to an end it’s time to make the transition into fall. What does the new season have in store for your wardrobe? We recommend Jay’s latest necklace: a 36” knotted strand of faceted labradorite beads strung on cotton thread. This is a throwback to Jay’s vintage years when he was stringing necklaces on thread. (Did we really just say Jay and vintage in the same sentence??)

Petrified Wood

3 months ago 276 Views

As you know, Jay uses a lot of Petrified Wood in his designs. You then also know that it’s not actually wood, but a type of fossil where all the trees organic materials have been replaced with minerals.Pretty cool, right?

Caring for Your Extra Special Stones

3 months ago 161 Views

Micro Opal Inlay

Micro opal inlay is a mosaic of tiny pieces of precious opal. Each one has been hand cut and carefully hand placed into the setting, therefore your micro opal inlay jewelry is very delicate.It can be easily damaged by heat, moisture, household cleaners and cosmetics. Exposure can cause the inlay to chip and discolor.

Madagascar Peach Stone

3 months ago 251 Views

Madagascar Peach stone is a type of feldspar called orthoclase, which makes up much of the Earth’s crust. It forms as magma cools and then crystallizes into igneous rock--granite, for example. The pink crystals can be tiny—less than a few millimeters, but they are especially large and easily seen when found in another rock called pegmatite. A gigantic crystal found in a pegmatite rock in the mountains of Russia measured 30 feet long and weighed 100 tons! Orthoclase has been found within some rocks on Mars and on the moon.