Showing posts with label emerald bracelet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label emerald bracelet. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May Is the Month for Emeralds!

emerald bracelet
 It's no secret that I love emeralds.  I am a May baby, after all, so the emerald is my birthstone.  My dream is to have a huge emerald cut emerald ring - but I haven't gotten around to that yet.  
Emeralds belong to the same class of gemstone as the aquamarine;they are beryls. The green color in the emerald comes from chromium.  Emeralds are one of the four so-called "precious" gemstones, along with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.
It is very difficult to find a "perfect" emerald since almost all of them have inclusions.  And finding pretty emeralds in the form of beads is especially difficult, since most of the least-included emeralds are used for cut gemstones.  Most emerald beads are quite heavily included or opaque (or often both).  Even included and imperfect, I still adore emeralds.
One of the reasons I love emeralds is because they are very versatile. Emeralds look very good when combined with other gemstones, both precious and semi-precious.  The emerald bracelet shown above and below also has neon blue apatite and rubies with sterling silver.
emerald bracelet
 The emerald bracelet shown in the next two pictures, below, features neon apatite rondelles and peacock blue apatite coins.
emerald bracelet

emerald bracelet
 Of course, plain emeralds, here they are in the form of faceted nuggets and smooth coins which are quite rough, are a classic on their own with just a touch of gold or silver.  In this bracelet, the faceted nuggets are accented with 14 karat gold-fill.
emerald bracelet
 Little faceted opaque emerald rondelles dangle from these sterling silver chandelier earrings.
emerald earrings
In the emerald earrings below, bezel-set opaque cabochon emeralds hang from sterling silver earwires each decorated with a single flat heart on its front.  Hammered sterling silver rings hang below the emeralds.
emerald earrings
 Two emeralds piggy-backed and surrounded by sterling silver make the perfect precious pendant necklace. The flat faceted emerald nugget is a favorite shape of mine.  The dark inclusions add to the texture and interest of the gemstone.
emerald necklace
Emerald Necklace
 Emeralds and pearls are a combination dating back hundreds and hundreds of years.  Here the emeralds are with freshwater coin and keishe pearls in a creamy white color.  Two almost oval faceted emerald nuggets are on each side of the necklace. Three gorgeous faceted briolettes are the centerpiece of this emerald necklace.
emerald necklace
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For more about emeralds, see Emeralds: The May Birthstone

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Jewelry in the Merry Month of May!

 Emerald Bracelet photo emerald-bracelet-e7_zpsbe442fd9.jpg

I love the month of May, and not just because it is my birthday and wedding anniversary month; it is the month that the privet and peonies bloom and fill the air with a wonderful aroma.  I'm awakened here in Virginia by the sound of birdsong; azealas and dogwoods are blooming everywhere and the landscape is enhanced with their colors.
   May is the month of emeralds, my birthstone.  I work with beads, so getting to work with emeralds is special since most emeralds are cut into stones for settings.  But sometimes I find emeralds that are worth working with.  I like the faceted nuggets in the emerald bracelet above because they are chunky and they do have a true "emerald" green.  This bracelet is made with 14 karat goldfill although I make lots of emerald jewelry with sterling silver.
   Below is a fun emerald bracelet made with with pretty little emerald charms fashioned from faceted emerald rondelles.  If the emerald is your birthstone, feel blessed!
Emerald Bracelet photo emerald-bracelet-e8_zps344a3a81.jpg

 Handmade Bracelet with Rubies and Apatite photo handmade-bracelet-k9_zps9e8cbcf6.jpg

Rubies and apatite are luscious together.  These big ruby nuggets are perfect to play off the translucent little apatite rondelles. The cabochon ruby in the sterling silver toggle makes this ruby bracelet even more special.

 Fluorite Jewelry photo fluorite-jewelry-b3_zps458e4084.jpg 
Above and below, fluorite is a favorite gemstone of mine because it so often combines purple and green in one single gemstone.  The colors of fluorite are soft and beautiful, and in this case, mixed with sterling silver and little charms of green aventurine.

;Fluorite Jewelry photo fluorite-jewelry-b2_zps7d7f7c4a.jpg

 Coral Bracelet photo coral-bracelet-d8_zps370e781c.jpg

The true season of coral is beginning! Above and below, chunky red coral combines with some of our best artist's lampwork beads and gold vermeil for a fantastic mix!
 Coral Bracelet photo coral-bracelet-d7_zpsaae97b26.jpg

 Turquoise Bracelet photo turquoise-bracelet-e1_zps1f77cb54.jpg
Turquoise pairs with gold in the turquoise bracelet above; the gold is 14 karat goldfill.  Below, turquoise is also a wonderful partner with angelskin pink coral.  Sterling silver and little coral dangles make this a very feminine bracelet.

 Turquoise Coral Jewelry photo turquoise-coral-jewelry-b8_zps0df855dc.jpg

;Drusy Jewelry photo drusy-jewelry-c1_zps8f5ec78c.jpg

Just for fun: a carnelian bracelet, above, gets a kick from a sparkling drusy focal as well as 14 karat goldfill, while below, emeralds around the ankle are beautifully luxurious in this emerald and sterling silver anklet.
Silver Ankle Bracelet photo silver-ankle-bracelet-d3_zps52e4afac.jpg
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