Rare Gemstones from Around the World


Pretty pictures indeed!

Originally posted on Behind the Blue Door:

We posted a blog recently regarding what makes a gemstone valuable, and we touched upon several popular gemstones that are becoming exceedingly rare due to their scarcity in the world. Our inner rock hounds wanted to dig a little deeper (pun intended), and so we continued our quest to find out more about other rare gemstones. Although there’s a good chance we may never see most of these in person, we can at least enjoy looking at pretty pictures and brushing up on fun gemstone facts!

Photo courtesy of gemservice.com

Photo courtesy of gemservice.com

1. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Location found: Globe, Arizona

The Sleeping Beauty mine is known for its high-quality turquoise: a solid, light blue color with no matrix. Although the mine was once one of the largest in North America, yielding about 1600 pounds of turquoise a month, the gemstone supply is slowly being depleted. Due to its rarity, flawless pieces of…

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Happy Earth Day!


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Happy Earth Day!

How did you celebrate Earth Day?  I celebrated by implementing a personal energy conservation plan (uh, yeah – lying on the couch watching Hulu).

In honor of Earth Day, I searched the web for jewelry sellers and DIY-ers who use recycled or reclaimed materials.  Here are three of my favorites from Etsy.

PaperMelon - Jewelry made from recycled paper and cardboard

papermelon necklace

LesCreationsdAna – Jewelry made from vinyl records

vinyl record earrings

StayGoldMaryRose – Jewelry made from reclaimed vintage bone china

teacup bangles

There are countless numbers of sellers and artists upcycling, recycling and repurposing materials.  Whatever you can think of, I am certain someone in the world has figured out a way to reuse it — metals of all kinds, plastic bags, cups, computer components, CDs, bullets, textiles, etc.

One man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure!

Day 28 – 30 March Fusion Beads 30 Day Challenge


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Day 28 is to design outside the box using a color you’ve never used before.

These orange sherbet dyed pearls and orange Czech glass beads were purchased a while back and never used.  This challenge has been great for working through my bead stash.

I combined these beads with antique copper chain.  The longest chain is 40 inches.

Day 28

Day 29 is to make a fabulous floral inspired piece.

I tried my hand at making a beaded flower.  After I made it, I could not decide what to do with it!

This flower is 6 separate pieces.  The petals are made with 8/0 seed beads in a brick stitch.  Then a piece of wire is run through the outer beads for stabilization and manipulation.

It would look great as an accent on a necklace.  I also considered making it the focal for a bangle or a headband.

Day 29


Day 30 is to go glam and make a stunning piece of jewelry for your next night out.

I combined bronze findings and chain with faceted Czech glass beads.  It is difficult to capture in my photo but believe me this necklace is super sparkly!

Day 30



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