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Learn the Lingo: Sizing Beads

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Learn the Lingo: Sizing Beads

Does your ring spin on your finger, but barely fit over your knuckles? How can you fix this? An easy and fairly permanent option is to add sizing beads to the inside of your ring. Sizing beads add a little more surface area for your ring to grip your finger, but they slip easily past your knuckles.   Having trouble with a spinning ring? Ask your local jeweler to add sizing beads! xo, Christine

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Gemstone Love: Aquamarine

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Gemstone Love: Aquamarine

Birthstone month: MarchColor: Varies from pale, watery blue to intense greenish blueFamily: BerylMoh's Hardness: 7.5 - 8.0Transparency: Transparent Aquamarines range from blue to greenish blue, with intensity ranging from pale, watery colors through more intense blues. Smaller stones, particularly under five carats, typically lean towards the paler end of the spectrum. Larger, deeper stones are more likely to exhibit a more intense blue color.     Just like emeralds, aquamarines come from the beryl family. Aquas often grow in large, eye-clean crystals that are excellent for creating gem-quality gemstones.Aqua is the traditional birthstone for March, and is also the gemstone...

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New Protea Marquise Earrings

New Protea Marquise Earrings

My newest design is the Protea Marquise Earrings. They're small, lightweight marquise-shaped earrings with a raised pattern based on the sharp leaves and ribbed anthers of a King Protea flower. Dark oxidation in the recessed areas helps highlight all of these minute details.

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A Navona Photoshoot

A Navona Photoshoot

This week, I've been preparing for the Navona Handmade photo shoot for our fourth collection, the Mid-Century Modern Collection. What's Navona Handmade, you might ask? It's a small business I started with two other female artists. We go on group outings to gather inspiration, then collectively brainstorm color palettes, patterns, and textures that will guide our collection. Each artist makes their own work, but throughout the creation process we make sure to check in with each other for support, guidance, and critique. Here's a peek behind the scenes at our photo shoot this week. The new collection launches on March...

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Sterling Silver Crow Pendant

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Sterling Silver Crow Pendant

I designed a one-of-a-kind crow pendant for Lancaster County's "Something to Crow About" Festival. First, I did some research on crows to get an idea of what their distinguishing features look like, especially their feet and beaks.   I laid out the pendant in Rhino, and spent a lot of time nudging around the feathers to get them to lay and overlap properly to resemble a crow's feathers. Then I milled the pendant in two parts: the body, and the head.  That way I could get more detail on the head.   Once the head and body were milled, I...

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