Gemstone Name List
I am all about Gems and Precious Metals and find that I am constantly asked for information about those things.
I have added some other information that is asked about by our clients.
There is a list of Birthstones, a list of Astrological gemstones and a list of the gemstones and precious metals associated with Anniversaries.
Click on one of the links below to go to that information:
Anniversary Gemstones and Precious Metals
"Can you make me something with my favourite stone in it?"
Yes, I can.
If you can pay for it, we can make you a piece with your favourite stone in it.
There are a few exceptions where types of stones are particularly rare. However, for most types of stones it’s just a matter of money and knowing where to look. We love finding and working with unusual stones.
Just as a note, I don’t work with synthetic gem stones. I believe they are not reflective of the quality I want to produce in my finished designs.
I try to restrict our designs to untreated natural stones.
There are a few exceptions in the collection, like Dichroic Glass which is unique enough to making working with it an option.
We use high quality precious metals only. We use certified Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, 24k Gold, PMC (Precious Metal Clay) in Fine Silver and occasionally Copper.
Here is a bit of information what exactly Precious Metal Clay is and what it does. Metal clay is
crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, platinum, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewellery, beads and small sculptures.
Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any
soft clay, by hand or using molds.
After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a
kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove. The binder burns away, leaving the pure metal.
This is a great method of creating unusual shapes and/or scultptures. It you look a the "Folium Series" there are some excellent examples of what PMC can do. In that case, PMC was spread over an actual leaf and then placed in the kiln to reproduce a totally unique metal leaf.