December Birthstones…

Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise People born in December not only get to enjoy the Holidays in their birthday month, but they get a choice of three beautiful hues of blue gems as their birthstone. The zircon, one of the oldest minded gems; the turquoise, mined early in man’s history for …

November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

November has the pleasure of boasting two birthstone selections, the Topaz and the Citrine. Both are known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them. These two stones have been confused for centuries and only until the development of modern chemical science has the difference …

Precious Metalz is available at a store near you….

If you cannot make it to one of my Holiday Shows, and Berryville is too far a drive, fear not!  You can still see and purchase Precious Metalz Jewelry from a local store.  Yes, now in addition to shows, online, and in person at my private workshop, you can find …

October Birthstones… There are Two!

October Birthstones – Opal and Tourmaline People born in October have the choice of two birthstones, the Opal and Tourmaline. Both come in a rainbow of shades and color combinations. In fact, according to legend, both of October’s birthstones came to earth through a journey involving rainbows. The Opal has tightly …

September Birthstone – Sapphire

The Sapphire is the gem quality variety of the mineral corundum and the last of the four precious stones we will discuss. The Sapphire is the official birthstone of the month of September and the Anniversary gift for the 5th and 45th year. The second hardest stone on earth with …

August Birthstone – Peridot

August has the distinct pleasure of having the beautiful green Peridot as its birthstone as well as being my sister’s birthday month. It is also the anniversary gift for 16 years of marriage. The Peridot is a beautiful green to yellowish green color. The peridot only comes in green; pale …

Open House 2017 : Part I and Part II

August of 2016 is when I finished the Precious Metalz Workshop.  I put everything I had into making this a place where I could go every day to create, work, study, and grow my business.  It has been a whole year, and it has been great! We had some early …

July- The Ruby

Ah… the Ruby. Birthstone for July, it is also used to celebrate the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary. The ruby is also associated with Tuesday, hence the Rolling Stones song, “Ruby Tuesday”. The third of the four precious stones (Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire), the ruby shares the corundum branch of …

June – The Alexandrite

Alexandrite / Moonstone / Pearl Depending on who you ask, the official birthstone for June can be an Alexandrite, a Moonstone, or a Pearl. So one nice thing you can do is choose your own birthstone, if you are born in June. I will focus on the Alexandrite in this …

Celebrate the Emerald, Birthstone of May…

The Emerald is the perfect birthstone for May because of its beautiful green hue; the color of Spring. The word Emerald comes from the old French word “esmeralde” which means … emerald, and derived from the Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone”. It is also the anniversary gift for 20, …