My mom loves the Netherlands. She loves the wide-open green flatness, the canals, the skinny city houses, the Noordzee, and the spring flowers. But most of all, she loves the Dutch. There was never a Friday when she left the office without her Dutch coworkers making sure she had plans, never a moment when … Continue reading Dutch friends, new bling
Blogosphere, the Jewelry Axis of Evil has a new member. Today, opals join silver, my camera, and white gold on the list of Stuff I Really Hate. White gold moves up a spot on the list, because I was using it in combination with the opal. My camera jumps two spots, because it’s very frustrating to … Continue reading Jewelry Axis of Evil: new member
Crazy-hair scientist guy sets the record straight. One point on which I disagree: Crazy-hair science guy says that were the trophy made of 24k gold, it would bend in half when lifted. No, no, no, crazy-hair science guy! Lifting it would not cause it to bend, but it would bend more easily under pressure. … Continue reading Well, he told them
I’m fixin’ to git irritated. We’ve all been taught that good jewelry is a good investment. And what is good jewelry? Good jewelry is jewelry made of precious metals, and set with precious or semi-precious stones. The value, we’ve been taught, is in the resale value. And I do believe good jewelry is a good … Continue reading On my artisan highhorse
Here you go, my lovelies. What shall we call it? I’ll list this later today. And now I am going to take a nap, because I am le tired. *Le yawn* Continue reading New Ruby Ring
First, Matt made this, and I couldn’t be more proud. I am so puffed up with pride that I’m a danger to all around me; one brush with a sharp object, and I’d pop, spewing pride everywhere. Matt wanted to make a ring for his awesome teacher, Elizabeth Blount. We started with the same basic … Continue reading Ring, jade pendant, broken bones
Pink tourmaline cabochons are so appealing to me. Beautiful jelly colors, with inclusions like tiny mysteries frozen inside. So different from their faceted tourmaline counterparts; gentle and charmingly winsome to their faceted sisters’ flash and fire. This is a 12 x 9 mm stone, and a faceted stone of this size might be a bit … Continue reading New tourmaline pretty
Oh my gosh, did you forget to enter the Monsterbling Contest? You did, didn’t you? Because you’re drunk again, right? That’s what I thought. OK, you need to stop that and we can talk about that some other time, but in the meantime you seriously need to submit a monster, ok? Seriously. Only one day left … Continue reading What were you thinking!?
Monsterbling time! Yes, yes, I know. I haven’t posted pics of the pendant, and I will. Cripes. Nagging naggers. For those of you riddled with self-doubt, let me go all Art Mommy on you for a moment. Ready? Close your eyes and picture me holding a plate of brownies and wearing an apron. In person … Continue reading Monster time!
Look! Look at the new pretty! A 1.52 ct SI Ruby, set in a slightly Etruscan-looking handforged setting. I’m not sure “Ruby” should be capitalized, but I’ve decided that’s how we’re going to roll at Vaka Design. Rubies deserve it. Beautiful Rubies glow. That, with their color, is what they are prized for (is there … Continue reading New Ruby pendant