Amethyst is a semiprecious stone. Structure Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to irradiation, iron impurities (in some cases in conjunction with transition element impurities), and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. The hardness of the mineral is the same as quartz, thus it is suitable for use in jewelry.
In our last article we discussed What Makes Rocks so Interesting?
Finally, we got to talking about just SOME of the amazing rocks and minerals around the world.
It's no wonder that people love to collect rocks so much. Nature is amazing and rocks are no exception.
So let's just scrape a few more amazing rocks up at random. Maybe later we'll cover rocks by category, like importance, color, etc.
First, let's cover some amazing color rocks. This green rock below left is an example of elbaite, a species of tourmaline, with distinctive color banding.
Rocks sure are interesting. At least millions of people around the world think so. Also thousands of people who still today attend The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase every year where tons of rocks and minerals get put on display covering an entire city.
Since our known Prehistoric Period before 4 century B.C. people have been fascinated by rocks and minerals using them for tools, hunting, structures, jewelry ornaments, and been intrigued.
A yellow precious metal, the chemical element of atomic number 79, valued especially for use in jewelry and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies.
The crescent moon has been used since ancient times to represent silver.
Pure silver is the best conductor of heat and electricity of all known metals, so it is sometimes used in making solder, electrical contacts and printed circuit boards.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum a thousand part fineness of 925.
Silver is used in water purifiers to prevent bacteria and algae from growing in the filters. The silver catalyzes oxygen and sanitizes the water, replacing chlorination.
Silver also is used in the medical profession because of it's anti-bacterial properties.
Metal material is raw from soil or rock minerals which was formed at a very early stage of the Earth's development millions of years ago.
Most of these elements are heavier than helium and can be synthesized at high temperatures over long periods of time. These conditions are found within some types of star. When a supernova explodes these heavier elements, including metals, become dispersed. After millions of years the materials may form new stars and planets.
Art Deco (/ˌɑːrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's before its popularity waned after World War II. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.
Back in the 1900's fashion was in - especially the new looks from Paris.
It was a simple life back then and the Arts & Crafts movement played a big role in bringing back the arts.
Hand-crafted belongings, jewelry, painting, and woodwork where of the time which then evolved into art nouveau.
A lot can be learned from that era.
Some of the most inspiring designs and works of art can be found.
Back when simplicity and someone's craft went a long way.
You can find more jewelry and about that era on our tumblr blog.
But we thought we'd share a few here with you.
Fashions are ever changing, which depending on your jewelry making style of working, so does your time in which what you design and what your end product is.
Obviously the common goal is to sell your jewelry line.
Other factors are cost of production and materials, which is why it pays to establish a relationship with a good wholesale jewelry supply company.
But the main thing is - Design!
Coming up with the right idea and right design for your jewelry is everything!
The DESIGN of your jewelry determines what colors you use, what materials, how people react or like it, how well it sells, how elaborate it is, how much labor is involved behind the jewelers bench - all of that.
So it makes sense to have some great ideas in design to really appeal to new customers and a new customer base to really make a difference in a successful jewelry company and in sales.
Let's look at some ongoing design trends with jewelry supplies.
Well instead of trends in Jewelry Making Supplies we probably should say trends in Jewelry Design.
In our next article we'll get more into jewelry supplies trending and jewelry making.
Modern day jewelry takes a quite a bout of energy to keep up with all the latest styles and looks.
One day black is in, the next it's something more.
Big bling, large objects and back to the traditional designs that never go out of style.
So we thought we'd just take some time out right now to discover some current jewelry styles happening right now.
Let's look at a peek of some of the styles that came out on the 2016 New York runway.
It may not be what every jewelry designer is creating right now but it certainly is worth a look to find out new ideas and styling from some of the top designers in the worlds - so let's take a look.
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254S. This is a great earwire to make earrings keeping it simple and something that you can make just about any earring with.
Neutral in design and elegant enough to wear anywhere.
Sterling Silver Bar (1.3x3.5mm) & Cable Chain (Rose) 1mm Who can not love our new arrivals of new sterling silver chain by the foot?
We've added some new silver chains to the mix. You may ask which one do I like the best? Hard to decide.
The new patterns are just some new added options for all you new jewelry design projects. Silver Diamond Cut Drawn Cable, Silver Fancy Link & Drawn Cable in Silver, Rose, and Gold. Or Silver Bar & Cable Chain in Gun Metal, Gold, and Rose. Or our new Sterling Silver Oval Rolo Chain.
These styles are different, new and interestingly attractive - perfect for that "new look" that is uniquely different.
Not in our catalog yet, your best to see these in person at our front counter in our showroom, or see us at a jewelry show.
Order a foot for a sample or just place an order for the new chain while we have it in stock. They really are amazing.
Gold Plated over Silver Diamond Cut Drawn Cable Chain 1.1x1.9mm
Times are changing
and so is music, automobiles, home construction, and yes, Fashion.
People like Tiny Homes, fuel efficiency, eco-friendly things now. Twitter, Instagram and the new economy.
So what are the trends in looks, styling, shopping habits tod
ay? What's In with the fashion realm?
Let's look at some of the latest trends for 2016 regarding fashion looks and trends.
If you haven't already figured it out yet:
in the recycle, upcycle, in the now-up-to-date world we live in - Old is the New New!
Or if you keeping up:
Everything Old is New Again. No, Really!
Discover new and exciting jewelry components at CGM Findings and open possibilities on creating new jewelry or a new jewelry line everyone will love.
Choose from a large selection of druzy. Like our new druzy pendants in cute baguette shape or our druzy connectors in different colors. Pair them up, add chain, links, rings and wire to make something really special. We leave the creativity up to you! Added to our already huge selection lineup of different chains are gold filled chains in unique and wonderful designs to add that extra flare that make jewelry different. They look great and are a great addition to any design. Never before has it been a great opportunity to select from so many colors and so many chains to choose from. We have bezelled pendants, oxidized silver findings that help augment natural stone colors. What is even more perfect is the extremely low cost on jewelry finding solutions, that's what makes designing and putting together jewelry even more fun! Because the opportunities and price point is endless! Our new druzy and bezelled colored silver connectors are just so cost effective for such a perfect colorful solution to making jewelry. If you love making jewelry you'll love the many jewelry findings we have to offer at such a low cost wholesale price. Over 16,000 products at reduced prices await your creative side including thousands of unique semi precious beads and stones.
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Introducing Sterling Silver Druzy Quartz Baguette Connectors.
It's nothing new that we are Druzy collectors. Since we started carrying druzy's years ago we've come along way.
From some basic druzy stones years ago, to our simple round druzy findings from the beginning, we've grown into a druzy heaven for people who love druzy quartz.
We have everything to many different sizes of round druzy's in sterling and gold filled to now our new druzy baguette's.
Who cannot love our baguette's? What's great is our druzy baguettes come in both vertical and horizontal formats. So create any way you like!
It makes it easy to create a pendant necklace with choices. Plus, they come in so many colors, it makes it easy to create so many styles and colors. Druzy is a great way to add sparkle to simple pieces of jewelry. Everyone loves them. So many colors and styles of druzy's - but what REALLY is the best part? Yes, you guessed it. The Price. These druzy quartz pendants are so inexpensive they make the ideal opportunity to meet a low price margin to keep anyone happy. Order some druzy quartz with your next order, try out our new baguettes.
Inspiration and Ideas from Past Jewelry Design
It may not be the 1920's or 1930's, but the style and memorabilia of that era is still in.
People still love the old art deco style and design of the 1920's.
Almost 100 years later and the fashion and style of that era, especially in design, still hold as marketable, attractive, desirable, and true.
That really says something.
Sterling Silver is always popular with jewelry findings and now Oxidized Findings are getting very trendy.
For something different with the same feel as sterling silver, you can get a richer more dark toned oxidized version of sterling silver.
Our Oxidized sterling silver seems to be accumulated into a whole line of oxidized sterling silver findings.
Oxidized sterling silver goes well with other findings and different gemstone beads which bring out the bold color or accent the subtle grays and blacks.
At CGM Findings, we not only stock are wide variety of oxidized silver chains but also clasps, jump rings, and more.