Category Archives: Colour

Pantone – 2017 Spring Colours

Spring has sprung – and so have Pantone’s 2017 Spring colours. Find yourself some up to the moment fashionable stones in my gemstone collection!

Pantone Spring 2017

If you see a gemstone you like the look of and you’d like me to create you a custom piece, let me know.

Pantone-20th-century-in-colour

I bet this is a fabulous read!

Pantone – 2016 Autumn Colours

Pantone’s  Autumn colours for 2016. are here. I love the idea of classifying and naming every colour in the world, and I also love to show you which stones in my gemstone collection match the latest in fashion choices!

Pantone Gemstones Fall 2016 (1)

Pantone Fashion Colours Autumn 2016

Pantone Gemstones Fall 2016 (2)

If you see a gemstone you like the look of, and you’d like me to create you a custom piece, let me know.

Pantone Board Books

Meanwhile, how cute are these Pantone board books? Gorgeous!

Gemstone of the Month – Carnelian

Carnelian is a brownish red to orange, translucent to opaque variety of chalcedony. Carnelian is probably named after the the kornel cherry because of its colour. It is sometimes known as cornelian.

Carnelian has been used for decorative purposes by humans for thousands of years. Wikipedia tells us: “The bow drill was used to drill holes into carnelian in Mehrgarh between 4th-5th millennium BC. Carnelian was recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos on Crete in a form that demonstrated its use in decorative arts; this use dates to approximately 1800 BC. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Hot wax does not stick to carnelian. Sard was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek and Etruscan gems. The Hebrew odem (translated sardius), the first stone in the High Priest’s breastplate, was a red stone, probably sard but perhaps red jasper.”

Carnelian is thought to aid with concentration, and by keeping one focused on the here and now and not on past experiences. Carnelian is believed to be calming and grounding, and  encourages initiative and determination.

Carnelian is understood to improve circulation, aid with problems of the liver, bladder, kidneys and spleen and with male impotency, and to increase appetite. It is believed to help with PMS as well as sexual anxiety.

Carnelian is thought to prevent accidents, and to protect the home from theft, fire and storm damage.

Carnelian is beautiful – the range of colour from reddish brown through to almost yellow is so vibrant!

I have some gorgeous carnelian available in my gemstone collection. If you find a stone that appeals to you and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, let me know – I’d love to create something beautiful for you.

Pantone – 2016 Spring Colours

Pantone have just released their Spring Colours for 2016. I’m ready with some divine gemstones to match this fashion report!

Pantone Spring 2016

If you see a gemstone you like the look of, and you’d like me to create you a custom piece, let me know.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone’s ‘‪‎Color Of The Year’‬ for 2016 is, for the first time ever, a blend of two shades: ‎Rose Quartz‬ & ‎Serenity‬, which you can see above. A serene and peaceful feel, just what the world needs right now. Imagine what gorgeous pieces you could have with a combination of these two!

Pantone Mugs

 

Gemstone of the Month – Serpentine

Serpentine is the name given to various minerals found in serpentinite rocks. These are used as a source of magnesium and also in industry, and as a decorative stone. The Irish Connemara marble is a form of serpentine.

The name is thought to come from the Latin serpentinus, meaning ‘serpent rock’ – based on the mineral’s greenish color and smooth or scaly appearance.

Serpentine has been used since ancient times to guard against disease and sorcery. It is believed to provide protection against venomous creatures such as snakes and insects. It is thought to balance mood swings, and to promote the ability to solve conflicts peacefully.

Serpentine is beautifully offset by silver I think – it’s my current favourite stone!

Serpentine Rings

I have some serpentine in my gemstone collection. If you find a stone that appeals to you and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, get in touch – I’d love to create something beautiful for you.

Lapis Lazuli

(image credit Ra'ike)

(image credit Ra’ike)

Lapis Lazuli has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6,000 years.

(image credit Philippe Giabbanelli)

(image credit Philippe Giabbanelli)

Lapis is the Latin word for ‘stone’, and lazuli comes from the Latin ‘lazulum’ which was derived the name of the stone in Persian. The name of the stone came to be associated with its color – the word azure comes from lapis lazuli.

(image credit Parent Géry)

(image credit Parent Géry)

Lapis was long ground up to make the pigment ultramarine, which was widely used during the Renaissance in frescoes and oil painting (this method was replaced in the 19th century with a synthetic compound.)

(image credit Walters Art Museum)

(image credit Walters Art Museum)

Because of its amazing blue colouring, Lapis has been prized; carved and worn throughout antiquity, in pieces like this Roman Imperial Eagle. I saw quite a lot of it in precious pieces in museums while travelling in Egypt.

Large Lapis Lazuli Cabochon

Lapis is believed to be good for communications and good judgement, for enhancing memory, and to attract success.

Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Pair

Lapis is gorgeous – and I have these pieces in my gemstone collection just waiting to be made into something fabulous!

Pantone – 2015 Autumn Colours

The latest fashion release from Pantone is their autumn colours for 2015. As always, I like to do a little match with my gemstone collection!

Pantone Autumn 2015 Coloured Stones

Pantone Autumn 2015 Colours

If you see a gemstone you like the look of, and you’d like me to create you a custom piece, let me know.

A quick note about the 5th colour from the left – it is Marsala, which Pantone selected as their colour of the year for 2015. I am underwhelmed. 🙁 Happily though, there are many other colours that we can enjoy! 🙂

Pantone Bottles

 

 

 

Knitting – Dollies

It’s been a while since I posted about the amigurumi knitting I did, so I thought I’d share a bit more of my crafty world with you. Knowing how I like to knit, my lovely London sister sent me a copy of “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” by Fiona Goble. (This was back in 2011, as a tribute to the wedding of Kate and Will.)

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding - Fiona Goble

I have gorgeous twin nieces, and I thought they might love to have a dolly each with a wardrobe of clothes!

The need for decoration on these tiny clothes saw me feverishly collecting sequins, buttons, ribbons and all manner of other embellishments – I love a good excuse to make a new stash!

Fiona’s book is beautiful, her instructions are clear and concise, and shoes, hats and handbags abound.

Knitted Dollies

I adored creating these girls for my pair of sweeties. Who knows, one day I may just get busy and make them little dolly husbands – and corgis!  🙂

Mookaite

(photo credit Outback Mining)

(photo credit Outback Mining)

Mookaite is a type of silicified porcelanite, which forms in silt-stone from the lower Cretaceous period that is found over much of the Carnarvon Basin in Western Australia.

(photo credit Michelle Pemberton)

(photo credit Michelle Pemberton)

The name Mookaite is derived from Mooka Creek, where the rock is mined. According to locals, the Aboriginal word “mooka” means “running waters”.

(photo credit Creative Crystals)

(photo credit Creative Crystals)

Mookaite is believed to be a healing stone that bestows strength. It is said to shield the wearer from difficult situations and to connect us to loved ones who have passed away. It is thought to assist with assessing problems and making decisions. Mookaite is used to treat glandular or stomach disorders, hernias, ruptures and water retention.

Mookaite Cabochon

Mookaite comes in many lovely colourways. I have these pieces in my gemstone collection just waiting to be made into something fabulous!

Pale Mookaite Cabochon

Haematite

Hematite with Quartz (photo credit Rob Lavinsky)

Hematite with Quartz (photo credit Rob Lavinsky)

Haematite is the mineral form of an iron oxide. It can be black to steel or silver-gray; brown to reddish brown; or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron.

BotryoidalHaematite (photo credit Harvard Museum of Natural History)

BotryoidalHaematite (photo credit Harvard Museum of Natural History)

Gray hematite is typically found in places where there has been standing water or mineral hot springs. Haematite has also been discovered on Mars!

Haematite on Mars (photo credit NASA)

Haematite on Mars (photo credit NASA)

The name haematite is derived from the Greek word for blood ‘αἷμα haima’ as haematite can be red. It is used by jewellers in powdered form (with grease added) for fine polishing and is called rouge.

Red Haematite (Michigan)

Red Haematite (Michigan)

Haematite is believed to have grounding properties. It is thought to help reduce the discomfort of leg cramps and broken bones. It is also thought to cleanse the blood, and help with blood-related diseases such as anaemia.

Haematite Sphere (photo credit Manchester Herbs)

Haematite Sphere (photo credit Manchester Herbs)

There are some lovely haematite cabochons in my gemstone collection. If you’d like something beautiful made, let me know!

Huge Haematite Cabochon

 

Pantone – 2015 Spring Colours

Pantone have released their gorgeous palette for Spring 2015, and because spring is here already in the Southern Hemisphere, we can get in early. Lucky us! I love a bit of Pantone colour, as you can see from my previous blog posts hereherehere and here.

Divine soft colours seem to rule this time:

Pantone Spring 2015

As always, I’ve looked through my gemstone collection and matched these spring tone gemstones for you. If any of these gemstones appeal, let me know and I can create you something beautiful to go with your latest Spring wardrobe.

Pantone Spring 2015 Gemstones

I was quite taken with this colourful Pantone iconic cartoon character guessing game recently created by Y&R, Shanghai. It’s called “There can be only one”. Who can you pick out?

Pantone Cartoon Characters

 

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Gemstone of the Month – Labradorite

Labradorite is a  type of feldspar consisting of between 30-50% Albite and 50-70% Anorthite. It was named after peninsula of Labrador in Canada, where it was first found.

Labradorite shows labradorescence – a schiller effect in lustrous metallic tints, often blue and green, and sometimes the complete spectrum. This effect is also found in moonstone.

Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Labradorite is believed to stimulate imagination, help develop enthusiasm and to see more clearly in meditation. it is thought to assist with disorders of the eyes and brain and to relieve anxiety.

Green Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

It is supposed to balance hormones and relieve menstrual tension; and regulate metabolism. Labradorite is used to treat colds, gout, and rheumatism, lower blood pressure, and aid in digestion.

I have some gorgeous labradorite cabochons just waiting to be turned into beautiful jewellery for you – you can find them in my gemstone collectionLet me know what you’d like created!

Labradorite Wedge Cabochon

 

Small Labradorite Oval Cabochons

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla  (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla (photo credit MinDat)

 

According to Wikipedia, Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper cyclosilicate mineral with the formula (Cu,Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4·nH2O. Hehehe, such a convoluted scientific string! I guess that just means it’s a compound, which is apparent from the many wonderful blue/green colourways that can be seen in various pieces.

 

Chrysocolla  (photo credit Great Rough)

Chrysocolla (photo credit Great Rough)

 

Chrysocolla is a minor ore of copper, and like malachite, has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous blue/green colouring.

 

Chrysocolla - Botryoidal (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla – Botryoidal (photo credit MinDat)

 

The name Chrysocolla derives from the Greek chrysos (gold) and kolla (glue), referring to its use as a flux in soldering gold. The term has been used since antiquity.

 

Chrysocolla Stalagtite  (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla Stalagtite (photo credit MinDat)

 

It is believed to have a calming influence, and also to attract love. It is supposed to help heal burns, fever, and detoxify the liver.

 

Chrysocolla  (photo credit Mineral Miners)

Chrysocolla (photo credit Mineral Miners)

 

I have some lovely chrysocolla cabochons just waiting to be turned into beautiful jewellery for you – you can find them in my gemstone collectionLet me know what you’d like created!

 

Chrysocolla Cabochon

Pantone – 2014 Autumn Colours

Autumn is on its way, and Pantone have released the next round of the latest colour trends! I’ve raved about Pantone colour in some previous blog posts herehere and here. And as you can see, I’m still loving the concept. I’m not sure how many of these colours I’ll be wearing this autumn, but you never know!

 

Pantone Autumn 2014 Colours
Pantone Gemstones Fall 2014

 

I’ve browsed my gemstone collection and matched these autumn colours – if any of these gemstones appeal to you, let me know and I can create you something beautiful to go with your latest Autumn fashion choices. And you can always go with Phosphosiderite for that Radiant Orchid splash!

 

Phosphosiderite and Amethyst Sterling Silver Amorphia Pendant

 

Because Autumn brings the need for more cups of tea, I found these mugs which are Pantone inspired:

 

(available from Suck UK)

(available from Suck UK)

 

Hehehe – mine’s somewhere between Classic British and Builder’s Brew, thanks! 🙂

The Silver Forge – Grass is Greener Collection

Large Green Sea Glass Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

 

I’m spending some time reviewing past collections I’ve created. ‘Grass is Greener’ grew out of my love for the colour green, and in particular my love for green seaglass!

 

Long Green Seaglass Pendant Necklace

 

There’s something magical about seaglass, and green seaglass is not so easy to find as brown or white, so is usually more sought after.

 

Square Green Seaglass Pendant

 

I love creating with it, as every piece is completely unique!

 

Green Seaglass Triangle Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

 

I also love green glass in other forms, for instance these handblown glass bubbles are divine:

 

Green Handblown Glass Bubble and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Sparkly Green Handblown Glass Bubble and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

And of course there is always wonderful Czech glass:

 

Asparagus Green Oval Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings

Forest Green Spiral Swirl Czech Glass Earrings. Sterling Silver Drop Earrings.

Green Ombre Earrings. Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Ombre Earrings.

Emerald Green Czech Glass Sterling Silver Modern Contemporary Drop Earrings

 

I do love all of these, but I think seaglass is my favourite!

 

Triangle Spiral Lime Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

You can see the ‘Glass is Greener’ collection here.

Puddingstone

Puddingstone

Puddingstone (photo credit Andrea Jaeger Miehls)

Puddingstone is the popular name for an agate conglomerate, so called because of the plum pudding-like appearance of the rounded pebbles whose colours contrast with the matrix which surrounds them.

Puddingstone Slice

Puddingstone Slice (photo credit East Herts Geology Club)

 

There are different types of puddingstone, with different composition, origin, and geographical distribution. Examples of different types of puddingstones include the Hertfordshire, Schunemunk, Roxbury and St. Joseph Island puddingstones.

Puddingstone St Mary's Chesham

Remains of a stone circle of pudding stone incorporated into the structure of St Mary’s Church, Chesham, Buckinghamshire (Photo credit Iridescent)

Puddingstone has been used since at least Roman times as a building material, and also for grinding corn shaped into a device called a quern.

Puddingstone Quern

Puddingstone Quern (Photo credit St Albans Museums)

Puddingstone is believed to be useful in assisting with anxiety or stress.

Large Puddingstone

Large Puddingstone (photo credit DI Showshoe)

Puddingstone is used to prevent tissue deterioration of internal organs and muscles, to strengthen immune system and to promote body balance. It is supposed to help alleviate any pain or disorder.

Puddingstone Sphere

Puddinstone Sphere (Phot0 credit The Rock Shed)

This gorgeous Puddingstone cabochon, which comes from Agate Creek right here in Queensland, Australia, was snapped up by a lovely client of mine.

Puddingstone Cab

I made this ring for her.

Puddingstone and Sterling Silver Ring

Contact me if you’d like me to create a custom piece for you!

Rhyolite

Rhyolite - Closeup (photo credit Outback Mining)

Rhyolite – Closeup (photo credit Outback Mining)

Rhyolite is a volcanic rock, and is known as the volcanic equivalent of granite. It is sometimes known as Rainforest Jasper. Its occurrence is quite widespread throughout the world.

Flow-banded Rhyolite (photo credit Angela Walker)

Flow-banded Rhyolite (photo credit Angela Walker)

Pre-historic quarries of rhyolite have been discovered in the location of east Pennsylvania, USA. Rhyolite was given its name by the German traveller and geologist Ferdinand von Richthofen after his explorations in the Rocky Mountains in the 1860s.

Rhyolite - Slab (photo credit GemrockAuctions)

Rhyolite – Slab (photo credit GemrockAuctions)

Rhyolite is supposed to spark creativity in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. It apparently helps to break through the mental barriers.

Rhyolite - Polished Stone (photo credit GreenEarthStones)

Rhyolite – Polished Stone (photo credit GreenEarthStones)

This stone is used for meditation, progression in life, focusing on the present moment and resolving issues not yet complete.

Rhyolite - Sphere (photo credit Crystalarium)

Rhyolite – Sphere (photo credit Crystalarium)

I have this lovely piece of rhyolite in cab form which I’d be delighted to make into a pendant or ring for you – just contact me and let me know!

Rhyolite 

Pantone – 2014 Spring Colours

Spring has sprung.. and with it, the release of the latest Pantone colour trends!

Pantone Spring 2014 Colours

 Some of you will recall my longstanding love of the whole idea of Pantone colour from my previous blog posts here and here. The ambitious and slightly crazy idea that you could catalogue and name the entire universe’s colours is pretty cool!

Pantone Spring 2014 Colours - Gemstones

 You’ll see I’ve taken some small liberties with colour matching my gemstone collection here (poor Freesia, I totally love the smell of you, but don’t have a gemstone to completely match that colour – nor for you, Sand!), but on the whole I think I’ve got Spring 2014 pretty well covered. If any of these lovelies appeal to you, and you’d like a custom ring or pendant, let me know and I can create you something beautiful!

By the way, I think I need one of these:

Pantone Rubiks

‘The Rubitone’ (credit ~ and kudos ~ to Ignacio Pilotto)

Surely this cube belongs in Geek paradise!

Gemstone of the Month – Blue Chalcedony

Blue chalcedony is a form of silica, comprised of quartz and moganite. It was in use as early as the bronze age, for important items and jewellery. It comes primarily from Africa and Turkey.

Blue chalcedony is believed to be an excellent crystal for public speakers and those who speak for a living, such as lawyers, actors and singers.

Blue Chalcedony Crystals

Blue Chalcedony Crystals (photo credit PristineMinerals)

It is thought to generate peace, encourage stillness and calm in the home, and be good for daily journeys to work, or stressful trips involving children.

I created this ring using some blue chalcedony drops. You can see more about it here.

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

I have these lovely blue chalcedony cabochons in my gemstone collection, available to be custom made into a pendant or ring for you!

 

Knitting – Amigurumi

Blogging about the knitting we did for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital recently got me thinking about the many other craft pursuits I have. Yes, long before becoming a silversmith, craft was already in my blood! My mum is a very creative woman, and taught me just about everything I know about most of the various handcrafts I’ve taken up. My granny is a fantastic artist, I have two of her beautiful oil paintings hanging in my home – one of them I keep in my workshop, which always inspires me! My dad loved to play the guitar, as did my uncle; my grandfather was an author, and as I’ve blogged about before, three of my ancestors were blacksmiths, just to mention a few. Lots of creative juices in there!!

Anyway, back to the knitting. Even though I’m left handed, my mum is right handed so that’s how I learned to knit, back when I was six! A few Christmases ago, she gave me the most divine book, Amigurumi Knits, by Hansi Singh.

Amigurumi Knits

Amigurumi is more often seen in crochet, but Hansi has created the most wonderful knitting patterns for all kinds of amigurumi creatures and things – everything from tomatoes and earthworms:

To octopi and deep sea black devil angler fish!

Hansi’s book is really well written, with very clear instructions. I learned so many new techniques from knitting these fabulous creatures, I feel quite competent now! Knitting – satisfying, creative, relaxing, and very Zen. Speaking of creativity running in the family, It is a shame I can’t ask my grandpa about his experience of it. I believe he wasn’t a bad knitter himself!

Strawberry Quartz

Strawberry Quartz Rough (photo credit Promiseintime)

Strawberry Quartz Rough (photo credit Promiseintime)

Strawberry quartz is sagenitic quartz, a transparent colourless quartz containing needlelike crystals, in this case red inclusions of iron oxide.

Strawberry Quartz Pebbles (photo credit Crystal Lovers)

Strawberry Quartz Pebbles (photo credit Crystal Lovers)

The bright color of genuine strawberry quartz is accentuated by small seedlike inclusions of lepidocrocite and haematite. It is most often found in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil.

Strawberry Quartz Point (photo credit Rob Lavinsky)

Strawberry Quartz Point (photo credit Rob Lavinsky)

Strawberry quartz can be soothing and calming.  It apparently enhances intentions of love, gratitude and generosity.

Strawberry Quartz Sphere (photo credit Crystal Cure)

Strawberry Quartz Sphere (photo credit Crystal Cure)

Some people wear Strawberry quartz when trying to attract a soul-mate. Strawberry quartz is thought to assist in bringing balance to the psyche and the emotions.

Strawberry Quartz (photo credit CrystalRocksandGems)

I have a gorgeous little strawberry quartz cabochon available to be made into a ring or pendant – more info on that here.

Strawberry Quartz Cabochon

Gemstone of the Month – Phosphosiderite

The basic elements that make up Phosphosiderite are phosphorus and iron, hence the name.The word Sideros, meaning iron, comes from the Greek language.

Phosphosiderite is found mainly in Argentina and Chile, but has also been found in Germany, USA and Portugal. It has a hardness of 3.5-4 on Mohs Scale.

Phosphosiderite and Amethyst Sterling Silver Amorphia Pendant

Phosphosiderite and Amethyst Sterling Silver Amorphia Pendant

The shades of purple in Phosphosiderite are supposed to aid in reducing anger, and to assist in calming down the heightened temperament of a person, bringing about a feeling of peacefulness.

Phosphosiderite 6mm Round Cabochon

It is believed to help heal problems related to the third eye chakra, which is associated with knowledge and perception.

Phosphosiderite Oval Cabochon

These cabochons above are available to be made into a custom silver piece for you! Let me know if you’re interested.

Picasso Marble

Picasso Marble Polished Pebbles

Picasso Marble Polished Pebbles (photo credit Blue Apple)

Picasso Marble was created about 100 million years ago when magma pushed its way through fields of limestone, creating colours and patterns which are similar in appearance to Picasso’s art (hence the name).  Most Picasso Marble comes from Utah, USA.

Picasso Marble Rough

Picasso Marble Rough (photo credit Great Rough)

Picasso marble is believed to strengthen self-control, clarity and stablilty; give total recall of dreams and assist in meditation. It apparently helps expand the mind, and aids in the manifestation of physical and material goals. It is believed to help to heal viral infection.

Picasso Marble Sphere

Picasso Marble Sphere (photo credit Wire Sculpture)

I recently made a pendant using a lovely piece of Picasso Marble I sourced.

Black and Grey Picasso Marble Sterling Silver Handcrafted Pendant

I have one other piece in stock at the moment. I love the gorgeous striations and the subtle colours!

Picasso Marble Cabochon

If you like this and and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, let me know!

Gemstone of the Month – Shattuckite

I was so happy when I first discovered shattuckite!  It is the most amazing gemstone, which comes in all manner of combinations of blue.

Shattuckite is a mix of azurite, chrysocolla, malachite, and sometimes copper (cuperite) in quartz. It was first discovered in 1915 in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona, specifically the Shattuck Mine (hence the name).

It is a psuedomorph, meaning that it forms as the result of an atom by atom change to a crystal structure, in this case of Malachite.

Shattuckite is reputed to assist with reconciliation and renewal. Shattuckite is also used to channel information. It is said to calm the mind and create harmony.

Shattuckite is believed to be helpful in healing diabetes, assisting with calcium absorption problems, thyroid issues, mites and other infestations, and tonsillitis. 

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Pendant

You can have a little piece of this fabulous stone to wear for your very own!

I have some shattuckite in my gemstone collection. If you find a stone that appeals to you and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, let me know.  

Blue Creatures

I love how Mother Nature occasionally throws something unexpected into her mix – like these gorgeous creatures with a touch of blue!

Blue Footed Booby

Amazon Milk Frog

Glaucus Atlanticus

Blue Lobster

Blue is such a lovely colour. I do have a little range of blue pieces which you can check out using my new ‘shop by colour’ feature here!

Gemstone of the Month – Malachite

Malachite – gorgeous! I love the endless variations on that swirly green theme. Malachite has a high copper content, which is what gives it the fabulous green colouring. It often results from the weathering of copper ores.

It was given its name from the Greek , meaning ‘mallow-green stone’ because of its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.

Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from ancient times until about 1800, when a synthetic form of the colour widely replaced it.  Large quantities are mined in the Urals in Russia, and Malachite is found worldwide, including here in Australia at Broken Hill, New South Wales. It is often found in the company of Azurite.

Malachite was popular with ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome and Greece where it was used in jewelry as well as cosmetics.

Malachite is believed to be a protector of children. It is said to protect travellers, and to protect the wearer from accidents. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is believed to be a stone of balance in relationships.

You can have a little piece of this fabulous stone to wear for your very own, set in a ring or pendant.

I have some pieces of malachite in my gemstone collection and I’m always happy to try to source something particular for you if you have a special dream in mind!

Colour – The Wonders of PlayDoh

One of the many joys of having a small person around is rediscovering the miracle of Playdoh.  I don’t love how you spell it, but I do love to play with it!!

PlayDoh Colours

Did you know that Playdoh started life as a wallpaper cleaning product? Thank goodness the company started to go under! They had a surplus of stock, and enterprisingly started selling it as modelling clay. When PlayDoh was first released to the general public in 1956, it came in one colour – ‘off white’. About how you’d expect wallpaper cleaning dough to look, really!

Playdoh Colours

By 1957, you could get red, yellow and blue. You’d be pretty set there, really.. the primary colours could be mixed to give you every colour of the rainbow!!  Still, it’s a beautiful thing that today you can buy Playdoh in so many different colours.  It comes in Neon, Metallics and Glitter as well… ahhhh!!!

PlayDoh Car

A life sized Playdoh car was built as part of a new car promotion on the streets of London recently. 1.5 tonnes of Playdoh was used. That’s 10,000 pots.  Yes, there was a blue Playdoh shortage in England after this!

The joy is about the colours it comes in.  Being a colour lover, it just appeals to me so much!  It’s also the smell. Cracking a new container of dough..  “Fun to play with, not to eat?” Bah!!! Who hasn’t munched some Playdoh when they were small? And the fleeting moments of stress-free creation… relax; make it, and if it’s no good, squash it! (And if it is good, your small person will squash it anyway!)

PlayDoh Heads

You can always make your own if you’re that way inclined, and I have more than once!  I have a good recipe: if you’d like it, let me know. But for my money, a couple of dollars for a nice new pot of the real thing is hard to beat. (Although I’m not sure that the above PlayDoh advertising is doing it for me. It’s partially “wow!” and partially “weird and a little creepy.” What do you think?)

Pantone – 2013 Autumn Colours

Ahhh, my love affair with Pantone continues. It’s one-sided, sure, but who wouldn’t want a never ending set of Pantone storage boxes to make your life complete?

Pantone Storage Boxes

The recent release of the 2013 Pantone ‘Fall’ colours is a bit exciting!!  Emerald is the Pantone colour of the year, and I’m loving those more muted but still funky autumn tones.  There’s not one I wouldn’t wear!!

Pantone Autumn 2013 Colours

I’ve looked through my gemstone collection, and here’s a few suggestions for having your own unique piece made, and being on trend this autumn. Contact me if you love one of these stones and want it for your very own!

Pantone Gemstones Fall 2013

Contented sigh…. I love colour. Still! 🙂

Pantone – who could resist!

I remember when I first learned of the existence of colour swatch books that held what seemed to be every colour in the universe.  What a revelation! How exciting to flip through, and so much browsing and dreaming and marvelling to be done! (And who knew there were five trillion shades of white?) Pantone brought you all the colour you could ever need.

Then, they brought out bone china coffee mugs in vibrant colours, each one representing a chip from the Pantone colour chart. I coveted one, but who could choose which colour to have!

Pantone Mug -Mushy Pea

Recently, I’ve become aware that Pantone release a fashion colour pallette each season.  OOOOOHHHHH!!!

This is the Spring 2013 collection. OK, so this is a northern hemisphere-centric range, and I live in Australia where it is already spring, but I think there’s something here for everyone!

I think I’ve got most of these gorgeous colours just about covered in my gemstone stash,  just waiting to be picked out and set in some gorgeous big ring or pendant.  I’m glad to see I’m on the right fashion track!

I love colour!!