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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tantalizing Topaz!

I was working on a description for a gorgeous pair of earrings the other day when the word "topaz" came to mind. I found myself wondering if topaz is a color or a gemstone or both?

Turns out it is both -- and more! Let's begin with these definitions:
Topaz - a precious stone, typically colorless, yellow, or pale blue, consisting of a fluorine-containing aluminum silicate. Middle English (denoting a yellow sapphire): from Old French topace, via Latin from Greek topazos (Dictionary)
Topaz... is a fluorine aluminium silicate and comes in yellow, yellow-brown, honey-yellow, flax, brown, green, blue, light blue, red and pink ... and sometimes it has no colour at all. - International Gemstone Association
Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 
What about the color topaz? Most people think of the color "topaz" as resembling the color of the imperial topaz shown above, or perhaps a golden-brown or deep yellow-amber color. Below are some of my handmade jewelry pieces that feature the color topaz. To see more photos or to purchase any of these lovely pieces, just click on the caption below the picture.

Topaz Crystal Dangle Earrings

Orange and Antiqued Gold Gemstone Necklace

Topaz Tigereye Earrings

Gold Crystal Pendant Necklace

Monday, February 15, 2016

What's with the Pinching? Thoughts on St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching! Tradition has it that one should wear green, and those who subscribe to this concept often warn that if you do not wear green, they will pinch you. Ouch.

Apparently this charming tradition arises from the belief that wearing green makes one invisible to leprechauns -- those devilish little creatures who pinch anyone they can see on St. Patrick's Day.

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So -- I 'm here to offer my help. Come to me, and not only will you avoid getting pinched on March 17 (by leprechauns or other mischievous beings), you'll look gorgeous NOT being pinched in one of my many green necklaces, bracelets, or earrings!

Seems like a win-win to me. Here's a great big splash o'green for you -- lots of pretties that can be found over at www.jewelrybyscotti (my Etsy shop). DON'T get pinched on St. Paddy's Day. DO look fabulous!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Memory Wire Coil Wrap Bracelets

No matter what we call them, we all love those multi-strand bracelets that coil around our wrists -- no fasteners, no fuss, no muss. And I love making them, so it's a win-win for me!

We start with something called "Memory Wire." Memory wire is packaged in coils, which when opened resemble that marvelous toy called a Slinky. Memory wire "remembers" its shape and retains its coil form, allowing the bracelet to fit most wrists.

Memory Wire comes in the appropriate sizes for rings, bracelets, and necklaces. The size of the beads we use will affect how the bracelet fits: larger beads will create a tighter fit. This can make it tricky to get a perfect fit when ordering a bracelet online -- even though the coils will stretch if the bracelet seems too tight. To see a demonstration of how to enlarge a memory wire bracelet to fit more comfortably, refer to _this link_. If the bracelet is too loose, there's not much you can do but return it. I sometimes describe the fit of my bracelets by telling customers how they fit on my wrist, which is fairly small (6 inches just above the wrist bone.)

Now that we have the foundation of our wrap (coil) bracelet, the possibilities are endless. Below I am sharing photos of many of the wrap (coil) bracelets available in _my Etsy shop_. Come over and take a look. Just click on the "Bracelets" section of the shop to see all of the different types of bracelets I offer (including wrap bracelets).