Nov 30, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - D is for Danburite

One of the lesser known gemstone, and truth to tell one I had never previously heard of is Danburite. Danburite, a calcium boric silicate was first discovered in 1839 in Danbury, Connecticut. Danburite was discovered by Charles Shepherd, an eminent American mineralogist. 

Danburite, a quite hard stone, is usually colourless to very light pink in colour, but some deposits may produce specimens in shades of light yellow or brown. Danburite is known for its excellent transparency and clarity. Because of its high refractive index, well cut danburites are remarkably bright and can look something like diamonds.

The original discovered deposits of Danburite have long since been buried under an expanding city. Today Danburite deposits are found in Japan, Madagascar, Mexico and Burma, with Mexico considered the most important source of gemstone quality Danburite.

Here are a few examples I have found of some Danburite jewelry on Etsy:

Nov 27, 2011

Sunday Theme - Summer

With December 1st, the official start of Summer here in Australia, just a few days away, this seemed the perfect theme for this week.

Summer is the warmest of the four seasons where the days are at their longest and the nights their shortest. It is the season that signifies the long school holidays, days at the beach, and down here in Australia, absolutely sweltering weather. Here in Queensland Summer also signifies the wet season, and of course, who could forget the floods that resulted from that last year.

Of course, here in the Southern Hemisphere, Summer also means Christmas, some thing that still doesn't seem quite right to me even after living here for 11 years.

Here is one of my pieces that means Summer to me - my Hydrangea and Silver Bangle:

Here are some more Summer inspired items from members of the BrisStyle team:

Nov 26, 2011

V Style Earring Giveaway - Week 3

Pictured above are the earrings chosen by my Week 2 Winner - and now to Week 3. A big CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of Week 3 of my V Style Earring Giveaway


A pair of my earrings will soon be winging their way to you.

For everyone else, don't worry - there are still FOUR more chances to win, and don't forget, if you blog about my giveaway, or post details about it on your Facebook page, and remember to let me know about it in the Giveaway comments, you will get an extra entry into the drawer.

For those of you who have not entered yet full details of the Giveaway can be found in my Big V Style Earring Giveaway Post. There is still plenty of time to leave a comment and join in on the drawer.

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Nov 25, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - C is for Charoite

Charoite is an unusual and rare mineral named after the Chara River in Siberia, Russia. It was discovered by the Russians in the 1940s but was not made known to the Western world until 1978. Charoite is formed from alteration of limestones by the close presence of an alkali-rich nephline syenite intrusion.

Charoite's colour ranges from lilac to violet to purple but its the unusual patterns that are found in Charoite that are its distinctive signature. Described as unnaturally beautiful Charoite has such a unique and attractive swirling violet colour that specimens of it are sometimes thought to be synthetic rather than natural.

Charoite is mined exclusively near in the Chara River area of Siberia, Russia, a part of Russia known for its forbidden climate and terrain.

Here is one of my pieces featuring the gorgeous Charoite, my Sterling Flowers and Charoite Chainmaille Bracelet;

Here are some more examples of gorgeous Charoite jewellery as found on Etsy:

Nov 23, 2011

A to Z of Gemstones - B is for Bronzite

Bronzite is an unusual gemstone that wouldn't be considered a gem at all if not for two other related stones called Hypersthene and Enstatite. All three of these are members of an igneous group of rocks called orthopyroxenes. Like its family members Bronzite is a stone that is constructed of different rocks including peridot and serpentine. All have key elements of iron as does Bronzite itself.

A reasonably hard stone Bronzite is generally a mixture of the colours of gold, green, brown, and black, although the most popular varieties of the gem are bronze brown as the stone's name indicates. The best rough of the gem also has the cats eye effect called chatoyancy. The stone often also refracts golden metallic sparkles and streaks from within.

Today Bronzite can be found in areas of the USA, Austria, England, South Africa, India, Labrador, Norway and Greenland.

Ancient Romans used to grind Bronzite into powder form to use as protection against mental illness and confusion and as an effective treatment to strengthen the nerves.

Here are some gorgeous examples of Bronzite Jewellery from some members of the JET Team:

Nov 21, 2011

Creating Music

Craft is one form of expressing creativity - however, there are of course many different ways in which to be creative, of which one of the major is in creating music.

As any of you who have followed my blog for a while will know I play the violin, and for several years I was involved in playing with a couple of local amateur/community orchestras, first in England and then here in Brisbane.

In the UK I played for several years with the Slough Philharmonic Orchestra. They enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the best musical societies in the country, not least because the society included a choir as well as an orchestra. I loved my time playing with the orchestra and learned many new orchestral pieces with them including what is now one of my all time classical pieces - the Gadfly by Shostakovitch. The society usually put on five concerts a year, three orchestral and two with the choir. If you live in the UK anywhere near to Slough then I can well recommend them. The only reason I left playing with the Slough Philharmonic was because I moved to Australia.

For the first few years of living in Australia, I joined and played with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, although at that time it was known as the Brisbane Sinfonia. Although a much newer orchestra than my UK orchestra the Brisbane Symphony was gradually gaining a very good reputation for the standard of their concerts. Again, I really loved playing with them and can certainly recommend paying one of their concerts a visit. Unfortunately I just found it too difficult to continue with my commitment to them at the time I left having got a job in the wrong direction from Brisbane from where I lived.

From playing in both orchestra one thing I will never forget is the thrill of playing at the concerts being surrounded by a large symphonic sound and knowing that I was a part of it.


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