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Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Rings { and a CONTEST } !!!

As you probably know if you've been reading this blog for more than say, a week - I recently learned some new stone setting techniques that have me all excited about new design directions. I've spent the last couple of weeks ordering supplies and getting my studio better organized, and finally during the last two days, I've had a chance to try out these new techniques here on my own.

The results have been mixed - for every success, there have been numerous failures and frustrations, but I know that with practice, it will all become easier. (I remember how difficult bezel setting seemed at first, and now I could practically do that in my sleep.) Of the several pieces I have attempted in the last few days, two have turned out well enough to sell. Without further ado...

pink tourmaline ringCalifornia pink tourmaline and recycled sterling silver ring
(5mm faceted stone on 5mm flat band, textured satin finish)
click here for more photos

moissanite ringMoissanite, recycled 14k gold, and recycled sterling silver ring
(5mm faceted stone on comfort fit band, textured satin finish)
click here for more photos

If you're not familiar with moissanite, allow me to blather on a bit regarding what I've learned about this amazing material. Moissanite was originally born from a meteorite over 50,000 years ago, and was first discovered by Dr. Henri Moissan in 1893 in material collected from a meteor crater in Arizona. These incredibly brilliant sparkling crystals might have been considered "diamonds from space," but Dr. Moissan's research actually identified them as a new mineral find - silcon carbide, whose chemical composition is SiC (diamonds are made from carbon). This stunning jewel is extremely rare, and almost impossible to find in nature. So rare, in fact, that the dream of using it in jewelry was an impossibility until man discovered a way to create and craft these incredible silicon carbide crystals here on Earth.

With more fire than any popular gemstone (including diamond), no other stone or jewel compares to Moissanite. In fact, fire can be measured scientifically and moissanite has nearly 2.4 times the fire of diamond. Moissanite also has 10% more brilliance and luster than diamond. Proven to be harder than ruby, sapphire or emerald and second only to diamond, moissanite is also extraordinarily heat resistant, durable, and tough. It is extremely resistant to scratching, abrasion, breaking and chipping. And because these phenomenal stones are grown in a laboratory, you don't have to worry about the ethical problems involved with harvesting diamonds and other mined gems.

Pretty cool, huh? :-) I doubt that my pictures adequately capture how pretty this material really is, but it's truly amazing - so sparkly and gorgeous! This ring also reflects my first attempt at including gold in any of my work - a trend I hope to expand on as my budget allows.

Okay, I know what you're thinking - enough already, what about the contest? Be patient, grasshopper.

Here's the thing. I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about my business and where I hope to be a few years down the road, and I've come to the conclusion that I want to work toward a couple of goals. First, I would like to begin creating some higher end pieces, using really amazing stones (including more moissanite) and different varieties of recycled gold, and second, I want to begin using exclusively earth-, human-, and animal-friendly materials. I already incorporate many of these ideals in my current work, abstaining from using any animal-derived materials, and using mostly recycled silver, but I want to take it further. I'm hoping to create a new collection that uses 100% recycled metal and stones that are either (a) lab grown, (b) mined in the United States, or (c) mined in other countries, but have been independently certified as not involving mining practices that are destructive to the environment or dangerous to workers.

Here's where I need your help. I'd like to come up with a name for this new line that somehow encapsulates all of these ideas - both the ethical aspects and the higher-end feel. To enter this contest, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a suggestion for a name for my new collection. I have a few ideas of my own already but nothing I'm attached to yet, so throw out any words, phrases, tag lines, etc. you can think of. The winner will be chosen at random in a couple of weeks and will be awarded with a $25 credit to be used in either my jewelry shop or my bead shop.

Yay! Thanks for playing!


Anonymous said...

Karma Series, virtuous, Divine.

OK, one more reincarnated.


Anonymous said...

Metaltopia, The Pangaea Collection, or maybe Adornment in Harmony?


lauren bacchus said...

kind jewelry - by mcfarland designs


compassion designs - jewelry made with earth in mind


winterskeeper said...


(synonymous with hope & desire)

Lotta said...

Ooh, exiting!

Earthly treasures or some other combo of "earth" and "treasure" was what first came to my mind.


deevaa said...

Earthly Jewels?

Earth Jewels?

Nature Rocks?

CatherineS said...

My idea was Adorned in Harmony... I see someone already has something similar. Harmonic Adornment

Ok, that's all I've got this morning.

gaby said...

ecorganic line, organic atelier series...

I just can think of organic when I see those pretty rings!

Thanks for worrying about selling gems under those terms. I will visit your store to see the new goodies!

Vegan Girl said...

I think the collection should have the word, "Ahimsa" in it.

Good luck!

No wait, wish me luck, I want to win!

Anonymous said...

Wow!, the ring with gold looks amazing. I don't have any good names though.

Anonymous said...

how about "Karuna" - means kindness(in sanskrit)

here is the meaning

karuṇā is one of the four reflections of universal friendship — along with amity , appreciation and equanimity — used to stop the influx of karma.

I am sure there is a better word for this in English. But I am not feeling very bright.

Christine Ritchey said...

Ethical Elegance? Earthkind? Gentle Earth Gems & Jewelry?

That's all I can think of. My poor little brain is fried!

siina*k said...

Beautiful rings!

I would suggest name ALKU. It is finnish and means "beginning" or "start" :)

Sirpale said...

I don't have any good names but I'll have to say that these rings look amazing. You are really learning something new all the time! And I truly admire your goals, of course it is good to learn new skils of your own but you are also trying to make this world a better place for all of us. :)

the little one said...

Kind Earth Chic

Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

I like the idea of using Sanskrit words like a couple of the other commenters suggested. It is a beautiful language, and each word seems to be full of meaning.
This website ( ) has lots of feminine names, but each has it's meaning. Personally I like:
Inika - little Earth

or even using some Spanish words, since your son is from Guatemala, and Spanish is the one of the main languages. Gifts of the Earth -Regalos de la Tierra

I loved looking at your rings, and the beads and cabs that you have. I especially like those cloudy aquamarine cushion cabs that you had gotten awhile back. Beautiful! I'm looking for amethyst ones in that shape, but I've had no luck.

I wish you success in your jewelry making journey!

Vegan Girl said...

Oh no it looks like you are selling the Moissanite Ring. I kind of wanted it :(

Tamara said...

Don't worry Roni, I can always make another for you. :-)

Anonymous said...

How about...

Earth Luxe

Elegance in Harmony

Kissed by Nature

Karma Designs

- Ellie

Anonymous said...

...and one more:

Linea Karma

- Ellie

Amanda said...

Mother Earth


Amanda said...

Mother Earth


Anonymous said...

Sorry to keep adding more:

Heaven on Earth

I also like the earlier post of "Divine." It's simple & elegant.

Have you decided on a name yet, Tamara? Best of luck!

- Ellie

Julie Hendrix said...

This is my first thought "STELLAR STONES" Collection.

You make beautiful jewelry and your heart is in the right place. The World needs compassionate people. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Julie