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Friday, May 22, 2009

New Work

colorful ring setAmethyst, Afghan tourmaline, and recycled sterling silver rings
{ custom order; sold }

detroit motor agateWhat is Fordite?

paparadascha sapphire ringLab created padparadscha sapphire, recycled 14k white and yellow gold ring, size 6
{ to be listed soon in my Etsy shop }

A few words about that beautiful lab-created sapphire...

Lab created stones (also referred to as man-made, synthetic or cultured stones) are NOT fakes. They are chemically and optically identical to their mined counterparts, but by growing them in the lab, many of the environmental and humanitarian problems inherent with gemstone mining can be avoided. This particular stone was created by Chatham Gems, a leader in created gemstones. According to the company, "Chatham does not make gemstones, we make environments in which crystals grow naturally." In other words, these are real gemstones that are cultured in a laboratory - natural components are placed in an environment created to duplicate nature's. Once the required combination of chemical and environmental factors is created, the crystals grow over the course of a year, the length of time depending on the gemstone. As a result, quality diamonds and gemstones are developed with identical physical, chemical, and optical properties to those found in nature.


JudyM said...

Gorgeous new work! I especially like the last ring, the lab created padparadscha sapphire. It's a sweet little ring.
I miss seeing all of these (and you guys) in person.
Love, Judy

Rebecca Mercado, Jewelry Manager said...

You have some beautiful work, Tamara. That lab-created sapphire is stunning. Also, kudos to you for making jewelry with its environmental and social impact in mind!