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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brass Yourselves.

Brass Yourselves.

Raw Brass = Love

Jewelers are calling brass the "new gold". It's solid. It's not plated. It acquires a patina as sterling and silver and gold do. It gets better with age. You can "dip" it in jewelry cleaner which is typically a no-no for plated metals. In a nutshell, it’s natural, unrefined and real. These are various levels of oxidation. In fact, these choices of brass chain are what Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters/Terrain are deciding on for a necklace of mine they are using.

And… with the price of gold skyrocketing, combined with the fact that it is absolutely IN style again, (I’ve been waiting patiently since the 80’s) brass is a great alternative to gold. Unfortunately, most brass on the market at this point, is still plated with something over it….assuming consumers prefer the plate to what’s underneath. To me, that’s like plating 14k gold with silver. We love silver, but we aren’t going to plate over perfectly good gold...
I am hoping to see more jewelry finding suppliers offering more raw brass. But thus far, it is difficult to find a wide variety of findings in solid, raw brass.
So if you want to purchase a piece of jewelry or jewelry supplies, that is made of solid brass, there are a few key words to include in your search. Solid, unplated brass is typically referred to as raw brass, or unfinished brass. On occasion, you’ll find it being called “red brass” with the the irony being that red brass is, in fact, not really red at all.
What they mean by red:
Brass is composed of copper and zinc. Depending on how much copper is in the brass, determines how much of a *strawberry* tint it has...but definitely not red. Just as solid gold has varying amounts of copper, you'll often see some pieces having a rosier hue than others.
Also, the more copper content in the brass, the faster it oxidizes.Depending on your designs, that can be a plus.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Get Oxidized. Oxidizded Sterling silver earrings,necklaces,bracelets

Oxidizing bright sterling silver..giving it a

warm,aged,collected look... I love the understatement it makes. It whispers...instead of yelling "look at me".

Thursday, March 24, 2011


When water carrying dissolved silica is forced into a cavity in a rock and rapid cooling occurs, tiny crystals are formed on the surfaces of the rock cavity and form druzy. Any stone can have this effect, which results in a sparkly,crystallized surface.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Raw Earth Collection at CuppaCoffee

Unearthing some beautiful gemstones

in their purest form. These pieces are natural, organic and raw.

34 carat raw diopside rough slab.

Rough green Apatite Studs.

Ruby forming in Zoisite specimen Ring.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vintage Crystal Chandelier pendant

This was a custom design for a customer.....I just finished it and LOVE how it turned out.

A vintage cut crystal chandelier prism...I oxidized all of the sterling silver components to a rich,dark patina....then polished to a high shine.

I just love mixing a little old with a little new and having it come together as a finished piece.

Friday, March 18, 2011