Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cuteable, diamonds and husbands

a little mention in Cuteable, A daily blog with posts on cute apparel, jewelry, toys, home decor and more!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nifty Knits, a beautiful knitting obsession

Let me introduce you to Heather who has accepted to answer a few questions to let you discover her talent - How did you get started ?
I learnt to knit as a girl, but got started again when I was off sick from my day job.

- Where are you from?
UK, in the beautiful Kent countryside of southern England.

- Are your creations limited editions or unique?
Well – they’re unique in the sense that I make my own patterns, but I keep knitting them as long as people want them.

- How long have you been doing it?
My Etsy shop opened in April 2008, but I’d been selling for a year or so on ebay before that.

- Are you a professional artist or is this a hobby?
It’s certainly not just a hobby, but I don’t earn enough from knitting to eat just yet!

- What inspires you?
Nature. Most of my best ideas come whilst walking in the countryside, though clearly the meerkats and trekkies owe more than a bit to my TV habit!

- What is your favorite piece (that you still have for sale) and why?
I have to say the meerkats (otherwise their feelings will be hurt) but I really love my daffodils. I was really pleased with how they turned out – and I’m no good with real potplants. Even I can’t kill these!

- How do you promote your work?
I’m a member of EtsyTreasuryTeam, we promote each other through treasuries which is great fun. I blog, and am pretty much obsessed with Twitter.

- What is your favorite material?
I enjoy working with fancy yarns but to be honest I prefer good old fashioned acrylic. It’s really sturdy so it works well for toys and models, and I can get it in lots of bright colours.

- favorite food ?
bacon, nice and crispy from the grill.

- What advice you wish someone had told you when you started?
I wish I’d known from the start how important it is to have good photos, and not to underprice my time and skill.

- Do you have any advice for fellow artists?
Don’t expect to be able to fill your shop and sit back! It’s up to you to get people through the virtual door – good luck!

Thank you Heather, for more about her, visit
her websites nifty knits and http://www.blogger.com/www.niftyknits.folksy.com and blog Follow her on Twitter

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sources of peridot gemstone

Peridot, also called Chrysolite and Olivine.

The most beautiful stones come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

However, the peridot as a gemstone also exists in Myanmar, China, the USA, Africa and Australia.

Stones from East Burma, now known as Myanmar, have a vivid light green and fine inclusions with a silky shine to them. Peridot from Arizona, often used in native Indian jewellery, exhibits golden and browns tones.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Peridot - beliefs

Peridot gems are believed to have the power to drive away evil spirits, a power enhanced when the stone is set in gold.

Peridot gemstones are believed to be receptive and promote protection, health, wealth and sleep.
Peridot is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Its deep green hue suggests its use in wealth - attracting spells

Peridot is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Leo, and the month of August.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Peridot - August Gemstone

This gemstone was once called the "gem of the sun,"
Because the iron which creates the color is an integral part of its structure, it is found only in green, ranging from a summery light yellowish green to a dark
bottle green

It has already been used in Antiquity; it can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early 2nd millennium B.C.. The stones used at that time came from a deposit on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, some 45 miles off the Egyptian coast at Aswan
The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, giving it the name of "emerald of the evening'.
Peridot was also used to decorate medieval churches, maybe carried back to Europe by the Crusaders. Large peridots, more than 200 carats in size, adorn the shrine of the three magi at the Cologne Cathedral

The peridot is cut in accordance with its crystal shape, mostly faceted or in classical table cuts, or round, antique, as an octahedron or oval. Smaller crystals are cut into standardised series stones, larger ones into imaginative one-offs. Cabochons are made if the material contains more inclusions, for the domed cut brings out the fine silky shine of the inclusions to their best.

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