- SNOW! Sitting at home looking at beads!
- COMING BACK
- TRIANGLE PAPER BEAD EARRINGS – Anthropologie knock-off
- EARRINGS FOR TORN EARLOBES
- LADDER NECKLACE TUTORIAL FROM FOR THE MAKERS
- BRASS, COPPER, AND SILVER AUTOMATICALLY DISINFECT THEMSELVES
- THANKS! I MADE IT!
- MALEFICENT NECKLACE
- MY NEW RING AND MISCELLANEOUS NEWS
- MAKING YOUR OWN JEWELRY YOUR OWN
I saw this ring on “ana silver” on ebay, and I could not resist. It is a rough amethyst cabuchon (it seems to be coated with something to give it a silky surface), set in sterling silver. I thought it looked big, but this thing is HUGE. It sits on my ring finger and covers half of my little finger. I like big, but this is BIG even for me. I mean, I like it, but it will take some getting used to. Anyway, I can do with some amethyst on my body right about now.
Not too long ago, I read a comment by one of those famous elegant rich society ladies (can’t remember exactly who), where she said that, if your hands are no longer exactly as beautiful as you wish they might be, wear a stupendous ring, and no one will notice. I think this is that kind of ring. It is definitely an eye-catcher, at about the size of the old silver dollars.
With the shipping, it cost only @$22.00, so it was a deal.
I will say this about Ana Silver: I have bought several pieces from them, and I have never been disappointed. (all too often, you see something on ebay, you bid, and you wind up with a piece of garbage, but this company sends you what they say they are going to send you). My skin is very sensitive, to the point that, if I put something on, I will know within the hour whether it is real silver or gold. Additionally, I am sensitive to stones, so I generally know when something is real or not, just by holding it. Everything I have ever ordered from Ana Silver has turned out to be sterling and the real stone. (no, they are not paying me to say this – I just read comments online about getting ripped off by ebay sellers, which I do, personally, know happens, especially if you try to do business with Chinese merchants on ebay, and, then, I received this ring in the mail today, and it is so real, so magnificent, so what they said they would send, that I had to speak out)
Okay, interestingly, the day before I go to court because the landlord hasn’t fixed things in my apartment, so.. lots of things, the super showed up willing to work, but he wanted *me* to move the sofa. Okay, I can do what two big fat guys can’t do, so I moved the sofa myself, and…… lo and behold! There was my copy of Love is in the Earth! I’ve been looking for it ever so long, and it had gone off and hidden behind the sofa!
If you don’t know Love is in the Earth, you should definitely check it out. When I saw it the first time, I knew I had to have it, but it was way pricey even 25 years ago! (yep! that’ s how old my copy is!) Interestingly, you can still get a new copy of the 1995 edition, the one I have, for about what I paid for it way back when! There is a newer version which costs upwards of $80, but this book still works for me, and I’m sure it will work for you – it covers just about every stone you can find, and some surprise ones, as well (I discovered hypersthene a couple of years ago – no one was talking about it, but it was in LIITE. Almost anything I come up with is in there.
What I like is that it gives the metaphysical qualities of the stones, as well as horoscope correspondences, and other information. Even with all the information you can find on the internet these days, I will still go to this book first, because it probably has everything I need, and, anyway, most times, when I go to a website, most times it turns out that they are referencing this book.
Best crystal book I have ever purchased (and I have scads of them!)
Thus, you can imagine how disturbed I have been over the year or so that I have not been able to find it (it should have been on the shelf with the crystal books! Did the old roommate take it when she moved out?) No, no subterfuge, other than that somehow the book went to hide behind the couch. Now it is back.
I don’t know if I can get much more pleased at the moment (well, okay, finding out that I had won the lottery might do it)! I was looking at cool jewelry ideas on jewelrylessons.com, and I noticed that all the ones I liked were by Donna Spadafore at gailavira.com, but I could not find any of her tutorials, so I decided to find out if she has a website. Lo and behold! she does! Not just any old website, but one that offers very reasonably priced very clearly written and detailed tutorials — and even some free ones that teach some of the things that I like about her pieces. Well! I just had to tell somebody, and so…..
I really love the little post earrings in the picture above, and I really love the technique in the picture to the left — what I really love about these two is that they were in her free tutorials collection.
I am a bit frustrated here. I was led from allfreejewelrymaking.com to this tutorial for an interesting wire-wrapped ring at spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk , but the tutorial site would not let me grab a picture. GRRRR! You’ll have to trust me. This is an interesting wire ring with pearls – the tutorial is not as complete as I would like it, so I will have to play with it a bit, but it does have some good tips. And, then, you can stay and look at the other tutorials.