October Birthstone – Tourmaline

October has many birthstones, not only the traditional Opal that we read about, but also Jasper, Pink Tourmaline, Zircon, Aquamarine. Also mentioned are Peridot, Agate, Coral, Jade, Smokey Quartz, Carnelian, Chiastolite, and Emerald. Pink or colored tourmaline is the alternate birthstone for October. The photo above shows pink tourmaline round beads and colored tourmaile beads […]

Sapphires for September at Banbury Fest in Bartlett

On Sept. 6-7, I’ll be selling Linda B’s handbeaded gemstone and glass jewelry at the Banbury Fest in Bartlett, IL. Mention the word “peridot” for an extra discount. At the show, you can see my new uniqely-designed sapphire earrings and other creations. I also take custom orders. September’s birthstone is sapphire. It is also given […]

Cleaning Jewelry – Swarovski Crystals

Here are some tips on cleaning Swarovski crystal jewelry. Dos: – Wipe jewelry gently with a damp cloth. – If it needs more cleaning, use a Q-tip and diluted window cleaner and gently dab at problem spots. – Lay your crystal on a clean, cotton cloth to dry. – It is best if it can […]

Luxurious, Elegant Pearls

Pearls are June Birthstones: along with Pearl, Moonstone (Traditional: Alexandrite). By Linda BlatchfordJewelry Designer There is so much history about pearls that five (5) months claim them as their birthstone: February, April, June (traditional), July and November Pearls are an astral stone for the signs Gemini and Cancer are linked to the moon. Pearls have […]