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In Praise of Yellow – Unexpected Blessings

November’s ability to surprise us ~ at least those of us who’ve lived here for a while ~  is a given in Maine. A couple of weeks ago, despite temperatures about to plunge into the teens, and with snow in tomorrow’s forecast: behold! Just outside by the doorstep a solitary rosebud. My brother loved yellow ~ perhaps because he was colorblind. He didn’t mind a bit when the...
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Jewelry and Chocolate

Quelle Surprise: finding an article in my go-to gem newsletter linking two favorite passions, some might say weaknesses: Gemstones and Chocolate! Each is, or has been, touted for healing and/or medicinal qualities. Think Emerald, associated with soothing energies for the eyes, among other positive attributes. Who knew that chocolate was also touted as offering health benefits – way back...
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3-50-68-1: Lottery Picks, or…?

What’s with the numbers?  NO, we’re not sending tips for the Lottery –  Megabucks, Powerball, and such!  But the numbers do have to do with money.  Money, as in keeping the local economy vibrant, with strong community support.   Here’s the “low-down” on those...
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An Earful of Curves

Perhaps you heard the upstairs tapping and the “ping-ping” of hammers when you last visited.  Vladimir created these delicious dimensional curves (photo at right) upstairs, just the other day.  They taper, flare, twist and spiral, reflecting light every which-way.  We heard a lot of hammering during their creation. Vlad started with a length of heavy gold wire, tapering for grace...
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Natural Spinel – from Reds to Rainbows

Ever hear of the Black Prince’s Ruby?  Few precious stones have such a long and storied history as this one, a large, semi-polished, crimson orb that today sits on the front of Britain’s Imperial State Crown.  SURPRISE!  It turns out that the historic red gem is a natural Spinel.  Read its history.  No wonder the confusion occurred.  Spinel frequently occurs in the same regions...
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Creating a Wax Model

Here’s a glimpse of some of Jim’s handiwork.  Master model maker, sculptor, and designer are a few of the roles he plays in the workshop every day.  In addition to artistic flair, engineering plays a crucial role.  Frequently a jewelry creation is designed to highlight and securely hold a special gem.    The quartz crystal featured in this pendant design offers many a challenge:...
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