Although African Turquoise is called Turquoise, it is actually not turquoise in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a form of jasper that is mined in Africa. It is treated to give it that rich blue-green color we love about traditional turquoise. The matrix of the stone with its beautiful black and brown webs and spots is what truly makes the stone a beautiful substitute for the more expensive traditional turquoise.

If African Turquoise isn't Turquoise at all, then what is it? Since it is a form of Jasper, and Jasper is a form of Chalcedony, then African Turquoise is technically a form of chalcedony, like agate and so many...

Metal allergies can take a variety of different forms. Some people are only allergic to nickel, while others are allergic to copper, yet still others may be allergic to any non-pure metal. Metal allergies often manifest as itchy skin, a rash, even blisters. For less pure metals and lesser allergies, the offending metal may simply stain the skin a green or dark grey color. Many people who suffer from metal allergies can stop their symptoms by switching to a purer metal, rather than an alloy. 24Kt Gold, Sterling Silver, and Stainless Steel are often touted as hypoallergenic metals. Lets take a look at these and other options for...

It may seem unimportant, but having a great bio for your website, blog, or Etsy can really draw in customers for you! The best part about buying handmade is knowing that you are buying from a person who pours their heart and soul into their work- not just a mass-manufactured piece of junk jewelry that you will wear once and then never touch again. Buyers know that each piece is lovingly handcrafted and are pieces that they should take care of to be able to wear for years to come.

When buyers shop in person at a brick and mortar store or a craft fair, they can get to know you and perhaps a little bit of your creative process. The...

Soutache, pronounced “soo-tash,” is a french word that describes a decorative braid that is used to trim jackets, coats, epaulets, shoulders, caftans, tunics, and many other garments. Now it is largely seen in jewelry, with fibers of many colors swirled tightly around beautiful beads, cabochons, and crystals. It is a very labor intensive process, producing truly one of a kind pieces. Here are a few of our favorite pieces that can be found and purchased on Etsy!

in Product Stories on Feb 01, 2017 .

Tiger's eye is a variety of quartz that is well known for its silky luster and beautiful striations. It has inclusions of iron, quartz, and golden asbestos which give the stone its chatoyency and striped appearance. It is largely opaque and usually found naturally in a brown or golden brown color, though it can be dyed any color from pink to green to navy blue. It is mined primarily in Africa, though it is also found in Brazil, Australia, and in some parts of the United States.

Tiger's Eye is used as a good luck stone, giving you courage and confidence while protecting you against curses or ill will. This protection also helps you...

Jewelry has been worn since the beginning of humanity as a way to show individuality and social status. From the days of stones and bones through modern handmade or 3D-printed beauties, jewelry is an amazing way to showcase your individual style.

China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with history dating back thousands of years. Jewelry started being made in China in the Neolithic period around 5000 BC, and due to the culture's tradition of burying a person's wealth with their bodies, many pieces have been beautifully preserved over time. As time went on, different styles emerged from different regions and eras in...

Although many creatives design pieces they would love to wear themselves, we would all quickly run ourselves out of business if we followed that model! So, who is it exactly that is buying our wares and how do we successfully market to them? Lets think about a couple of hypothetical examples.

1. Bohemian style beaded jewelry

This could be gemstone bracelets, arrowhead necklaces, feather earrings, anything that falls within that style guideline. These are usually made with earthy colors, gemstones, and leather. Though these items can be somewhat pricey- the market for them is usually young with little expendable income. They...

in Product Stories on Jan 12, 2017 .

Hematite is a form of iron oxide that is usually a dark gunmetal color, though it can also be found in brown, silver-grey, or red. It has been used as a pigment since the 15th century, creating a red color we know as Rouge. This is actually how the stone got its name, as it comes from ancient latin meaning “blood.” The most natural form of hematite is a rusty red color, and that is how it was known for many centuries before it began being polished to its dark silver color we know today.

Metaphysically, hematite is used as a grounding stone. It can help you feel more safe or can counteract overwhelming energies from...