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I love hammering gold, silver, copper, brass, and bronze into amazing textured custom rings, custom wedding rings, engagement rings, and other unique artisan jewelry.  I have an extensive selection of men's and women's rings, along with gemstone and pearl jewelry in my SilverSmack shop on Etsy.  Please stop in and take a look.

A Poem I wrote

Beyond Semi-precious

Lapidolite, Dumorterite, Iolite

even the sedimentary syllables shine


nutured by nature

colored by the earth

flecked
mottled
dappled

fossilized blooms

petrified sunsets

envelop me

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

New SilverSmack Shop on Artfire

I just opened up a new "Pro" shop on Artfire for my SilverSmack shop which means I can put more items in my shop and I get a few more bells and whistles.

SilverSmack - ArtFire Artisan Studio

I still have my SilverSmack shop on Etsy which is doing very well, I must say. I just don't want to put all my eggs in one basket.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sapphire, September's Birthstone

Sapphire is September’s birthstone and is the stone for the Taurus. If a Taurus wears a sapphire, it is said to protect one from and cure one's mental disorders.
Throughout history, the sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in relationships, and to bring peace, joy and wisdom to the wearer and owner. Sapphire was also believed to protect against evil.
Blue is by far the most popular color for sapphires, but they can be almost any color, including yellow, green, white, colorless, pink, orange, brown, and purple. Padparadscha is the name for a rare orange-pink variety of sapphire and has a higher value than blue sapphires.
Abbes Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) wrote that the gemstones are formed through the powerful combination of water and fire, therefore holds powers corresponding to these phenomena. She also believed that each stone had a certain, divine blessing from God. She also suggested that licking the stone could make a person smarter.
Here are some beautiful sapphire creations by the Jewelry on Etsy Team members .
These Earrings, blue sapphire, wire wrapped briolettes, sterling silver, free shipping, handmade in Australia by Angelene.



These Tiny Key and Sapphire Earrings in Sterling Silverby Dashery .



These Sapphire 14K gold filled earrings - DEWBERRY by
mcrdesigns .


This Bold sterling and blue sapphire knuckle ring, size 7.5 by Metalicious .



This Silver Green Sapphire Edelweiss Reversible Pendant by WearablebyDesign.


This Wedding band silver ring - engraved hearts, sapphires by
PeacesofIndigo.



This Large Genuine Sapphire Pearl Kyanite Woven Herringbone Wire Wrapped Silver Necklace by SilverSmack.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunrise After Storm



The view off of my deck after a thunderstorm the other day.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Is It Really Flip-Flop Weather?



Sure, everyone wants spring to come, but lets take a little time to look at the facts. THERE'S STILL A TON OF SNOW OUT THERE! This is what I see when I look out my window. Not flip-flop weather in my book. Sure, we've had a few days of warmer temperatures, but in addition to a ton of snow, there's even more MUD!



Now, I've spotted some flip-flops already this week. Maybe in warmer climates, that's fine, but in BIG SNOW COUNTRY, I think it's best to wait a bit. . .

Sunday, February 14, 2010

SilverSmack on the Front Page!!!



Few things are more exciting on Etsy than being featured on the front page. Here is a treasury by Abacusbeadcreations that included my Touch of Sun - Citrine Hammered Fine Silver Eternity Circle Silver Necklace. It made my day to see it featured on the front page. Many thanks to Abacus for featuring me.