Interesting Articles from JCK

Teacher Finds Brandy-Colored 2 Carat Gem at Arkansas Park

On July 24, Josh Lanik (pictured), a 36-year-old schoolteacher from Hebron, Neb., found a brandy-colored gem weighing more than 2 cts. at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.

Out of the 296 diamonds unearthed this year at the park, it is the largest to be found so far.

The Crater of Diamonds is the only park in the world that lets the general public search for diamonds. Among the notable finds since its opening in 1972: the Strawn-Wagner, a 1.09 ct. D flawless, and the Esparanza, an 8.52 carater that ended up being cut live by a local jeweler.

Lanik said in a statement that he found the gem on the southeast edge of the park’s search area, after just two hours of looking.

“I was walking through an area where it looked like a lot of water had washed when I saw it,” he said. “It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it. I saw the shine, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed there weren’t any sharp edges.”

He showed it to his wife and dropped it into a brown paper sack with several other minerals. When he brought it to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, a park employee put it into a pill bottle and brought it in the office for a closer look.

“She wouldn’t tell us whether it was a diamond, but we were pretty sure from her reaction that it was,” he said.

Park interpreter Waymon Cox said in the statement that “Mr. Lanik’s gem is about the size of a jelly bean and has a dark brown color, similar to brandy. It has a beautiful natural pear shape and smooth, curved facets that give the gem a metallic shine.”

Crater of Diamonds brown gem
A view of the jelly-bean size gem

He said that recent heavy rains in the area may have contributed to the find.

“About 14 inches of rain fell at the park on July 16,” he said. “In the days after the rainfall, park staff registered numerous diamonds found right on the surface of the search area, including two weighing over 1 carat.”

Lanik named the gem the Lanik Family Diamond to remember his experience visiting the park with his family. He said he plans to keep the gem, at least for now.

JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky wrote about her experience at Crater of Diamonds here.

(Image courtesy of the Crater of Diamonds State Park)

Interesting Article from JCK;

Franck Muller Introduces Functional Bitcoin Watch

Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller has designed the Encrypto watch, which it calls “the world’s first fully functional bitcoin watch.”

The Encrypto (pictured) comes with a QR code that lets users add bitcoin to their wallets or check their balance directly through the dial.

The watches also come with a two-piece Deep Cold Storage set, with its own unique public address etched on the dial and a sealed USB containing the private key. The cold storage wallet uses offline-generated random numbers that cannot be hacked.

The watch, however, is not intended for storing bitcoins, the company says. “If you would like to store bitcoins through your watch dial as a physical access point, you will need to acquire a third-party wallet of your choice,” according to an FAQ page on the watch’s site.

The watch’s QR code and cold storage system were designed in partnership with Regal Assets, a cryptocurrency investment company.

The Encrypto will be a limited-edition series, with a maximum of 500 units of each version available. Wearers can customize both the dial and the band of the watch, and some models include precious metals and diamonds in the dial and frame.

The watch is currently available online and at the Franck Muller boutique in the Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates. It can, naturally, be paid for with bitcoin.

Regal Assets CEO Tyler Gallagher said in a statement: “I believe this watch is revolutionary and is the perfect marriage between crypto and wearables, two booming industries. We at Regal Assets have always been big believers in cryptocurrencies and are always glad to partner up with established brands to come up with new and exciting crypto products.”

Other jewelry companies have begun experimenting with accepting bitcoin, including Birks Group in Canada. JCK senior editor Emili Vesilind wrote a bitcoin primer for jewelers in 2014.

(Image courtesy of Franck Muller)

New Country Study of Mid-Asia: India; Jammu, Kashmir; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Tibet.

On this blog we will include: recipes, pictures, and some sayings & proverbs from each region.  I look forward to sharing these exciting areas with you.  The three country study blog areas will vary from our facebooks and pinterest so you may find new pictures, sayings, and recipes on each source.  Hope you enjoy them all.  I will be adding these in the next week for your enjoyment.  Nancy

Jewelry Books from my Collection

A String of Expression– Techniques for transforming Art and Life into Jewelry by June Roman   S24.99;  ISBN – 13:978-1-60061-791-1;  ISBN – 10: 1-60061-791-3;  North Light Books – F&W Media Inc, 4700 E. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, Oh,4523;  Frazer Direct – 100 Armstrong Ave, Geargetown, On, Canada L7G5S4;  David & Charles Brunel House, Newton Avvot, Devon TQ12 4PU, England;  Capricorn Link – P.O. Box 704, S Windsor, NSW 2756 Australia;  © 2010 June Roman

IMG_1085  A very unusual selection of jewelry designs, which I did not find within my style parameters. This was another of those books that you buy on line and think you must have and find it less than what you expected. I liked the way she named each piece and then wrote a short essay about each giving some interesting information and unique viewpoints. The pictures did not showcase the jewelry selections and although the faded backgrounds were muted they often interfered with the colors and designs of the jewelry, which was being presented. The thing I liked most about it were some of the essays and especially the collages included with many of the jewelry selections. The collages were colorful, well designed, and artistically presented.   In my opinion, if June did the Collages, she showed an exceptional talent in that field. However her artistry in the field of jewelry seemed simplistic and underdeveloped. Perhaps that, however, is the style she was looking to achieve and this artist is on a different page in regards to jewelry design. We all have our own particular flair and polish when it comes jewelry and fashion. For those with a completely eclectic palate or appreciation this book may be for you. I personally did not find this book of value and would not re purchase this paperback book for the somewhat exorbitant price of 24.99.

6 out of 10 in interest points would be my score for this unique jewelry book.

Jewelry Books from my Collection

Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell

Steampunk Style Jewelry: victorian, fantasy, and mechanical necklaces, bracelets, and earrings –   Jean Campbell   24.99;  ISBN – 13 – 978-1-58923-475-8;  ISBN – 10 – 1-58923-475-8; Quayside Publishing Group- Creative Publishing Internaltional, Inc;   400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401;  ©2009 Creative Publishing International, Inc

IMG_1087A fun and colorful book with old and new pictures , basic jewelry making techniques, with historical data as well as jewelry designs. Instructions are mostly written but very easy to follow. The full color photos are excellent and designs very “Steampunky” . Use of natural materials are emphasized and designs very unique. The historical steampunk (industrial age meets victorian) data is well written and very informative. I loved reading the historical accounts. If you are heading in the direction of steampunk in your jewelry designs this book is educational as well as informative. A wonderful book for any jeweler’s library. The cover is a heavy cardboard which should last for many more years than the general paper bound book. Although the cost is quite high at 24.99, I definitely recommend this book to others and would repurchase this book, if not for the designs for the articles. It is an extremely well thought out and beautifully designed book.

I would rate this book at a 9.5 out of 10 points.

New Necklace Design # 34

Patina Pleasure 3860.jpgPatina Pleasure is a simplistic necklace design, which includes delicate earrings and lovely Swarovski Crystals with colorful Aqua Tierra stones.  Agua Tierra or Blue Impression Jasper is popular due to its green/blue color and sandy matrix. The location of this stone is China Mainland and it is said to be a wonderful stone to find inner peace, clarity and love. Brass and bronze make a wonderful contrast to the matrixed Impression Jasper stones and the Swarovski Crystals adding that special luxury and sparkle. The brass and bronze noted here are associated with relaxation, serenity, and calmness. The Patina of greenish-blue, on the surface of bronze or similar metals, is generally produced by oxidation over a long period of time.  The patined brass in this case is coated to give it a weathered, rustic look.   This is a dynamic necklace and earring set which can be worn by old and young alike. 


New Necklace Designs #33 Equestrian Collection “Turquoise Trail” Necklace

Tiger Trot

This interesting necklace is called “Tiger Trot”. It is created from Blue Tiger’s Eye is a form of quartz, with inclusions of crocidolite, causing a cat’s eye effect or chatoyancy. The brown, striped gemstone gets its name from its resemblance to the eye of a tiger. It is found in gravels or mined, and the best source is Africa where it is found in slabs. It is also mined in Western Australia, South Africa, U.S.A., Canada, India, Namibia, and Burma. Tiger’s Eye is said to promote protection, courage, and general energy.  To add a little luxury and sparkle Swarovski Crystals are added.  Swarovski crystals are precisely-cut crystals, which are related to luxury products. Daniel Swarovski, a glass-cutter, built a crystal cutting factory in Austria using hydroelectricity in 1895. Brass and bronze were used in prehistoric times. It is said to be associated with relaxation, serenity, and calmness. Brass and bronze are the fittings which are included in this necklace.  Brass and Bronze were used in prehistoric times. They are said to be associated with relaxation, serenity, and calmness.

New Necklace Designs #32 Equestrian Collection “Equestrian Opal” Necklace

Equestrian Opal

This “Equestrian Opal” Necklace is made from a colorful African Opal Gemstone.  There are many varieties of African Opal and most reflect light with a play of color. The name comes from the Latin word (opalus) meaning “seeing jewel”. Most opals are 60 million years old and date back to the dinosaurs. In ancient times, it was accepted as a symbol of faithfulness and confidence. Swarovski crystals add an exciting glitter and a luxury quality.  They are precisely cut crystals, which are related to luxury products. Daniel Swarovski, a glass cutter, established a crystal cutting factory in Austria using hydroelectricity in 1895. There are several golden which bring a flash of light to this necklace.  This necklace is completed with Brass Fittings.  The Horse represents freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel, power, freedom, grace, and nobility in Native American legends and lore.


Gem Info — # 27 — Bronzite

Description: A collector’s Bronzite stone is a tan, bronze, dark chocolate brown or greenish brown stone.  Bronzite is part of the pyroxene group that has been weathered through moisture and temperature. It is a slightly brittle stone with a metallic bronze glow or luster.  The stone is a silicate compound of magnesium and iron with metallic inclusions.

History: In ancient Roman times, Bronzite was ground into a powder and used medicinally to prevent and cure mental illness.  Bronzite amulets were worn by ancient Romans for protection helping to protect the wearer from evil, danger and magic.  Bronzite was used by ancient Greeks and Romans in art and decorations.  Bronzite has also been found in meteorites.

Location:  Bronzite is found in Austria, India, China, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa.

Folklore:  Bronzite is called both a “Stone of Focused Action” and a
Stone of Courtesy”.  Bronzite is also said to dispel uncertainty, bringing inner peace, removing stress, protects against depressive moods, and works favorably on the psyche.

Care: Bronzite has a tendency to be brittle with medial hardness.  Please store carefully to avoid being scratched and keep away from chemicals and extreme heat.

Gemstone Info #26 — Bloodstone

Description:  Bloodstone is a deep green stone with small red specks.  The green coloring represents green chalcedony or green jasper which is flecked with dark red spots of iron oxide.

History: The ancient Greek name for Bloodstone is Heliotrope which is Greek for “sun turner”.  In Medieval times, people believed the red drops were Christ’s blood from the cross.  It was therefore dubbed the Martyr’s Stone”.

Location: Bloodstone can be found in India, Brazil, China, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bohemia, and the Czech Republic.  In the US: Wyoming, Maine, New York, California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania also have Bloodstone.

Folklore: The ancient Greeks were said to believe that athletes would gain endurance by wearing this stone. In ancient and present times it has been utilized to create and cut into cameos. Bloodstone has also been called the “Hero’s Stone.” and is said to instill courage bringing mental, physical, and emotional renewal.  Ancient tales relate it’s special powers to stop hemorrhages if touched and was thought to purify the blood and increase life force energies.

Care:  Bloodstone is a porous and rather soft stone. Protect bloodstone from extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals, and scratches.  In addition, water may remove some of the stone’s polish.  Clean and polish with a soft polishing cloth.