Gemstone Information

Apophylite                Hardness: 4.5-5.0

About-  Apophylite is generally colorless or white however it can take color from other minerals around it like prehnite, quartz, calcite, zeolites and others.  Some of the specimens are fluorescent and crystals will flake when heated.  It occurs mainly in ancient basalt flows in and around the world.

History- Apophylite’s name is derived from the Greek meaning “to leaf apart”.  The name was given because the crystals tend to peel or flake apart especially when heated.

Location- It can be found worldwide from the Deccan Traps in India to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  Mexico, Canada, Norway, Germany, Brazil and even in Japan are other sites it has been discovered.  In the U.S. it is found in the Christmas Mine in Arizona, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Metaphysical-Apophylite is said to be the stone of growth, universal love, and nature.

Care-Apophylite fuses easily and bubbles and swells to an enamel mass when heated.  It is wise therefore to keep from excessive heat.  Due to it’s nature to leaf apart it can be quite fragile and should be treated with care.  Store separately from other necklaces to ensure it’s beauty and longevity.  Brush gently with a soft toothbrush to clean.  Do not use cleansers or chemicals.

Gemstone Information

Apache Tears     Hardness: 5.0-7.0


About- Apache Tears are black or smoky brown, and translucent.  They may vary in color by the addition of  iron, titanium, or manganese. They are sometimes called “nature’s glass” or Merikanite Obsidian.

Location- They are found in the foothills of Apache Leap Mountain in Superior, Arizona.

History- The Legend of the Apache Tear tells of an Apache Indian party which was ambushed by another tribe.  They fought bravely but being outnumbered they were driven to a high bluff.  Not wishing to be captured they leapt from the cliffs and died.  It is said that their teardrops froze upon hitting the ground forming the Apache Tear Gemstone.  In another tale or legend it was said that 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought above Superior Arizona in 1870. In this tale it is said that the Apache’s rode their horses off the cliff.  The family members of the warriors were the ones who shed the tears which turned to stone.

Metaphysical- Apache tears are said to have protective qualities and help one to release negative emotions of sadness or grief.  They are also said to be a good luck stone to many.  They are a clarifying and excellent grounding stone.

Care- Apache Tears are glass-ike and shatter like glass.  Care should be taken when handling this lovely stone as it can chip or shatter into very sharp pieces.  Use a mild soap and water solution to clean, rinse, pat dry, and buff to a beautiful shine.

New Necklace Design – Amber Star


Amber Star is made entirely of Amber and 10K & 14K Gold Beads. The Star of David is made of green, wine, and butterscotch amber.  A variety of shapes add to the appeal.  The butterscotch and wine cross-cut beads I picked up in Lithuania and the amazing crescent shaped ones I found abroad as well.  The star is backed with 14K gold and the filagree clasp is 14K as well.  The small round  and corregated beads are made of 10K gold.  This is a spectacular necklace which will be loved by all.

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MidEast Silver Special

This lovely necklace is one of my newest which utilizes lovely Lapis Lazuli Beads with Ancient African Cobalt Trade Beads with flower pattern and amazing hand crafted silver beads made by Afghanistan artisans.  The elongated pieces are inset with lapis lazuli as well.  Also included in this necklace are Bali Sterling Cones and a wonderful handcrafted Sterling Silver Box Clasp with a safety catch.The clasp is hand crafted and designed  by Steve and Juana Jelen from Ventura, California.  This necklace is quite unique and one of my favorites.

Scientists excavate Greek Antikythera shipwreck

I thought this article was of interest in regards to finding unique archaeological items.  I was very surprised to see the error in paragraph 5 noting that they found an (illogical item) which was dated back to 220BC. See if you can find it too.  And let me know what you think.  I would love to hear your interpretations.  The web link is at the end of the article.


KYTHIRA, Greece, Sept. 25 (UPI) — A team of archaeologists are currently excavating the famed Antikythera wreck off the coast of Greece.


Divers have already brought more than 50 artifacts to the surface, including a bronze armrest, crystal glassware, luxury ceramics and a piece of an ancient board game. As the latest discoveries prove, the Antikythera is the shipwreck that keeps on giving.


The shipwreck was first discovered by sponge divers in 1990. The wreck was found off of Point Glyphadia on the Greek island for which the wreck is named.


Initial excavations surfaced 36 marble statues depicting characters and gods from Greek mythology. Divers also found the remnants of the Antikythera mechanism, the earliest analog clock — programmed to predict the timing and location astronomical phenomena and used for calendrical purposes.


Statues from the wreckage have been dated to the 4th century B.C., while the computer and wreck itself are dated to approximately 220 B.C.


The latest discoveries are part of a yearlong study of the site. Last year, scientists used a remote-controlled submersible to create a 3-D map of the wreckage. This allowed divers to be more strategic in their subsequent underwater searches.


Analysis of some of the ceramic and glass containers recovered during the most recent dive have revealed the presence of 2,000 year-old food, drinks, perfumes and medicines, offering a snapshot of life in ancient Greece.


“We were very lucky this year, as we excavated many finds within their context, which gave us the opportunity to take full advantage of all the archaeological information they could provide,” Theotokis Theodoulou, one of the lead divers on the project, said in a press release.


The excavation efforts involve the work of scientists from Greece, Australia and the United States.

Gemstone/Minerals #11 – Apatite


Description: Apatite is usually green although it has been found in many different colors. Bright sea green is regarded as a gem for collectors and jewelry makers.  The hardness is 3.5 to 5.0 according to the stone.

History: The name is derived from Greek for “deceit” since it is often mistaken for other stones.

Location: Blue-green Apatite comes from Myanmar and may have a cat’s eye effect.  Other varieties have been found in Kenya, India, Russia, Madagascar, Norway and Sweden.

Folklore: It is said to be the gemstone of communication and helps one overcome sadness and grief.

Care: Apatite is not often used in rings due to it’s softness (3.5 hardness) and poor durability.  It is sensitive to acids.  Clean using a mild soapy solution, rinse well, and dry thoroughly with a soft jeweler’s cloth.  Do not store near larger or harder stones as Apatite may become scratched or marred.

My Favorite Jewelry Books #6


This is a wonderful book which explains in great detail how to do Polymer Clay projects.  The explanations are clear and the introduction helps to clarify the variety of projects that can be accomplished with this book.  This book reveals how you can do both simple and complex projects and has wonderful examples.

Gemstones/Minerals #10 – Anglesite



Description:  Anglesite is a native gemstone with prismatic crystals which often grows or juts out of deposits of Galena Ore it’s host rock.   The color is white, or gray with pale yellow streaks.  It is a crystal structure with a high luster.

History:  It is the best known Welsh mineral and was first recognized as a mineral by William Withering in 1783 who first found  it in the Parys copper-mine.   The name occurred later  from the Isle of Anglesey in Wales where it was formally discovered in 1832 by Francois Sulpice Beudant.

Location: It is mainly found in Wales, England, Scotland in the British Isles.  It has also been found in in Morocco, Germany, SArdinia, Africia, Mexico and in the US. in Pensylvanis, Utah, and New Mexico.

Folklore/Metaphysical: Anglesite is said to promote sensitivity, gentleness, relaxation and tenderness.

Care: Anglesite is a very soft gemstone with a hardness of 2.5 – 3.0.  It is therefore easily to scratch and damage when stored with other jewelry. Clean using a mild soapy solution with a soft bristled brush for the crevices in the mineral crystal.  Do not use chemicals, cleaning products, or ultraviolet cleaners on this delicate mineral rather polished or rough.


Gemstone/Mineral #9 – Angelite



Description:  Angelite is a lovely baby blue gemstone crystal.  Some specimens are fluorescent under a UV light.  Ordinarily the colors are white, gray, colorless, blue, or even violet.

History:  This stone is formed from Celestite which was compressed over millions of years.  It was originally named Anhydrite but was renamed Angelite after a recent rediscovery.

Location:  Angelite occurs in a variety of areas in the world.  Mexico and Peru are commonplace for this crystal gemstone.  It has also been found in Germany and in the U.S. in New Mexico.  

Folklore/Metaphysical: Angelite is said to facilitate strength and stamina development.  It is also noted to be a communication stone which can bring serenity, inner peace, and a sense of calm.  

Care:  The use of tepid water with a mild soap may be used to clean this stone.  Do not soak in water or use chemicals or strong cleaners as it may damage this lovely gemstone.  Angelite has a hardness of 3.5 which makes it a rather soft stone which could scratch or be damaged by other stones.  Please store in a soft cloth or jewelry bag.

Newest design #7

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This lovely blue beauty is made of an exceptional quality of Chrysocolla.  The central is a rough stone and the beads above polished.  It is accented by beautiful lampwork beads, swarovski crystals and copper.  The central is beaded and the unique clasp is hand designed and made by Kim Fox.  This is an exceptional necklace which displays the unique designs which Absolutely Unique LLC has available for shows in Arizona and California.