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May Mining for Herkimer Diamonds

Mining for Herkimer DiamondsOur first mining trip of the season was to upstate New York to find Herkimer Diamonds! As you may know (since Herkimers are some of my favorite stones), Herkimer Diamonds are a very special type of quartz that's only found in one area of New York...

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November's birthstone: Topaz

Beryllina eco-friendly Maine TopazIn the United States, topaz can be found in Maine, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and California, but we have minimal topaz compared to one of the world's largest producers, Brazil. In nature topaz occurs in colors of orange, pink-orange, brown, yellow, and very pale blue. The popular bright blue topaz you may have seen...

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Making Ethical Jewelry with Recycled Precious Metals: How and Why

When I decided to make jewelry making my career, I knew that in order to be happy I would have to create my business in alignment with my personal values. Creating jewelry that is eco-friendly was my top priority. Thankfully a company I was introduced to through...

 

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Handmaking Chain using a 5000-Year-Old Technique

Hand weaving chain using a 5000-year-old technique is one of my specialties, and it is quite a process. I've created this blog post with many pictures so you can see and read about all the steps involved!

 

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October's birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal

October babies are lucky enough to have two birthstones, and both can be mined in the USA! Tourmaline exists in a stunning array of colors (pink, green, and blue, to name a few), and each variety has its own unique name. Some of the most common in Maine are...

 

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September's birthstone: Sapphire

I absolutely love sapphires...and they happen to be my new baby niece's birthstone!! I am so excited for when I can make special Montana sapphire jewelry for her to wear. Sapphire gems can be gorgeous in jewelry, and are durable as well! Because sapphires are number nine on Moh's hardness scale...

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Handmaking a Banner for your Craft Business

I've always wanted a banner for my booth at craft shows, which would ideally describe my work to passersby while enhancing the look of my booth. See step-by-step instructions on how I made my own eco-friendly banner out of fabric from my wedding!

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