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August 22, 2014

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August's birthstone: Peridot

As we celebrate the remaining days of summer by enjoying the great outdoors, I want to tell you a bit about August's birthstone, peridot. Peridot is unique in that it only comes in one color: green! How perfect to remind us of the beauty of August. Click through to read more about August's birthstone peridot!

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Mining in Maine

Maine is chock-full of places to go mining, and we like to go there as often as possible. This trip we visited two mining locations and found a variety of minerals, including beautiful all natural garnet crystals...

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Mining for Herkimer Diamonds

Wow, what a weekend! We just returned from a four-day mining and camping trip in Herkimer County, New York. Herkimer is home to famous Herkimer Diamonds, which are beautifully clear, naturally faceted, double-terminated quartz crystals...

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Beryllina Partners with Orange Harp: Interview with Kacie Gonzalez, COO

I'm so thrilled to have partnered with Orange Harp, a fantastic new company from San Francisco founded by Kacie Gonzalez and Anbu Anbalagapandian. Orange Harp is an app-based shopping destination for beautifully designed socially-conscious products. As COO, Kacie Gonzalez scours the USA looking for entrepreneurs whose American-made products who will positively contribute to Orange Harp's mission...

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May's Birthstones: Emerald and Agate

May is my favorite month of the year...spring really comes into full bloom, the ground has thawed and we can start mining again, I can break out the kayak, and it just so happens that my birthday is in May too! Emerald is the traditional birthstone of May and can be very beautiful...

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Handmade Upcycled Ring Display

In getting ready for my first show this spring, I realized that I wanted to have a new ring display for my new line of "Elemental" minimalist geometric rings. So I made one! Using all materials that I had on hand, I got to work and came up with this ring display...

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April's Birthstone: Diamond and Quartz

Though April is almost over, I wanted to be sure to write a post about April's traditional birthstone, diamond!  As you may have noticed, I do not use any diamonds in my jewelry, other than heirloom diamonds that a few clients have asked for me to create special homes for. The diamond industry is ugly...

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