Denise Ward Designs’ Bi-Monthly Jewelry Giveaway

Denise Ward Designs‘ Bi-Monthly Jewelry Giveaway celebrates Winter!  Whether we love it or not, the Winter Season is just around the corner:)  These adorable Swarovski Crystal Sterling Snowmen Earrings are sure to keep your spirits high!  Remember, if you have already registered for a past Giveaway and haven’t won, you are already in the running to win!

Handmade Swarovski Crystal Sterling Earrings – made with Swarovski Crystals and solid sterling silver.  You choose whether your snowmen wear a red or green Swarovski Crystal scarf!   Earring length is approximately 1″.

Swarovski Crystal Sterling Snowmen Earrings

Swarovski Crystal Sterling Snowmen Earrings

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Identifying Petoskey Stones From Other Fossil Corals

I thought I would stop the confusion about identifying Petoskey Stones from other Fossil Corals.  If can be quite confusing, especially if you do not know what the identifying differences are.  I personally love these gifts from nature!  They make unique and beautiful custom jewelry.

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

First off, Petoskey Stones are found on the northern shores of Michigan.  They are fragments of the Devonian Period coral reefs.  Petoskey Stones are fossilized coral (flower animals) that lived 350 million years ago.

The most unique feature of the Petoskey Stone is that they have a light or dark ‘eye’ in each cell of the coral.  These ‘eyes’ can be either small or large.  Other corals do not have these ‘eyes’.  Colors vary from light tan or gray to darker hues of brown.  Due to the fact that Petoskey Stones actually started out red in color, you might be able to find a stone with some red in it!

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Happy Hunting!!

 

 

 

Jaspers of the World

For the next few weeks, I will be exploring the jaspers of the world.  There are so many types that I know I will miss a few, so I apologize in advance:)  Working with jasper to put in my designs is my favorite part of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  The colors and organic patterns are absolutely beautiful.  So let’s get started!

First off, what exactly is jasper?  Jasper is a form of chalcedony that is an opaque variety of silica and comes in many colors.  Mineral oxides and organic materials create the beautiful colors and patterns.  You will notice that many jaspers resemble picturesque landscape scenes.  This is why many jaspers have the name “picture” attached to it.

Jaspers are found all over the world.  A wide variety are found in Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Idaho, California and Oregon in the United States.

DESCHUTES JASPER

This jasper is from a stone deposit east of Biggs Junction, Oregon, near the Deschutes River. It has a MOH’s hardness of 7.  It is located in what is now a state park.  Unfortunately, it will never be mined again due to most of it being paved over with a highway now.

 

Deschutes Jasper

Deschutes Jasper