Denise Ward Design’s Announces New Etsy Shop

Denise Ward Design’s announces new Etsy Shop.  After several months of preparation, Denise Ward is excited to announce the opening of her new Etsy Shop.  Both my Denise Ward Design’s site and my new Etsy Shop offer a unique selection of quality, handmade jewelry.  My pieces are meticulously made with attention to detail in every stage of construction.  AAA quality gemstones, sterling silver and 14K gold-filled metals create beautiful heirloom pieces that will last a lifetime.  Visit my sites for gift-giving needs or to just ‘treat’ yourself!!

 

Swarovski Crystal Goes Green!

Swarovski crystal goes green!!  Swarovski has always provided us with the finest quality lead crystal that is precision cut and has unparalleled brilliance. Recently, there has been an increased regulatory focus on potential human exposure to lead from various consumer products, including jewelry.Crystal has unique properties.  The crystal manufacturing process creates a matrix which inhibits the mobility of lead.  In other words, lead is bound into the structure of the crystal. Because of this structure, lead crystal poses no significant risk of excessive lead exposure to human health via surface contact – hand to mouth, mouthing, or even ingestion.  Indeed, Swarovski crystals have been tested under a variety of test methods for extractable lead.  Test conditions and procedures do vary, but lead levels are well below regulatory limits even when the crystal is tested in an acid solution to maximize the release of lead” (Source: www.i-kandi.com/Swarovski).

Swarovski Crystal Cosmic Beads

Swarovski Crystal Cosmic Beads

Now, with their unrivaled research and development, Swarovski has expanded their product line to offer a lead-free, sustainable crystal.  This new innovative crystal is called Advanced Crystal.

Swarovski has done extensive research for the past ten years to bring this high degree of technology to us.  A patent has been granted in the United States and 16 European countries for Swarovski’s new crystal formula.

One of my favorite things to do is create one-of-a-kind Swarovski jewelry pieces.  Because Swarovski takes its responsibility to its customers and consumers so seriously, I am proud to utilize their products.  For more information on the history of Swarovski, click here.

 

 

The Jasper Called Malachite

The jasper called Malachite is one of the most beautiful jaspers in the world.  Malachite is a banded semi-precious stone with wonderful green hues.  Malachite is composed of copper carbonate hydroxide.  It gets its warm colors from the element copper.

Rough Malachite

Rough Malachite

It has been found in Russia; Timna Valley, Israel; Zimbabwe; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Tsumeb, Namibia; England; Lyon, France; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia; Mexico; Arizona and Arkansas in the United States.  There is archeological proof that malachite has been mined at Timna Valley in Israel for more than 3,000 years.

Malachite has also been found as a semi-permanent pigment in Egyptian tomb paintings and European paintings in the 15th and 16th century.  Malachite is very possibly the oldest green pigment known.

While not a hard stone, it scores 3.5-4.0 on Moh’s hardness scale, it takes a wonderful polish.

Major uses for Malachite are jewelry and ornamental stone, such as vases and sculptures, emblems, electronics, ammunition, autos, coins, and more.