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 Colors of Spring and Summer 2013

Here they are, the colors of Spring and Summer 2013!  Ten beautiful colors to compliment your every fashion need.  Emerald has been voted in as Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2013.  The other colors consist of beautiful neutrals such as Linen (a favorite of mine), Dusk Blue and Grayed Jade. Bright colors consist of Lemon Zest, Emerald, Nectarine, African Violet and Tender Shoots (a fresh, yellowish green).  The neutrals will compliment the brights beautifully with the anchoring color of Monaco Blue!

Prepare to see these colors everywhere; the fashion runways, interior design, jewelry and formal events such as weddings, to name just a few.

The possibilities for mixing gemstones and clothing are endless this year.  It will not be as difficult to compliment your outfit with the right jewelry pieces this year as in past years!

Here are some great gemstone matches for 2013’s colors!

COLOR – EMERALD – A deep intense blue-green

emerald, malachite, green onyx, apatite, tourmaline

COLOR – LEMON ZEST – Bright yellow, like a lemon

topaz, lemon quartz, yellow sapphire, citrine, tourmaline, yellow opal, agate

COLOR – NECTARINE – Citrus orange with a touch of coral

fire opal, amber, carnelian, topaz, fire agate, honey onyx, and spessartite, hessonite and mandarin garnets

COLOR – AFRICAN VIOLET – The shade of nature’s wild lavender

fluorite, amethyst, kunzite

COLOR – TENDER SHOOTS – Yellowish-green, like granny smith apples

peridot, serpentine, green turquoise, green chalcedony, and demantoid, grossular and tsavorite garnets

COLOR – LINEN – The color of beach sand

morganite, white turquoise, rutilated quartz, mother of pearl, coin pearls, freshwater pearls, rose quartz

COLOR – DUSK BLUE – A Summer’s sky

aquamarine, blue topaz, blue agate, larimar, blue chalcedony

COLOR – GRAYED JADE – A soft mint green

jade, amazonite, chrysoprase, greenish shades of aquamarine, chalcedony and larimar

COLOR – MONACO BLUE – A bright, deep purplish blue

sapphire, iolite, spinel, lapis lazuli, sodalite,


Have fun with your color selections this year.  Take a chance and ‘step out of the box’.  I bet you will be pleasantly surprised!!

Jewelry And Other Top Stocking Stuffers

I don’t know about you, but the hardest part of Christmas for me is picking out jewelry and other top stocking stuffers for loved ones!  Being that we are all so busy at this time of the year, I thought I would put together a list that may help some of you in this tough decision.  The list is not gender specific, so here goes!

Hand Blown Glass Ornament

  • Lottery Tickets
  • Earrings
  • Gift Cards
  • Bracelets
  • Car Wash Coupon Books
  • Specialty Teas
  • Hand Blown Cocktail Stir Sticks
  • Keepsake or Antique Glass Ornament (maybe personalized)
  • Exclusive Chocolates (I recommend Norman Love’s)
  • Aftershave
  • Perfume
  • Wine Toppers
  • Scented Soaps
  • Bath Crystals
  • DVD’s
  • Ornate Pill Boxes
  • Otterbox Or Decorative Cover for Cell Phone
  • Wine Tasting Notebook & Pen Set
  • Coasters
  • Hiking Maps
  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Coal Gum (for those who have been ‘naughty’)
  • Movie Tickets
  • Quality Pen
  • Golf Balls
  • Golf Tees
  • Starbuck Gift Card
  • Classic Swiss Army Knife (all in one tool)
  • Keychain With Security Whistle
  • Wallet
  • Cufflinks
  • Money Clip
  • Bike Lock
  • Business Card Case (personalized)
  • Stormproof Matches
  • Personalized Business Card Holder
  • Password Reminder Book (I could use this!!)
  • Fitness Watch/Monitor
  • Earbuds
  • Mini Binoculars

Montblanc Gold Barley Classic

Happy Shopping!!