The Enthusiast

As you plan for fall, consider if fall’s vibrant colors quicken your creative spirit. Orchids, especially their amazing patterns of color, inspire me. The cover photo shows a rare Tiger Orchid, the largest variety of orchid in the world.  Plants...
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If you search for the term texture in reference to jewelry, you will see that a majority of entries address adding texture to metal.  The rendering below of a White Orchid Studio spacer offers an example as does the image above of one...
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Rough Diamonds   You see a rough diamond octahedron embedded in kimberlite, a type of volcanic rock that carries diamonds to the Earth's surface.  Octahedron is the most common diamond crystal shape.  But, most mines produce only 1 part diamond to...
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Traces of iron, and possibly titanium, induce green and blue colors in the gem tourmaline. Manganese produces reds and pinks, and possibly yellows. Some pink and yellow tourmalines might owe their hues to color centers caused by radiation, which can...
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