Sunday, March 08, 2015

Blue Topaz

I had a customer come into my showroom yesterday and asking why Blue Topaz, 
especially London Blue Topaz was so expensive.  
In general, blue gemstones with good hardness and brilliance tend to be rare and fairly expensive.  

Blue Topaz can be found in lighter and darker tones usually known in the trade as Sky Blue Topaz, Swiss Blue topaz and London Blue Topaz. 
As in the case of other blue gemstones (such as sapphire), the  more saturated blues tend to have a higher value - i.e. such as London Blue Topaz.

Blue Topaz loose gemstones

Natural Blue Topaz is very rare.  
Virtually all the blue topaz in the market is produced by treating white topaz with radiation.  

London Blue Topaz faceted briolettes set in 14kt gold

London Blue Topaz is produced by exposure to radiation in a nuclear reactor.  When topaz is exposed to fast neutrons, the radiation changes the color centers, producing the deep blue color.  Subsequent heat treatment is often used to lighten the inky color.  

Note: Material treated in this way is likely to be radioactive and may require several months of storage before the radioactivity decays to safe levels.  There are very strict rules in place to protect not only consumers but also the cutters and gem dealers who handle these gems on a daily basis. 
Most of the Blue Topaz in the market is safe.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jewellery for Voss Foundation

I was approached by Voss Foundation the end of January 2014 about the possibility of designing and producing jewellery for them.

Trine, the designer of the Nijilii-star bracelet, had the idea from a visit to Kenya where she met the Samburu women with the Nijili stars on their forhead.  This is a reminder of their origin.  We used this as a basis for the Nijili star bracelet pictured below:

I have been handstamping jewellery for several years and words / expressions have been very popular with jewellery both in Norway and abroad.  Voss Foundation wanted the letters WiL on the back of the Nijili -star and when I asked what these words meant, they explained it was Water for Life and was from a poem from Everline, a Samburu girl.  
Thus, I had the idea of a bracelet with the text:  Water is Life.
Here is the collection of bracelets produced for Voss Foundation 
The bracelets are made in both sterling silver and 18kt gold plated sterling silver (i.e. with 3 nicron gold plating), and are available from

Friday, June 13, 2014

Am in Love

Gorgeoous Aqua Chalcedony Chandelier Earrings from The Jaipur Collection!   LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dream It
Wish It
Do It

One of my favorite mantras and words to live by.
This necklace can be purchased on myt epla store here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Beautiful Gemstone Earrings - The Jaipur Collection

I just received these earrings in today.  These are just gorgeous.  
The Jaipur Collection is a more exclusive collection of jewellery in which I collaborate with a goldsmith in India.  The colored stones used in this collection are a bit more "chunky" then in my Passion Fruit Jewellery collection.  These are available in limited quantity as it is hard to source some of these gems, especially in regard to their size.  

Prasolite and mabe pearl 4-drop earrings. 

African amethyst 4-drop earrings

Citrine triple drop earrings. 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Colorful Wishes

I have to admit, I am lucky to work with colored gemstones -- something I have always been fascinated with.  Combining colors such as green chalcedony and amethyst in the fall and the upcoming holiday season puts a smile on my face. What are your favorite gemstones ?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Green Chalcedony

Green Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz.  
It is a beautiful stone and personally, I love the stone mixed with gold.  

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