Gemstones & Minerals

Gems and minerals have been adorned, collected, and coveted since ancient times. As an artist whose canvas is gems and minerals, I am fascinated by them.

As a collector, I aspire to share the myths, legends, and stories while adding my own into the mix.

Here are some of my gem and mineral stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gems and minerals have been adorned, collected, and coveted since ancient times. As an artist whose canvas is gems and minerals, I am fascinated by them.

As a collector, I aspire to share the myths, legends, and stories while adding my own into the mix.

Here are some of my gem and mineral stories. 

This mineral is one of the rarest on the planet and was gifted to me. Read more

This gem occurs naturally but is rare on earth. Read more

5 Benefits of one of these in your home. Read more. 

Holding lightning in my hands. Read more. 

 

There is a certain elegance of raw, uncut diamonds. Read more

This gem has a touch of uranium in it that makes the ring Green Lantern-ey. Read more. 

Golden Enhydros Are Unique And They Fluoresce

Golden Enhydros Are Unique And They Fluoresce

I have always wanted to include an Enhydro in my crystal, gem and mineral collection. Naturally, my first one is so unique that as a writer for CleanTechnica, it's kind of serendipity. CleanTechnica is the number one news site that covers clean energy and cleantech. I...

Working With Platinum For The First Time

Working With Platinum For The First Time

  I remember sitting with Daryl in his shop one day while he was wrapping something in 14K gold-filled wire for someone. I'd just started learning how to wire wrap and was not anywhere close to the level I am at now. In fact, I was very self-conscious about my...

Working With Hyalite

Working With Hyalite

Hyalite opal is an unusual gem that is beautiful in its own way. Many contain trace amounts of uranium which enable the gem to glow under a UV light. I have a small piece in my own collection that I scored at a gem show in Atlanta back in 2019. Recently, I had a...

The Simple Elegance of Black Spinel

The Simple Elegance of Black Spinel

Black spinel is one of many types of spinel, but it has its own unique beauty and elegance. I have been able to get my hands on two beautifully cut gemstones and am debating on keeping one for myself.  These gems (in my tweet below) are cut and faceted with the rose...

The Legends And Science Of Topaz

The Legends And Science Of Topaz

      Topaz is a gem that has legends and science weaving together the brilliance of this gem. Earlier this year, I applied for a scholarship with the Gemological Institution of America. That got rejected--just found out today. I want to learn gemology--not so I can...

End of Summer GIVEAWAY

End of Summer GIVEAWAY

I am having an end-of-summer special giveaway and the prize is a beautiful Morganite pendant wrapped in copper with 14 karat gold filled wire accent at the bottom. This Morganite is cut and faceted and is lab created. The carat weight is around 25 carats and the gem...

Review Of Maye Musk’s Book, A Woman Makes A Plan. 

Review Of Maye Musk’s Book, A Woman Makes A Plan. 

I have been wanting to review Maye Musk’s book, A Woman Makes A Plan for some time now. I actually planned to buy it but it came to me as a gift. This sat as a draft in my blog for a good minute. I think a part of the reason why was that I hope that I can write a...

What Is Elon Musk’s Favorite Mineral?

What Is Elon Musk’s Favorite Mineral?

Elon Musk is one of the coolest people on earth. He cares about humanity and our planet so much that he invested his millions (now billions) into making our world a better place. Tesla and SpaceX are just two of his successful companies. Tesla is the world's best...

Vanadinite: A Cool Mineral With Lead (So HWC)

Vanadinite: A Cool Mineral With Lead (So HWC)

Vanadinite is a luscious mineral that looks like warm toffee flakes. It’s discovery and naming has a fascinating story.  Vanadinite is a result of a chemical alteration to a pre-existing material and is considered a secondary mineral. It was discovered by a Spanish...

Ametrine Seer Stone

Ametrine Seer Stone

I want to share a really cool stone with you. It’s an Ametrine seer stone. Usually seer stones are naturally made by rivers flowing over quartz minerals and polishing them into a clear, almost crystal ball like stone.  However, humans make them, too and this one is...

Sometimes It’s Good To Get Out In Nature

Sometimes It’s Good To Get Out In Nature

Humans are spiritual beings and sometimes we need to infuse ourselves into the world around us. Getting out in nature helps to keep one grounded and bring about peace of mind. As a Scorpio, I am a water sign and am drawn, naturally, to water. I grew up in Shreveport...

The Best Advice Ever Given To Me Was From Elon Musk.

The Best Advice Ever Given To Me Was From Elon Musk.

Photo by Loren Elliott | Getty Images News | Getty Images I am writing this blog post because I saw a question on Twitter posed by myy friend, "The Pope." He created this Pope of Muskanity as a parody response to this article.  He asked a question about Elon Musk...

Stibnite is Toxic, But Oh, So Pretty.

Stibnite is Toxic, But Oh, So Pretty.

This Deadly Mineral Is My Latest Love   Last year, I went to this local gem show. The guy who does it travels around the country and comes to Baton Rouge every other month and I have been eyeing this lovely specimen of his for a while (above picture).  However,...

Herkimer Diamonds–Dazzling Natural Gems

Herkimer Diamonds–Dazzling Natural Gems

Dazzling Diamond LIke Gems   Herkimer Diamonds are a dazzling variety of quartz crystal. They are dubbed as 'diamonds' due to their stunning sparkle like that of actual faceted diamonds.  These gems are a rare type of quartz crystal that are double terminated (it...

Carborundum Mineral

Carborundum Mineral

Silicon Carbide Is Really Pretty   Photo by Spirit Rock Shop.    Carborndum sounds like some type of car part but it is actually a really beautiful and light mineral. By light I mean that its fragile.  Carborundum is a compound of silicon and carbon, however it does...

How Toxic is Malachite?

How Toxic is Malachite?

Malachite is a common mineral that is easily identifiable by its gorgeous banded and varied shades of greens.  However, with over 50% copper content, it is pretty toxic if ingested or inhaled. This is why those who cut and polish this beautiful mineral need to wear...

5 Tips On Facing Challenges In A Positive Way

5 Tips On Facing Challenges In A Positive Way

Stress Shrinks Your Brain Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash A study published in 2018 in Neurology shows that our brans suffer when the primary stress hormone, cortisol, rises too high in our body's system. Even in young and middle-aged adults, these high levels...