Garnet, The Gemstone With A Fiery Soul

Garnet, The Gemstone With A Fiery Soul

Garnets are a fascinating species of gemstones that have legends that predate the actual gemological definition of a garnet. One legend whispers from the secret passages of time of a magical gem that glowed with its own fire–a crystallized soul that was the...
Driving On Garnet: Story Of Garnetread

Driving On Garnet: Story Of Garnetread

Last year, James Scheller from Garnetread reached out to me via Twitter. He had a really cool use for garnets and wanted to send me a sample to blog about. I planned to do this much sooner but life got in the way.  2020 has been hard on a lot of people and I’ve been...
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...
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...
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...
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...