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Amazonite


Amazonite (sometimes called "Amazon stone") is a green variety of microcline feldspar. The feldspars are a fairly homogenous group of rock-forming tectosilicates that make up nearly 60% of the Earth’s crust. Followed by quartz, Feldspar is the most common mineral in the entire world. Despite feldspar's abundance, there are only a few varieties of feldspars considered to be gemstone quality. The word 'feldspar' originated from the German words, "Feld"and "Spath", which loosely translates as "a rock that does contain ore". For many years, the source of amazonite's color was a mystery. Naturally, many people assumed the color was d... » Read More

Citrine


Citrine is the Birthstone for November and is part of the family of quartz gemstones. Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visually, but they differ in hardness. Citrine has ferric impurities, and is rarely found naturally. Brazil is the leading producer of citrine, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "ci... » Read More

Beyond the Cube 2013


Every fall Compuware Corporation hosts an employee art exhibition. This exhibit showcases work from around the globe.  This year we have paintings, photographs, woodworking, glass, digital art,  a children's book, a short movie, and jewelry designed by me.  It is so inspiring to realize the talent of those I work with and a great way to connect the artists and those who appreciate art.Anyone in the Detroit metro area is invited to come and view the exhibit which is open until Thursday November 7, 2013.I have the following pieces of jewelry in the exhibition.  They will be returned to my shop following the exhibition.Necklaces:Amazonite and ste... » Read More

Serpentine gemstone


Serpentine is a gorgeous opaque green gemstone.  I had heard of New Jade but didn’t know these two were the same thing until I started my research. Serpentine gets its name from the word 'serpent' because it resembles the skin of a snake. It is sometimes called New Jade and is predominantly a green minerals that occur in masses of small intergrown crystals. It also occurs in a variety of colors that also includes red, brown-red, brown-yellow and white. It has been used since ancient times to guard against disease and sorcery. It was in the 19th century that people became aware of the fire resistant nature of serpentine, as a result... » Read More

Opal


Opal has always been fascinating to me.  The iridescence is so striking.  What I didn’t find out until recently though is that is occurs in many different colors that the white one that I saw growing up.  Opal is also the birthstone for the month of October.  Here is some great information I found when researching this favorite. Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica; its water content may range from 3% to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6% to 10%. Because of its amorphous character it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively... » Read More

Dumortierite gemstone


This deep blue gemstone reminds me of dark blue jeans or better yet a great navy suit.   Dumortierite is a fibrous variably colored aluminium boro-silicate mineral.  The Dumortierite crystals are vitreous and vary in color from brown, blue, and green to more rare violet and pink. Substitution of iron and other tri-valent elements for aluminium result in the color variations. Dumortierite was first described in 1881 for an occurrence in Chaponost, in the Rhône-Alps of France and named for the French paleontologist Eugene Dumortier (1803–1873). It typically occurs in high temperature aluminum rich regional metamorphic ... » Read More

Canterbury Vines Studios auction jewelry


Canterbury Vines Studios has been involved in a couple of charity auctions recently.  I wanted to give everyone a little bit of background on these great causes.First is The Recovery Project This organization specializes in high intensity rehab for spinal cord injuries patients.The second great organization is Danielle Karmanos Work it Out. This organization focuses on good nutrition and exercise for children.I hope you get a chance to check out these great organizations.Shannon... » Read More

Labradorite gemstone


Labradorite is one of my new favorite gems, such complexity of color with a luminescence and it complements your whole wardrobe.  Labradorite is a feldspar mineral occuring in maficigneous rocks, and presents as clear, white to gray colors.  Gem quality labradorite is known as spectrolite; which is a colorless variety, darkened with needlelike inclusions, it is often called black moonstone.  Spectrolite is a dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer when the light hits it. The luminescence in labardorite is called ‘Labradorescence’ and is a side-effect of the molecular change which occurs in large crystal masses of anorthosite, ... » Read More

Rutilated and Tourmalinated Quartz


I’m always getting Rutilated and Tourmalinated Quartz mixed up.  What’s the difference?  Read on and learn more about both. Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is found in nearly every geological environment and is a component of almost every rock type.  It makes up about 12% of the earth's crust, occurring in a wide variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color.  Quartz is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Rutilated quartz is found in Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States. Rutile is a major ore of titaniu... » Read More

Beyond the Cube 2012


2012 was the third annual Compuware Corporation Beyond the Cube employee Art Exhibition.  As usual, this was an amazing event and very fun.  This year Canterbury Vines Studios had nine pieces in the show consisting of three different collections.  I can't wait until next year's show!Handmade chains.Bangle Bracelets:Hand forged metal:... » Read More

Sapphire Blog


I’m in love with this gorgeous precious gemstone.  We all think of blue but read on to learn about all the other colors of this gorgeous stone.   Sapphire is the birthstone for those who are born in September. As for the Zodiac, it is regarded as the stone for the Taurus. If a Taurus wears a sapphire, it will protect one from and cure one's mental disorders. Ruby and sapphire are the same material, the mineral corundum, and the second hardest gemstone after diamond. Red corundum is known as ruby, while all other colors are referred to as sapphire. While blue is the classic sapphire color, sapphire is actually found in a wide range... » Read More

Spinel Gemstone


I’m intrigued by the gemstone Spinel.  I was surprised how many colors and the history of the gemstone.  Here is what I found. Before the advent of modern gemological techniques, red Spinels and Rubies were confused for hundreds of years. In fact, many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinels. The Black Prince's Ruby on the British Imperial State Crown is a 170-carat red Spinel. The Timor Ruby that has the engraved names of the Mogul emperors on its face was once thought to be a Ruby as well. This magnificent 352-carat stone is in fact a red Spinel and is now owned by Queen Elizabeth. Spinel is a magn... » Read More

Tourmaline gemstone


Tourmaline Blog My latest gemstone love is Tourmaline.  This gem has such a great range of colors with an earthy feel. Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gem comes in a wide variety of colors. Tourmaline belongs to the trigonal crystal system and occurs as long, slender to thick prismatic and columnar crystals that are usually triangular in cross-section. The style of termination at the ends of crystals is asymmetrical, called hemimorphism. Small slender prismatic ... » Read More

Mother's Day gemstones


As Mother’s Day approaches the quest for a thoughtful gift becomes a real challenge.  I wanted to bring together a collection of traditional birthstones and jewelry pieces to help you pick a gorgeous meaningful one of a kind gift for those Women who cater to us the rest of the year.  Happy Mother’s Day!!   Mom’s birthday in January: Her birthstone is Garnet.  A delicious Red gem with purple undertones. February: Her birthstone is Amethyst.  A beautiful Purple Quartz. March: Her Birthstone is Aquamarine.  Nothing reminds me more of the ocean. April: Her Birthstone is Diamond.  One of the four precious gem... » Read More

Sunstone gemstone


Sunstone is a variety of Plagioclase feldspar which emits flashes of shimmering golden-orange color similar to that of the golden rays of the Sun. It is a protective gemstone and is normally seen in colors like yellow, orange and reddish brown. It is normally formed in molten lava and is discharged onto the surface with the help of a volcano. This stone is also known also as ‘Aventurine Feldspar’ and has a hardness rating of 6.5 on the Mohs scale with a triclinic crystal structure. They are normally non transparent, but it also comes in transparent form. These stones are rare and carry a higher price tag. Sunstones from Norway are ... » Read More

Iolite gemstone


Iolite gemstone is the more commonly used name for the mineral Cordierite that is named after the French geologist P.L.A. Cordier. It is also one of the most commonly used gem variety that exist in the Cordierite group. The name iolite comes from the Greek ios, which means violet. Viking sailors allegedly used iolite as a polarizing filter to find the sun on cloudy days for a safe offshore navigation. Iolite is usually a purplish blue when cut properly, with a softness to the color that can be quite attractive. The best color is a lovely violet blue that is unlike other gemstones. Pleochroism is very pronounced in iolite and is seen as... » Read More
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