Cheat Sheet – Lapis Lazuli

Welcome to another Cheat Sheet blog post. The last post focused on Amazonite – so take a look at that post!

Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Today we look at Lapis Lazuli.

Let’s learn together!

The variety of Lapis Lazuli which I most frequently see is the matte kind. My first impression was that it reminded me of Sodalite, however, the hues of blue are much darker. Lapis Lazuli is also much more expensive.

  • Can simply go by the name Lapis.
  • It is said that ‘lapis’ means stone in Latin.
  • The Egyptians used Lapis. King Tut’s burial mask was decorated with Lapis. There is an interesting article I featured in 2016 on Lapis and the Egyptian King.
  • It is referred to as the blue stone.
  • Said to be stone of protection and creativity.
  • Primarily mined in the Middle East, namely Afghanistan. However, deposits are traced as far away as Argentina.

Below is an example of my work using Lapis Lazuli.

lapis-and-sodalite

GENTS BRACELET – made using 8mm matte Lapis and two 10mm focal Sodalite. A sun bead and four small sterling silver beads are used as spacers. Made by Uniquely Yours by Tasha.

If there are is other information you can share on Lapis or if you are a designer, why not share your work with the readers here on UYJ.

—Tasha, UYJ

 

*Main photo taken from the The Healing Chest

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

Garden Party time!

Below are the details for my first event for the year:

THE 29TH ANNIVERSARY HARVEST GARDEN PARTY AT THE SAINT JAMES PARISH CHURCH ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM.

If you reside in Barbados, there will be something at this Garden Party for all! Entertainment, craft, art, tea, food and floral displays.

Look out for my booth. If you bring this flier down to the Garden Party – printed or shown from this post, there will be special discounts accordingly – purchases from $60 to $75; and, $75 and over from UNIQUELY YOURS.

 

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See you on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017!

We are the stall with the beautiful jewelry and display. 

 

*Main photo linked here A photo of the inside of the Saint James Parish  Church, venue for the event.

—Tasha, UYJ

Cheat Sheet – Amazonite

The Cheat Sheet blog posts will be a new feature on UYJ. Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Let’s learn together!

By far, Amazonite is my favourite stone. I love the colour! Anything with lovely hues of turquoise will definitely catch my eye.

  • It is said that Amazonite is named after the Amazon River. I cannot confirm that traces of Amazonite where found there. Sources are mixed regarding this point.
  • Amazon stone is another name.
  • Amazonite is greenish-blue in colour. Sometimes has white, yellow, brown or grey portions.
  • Said to be calming and encourages confidence.
  • Is found worldwide. However, large deposits are said to exist in Colorado, USA; Myanmar, India and Madagascar.

Below are example of pieces by Uniquely Yours Jewelry using Amazonite stones.

Shop for Amazonite:

Vitabeads

Fire Mountain Gems

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

Feature on JMJ

Hi, everyone!

Just a quick note to say that I had submitted a short post to the online magazine ‘Jewelry Making Journal’, and featured one of my memory wire bracelets. I decided to enter the first Amazonite bracelet on memory wire which I did some weeks ago.

That submission was chosen and posted today. The link is shared below !

Jewel Making Journal e-mag article

Have a look and leave your comments!

Have a great day!

—Tasha,  UYJ

Armed with tools. And, an idea!

So, I have these ideas of grandeur where I make beautiful artistic pieces worthy of a place at the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Yes, grandeur!!

One of my goals for this year is to work with metals and to diversify the type of product that I offer. In other words, to not rely solely on beading but to reach out to a different clientele, and most importantly, fulfill my goals and dreams.

My first shot will be to use aluminium artistic wire to do free form statement pieces. I have practiced with copper wire before and on 20 gauge wire to form my own earring components and to do bead wrapping. This will be my first time working on larger items.

The items I’ve purchased so far are: –

  • Beadsmith Lightweight Jeweler’s Rubber/Plastic Double Hammer
  • Beadsmith Wire Whacker
  • Beadsmith Aluminium 12 Gauge Wire

To prepare myself I have done some reading on how to use these items and I had a brief conversation with the store manager before purchasing them.  He advised initially to purchase the Whacker only but I decided to get the hammer, too.

Here starts this journey! Let’s see how this all turns out.

Do you work with wire? Or, metals? Is there any advice that you can share with me? 

Thank you!!!

—Tasha, UYJ

Christmas orders

Thanks so much to my loyal customers and to new found friends. I truly appreciate your kind words, challenges 🙂 and of course, that you chose me to make you something precious for the Season.

This quick note is to remind that the date for final orders with deliveries/pickup for Christmas Eve is fast approaching – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016.

It’s not terribly late though if you wish to contact me for your special order. The email address remains – tasha76d@gmail.com. Whether it is something specific on the site or you wish to have a something similar made to what is showcased here, let me know.

Thank you!!!

 

—Tasha, UYJ

 

Stacking

Just a photo with some of my personal collection. The bracelet with the large beads I made recently. Bought the beads from Bead Weavers store in Christ Church. They had a small lot of mixed beads so this scheme worked out well.

Stacking really is nothing new nor does it take a whole lot of thinking or science behind it. For me, sometimes I pick a bracelet based on colour and my outfit for the day. I tend to follow that rule for work. This was the case last week when I snapped this photo. The blues and greys.

Any other time I am out and about, it is what my heart desires really.

I will take some more photos as time goes by.

Thanks for reading! If you stack, why not add a photo of your fave arm candy!

—Tasha, UYJ

Coya

A little bit of Inca history

Couldn’t help but think that the shape of the necklace bib reminds me of something worn in Ancient Inca jewelry. So this piece is called Coya, the name given to the Queen of the Inca.

  • Quick study

The Inca civilisation flourished in ancient Peru between c. 1400 and 1533 CE, and their Empire eventually extended across western South America from Quito in the north to Santiago in the south, making it the largest empire ever seen in the Americas and the largest in the world at that time.

In the Inca system, the Coya held a place of importance when it came to rituals, worship and religion. She operated alongside her male counterpart, in other words it was a system of parallelism. This duality was preeminent in their belief system. The Coya was also an important political figure in Inca culture.  A potential queen had to show that she was capable of leadership and responsibility.

The image below is what I found after the Coya necklace was related. I was in awe really. Since then, I have found readings and sources of other peoples and ethnic cultures with similar styled neck wear.

What is it that they say? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

inca-necklace

Source

PRICE: Set sold includes: – a pair of drop earrings, stretch cord bracelet with two bead dangles and a lovely statement piece necklace – BDS$110/US$55

—Tasha, UYJ