We are pleased to invite you to visit our new show
Tourmaline Creations, with an opening reception on
Saturday, October 15th from 5-8pm!
The show focuses on tourmalines, and all the many color color varieties and varieties. There will be new pieces from Kevin Duris, Laura Blanc. Petri Kymlander, Janet Blake, and Josie Moore.
Keep reading to learn more about one of October's birthstones!
The word tourmaline comes from 'toramalli' which means "mixed gems" in Sinhalese, which is a language with origins in Sri Lanka. This is a term that the Dutch merchants coined for the gem pebbles being found in the area of Ceylon, which is now known as Sri Lanka.
As early as the 1500's in Brazil, a brilliant green tourmaline was mis-identified as emerald. It wasn't until the 1800's that tourmaline was discovered to be a distinct mineral type. As a result, people have probably used tourmaline as a precious gemstone for centuries, mistaking the brilliant colors for other stones such as rubies, sapphires, or emeralds.
There is an ancient legend that says tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the rainbow's colors in it's path. It is easy to see why it is commonly mistaken for different gemstones with colors that range from black, blueish black, brown, rusts, yellows, shades of blues from dark to almost neon, dark green to light green, reddish, pinks, and almost colorless. There are even bi-colored varieties such as watermelon tourmaline which is found formed with green tourmaline surrounding pink, and can be cut to look like a watermelon slice!
Tourmaline is predominately mined in Brazil and Africa, but is also found in the United States (Maine & California), Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and other locations as well. Some varieties of tourmaline even have their own names, for example Rubellite is a pink/red hue, and Paraiba is an intense blue color found in Paraiba, Brazil. Chrome tourmaline is a vibrate green, colored by vanadium which is the same element that gives many emeralds their color.
The above photographs are courtesy of Azurz, friends of ours who are wonderful gem dealers and stone cabochon cutters right here in Rhode Island. We are lucky enough to have some great stones from them to turn into wearable works of art for the show, as well as having some loose gemstones available for fun custom projects!
information has been sourced from The GIA
We are delighted to invite you to our 1st annual holiday tree lighting at Courtyard on Thames, which will take place on Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2015. It will be a great day to explore the shops on lower Thames, see the fun and lovely new things we have in the shop, and to have some cider and cookies with us while we light the tree at 6pm!
Throughout the day there will be opportunities to meet some of the artisans behind our handcrafted items, pick out that special jewel for under the tree, and to share in the spirit of encouraging a season of shopping small, shopping local, and shopping custom.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We're very excited to share our latest show Uncommon Gems with you!
You've heard of diamonds, sapphires, & rubies; and probably know peridots, amethyst, & citrine. But have you heard of ametrine? Ametrine occurs when both amethyst & citrine form at the same time, and occur in the same piece of stone. The result is a beautiful combination of purple & yellow within one stone, each one-of-a-kind!
Tourmaline, ametrine, beryl, azurite, sugulite, peitersite, plume agate, fossilized corals, spinel, green aquamarine - we have all these and more!
We invite you to spend an evening with us to see new pieces, stone specimen sculptures, and learn about some amazing gems; or speak with one of our artists to design a custom piece from our collection of loose gemstones!
All of our gallery artists will be showing new work featuring rare, unusual, and lesser known gemstones.
Owner & Artist Kevin Duris will be showcasing new work and classic favorites featuring unusual stones, such as this sterling silver cuff bracelet with amazonite.
Amazonite gets its name from the color of the Amazon River in South America, despite the fact that there are no deposits of the stone in that region.
Ask to see our loose stones to design a custom Amazonite piece!
Petri Kymlander works with many unusual stones, including the yellow beryl found in this pendant.
Beryl is one mineral with many varieties that are distinguished by color; emerald & aquamarine being two of the most well-known.
Lisa Mele has a stunning collection of rare gem jewelry, including these opal inlay & diamond rings.
One of the traditional October birthstones, opal's flashes of color are unparalleled. The majority of opal is mined in Australia, which is where the material in these rings is from.
Maxine Rosenthal showcases many unusual stones in each of her pieces, including this beautiful rutilated quartz piece.
Rutilated quartz is a transparent quartz that has golden yellow rutile inclusions within. These inclusions can be thin, thick, parallel, crisscrossed, & everything in between. Each stone is entirely unique. Come see our selection of Maxine's piece to pick your favorite, or choose from our loose stones to have something special custom made.
Laura Blanc uses nature as inspiration in her jewelry, often using colored gemstones to highlight her designs; but in this piece the rare carved watermelon tourmaline fish is the star.
Tourmaline is sometimes called the rainbow stone because it is found in every color from colorless to black, with pink, green, and watermelon being the most well-known.
We invite you to the opening reception of The Living Jewel: Pearls to share as we celebrate the pearl in today's jewelry.
Perhaps it was Mikimoto that said it best, "a pearl is a living jewel" and we couldn't agree more.
For thousands of years the pearl has held a place in history; from legends of Cleopatra and Rome, to the Gilded Age residents of our very own "summer cottage" mansions here in Newport.
According to legend written by Pliny the Elder of the Roman Empire, Cleopatra won a wager with Marc Anthony that she would be able to consume the wealth of an entire country in just one dinner by crushing a pearl into wine and drinking it. Such was the value of pearls that an entire countries' wealth could be deemed comparable.
Inside the "summer cottages" of families such as the Vanderbilts on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, you can see portraits of the ladies of the house; painted with lavish strands of pearls gracing their necks.
In today's society pearls are still dominant and beautiful additions to any jewelry collection. They can be seen as classic statements, or more modern & glamorous. The process of culturing has turned the once extremely elusive natural/wild pearl into something far more accessible, with the birth of cultured saltwater & freshwater pearls. We will have a selection of both natural and cultured pearls for you to peruse.
All of our gallery artists will be showing new work featuring many varieties and colors of pearls. Or speak with one of our artists to design your own strand of pearls or earrings from our collection of loose pearls and strands.
Owner & Artist Kevin Duris will be showcasing new work and classic favorites featuring pearls, including this Compass Rose Pendant with a gorgeous Mabe pearl.
Mabe, or blister pearls are pearls that have been gown flush against the inside of the oyster shell, so they form as half-pearls. This shape of pearl is great in many designs where a cabochon style setting is used.
Pick from our selection of loose pearls, and work with Kevin to create your one-of-a-kind piece.
Laura Blanc exposes the diversity and beauty of freshwater pearls by mixing white and colored pearls, colored silk, and shell clasps to create the classic strand of pearls - with a modern twist.
You will find combinations such as large white pearls with coral silk knotted in between, double strands of peacock pearls with violet silk, or any combination you can dream of!
Laura enjoys working with clients to create custom strands of pearls.
Lisa Mele incorporates gorgeous South Sea pearls into intricate 18k gold pendants decked out in diamonds and gemstones to accentuate each pearl.
South Sea & Tahitian pearls are known for their exceptional beauty, quality, and size. They are frequently regarded as the rarest and most prized pearls to be found in jewelry.
Maxine Rosenthal incorporates some of her signature sterling forms into beautiful clasps, creating necklaces where you want the clasp to be seen!
These versatile pieces allow you to wear the clasp in the front or back, and many are long enough to double, increasing their versatility.
Petri Kymlander incorporates Tahitian pearls into gold earrings for stunning statement pieces, crisply designed with diamonds in his signature style.
Pictured above are some of the varieties, shapes, & colors of loose pearls and strands that we have waiting for you to pick out your custom piece or necklace strand!