We are beyond excited to announce our April Birthstone Collection featuring Herkimer Diamond Quartz Crystals sourced by our hands in the USA. We have traveled to Central New York for the last two years sourcing these gorgeous gemstones directly to create the most exciting jewelry for you. These gemstones are double terminated, crystal clear, and formed right here in the USA!
Instead of working with the traditional April Birthstone, we decided to employ Herkimer Diamond Quartz. Herkimer Diamond Quartz rivals the diamond in beauty, natural form, and luminance. What does double terminated mean? This term refers to the points on each end of the crystal. You may have seen a crystal point in your life. It usually has a point on one end and the other end is more raw or rugged because it's been plucked from the host stone. The host stone is also known as the Matrix. Herkimer Diamonds are unique because their formations have points on both sides, meaning double terminated.
Citrine read the Herkimer Diamond Quartz entry from The Book of Stones on her youtube channel. You can listen to this crystal reading by clicking here. Herkimer refers to ONE of the areas in Central New York where these fabulous gemstones are found and mined for. The term 'Diamond' in the name is reference to the stunning and nearly perfect crystal shapes these gems form in, directly out of the earth. We kid you not, you can crack open the host stone and pick up a perfectly shaped crystal that's also optically clear! Many times without washing or cleaning the surfaces. Some of these crystals have black inclusions which create a wonderful cosmic aesthetic with sparkles and rainbows. The Herkimer Diamond Quartz is truly magnificent and that is exactly why we created these jewels for you to wear.
We don't always get custom jewelry requests but when we do, we love the process. It's a lot of fun and an exciting challenge to turn your visions into a reality. Our most recent request was sent to us as a drawing - you can see the drawing below in the slide show.
The occasion? A local artist is having an art opening for their new studio space. We were thrilled to begin designing an electro-formed branch with amethyst gems budding off the ends. This was our first time coating organic material in copper so we had new skills to learn. Yay! We began by sourcing the amethyst gemstones from one of our favorite local gemstone shops - World Of Rocks. Then found a small branch in our back yard. Cleaned it then coated the branch twice in clear varnish. Next it got a luxurious coating or two of graphite paint. The amethyst gems were attached with copper tape. Last we added the 'eyes' to attach the chain after electro-forming.
When we suspended the branch into the electro-form batch it was nearly instantly that the copper began to coat the surface. It was awesome to watch. It was left to coat over night and well into the afternoon. Wah-la! All we had to do was add the copper chain and a couple accent beads with a clasp. It turned out wonderful. We hope you love it.
-Citrine & Craig
Happy Spring beautiful people! It's the season to clean up your home, pot new plants, and browse artist markets. Speaking of artist markets we will be showing some of our latest jewels at the Art In Bloom Artist Market at The Village Arts Factory April 17 & 18. We would love if you'd register to attend and come stop by to chat about Herkimer Diamond Quartz! Herkimer refers to the name of the area these lovely gems are found in Central NY. We leave for our third annual trip to Central New York the day after this market to mine for more of these gorgeous double terminated Quartz crystals. We are also naming Herkimer Diamond Quartz the April #birthstone and are releasing a new collection of #electroformed jewelry featuring these delightful gems. You can order online or visit us in person at the #artinbloom artist market.
Please register before to attend. The event is free and don't forget to wear your mask!
Our new copper electroformed jewelry will be available online starting April 1, 2021. Along with the new collection of jewelry we are releasing a new selection of Crystal Candles on our website.
This is our new scent list:
1. Dark Rose - Disco Fire Quartz
2. Sandalwood Basalm Lemon Grass - Tumbled Clear Quartz
3. Lavender & Sweet Orange - Banded Agate
4. Coffee Cacao Flowering Clove - Smokey Quartz
5. Cedarwood Dahlia Birch Eucalyptus - Amethyst
Let me tell you these candles smell amazing! This is our third batch and every time we make them they get better. My personal favorite is the Sandalwood Basalm and Lemon Grass with the tumbled clear quartz. UGH! Smells delightful but seriously they are ALL good. The Crystal Candles are made with organic, non toxic soy wax, whispering wooden wicks, and non toxic fragrances or essential oils. Please note that we will not have our candles at the artist market April 17 & 18. You can order online to have them shipped or contact Citrine directly for pickup or drop off locally. <3
Our website is offering FREE shipping from here on out. You may notice the price of the candles rise a bit and that is PURELY because of the cost to ship them. The post office charges a lot for items that have weight to them. We hope you understand. Thanks for reading! More on the way but for now, we have to update our website and inventory for you! Be blessed!
- Citrine & Craig