Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Copper and Bronze Settings and Chains !

Japanese Fossil Chrysanthumum Stone

With the cost of Gold and Silver, that is especially 22k gold and Sterling Silver, skyrocketing to over $1700.00 an oz, with silver at $30.00 an oz, and maybe even higher by year end, we have decided to try, with some success so far, setting some of our handmade gemstone pendants into Copper and Bronze settings and making up matching chains to go with them.

Mexican Azurite Russian Black Jade

Brass is the term used for alloys of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses each with unique properties and color. Brass has a yellow color, somewhat similar to gold. It is relatively resistant to tarnishing, and is often used as decoration, jewelry and for coins.

Bronze refers to a broad range of copper alloys, usually with tin as the main additive. It is strong and tough and has myriad uses in industry. It was particularly significant in antiquity, giving its name to the Bronze Age. Common bronze alloys often have the unusual and very desirable property of expanding slightly just before they set, thus filling in the finest details of a mold.

Copper is a ductile metal with excellent electrical conductivity, and finds extensive use as an electrical conductor and as a component of various alloys used in jewelry. Copper oxidizes easily giving it its green coloration. NOTE: some people will cause Copper and Copper Alloys to turn a bright green.

Check "Pendants Available" to see some of the new pendants and chains using copper. More will be added this coming week. Follow the instructions if interested in purchasing.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Peddler's Show - Fredricksburg, Texas !

The Peddler's Perfect Street of Shops

The shopping experience designed to be as individual and unique as you!

For the past 34 years, The Peddler Show has offered Texas shoppers a truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind shopping experience. There are currently 25 shows annually. Shoppers will find a vast selection of exclusive items including personalized designs, home d├ęcor, hand crafted fashionable jewelry, fashionable clothing, gourmet treats, creative gifts and so much more!. And each year discover an new array of hot fashions, trendy jewelry, stylish home furnishings, unique gift items, gourmet foods and much more.

Admission to Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South of Fredricksburg is $5 for adults, $3 seniors 65 + and children 12 and under free.

Hours are Friday 25th from 1:00 - 9:00PM

Saturday 26th from 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Sunday 27th from 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Please call 512/358-1000 for more information.

Jewelry by CnC

will be located in the Pavilion

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Freeman Coliseum Holiday Extravaganza !

--- DESIGNS by GAYLE ---

Come to the Freeman Coliseum Holiday Extravagamza and see these new items by Jewelry by CnC

These designs incorporate rough cut freeform gemstones, simlar as to how they come out of the ground but cleaned up and surrounded with a pressed silver frame. Other natural minerals/gemstones which have been wire-wrapped will also be available.

Jewelry by CnC will be located in Booth O-4 on the Coliseum Main Floor.

The Holiday Extravaganza is open

Saturday Nov 19th 9 to 5

Sunday Nov 20th 10 to 5

Monday, November 14, 2011

Freeman Holiday Show Special Design !

See this unisual design by Gayle at the

San Antonio Freeman Coliseum Holiday Extravaganza

November 19th and 20th

10 to 5 pm

The Jewelry by CnC booth is located at space O-4 on the main floor.

The center of the necklace is a Bronze Wire Basket surrounded by Lampwork and Crystals.

Matching earrings complement the set.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Freeman Holiday Show !

November 19th and 20th

Freeman Coliseum

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 10am to 5pm

Come and see new designs from

Jewelry by CnC

These bracelets are just some of the new and interesting items that can be seen during the show.

Friday, November 11, 2011

33rd Annual Christmas Showcase - Freeman Coliseum !

The weekend of November 19th and 20th is the "Biggest Little Christmas Show" in the area, the

"33rd Annual Freeman Coliseum Christmas Showcase."
This show comes just in time for those of you that are in the San Antonio area to join us for your Holiday shopping !!
November 19th - 20th

-- Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
-- Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

The Freeman Christmas Extravaganza ia put on by Showcase Shows who has been producing quality craft and gift shows in Central Texas for the last 32 years. The Showcase public welcomes having a professional company introduce new vendors at each show and look forward to their favorite returning vendors to find what new and innovative items they are introducing. Showcase Shows has been extremely fortunate to develop a loyal customer base that anticipates each show, knowing that they will find exciting treasures brought by some of Texas' finest vendors.

The Jewelry by CnC booth is on the floor of the main building, all the way through the show to the back, under the overhang, last booth on the right (O-04). .

Friday, November 4, 2011

COKERFEST - Holiday Craft Fair at Coker UMC !

Brighten up your Holiday wear with one of these Holiday Jewelry Sets designed by Gayle.

Your can see these and more at


Saturday November 5th

9AM to 4PM

Coker UMC, North Loop Rd, San Antonio

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Holiday Sets at COKERFEST !


Look for Holiday items at the Craft Fair this weekend !

Coker United Methodist Church

231 East N Loop Road

San Antonio, TX 78216

9AM to 4PM Saturday Nov 5, 2011

Jewelry by CnC will be located in the foyer of the Assembly Building

Come and see the following items at our booth

When you visit our booth, ask about our special discounts.

Monday, October 31, 2011

LLANITE - A Uniquely Texas Gemstone !

This set combines Llanite, Kyanite and Peruvian Opal, all unique in their own right.

Finding unique gemstones is always a thrill. Being able to get hold of enough to be able to include in several jewelry pieces is extremely rare. Add to that the ability to get one of these rare, one location only gemstones from near ones home, makes for a real thrill in the making of jewelry.

Llanite is a hypabyssally intruded Rhyolite with phenocrysts of microcline and euhedral Quartz. The quartz crystals are blue hexagonal bipyramids. The unusual blue coloration of the quartz is thought to be due to ilmenite inclusions. It is named after Llano County Texas, the only place where it is found. A dike of Llanite outcrops about 9 miles north of the town of Llano. Many times during grinding and polishing, the Llanite looses it reddish color as seen in the picture of some slabs. Older material was much redder than that currently being found. Sometimes when finishing pieces, pendants will maintain some of the reddish color when held in a specific position in the light. Current diggings into the dike are producing a grayer material, but the blue Quartz flakes still appear.

A Llanite pendant and earring set with highlight Czech Crystals.

The following are some examples of pendants and earrings that have been cut and polished out of Llanite slabs.

We have a very limited amount of Llanite, some of which will be available at the Coker Fest Show this coming weekend in San Antonio..

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holiday Craft Fair Time !

For those in the San Antonio area, don't miss the

Ladies First Craft Fair

at the

First Assembly of God Church

13435 West Ave

Saturday 29 October, 9AM to5PM

From time to time it is nice to be able to wear a small pendant on a chain such as this Texas Star faceted Topaz.

But there are other times where the chain is nice, but the pendant needs to be a bit larger.

Llanite from Mason, Texas is an unusual one location gemstone.

See these and other unusual gemstone pendants

designed by Gayle at the Jewelry by CnC booth at the Craft Fair.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

San Antonio - Craft Fair !

First Assembly of God Ladies Craft Fair

Saturday October 29th

9AM until 5PM

13435 West Ave, San Antonio, TEXAS

See these and addition designs by Jewelry by CnC at the show.

Combine multiple-chains with Picture Jasper, Bronzite, Smoky Quartz, beige glass Pearls and Crystals for a very different look on this 22inch necklace with French Hook earrings.

A clasic that is bold and soft at the same time. A 1 1/2 inch drop double Tiger Eye marquis pendant is hung from a 20 inch necklace of Tiger Eye cylindars and beads. Large peach and ivory Freshwater Cultured Pearls soften the look. Dangle French Hook earrings containing Tiger Eye beads complete the set.

A lovely Pietersite shield pendant is the focal point of this 18 inch necklace. Tiger Eye cylindars are combined with Crystals and Copper coils to complete the necklace. Tiger Eye cylindars hang from the copper French Hook earrings.

Remember everything is a One-of-a-Kind design, but if you miss this show, Jewelry by CnC will be at Cokerfest on November 5th, with more new designs.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CRAFT FAIR -- San Antonio

The Ladies First Call "CRAFT FAIR" will be held at the

First Assembly of God Church

Saturday October 29th

9AM until 5PM

The Church is located at 13435 West Ave, San Antonio, TX

Jewelry by CnC will be located in the Assembly Hall

Come and see these new designs by Gayle, plus several others of her Unique, Hand-Made One-of-a-Kind designs

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Assembly of God, San Antonio "Craft Fair"

Ladies First - Craft Fair - A craft fair featuring vendors from all over the area and other craft booths will be in the Family Life Center from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday, October 29th.

The First Assembly of God Church is located at 13435 West Ave, San Antonio, TEXAS 78216, just a short distance south of the intersection of West Ave and Bitters Road, west of US-281 (San Pedro Ave) on the north side of San Antonio.

See these and additional gemstone pendants that Gayle incorporates into the designs for her necklace sets.

Some of these pendants will already be incorporated into necklaces, some are available on chains or other necklace materials, a few are set in mounts or have bails attached and some are just cut and polished, so those of you who make your own jewelry can incorporate them into your own designs.

Some of the pendants, such as this Tiger Eye, have been placed in mounts with bails, so thay can be hung on necklace chains or on a string of beads that you have constructed to mate with the pendant.