Saturday, June 25, 2011

CARIBBEAN DELIGHTS SERIES - Colors of the Caribbean Sunset !

As one visits the Caribbean, the vibrant colors that are seen in the Ocean, on the Islands and in the Sunsets inspired this jewelry collection called "Caribbean Delights". The first two sets covered the green of the islands and the blues of the water, we now look at a Caribbean Sunset.

The Caribbean Sunset is reflected in this necklace with a rust-blue-gold Sonoran hand blown leaf at the center. Carnelian barrel beads and chips are then complimentd by crystals and cat-eye beads in sunset colors of reds, dark and light pinks, blues and copper. The necklace is 20 inches with a 2 inch extender and a Lobster Claw Clasp. The French Hook Earrings hang 1 1/2 inches.

Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a brownish-red mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Similar to Carnelian is Sard, which is generally harder and darker. The difference is not rigidly defined, and the two names are often used interchangeably. Both Crnelian and Sard are varieties of the silica mineral Chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. Extensive beds of Carnelian are found at Rajpipa in State of Gujarat in India and have been dug since at least about 1500 to provide raw material for the region's extensive lapidary industry.

Sonoran Leaves are a specially fired glass that is made into the shape of leaves in different sizes for use in pendants and earrings. Boro glass is a particular type of glass, better known under the brand name of Pyrex. It was first developed in the late 19th century and was used primarily for scientific glass due to its strength and durability. Artists have started to use boro glass for bead making even though it is a very hard glass and requires high heat to form a bead. Boro glass has a very distinctive range of colors from varions other minerals or impurities, often much more vibrant than the softer European glass. Sonoran Leaf pieces are made one at a time, in a flame. Because they are made by hand there may be slight variations in color from one batch to another. Do not confuse these Sonoran Leaves with other types of poured or fused glass leave made in bulk.

Cat-eye beads and colored crystals were also used in this set.

A second set of earrings using Sonoran Leaf dangles to match the center highlight of the necklace is also available.