Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pure Elegance

White adds class and elegance to a design. It signifies purity and innocence. It goes with everything and when combined with other colors, it creates pastels. White opens up space in a design, which gives it depth and breadth. It is simple and can  play alone like a long strand of pearls. When you are looking for a comfortable design choice that will go with anything, make it predominately white.

White Opal

October babies prefer this fiery stone. Approximately 97 percent of these stones come from Australia, which makes it the national gemstone of Australia. This is also known  as the milk opal.

White Opal


White Spinel

Most of the white spinel you see on the market is now synthetic. This stone naturally occurred in Sri Lanka, but those white stones are now lost.



White Star Sapphire

Found in white as well as blue, the white star sapphire is the birthstone of April. A single light source will send off these brilliant rays of light.

White Star Sapphire

In addition to these lovely gemstones, you will also find these white components in jewelry: pearls, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, howlite, aventurine and even bone.

Looking for something elegant for mom? Look no further!

Boho chic, adjustable beaded macrame bracelet, The black tulip

Andrea Designs 

Gold White Flower Beaded Bracelet, Handmade Wedding Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Swarovski Pearl Earrings Wedding White Sterling Silver Flower Hooks

Magdalene Jewels 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, White Etched Matte

Covergirl Beads 

Wedding Kippah - Womens kippah - Wire Beaded Kippah

lindab142 

Gardenias, Note Card, 5 x 7,Greeting Card, Blank

watercolorsnmore 

Dressy White Baroque Pearl and Crystal AB Earrings Sterling Lever Back

The Singing Beader 

Healers Hand Cross Necklace, Southwest Bone Turquoise Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Red and White Superduo Snakeskin Beadwoven Handmade Cuff Bracelet

KatsAllThat 

Westie Bangle Bracelets for Women, Adjustable Dog Jewelry

Blue Morning Expressions 

Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Black is Black

Royally Purple

You are my Sunshine

Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer

Think Pink this Spring

Green with Envy

Red is for Passion

Who Has Time for the Blues?

Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Fractals and Painted Buntings

Volume 18 Issue 5, May 2021

What's New in May?

The yard is in bloom and the painted buntings have still hung around the feeder. I am not sure why they are still here since they don’t breed here, but it’s still nice to see those bright yellow, blue and red colors bouncing around in my bird feeder. We added a circle of pink geraniums to the base of our little Magnolia tree, so that when the big white blooms start, the pretty pink will be a nice addition to the color. I went with a pale pink and a coral pink bloom.

It looks to be a warm summer already, so I have to enjoy my flowers while I can before the summer heat eats them up. I have planted a lot of the baby milkweed that I have been nurturing for a year alongside the more mature plants from last year. They are all flourishing. I seeded two more big trays of milkweed for next year. I have seen Monarchs flitting about the yard, and one leaf on the milkweed had a small egg. There has been no caterpillar sighting yet, but they will come.

What’s New

Fractal Art Earrings: Lots of new earrings featuring my fractal art work. Paired with crystals and handmade lampwork beads.

Thimbles: More Mother’s Day gift ideas for Mom or Grandma. Don’t forget that Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12.

Statement Earrings: Perfect for Zoom calls. Large and bold earrings for every day.

You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website. www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,

Julie


Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Pushpins: I have too many themes to mention here, but from teachers to nurses to friends, I am doing designs as quickly as I can.

Statement Beads: Working on large beads for ZOOM calls and being on camera. Both earrings and pendant necklaces.

Prints and Posters: Bible verse posters and other art featuring hot rods and more are in production.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Black is Black

Black is about as classic and classy as you can get. This color adds sophistication to your designs or your art, and those who love black know that it is flattering and easily accessorized. Everything goes with black, and black is not only for goth, it is for elegant wear. It is at home at upscale parties and downtown nightclubs. Some of the  most expensive gemstones come in black, and that lends to its exclusivity.

Black Opal

The rarest of all opals and more expensive than black diamonds. This stunning gemstone is  filled with fire and color. This gemstone comes from Australia, and October babies sparkle and shine in opal.

Black Opal

Black Diamond

The second most expensive gemstone. Since the diamond starts as a black stone, you would think there would be more of them, but there are not. They hail from Brazil and the Central African Republic. Like any other diamond, they are the birthstone of the April child.

Black Beryl

The more pure a piece of beryl is, the clearer it is, so a black beryl is filled with impurities. They come from Madagascar and Mozambique, and even though they are not as rare as a red beryl, they are still very rare.

Black Pearl

Black pearls are known as Tahitian pearls, and they are rare. My grandmother went to Hawaii one year and opened an oyster. She got a pair of pearls. One was white and one was black. It was a beautiful  stone. The oyster  may not have felt the same way. February and November lay claim to the pearl as one of their birthstones.

Black Pearl


Black Sapphire

The same stone that gives us the ruby is called a sapphire when it is any other color than red. The traditional sapphire is a blue stone, but a black sapphire is not unheard of. These  stunning stones are translucent with a six star shine throughout them that is beautiful. The sapphire is the birthstone of the September child.


While all of these hard to find stones are equally gorgeous, there are plenty of more common black gemstones that can be found in today’s jewelry design.  The black garnet, zircon and onyx are more readily available. Additionally, designers like to use tourmaline, spinel, moonstone, obsidian (the cabin I lived in was called Obsidian Point because the ground was filled with arrowheads made from the abundance of lava from volcanoes), jasper, hematite and jet.

If you are looking for something classy and elegant, take a look at these beautiful black offerings from handmade artists and designers.

Closeup Black Blister Beetle

Photography & Digital By Colleen Cornelius

The black night tulip bracelet, stretch bracelet

Andrea Designs 

Black Lava Rock Gemstone and Lampwork Stretch Bracelet

Covergirl Beads 

Swarovski Jet Black Crystal Teardrop Earrings with Sterling Silver

Victorian Style Treasures 

Black and White Leather Crystal BOHO Wide Cuff 7 1/2 Inch Bracelet

Kats All That 

Handmade Black Beaded Bracelet and Earrings Set

lindab142 

Black Hearts Necklace w Silver Filigree Accents Onyx Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Druzy Quartz Pendant, Black Onyx 6 mm Faceted Beads 18 inch necklace Earring Set

Watercolorsnmore 

Skull Crossbones Earrings, Pirate Jewelry Day of the Dead Halloween

Shadow Dog Designs 

Onyx Sardonyx Charm Bracelet, Black Round Puffy Coin Beads, Adjustable To Size Large 9"

The Singing Beader 

Black and White Earrings for Women Drop Buttons

Blue Morning Expressions 

Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Royally Purple

You are my Sunshine

Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer

Think Pink this Spring

Green with Envy

Red is for Passion

Who Has Time for the Blues?


Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Royally Purple

Okay, who does not like purple? I know a few of us use it in a majority of our designs, and why not? Purple is the color of royalty because it was so expensive to produce. Remember my Snail Spit post a few years ago? http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/04/oh-snail-spit-and-drama.html 

Here are some of the most expensive purple stones I could find.

Alexandrite

This stone is capable of changing colors and is derived from chrysoberyl. It may appear purple at night, but green during the day. It can run $45,000 per carat. It is the birthstone of  the June babies.

Alexandrite


Taaffeite

This purple gemstone was not even discovered to be purple until it was cut open and faceted. It is also available in red. It is considered the rarest of all gemstones.  

Taaffeite


Purple Garnet

Most people are familiar with the red garnet, but there is a purple version of this pretty stone. It is the blue garnet (which is the rarest of garnets) under an incandescent light. It can run $3,000 a carat. The garnet is a January birthstone.

Purple Garnet


Tanzanite

This is one of my all time favs. It was discovered in Tanzania in 1967, and up until then, the blue version was the most commonly seen. It is a variety of the zoisite and today’s  December baby gets to claim it as theirs.


Tanzanite


Purple Apatite

This group of minerals are a good source of phosphorus and commonly found in fertilizer. Apatite is usually found as a green stone, but the purple version is a translucent or transparent stone that has a  glassy luster and a lot of clarity.

Purple Apatite


In addition to these lovely and expensive purples, we have the most commonly used purple stones like amethyst, purple flourite, purple topaz, agate, chalcedony, jade and jasper. Most of us use some form of these purples when we design jewelry.

Here are some even more lovely lavenders to enjoy! Get out on the royal side and buy them all!

Lavender Moon Art Print

Photography & Digital By Colleen Cornelius

Purple Floral Earrings, Unique Polymer Clay Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Premium Purple EDP Shiny Glossy

Covergirl Beads 

Purple shamballa beads, black skull bead, bracelet, macrame wrap

Andrea Designs 

Peacock Blue Iris Czech Blue Opal Beadwoven Handmade Dangle Earrings

KatsAllThat 

Cape Ametrine Gemstone Bracelet Violet Lampwork Glass Bead Double Strands

Magdalene Jewels 

Purple Jewelry - Striped Agate Necklace - Gemstone Pendant - Statement Necklace

lindab142 

Dotted Lampwork Earrings, White Aqua Purple Colorful Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Purple And Lilac Pearl And Crystal Earrings With A Long Dangle, Sterling Silver Ear Wires

The Singing Beader 

Macadamia Wood & Resin Exotic Wood Oval dangle Earrings

ExoticWoodJewelryAnd 



Hummingbird Bangle Bracelets for Women with Charms and Purple Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 


Are you feeling royal yet?

Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

You are my Sunshine

Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer

Think Pink this Spring

Green with Envy

Red is for Passion

Who Has Time for the Blues?


Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie