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PHX Art Detour

It's a quiet Sunday night here at Casa Jewelry, which is leaving me time to type, reflect, stretch and rest, and thank goodness, because I just had a fantastic, busy, excellent weekend. I spent Friday and Saturday at the Unexpected Gallery sharing my work with everyone passing through with the Art Detour. Art Detour is a city-wide celebration of art, and includes stops at established galleries as well as temporary installations and events. I was so tickled to see people showing some love to my new Botanic Collection, my amethyst specimens, and this gorgeous dentritic ring. <3<3<3 The current show at Unexpected features and supports the Neon Club at ASU, which meant art, lessons, and demonstrations in glassblowing and neon...

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Galentine's Day

Here at Casa Lotus Stone, we are big fans of Galentine's Day. I love catching up on time with girlfriends, and honoring their importance to me is a perfect way to switch up the Valentine's Day holiday. I'm hoping for a hike with my bestie, though I might try to talk my mom into a bit of shopping together... maybe after brunch! How do you celebrate the women in your life? Is it a nice meal? Gifts? A little retail therapy? 

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Gold fill, rolled gold, and gold plate answers

Shopping for gold jewelry can be fraught - once you find that perfect piece that makes you feel wonderful, you might wear it only a few times before it irritates your skin, before the plating starts to wear off, or before it tarnishes and is unrecognizable. Here's a quick primer of the types of metal used in gold and "gold" jewelry. Brass Brass, bronze, and similar lower value alloys come in a range of colors.  Brass can be polished to a bright yellow, though it oxidizes easily and tends turns orange or brown when worn. Bronze, on the other hand, has an antiqued color to it, and is frequently paired with a wide range of patinas that can change its color...

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Christmas gifting, a visual guide

Christmas shopping gift guide!    For your mom, a timeless necklace to remind her of how you hold her in your heart: For your wife, rings that honor all of the different roles she plays, and how valuable they all are to you: For your daughter, fun, bright earrings that reminder her of her childhood: For your teenager, the trendy necklace that will make all of her friends envious:    

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Sultry quartz

There's something about the transition to the fall that always catches me and surprises me.  Here in the desert, we're just starting to feel free from the heat, so it's a bit like spring - time to go outside, to plant, to breathe some fresh air after being stuck inside all summer.  We open the windows and air out the house, turn on the fans at night and stay up for hours listening to the crickets and the owls.  The cat eschews the bed for an open window ledge.  Even the coyotes are less restless, quieter, and content.  In the rest of the country, the nights are getting colder, and summer's complete abandon is slowly being replaced with the preparedness...

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