Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Beauty is whatever gives you joy!

Beauty is whatever gives you joy - Edna St Vincent Millay

You give me joy! You are beautiful! I only hope our jewelry enchances your beauty and gives you joy as well!

As we prepare for the New Year, we at The Gem Collection wish you both beauty and joy all year round!
:) Dory

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sydney Lynch's Sweet & Spicy Nuts!

Sydney Lynch is one of my favorite jewelry designers and along with wonderful jewelry, she makes fabulous sweet and spicy nuts as well...recently she shared her receipe with me and I'm passing it along to you, cause I love you! Merry Christmas!

Sweet and Spicy Nuts
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1 cup raw whole almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup walnut halves
1 egg white
1 1/2 T water
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp allspice

Combine nuts. Beat egg white and water together till foamy. Stir in sugar and seasonings with egg white. Mix well with nuts. Spread on greased baking sheet and bake at 275 for 55 minutes. Cool and store in closed container for up to3 weeks. Caution: if you are saving these for a party as I am, hide them until date of party because once you start eating them it's almost impossible to stop.


See Sydney's jewelry here :

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Exactly Does 14K Mean?

Have you ever wondered what the K stands for in the 14K mark inside a ring?

It stands for Karat, which is different from Carrot the vegetable, and Carat which measures the weight of a gemstone.

Karat is derived from the Arabic word Kirat, which is a dried seed from the carob tree. These seeds were found to be almost identical in size and weight no matter which of the trees they came from or where the tree was grown. Traders from ancient times found that 24 of these Kirat seeds equaled the weight of one Mark ( a gold coin used in trading at that time). So, 24 Kirats would equal a pure gold coin. Later as gold began to be alloyed with other metals, the amount of the gold part of the piece would be marked with a K for Kirats, which was later read and pronounced as karats. So the purity ranking now looks like this:

100% Pure gold = 24K

91.6% pure =22 parts gold (out of 24 parts metal) = 22k

75% pure =18 parts gold = 18K

58.5% pure = 14 parts gold = 14k

41.6% pure = 10 parts gold = 10k

So, when you buy a ring that is 14k gold you are buying 58.5% pure gold alloyed with 41.5% other metal to give it strength and a certain color.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chi Galetea Huyhn Jewelry Designer: Creativity And Beauty Go Hand in Hand

One of the Most Creative Jewelry Artists I've ever met is Chi Galetea Huyhn.

Chi is a poet, a painter, a philosopher and a creative jeweler. He says " Jewelry, painting, and sculpture are all the same to me. It is all about seeing things. We often look at things, but we aren't always seeing." "To truly see is to close the door of one's own perception and open a new one."

Chi moved to the US when he was just 12 and couldn't speak English. His father was a jeweler, so he accompanied him to one of the largest jewelry shows, but he was sad when he saw that all the jewelry had a sameness about it. This is when he became determined to make jewelry that was new and different.

Chi says "Don't be afraid of failure - in fact, I don't even believe in that word. Each experiment teaches you something and those experiments are all successes."

Sometimes we are so careful not to fail, we teach our children this too. We are so careful, so safe that we fail at creating wonderul beautiful art and jewelry that truely speak to the soul. Thank you Chi for reminding us that it OK to stray from the safe path...sometimes it is more than OK, it is amazing!


Toss a pebble into pond
Watch the ring of water caressing the shore
I am a child
Each day Mother Earth
Secretly reveals a new word.


To see more of Chi's work and his inspirational sources please view the video.