September birthstone: Sapphire

Birthstone Jewelry

Many gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron described in the Bible (Exodus 28, 15-30). The breastplate was a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

Sapphire is the modern September birthstone and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary.

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral species corundum. Sapphires occur in all colors of the rainbow with the exception of red, which is ruby. The name corundum comes from the ancient Sanskrit “kuruvindam”, while the name “Sapphire” comes from the Persian word “safir”, meaning “beloved of Saturn”, (or Greek sapphiros). It is noted in several texts that sapphire was the lapis lazuli of the ancient world, probably because the stones both have the same intense blue coloring.

Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania. Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions. The rutile inclusions are responsible for the “star” or “cat’s eye” in star sapphires.

Sapphires found on Etsy

After doing a search on etsy for sapphires, I was amazed at the incredible variety available.  I was also stunned at how high-end some of the listings are.  Here’s the most expensive listing on etsy that has sapphires in it.  It retails for $35,000!  Although not a member of etsyBEAD, the designer certainly has a creation worth mentioning.

The Queens Crown- 14kt Handcrafted Pendant with Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphires and Pearls

This luscious pair of earrings is from etsyBEAD’s very own Glamorosi and feature blue sapphires as well as another blue stone, kyanite.

Glamorosi - Kyanite Earrings with Sapphire, Vintage Glass, Sterling Silver - Something Blue 

 

 

 

 

Glamorosi - Kyanite Earrings with Sapphire, Vintage Glass, Sterling Silver - Something Blue

This gorgeous necklace from one of etsyBEAD’s newer members, beadyIze, showcases the variety of hues with all blue sapphires in a terrific cascade.

Necklace - Sapphire Fade - Sapphire and Sterling Silver, September Birthstone

beadyIze – Sapphire Fade – Sapphire and Sterling Silver, September Birthstone

Remember, sapphires don’t just come in blue, as Nomolos Design shows us in their spectacular matching necklace and earrings called ‘harvest’.

Harvest
Harvest by Nomolos Design

The above set by Nomolos Design is also part of our current bi-weekly etsyBEAD Theme of the Week sale.  be sure to take a look at all the amazing pieces featured in this sale, both with and without sapphires!!

EtsyBEAD Theme of the Week SALE search

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EBTW etsyBEAD Theme of the Week: Wine Country

Our new theme for the etsyBEAD Bi-Weekly Theme of the Week (ebtw) is “Wine Country”, chosen by Pam of Cool Jewelry Design.

etsyBEAD members will select items in their shops (or create brand new ones!) that match this current theme and put them on sale, just for you. Each EBTW item will have the tags “ebtw” and “wine country”, so you can search for these beautiful sale items easily.

So be on the lookout for all these wonderful items, all at special SALE prices for TWO WEEKS only!

This EBTW sale runs from Sunday 9/21 through Saturday 10/4. Check back often as our street team members may add new items throughout the week!

Happy shopping! Here’s the link to the search to get started:

EtsyBEAD Bi-Weekly Theme of the Week sale search

Here are a few of the items currently on sale:

Napa Grapes - Wine Country Sale - EBTW - Cape amethyst, sterling, etc., bracelet
Napa Grapes – Wine Country Sale – EBTW – Cape amethyst, sterling, etc., bracelet
Flower pearl and Tourmaline Necklace
Flower pearl and Tourmaline Necklace
SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - Ceramic and copper 26 inch necklace and earrings
SALE for EBTW – etsyBEAD – Ceramic and copper 26 inch necklace and earrings

 

Paper Beads - Grapevine - Lot of 20 beads - Wine Country Theme Sale - ebtw
Paper Beads – Grapevine – Lot of 20 beads – Wine Country Theme Sale – ebtw
EBTW SALE - Lampwork Heart Cell Phone Charm or Zipper Pull
EBTW SALE – Lampwork Heart Cell Phone Charm or Zipper Pull
Red Wine Cross Necklace (your choice)
Red Wine Cross Necklace (your choice)
Spice - SALE - EBTW Wine Country

Spice - SALE - EBTW Wine Country

HARVEST (ebtw)

HARVEST (ebtw)

 

SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - WINE COUNTRY - 16x20 black and white waterfall fine art photograph poster

SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - WINE COUNTRY - 16x20 black and white waterfall fine art photograph poster

member spotlight: Barbara Beads

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Name:  Barbara

Etsy shop name: Barbara Beads

Blog: Barbara Beads

Location: Rockledge, FL

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? Beads, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious stones, vintage beads, sterling silver and anything that is unique, fun or different.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? I saw something in a store that was far outside my price range but I thought, “hey, I could make that.” So I did!  That was the beginning over 7 years ago.  Since then, my creativity and love of color have taken over and I enjoy using jewelry making  as one of my creative outlets.

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? Oh everything can be inspiring. Particularly, I find that my friends and fans inspire me. An outfit, a dress, a color can launch a work of art. The beads usually do speak to me. Usually, many of them speak to me at once and bam, suddenly I have a whole necklace done.

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? More than anything I think color influences me. I love having monochromatic pieces but taking them to the next level.

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? Fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love sophistication too, but I love to have a bit of fun with my jewelry. Sometimes that means bold color and others it’s a sparkly dangle or something a little more subtle.

 

6. What is your favorite technique? I love using sterling silver chain and wire wrapping beads onto them for dangly pieces and earrings.  

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

For right now, www.barbarabeads.etsy.com is the only place to find my work.

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?

The best thing about being part of the group is chatting with everyone and seeing their work during the bi-weekly promotion.

 

 

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

 
Denim Dreams Necklace

Denim Dreams Necklace

member spotlight: Angelic Adornments

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace 

 

 

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace

Name:  Sabina Dougherty

Etsy shop name: Angelic Adornments

Website: Sabina24.etsy.com

Blog:  Bina’s Blog

Location:  New Hampshire

 

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

 

All kinds of beads and wire — I’m  sort of addicted now.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? 

 

My 16-year old daughter and I took a beading class together during one of her school breaks.  It was pricey and having done crafts to sell before, I knew I could make the items cheaper if I searched out wholesale sources for the beads and findings.  I was right, of course, but that didn’t stop me from investing thousands of dollars into the beads to start my own business — so thinking back — maybe I should have just stopped with the beading class if I had wanted to really save money.  lol

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? 

 

Well, this is complicated and some folks will probably think I’m  weird, but I started making spiritually inspired jewelry because I didn’t see any out there and I thought it might be a niche for me.  So I started looking for items that I could incorporate into that theme.  I tend to walk around listening to an ipod full of worship music, because I feel it keeps me close to my Papa God.  I started doing that when I went looking for beads and findings.  What I discovered was that the materials I bought while listening to the music were more useful than some that I had purchased when I wasn’t listening.  What was even more amazing was that pieces that came together “easily” were the ones where I was listening to music.  So the music has become my inspiration.  I know a lot of people wouldn’t understand this aspect of my creating process — but it works for me.  Obviously Papa God has a hand in a lot of my designs. 

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? 

 

Not really.  When I first started making items at home, I bought a couple of “beginner” books to get the basics and I’ve expanded from there — I’m  not usually inspired to duplicate anything I see in a book or magazine.  It might jiggle my brain to create something of my own, but that’s rare.  I was this way when I was scrapbooking — others were content to copy layouts in magazines and books, but I always tended to “do my own thing”.  Must be that 60’s mentality of don’t put me in a box…

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? 

 

I like simple pieces.  I’ve created some elaborate ones, but mostly, I’m  a simple girl.  I keep thinking about that Shaker song about ’tis a gift to be simple.  I find that the simple pieces tend to be the ones that people want to buy. 

 

6. What is your favorite technique? 

 

I don’t know that I have one.  I’m always up for learning something new and when I do and I can accomplish it to my satisfaction, its really cool.  I love making earrings — but I don’t make as many of them as I do necklaces and bracelets.  I know some people hate doing the wraps, but I think its fun — although hard on old hands.

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? 

 

Well for now Esty is it — although people could contact me at my home in New Hampshire.  I will be doing craft shows at some point.  I have done them before.  But right now I’m  trying to find a paying job to support my habit!!  lol

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD? 

 

Well, I’m  fairly new, but already I can see where the resources will be helpful to me.  Just having other people to talk to and bounce ideas off of – to encouragement when things seem bleak – its all good.  When I had my scrapbook store and my sewing business, I belonged to similar groups.  Its was encouraging and helpful.  So I saw no reason not to join something geared for beaders.

 

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

 

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

etsyBEAD theme of the week: Blue Moon

Our new theme for the etsyBEAD Bi-Weekly Theme of the Week (ebtw) is “Blue Moon”, chosen by Anchalee of NewelryJewelry.

etsyBEAD members will select items in their shops (or create brand new ones!) that match this current theme and put them on sale, just for you. Each EBTW item will have the tags “ebtw” and “blue moon”, so you can search for these beautiful blue sale items easily.

So be on the lookout for all these wonderful items, all at special SALE prices for TWO WEEKS only!

This EBTW sale runs from Sunday 9/7 through Saturday 9/20. Check back often as our street team members may add new items throughout the week!

Happy shopping! Here’s the link to the search to get started:

 EtsyBEAD theme of the week sale search

Here are a few featured items from our members, participating in the sale:

EBTW-on SALE-Stunning Swarovski beaded necklace and earrings-elegant cascading crystals in blue

EBTW-on SALE-Stunning Swarovski beaded necklace and earrings-elegant cascading crystals in blue

Paper Beads/SKY/Lot of 31/ebtw/Blue Moon Theme

Paper Beads/SKY/Lot of 31/ebtw/Blue Moon Theme

 

The Seeing Eye Ring

The Seeing Eye Ring

BLUE MIST CHALCEDONY EARRINGS EBTW BLUE MOON

BLUE MIST CHALCEDONY EARRINGS EBTW BLUE MOON

JJs - Zodiac Series - CANCER - Fresh Water Pearls Bracelet with Sterling Silver --- etsyBEAD EBTW Sale - Blue Moon

JJs - Zodiac Series - CANCER - Fresh Water Pearls Bracelet with Sterling Silver --- etsyBEAD EBTW Sale - Blue Moon

Ocean Drops - SALE - EBTW Blue Moon

Ocean Drops - SALE - EBTW Blue Moon

These are just a few of the amazing pieces included in this 2-week sale.  Be sure to do your own etsy search:

etsyBEAD Theme of the Week “Blue Moon” sale search