Behind-the-Scenes: What is Patina?

Janice Stiles
Explore the patina technique behind the beautiful blue-green copper elements in our Patina Collection!

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Fine Art Behind-the-Scenes: Fold Forming

Janice Stiles
Fold forming is a metalworking technique in which metal is folded, alternately annealed and forged repeatedly, and unfolded. Following this process, each piece of metal assumes a completely different and unique three-dimensional form.

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: April White Topaz (A Great Diamond Substitute!)

Janice Stiles
Diamonds are April’s birthstone. I think most of us are familiar with diamonds (and what they cost!). I won’t be working in diamonds this year, but have some fabulous white topaz stones that are a lovely substitute at a fraction of the price.

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: March Aquamarine

Janice Stiles
March's featured birthstone is Aquamarine. This is an amazing stone and its name is perfectly descriptive. It is such a beachy, watery pale blue, similar to seawater. Although it can have inclusions, most stones have excellent clarity and transparency. Color ranges from the pale to deep blue that is often seen in the ocean.

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Fine Art Behind-the-Scenes: Mined vs. Lab Created Stones

Janice Stiles
The jewelry industry is erupting with necklaces, rings, earrings, and other unique items created using a rainbow of gorgeous gemstones. Some are created with natural stones, while others use man-made alternatives—some of which are superior in brilliance and appearance. It’s important to keep in mind that high-quality, man-made stones are not intended to deceive, and just because they are lab-created, they are not necessarily low-quality.

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: February Amethyst

Janice Stiles
Amethyst colors can range from pale lilac to a deep almost reddish purple. Amethyst is sometimes heat treated to enhance the color. It’s mined all over the world, but Brazil is best known for its amethyst mines.

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Fine Art Technique Spotlight: Reticulation

Janice Stiles

In metalwork, reticulation refers to a surface-finishing technique that involves the application of localized heat to the surface of a metal. The technique produces an incredibly beautiful texture pattern of peaks and valleys.

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: January Garnet

Janice Stiles
Learn more about January's birthstone, garnet, and special order your favorite style today!

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"Is It Real?"

Janice Stiles

One of the most frequent questions I get, either at the gallery or art show, is: “Is it real?”

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