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May 26, 2017
Everybody was Keum Boo Fighting

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The love of mixing metals has prevailed over the jewelers bench again. Keum Boo is the ancient Korean method of fusing 23.5k Gold to Fine Silver. The effect, and the technique, is addictive. The glowing quality of gold is irresistible, especially with the gloomy days of our Oregon Spring. Fine Silver has a super white, neutral sheen when bonded with the gold. This winning combination is going through adventures and journies with local stones and those from around the globe. Check out the New Jewelry  to see the latest.

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May 13, 2017
Head in the Clouds

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Sometimes I am asked 'How do you even know if you have something good?' when looking at the raw, dirty rocks getting ready for polish. Hmmm, often times it's an educated guess and more often I don't know until I get in. That's part of the thrill but also there's wasted hours on stones that turn out to be less than superstars. That gambling learning curve has not kept me from experimenting. These 'motherstone' chunks are slender and from the profile one could see delicate white plumes rising through the clear agate. A crust of desert patina coats the top so the only way to see directly in would be to peel that away. Instead of not working, the result was a view into the tops of the plumes looking like puffy cumulous clouds surrounded by clear sky, and in some cases gold linings. A new gemstone is born. So far, two necklaces and a pair of earrings are floating through the Ozone.


May 5, 2017
Salmon Run

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A big bag of stones, all about grapefruit sized, lands on the floor with a rumble. It's an offering from my husband's uncle who asks, 'do you think there's anything you can use?'. The specimens are still caked with their high desert, Oregon dust but some already look interesting. The rocks sat in queue as I devoured favorite finds that have landed on your fingers, wrists, and necks. Curiousity finally brought a lump of pinkish-red-through-crystalline-gray out of the bag and onto the hammer. Once broken, the best pieces varied from that of ripe watermelon to fresh salmon sashimi. Light shines through sinews of color giving it a delicious glow. Uncle didn't know what kind of stones he had so I am left to guess, after testing hardness and other traits through polishing, that this is a chalcedony. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful gemstone so I pet-named it after one of my favorite things. The Salmon run is on at the Ozone!




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2016-04-27�- Hot Art Clothes!

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The warmer it gets, off go the layers! Having comfortable style is important so why not wrap yourself in wearable art that is functional as well as sensationally cool. Leslie Palotas hand dyes each individual piece creating waves, octopus and other graphic renderings in fabric. Because she uses awesome companies like Xylem in Eugene for sourcing of the cuts, she makes stylish works of art to wear like Bolero Jackets and Yoga Pants. Leslie has just dropped off a new haul of work, come find the perfect piece for you.�

2016-04-27�- Variations on a Theme

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For some reason I always love wearing chokers during the summer. Maybe it's the necklines, maybe it's that we're more active so we want jewelry that isn't dangling too much. I also notice that if my choker is too high, it leaves my chest rather bare. So to kill a couple of birds with one stone, I cooked up a choker that drops down to the length of a regular pendant. WIN! I've been playing with various lengths of drop and different stones, come in and see the variations on the theme.�


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