February Birthstone – Amethyst

February Birthstone Amethyst

Happy Birthday to all you February babies! February’s birthstone is the sparkling Amethyst. This popular stone is actually quartz and refers specifically to the purple variety. This lovely gemstone is quite popular because not only is it beautiful it is also quite affordable. Did you know that Amethyst jewelry was once worn because it was believed that it helped you keep a clear head and avoid getting intoxicated. Amethyst was also a gemstone for royalty in the middle ages, and was as valuable as diamonds and rubies.

Amethyst Details:

MINERAL: Quartz
CHEMISTRY: SiO2
MOHS HARDNESS: 7

Amethyst Cleaning and Care:

Because of its hardness, amethyst is great to use in all kinds of jewelry. But you do need to care for it to keep it looking its best. You should keep your amethyst out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme heat. This means no storing it on a window sill or leaving it in your hot car during the summer. This can change the color of your stone and the lovely purple can dull. It is also important to avoid contact with household cleaners and beauty products, like hairspray. This also includes pools and hottubs. Besides the heat the chemicals aren’t the best for your jewelry. You can clean your amethyst jewelry with a soft toothbrush or cloth and a mix of mild dish soap and warm water. Gently scrub around and under the stone to clean off any gunk and you will see a big improvement if you haven’t done this before. If in doubt take it to a professional to get cleaned. Silver does tarnish over time and a professional cleaning can have your piece looking nearly new again.

Amethyst Jewelry by Abella Blue

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2016 Handmade Pet Lovers Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for your favorite pet loving friend or family member? Check out the 2016 pet lovers gift guide! There are some really great unique handmade pet gifts that are sure to be perfect for someone on your list. My Pawprint necklace is featured below, and can be found in the shop.

 

2016 Pet lovers handmade gift guide

 

  1. Custom Pet Portraits by Leah Davies
  2. Heart in Paw Print Necklace from Abella Blue
  3. French Bulldog Pillow from Patti Haskins
  4. Felted Cat Planter from The Yarn Kitchen
  5. Orange Popsicle Pet Odor Eliminating Candle from Classic City Gift
  6. Personalized Cat Stationery by Modern Pink Paper
  7. Orange Fox Bookends by Atelier Article
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2016 Holiday Show Schedule

Abella Blue 2016 Holiday Show Schedule

I am extremely excited to be participating in two local shows this holiday season.

The Utah Arts Festival Holiday Show runs from Nov. 18th through December 16th at Artspace City Center in suite 120. There will be an artist’s reception from 6pm to 9pm on November 18th and December 2nd for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

I am also going to be at the Red Butte 15th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3rd and 4th from 10am to 5pm. Join us in the Orangerie to do some holiday shopping then get your complimentary hot chocolate and head out to do a winter stroll of the gardens. Admission is free thanks to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks.

Abella Blue Handmade Jewelry Gift Ideas

It is such an honor to have been accepted into both of these great holiday shows and I hope to see you there!

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Abella Blue at the Sundance Harvest Market 2016

Sundance Harvest Festival 2016This photo is from the 2016 Sundance Harvest Market.

Fall has come and certainly caught me off guard, in fact we have already had snow up in the mountains. I think fall is my favorite season. I love fire pits, sweater weather, pumpkin spice, and the bite in the air. Fall is also the calm before the storm so to speak, when I have finished up all my summer markets and I get to catch my breath a little before the holidays put me into overdrive.

2016 Vendor at Sundance Harvest Festival

This year I was able to participate in the Sundance Harvest Market which acted as the finale to my market season. The morning started out at 6am a brisk 35 degrees and it was raining. So you can imagine my excitement level and need for some massive amounts of caffeine. During the drive on the freeway my mood nor the rain improved. Once we made it to Provo Canyon and I started to see fall leaves and a glimpse of Bridal Vail Falls surrounded by bursts of orange and yellow, I could feel the caffeine doing its work and I started to perk up a bit. Finally we made it up to Sundance Resort where the festival was held and I knew instantly that it was going to be a great day despite the rain. I can’t even tell you how beautiful it is up there. It seems a bit surreal to be surrounded by the huge mountain peaks covered in snow and the trees showing their full fall foliage. Once the Harvest Festival got going everyone seemed to forget the little sprinkles of rain and had a great time. The music was fantastic, the backdrop was stunning and the people were so nice. I am definitely headed back next year!

I did make a few special items inspired by the ski resort. This handmade sterling silver snowflake pendant was a hit. I designed the snowflake pendant on the computer and then transferred the design to silver sheet metal. Then I used a jewelers saw to hand cut each snowflake from the silver. The center gemstone certainly adds some sparkle and I have several options. Also you can contact me for custom jewelry options if you don’t find the stone you were hoping for.

handmade moonstone snowflake necklace

handmade moonstone snowflake necklace

 

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Where on earth have I been?

You may have noticed that things have been very quiet lately. I am taking a little break so to speak, and am spending six weeks in Austin, Texas. It’s not all just margaritas and breakfast tacos, however. I am taking a metals class at Creative Side Jewelry Academy. I am mostly self taught and when the opportunity to take a six week intensive course came up, I jumped at the chance.

Creative Side Austin Class

Here is just a peek at what I have been up to so far. Also you can check out my instagram feed to see more photos, progress shots and updates throughout the weeks.

I will be back up and running the third week of March. If you would like to be notified when I get back you can sign up for updates below.

 



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2015 Silly Holiday Bazaar in Park City Utah

Park Silly Holiday BazaarJoin me at the 2015 Silly Holiday Bazaar in Park City Utah. This should be a really fun event and I would love to see you there. If you are looking for just the right gift for that special someone this is the place to be. I will have a few holiday themed items and some great stocking stuffers.

Dates: Dec. 11-13th.

Times:
Friday 5-9
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-2

Location:Park City Marriott
1895 Sidewider Drive
Park City, UT 84060
(Off of SR 248/Kearns Blvd. in Prospector)

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Come See Me at Park Silly Sunday Market

I am so excited to let you know that Abella Blue will be at the Park Silly Sunday Market this summer. If you don’t know this fantastic farmers market is in Park City, Utah and runs on Sundays during the summer. I have been going as a patron for years and always have a blast. Also it was also named one of the 50 best farmers markets in America.

Abella Blue at Park Silly Sunday Market

Abella Blue at Park Silly Sunday Market

Abella Blue 2015 Park Silly Dates:
  • July – 12
  • July – 26
  • Aug – 16
  • Aug – 30
  • Sept – 6

I have a lot of new pieces, so come by and say hi!

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2014 Gift Guide: Handmade Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that special something to put in their stocking? Here is a great list of a few Abella Blue items that are sure to make great stocking stuffers.

Stocking Stuffer for the Pet Lover:

Dog lover earringsThese sweet little paw print stud earrings are a must for the pet lover.

Stocking Stuffer for the Teenager:

Woodland Butterfly NecklaceA little butterfly necklace that is great for everyday and goes with everything!

Stocking Stuffer for Runners:

13.1 Running Charm

Get your favorite runner a little sterling silver charm to celebrate their latest race.

Stocking Stuffer for your Sweetheart:

key and heart silver post earrings

Say I love you with the key to my heart earrings.

 Stocking Stuffer for the Gardener:

Gardening NecklaceIt takes a lot of heart to tend a garden. This necklace is perfect for those who make things grow.

These are just a few ideas, visit my shop for more gift ideas.

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