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OCTOBER 2017

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Happy Fall!  It came so quickly, didn't it.  We got used to expecting sunshine.            
 
But, October is here and the trees are slowly changing to some magnificent colors.

 

 

WHY ARE WE ATTRACTED TO SHINY OBJECTS?

A recent research study out of Belgium tested the hypothesis as to "why are people drawn to shiny objects?"  The study asked blind-folded participants to judge either glossy paper or matte paper and state what they felt was pictured on the sheet.    Turns out that the glossy paper wound up with more water (eg, outdoors and lakes) than the matte.  Water was the outcome they were looking for. Why water?  The authors state because we all need hydration and water is shiny we are greatly attracted to it, and extrapolates that to all shiny objects.  OK, I'll give them that but why just water?  They also don't think it is because something shiny is prettier, than non-shiny.  There is in fact something called the "shiny syndrome", but it more relates to the world of entrepreneurs who are always chasing after "new" fun things. Hm???  I guess the theory holds some water but "hydration and water?"

I don't know but look around you, or think of something that can be shiny and not shiny.  Is a shiny vase more attractive than a matte finish?  Is a shiny handbag nicer than a matte (leather).  For me, a nicely polished sapphire would attract more attention than an unpolished, unshiny rough. Rough stones are typically not shiny (except maybe flawless diamonds) and not recognized by the average person the beauty that lies within.  But I'd be attracted to any beautiful shiny gemstone.  Actually, I think there's an addiction element in there for me.  

Source:  Journal of Consumer Psychology. Taking a shine to it: How the preference for glossy stems from an innate need for water
Author:  KatrienMeerta, MarioPandelaerea, Vanessa M.Patrick

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2543625/My-precious-Scientists-discover-attracted-shiny-objects-say-key-inbuilt-desire-water.html 

 

 

NEW METAL JEWELRY DESIGNS

COPPER "HAVE Heart" PENDANT
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SS chain with black crystal accent. Price: $35.00

 

 

This summer I spent time learning a few new techniques and tricks working with metal: stamping, riveting, fold-forming, and notched mountings.  I experimented using more copper, than brass and sterling silver.  Why so much copper?  Because, the price of sterling silver sheet is quite high relative to copper, making copper a more economical choice.  If I messed something up in copper, my investment in the material was minor; in sterling silver it would be major. 

In addition to the pieces I have shown on the Earrings and Necklace pages, here is another simple but charming piece.  I cut the pendant out of copper sheet, rounding out the corners, filing the edges smooth, and then I stamped on "HAVE ♥ ".  Antiquing the pendant makes the stampings stand out. Then it is sealed to prevent tarnish.  Simple yet attractive.   I could make you a pendant of whatever wording you'd like.

All metal pieces have been waxed or lacquered to inhibit tarnish. 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY SHOWS in NOVEMBER

We are now gearing up for the holiday shopping season.  We will be holding two shows at our house in November.  Those dates are Nov 12th and 19th, and each runs from Noon to 5pm.  In addition to my lovely hand-crafted jewelry, we will have out some manufactured sterling silver bracelets, rings, pendants, and necklaces (nice quality) and some fine 14K gold jewelry.  Please feel free to bring your family and friends.  Plus, there's plenty of parking around here. 

If you see something at the show and wish to come back later for a private showing, that also works for us.  

STAR SAPPHIRE FROM SRI LANKA

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I bought this lovely 27 carat (1/2" by 5/8") star sapphire in Sri Lanka and had our Sri Lankan hosts make it into a ring for me.  

The "star" in the stone is created by the rutiles (fine fibers) within the stone lining up just right so that when a light is shone on the stone, it produces this lovely star.  Most "star sapphires" are six-ray stars, as this does, although in the picture one ray is blocked by the sun's reflection.  One person in our group bought a star ruby that had 12 rays to it, which is pretty rare.  Beautiful stone.

Note, though, that nice real star sapphires, even smaller ones, are not inexpensive.  However, there are plenty of "synthetic" star sapphires on the market, which cost relatively little.  If the seller is asking $10-$20, then it may or may not be a natural star.  Synthetic sapphires show a little too perfect of a star and the color is very homogenious.  

Other gemstones can have "stars" as well: garnet, quartz, and moonstone.  Some of these only have four-ray stars.

 

WYOMING GEOLOGY TRIP - BACK IN TIME

A group of 12 of us, associated with the Smithsonain Natural History Museum in DC in one way or another, got to be the guinea pigs for testing how logistics work for field trips with small groups of people.  Kirk Johnson, the director of the museum, took us on a geological field trip through parts of Wyoming.   We saw plateaus, badlands, grizzly bear droppings, and places where one could see almost all of the geological time periods since land began.  We collected fossils of the sea floor from 500 million years ago (mya) and trilobites from 520 million years ago.  (We all loved the fossil hunting.)  And, in relation to my last newsletter on fossils and fossil fuel, we saw many small oil rigs because there are places under ground where the plankton fossilized and became crude oil (i.e., fossil fuels). 

We drove up to 11,000 feet, just to the east of Yellowstone National Park, and had a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  We learned about how and when the land formations occurred.

If you go to the "WYOMING" link to the left, there is a poster of the geologic time periods, as well as the "fallen over" land formation corresponding to these different geologic times.  It started out with the precambrian 540+  million years ago and ends with current time, the anthropocene age (time of humans).  There are a lot of fun, labeled photos and then a short discussion of some of the things we saw and did.  Feel free to look at all or part of it.

Here are a few photos from the main story on the "WYOMING" link.  Check it out.

BLUE CIRCLED AREA IS WHERE WE WERE EXPLORING
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Best map I could find. It is also above the long narrative on the WYOMING page

IN WYOMING MANY LAYERS OF ROCK GOING BACK
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100's OF MILLION YEARS AGO

520 MILLION YEAR OLD TRILOBITES
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SEAWORM FOSSILS FROM 500 MILLION YEARS AGO
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The WINTWER newsletter will be published in January.

 

 

 

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