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Stone of June:
The pearl has been known as a stone of sincerity,
bring truth to situations and loyalty to a cause.
It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior,
and to provide a reflection of the self such that
one may see the manner in which one appears to
others. Zodiac signs: Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab).
Rhodochrosite - Colorado gem
Rhodochrosite (whose name is derived from the Greek word
meaning rose-colored) is a very attractive mineral with an
absolutely one-of-a-kind, beautiful color, its ornamental and
display qualities make it a very popular mineral. The color of
a single crystal can just astound the observer with its vivid
pink-rose color that seems to be transmitted out of the
crystal as if lit from within. Impure specimens can more often
be shades of pink to pale brown, the streak is white, it is
transparent to translucent.
Identification of rhodochrosite is fairly easy despite a few
similarly colored minerals such as rhodonite. Rhodonite is
harder and has different cleavage; but perhaps the best
distinguishing factor is its lack of reaction to acids.
It was first described in 1813 in reference to a sample from
Cavnic, Maramures, present-day Romania. According to
Dimitrescu and Radulescu, 1966 and to Papp, 1997, this
mineral was described for the first time in Sacaramb,
Romania, not in Cavnic, Romania.
There are many localities for rhodochrosite that are of great
reknown. Beyond a doubt, the best locality for rhodochrosite
is the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado. It is unmatched for
its superb rhodochrosite crystals that exhibit the best
features of the species; a fine bright rose color and sharp
well formed crystals. Some specimens from here are quite
large and of world class distinction.
Full article on rhodochrosite
Four years with you!
MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter is FOUR! Our website is dedicated
to gemstone and beaded jewelry. Except the on-line store where
Zoya Gutina presents her jewelry pieces, you can find there a
lot of useful information just for reading and viewing. Enjoy!
some articles and stories about jewelry and jewelry making, gemstones,
pearls, beads and beadwork, and their history
explains common words and basic definitions for the frequently-used
beadwork and jewelry terms, that you may encounter as you shop beaded jewelry
• Jewelry Making
there are not only free jewelry making tutorials on beading techniques
and projects, but also bead artists' interviews and their stories about making jewelry
• Jewelry Facts
some interesting facts about jewelry, beads, gemstones and birthstones,
zodiac sings, etc.
• Beadwork Galleries
the best examples of beads and beadwork made by our friends
(more than 100 galleries - get inspired!)
Fashion Colorworks 2011. Finalists
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest is coming to the
end! 10 finalists in each of three categories are already
juried, and People's Choice Award voting is open! Make
you choice, score finalists and help us choose the winner!
All entries are awesome, but strong jurors are doing
their best scoring beautiful beadworks. The next stage
has already started, when the winners will be determined,
including People's Choice Award Winner. Choose your
favorite, but hurry up, June 30 is the last day!
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest - Finalists
Bead painting by Douglas Johnson
Working with micro-sized glass beads, Doug Johnson from
Newburyport (Massachusetts, USA) creates landscapes,
still lifes', and thematic works of art, which are,
indeed an innovative evolution in fine arts and can be
best described as "bead painting."
When viewing his work from a distance, his pieces
appear to be fine art paintings. Close up reveals
faceted patterns that create impressionistic images,
comprised of thousands of beads. These micro-sized
beads are woven onto a complex loom - custom designed
by the artist himself.
A composer, musician and songwriter, Doug began his
fine craft over thirty years ago, and has over 200
pieces to his credit. Some of Doug's work has been
commissioned by and displayed in corporate lobbies
of such companies as Fidelity Investment, as well as
Some of Doug's fine and unique works include larger
canvasses, capturing some famous landmark sites such
as Rowe's Wharf, and most recently Fenway Park (as
viewed from the Green Monster wall).
Other works demonstrate his whimsical interpretation
of Cocktails Anyone? where all the guests are on
their cell phones, his statement on today's
communications. On occasion, Doug does live weaving
demonstrations, usually at galleries in which he is
We hope you will plan to view some of Doug's works
and see how he does it. We are confident you will
find it to be a unique confluence of fine arts
and fine artisan crafts. You can see some of the
Doug's works in our gallery and all of them by
visiting his website.
Article by Douglas Johnson on his art
Bead paintings by Douglas Johnson
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 20-23, 2011
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the Original
of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs:
• The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
• The State Street Area Art Fair
• The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair
Together, the fairs attract over 500,000 attendees from across the nation.
The Original Fair was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by
AmericanStyle magazine readers survey (October 2004) and has made the Top
Ten Fairs and Festivals list every year since.
The mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for
contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that
connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to
their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.
The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the
University of Michigan's Central Campus, amidst elegant architecture
and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, including the landmark
Burton Carillon Tower.
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