Jewelry made of various stones and metals has been with us since the dawn of time, evolving over the centuries to meet the needs of modern life. However, no matter how urban we are, we cannot drift away from nature. After all, the metals and stones used in jewelry are an integral part of the natural world. As a jewelry designer, I am deeply inspired by the beauty of nature in the mountains that surround me in Colorado. To express my inspiration, I create jewelry with a variety of natural stones complemented with silver or copper.
Wearing stone jewelry will make you feel in sync with nature. I believe stones are beautiful reminders of the gorgeous world around us. Every necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings I create is a unique piece of art incorporating the colors and patterns of each individual stone.
In this blog, I would like to give you a brief introduction to some of my most popular stones.
The 8 Most Popular Natural Stones I Use In My Jewelry
- Aquamarine: The legendary origin of Aquamarine is that it was found in mermaids' treasure chests, making it renowned as a lucky stone for sailors. Its name is derived from the Latin words for "water" and "sea". Aquamarine is March's birthstone and used to celebrate your 19th wedding anniversary. The Aquamarine I use is a beautiful natural stone with swirling pale blue colors of both translucent and opaque qualities. Aquamarine is Colorado’s state gemstone - a perfect match for the wide expanse of blue skies across the state! You can see these subtle characteristics in my Blue Sky Solitaire Necklace and Aquamarine Hammered Silver Sticks.
- Amethyst: This beautiful natural stone is a violet translucent variant of quartz in its natural form. There are shades of purple, violet, mauve and lavender in this stone. Amethyst is the birthstone of February and it makes a strong statement on the beauty of nature. Over the years, I have worked with amethyst stone in all shades and patterns and have designed several popular amethyst jewelry pieces including my Amethyst Pendulum Lariat Necklace, Amethyst Stacked Pendulums, Amethyst Solitaire Necklace, and Amethyst Curves.
- Emerald: A precious gemstone valued for its green colors, Emeralds contain trace amounts of chromium and vanadium, which give them their beautiful shades of green. Emeralds are the birthstone of May and the stone for 20th wedding anniversaries. They can be worn at all times of the year, and are especially perfect for the holidays. Emerald hoop earrings, emerald sparkles, emerald columns, and emerald necklace are a few beautiful emerald jewelry pieces I have designed to show off this sparkling natural stone.
- Tiger Eye: This gemstone is a shiny metamorphic rock with natural shades of brown, gold, and red. The natural brown shades offer a boho and rustic look to your jewelry style. The shiny stones with a golden tinge and shades of brown also offer the required elegance. You can see some mesmerizing tiger eye necklaces and earrings I designed with copper. Interestingly there are also blue Tiger Eye Stones. I have used for earrings crafted on silver, which is a rare piece of jewelry.
- Rhodochrosite: Naturally found in crystalline forms with various shades of pink and tan, this stone is largely comprised of manganese carbonate. The natural shades of pink offer feminine colors such as rose red, cherry red, baby pink, raspberry pink, blush and so on. Rhodochrosite stones make a stunning piece of jewelry. Rhodochrosite is the state mineral of Colorado – and like Colorado, Rhodochrosite is synonymous with courage, passion and fortitude. Rhodochrosite Pendulum Lariat Necklaces and Earrings, Rhodochrosite Hoop Curves, and Rhodochrosite Hammered Sticks are the most popular pieces I have created with this unique natural stone.
- Ruby: Like diamonds, Rubies need to be cut and shaped to show their sparkle. These stones are a part of the earth’s crust and are deep red in color. The shine and sparkle of this precious gemstone looks stunning! Ruby is the birthstone of July and is the 40th wedding anniversary stone. The red color of Ruby makes it a perfect choice for the holiday season! You will love the sparkle of my red raspberries ruby earrings and necklace.
- Sapphire: The name Sapphire is derived from a Greek word meaning blue. Interestingly, Rubies and Sapphires belong to the same family of corundum minerals and are found together. All red corundum minerals are Rubies, while all remaining colors of corundum are Sapphires. For my jewelry, I use blue Sapphires with a diamond-cut for a glittering sparkle! Sapphires are September’s birthstone and used to celebrate 45th wedding anniversaries. Check out my Sparkling Sapphire Earrings and Necklace - perfect for any occasion!
- Lapis Lazuli: Lapis Lazuli was one of the first gemstones ever to be worn as jewelry - found in excavations dating back to 2900 B.C. This popular natural stone ranges from light or bright blue to very deep indigo blue. The special twinkle of Lapis Lazuli comes from Pyrite embedded in the stone. My most recent Pendulum design includes beautiful Lapis Lazuli stones - check out my Lapis Lazuli Pendulum Lariat Necklace and the matching Lapis Lazuli Stacked Pendulums.
If nature is the inspiration behind my jewelry design, it has to be 100% natural and organic. All of my jewelry is hypoallergenic and nickel-free. Most of my jewelry is designed with sterling silver, tarnish resistant Argentium® – The Finest Silver or earthy copper. The next time you are looking for beautiful handcrafted natural stone jewelry, you can explore my exclusive natural stone jewelry designs.