Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale,

Oh golly gee dorkblog followers I have been a bad blogger!I have been having a sale in my shop for quite a bit and I don't think I mentioned it. Today for Cyber Monday I am offering freeshipping to US and Canada if you use the code 'holiday' and 15% off until midnight tonight!
AND, because I neglected you my wonderful blog followers, if you send me a message mentioning the blog I will enclose a free gift! I will try to make it a little something to go along with your purchase or if nothing fits one of my handmade glass or scrabble tile pendants! What a bargain. So go! Quick! Shop! <3 Dork


Monday, November 15, 2010

So what is....rutilated and tourmalinated quartz?

If you are a dork follower, of either this blog or a Dorkorama jewelry customer, you are probably used to seeing some of the unique stones I love to use, but maybe you are wondering, "whattheheckisthat?" I am going to attempt to answer that question, in the easiest, least convoluted way possible. I am not a gemstone expert by any stretch of the imagination, so I may make mistakes here, I am open to learning.! Please feel free to let me know.
Today i am going to focus on Gold and Copper Rutilated Quartz and Tourmalinated Quartz.. Normally quartz, are preferrable if they are  free of inclusions and usually it's pureness, transparency, and color (smoky, lemon, yaddayadda) determine the quality and the name. The stones I love most throw those old rules out the window. Rutilated Quartz, and Tourmalinated Quartz both are enhanced by what is included within them. The clearness and clarity are still desirable, but mostly to enhance the visibility of the inclusions.

Rutilated Quartz or Rutile Quartz: Also called Venus Hair Stone and Cupid's Darts. Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth, and when it meets another mineral, sometimes they will hit it off and in Jersey Shore terms "Get it in". When this happens and it's icky, we call it an inclusion and it makes the stone less desirable.
But when it is titanium dioxide it is called Rutile and also can be really freakin' gorgeous. The color can vary from gold to orange and copper red. It will usually be listed as either Gold or Copper Rutilated Quartz depending on the color or if mixed by the dominant one or simply called mixed rutile quartz.
Mixed Rutile, Sterling Silver Suspension Necklace

Copper Rutilated 14K Gold-filled Necklace

Oxidized Sterling Silver Gold Rutile Quartz Necklace

A friend and I recently were pondering why they have stopped calling them venus hair stone, it sounds so lovely! But then we thought of the venus hair razor for ladies, and how it even come in gold, red and black, just like leg hair! The black hairs are of course,

Tourmalinated Quartz is kind of easy to pick apart once you understand what rutilated quartz is. Tourmalinated meaning that the inclusions within the quartz are black tourmaline. This one shares the same nicknames as the others, it only varies by what is inside. I absolutely LOVE this stone. It's bold black splashes and spikes never fail to inspire me. It is so graphic, and yet abstract. Even the lower grade stuff, normally the B or C grade with snowy opaque crystal still looks super cool! It also goes so well with the antiqued silver I love!
Interconnect Necklace, Tourmalinated Quartz Sterling Silver

Blizzard Necklace, Tourmalinated Quartz Oxidized Sterling

Tourmalinated Quartz Earrings-KA-POW

 Well there! We learned something and I worked in some shameless promotion, not bad! Now with your new knowledge you can discuss the difference between the two and make strangers think you are a professor or something! Next time I will get into the Mossy's Moss Amethyst and Moss Aquamarine! And hey we only had one mention of Snooki! <3 Dork

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Free shipping in November? Ohnoshedinit!

Gosh I have been slacking on the blogging, eh? I have an excuse though, a good one! I have been in full on creating frenzy for the holidays! So busy in fact I forgot to share with y'all the holiday shipping special I was having! For the whole month of November, free shipping to US and Canada on the whole kit and caboodle! Buy one thing-or 62-they all ship free. Heck, if you buy 62 items I may hand deliver them! HERE'S THE CATCH--you have to enter the code 'holiday' when you check out. That's it! And there is a visual reminder in the Artfire shop, but I don't want you to miss out!
So short post yes, but I leave with pictures of new and upcoming...<3  ~Dork