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British Columbia designer Tania Hennessy has taken recycling to a new level by combining old technology with new technology to create unexpected new designs.

Tania is originally from New Zealand, and calls her company Aroha Silhouettes (from the Maori word for unconditional love).

She  looks at old vinyl records and sees something that no one else does:  great art for great jewelry.  She sees geometric designs in negative spaces and then cuts them out of the vinyl using precision laser technology, and turns that image into necklaces and earrings.

This necklace is from the Phantasmal collection. Tania Hennessy uses laser technology to cut silhouettes from reclaimed black vinyl record which results in design illusions, in this case, a stack of books.  Below are thumbnails of other designs.

This necklace is from the Phantasmal collection. Tania Hennessy uses laser technology to cut silhouettes from reclaimed black vinyl record which results in design illusions, in this case, a stack of books. Below are thumbnails of other necklace designs.

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Toxic Toy Guide Lists Chemicals Found in Hundreds of Toys

Just in time for the holidays, http://www.healthytoys.org released its list of the worst toys to buy for children, finding that one in every three of the 1500 products tested contained unacceptable levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, or arsenic, with children’s jewelry found to be the most contaminated category.

“There is simply no place for toxic chemicals in children’s toys,” said Ecology Center’s Jeff Gearhart, who led the research.

Find out how your children’s toys ranked here:  http://www.healthytoys.org/product.using.php

If you don’t find the toy you are looking for, you can nominate it.  They will test the most requested toys.

I’ve been busy designing new pieces for the holidays over the last few months.  As those of you who have been following my work for any amount of time already know, green turquoise is one of my favorite materials, and these deliciously-veined slabs of green turquoise have been begging to be included in a necklace design ever since I got them.  How could I refuse?

Slabs of green turquoise are accented by hessonite and irridescent gold stick pearls that pick up the colors of the veining in this turquoise necklace.

Slabs of green turquoise are accented by hessonite and irridescent gold stick pearls that pick up the colors of the veining in this turquoise necklace.

Ka Gold Jewelry – Gold Jewelry, Silver Jewelry, Talismans, Spiritual Jewelry

David Weitzman’s jewelry designs are based on universal spiritual symbols, and sacred geometry.

David Weitzman's gold Flower of Life Pendant

David Weitzman's gold Flower of Life Pendant

David Weitzman commented on this post, saying, “The flower of life pendant is one of my favorites and best selling item. I feel this piece holds the secret of the whole universe. It is a cross-religion, cross-cultures symbol that can be found in many places around the world.  Enjoy it.”

Jewelry store owner adapts to market conditions

How one retailer survives in uncertain economic conditions.

5 ways Tiffany has influenced jewelry style | Books | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

“John Loring knows almost everything about Tiffany’s. Since 1979, he has written 21 books about the legendary jeweler. Yet he maintains he’s only scratched the surface. “If you saw the archives, it’s absolutely endless,” he said.”

If you are going to launch a new website devoted to jewelry what better way to start than with a review of a book about the classic work of Tiffany and Company and its contribution to jewelry in America?

A photograph from the book of gorgeous Tiffany bracelets

A photograph from the book of gorgeous Tiffany bracelets

Nearly every day I find an interesting story about a new designer, a new technique, a new tool, a new place to sell, the retail side of the business, or the impact of various markets on the prices of gems or the prices of metals.   And, of course, I want to show off my own designs from time to time.  This is a place for all things jewelry and all things creative. Welcome to my obsession.  Enjoy yourself.  Post questions or comments.  If you have a story you’d like me to post, e-mail me at: gemznbeadz at g mail dot com