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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Birthstones - Citrine & Topaz

Birthstone Color: Yellow Gold
November's gemstone, Citrine, is as warm as a Van Gogh painting of sunflowers. The name Citrine comes from an old French word, "citrin", meaning lemon. One of the more rare forms of quartz, this gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber named Madeira because of its resemblance to the red wine.

Perhaps because of its scarcity, there is little mention of Citrine used as a gemstone prior to the first century B.C. The Romans were thought to be the first to wear the yellow quartz, crafting it into cabochon, or highly polished but unfaceted cuts of stone set into jewelry. Citrine became more popular during the Romantic Period, when artisans often favored these warm colored gems to enhance gold jewelry.

Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a talisman against evil thoughts and snake venom. It was also considered to have medicinal properties and was commonly used as a remedy for urinary and kidney ailments.

Sister stone to the purple quartz known as Amethyst, Citrine crystals are found in igneous metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is believed that some Citrine may have actually begun as Amethyst, but heat from nearby molten rock changed it to the yellow form of quartz. Citrine is known to change color when subjected to heat and is routinely heated in the jewelry-making process to intensify its color. For this same reason, though, this gemstone should not be left in direct sunlight for a long time because it will permanently alter the color. Most Citrine is mined in Brazil, but other sources of the quartz are Bolivia and Madagascar.

A gift of Citrine is symbolic for hope and strength. With its sunny brightness, this gemstone is ideal for helping anyone to get through the tough times in life!

Topaz is a common gemstone that has been used for centuries in jewelry. Its golden brown to yellow color is classic but is confused with the less valuable citrine, which is sometimes wrongly sold under the name topaz. The blue topaz that is often confused with aquamarine is rarely natural and is produced by irradiating and then heating clear crystals.

Topaz is the hardest silicate mineral and one of the hardest minerals in nature. Topaz crystals can reach incredible size of several hundred pounds. Topaz can make very attractive mineral specimens due to their high luster, nice colors and well formed and multifaceted crystals.

Topaz may be colorless, yellow, orange, red, blue and green.

Parts of this post will appear on the Promotional Frenzy Team Blog at

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Events this Week - Jewish Jewelry & Kippot by Linda B

This week is busy for me.

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, I'll be participating in this live group auction at 5pm CDT.

On Sunday, November 4, come and see me at a Hanukkah Boutique
from 9a to 4p

Congregation Beth Shalom
3433 Walters
Northbrook, IL 60062

Pink Swarovski Crystal & Pearl Cluster Earrings

Wire Beaded Kippot

Blue Sodalite Gemstone Necklace Set (Sterling Silver chain) 

Topaz Swarovski November Birthstone Earrings

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Custom Orders Jewelry & Kippot Deadline

Due to personal obligations I will not be available for custom jewelry orders after October 25. Because of these constraints please order your custom pieces by October 25, so that you will have pieces in time for the holidays.

But, you can order anything in stock, but I will be unavailable to ship from Nov 9 - Nov 14.

Topaz Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Monday, October 22, 2012

FaceBook Interests - How to Add

Have you seen those FaceBook posts where you are asked to "add to interests?" Do you know where the Interests are? I didn't, so I looked around and found them. 

FaceBook interests are on your personal page on the bottom left. On your personal page, you'll see News Feed, Pages, Groups you belong to. Scroll down. 

On my personal page, the interest page is below apps. 

I've only added 2 lists so far, but now when I click a Like button, sometimes I see  "Add to interests"

Click Add Interests and you'll get a page of suggestions. 

I typed in "cats"

I liked the page and then I added it to interests, but wanted to create a new list - so it brings up this menu page for you to type in the name of your new interest page/list. 

I find it a little cumbersome, but at least now I know where the Add to Interests is. 

Hope this helps you too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I just wanted to you know I'm planning a retreat weekend, so I haven't been posting or blogging much.

I hope to be back on schedule after 10/26.

Save the date
On November 4, come see me at the Congregation Beth Shalom Gift Boutique in Northbrook.
from 9a to 4p

Congregation Beth Shalom
3433 Walters
Northbrook, IL 60062

Friday, October 12, 2012

Feline Friday

In case you missed the news, we have a guest kitty named TJ. My hubby works with his parents and they have to find a new place to live. They had 5 kittens and the mommy cat and TJ was the one no one wanted, except the family. So, we’re cat sitting so he’s no on the street for about 1 month (I hope).  TJ’s is adorable, but he’s causing quite a stir, growling and hissing on our 3 cats.
We are playing/caring for 4 cats now – 3 are ours and TJ is the guest kitten.

These cat pictures are from my phone, so they’re a bit blurry/shaky.
  tj_remote tj_remote1
Hubby says “Don’t like the cat”
tj_john fritz
Sammy (disgusted)
sammy buddy_blurry
So, that’s what’s happening at home. Have you ever fostered a cat or dog? How did it go?

Monday, October 08, 2012

Etsy Treasury & Artfire Collections Love

I’m so grateful to the curators of Etsy Treasuries and Artfire Collections who have included my work, so I’m featuring 1 of their designs.

Please take a moment to visit their shops.

Thank you!

Gift Guides: Sage & Champagne
Under $50

Khaki & Purple Hair Fascinator



Seasons First Snow Gardenia Scented Candle Tarts
t-snow candle-tarts
Apple Orchard Handwoven (Blue) Basket
t-apple basket
Coral Habitat of a Wolf Pendant
t-coral wolf

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Jewelry Photography and Craft Show Props

You may have noticed in some of my new pictures that I’m using a few new photography props. I’m also experimenting with the lighting settings on my camera and the macro mode. It’s a journey of learning how to shoot jewelry. The only thing I keep forgetting to do is writing down what I do in the pictures I take, so I can see what the results are when changing the settings.

I saw this adorable shopping cart and I knew I wanted to use it as a photography and show prop. Isn’t it cute?

Shopping cart – I love the red handle and wheels

Shopping cart with my jewelry – I think it’ll be cute for shows

Etsy Cluster Swarovski Earrings listing using the cart as a photography prop

Using a hand display to show my Skulls Multicolor Chakra Bracelet

I had some photography tips help from Crystal, Etsy Promotional Frenzy team photographer.
Here’s her Strawberry Photography Print

Her tips were to:
  • Use a tripod (check)
  • Use the timer (check)
  • Back up a little (check)
  • Change the light setting (check)

Older Photo
Scrabble Tile Pendant
Pink Jasper Focal Pearl Beaded Necklace – old photo New photo
1_old_pink_pearl 1new_pink

Someone else suggested I get a mannequin or a head to shoot my kippot. I did and I can see a difference. Sorry, I forgot who made
that suggestion, but I’m grateful.

Copper Black Hematite Kippah 
old photo
 Blue Swarovski Silver Wire Kippah New photo
old_copper_black_k 1_new_silver_k
I’ve been retaking some pictures, a little at a time for relistings in my online shops and on my Website. I can see I need to make a few tweaks in PhotoShop, but thanks to Crystal, my images are getting better.

Thanks, Crystal for all your help.