Classic Combination – Onyx and Snowflake Obsidian

Today I would like to feature one of my favourite gemstone combinations – glossy faceted black Onyx with lovely speckled Snowflake Obsidian.  I think these two stones were made to go together, they just seem to bring out the best in each other.  They are separated here by tiny square bright silvertone spacer beads.

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Black Onyx and Snowflake Obsidian Gemstone Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

What makes this necklace work for me is the contrasting textures of the faceted onyx and the smooth snowflake obsidian.  My three favourite jewelry design basics are contrasting shapes, mixed textures and top quality gemstones – this necklace has all three.  It also has a great feeling of balance too, which is also important in my jewelry designs.

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Onyx and Snowflake Obsidian Necklace – $46 from Big Skies Jewellery

This is the third iteration of this necklace that I have made, each one has been slightly different but the design fundamentals have been the same.  (The previous two versions however both sold before I was able to share them here!)

I have just listed this necklace in my Etsy shop; if you would like to see this and other beautiful gemstone pieces, please do come and visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bigskiesjewellery

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Snowflake Obsidian and Onyx Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery

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Don’t Be Scared of Colour!

Creative Colour Combinations

Don’t be afraid to try out new colours and colour combinations, you may just be surprised by how effective an unexpected colour choice can look.  Accessories are a perfect way to experiment with different colour ideas and trends.

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Gemstone Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

This new gemstone necklace design in emerald-green, black and cream is probably not a colour combination you see very often, but I think the result looks so elegant and sophisticated. The gemstones featured are a sparkly faceted green oval agate focal bead, glossy round black onyx beads and cream coral beads that have been irregularly planed on their surface.

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Agate, Onyx and Coral Necklace – $38 from Big Skies Jewellery

This necklace design is perfect to wear with a variety of wardrobe options – over a polo neck sweater, under a collared blouse, with a plain black scoop-necked T – the choices are many.

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Green, Black and Cream Gemstone Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

Perhaps also think about the colours of the clothes you already have in your wardrobe too, maybe there are some new combinations you could put together to give existing clothes a new lease of life!

Most importantly, just have fun and play with colour!

 

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Happiness is…..a Black and Yellow Necklace

I love this new necklace design – it makes me feel happy.  I can’t help smiling when I look at it.  For me, this is happiness in necklace form!

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Onyx and Jade Necklace – $40 from Big Skies Jewellery

There is something so cheerful about the glossy onyx petals combined with sunshine yellow jade. The colours remind me of big fluffy bumble bees….another image which makes me smile.

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I also love dramatic colour combinations……they appeal to the drama queen in me!  I have a woollen scarf/snood in this yellow colour and I love to wear it with all black.

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Black Onyx and Yellow Jade Necklace – $40 from Big Skies Jewellery

Find this necklace and other colourful and unique gemstone necklaces in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bigskiesjewellery

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New Bracelet Designs (with ergonomics in mind)

I love to wear bracelets, but I find that with having a computer-based job I often have to take them off when I am using the computer mouse, as the bracelet rubs between my wrist and the desk…. 

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I have therefore designed the bracelets shown here specifically with office ergonomics in mind – but they of course can also be enjoyed by anyone who prefers a more delicate style of bracelet 🙂

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 View these gemstone bracelets and other handmade gemstone jewellery online at Big Skies Jewellery’s Etsy store.

Jewellery Making – Behind the Scenes Peak – “The Bead Stash”

All beaded jewellery makers have a “bead stash“.  Here is the most treasured portion of mine – my gemstone bead boxes.

 
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Red Coral, Blue Quartz, Turquoise, Agate and Blue Imperial Jasper

 

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Amethyst, Tigers Eye, AgateAventurine, Amazonite, Labradorite and Malachite

   Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone

 

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Onyx and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Agate and Onyx

 

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Turquoise Howlite – in all shapes and sizes

 

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White and Cream Howlite, Lemon Quartz and various sizes and shapes of Crystals

 

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Rose Quartz, Coral, Garnet, Agate and Cherry Quartz

 

Onyx, Quartz, Hematite, Blue Goldstone, Snowflake Obsidian and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Blue Goldstone, Grey Quartz, Hematite, Onyx, Agate and Snowflake Obsidian

 

These are a sight that literally make my heart sing….. having them all lined up like this, I feel like a kid standing in front of the pick ‘n’ mix at a sweetie store.  (It does also make me think that I may possibly have too many beads…….these are just the gemstones……)

See the finished jewellery pieces in my Etsy shop!

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Gemstone Folklore & Legends – Onyx

Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, was resting by the Indus River when her son, Cupid, came along and used the point of one of his enchanted arrows to give his mother a manicure while she slept. With the nail clippings in his hands, he joyfully flew up into the sky, but with all of his happiness and excitement, he accidentally dropped the clippings and they fell into the river. As nothing of heavenly origin could die, the nail clippings were turned into onyx. The name “onyx” comes from the Greek meaning “fingernail or claw”.

Venus Disarming Cupid - by Francois Boucher 1751

Venus Disarming Cupid – by Francois Boucher 1751

 

Onyx Jewellery at Big Skies Jewellery

At Big Skies Jewellery I love onyx and work with it all the time.  Shown below are some examples of my exclusive designs, available in the Big Skies Jewellery store on Etsy, which incorporate this lovely and versatile gemstone. 

Onyx and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings with Rhinestone in Silver Rondelles

Onyx and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings – these will go with everything – only $10.99

Baroque Black and Gold Brass, Baroque Pearl, Onyx and Pyrite Necklace

Onyx, Bronze Baroque Shell Pearl, Pyrite and Brass Gemstone Necklace – $45.00

   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Turquoise and Faceted Onyx Gemstone Adjustable Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace
Turquoise Howlite and Faceted Black Onyx Adjustable Choker Necklace – only $18.00

  

 

If you have onyx jewellery and would like to read about how to care for it, please click here.

 

 

 

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How To Care For Your Gemstone Jewellery – Onyx

As with most things in life, a little TLC goes a long way – and your gemstone jewellery should be no exception.

This month we are looking at how to keep your onyx gemstone jewellery looking tip-top!

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To keep onyx jewellery looking it’s best it should be cleaned occasionally. Contact with skin and chemicals can begin to soil and discolour the stone. The stones gradually develop a matte covering of accumulated gunk! You probably won’t notice it until you take a good hard look close up, and then you will see exactly what I mean…. 

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How To Clean Your Onyx Gemstone Jewellery

Cleaning your onyx gemstone jewellery is a simple process but does require a little care –  as always when handling jewellery, softly softly please!

Things You’ll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda

Instructions

  1. Clean the onyx with a soft cloth only. Add a small amount of water to aid in scrubbing away any dirt or build-up on the stone.
  2. Add a small amount of dish soap to the water to clean especially difficult stains.
  3. If your onyx jewellery is in a setting, clean the setting with a paste made from baking soda and water. Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 3 oz. of water to form a paste the consistency of glue.
  4. Allow the paste to sit on the silver for 5 minutes before wiping it off with a clean damp cloth.

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And that’s it, you’re done! 🙂

If you have turquoise gemstone jewellery that needs cleaning, read how to care for it here.

If you would like to see what handmade onyx gemstone jewellery I have available for sale, please click here.

Discover the Power of Black – with Gemstone Jewellery

Stop and think about all the ways negativity can hold you back. Wouldn’t you rather be filled with positive energy? Think of what can be achieved with a positive frame of mind and a positive outlook.

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Did you know that you can use gemstone jewellery to help you achieve this? Two gemstones which have particular power in defending you against negativity and dispelling negative energy are black tourmaline and black onyx.

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Black Onyx Bead Strings

Discover the power of black gemstones….

Black Tourmaline / Schorl

Black Tourmaline crystal is a powerful gemstone for protection against negative energy of all kinds, and it will protect the wearer. It is a very good gemstone to wear when you’re experiencing any kind of stress – and who of us is not stressed!?!

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Black Tourmaline Facet Cut Bead

Regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in, black tourmaline will help you create a positive attitude and mindset. It will be a positive force for good in your life. Emotionally, black tourmaline is excellent for bringing stability.

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Black Tourmaline, Pyrite and Carnelian Necklace

Rub black tourmaline for luck and happiness. This is a powerful stone and a very lucky stone. When the tourmaline is rubbed it becomes charged with magnetic electricity and the luck intensifies.

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Rough Black Tourmaline

Onyx

Onyx is strongly associated with protection, and can be used to deflect or absorb the negative energy of others. It is a good gemstone for protection from negative forces and influences, and will defend you against negativity directed towards you.

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Black Onyx Tooth and Lemon Jade Necklace

Onyx is used to assist in letting go of a specific person, place or thing – it helps people overcome emotional upheavals associated with change, and helps lessen emotional intensity.

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Black Onyx and Gunmetal Rhinestone Bead Necklace

It is also considered to be a strong “grounding” stone, helping you focus your thoughts and concentrate on specific tasks.

Have a look at the gemstone jewellery in the Big Skies Jewellery Etsy shop, which lists the gemstone necklaces featured here and many other beautiful gemstone pieces. Gemstones not only add visual beauty to your life through jewellery, their hidden properties and powers can also help you out, in so many other weird and wonderful ways – I will be exploring these uses in future posts.

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Say no to negativity with some black gemstone jewellery – and look fabulous in the process!