Drusy, druse, or druzy – they all mean tiny quartz crystals that form within or on the surface of other stones.Druse is found all over the earth, the most common being quartzdruse within voids of agates. Garnet, calcite and dolomite .
When ground water carrying dissolved silica is forced into a porous area of the rock rapid cooling can occur, causing the formation of tiny crystals on the surfaces or in cavities. The clear crystals often form on top of previously deposited minerals forming an uneven beautiful organic surface. Drusy is left natural or dyed to take on many shades.Druse jewelry has become very popular in handmade jewelry designs and my customers love it’s glittery, organic look and feel.
I use drusy to make original one of a kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings. In my Newburyport jewelry shop I have many more styles than I can possibly show online, but on this page are a few of the most popular earrings and necklaces. Perfect for Mother’s Day.
I love using Thai silver beads and pendants, one of the first materials I experimented with when I started Pam Older Designs . The Hill Tribes of Thailand consist of about 20 different tribes, including the Karen, the Hmong, and the Yao. The villages have a history of making their living through the opium trade. In recent years the Thailand government has helped them to develop their silversmithing skills to give them a new direction and a better life.
Entire families are involved with bead production. I visited some villager huts and saw the process firsthand. (Although some village men prefer offering you a “hard” drink rather than show you how the beads are made!).
My friend and I visited one such hut that was also producing handmade primitive flutes and so we drank and danced. We found you could not buy a variety of beads from a single family. Each home specializes in certain designs and they function through a bead collective through which they sell their wares. Many of their designs, especially their focal pendant charms come from the natural world, like flowers,dragonflies and shells. We ended up buying most of our silver from a bead dealer in Chiang Mai.
Thai silver contains 99.9% pure silver on average, but it can range from 92.5-99.9. In that range it is considered fine silver which is softer than Sterling. To claim an item is Sterling it is required to contain 92.5% ore that is usually mixed with 7.5% copper to make it stronger.For this reason you will see sterling silver pieces imprinted with “925”. Unlike Sterling silver which can be dipped, polished on a polishing wheel or using silver polish, fine silver is more difficult to clean. The small oxidized silver beads made by the Hill Tribes, must be cleaned very gently using an anti-tarnish cloth. I use a Sunshine Cloth. I rub the strung beads very gently over and over until the non-recessed areas are restored to a gentle gleam. Be patient it takes a long time. You can also try a little lime juice but I think the cloth works the best. test the lime juice on a small area first. Other methods tend to remove the dark oxidation that gives Thai silver its rustic, handmade look. Never have it professionally polished to a high gleam- it will lose all its character. As with all jewelry, we recommend keeping it in an airtight plastic bag to keep it from tarnishing.
Happy New Year everyone. I thought I would post three of my favorite jewelry designs from 2015. I started working on new ideas for 2016 today.Delicate things are coming back in a big way, and studs for younger women. I am bringing back an original design- my ABC hoop– haven’t had this classic earring in a while- it will look a little different! Should be ready with a new supply in a few weeks.
See you online at pamolderdesigns.com or at my new shop at 42 Merrimac Street-looking forward to a great 2016!
My new shop Pam Older Designs is finally OPEN! It has been a long cold snowy winter but we did it!
Here are some fun before and after shots of the store. Hope you will drop by and see our wares! Selling my favorite handcrafted jewelry pieces plus wonderful bedding and things I just think are fun and pretty!
Baroque,South Sea, Freshwater…love them all! The organic luster of pearls are so flattering which is why they remain classics. Just be careful to never put your pearls in contact with harsh chemicals or perfumes that may cause damage to these beauties! Here are a few of my favorites from over the years.
The first picture was of my earrings shot for The Bridal Guide Magazine.
These vermeil flower posts are one of my best selling pearl earrings.
Coin pearl topped with silver nuggets are sold exclusively in the Sundance Catalog.
One of my first signature bracelets made in 2003- I still wear it everday!
The basic loopy mini pearl earring is a customer’s favorite!
Baroque Freshwater Pearls on gold leverbacks- gorgeous peachy white tones!
This is my new sign- well it’s really just a mockup of my sign and I hope it isn’t too big! I expect to get the real sign for my new jewelry shop in Newburyport in one week! Pam Older Designs Newburyport, is located in front of Brown’s Wharf.
Check it out- a silent auction sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths. I have a few items in the auction! Just search Pamela Older and submit a bid.You might get lucky! http://www.ebay.com/usr/societyofnagoldsmiths