Drusy,Druse,or Druzy Gifts for Mother’s Day!


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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 .necklace_crysoprase_drusy__19008.1457561870.1280.1280necklace_long Green drusy

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.

Beautiful Thai Silver


 

bracelet_pearl_signature_detailI 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.

 

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Green Garnet Double Strand Bracelet by Pam Older Designs, Newburyport, MA

 

 

Looking Forward to 2016


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!Pam_Older_BC1

 

Pam Older Designs Opens Shop in Downtown Newburyport!


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!

A paint job and some tender loving care.
In dire need of a paint job and some tender loving care.
Blue paint and flower boxes & clean windows!
Blue paint and flower boxes & clean windows!
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Before we moved the door and built the display shelves.
This used to be a sub shop!
This used to be a sub shop!

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Raw space- so glad I kept the brick natural, it looks so much better now with the light gray trim.
Raw space- so glad I kept the brick natural, it looks so much better now with the light gray trim.

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The store is stocked and ready for business!

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Pearls for Girls- Perfect for Valentine’s Day!


Girls With Pearl Earrings

Three Months and Counting


Well I hope to be moving into my new digs and shop in about two months.The shop will be located at 42 Merrimac Street in Newburyport, MA. Come and visit and take a trip to Plum Island for a swim!

Here’s what the new space looks like now BEFORE – stay tune for the AFTER pictures!! Soon I expect to have walls, heat, water and more! For now, I’m just being patient….

The Shop

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 Construction of my new “mini” loft!

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