gold, pearl, and sapphire jewelry with an Art Deco flare from Nikki Lorenz Designs

Bold Gold, Pearl, and Sapphires Are a Twist on Jewelry Classics

It’s a cold and rainy Friday here and while I’m settled in doing my morning work with a hot beverage I thought I’d share these pieces with you.  Not only do I love the pic (of course I do, I took it!), but I love this earring and necklace combination from my Closed Hourglass Collection.  I love pearls in any shape or form, but what I love about these pearls is that while they are a twist on the traditional round pearl they are still timeless.  Combine that with the sapphires (also a classic jewelry pairing) and bold design and...

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loose opals for custom jewelry design from Nikki Lorenz Designs

Rainbows of Color Created by the Most Unique Gemstone, Opals!

Well, the month of October is almost over and I would be remiss in my resident gem-nerd duties if I didn’t write about opals.  So pull up a chair and get we go! Opal is one of the birthstones for October.  (The other is pink tourmaline, but that is a whole ‘nother post.) Most people know what an opal looks like, but do you know why it looks that way?  (Here comes the geeky science part.)  Opal is formed when rainwater passes through silica-rich rock and trickles down to meet a temporarily high water table.  As the water table...

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textured gold pendant earrings from Nikki Lorenz Designs

Unique Statement Earrings To Add Style to Your Favorite T-shirt

I’m a jeans-and-t-shirt kind of person.  I’ve written lots of blog posts to attest to this.  I’d link to them, but there are so many the only way to link to them would be one sentence that was “see this blog post, and this one, and this one, here’s another, don’t forget this one” etc. with all the “this’s” and “here’s” being a link to another blog post.  So, let’s avoid that craziness and you just take my word for it! Anyway, now that you understand where I’m coming from I’ll start again.   I’m a jeans-and-a-t-shirt person.  Even though I’m...

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gold pearl and sapphire earrings from Nikki Lorenz Designs

You Can't Be Blue with the Color Options for Sapphire Jewelry

Remember when you used to ask your mom who her favorite was?  Her answer was always some crap along the line of “I love you the same, you’re just very different people.” Yeah, right. As a jewelry designer and maker, I can tell you I most definitely have favorites!  Yes, all gems are beautiful in their own special way… but sapphires?  Yeah, they’re one of my favorites. Why? Sit tight, I’m gonna tell you. Sapphires come in a whole bunch of colors, not just the blue you’re used to.   Want a list?   Pink.  Purple.  Orange.  Yellow.  Green.  (I would add...

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gold, silver and garnet jewelry from Nikki Lorenz Designs

I Am in Love With All the Colors of Garnet

Wanna know what one of my favorite gemstones is? Garnet. Yep, garnet.  Why? Oh garnet, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways: 1) Rhodolite, 2)Spessartite, 3)Alamandite, 4) Pyrope, 5) Mali, 6) Demantoid, 7) Malaya, 8) Tsavorite, 9) Grossularite, 10)Hessonite, 11) Ant Hill, 12) Color-change, and 13) Star. That enough for you?  I know, that made absolutely no sense, and as you read that your brain just heard the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons, but let me explain a bit. Most gemstones have varieties.  Pink sapphire and blue sapphire, for example, are varieties of sapphire. Well, garnet has...

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gold and pearl necklaces from Nikki Lorenz Designs

The Amazing True Origin Story of the Pearl

Someone asked me the other day why I liked pearls so much.   Poor thing. I don’t think she was prepared for the glimmer in my eye or the, possibly frightening, maniacal look on my face. My quick response was:  “I’m in awe that one angry little mollusk could create something so gorgeous!” For those of you that don’t know how pearls are formed let me drop a little knowledge.   In nature, tiny little parasites bore a hole into the shell of a mollusk.  Once they get in it irritates the animal.  (I know from personal experience whether I’m physically or...

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