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The World's 5 Best Selling Gemstones Posted on 11 Dec 17:37Are you a fan of handmade gemstone jewelry? In this post, we explore the world's 5 best selling gemstones, and the jewelry I have created with them.
The Quartz Family Posted on 01 Sep 07:55
Quartz is one of the most plentiful minerals on the planet. Humans have been using quartz in jewelry for thousands of years. Read on to learn more about the colors of Quartz.
Members of the quartz family may look different but they are essentially made up of the same elements, silicon and oxygen. They crystallize in the trigonal crystal system and they differ mostly in the size of their crystals.
Amethyst, February Birthstone and Gemstone of Royalty Posted on 04 Feb 07:57Amethyst is the Zodiacal Stone for Aquarius and the birthstone for the month of February. Amethyst was the most prized member of the quartz family for centuries and was considered as an equal to ruby, emerald and sapphire.
Garnet, A Rainbow of Colors and the January Birthstone Posted on 26 Jan 13:08
Garnet is the birthstone of January and to Zodiacal stone for Capricorn. Garnet comes in a rainbow of colors, each with a different name. Some are abundant, and some are very very rare.
Peridot, The Other Green Gemstone Posted on 17 Jan 07:49Peridot, the August birthstone, is one of the few untreated gemstones and has been used in jewelry for centuries. In fact, the famous Cleopatra emeralds are believed to have been peridot.
Shop Ultra Violet, Color of the Year, at PZM Designs Posted on 07 Jan 10:20Pantone has just announced Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year! PZM Designs has always loved this color and you can find it right here in our little shop.
5 Gifts Under $50 for the Fashionista in Your Life Posted on 17 Nov 08:485 gifts under $50 for the fashionista in your life. We have the jewelry shopping list for you, with free shipping in the domestic US.
What is a Circle Shrug? Posted on 30 May 15:52
Crochet Circle Shrugs
The first question: What is a shrug? My interpretation of it, is a sweater that goes over your back and arms and stays open in the front and sometimes, depending on the style, shrugs can be closed in the front with a button or your favorite shrug pin. My shrugs are all hand crocheted and conceptualized by me.
The circle shrug begins as a small circle in the center of the back which increases as the circle gets bigger and bigger. The sleeves are off-set so that the garment can be longer, or shorter in the back, depending on how you wear it.
Depending on the final weight that you want your shrug to be, the choice of yarn is endless. Sometime I like to make them all one color with a decorative edging of a different yarn, or even a fancy, furry yarn. If I use a finer gauge yarn, the shrug will have a transparent effect. These are great for warmer climates.
I can put patterns in the circles for more interest like in this silk mohair shrug.
If I use a bulky yarn, it will keep you warm and toasty, in style. I even have shrugs with sequins that twinkle in the light.
Sometimes I like to use yarns of different textures and colors. The sleeves can be long, with a slight bell, or a bracelet friendly length and sometimes I trim the edges in a colorful faux fur. The longer sleeves can be turned up for an adorable cuff style.
The really fun thing about these shrugs is that you can wear them in a short length with an oversized shawl collar, or flip them over and wear them long with a shorter collar.
Whimsical and eclectic, these shrugs are not for the shy. They make a statement! Check out my website for more choices: www.pzmdesigns.com
Luxury Silk and Kid Mohair Shrugs and Sweaters Posted on 17 May 14:50
Because I am obsessed with knitting and crochet, I find myself working on a project every night, as I unwind from my hectic day. And the thing that I really enjoy is creating garments in luxury yarns. One of my favorite yarns is a blend of silk and kid mohair, 70 percent kid mohair and 30 percent silk.
The yarn itself is very, very thin, with a halo of fine fibers around each strand. This yarn accepts dyes, very well and I can find it in all my favorite colors. And the best thing about it is that it is warm without being heavy. And contrary to many beliefs, this yarn is not scratchy.
Silk and kid mohair blend yarn is also perfect for lace patterns and shows off intricate stitches really well.
My favorite garments to make are my shrugs and boleros. They are my own original designs and are usually knit in one piece, with the only seam being the arm seam. The design covers the upper back and arms and keeps you warm without the weight. Sing the yarn is so thin, the garment is transparent and is a very flattering accessory to dress up any outfit.
These lace shrugs feature an over-sized trim which is all hand crocheted and compliment to lace pattern of the body of the shrug, which is knit.
The other style of sweater that I make from the silk mohair is a little cardigan, which come just to the waist. I use a plain, stockinet stitch (knit one row, purl one row) to show off the beauty of the yarn and it is also transparent. The front of this cardigan closes in the center front and can be left open or closed with a shrug pin.
Both styles of these shrugs have bracelet friendly sleeves, and are so soft and light, that they can easily be rolled up and stashed in your bag, in case the air gets cool.
The care of these garments is very easy. You can just hand wash your shrugs in cool soapy water, rinse well. You should roll it in a towel (do not wring) and lay it flat to dry. You should never iron the silk mohair.
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