Stone of the Month
The month of October had two birthstones - Opal & Tourmaline
The Opal was a symbol of hope to the ancient Romans. The people of the Orient christened the Opal, ‘Anchor of Hope’. Others believed the Opal fell from the heavens when lightning stuck the Earth. According to legend, the Opal was believed to make its wearer invisible and was a popular talisman of spies and thieves. The stone has a unique property in changing color believed to indicate the health and mental state of the wearer. The October birthstone is associated with purity innocence, hope and faith. Opal strengthens the will to live. Enhancing self worth, it helps you to understand your full potential. Mentally it brings lightness and spontaneity. It encourages an interest in the arts
Tourmalines are a relatively recent discovery. Due to its recent unveiling, the stone lacks an interesting background, lore, myths and legend. This gemstone however, is known as the ‘Peace Stone’, believing to dispel anger, fear, jealousy and aggressiveness to keep the wearer calm and tranquil. Besides peace and progress, the stone is believed to enhance creativity of its wearer.
Tourmaline cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. It grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body.
I have been designing and hand making unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for over 12 years. My collection of beads and findings is always growing and I continue to take classes to learn new techniques and increase my knowledge of jewelry design. I recently joined my local Gem and Mineral Society to further my knowledge of gemstones and minerals.
I currently show and sell my jewelry and accessories at The Hub Community Center for the Arts (at the corner of Georgia and Marin Streets - Vallejo, CA), I can also be found on the second Friday of the Month at the downtown Artwalk also at the corner of Georgia and Marin Streets and on my website www.designsbypattiek.com.
I can always accommodate a friend in need of a gift or last minute event. My inspirations come from many things but mostly from the gemstones themselves. When I look at individual stones they inspire me to make something beautiful.
I redesign and re-purpose old pieces of jewelry and make some jewelry repairs (based on a free one-on–one consultation).
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it for you.