Showing posts from 2012

The Science of Gemstones

Crisp, cool fall weather is here and the trees are almost bare here in the mid-western USA, which means a lot of us who live in cool winter climates will be spending more time indoors.  Many of us are baking cookies and other yummy delicacies to share with our holiday visitors or to serve at family gatherings.    Winter is also a good time to study and learn about our varied interests.  Gemstones have always been a passion for me and I'm always hungry for more knowledge about them.  I spend many hours researching different precious and semi-precious stones for the Gemstone Forum I moderate at  Providing valuable content for the members there has been a huge learning experience for me.  Last week, as I was researching an unusual gemstone, I found a sweet treat that I want to share with you.

Barbara Smigel, who is an Emeritus Professor at College of Southern Nevada, is offering a series of her college lessons online and the entire course is absolutel…

Swarovski Crystal Color Charts and Other Options

Welcome, readers!

This blog post will actually be a reference page where SilverTrove customers can come to select the Swarovski Crystal colors they would like on their jewelry.   As of this writing, my Sterling Silver Calligraphy Script Name Necklaces come with the option to choose Swarovski Elements crystal beads on each side of the name where it is attached to the chain, adding extra sparkle and color.  The other option would be to order an all sterling silver necklace without the crystals.

Below are two partial Swarovski Crystal color charts. You can view a complete Swarovski Crystal color chart with close-ups of each crystal here:  Swarovski Color Chart 2012   You'll find several new colors that aren't shown on the charts below.
Pearls are another option.  Swarovski makes beautiful crystal pearls in several sizes an many colors too. You can view the Swarovski Crystal Pearl color chart here: Swarovski Crystal Pearl Color Chart

All of these colors come in the bicone-shaped …

My new Sterling Silver Caligraphy Script Cuff Bracelets are here!

By popular demand, I have designed a new personalized sterling silver cuff bracelet available for custom orders now at SilverTrove on Etsy! Ultra feminine and super stylish wrist wear, in my exclusive Calligraphy Script style, that shows the world who you are. Have you ever been invited to a party, shopped for the perfect outfit and jewelry to express your individuality? Shopping for a new fashionable look is half the fun of being invited to the party and it just makes you feel so good to know you are going to look absolutely stunning. Then on the night of the party, you make your grand entrance only to see someone else wearing the same thing!!! The shock and horror of seeing someone else wearing your shoes, jewelry or clothes can turn a great night into a night of embarrassment and regret. A fashion catastrophe like that can turn a social diva into a wall flower. It's and unpleasant experience that can stick with you for years and make you a little gun shy about going to…

SilverTrove on TV!

SilverTrove jewelry was featured in a segment called "Jennifer's Favorite Finds" in Saint Louis MO, channel 5 KSDK at 12:30 pm CST 08/21/2012.  You can watch a video of the segment here:  The host, Jennifer Woodall, models one of my large size Calligraphy Script Name Necklaces on the show.  My thanks to Jennifer for showcasing my jewelry!!

Exciting News for SilverTrove!

On August 21st at 12:30pm, my jewelry will be on a TV show broadcast in the St. Louis, MO area. The show is called 'Show Me St. Louis' and my jewelry will be featured in a segment called 'Jennifer's Favorite Finds.' There are links to recent episodes of the segment on Jennifer's web site.  This link should get you directly to the Press page:  The most recent episodes will be at the bottom of the page in the right hand column and titled 'Jennifer's Favorite Finds'. Check back there after August 21st to see the segment featuring SilverTrove jewelry.  I'll try to re-post when it's live online.

Needless to say, I am VERY EXCITED!!! I was hoping for maybe a magazine but a TV show? I am still pinching myself!

SilverTrove Giveaway!

SilverTrove Designs is having a giveaway! In conjunction with a YouTube review by , I am giving away one of my Sterling Silver Calligraphy Script Initial Pendants with Birthstone Charm and 18" Chain like the ones below! Find out how to win on my Events page here:

Good luck!!

SilverTrove April News

I love working with silver and gemstones to create beautiful and timeless pieces of art jewelry for you. I am also very passionate about protecting the environment and the people and animals who live within it, especially when it comes to the mining industry and the materials I work with. I search out ethically obtained silver, gemstones and other materials and recycle whenever possible. I am meticulous about properly handling and disposing of the chemicals and other waste that can't be recycled and I use natural products whenever they are practical and available. The world we live in and the creatures we share it with are affected by everything we do and every choice we make. My goal is to do no harm and give back to the environment as it gives to me each day.

In that spirit, I am a huge supporter of Earthworks and everything they are doing to clean up the mining industry by raising awareness and changing policies. Most of us are unaware of the scope of damaging effects the …