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Birthstone: July - Ruby

illustration: Dream Marginalia

"Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love." - American Gem Society

In honor of the July birthstone, we’re looking into the qualities of the ruby.

Identification

Color: “In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colorless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby’s red, which ranges from an orangy red to a purplish red.

The strength of ruby’s red depends on how much chromium is present—the more chromium, the stronger the red color. Chromium can also cause fluorescence, which adds to the intensity of the red color.” - GIA

Mohs Hardness: 9.0 Mohs

History

“Ruby is one of the most historically significant colored stones. Rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible, in association with attributes like beauty and wisdom. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones".

Ruby has accumulated a host of legends over the centuries. People in India believed that rubies enabled their owners to live in peace with their enemies. In Burma (a ruby source since at least 600 AD—now called Myanmar), warriors possessed rubies to make them invincible in battle. However, it wasn’t enough to just wear the rubies. They had to insert them into their flesh and make them part of their bodies.” - GIA

Possessing a ruby was considered to be beneficial to the owner’s lands and estates, aiding in the accumulation of wealth, protection of holdings and acquisition of other precious stones.

Some other talismanic properties assigned this stone had to do with protection. If worn on the left, (the side of the heart,) this blood colored stone was thought to allow the owner/wearer to live in peace and concord with all men, that neither his land nor rank would be taken from him, and that he would be preserved from all perils. Not only this, but the stone would also guard his house, orchards and vineyards from storms.” - Gem Society

Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties

Physically, rubies are thought to energize and balance, stimulate heart chakra and encourage a passion for life, but never in a self destructive way.

Emotionally, it is believed that rubies improve motivation and the setting of goals. They promote positive dreams and clear visualization and aid in retaining wealth and passion. They bring up negative anger in order for change and removal. They also promote dynamic leadership. They bring a positive and courageous state of mind- one that is sharp, hyper aware and concentrated.” - Jewels for Me







Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco & Seattle



 
Heading back out to the west coast this week for Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco AND Seattle for the Summer West Coast Tour! Both fairs showcase the best in modern craft and design and I’m thrilled to be participating. For both weekends, I’ll have some of my favorite pieces for summer so swing by and see me!  

Renegade San Francisco will feature 200+ vendors at the the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion on July 16 and 17 for a weekend of music, food, DIY workshops, breathtaking views of the Bay. I’ll be at Booth #93 on both days.  

The weekend after, find me at Renegade Seattle hosted at the Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. The fair will be open from July 23 and 24 and will feature 150+ vendors plus music, food, DIY,  and more. Ill be holding it down in booth #25. See you there

Community: Young America Creative

Young America Creative (YAC) has been on my radar for a while — I set up beside them at many of the west coast shows I’ve participated in, and friends have had their seasonal prints hanging on their walls for years. YAC is Brian Friel and Meghan Dorria, both formally trained architects and friends who collaborate on some pretty awesome architecture projects in addition to their series of Seasonal Fruit and Veggie posters.

I am pretty interested in local seasonal eating so these prints are right up my alley.  Thanks to the global food industry, most of us don't know anything about what is in season, because a lot of our produce comes from half way across the world, and sit in shipping containers for weeks or months! Seasonal fruits are better tasting and more nutritious, and eating seasonally often means eating locally grown foods, which is good for the environment, supports small farmers, cuts down on pollution from shipping and trucking food, and in-season foods save you money! Alright, enough from my soap box and back to the prints...

Each poster provides a detailed list of the fruits and vegetables that are in season each month providing easy answers to “what’s should I be buying at the farmer’s market?” Along with their functional value as produce guides, they’re beautiful to look at with crisp inks and foil-pressed illustrations. This combination of utilitarian and art makes these environmentally-minded prints truly special pieces.  

FRUIT & VEGETABLE poster

FRUIT & VEGETABLE poster

Limited Edition Fruit & Vegetable Poster

 

Images via YAC and Touch of Modern

 

 

Tiny Home Love

fail STUDIOS

It’s no secret that I am an avid tiny home and small space fan—I designed and built fail's studio right at home in my backyard. With Dwell on Design happening later this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my favorites and daydream about moonlighting as tiny house designers.

Outbuilding of the Week: Tiny Cabins in Dark and Light via Gardenista

The Architect Is In: Container as Guest House by Potent Architects via Remodelista

Portable House by Ábaton Arquitectura

Bestie Row via Lighter Side of Real Estate

 

Birthstones: June - Pearl

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“For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your grandmother’s traditional strand of pearls.” - American Gem Society

In honor of the June birthstone, we’re diving into the qualities of the pearl.  

Identification

Color: Pearls can occur in a wide variety of colors with the most familiar being white and cream. Black, gray, and silver are also fairly common, but the palette of pearl colors extends to every hue. The main color, or bodycolor, is often modified by additional colors called overtones, which are typically pink (sometimes called rosé), green, purple, or blue. Some pearls also show the iridescent phenomenon known as orient. - GIA

Mohs Hardness: 2.5-4

History

People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for thousands of years. A Chinese historian recorded the oldest written mention of natural pearls in 2206 BC. As the centuries progressed toward modern times, desire for natural pearls remained strong. Members of royal families as well as wealthy citizens in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere treasured natural pearls and passed them from generation to generation. - GIA

The most historically important source for fine natural pearls is the Persian Gulf, where pearl oysters were once found in great abundance off the coast and islands of present day Bahrain. The creamy white pearls from these oysters are still considered the finest natural pearls in the world and command premium prices. - Department of Geological Sciences at UT Austin

The first steps toward pearl culturing occurred hundreds of years ago in China, and Japanese pioneers successfully produced whole cultured pearls around the beginning of the twentieth century. These became commercially important in the 1920s (about the same time natural pearl production began to decline). From the 1930s through the 1980s, pearl culturing diversified and spread to various countries around the world. GIA

Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties

Pearl is a mixture of mineral and organic material formed with the soft living tissue of a shelled mollusk. Chemically pearls are made of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite). - Gemdat

There are four major types of cultured whole pearls: Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and Freshwater.  - GIA

Pearls have been used throughout medical history to help treat disorders of the digestive tract, muscular systems and the skin. They also are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness and can especially enhance personal integrity. - Pearls International

Father's Day Gifts from fail

Get dad organized and dress up his office this Father’s Day with smart accessories from fail. Shop our home accessories to find everything dad needs, including an elegant letter opener and hand-forged keychain. Each item is lovingly handcrafted to ensure it’ll be an everyday staple for years to come.

Be sure to order by Sunday June 12th to ensure delivery in time for Father's Day on June 19th. We will even upgrade your shipping to USPS Priority for free on these 4 items!

1. Letter Opener - $51 | 2. Keychain - $56
3. Elongated Hook - $40 | 4. Card Holder - $56

The Perfect Summer Giveaway

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I am beyond excited to bring you a very special giveaway with 2 dear friends, just in time for summer!

Make It Good, Molly M Designs, and fail are joining forces to bring you one beautifully accessorized outfit, perfect for summer!  The giveaway includes the Sails Tank Dress, Semicircle Clutch in rose gold, and the Sarta Necklace in 14K gold fill.

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Hailing from Portland, San Francisco, and Austin, the three of us have gotten to know each other through the maker circuit and have a mutual affinity and respect for each others work. We are pretty sure our fans will agree!

The details: click the link below to sign up by 5/30 & we will announce the winner on 5/31!

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No purchase necessary. By entering below you agree to receive email communications from Make It Good, Molly M Designs & fail.  Winner will be chosen at random on 5/31/16.

Retailer Love: The Clay Pot

fail jewelry retailer love - the clay pot brooklyn & nolita ny
There are a few stores that stand out as premier stores representing jewelry across the country and The Clay Pot is definitely one of them!  From humble beginnings as a pottery studio, The Clay Pot, a family owned business for 43 years, now represents over 75 jewelry artists and has built a reputation as THE destination for bridal in NYC. 
 
I am thrilled to have my classic fail collection stocked on the shelves and online besides the wares of Jamie Joseph, Melissa Joy ManningKatie Diamond, Polly Wales, Sarah Swell and so many more!  
 
We just put a new batch of pieces in the mail to them this week, so if you are in NYC stop by and snag a new pair of everyday hoops, and drool a little over all the other amazing gems!

Birthstones: May- Emerald

illustration: Dream Marginalia
 
As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.  American Gem Society
  
In honor of the May birthstone, we’re diving into the qualities of the emerald (My personal favorite!!!!)

 Identification

Color: Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl. The finest emerald are approximately 75% tone on a scale where 0% tone would be colorless and 100% would be opaque black. In addition, a fine stone should be well saturated; the hue of an emerald should be bright (vivid). - 

The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC into the 1700s. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald, and used it in her royal adornments.

Mohs Hardness: 7.5-8 Mohs

History

Emerald has been a source of fascination and reverence in many cultures for over six thousand years, sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4,000 B.C. It was a stone worshipped by the Incas, believed by the Chaldeans to contain a goddess, and was highly honored in all major religions for its spiritual power and beauty. Emerald was considered a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt, a gift of Thoth, the god of wisdom, and was a favorite jewel of Queen Cleopatra. The Emerald mines in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago, are some of the oldest in the world and were called Cleopatra’s mines for her love of the stone. Emeralds were also talismans of Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, and the moguls of India. They’ve adorned the crowns and royal jewels of many countries for centuries, and fabulous collections and stunning gems continue to be treasured and displayed by the rich and famous today. – Crystal Vaults

Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Emerald was once also believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria. Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath as well as make one an eloquent speaker. – GIA

Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties

In every language, there were reports of the emerald helping eyesight. Additionally, the emerald’s healing powers have been associated with the skeletal system, the flesh and skin, the cardiovascular system, the adrenal glands, the kidneys, liver and intestinal system. The stone is also considered to be very cleansing and prevents infection and diseases

Emerald is an excellent stone for reviving passion, whether for an interest, a person, or a job.  In addition, it is believed that wearing an Emerald improves one’s memory and intelligence, enabling one to think clearly about the past, present, and future.

Emeralds are said to detoxify negativity and transform it into positive emotional energy, and are known to be calming and balancing, promoting creativity and eloquence and restoring faith and hope. – Jewels For Me