Lynn Harrisberger’s Durango Totem Earrings Are Selected For The 2014 Top Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition

Durango-Earrings-Accepted

Top Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition features the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design across the United States. This year, approximately 150 pieces were selected for the exhibit running May 16 – June 28th, 2014 at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, Colorado. Lynn Harrisberger’s “Durango Totem Earrings” were selected for this exhibit by Jurors, Jeff and Susan Wise. Read more »

Lynn Harrisberger Is A Nominee In Martha Stewart’s 2013 American Made Awards

TNK-1306-2013-Necklace

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade. The 2013 Audience Choice winner receives $10,000 to further their business (yee-haw!) plus a trip for two to New York to attend the American Made Workshop, and a feature on MarthaStewart.com The nominees are divided into 6 categories: craft, design, food, garden, style & technology. Last year, the American Made community honored 11 Makers for their creativity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit. Please take […] Read more »

Mom’s Healing Necklace – Dancing The Dream

Mom's Healing Necklace | Lynn Harrisberger

When I designed and made this piece, my beautiful Mom was healing from 2 surgeries, and I was home for a few months before I went back to Nevada, to help her through an Angiogram to find out why her legs were still hurting. Who knew that when I arrived in Las Vegas to care for her, that she was to face a life-threatening surgery – then suffer a horrendous fall, resulting in traumatic brain […] Read more »

Drusy, Druse, Druzy, Druzie, Drusies – Meaning & Information

Samples of drusy from my collection

Drusy, druse, druzy, drusies – are just a few of the ways you’ll see Drusy spelled online and off. But, no matter how it’s spelled, Drusy is the term used to describe the tiny quartz micro-crystals that form on or within the surface of stones. Some of the natural minerals found in this form are agate, jasper, chrysocolla, malachite, hematite, garnet, black garnet, psilomelane, cobalto-calcite, uvarovite, and carnelian. Titanium drusy is agate drusy that has […] Read more »

Chrysocolla Drusy

Chrysocolla Drusy

Chrysocolla Drusy is a prized gemstone known for it’s exquisite Robin’s egg blue color – unlike that of any other gemstone. It’s most often confused with Turquoise – I call it Turquoise’s second cousin – Chrysocolla is found wherever copper deposits occur and is often found with other minerals such as malachite, azurite and turquoise – which are also found in copper deposits. Read more »

Natural Blue Moon Turquoise – Cut, Cabbed and Polished

Blue Moon Turquoise Cut & Polished

This Blue Moon Turquoise is even more beautiful when it’s cut and polished!  In the picture above, you can see the beautiful black chert spider web veining, and the variety of colors this mine is producing. Below is a smaller picture of the rough turquoise I wrote about in a previous post  so you can see how rough turns into a beautiful collectible gem by seeing the “before” and “after” photo’s of this gorgeous stone. […] Read more »

Natural Blue Moon Turquoise

Blue Moon Turquoise

Blue Moon Turquoise is high grade and gem grade turquoise with and without the beautiful black chert spider-web matrix. Some nuggets also have the hard brown matrix of the native host rock mixed with the black chert. I’m absolutely positive that turquoise and jewelry collectors alike are going to fall head over heels in love with this beautiful natural* material... Read more »

Tonopah, NV. My Favorite Somewhere Between Reno & Vegas

Tonopah-750

This summer - we shared a much needed 2 days of fun between Mom's surgeries and recoveries, so I took her back up to Tonopah – a short 3 1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas. Our friends, the Otteson's showed us this spot over coffee - after Dean and I got back from the Turquoise mine (Mom excluded - she parked herself in the Otteson's coffee shop with Donna and played with her Kindle while I was on the mountain!) - and it had us rolling on the floor! Read more »

Orthoceras Fossil

Orthocerus Fossil

The Orthoceras has become one of my favorite fossils because of their color and interesting markings. These guys are actually ancient mollusks that lived and hunted in the oceans over 400 million years ago during the Paleozoic period. The name Orthoceras means “straight horn” referring to the long, straight, conical shell which is all that remains of the ancestor to our modern day squid. It could propel itself backwards through the ocean and it actually […] Read more »

Designer Cut Stones Start With Lapidary Rough

Lapidary Rough Lynn Harrisberger

A recent EXTREME Makeover in the studio’s “Lapidary Division” resulted in all the lapidary rough organized by color in “see-through” containers. (Be gone you dusty old cardboard boxes!) Sometimes it’s hard to believe that all those gemstones start with this. It’s the eye for color and the patterns in the stone that inspires the beautiful custom cuts by Lapidary’s which differ so much from the calibrated stones you see sold in the mass market. Pictured […] Read more »