• Out on the Town Tonight!

    Hey everyone, Today I decided to tell you a little about one of llyn’s favorite places around town… the Peace Center. llyn frequents the shows at the Peace Center, and tonight, she is heading to see Anything Goes! http://www.peacecenter.org/shows/ Check their calendar to view all of the upcoming shows, and you will probably run into llyn […]

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  • Druzy in Jewelry

    As you may have noticed, llyn has been including a lot of druzy into her new designs. Druzy (or Druse) is essentially a "tiny field of crystals."  It comes from quartz, especially in agates.  A variety of minerals can be in druzy, including garnet and dolomite. Druzy is what you see in the inside of [...] Continue Reading
  • llyn won a Commendation Award!

    llyn recently entered an International Pearl Design Competition through the Cultured Pearl Association of America.  She won a Commendation Award! The competition had entries from 15 countries, so llyn is very excited to have gotten this honor. Click here for the complete list of winners… http://www.cpaa.org/ipdc2013.asp The CPAA is a non-profit founded in 1957.  It […]

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  • llyn, a member of SNAG

    The Society of North American Goldsmiths is an organization for artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths. http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/ SNAG also puts on Metalsmith Magazine, which is one of the premier publications on art jewelry.  (I highly suggest subscribing to it if you have interest in the arts!) This magazine does not just show traditional jewelry, it shows […]

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  • Kate learns Intermediate Matrix

    Kate Worthen (Lil' Kate), llyn's assistant goldsmith, traveled to Illinois last week to complete her Intermediate Matrix training in order to create 3D computer renderings, which llyn casts into metal designs! Last Spring, Kate began her Matrix training in order to help llyn create her designs.  Now, she is capable of helping make more advanced renders and [...] Continue Reading
  • SOFA Chicago Highlights

    llyn has today and tomorrow left at SOFA! This is SOFA's 20th annual show and has 70 international vendors participating. Continue Reading
  • llyn as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council!!

    llyn’s Metropolitan Arts Council profiles have arrived! http://www.greenvillearts.com/art-scene/arts-directory/?ci=&page=&q=llyn&x=0&y=0    

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  • Birthstones

    Birthstones are known to bring good luck.  We don't really know where this tradition started but it thought to have started in India or possibly South America. Here is a little poem about October's birthstone, the opal: "October's child is born for woe, And life's vicissitudes must know, But lay an opal on her breast, [...] Continue Reading
  • llyn’s Life Rings

    llyn's Life Rings are a great way to commemorate an event or a length of your life or someone else's life. They are encrusted with symbols, stones and words that represent and are customized to you. Each ring is unique.  It can have as many or as few details as you wish. These rings can [...] Continue Reading
  • AGTA: your source for credible colored gemstone buying

    Did you know that llyn strong is a member of AGTA (American Gem Trade Association)? This means as a buyer, your interests when buying colored gemstones through her are protected. AGTA was founded in 1981 in Tucson by a group of gemstone dealers who were not happy with the local gem show.  They knew that […]

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  • Jewelry in the Greek Tradition

    Have you wondered how the Classical World thought of jewelry and why it is such a significant gift? I have a little insight for you on how Greeks thought of jewelry from Dyfri Williams and Jack Ogden’s book, Greek Gold:  Jewelry of the Classical World.  We mostly hear about gold from the Classical World, although […]

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  • a Happy Customer!

    We received a sweet note in the mail about a custom piece and wanted to share a few words from it!  We really appreciate the great feedback and the thought that went into writing it! In regards to a custom ring llyn made, Brittany Monroe says, “you turned a dream into a beautiful piece of […]

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  • Jewelry Appraisals

    If you are like me, it is probably time to get your jewelry appraised or re-appraised! You want your jewelry appraised for insurance. You also want to reappraise your jewelry every 3 years.  If it is lost or stolen, you want to be sure that you are given today’s value to replace it. If your […]

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  • Cleaning your jewelry

    Today, I want to tell you what we recommend to safely keep your jewelry clean and not broken. We recommend having your jewelry cleaned and stone settings checked every six months.  We can do this for you here.  Just bring in the pieces, and we will check to be sure prongs are not broken and […]

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  • Gemstone Roundtable Summary

    We received beautiful pictures of our Gemstone Roundtable from our friends, Crystal and Keith, at red apple tree photography! I wanted to share a few with you to give you a visual on how our Gemstone Roundtables work.  We will be having another one in the Spring of 2014, so plan ahead if this seems interesting to you! [...] Continue Reading
  • Maintaining your PEARLS…

    Hi everyone! On this beautiful day (llyn’s birthday!), we are going to give you some tips on maintaining your pearls. -Be sure to put your make up and perfume on before you put on your pearls.   Chemicals can be very harmful to pearls over time. -After wearing your pearls, wipe them with a soft, microfiber […]

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  • llyn’s custom jewelry

    Hello! Many of you bought stones at our Gemstone Roundtable, and many others of you are interested in having custom work designed in the future.  In case you are one of these, I want to tell you a little about llyn's custom design process. Custom jewelry is a way to create personal jewelry, which represents you.  It can have symbols, [...] Continue Reading
  • World Record White Diamond Sold!

    Hi everyone! Here is an interesting little CNN segment for you… At $30.6 million, an egg-sized white diamond sold in Hong Kong by Sotheby’s for a record sell! This diamond is the size of an egg and is the largest white diamond ever sold at auction. Previously, the record was held by a pear-shaped white […]

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  • Modullyn System

    Thank you to everyone who came to the Gemstone Roundtable last night and the night before!  We had a blast and hope you did too!  I am very excited to see the beautiful jewelry created with the amazing stones bought. Today, I want to post a WWD article on how modular jewelry has gotten popular. Just [...] Continue Reading
  • Tanzanite

    Today is our second and last day of the Fall 2013 Gemstone Roundtable! Our stone dealer has some gorgeous Tanzanite sitting in our gallery, ready to go to new homes! So, I am going to tell you a little more about it. Tanzanite is a Zoisite Species.  The mineral Zoisite was first found in Austria [...] Continue Reading