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Friday, October 24, 2014


The word bazaar comes from the Persian word vazar. It means a market place. Market places have existed since ancient times and are associated with the dawn of civilization. When people began producing more food or other products than they could eat or use themselves, they would trade it for goods that they were lacking. The best place for trade was where roads would cross. When one person was successful in trading at a particular location, others would also come there to trade. Eventually people would set up home near the centers of trade, thus beginning towns and cities.
You can experience the excitement of the bazaar by visiting the Beadshaper table at  the Los Angeles Bead Society Bead Bazaar this coming Sunday, October 26, 2014. See L.A. Bead Bazaar for details.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


A cabochon is a gemstone which is dome shaped on its outer surface and flat on its inner surface. It has no facets. The flat side allows it to be more easily set into a bezel on a jewelry piece than  a faceted stone which does not have a flat side. Cabochons are usually opaque and are often oval in shape. The word cabochon come from the medieval French word for head (like the word cabbage). Although the name is medieval French, the origin of the technique of shaping and polishing cabochons probably goes farther back in history.
The pendant pictured above is an example of a cabachon set in a bezel. It, as well as other cabochon jewelry hand crafted by Rose, can be found on the Metal Jewelry Shaper web site.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Jasper is a gemstone of various colors that is formed naturally over time by minerals in sediments. Dendritic jasper pictured above is formed by vegetative protrusions of mineral in natural cracks in the stone. Jasper has been used by man for about 7,000 years.
Pendants handcrafted by Rose featuring various gemstones can be seen at Metal Jewelry Shaper.