WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog. Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog. If you select Boomer's picture, you will be able to view Boomer at his work.
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WigJig Jewelry Making Design Contest:
During the next three months, we are going to hold a design contest. Anyone who would like to submit a design for consideration is welcome. The project submitted must be made out of wire and/or beads using one of our WigJig tools. It should be your original work. Please select only projects that you are willing to allow us to publish in our newsletter. We will select monthly winners and after three months we will select an Grand Prize Winner in April 2011. All the winners designs will be published in our WigJig newsletter along with instructions on how to make the winning design. Winning designs will be selected based upon originality, and artistic content. We are seeking designs that are entirely new, or show a new way of employing components from our web site. Preference will be given to designs that are suitable for advanced beginners to intermediate wire workers. Designs that are so advanced that we could not describe how to make them in fewer than ten pages, will be considered, but designs that are easy to document will be given preference in the judging. Designs that use materials that are readily available will be given preference. The materials do not need to be purchased from our WigJig store, but need to be available for purchase at some Internet store.
Monthly winners will receive a $100 credit in our WigJig store. The grand prize winner will be selected from the three monthly prize winners and will receive an additional $200 credit in our WigJig store.
To submit a jewelry design for consideration in this contest, you will need to send us an e-mail including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and one or more pictures of your jewelry design. Please send your e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use "WigJig Design Contest" as the subject line in your e-mail.
Birthstone for January: The modern birthstone for January is the Garnet. The term garnet applies to many different chemical compounds generically called neosilicates. While garnets normally come in the red color shown here, garnets can come in the greatest variety of colors of any gemstone. The use of garnets as a gem can be traced to pre-historic times. Beginning in the late 19th century garnets were used as an industrial abrasive in addition to being as a gemstone. The varieties of garnet have a hardness between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale (quartz has a hardness of 7). Please select here to view more information on garnet gemstones. We sell both mined and man-made garnets in our Internet store. Select either picture above right to view our selection of garnet gemstones.
Birthstone for February: The birthstone for February is the amethyst. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (Silicon Dioxide) and as such has a hardness of 7. Amethyst as an element in jewelry was known since antiquity and was very popular among the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. The name amethyst comes from a Greek word meaning "not drunken". This name was devised because the ancient Greeks believed that drinking from an amethyst cup could prevent intoxication. (Boomer sez don't try this at home. It doesn't work.) While amethyst was traditionally included among the "cardinal", or most valuable gemstones (including diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald), amethyst has recently declined in value due to the discovery of extensive deposits of the gemstone.
There is some diversity of opinion on the chemical source of the purple color in amethyst. Interesting enough, upon exposure to heat, amethyst becomes yellow. In fact, citrine, a yellow variety of quartz, is sometimes called "burnt amethyst". Please select here to view more information on amethyst gemstones. We sell mined amethyst, man-made amethyst and amethyst colored Cubic Zirconia. Please select either picture above to view our selection of Amethyst gemstones.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
Since our last newsletter we have added several new items of copper wire. You can view our entire selection of copper wire here:
Please notice that we now have square copper wire in both half-hard and soft, also we now have 1/2 round, half-hard copper wire. Because of the extremely high price of gold, perhaps copper is a good choice for some of your jewelry. It is also a very good choice as practice wire.