Whimsical Wednesday: Humorous Metal Stamping Ideas

Here at Blue Door Beads, we feel very fortunate to be able to do what we love for a living. Supporting people in their creative endeavors and showing them how to make beautiful jewelry are two things that made us truly happy, and we especially love it when we — and our customers — can have a sense of humor while being creative!

With so many negative things going on in the world around us, it can sometimes be difficult to remember to make time for things that make us smile or laugh. As a way to remind ourselves and those around us to make time for silliness, we decided to dub today “Whimsical Wednesday,” and in honor of our newly-declared “holiday,” we have devoted today’s blog post to funny & sweet metal stamping designs. Hopefully the projects pictured below will make you at least make you smile, but we hope some make you laugh out loud! Enjoy!

Lydia made these during an early-morning private metal stamping lesson. Can you tell? Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Lydia made these during an early-morning private metal stamping lesson. Can you tell? Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

take_it_slow

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

zombies

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

i_pick_you

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

wheelie

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

strong_enough

Created by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

Stamped forks found on Pinterest and credit given to SassClassAndASmartass on tumblr (account no longer active)

Stamped forks found on Pinterest and credit given to SassClassAndASmartass on tumblr (account no longer active).

One of our all-time faves! Stamped spoon by BabyPuppyDesigns on Etsy.

One of our all-time faves! Stamped spoon by BabyPuppyDesigns on Etsy.

Naughty doggy! Necklace by TrudyJames on Etsy.

Naughty doggy! Necklace by TrudyJames on Etsy.

We thought this was a creative way to stamp a simple piece of copper! Bacon necklace by GoldenStateJewels on Etsy.

We thought this was a creative way to stamp a simple piece of copper! Bacon necklace by GoldenStateJewels on Etsy.

Mustache necklace by BrazilleNutCreations on Etsy.

Mustache necklace by BrazilleNutCreations on Etsy.

Sweet sunshine-shaped pendant by KottageKreations on Etsy.

Sweet sunshine-shaped pendant by KottageKreations on Etsy.

You can purchase everything you need to create the projects above at Blue Door Beads. Hope to see you soon for some stamping fun!

You can purchase all of the tools you need to create the projects above at Blue Door Beads. Hope to see you soon for some stamping fun!

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Rare Gemstones from Around the World

We posted a blog recently regarding what makes a gemstone valuable, and we touched upon several popular gemstones that are becoming exceedingly rare due to their scarcity in the world. Our inner rock hounds wanted to dig a little deeper (pun intended), and so we continued our quest to find out more about other rare gemstones. Although there’s a good chance we may never see most of these in person, we can at least enjoy looking at pretty pictures and brushing up on fun gemstone facts!

Photo courtesy of gemservice.com

Photo courtesy of gemservice.com

1. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Location found: Globe, Arizona

The Sleeping Beauty mine is known for its high-quality turquoise: a solid, light blue color with no matrix. Although the mine was once one of the largest in North America, yielding about 1600 pounds of turquoise a month, the gemstone supply is slowly being depleted. Due to its rarity, flawless pieces of Sleeping Beauty turquoise can now retail for as much as $300 per carat.

 

2. Tanzanite
Location found: The foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Northern Tanzania.

In this photo, you can see how tanzanite changes color when viewed in (L-R) vertically polarized light, unpolarized light, and horizontally polarized light. Photo courtesy of www.io9.com

In this photo, you can see how tanzanite changes color when viewed in (L-R) vertically polarized light, unpolarized light, and horizontally polarized light. Photo courtesy of io9.com

This blue-purple stone is highly prized for its color-shifting properties, which depend on both the crystal’s orientation and lighting conditions. Due to the limited availability, Tanzanite may be mined out within 20-30 years. Current market value: $600-$1,000 per carat.

 

Photo courtesy of discovery.com

Photo courtesy of discovery.com

3. Black Opal
Location found: Lightning Ridge mine in New South Wales, Australia.

The brilliant play of color against a dark background, along with their relative scarcity, results in them being worth over $2,300 per carat. That’s more than certain diamonds!

 

 

4. Benitoite
Location found: San Benito River in San Benito County, California

Photos courtesy of dakotamatrix.com (left) and io9.com (right)

Benitoite in natural light and under UV light. Photos courtesy of dakotamatrix.com (left) and io9.com (right)

The official stone of California, benitoite is unique in that it looks positively awesome under a UV light (see above), where it fluoresces a brilliant color reminiscent of glowing blue chalk. A coveted collectors’ gem, it is also sold in jewelry, though rarely available in sizes of one carat or more. Market value: $3,000-$4,000 per carat.

Photo courtesy of discovery.com

Photo courtesy of discovery.com

5. Red Beryl
Location found: Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

Red beryl (aka bixbite, “red emerald,” or “scarlet emerald”) has a similar chemical make-up to both emerald and aquamarine, but it is considerably rarer than both of those semi-precious gems. In fact, some say that even rubies of similar quality are roughly 8,000 times as plentiful as any given red beryl specimen. Because of this, red beryl’s market value can be anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per carat, making it the priciest gem on our list!

So there you have it. Maybe some day, when we win the lottery, we can add one of each of these to our stash of pretty gemstones! 😉

Thanks to discovery.com and io9.com for all the gemstone facts!