I had to share a beautiful gift guide created by Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan. I am so privileged that out of an abundance of submissions, she has chosen a piece from my Solitaire Collection to feature in the guide.
I don’t have children of my own, but do stepmothers count? 🙂
Which items do you love?
Have a beautiful, enjoyable weekend!
- Rest Candle / Mind Body Soul Collection – Marie Todd Candles – $54
- Green Amythest Pendent Necklace ~ Amy Holton Design – $217
- Lavender Body Lotion ~ Wholistic Inc. – $28
- Quilted Sari Throw Orange ~ Buy The Change USA – $89
- Sea Salt Goat’s Milk Soap ~ Simply Caprine – $7
- “HOME” Paper Quilling ~ Paper Liberated – $520
I changed my mind so many times while constructing this piece. At first, each London blue stone was going to be separated by clusters of small, yellow sapphires…didn’t like it. Very odd, since London blue topaz and yellow sapphires are two favorites of mine. Then, as shown in my sneak peek post, I decided to show them off in their beautiful simplicity.
However, I still felt compelled to add some yellow to the piece. I just like the contrast. I was going to use one of my large custom-cut citrine solitaire stones but that didn’t seem right either.
With no large focal, the piece seemed too long, so I removed six stones which became a lovely pair of earrings, finished with some beautifully faceted citrine teardrop briolettes.
Having shortened the necklace, I added a 2 inch extender chain and finished it with a single piece of the same citrine stones. Extender chains are so great. They give the wearer more versatility in how they style the piece.
As I was photographing the necklace, I suddenly had a brainstorm. Why couldn’t the extender serve double-duty as a focal point of the piece as well? Back to my tools I went…
I adorned each link of the extender chain with more of the faceted citrine stones, creating a cascade effect. The necklace can now be worn with the extender to the front as a pendant, or with the extender chain at the back, sparkling citrine dripping down the nape of the neck.
What do you think? This piece was definitely one of those that morphed from one design to the other, but I’m pretty pleased with the result!
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Amy Holton Designs will be at Barton Creek Resort today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. between Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques, just off of the main lobby. If you happen to be in Austin, stop by and say hello! These new beauties will be making their debut…
I love London blue topaz…absolutely love it. When these arrived in my shipment, I couldn’t wait to use them.
Now to decide, do I leave it in its delicate simplicity or add an amazing focal? Perhaps citrine? I think a nice pair of drop earrings need to happen as well. I’m itching to finish it and get it into the collection!
Watch this space…
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I always think it’s interesting to witness a person’s design process, so thought I’d share a few photos of mine. I’ll bringing this necklace with me to Barton Creek tomorrow. It’s just gorgeous in person. I’ll be there from the usual 2:00-7:00 outside of Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques.
This piece is composed of pink and yellow sapphires, deep pink tourmaline, “pink” (lavender) amethyst, rose quartz, white topaz and a bit of pyrite for contrast. The combination makes for a really soft, feminine necklace.
If you happen to be in the area, come see us at Barton Creek Resort. They have great boutiques! I generally can’t help but leave with a bag in hand. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!
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Looking forward to three days of shows at the beautiful Barton Creek Resort here in Austin in November 15th – 18th! That weekend marks the return of Formula One racing to the United States at the shiny, new Circuit of the Americas track, right here in our fair city. It’s going to be a very exciting weekend as some 300,000 people arrive from around the world to celebrate the event. I’ve been so busy working on new designs, and a new collection to unveil that weekend, that I haven’t stopped to post a single photo of what I’ve been working on! There are so many new pieces in the line that I need to share. This one is so soft and beautiful, I just couldn’t wait until it was finished, so thought I’d give you all a sneak peek. Let me know what you think!
By the way, if you happen to be in Austin for the Formula One weekend (November 16th – 18th), you can come see this piece in person! I’ll be at Barton Creek Resort on the 16th and 17th. For my Barton Creek Country Club ladies, I’ll be showing at the 8212 event on Thursday the 15th. You guys get the first look at the new collection!
Come out and browse all of the new pieces in Amy Holton Designs’ line this Saturday, September 29th, at the gorgeous Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Amy will be bringing a select few pieces from the up and coming new collection of custom-cut solitaire collection. We just received our order of gems, so there will be more to come!
We will be set up in the resort hotel on the ground floor between Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques.
In addition to resort guests, the show is open to the public. Amy will be there from 2:00-6:00 p.m. (or even 7:00).
Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques, as well as the Spa Shop offer great shopping, featuring designers such as Michael Kors, Trina Turk, Hale Bob, Lilly Pulitzer and more. For the athletic types, there’s the gorgeous new Golf and Activewear Shop as well as the tennis and golf pro shops.
Hi all! Sorry for the last-minute notice. I’ve been absolutely swamped!
Amy Holton Designs will be showing at the Acura ClubCorp Team Championship at Barton Creek Resort & Country Club. The show will be private to the ladies’ luncheon from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m in the Live Oak (I think) Ballroom and open to the public from 2:00-4:00 in the resort hotel on the ground floor between Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques.
Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques, as well as the Spa Shop offer great shopping, featuring designers such as Michael Kors, Trina Turk, Hale Bob, Lilly Pulitzer and more. For the athletic types, there’s the gorgeous new Golf and Active Wear Shop as well as the tennis and golf pro shops.
Would love to see you stop by and say hello!!
If peridot were to have a flavor, I’m sure it would taste like apple Jolly Ranchers! Granted, I don’t eat candy, but it’s a distinct taste I remember from childhood. They were my favorite.
Peridot is unique to the gem world because they are one of the very few gemstones that occur naturally in an olive green color. Ranging in color from brownish-green to greenish-yellow, peridot is highly coveted for its range of colors. The different shades of green are determined by the varying levels of iron present in the stone. Further increasing the gem’s desirability is its transparency. Peridot can catch the light even in the dimmest surroundings and has thus been nicknamed “the evening emerald.”
Peridot was originally discovered on the island of Zabargad in the Red Sea. However, peridot production has ceased in this location. Today, peridot is most commonly found in Myanmar, Pakistan, Norway and the United States, particularly in Arizona. While most peridot is found in the deposits of lava rock, the very rarest form of this gemstone does indeed, come from the heavens. Peridot can also be found in meteorites, making it the only matter from outer space that can be used as a gemstone. Meteorites containing peridot, called pallasites, are iron-rich and the origins of the heavenly stones are completely unknown, adding to the mystery of this unique and vibrant gem.
Peridot has been used throughout history. It has been found in priests’ jewelry dating back to the second century BC. Later it was used to adorn medieval Europe’s chalices and churches. Mythical lore indicates that peridot was thought to offer protection to its owner, shielding the possessor from evil spirits and “terrors of the night.” It has also been important to the Apaches as a revenue source due to the high quantities available in Arizona.
Peridot has a hardness rating of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, indicating it is not a very hard gemstone and can’t take a beating. Therefore, it is not recommended for rings that will be worn on a daily basis. Acids and long-term exposure to perspiration can also damage peridot. A steam or ultrasonic cleaner should never be used to clean peridot as it is vulnerable to thermal shock. Warm, soapy water is your best bet when cleaning your peridot. Proper care will ensure your peridot jewelry will continue to ward off evil spirits for generations to come!