Friday, January 27, 2017

Elsie - Rock Crystal Quartz open ring Argentium sterling silver ring. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

I love making all kind of jewelry but I have to admit making rings has been my least favorite part. Don't get me wrong, making a ring for my self or simply learning a new technique has been fun but making it for a customer is a different story. I was always so nervous if it would fit right. Anyhow to overcome my fears I decided to try stuff outside my comfort zone and that was I've been doing for the past year, making lots and lots of new rings with different techniques.

So here is the first ring of many to come. Rock Crystal Quartz and Argentium sterling silver ring. I actually combined two different techniques in this one, both soldering and fusing were used to make this ring.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Velina - Square gemstone pendant Apatite Chalcedony Peridot green Quartz fine silver. Handmade metal clay jewelry by Arctida.

Just wanted to show you a pretty new pendant that I've made this spring. Its a bit to late for spring colors I know but hey better late than never :)

A little bit about the pendant: The textured square is made of Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC), adorned with a lush cluster of Apatite, Peridot and green Quartz rondelles on handmade fine silver ballpins and finished with a pretty mint blue Chalcedony square bead.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Science jewelry Biohazard necklace fine silver pendant on leather cord. Handmade metal clay jewelry by Arctida.

As some of you know I work as a microbiologist at my day job. Over the years I've been working with a lot of dangerous bacteria and viruses: Streptococcus, Polio, HIV, Cholera, Hepatitis are just some of them... so it is only natural that I wanted to make a necklace for myself that looks like a Biohazard warning symbol, after all I'm surrounded by these signs at work I might as well wear one :) I finished this piece back in 2014 and since that time several of my colleagues and nerd friends ordered the same pendant so I thought it was time to list it in my shop as an addition to my Microbiology collection.

The pendant is made of solid silver (Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay pmc), partly oxidized to display the Biohazard symbol pattern and threaded on a black leather cord.

Oh and the blue bio-suit and mask you see on the first model pic is the actual protective gear/suit (informally known as "space suits") we use for some of the laboratory work :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gemstone hoops with Apatites, Amethysts, Citrines, Rubies, Green Quartz, Carnelians in 14K gold filled. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

I love making custom orders and I love colorful jewelry. One of my online friends liked my gemstone hoops but she wanted them in smaller size and a bit different color combination. Such a perfect excuse to play with vibrant gemstones once again and hopefully make something special for her :)

So here are the latest gemstone hoops with Apatites, Amethysts, Citrines, Rubies, Green Quartz and Carnelians wire wrapped in 14 gold filled.
 Here is a small selection of gemstone sets that I've made before...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

14K Solid gold jewelry Golden Rutilated Quartz necklace wire wrapped in 14K gold. Handmade Luxury collection by Arctida.

One of my most favorite semiprecious gemstones is Golden Rutilated Quartz. I love how simplicity of Quartz combines with extravagance of gold. The golden rutiles are not the actual gold but a mineral Rutile (composed of Titanium dioxide often with iron, occasionally with some minor niobium or tantalum) but nevertheless they look like real gold needles. I purchase a lot of Golden Rutilated Quartz for my jewelry and I have different sizes and shapes in my studio and off course the best and most unusual ones I use for my solid gold jewelry *Luxury collection*.

So here is my latest beauty - Golden Rutilated Quartz necklace in 14K solid gold. It is made of one huge Golden Rutilated Quartz smooth briolette drop 18x12 mm and faceted Rock Crystal Clear Quartz round bead.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Irina - Amethyst and Lapis lazuli necklace wire wrapped in sterling silver. Handmade cluster gemstone jewelry by Arctida

I've been making cluster gemstone necklaces for a while now and just wanted to show you my latest piece. This one is a birthday present for a friend who loves blues and purples :) Amethyst and Lapis lazuli necklace wire wrapped in sterling silver.
and here is some of my previous gemstone cluster necklaces...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book locket necklace OOAK miniature ornate book pendant in fine silver. Handmade metal clay jewelry by Arctida.

The Autumn is almost here so it is time to present my new collection :) For the past 2 years I've been learning more and more metal clay/metal smith techniques and training, training and yet again training a lot. So most of my new pieces are made of metal clay or Argentium silver or combination of them both + gemstones of course :) I will still post some of my older gemstone/wire wrap jewelry pieces that I only now have the time to photograph but most of my jewelry will have a new touch.

So here is my first hinged 3D piece. This two-sided book pendant with intricate ornate pattern on both front and back was handmade by me using Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC). I've cut out the separate pieces of the book from clay (scroll down to see the last picture). All pieces were dried, sanded and polished while in the clay form and after more drying the clay parts were fired in a jeweler kiln to obtain metal form (fine silver 999). When in metal form it is time for metal smith techniques to finish the piece. All part were filed, burnished and tumbled to achieve the desired look and the book was finely constructed to its 3D form.

Here is what the book parts looked like when cut out of clay :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Chloe - Citrine and Amethyst necklace wire wrapped in 14K gold filled. Handmade cluster gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

Its been a while I wrote something in this blog because as some of you already know I've given birth to my little boy last February :) And even though I didn't have the time for writing I did have time to make some new pieces of jewelry. Here comes the first one: Citrine and Amethyst gemstone cluster necklace wire wrapped in 14K gold filled.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DIY Honey Lavender salve tutorial. How to make a healing ointment recipe

I love using natural products for all of my personal care so I thought I’ll share with you my favorite recipe of Honey salve with Lavender that I’ve been making for my family for years.

Olive Oil ~ 2 oz (57 ml)
Cocoa Butter ~ 0.5 oz (15 g/ 15 ml)
Beeswax ~ 0.7 oz (19 g/20 ml)
Honey, preferably raw honey ~ 1 tsp (5 ml)
Vitamin E ~ 1/2 tsp (3 ml)
Lavender essential oil (or your own choice) ~ 10-20 drops

1.    Combine Olive oil, Cocoa butter and Beeswax into a mixing bowl and melt in a double boiler or in a microwave oven.

2.    Allow salve to cool on the counter. When the mixture has cooled down to approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40°C degree Celsius) you can start adding Honey and Vitamin E. The essential oils should be last. Blend the whole mixture well with rubber spatula, spoon or with the electric hand mixer.

3.    Transfer the finished salve into the smaller containers of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 100 ml (~ 3,5 oz) of product.


•    Honey is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause botulism. The spores are not nearly enough to hurt an adult and have never been known to cause harm by applying to wounds. Still, to be safe, don’t use honey or honey salve on children under two years old unless the honey has been sterilized.

•    Heating raw honey past the maximum hive temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit changes honey’s essential composition and degrades its quality. It partially destroys honey’s beneficial enzymes and ‘boils off’ volatile compounds that account for the unique, delicate floral aroma of the honey. If you wish to preserve as much of the honey properties as possible, wait until the mixture has cooled off to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35°C degree Celsius). Most commercial honey is already heated to 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit (70-80 °C degree Celsius) so if you are using commercial honey, you can add honey right after melting your oils/butters/beeswax together.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mosaic necklace – OOAK Apatite Emerald Iolite Lapis lazuli Peridot Pyrite and Blue Topaz necklace in 14K gold filled. Handmade gemstone jewelry by Arctida.

The Christmas rush is over and I finally have some time to show you my pretties. This one is another example of my Gemstone mosaic necklace series. The pendant was made with various gauges of 14K gold filled wire and decorated with Bali vermeil beads and stunning juicy gems: Apatites, Emeralds, Iolite, Green Agates, Lapis lazuli, Peridots, Pyrites and both Sky and London Blue Topazes.

If you are interested of ordering a mosaic necklace designed just for you, feel free to contact me :)
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