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19 12, 2014

Interior Design Basics – Amethyst!

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Amethyst. This mysterious, semi-precious quartz gemstone with its tantalizing purple color is nearly synonymous with richness and elegance. From royal robes to sparkling gems, the hue is a perennial favorite. Combining the calming properties of blue and the electric energy of red, it’s a color that is easy to love – and a color that [...]

18 12, 2014

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Gift Ideas!

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Gift Your Friends With Holidays Treasures They’ll Love – And That Rockhounds Will Love Shopping For! Holiday gift shopping just got a little bit easier. I love giving gifts to people that show them I’ve put some thought into finding something that I really think they’ll love. I’m always on the lookout for things that [...]

17 12, 2014

Ageless Beauty

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Since the dawn of time crystals, gemstones and minerals have been precious commodities. Used for trade, to bestow or to express wealth and prosperity; the allure of these gifts from the Earth is as ageless as the pieces themselves. Recently, I was privileged to travel to Istanbul. This exotic city is rich in culture, rife [...]

16 12, 2014

Interior Design with Amethyst Cathedrals

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There is something so striking about amethyst geode cathedrals. The exposed layers that lend a fascinating glimpse into their creation, the way the outer layers contrast against the sparkling gems held inside and the sheer size and shapes that they may be found in all work together to create pieces that are infinitely attractive. Used [...]

2 12, 2014

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like … Geodes

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Interior Design Ideas for Using Amethyst Geodes for Your Holiday Decorating! All year long you passionately add to your collection by scouring shows and websites, stores and shops for yet another fabulous geode. With a hobby as beautiful as this, why wouldn’t you showcase it for the holidays? With its deep purple hue, Amethyst is [...]

26 11, 2014

Little Slices of Heaven

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Sprucing Up Your Space! Interior Design Ideas Using Agate Slices Looking for interior design ideas on how to use agate slices in your home? Look no further! These luminescent stunners lend themselves to beautifully to any interior design, giving any room an instant pop of color and interest. Framed Art Easily mounted, sliced agate specimens [...]

28 08, 2014

Designing Organically

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Designer Secrets For Letting Your Passion For Rocks Rock Your Style. Rockhounds rejoice! With the myriad ways natural stone and minerals have been integrated into building materials and elements, it’s now easier than ever to incorporate your personal passion into your home’s personal style. When thinking of tile, bathrooms and kitchens immediately come to mind. [...]

27 07, 2014

The Thrill Of The Chase

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For Rockhounds, the thrill is as much in the chase as it is the spoils. Throughout the country, not to mention the world, there are gem and mineral shows designed to feed the passion of collectors with offerings destined to appeal to everyone from the newest gatherer to the most seasoned aficionado. Acclaimed as one [...]

16 07, 2014

Spherical, Lyrical Design

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Behold the orb. Classic. Stunning. Striking. Long a favorite with designers, this simple geometric element can be an inspired jumping off point for Rockhounds striving to bring the passion held for their hobby to the forefront of their home’s design. Designers create cohesive, distinctive spaces by identifying common element in the materials they choose and [...]

16 07, 2014

Building With Passion

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Good design is exemplified through spaces that are not only beautiful to look at but are warm, welcoming and comfortable to live in. Surrounding yourself with colors you love, textures that provoke depth and interest, furnishings that envelop you in comfort and the objects that bring a smile to your face is a sure-fire plan [...]