Sonoran Sunset or Sonoran Sunrise – A New and Interesting Gemstone

Sonoran Sunset or Sonoran Sunrise Pendant with Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver

a 30mm x 22mm Sonoran Sunset free form cabochon set into a five strand 22 gauge 1/2 hard square sterling silver and 21 gauge 1/2 hard half round Argentium Silver bezel setting.

This lovely design features a Sonoran Sunset or Sonoran Sunrise cabochon I set with a five strand Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver bezel setting. Sornoran Sunset/Sunrise is a new gemstone that is a combination of Cuprite (the red part of the stone) and Chrysocolla (the blue/green color of the stone). There can also be a third color – black. This is a copper oxide.

The Milpillas Mine has been mining Sonoran Sunset/Sunrise material since 2006. The mine is located in Northern Mexico. Since the Millpillas Mine is very small, it may only have a life of 11 years or so.  Once the mine closes, there will not be any more Sonoran Sunset.   Enjoy!

Introducing a New Jewelry Line!!!!!

The short story behind my new jewelry line:

The “I AM” Collection by Eveolution Jewelry®

A number of months ago, I can’t recall when exactly, I was hanging out with my husband, Kelly, on our back deck. As we were talking about life in general, I mentioned that I had this idea for a new jewelry design. I shared with Kelly that I was not inspired by all the word stamped/inspiration jewelry that was available. I also was not moved by just a word – examples: “PEACE”, “HOPE”, “LOVE”, and “FAITH”. As I was pondering this, other options rattled around in my brain.

Here’s what I came up with – The “I AM” Collection by Eveolution Jewelry®

What is it? I decided to create rectangular links out of round heavy gauge Sterling Silver (.925 Silver) or ArgentiumSilver (.930 Silver) wire, cut them into various lengths, and hammered them flat. From there I used metal stamps and created individual tag components, the first tag says “I AM”. The second tag says a word such as “TRUTH”, “LOVE”, “PEACE”, and “STRONG”. These are just four examples. The word possibilities are endless. Next, I punched holes into the tag ends so I could string them together with hand-made split rings and wire-wrapped gemstones. I match the word after the “I AM” with a gemstone that best describes it.

Here are two examples –

I AM LOVE Pendant

The “I AM” LOVE pendant shows a red garnet teardrop bead. Red Garnets signify love and have been given to express love throughout history.







I AM TRUTH PendantThe “I AM” TRUTH pendant shows a yellow Aragonite. Aragonite is thought to ground and center and is used to face truth and reality.







Many items in The “I AM” Collection by Eveolution Jewelry® will have a stone that matches the word after “I AM”. This combination makes the jewelry very special and my new jewelry line means more to me than just jewelry. They are the way I express my spirituality-the way I give back positive energy to the universe. As time moves forward, I will add more images to my blog and to my sales website at:

Lovely Laguna Agate


Today’s post features a very lovely example of the gemstone – Laguna Agate.

This stone comes from  Northern Mexico.  It is known for the vibrant bands of color running through the stone.  Note the striking pools and dashed lines of red, pink, and gray.  This stone is a 40x22mm cabochon that I bezel set with four strands of 22 gauge 1/2 hard square sterling silver wire and 1/2 hard half-round Argentium silver wire.  I completed the setting with decorative spirals at the top of the stone and a hand-made bail.  Suspending this design, from a sterling silver snake chain, would be a lovely way to showcase this signature piece.  If interested in purchasing this piece, you can buy it on the “Design Gallery” page.  Or, contact me at:


Deep Blue Pietersite

Blue Pietersite Set in Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver Wire

A lovely 30x22mm deep Blue Pietersite is artisan bezel set in four strands of Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver wire

The gemstone known as Pietersite was discovered by Sid Pieters in 1964 while he was prospecting in Namibia, Africa.  Pietersite is a very lovely quartz gemstone and can also be known as Eagle’s Eye.  This lovely example shows a deep blue color.  There is also a striking golden bronze hue.  For this design, I used four strands of Sterling Silver 1/2 hard 22 gauge wire and incorporated five Argentium Silver 1/2 hard 1/2 round wraps to form the bezel setting.  Note the decorative spirals at the top and a double bail to suspend this lovely piece from a chain or cord.  I hope you enjoy viewing and learning about it as much as I enjoyed making it.  To purchase this design, contact me at:  Thanks!


Multi-Color Flower Agate for Kristy

Flower Agate Cabochon Set in 5 Strands of Sterling Silver Wire

Thanks for stopping by to visit my Eveolution Jewelry blog…My jewelry designs are all about the stories behind the art – As time moves forward, I will feature a new jewelry design. I’ll include a description of the item, the inspiration that guided the design, and points of interest.

Now, for the story about this lovely Agate and Silver wire-wrapped pendant.  Friends of ours live in New Mexico.  One day, we stopped by (O.K. – we flew from the Northern California Bay Area, rented an SUV, and drove to visit our friends living in a small town close by Santa Fe.  While checking out some lovely rocks sitting in a shallow bowl, in the dining room area, I found this lovely Agate cabochon.  I asked if I could borrow it and make a setting for it?  Of course, my friend Kristy said.  My lovely friend, Kristy, got this great pendant, and my husband Kelly and I picked up and adopted a very cute and sweet sighthound-mix dog named Izzy.  Kristy and her husband rescued and rehabilitated Izzy from a dog fighting ring environment.  I am not making this up!  One never knows where a rock will lead you…

With this said, I hope you enjoy this first, very special design and I welcome you back, anytime, to view the design gallery. My intricate plan, yeah – right, is to add a new design image once every month or two.  While I love jewelry design, I do have another business, Iron Dragonfly Inc., that provides accounting, bookkeeping, and small business coaching to a number of clients.  This business does take up a certain number of hours in my day, week month.  We will see if I can meet this lofty goal. In the meantime, enjoy!!!!