Garnet Swan Earrings

Holiday Season Schedule

It's almost that time of year again!


Shorter days and brisk evenings remind us that the December holidays are right around the corner. When we're not busy little elves making beautiful jewelry, we get into the holiday spirit by shopping our local small businesses and supporting fellow artists. We hope you do as well!

Like to do your gift shopping by the comfort of your phone or computer? Find our favorite pieces and best sellers and take advantage of 20% off in our Etsy shop through December 14.

Forge and Fountain on Etsy
For those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, shop with us and support your local economy by visiting our two East Bay stockists:

         

And of course, scroll down to see events where you can shop our beautiful jewelry in person in the Bay Area and beyond!

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST FALL ART & FINE CRAFT SHOW
November 9-11, 2018  |   Fri 12-7pm - Sat 10am-6pm - Sun 10am-5pm
Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115

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GUALALA ARTS FESTIVAL OF THE TREES
November 23-24, 2018   |   Fri 10am-5pm - Sat 10am-4pm
Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Highway
Gualala, CA 95445

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SANTA ROSA HANDMADE HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR
December 1-2, 2018  |   Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Finley Community Complex, 2060 West College Avenue 
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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VIANSA HOLIDAY MARKET
December 9, 2018   |   10am-4pm
Viansa Sonoma Winery & Tasting Room, 25200 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476

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CRANEWAY CRAFT FAIR
December 22-23, 2018   |   10am-5pm
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804

Citrine & Sunshine

One of the funniest things about being an artist is that you just can’t predict which of your pieces or styles is going to be popular. So often I’ve struggled with a piece intensely and been on the verge of trashing it, only to find it is the very first thing that sells at the next show.

Which brings me to the humble Citrine.

 

A sunny and cheerful but otherwise unassuming form of quartz: citrine, to our surprise, has turned out to be our Etsy shop’s best-selling gemstone. It gets more hits as a search term and has been favorited more than any other item in the shop…but why? Well, why not? Its warm energy resonates with so many other things that I love…lemons, marmalade, roses, honey, scotch! It’s a great stone to associate with warmth, nourishment, and harvest. So here’s a little trivia for you on this sunny, sweet little stone.

Citrine ranges in color from pale yellow to a deep orange or russet, with variations in greenish or brownish gold. Our favorite to work with is Golden Citrine, a deep yellow-gold, reminiscent of a ripe Meyer lemon. GIA, the Gemological Institute of America says: “Citrine’s attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem.” It also happens to be one of the two main birthstones for the month of November (Scorpio & Sagittarius), along with traditional Topaz. But maybe the appeal is more for its metaphysical properties.

Citrine LunulaCitrine’s golden glow also resonates astrologically with the zodiac sign of Leo. Leo’s confidence, ambition, and enthusiasm are a great match for citrine’s energy. Wear or carry some citrine to align yourself with these qualities, or to attract its vibrant energy into your life.Judy Hall (The Crystal Bible) describes citrine as a cleansing, energizing, and regenerative stone, embodying the warmth and nurturing power of the Sun. It is also often referred to as the “Success Stone,” probably due to the harmonious qualities of joy, confidence, generosity, and abundance it evokes. It’s also said that citrine absorbs and transmutes negative energy, making it a beautiful and effective defense against stress and the turmoils of day to day challenges. As an emotional enhancer, citrine is said to help release sadness and fear, quell anger and self-doubt, and help cultivate positivity and hope.

Check out what we currently have in citrine in our Etsy shop!

No matter what your sun sign or astrological inclinations are, we have some beautiful loose citrines in stock, and would love to make something special just for you! 

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August 24, 2016 by Holly DeFount