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Lapis Lazuli is a vibrant blue gemstone treasured for its deep, rich color. It is not a pure mineral, but rather a rock composed of varying proportions of minerals; lazurite, sodalite, hauyne, calcite and pyrite. It is primarily the result of contact metamorphism of certain limestones, and found in large deposits at few locations in the world. The main historical mining site has always been in Northern Afghanistan. Secondary deposits may be found in Siberia, Canada and Chile, where the the material is generally lower grade.
With the One-of-a-Kind Christmas Craft Show in Toronto recently, it brought to mind my career as a jewelry collecting editor for the second largest women's website in the mid-2000s. During my tenure, I wrote about fabulous jewelry and its makers -- including the Canadian jewelry designer Danny Pollak -- interviewed famous designers, learned about gemology and immersed myself into the world of gems.
Inevitably, I began designing jewelry myself and learning how to string beads, then fabricate metal, and finally make chainmaille , paper and birch bark jewelry. I did the craft show circuit for a few years, but put my jewelry on the back burner for a few years to devote my time to The Phoenix Collection and selling art. The following article written in 2014, continues to get lots of visitors so I decided to include it here in our SHINE ON blog.
__________________________________________________________________If, like a moth to a flame, you are drawn to unusual and dramatic jewelry that has more than its fair share of pizzazz, then you’ll love Canadian jeweler, Danny Pollak. Pollak has been designing and making high quality jewelry for more than 35 years. Every handcrafted piece made by this master metalsmith is guaranteed for life; repaired and returned by mail, free of charge. He crafts his pieces in brass; then coats them with rhodium, 24 karat gold, sterling or copper. Swarovski crystals or rhinestones in dynamic colors such as red, orange, purple and lime green are then hand-set into each piece. Most are finished with vintage objets d’art accents.