Karen Bandy Studio

A rare gem find!

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Rare gemstones and a new painting series debut tomorrow night - come see!


Tomorrow night is First Friday! Join me and have a little wine as we "warm up" for the Independence Day holiday. 
 

Some exciting developments in the painting and jewelry world. First of all, I was able to score some beautiful (and very scarce) pink-orange padparadscha sapphires as well as other equally hard-to-find, teal, ice blue, and green sapphires. They are all natural and unheated, which makes them very rare in this day and age. Some are from Malawi, while others are from the Umba river region of Tanzania.

 

"Padparadscha" means Lotus Flower in Sanskrit, and when you see the pink-orange blush on this gem you'll know why they were named that. I have designed two new rings, one is done and ready for you to try on, and the other is being cast, polished and set by my goldsmith as I write this. I do have more loose gems from this suite of rare stones, so if you would like to talk about a design please let me know. They are perfect for accent stones, perhaps paired with diamond, or set with contrasting green tourmaline, tanzanite, or pearl.

 

As you know, my paintings are constantly evolving based on seasons, the world, and my inner and outward inspirations. Painting is such an awesome outlet, as it's freeing for me. I have to be precise with jewelry; painting gives me a literal, physical and figurative freedom! The painting shown below is part of a new series called 'The Continuum' and has a backstory, so please come in and  I'll tell it to you if you'd like. A perfect time would be this First Friday when I'm open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
I'm at the shop Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment at other times. I'm at 25 NW Minnesota Ave, Suite 5, between Thump Coffee and Alleda Real Estate on Upper Minnesota, downtown.  541-388-0155


Stop by and let's design some fireworks for your lifestyle!

 Custom made, one-of-a-kind ring with natural color, fair trade padparadscha sapphires and a mint green tourmaline in 14k white gold. Bead-blast finish. 

Custom made, one-of-a-kind ring with natural color, fair trade padparadscha sapphires and a mint green tourmaline in 14k white gold. Bead-blast finish. 

  "The Emergence of Scientific Truth" 16x16 Acrylic on canvas copyright 2016 Karen Bandy

"The Emergence of Scientific Truth" 16x16 Acrylic on canvas copyright 2016 Karen Bandy