Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022 ~  Rise and shine for me this morning and excited as well. Why ? The JGW Singapore had started their trade fair at the Singapore Expo. Commencing at  10am. I had planned to get there after lunch inorder to avoid the rush hours of the crowds getting to queue for the issuance of the entry badge. I was sure it would be very busy during the first few hours and it was the 1st day of the event. I was not in a hurry to get in anyways, 

I was able to convince Anne my lady friend to join me there so I could share with her the experience of being surrounded by millions worth of Diamonds, gemstones and fine jewellery she could ever imagined. Funny thing was I discovered she didn't even know what her birthstone was. Born in October, her stone was supposed to be an Opal.  She had no idea how an Opal looks like so I showed here what are the various colors and shapes of it. Even how much it s worth. Wow... it was an eye opener for her to see how beautiful her birthstone was. Thanks to me for being the great tutor ... LOL! 

 The venue was so massive it had occuppied 4  halls namely :

Hall 6 = Gemstones, Pearls & Diamonds 
Hall 5 = Diamonds, Premier Pavilion, Fine Jewellery, Gemological Labs & Institutes
Hall 4 = Fine Jewellery, Antique & Vintage Jewellery
Hall 3 = Silver Jewellery, Jewellery Parts & Accessories, Lab Grown Diamonds, Lab Grown Diamond Jewellery, Tools, Equipment, Technology & Packaging.

Halls 1 & 2 catered to the registrants and some on going seminars .

The Halls and the Stalls were all very neatly organized , very clean and well lighted. All the gemstones were sparkling like crazy in there. Wow !

Sorry guys coz  I was not able to take pictures of the jewelries up close at all coz most stalls got " No Photography" signs displayed . I undersood why coz of security reasons. Fair enough and I respect that.

But I found some sellers who were willing to be exposed even on social media like this gemstone shop where I found 2 very nice cabochon stones . Exposure means letting their name / brand / products be advertised by their clients somehow.

So, I got a Pietersite & Hypersthene Oval Cabochon stones. Say what ? Hypersthene was a new name I had encountered regarding stones so I really asked the seller if he could maybe write down its name for me so I could google what it was. He kindly obliged and happily did for me, Wow, I was so grateful to M, Siddique Gems for the efforts of doing so. 

Good service ! 
Good products ...  Thanks so much for the business card too!

What I got in my hand with a tight grip ( no intention of letting them go anywhere else at all  ..LOL )  were 2 Oval Cabochons in Dark Blue / Gold Hints ( Pietersite ) and a Black with silver Shimmering hues called Hypersthene. A lady standing beside me was eyeing them too and I knew she was just waiting for me to put them back down on the table. But nope, I asked the seller to price them for me coz I considered them mine already. So sorry lady , the stones were mine 😝😘

What is Pietersite ? 

 Pietersite is a variety of chalcedony that is embedded with fibres of amphibole minerals (sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron and aluminium). While the fibres cause a chatoyancy effect, it is not found in continuously structured bands or fibres, more in swirls, swathes and fibrous  segments. Pietersite colours include various blues, golds and reds, brown and black that may appear together or alone. Blue is the rarest colour, followed by red. The blues range from a baby blue to a dark midnight blue. Golds can be light to very deep and rich, sometimes having a reddish hue.


Hypersthene ~ The name "hypersthene" on the other hand comes from the Greek and means "over strength", and is an allusion to its being harder than the amphibole mineral hornblende (a mineral with which it is often confuse'

 Hypersthene is sometimes referred to as 'velvet labradorite', however the name is misleading, it is not labradorite at all. However 'velvet' definitely applies to the quality of its energy. Hypersthene calms, sooths, and quiets in general, and is especially helpful when the mind is overactive, shielding us from outside 'noise' in a velvety, protective cocoon..

This beautiful shimmering stone I would say really looks a bit like Larvikite.. 
Why , it's because larvikite meaning suggests that  its a cross between Hypersthene and Indigo Gabbro. 

Larvikite Bracelet together with Smoky & Rutilated Quartz

Larvikite offers up little moments of light and they appear more suddenly, they surprise you like little fireflies. A feature same with Hypersthene. No wonder now why they look so similar to each other, they have exactly the same features. Such fascinating stones ! 

These 2 stones had cost me US$63.00 equivalent to SGD$87.00 ... not cheap actually .But I'm fine with the cost coz I really really admire them the very moment I saw them on that table. Soon I will make necklaces out of them. I will surely add them to my personal collection too. 😍😍😍

Time to wrap up and go home during this selfie photo outside the door of the venue. My feet were achin due to my high heels. Anne was laughing at me LOL!  

Lesson learned ... Never wear high heels in a trade fair . Wa ha ha... it was torturre for sure... believe me. I had to walk back n forth so many times looking at these millions of gems and sparkling jewelleries. Such an eye feast ! 
 Oh well, well worth it anyways. I had enjoyed my day.  

I was so Happy to bring home my awesome souvenirs too , but I was wishing I could buy more ... LOl ! 
Maybe some other time when my budget already fits ... 😂😅😃 

Please visit the fair one of these days. It's still open till the 30th of Sept. 4 days of feasting your eyes to the wonderful gems and finished jewellery on display out there. You'll be mesmerized ,,, I  guarantee ! 



Sunday, September 25, 2022

New Wirewrapped Earrings

Sept 25, 2022 ~  Busy ... busy.... as usual. My life is never boring and dull at this stage.  I would say it's kind of challenging and full of activities to do even

though my kids were all now grown ups and had left me to pursue their own lives

The only good part is now I can do my stuffs at my own pace and time without anyone dictating  anything or without a deadline for me to think about or anybody to consider rather than myself and my 2 doggos at home of course. 

I have lesser stress  nowadays which is somehow good in minimizing my Hypertension which attacks from time to time when I am pissed and annoyed by something in my surroundings. My trigger is not the food I eat but by what is moving around me like annoying people, or idiots! you know what I mean ? I can't stand this kind of humans ... they suck the life out of me truly. 😡😠😁 

Anyways, 2 more days before the opening of my much awaited trade fair at the Singapore Expo on 27th Sept.. Do you know What I do Inorder to not excite myself too much and get too distracted by the thoughts of it ? I made myself busy by making wirewrapped earrings. Been a while now since I made these kind of dangling earrings. Wirewrapping causes tension on my shoulders and neck when I try to tighten or pull the wires with my pliers. My neck gets stiff and I suffer from back aches after a while. specially my upper right side suffers coz I am right handed. So I really prefer to create my handmade jewelries by the use of thread and needles to lessen the tension. I enjoy beadweaving and doing peyote / rope stitches rather than wiring. But I am always up for a challenge and never give up on something so easily so I still do the wirewrapping . I am so stubborn I know... LOL ! 

Below are some of my latest finished earrings I had already posted on :

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 & now available for sale in my 👉 ETSY ðŸ‘ˆ  Shop as well. They consist of pressed glass leaf beads, Swarovski Pearls/ Crystals, Drop Glass beads , artistic beading wires with stainless Steel chains.  

I had been sorting out and organizing my bead boxes the last couple of days and today I found some pairs of beads like this pair of Blue Bell Flowers. 

This earrings is the only pair I could make out of this pair of beads so it's a OOAK ! ( One Of A Kind ) 
It has Czech glass leaf & flower beads, Swarovski Pearls , Bicones & Crystals with Silver tone findings& leverback hooks. I can replace the hooks with Sterling Silver ( Additional fee of $2 )

Now I made a Pinky version somehow similar to the Blue Bell cascading cluster earrings previously but the drop point is a leaf instead of a Bell Flower. 

This earrings look so dainty and elegant. Another OOAK ! ( One Of A Kind ) 
It has Czech glass leaf & flower beads, Swarovski Pearls & round Crystals with Silver tone findings& leverback hooks. I can replace the hooks with Sterling Silver ( Additional fee of $2 )

Last but not the least , here comes a Purple version somehow similar to the Pinky cascading cluster earrings with the drop point being a leaf as well.

This earrings look so dainty and sweet. Another OOAK ! ( One Of A Kind ) 
It has Czech glass leaves & flower beads, Swarovski Pearls & round Crystals with Silver tone findings& leverback hooks. I can replace the hooks with Sterling Silver ( Additional fee of $2 )

It won't get duplicated and looking for its rightful owner right now ...


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022 ~  Wow, I can't believe how fast time really goes . The last week of September is now fast approaching.  What's in store for my come and go schedule this month ? Any new activities to give some time and attention out there before the month is finally over ? Well guess what... I am so excited . I am eagerly looking forward to the JGW ( Jewelry & Gems World  Singapore 2022 ) happening soon in the Lion City ( Singapore ).

 I got my Invitation and had already printed my Entry Voucher for this upcoming trade fair so I am well so ready to go go goooo... YESSSS!!!🤩🤩🤩

Yup, the most awaited Gems & Jewellery event & the world's biggest B2B buying trade show normally being held in Hongkong every year is going  to be temporarily relocated in Singapore this time which allows Quarantine -free entry for all fully vaccinated arrivals. Hongkong is still not ready to allow big events and inflow of overseas attendees due to Covid19., too bad isn't it ?

People had been wondering what is meant by B2B  😏😶😐

when I first encountered the initial B2b I was indeed wondering what does it mean .

Business-to-business (B2B), also called B-to-B, is a form of transaction between businesses, such as one involving a manufacturer and wholesaler, or a wholesaler and a retailer. Business-to-business refers to business that is conducted between companies, rather than between a company and individual consumer. Business-to-business stands in contrast to business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-government (B2G) transactions.
The international Supplier community were expected to be out in full support at the venue with over 20+ pavilions powered by 1000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and regions expected to join. Wow this is going to be a very busy activity !

This event to be here in Singapore for the 1st time is a big hurraaayyyyy for me ...coz I don't need to buy any more flight tickets nor book an accommodation in HK just to see this event which I did for the last 2 years before the strike of Covid. Now, I just need to drive to the Singapore Expo to visit and have a look at all the gems and meet new suppliers . 
Lesser travelling expenses & woes due to Covid 19. What a relief but still I miss Hongkong and its vibrant ambience though. I just hope  I could be there again to visit anyways... I really hope that their Covid 19 travel restriction is going to ease out soon .  

JGW Singapore trade fair is open to jewellery trade professionals aged 18 and above .
So get ready for this year's largest International B2B jewellery event in Asia. 

Find your dream gemstones, discover new sources, connect and interact with suppliers face to face and be surrounded by people who share your passion for all things jewellery just like me !

I am crazy about gemstones and jewellery ...  LOL !


I would surely be going so I won't miss the opportunity to hold and admire the beautiful stones that would actually be on display there:
diamonds, emeralds, opals, rubies and many many more ... 

👉So See You all There ! 👈

For more info please visit the fair website here .


Thursday, September 15, 2022