Topaz rates an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.  Typically, colorless, gray or pale yellow and blue material is heat treated and irradiated to produce a more desired darker blue.  This quartz family gemstone has perfect cleavage , a property it shares with diamond, so a hard blow can cause it to split or chip.  Another important thing to know is that topaz does not naturally occur in the deeply blue saturated hues you find in the market today.

This gemstone is easy to clean with warm water, old soft bristled toothbrush and Windex.  It’s the ammonia content in the Windex that will makes your piece sparkle once again!

Imperial topaz is the most coveted of all the topaz and is naturally occurring golden orange to pink, also known as “precious topaz”.  It is considered to be the colour of the setting sun. This orange gem with red dichroism displays a magical color play of light when tilted in various light.   It gets it’s name from the Russian Tsars of the 17th century.  This is because the Tsars claimed exclusive rights to the pink/orange gemstones that were mined in Russia.

Reference a lovely example of Imperial Topaz found in the pendant section on the Castellano website.  When thinking of special gift giving, select a piece of exclusive jewelry, “Original, just like her”….

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Connie Castellano Artist in Action – Free LIVE Event

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I personally invite you my LIVE EVENT

As part of First Friday activities, I will be conducting a demonstration of my process.
I will take my design from  concept to wax to refinement.
A wonderful way to truly gain and understanding and  appreciation of the process that is creation and design.


Downtown Winslow, Bainbridge Island
Friday, July 1st
4:30 – 8:00
292 Ericson Ave

Afterwards, stroll downtown Winslow for an evening of art, food, and friends!
The Art Walk features businesses that are either featuring an art exhibit or are offering small bites on their menus.
Participating businesses are listed in walking order starting on Winslow Way near the ferry terminal.

Refreshments served at most venues. A number of local restaurants join the monthly event, offering small plates and weekend specials.
Easy walk from the ferry.
HopeConnie Castellano original jewelry designs to see all of you!


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Redesign Event: Creating New Fascination Out Of Old Jewerly

“Repurposing Old Jewelry into New Timeless Creations”

Memories captured in the form of previously owned jewelry can now be transformed into exciting new creations suitable to your individual taste and lifestyle!  Recycling your old white gold and yellow gold scrap allows you to choose your favored gold color choice prior to casting the new model.  Repurposing family gemstones is truly a way of honoring that special person or a place in time. Bringing the unworn jewelry out of the dark safe to once again dance in the light of new timeless or art inspired setting is a celebration.   This is how I like to create fascination in wearable fine jewelry.  Allowing new art and inspiration to breathe life into the new jewelry design is my passion.

Let me invite you into the alluring process of lost wax…discover the magical legends and lore of your gemstones.  Feel free to share your desires of favorable styles and possibly your gemstones history.  With full confidentiality, I will quietly collect notes and incorporate these thoughts into concept sketches that you may want to include in your new piece.  Besides creating a beautiful piece of jewelry, it is important that it is durable, comfortable and becomes part of you.

Let me invite you to a UNIQUE EVENT:

Like me on facebook and PM me for an appointment or call 206.406.9520
5% of Fridays proceeds will be donated to BIMA’s Educational Art Fund so both young and old may have an opportunity to explore the joys of a hands-on art experience.

Friday the event will start at 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday the event will go from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
In addition to this lovely opportunity to show support, I will be unveiling my New Collections of ORIGINAL pieces.
I hope to see each of you Next Friday!
-Connie Castellano

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12688058_1116849585021471_2018223517748438637_nColored Gemstones: The real value….
It is important for consumers.
Are the stones irradiated to gain color, or are they naturally occurring? Do you really know? First up, peridot… I will talk about it, followed by color treated quartz is known as common blue topaz by process of irradiation…do you know what you are really buying? Is it a common property of low value? Do you know?

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