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What is Hoar frost? December 6, 2012

On the 2nd day of December…mother nature sent to me, “a hoarfrost and snowy evergreen trees”


Welcome to the land of the Great White North, also known as Canada! It really doesn’t snow all year long, and we don’t live in igloos! Only since, living in Calgary, Alberta, which is about 1 hour drive from the famous town of Banff which is nestled in the mountains, have I discover experiencing a hoar frost. Taken from Wikipedia, the definition is “refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.”

It really feels like you have just landed in Narnia! A hoar frost is stunning beautiful, every tree and bush is lined with ice crystals! It usually doesn’t last for too many days, and if you are really lucky you get a dump of snow, that then sticks to the landscape, making it even more breath taking.

On Sunday, I was determined to go out for a walk, to take a picture, as I already missed last weeks opportunity, and was so thrilled that a hoar frost had returned! I dressed up in my layers, as it was -10 Celcius (without the wind chill) and took this landscape just a block around from my home. Brrr…time to warm up, get the crackling fire roaring, and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Christina


Cancer Awareness November 13, 2012

Ladies are You supporting, your men in the month of “Movember”?  So, it may be a little hairy this month, but it’s becoming to be a wonderful awareness in that men do suffer from a type of cancer, that women can’t,  as they do not have a prostate.  That was always a trick question on the anatomy exam…to see if you really were paying attention!

Here are some facts:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). In 2012:

  • An estimated 26,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,000 will die of it.
  • On average, 73 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every day.

Probability of developing or dying from prostate cancer

One in 7 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime and one in 28 will die of it.

This fall season, the football players have adorn themselves in the colour of pink shoes, in honor of breast cancer, that mostly effects women and a few men, too!

Let us do our part, and support the cause  &  we could always not shave our legs?!!   



The Worth of Silver September 24, 2009

Filed under: Character,Facts — precioussadies @ 10:03 am

On todays market the worth of silver for an ounce, is just over the $16 range.   I use a lot of sterling silver in my jewelry.  Sterling silver, is the compoment of 92.5 Silver, and 7.5 copper.  As I work, I have a little container where all my wasted silver goes, so hopefully one day I can turn this in to a reputable company such as Rio Grande, and get paid for my waste, as they melt it down.  In return though, I only would get a fraction of what it is originally worth.  For some, the going rate is about .25 an ounce, but this too can add up to something over time, rather than just throwing it away.  With the silver it can be melted down, and be made into granules, which then also can be melted down and casted in a ring.

I heard on the radio recently, that silver production is down, because now the production of digitial cameras, does not need it.  I didn’t even know they used silver in the productions of cameras!  Which, is one less demand for this popular commodity.   In other countries, silver is actually traded in lieu of money.  Here is an interesting info about silver commodity.

Sterling silver tarnishes, but with the correct combination of ingredients, or a fibre interwoven cloth where certain pigments are implanted, and perhaps even a little elbow grease can remove the dull and black layers that develops, and restore it to it’s natural state.   Tarnishing is a natural process.  It really is a chemical reaction that occurs, because the metal becomes expose to non metal (air) and causes corrosion, if left long enough it could develop rust.   When I store my earrings, I wrapped them in anti-tarnish paper.  I also keep my sterling silver in a plastic bag to keep the air out, or add a slip of carbon paper, into the container that holds the sterling silver, to prolong this process.  This is what I love about silver, it has the ability to be renewed!  So, it is with each of us.   

Each of us, tarnish…and we each have the potential to be polish and improve who we are, no matter how many layers we have.     Sometimes, we are tarnish by life experiences, our attitudes, our own actions, our reaction from others,  traditions, pride,….  the list goes on.  But, we have the ability to remove those layers of tarnish, and we can’t always do it ourselves.   Being a christian, and having the name ‘Christ” in my name, I realize that I have to rely on him, where and when I fall short. 

Benjamin Franklin through his self reflection discovered 13 virtues that he wanted to improve on.  I’m sure you could come up with your own, through self reflection.   Very few of us, take criticism well, or enjoy being told we are in the wrong, without becoming defensive, this doesn’t mean we can’t have our own opinions, but we need to submit ourselves to be polished, and take a step back, and be willing to be teachable.  As we do, layers of corrosion can be removed, and we will discover our true character, who we really have become, because we are willing to be polished.

Got to get back to creating….Christina

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The Worth of Gold September 21, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Types of Products — precioussadies @ 6:20 am
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Digging for Gold?

Digging for Gold?

In the past month, archaeologists discovered a 2,900 year old tomb on the Greek Island of Crete.  Three woman (2 were young adolsecents) were buried with jewels.  The surprizingly discovery was that they did not expect that this level of craft existed earlier.  They believed it was from the Hellenistic Era (a few hundred years after) because of the style of the jewels.   The jewels that were discovered were gold necklaces and medallions that were decorated with lion heads and in the form of their ancient gods.  

It does not surprize me that they had this ability to create with precious materials, and to have the skills to do so.  Looking through history, we marvel at the creations of pyramids, and other ancient structures that are still left standing.   In Bibical times, we know that they were able to create a golden calf!  Wow, consider the mold that was made for that one, and the amount of gold used, it would of been so costly considering what gold is worth today! 

An ounce of gold worth today is around $1,000, give or take.  How big is that ounce? 1 ounce is about the size of 10 pennies, or 4 quarters.  There are 16 ounces in 1 pound.    I wonder how much those mediallons and necklaces are valued at today, considering their age and the amount of gold in them. 

Now, gold in an ounce, just looks pretty, it doesn’t have to even do anything to be valuable, but just sit there.   We get to admire it.

Have you heard of the saying, “you’re worth your weight in gold’?.   Imagine that…let’s throw out a #. Perhaps you weigh about 150 pounds.  150  x 16  x 1,000  =2,400,000 million dollars.

Are you worth 2,400,000 dollars?  You are worth even more, we each are royalty!!   Even though lots of people LOVE gold, love is something that we each have to give.  We each have the ability to pass on our love to others, it may be a friendly smile, a phone call, a word of encouragement, note in the mail, or perhaps a welcoming hug.  To the receiver, of your love, You are priceless! I’m sure you have made a difference to at least one person in your life, and you may not even know it!

Do you think that perhaps these 3 woman who were buried with their jewels even despite if they were royalty… knew how valuable they were to each other? I sure, hope so!     Christina

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Moh’s Scale of mineral hardness January 29, 2009

Filed under: Facts — precioussadies @ 10:21 pm

I usually refer to the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness  in my descriptions of  jewelry pieces.

Friedrich Mohs’ a German mineralogist, created this scale in 1812.   This scale helps determine how soft or hard a gemstone is.   The hardness of a material is measured against the scale by finding the hardest material that the given material can scratch, and/or the softest material that can scratch the given material.    He based the scale on 10 readily available minerals.

To help you understand, on the Mohs scale, a pencil “lead” or graphite has a hardness of 1; A fingernail  2.5; a copper penny, about 3.5; a knife blade, 5.5; window glass, 5.5; and a steel file, 6.5.

Hardness Substance or Mineral
1 Talc, Graphite
2.5 to 3 Pure gold, silver, aluminum
3 Calciate, Copper
4 Fluorite
4 to 4.5 Planitum
4 to 5 Iron
5 Apatite
6 Orthoclase
6 Titanium
6.5 Iron Pyrite
6 to 7 Glass, Fuzed quartz
7 Quartz
7 to 7.5 Garnet
7 to 8 Hardened Steel
7.5 Tungsten
8 Topaz
8.5 Chrysoberyl, chromium
8.5 to 9 Tungsten Carbide
9 Cordunum
9 to 9.5 Carborundum
<10 Ultra-hard fullerite
10 Diamond

Diamond is the hardest.  To cut diamond, you actually cut it against diamond.