JASPER for JANUARY

I want to share the beauty and a bit of info of stones that I’ve searched out selected many times over: JASPER! There are many different types of Jasper in the world and it has been determined that environmental influences contribute to the colors and striations of these expressive stones.

While the pendants shown here are already owned, this is a look/see at a variety. You can be sure that I will continue to create pendants and bracelets with Jasper as the focal point.  

“Just A Walk In The Park” Pendant.  Maligano Jasper!  My new found favorite! This one cut by Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver received the following comment by Paul Smith:   A stone that captures one’s imagination  .

“Just A Walk In The Park” Pendant. Maligano Jasper! My new found favorite! This one cut by Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver received the following comment by Paul Smith: A stone that captures one’s imagination.

“Thinking Of What Used To Be” Pendant.  Owyhee Jasper!  Originating near the border of Oregon and Idaho, this stone was cut by Jay Spence, WA and set into sterling silver with sterling silver & copper accents. Some consider this stone excellent for financial success and/or enhancing the intellectual and attentiveness of the wearer. Paddy Hitt Barrett says:   I love this. I’ll show my husband!   Judy Kaiser says:   I purchased a similar one from you. Wore it yesterday 💕

“Thinking Of What Used To Be” Pendant. Owyhee Jasper! Originating near the border of Oregon and Idaho, this stone was cut by Jay Spence, WA and set into sterling silver with sterling silver & copper accents. Some consider this stone excellent for financial success and/or enhancing the intellectual and attentiveness of the wearer. Paddy Hitt Barrett says: I love this. I’ll show my husband! Judy Kaiser says: I purchased a similar one from you. Wore it yesterday💕

“Owyhee Desert Summer” Pendant.  Owyhee Jasper!  A favorite stone shaped by a favorite master stonecutter, Jeff Hansen, OR. Comments from followers include Candace Gates:   Truly beautiful, my pick so for, they are all beautiful thou!     Denise Jansky:   Looks liked brown lava flowing across white sand in to a blue/green ocean .  Mike Grant:   Beautiful, I love your jewelry!     Joy L Schmidgall Hagerty:   Very pretty love Jasper.

“Owyhee Desert Summer” Pendant. Owyhee Jasper! A favorite stone shaped by a favorite master stonecutter, Jeff Hansen, OR. Comments from followers include Candace Gates: Truly beautiful, my pick so for, they are all beautiful thou! Denise Jansky: Looks liked brown lava flowing across white sand in to a blue/green ocean. Mike Grant: Beautiful, I love your jewelry! Joy L Schmidgall Hagerty: Very pretty love Jasper.

Owyee Jasper!  This pendant is called "Doorway To The Owyhee Desert" and was cut by master lapidarist Keith Horst, AZ. Sylvia Belle Drury says:   Outstanding work!   and others offer their visual description. Jo E. Caruso   That's beautiful. Looks like feathers   and from Paul Smith:   Wow, beautiful stone. Like chocolate syrup drizzling down some vanilla ice cream.

Owyee Jasper! This pendant is called "Doorway To The Owyhee Desert" and was cut by master lapidarist Keith Horst, AZ. Sylvia Belle Drury says: Outstanding work! and others offer their visual description. Jo E. Caruso That's beautiful. Looks like feathers and from Paul Smith: Wow, beautiful stone. Like chocolate syrup drizzling down some vanilla ice cream.

“Forbidden Dreams” Pendant.  Tabu Tabu Jasper!  Very different Jasper cut by Jeff Hansen, OR and accented with a freshwater pear and topaz faceted stone. Commenting are: Tracy Spencer:   Very nice. Very different   .  Cyndi Dan Wolke:   Beautiful composition ❤    Frank Saracino:   Love Stuff like this AWSOMEINGLY BEAUTIFUL

“Forbidden Dreams” Pendant. Tabu Tabu Jasper! Very different Jasper cut by Jeff Hansen, OR and accented with a freshwater pear and topaz faceted stone. Commenting are: Tracy Spencer: Very nice. Very different. Cyndi Dan Wolke: Beautiful composition Frank Saracino: Love Stuff like this AWSOMEINGLY BEAUTIFUL

“Once In A Lullaby” Pendant.  Gary Green Jasper!  Found in eastern Oregon, iron, aluminum, potassium, sodium and calcium – along with petrified wood, cane, cattails and swamp creatures – combine to create stones that range in color from teal to lime green. Read more about this jasper at  http://dirtyoldrockhound.blogspot.com/2013/09/gary-green-jasper-aka-larsonite-green.htm  The beautiful colors, patterns and layers in this particular Gary Green Jasper elicits comments from Becky Gann :    This one is Truly Exceptional...The WOW FACTOR  😲😲😎😍😍🤩🤩  Rick Munger:   Beautiful piece wow   Virginia B. Smith:   Awesome !!   Jessie Heinrichs:   Another WOW   Peggy Simpson:   Breathtaking   Sue Few:   Just splendid!

“Once In A Lullaby” Pendant. Gary Green Jasper! Found in eastern Oregon, iron, aluminum, potassium, sodium and calcium – along with petrified wood, cane, cattails and swamp creatures – combine to create stones that range in color from teal to lime green. Read more about this jasper at http://dirtyoldrockhound.blogspot.com/2013/09/gary-green-jasper-aka-larsonite-green.htm The beautiful colors, patterns and layers in this particular Gary Green Jasper elicits comments from Becky Gann: This one is Truly Exceptional...The WOW FACTOR 😲😲😎😍😍🤩🤩 Rick Munger: Beautiful piece wow Virginia B. Smith: Awesome !! Jessie Heinrichs: Another WOW Peggy Simpson: Breathtaking Sue Few: Just splendid!

“Expedition Unknown” Pendant.  Biggs Jasper!  This outstanding “picture” stone is from the Biggs junction area of Oregon and is an excellent choice for distinctive jewelry. Comments range from   Beautiful   and   Beautiful   to   Gorgeous !

“Expedition Unknown” Pendant. Biggs Jasper! This outstanding “picture” stone is from the Biggs junction area of Oregon and is an excellent choice for distinctive jewelry. Comments range from Beautiful and Beautiful to Gorgeous!

According to https://www.energymuse.com/jasper-meaning: When it comes to manifesting strength, courage and wisdom, the Jasper crystal is your all-in-one stone that resonates with the earth and its seemingly endless layers of colors and shades. Like a beautifully painted landscape, these unique stones echo the vast and complex ecosystem and its integral part of the life-giving elements of the planet. 

TODAY is the LAST DAY of the 2018 HITH TOUR

Your smiles and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. High Desert Creations Studio #12 is open from 10 am – 5 pm TODAY, NOVEMBER 25 - the LAST DAY of the 2018 Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour & Sale.

Yesterday, Nancy, my good friend and a devoted collector, stopped in wearing one of my heart pendants. The heart symbol represents the center of emotion – of love and affection – so it’s no wonder that so many are attracted to the heart shaped stones that I often use as the focal point of my original works of wearable art.

Yesterday, Nancy, my good friend and a devoted collector, stopped in wearing one of my heart pendants. The heart symbol represents the center of emotion – of love and affection – so it’s no wonder that so many are attracted to the heart shaped stones that I often use as the focal point of my original works of wearable art.

Earrings have been quite popular! Lightweight and the perfect length in either silver or copper or a combo of silver & copper – such a great look with short hair. All in all – eight pairs were sold yesterday in addition to the custom set I created – sterling silver with freshwater pearls.

Earrings have been quite popular! Lightweight and the perfect length in either silver or copper or a combo of silver & copper – such a great look with short hair. All in all – eight pairs were sold yesterday in addition to the custom set I created – sterling silver with freshwater pearls.

Cindi selected “Collett”, a pendant of geometric design in copper and sterling silver for herself and completed the look with sterling silver earrings.

Cindi selected “Collett”, a pendant of geometric design in copper and sterling silver for herself and completed the look with sterling silver earrings.

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The geometric designs in copper and sterling silver of the “Collett” pendant features a quartz/copper inlay stone and sterling silver rivets.

The geometric designs in copper and sterling silver of the “Collett” pendant features a quartz/copper inlay stone and sterling silver rivets.

TOUR ON for just TWO (2) DAYS: Sat. 24 & Sun. 25

In 1964 I married Tom Turner and settled in Ellensburg, WA. It was here that my interest and love for Native American Indian culture originated. Largely self-taught – over a 14-year period, I learned traditional beading techniques from the elder women of the Yakima Tribe. Yesterday, one of my favorites, “Vaquero Espanola” was acquired by a very pleased art patron.    

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Close-up of the intricate and beautiful bead artistry: “Vaquero Espanola”

Just a few weeks ago, I created “Waves Of The Heart” featuring an exceptional Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jason Brousseau, NM. Yesterday, it stole the heart of a wearable art appreciator who happily slipped it onto her own leather cord.

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“Wave Of The Heart” with exceptional Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver and copper.

I always enjoy visits from my long-time collector Debbie Moore who added to her already remarkable style this outstanding “Once In A Lullaby” pendant featuring a unusual Jasper stone in shades of green and brown set in sterling silver.

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Lovely “Once In A Lullaby” pendant with Jasper stone in shades of green & brown set in sterling silver.

VISIT High Desert Creations on the HITH TOUR: THREE (3) days Friday 23; Saturday 24; Sunday 25

This is the final weekend of the 2018 HITH Tour & Sale so be sure to come by Studio #12 to appreciate and acquire artwork directly from the talented and professional group of artists that I host at my private North Scottsdale home – OPEN 10 am – 5 pm.

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Throughout the TOUR I continue to create new pieces of wearable art. Come by to select from the available pendants, bracelets and earrings on display and/or to chat about a custom piece designed especially for you - collaborative commissions are welcome!

GREAT GUESTS became COLLECTORS during HITH first weekend

The first weekend of the Tour brought so many art enthusiasts to High Desert Creations Studio #12. Happy collectors acquired pieces of original contemporary Western/Southwestern works of wearable art. On the first day  I wore this gorgeous Sonoran Desert Sunrise stone cut by Russ Kaniuth and right away a visitor fell in love with it so I took it from around my neck and put it on her – just shows you can’t go wrong with hearts and stars.

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Below is the smiling face of the proud owner of “Thunder Over The Desert” with a beautiful #8 turquoise from Elko, NV and shaped by master stone cutter Russ Kaniuth.

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High Desert Creations Studio #12 on the HITH Tour will be OPEN 10 am - 4 pm the weekend after Thanksgiving: Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25. Come out and come by!

It's TOUR TIME! STUDIO #12 is OPEN TODAY: 10 am - 5 pm

WELCOME to High Desert Creations! I am excited to show you a wide range of my original handmade jewelry in Western, Southwestern and Contemporary styles. And I’m excited to see which piece(s) you select to go home with.

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HDC is open 10 am – 5 pm this weekend: Friday, Nov. 16; Saturday, Nov. 17 & Sunday, Nov. 18 at 31616 N. 70th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Come early for the best selections.

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ONE (1) DAY: COUNTDOWN to the HITH TOUR @ STUDIO #12

Images Arizona and editor Shelly Spence are great supporters of local artists – check out the HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR & SALE! section in the November issue.

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I am hosting four talented artists at my High Desert Creations Studio #12 and NEXT DOOR see these four artists at cuvée art Studio #13. BTW: I am happy to report that the calls keep coming in and a gentleman from Canada just purchased one of my original works of wearable art to give to his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

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I am so grateful to so many of my followers who express their appreciation for my work – like Britt Lahey who says ~ “Good jewelry like yours NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE OR FASHION!!!!” and Shirley Anne Mann who says: “I look so forward to seeing your creations I feel as if I know you so well - thank you for sharing your precious heart🎈🌹🎈”

The Wonder Of It All" Pendant – classic with a little Southwest Twist featuring a gorgeous Kingman Turquoise stone cut by Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver elicited the following from  Fronnie Bealer ~ “You are walking along in the desert leaving some footprint (the little scrolls on the sides) when you serendipitously come upon a narrow lake, which offers refreshment for body and soul. I love the splash of turquoise.”

The Wonder Of It All" Pendant – classic with a little Southwest Twist featuring a gorgeous Kingman Turquoise stone cut by Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver elicited the following from Fronnie Bealer ~ “You are walking along in the desert leaving some footprint (the little scrolls on the sides) when you serendipitously come upon a narrow lake, which offers refreshment for body and soul. I love the splash of turquoise.”

"Following Destiny" combines two pieces of nature – a freshwater pearl and a Utah Septarian stone cut by Jeff Hansen, AZ – set in mixed metals: sterling silver and copper.  Jo E. Caruso says ~ “That is more than incredible. I love the freshwater pearl addition. Just beautiful!!! I just had to share with you how this piece affected me when I received it. It felt like it finally made it home. Along with a lot of energy from the artist. The picture doesn’t do it justice. Thank you, Kathi. For sharing your gift.

"Following Destiny" combines two pieces of nature – a freshwater pearl and a Utah Septarian stone cut by Jeff Hansen, AZ – set in mixed metals: sterling silver and copper. Jo E. Caruso says ~ “That is more than incredible. I love the freshwater pearl addition. Just beautiful!!! I just had to share with you how this piece affected me when I received it. It felt like it finally made it home. Along with a lot of energy from the artist. The picture doesn’t do it justice. Thank you, Kathi. For sharing your gift.

“Owyhee Desert Summer” features an Owyhee Jasper cut by Jeff Hansen, AZ and set in sterling silver elicited this from  Denise Jansky ~ “Looks liked brown lava flowing across white sand in to a blue/green ocean.” And this from Candace Gates ~ “Truly beautiful, my pick so for, they are all beautiful though!”

“Owyhee Desert Summer” features an Owyhee Jasper cut by Jeff Hansen, AZ and set in sterling silver elicited this from Denise Jansky ~ “Looks liked brown lava flowing across white sand in to a blue/green ocean.” And this from Candace Gates ~ “Truly beautiful, my pick so for, they are all beautiful though!”

THREE (3) DAYS: COUNTDOWN to the HITH TOUR @ STUDIO #12

Southwest Art Magazine helped me reach collectors and art enthusiasts on the inside back cover of the October 2018 issue – resulting in a number of calls and two commissions so far. As a unique niche, I celebrate my affinity for fellow ranchers by creating custom ranch brand pendants and bracelets – for both women and men. See pendant on page below - top left:

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And I’d be happy to work with you to create your personal storyteller pendant (below). Storyteller pendants feature hand-made meaningful and inspirational symbols that represent three major things in a person’s life.

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Send an email message to me at kathi89445@yahoo.com or text 775-304-6756 and express your interest in collaborating on a ranch brand or storyteller pendant as a gift or for your very own.   

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From Workbench to Wearable Art

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“In The Back Country” Pendant ~ Turquoise Mountain stone shaped by master cutter Jason Brousseau of NM set in textured sterling silver. Hanging from an 18” wheat weave chain the pendant measures 2 ¾”h x 2 ¼”w. Even more amazing layered with additional silver & turquoise neckpieces.   

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Phoenix Home & Garden November 2018 focuses on my original wearable art.

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“On The Edge Of Someday” Bracelet: outstanding Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jeff Hanson, AZ set in 20 gauge sterling silver with sterling silver accents.

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HDC SHOWS OFF “Messages From Heaven” pendant in City Sun Times – which was acquired and sent off to one of my valued collectors in Pasadena, California. Thank you, Valerie, I love return clients, it keeps me inspired and creating!

Also greatly appreciated on Facebook: Rick Leeper ~  That is one of the prettiest stones ever..   I just had to say to Rick:  Can't match the beautiful turquoise that comes out of the Number 8 Mine outside of Elko, NV

Also greatly appreciated on Facebook: Rick Leeper ~ That is one of the prettiest stones ever..

I just had to say to Rick: Can't match the beautiful turquoise that comes out of the Number 8 Mine outside of Elko, NV

FRIDAY - 11/16/18: COME EARLY for the BEST SELECTIONS!

The Hidden In The Hills Tour & Sale begins in ONE WEEK on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16. I am pleased to host four exceptional guest artists who work in oil, acrylic, mixed media or wood at High Desert Creations HITH Studio #12.

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OPEN 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on November 16-17-18 & November 23-24-25 (the weekends before & after Thanksgiving). Come early for the best selections: 31616 N. 70th Street, N. Scottsdale, AZ 85266

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MAKE it MEANINGFUL!

Singular and distinctive, a custom piece of jewelry is most meaningful. I welcome collaboration and the chance to create a ranch brand, pendant or bracelet that fulfills your design vision – an original work of wearable art for yourself or as a gift. I’m currently taking orders for Christmas.

This commissioned pendant is off to Diane Parker  at Parker Brangus Ranch, San Simon, AZ.

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This commission bracelet is off to Jenny Anglen in Bosque New Mexico. Thank you, Jenny for allowing me to create a piece with your hunting treasures. It’s a big responsibility, although I welcome it. 

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Wearable Art Admired & Desired by Women & Men!

"All Things Natural" found a new home right here in Winnemucca. Thank you, Carolyn Dufurrena, with your Geology back ground, this piece is right for you, and when I say you rock, you literally rock. 

"All Things Natural" is a real statement piece! Set in a 100% copper circle is a natural opalized Ammonite, a natural freshwater Pearl, a natural Korite Opal with a natural copper splash and several sterling silver drops. The pendant hangs from 18 inches of natural Madagascar Coral Beads. Lots of thought went into this piece, trying to compliment these awesome beads.

"All Things Natural" is a real statement piece! Set in a 100% copper circle is a natural opalized Ammonite, a natural freshwater Pearl, a natural Korite Opal with a natural copper splash and several sterling silver drops. The pendant hangs from 18 inches of natural Madagascar Coral Beads. Lots of thought went into this piece, trying to compliment these awesome beads.

Not only for women – comments below are from male facebook followers:

Paul Smith ~ Wow. Your creativity just amazes me! An amazing piece.

High Desert Creations ~ Thank you Paul, as you can see, I have no one particular set style. I like to do it all.

Knole Shepherd Deacon III ~ I was born and raised in Prescott. That's where I became The Turquoise Cowboy. I'm gonna buy some of your jewelry when I can. I love it.

Wild & Free GIFTED - Husband to Wife!

"Wild and Free" is off to Washington State as an unexpected gift from her husband to his wife, how sweet is that. Thank you, Mike!  

This stunning sterling silver and 100% copper work of wearable art features outstanding turquoise from mines in both Arizona and Nevada. Enhanced with handmade copper bead caps and silver, the pendant measures 3” x 1½” and drops from 18 inches of chunky turquoise stones.

This stunning sterling silver and 100% copper work of wearable art features outstanding turquoise from mines in both Arizona and Nevada. Enhanced with handmade copper bead caps and silver, the pendant measures 3” x 1½” and drops from 18 inches of chunky turquoise stones.

A facebook comment exchange between loyal follower Denise Jansky and Kathi Turner:

Denise Jansky ~ Lucky lady, lovely piece of jewelry with love from her husband. Smart man!

High Desert Creations ~ Denise, he brings her special pieces from all parts of the country he travels though. I thought what a kind and thoughtful husband.