Monday, November 16, 2009

JewelryGeeks' Opal Gemstone Giveaway

By on Monday, November 16, 2009 33 Comments

Marcy Coral, the founder of JewelryGeeks, one of the fastest growing social network for jewelry artisans, shares something in common with me. Our names are jewelry related so we were destined from birth to be jewelry artisans! (Check out my past post on nominative determinism for some other fun real-life coincidences).


I've known Marcy for quite a while now - almost 2 years - as I was an early member of her social network site. It started out as Metalchasers (see my past post) but she changed the name later on as members wanted it to reflect all jewelry disciplines and not just the metal arts. It's free to join and it doesn't matter whether you make jewelry for sale or for fun.

What I like about it is that every single member shares your interest and you can interact with them similar to what you do on Facebook. If you don't have a website, you could easily set up your own virtual studio on your personal page so you can show off your creations.  When I have the time,I also enjoy lurking in the main gallery where there is a constant stream of uploads to studio albums.

It's also where I have found some amazing designers like Jimmy Pearce of Gold Pan Jewelry who makes gold nugget jewelry. He pans for the gold himself! JewelryGeeks was also where I found the youngest designer I ever featured on this blog - 13 year old Torch who I didn't know was Marcy's son until later. It's easy to guess from his online name why his mother failed to interest him in bead stringing and wire work! You can read more on the past post called Torch's Heart Ring.

Marcy has generously donated these opal gemstones for today's giveaway. She said in an email, "They are very beautiful and it almost pained me to give them up!" We aren't 100% positive but these look like they may be Peruvian opals. Perhaps a gemologist amongst my readers can confirm this?

They are all side-drilled and vary slightly in length. Are you thinking what I am thinking? The long beads (approximately 63 mm) will look spectacular in a fringe style necklace. Or you could use them singularly as pendants. The two smaller beads (about 34 mm) are for matching earrings.

What do you have to do to win them? Just leave a comment - click on the post title and then write something in the comment box. The giveaway will end at 7.30 pm EST Monday November 23. I will pick a winner via Random.org and post the results asap. Good luck!

UPDATE : JewelryGeeks is now closed.

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33 comments:

  1. wow, these opals are stunning! I'm a member at JewelryGeeks, too, but it's hard to keep yourself up to date when you're a member in so many communities and social networks AND have a full-time job... I wish I had more time to spend at JG...

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  2. This post reminds me that social networking takes too much time at times. I've been a member there too but forget to check things out. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. Oh my. Those are beautiful opals. I love them. Add a few of those swarovski sand opal and some clear AB crystals and you could have an unusual piece of jewelry.

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  4. Ahhh...Now we are talkin. I love opals They go very well with emeralds *my birthstone* I always called myself a jewelry freak :) geek would work as well. Am I addicted YES..Can I get enough NOPE. lol Am I proud of it Yes!! All of us jewelry geeks and freaks need to stick together ya know. :)

    Best Wishes,
    Denise

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  5. These are beautiful! What a generous offer to give them away!!

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  6. JewelryGeeks is a wonderful site. Lovely opals! Thanks for the chance to win them.
    Sherry

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! The opals and your web site! Thank you, Dyan

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  8. Thanks for the reminder about Jewelry Geeks. It's a fun site that I've let slip lately. The opals a stunning. What a generous gift! Thank you, Marcy and thank you, Pearl, for this post.

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  9. Oh my gosh, these are beautiful! Opals are my very favourite stone, so prety and sparkly :)

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  10. I am on my way over to find out more about Jewelry Geeks as soon as I leave this comment. I love their name and feel a kinship to them already! I also appreciate how you link references to previous posts. I am looking forward to reading more about "nominative determinism" also. Always such great posts - thank you!

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  11. Throwin' my hat in the ring this time, Pearl. Can't resist those stones!
    Susan

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  12. Very cool, I just joined JewelryGeeks last week. I'm just getting back into making jewelry and am looking into acquiring semi-precious stones for a source material. I have a whole collection, but they are display specimens - not intended for jewelry.

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  13. These are sooo pretty! I hope I'm not too late!

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  14. never won anything before, hoping this is the first time. The opals are beautiful

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  15. They are so beautiful - and I have a lot of ideas how to use them! :)

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  16. I love opals. Thank you for drawing my name .. if you do.
    Rosalie

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  17. Ohhh...pretty, pretty. Me's want -pick me. :-)

    I'm going to head on over to JewelryGeeks and check it out!
    -Stephanie

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  18. I love beads and these are beauties. My youngest daughter adores opals...

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  19. I'm going to check out Jewelry Geeks. I stumbled upon your blog recently and am enjoying myself. Lovely opals indeed!

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  20. It would be fun to make a beautiful piece of jewelry with the opals

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  21. Those opals are gorgeous Pearl...I do think a fringe necklace would be stunning!!!
    Cheers

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  22. Nice looking opals. Lots of potential. Regards

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  23. Beautiful opals. How generous of you to give them away. My fingers are crossed!

    Sandi

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  24. They are beautiful Peruvian Pink Opal, what great shape. I will be checking out JewelryGeeks as well. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you, Marcy

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  25. I hope I win those beautiful beads. Thank you
    Denise

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  26. I haven't really beaded in the last few weeks because I (finally!!!) recently started a new job and by the time I get home I'm half dead and I've already used so much of my creative energy all I wanna do is crawl into bed....yet these beads have restarted the gears in my head...now I wanna bead instead of going to work!

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  27. Very pretty......I'm a newbie to this addiction and would LOVE to have something so lovely to work with! Thanks for the chance to enter! Very generous giveaway!

    Denise Kunz

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  28. i forgot about that website I will have to go back and check it out. Awsome beads.

    French Elegant Jewelry

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  29. Well, I would never have had those down as opals if I hadn't been told. But they are gorgeous all the same!!

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  30. The opals are lovely - a great color. Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

    Cheers
    Willi

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  31. They are simply beautiful!
    I'd love the chance to enter.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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