Inlay jewelry, Stacking your cuff bracelets, and Applesauce Muffins

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March 2014   News and Events

A new newsletter

Welcome to our NEW newsletter!  We hope you are staying warm during the latest cold snap across the country.  While this may not be in paper form so you can throw it on the fire and keep warm, it just might interest you enough to forget about the cold for a bit. Look for us in your inbox every month bringing you interesting jewelry facts, informative blurbs, advice and tips from our resident jewelry guru (and store manager) Laura, and inside scoop about the wonderful world that is Castle Gap Jewelry.  Prepare yourself to be amazed... abracadabra and poof... Enjoy!

Inlay Three Ways

Originated by the Zuni, the word ‘inlay’ refers to the fabrication method of cutting and fitting stones together to form a design or pattern. There are three major types of inlay jewelry: mosaic or stone-to-stone inlay, channel inlay, and cobblestone or raised inlay. A perfect mosaic or channel inlay shows no perceivable textural difference at the interfaces whether it be stone to stone or stone to metal.

Inlay was used and developed over the centuries by Native American artisans.

Click HERE for an in depth look at inlay
 

Ervin Tsosie cuff bracelet


Inlay parrot dance shell
 

You Ask - Laura Answers

Stacking cuff bracelets - Mix and match to create new looks for your wrist.  Laura, as you may know, wears multiple cuff bracelets on each wrist everyday and pulls it off stylishly.  Have you always wanted the look? Well... dun dun duh!... Laura is here to help!  Look below for tips on how to become the next queen of cuff bracelets.
  1. Comfort - Be sure they fit properly and move with your wrist.
  2. Circumference - Circumference should be about the same in order to lay together properly without bunching up.
  3. Width - Mixing different widths gives added interest.
  4. Color - Mix stones and colors as well.  Although, unless you are going for a true multi-stone look, keep it to 3 colors or less at a time.
  5. Texture - For maximum interest mix types of bracelets such as tri-wire, square wire, rounded etc... Also, mixing smooth and raised cobble inlay looks fabulous.
Click HERE to shop our cuff bracelets
 

Maxine's Famous Applesauce Muffins:

2 5/8 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
3/4 cup butter - softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs - beaten
1 1/2 cups applesauce - heated
Crushed pecans (optional)
 
  • Sift dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Add beaten eggs and blend dry ingredients into butter/egg mixture
  • Heat the applesauce on the stove or in a microwave being careful not to burn it
  • Add the hot applesauce to the batter
  • Add pecans if desired
  • Line a muffin tin with paper cups
  • Fill each cups 3/4 of the way full
  • Bake in at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes

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