Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Featured Artist - Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry, LLC

Good Morning,

Thursday's are devoted to a featured artist, wherever they may be on the web.   Today we are featuring a fellow Vendor, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry, LLC.

Their welcome announcement explains what they do briefly, but they shop carries so much more than what you would expect to find.

Shop Announcement: Artisan jewelry shop featuring two artists. 
Debora Lee Rasmussen designs and crafts all beaded items. 
John Atwell Rasmussen is the lapidary, gemologist and artisan jeweler
 / metalsmith. All cabochons are hand cut in our lapidary. The two 
artists produce uniquely beautiful jewelry. Custom orders our specialty.
This dynamic duo produces beautiful jewelry from high end up scale 
pieces, to beading projects.  As the shop is also a Lapidary, they even
mine their own stones.  These folks really make every thing from the 
ground up.

Description: Faceted Zircon (do not confuse this natural stone with 
the man made CZ)d and Marcasite flanking stones set in Sterling 
silver. Size 8

Description: 24.6 carat oval cabochon cut in our lapidary from natural Lapis Lazuli purchased in the bazaar of Kandahar, Afghanistan.  This beautiful cabochon is 25 x 18 mm.  The dark blue lazulite is accented by the golden pyrite crystals.

DZ Mixed Bead Cross Necklace

Description: Mixed beads (Blue, pink, silver colored, metal) 
accenting a 1.5 inch tall Christian Cross focal in this 22 inch 

 Description:  A 20 carat handcut freeform cabochon garnet 
wrapped with Sterling Silver wire.  18 inch Sterling Silver chain is 
also available in the Pendant and Necklace Section.
I usually don't gush over a piece when I feature an artist, but this
Chrome Diopside pendant is just gorgeous! One of my favorite
gemstones, and it is rare.  It usually comes from Russia and can also 
be found in the United States.

Description: Beautiful faceted chrome diopside gem set in 14 karat gold pendant and hung from a 14 karat gold chain.

John Atwell Rasmussen was educated in Geology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He then taught geology and after ten years switched professional course to prehospital medicine. He retired from emergency medical services and is pursuing his love of rocks, minerals and gems as the lapidary and jeweler at Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC. He has been educated in Gemology and Jewelry Design and Repair at: International Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America and Penn Foster Career School.

Dr. Rasmussen is assisted in the shop by his wife, Debora Lee Rasmussen. She is disabled and does bead design and crafting making all of the beaded pieces in the shop. Debora previously designed decorative swags and wreaths custom made for home decor.



 Thank you for stopping by and having a look.  In hope that the post has inspired a want to go take a gander at what those crafty Rasmussen's might be up to next.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.