Hello and welcome! My name is Danielle, I’m passionate about gemstones, and I’m very excited to share my passion on this blog. I have a degree in geology, and as of February 2014, I am a Graduate Gemologist! Right now I work as a freelance consultant with a local jeweler, and I offer gemstone ID demonstrations at local rock club meetings and rock shows, notably the Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Show in Central Point, Oregon (catch me April 2-3, 2016! I’m there all day. ALLLLL DAYYYY.)
By day, I’m a web designer (almost 20 years!) I focus on small businesses and entrepreneurs, artists and photographers, and tourism-related non-profits, particularly Chambers of Commerce and visitor bureaus/informational sites.
I love making jewelry, especially rings, pendants, and bracelets! These days I do a lot of soldering with sterling silver, but I also work with wire, strung beads, gemstones and crystals, and resin. I’d like to try lapidary at least once. I also want to go gold-panning this year. THIS WILL BE THE YEAR. (I say this every year. There’s gold in them thar hills!)
I love spaceflight and astronomy; find my (retired) blog at silver-rockets.com. I saw two of the last three space shuttle launches; one as a STS-133 #NASATweetup participant. It was fantastic! I also like architecture, art history, science fiction and fantasy, and poetry. Oh, and Sailor Moon.
At Many Faceted, I’ll mostly be writing about my goldsmithing shenanigans, gemstones, their history and lore, and random interesting things I learn. Any gem adventures I have will be chronicled. I will periodically talk about gem books I like, online resources as I find them, and new additions to my modest gem collection. I’m very fond of photos! However, this is also my personal blog, so I may randomly talk about any of the things listed above, not listed in this paragraph. (Just sayin’.)
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If I review a book, usually I own it, read it and love it. If I’m given one for purposes of review, or I’m benefiting in some way by posting, I’ll let you know. Even if you offer me wads of cash, I won’t feature a book here that I don’t actually like, love or use regularly. (PS: if you are still interested in offering me wads of cash, please let me know.)