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Where Your Sapphire Comes From Matters. Here’s Why.

The Sapphire Saga

The oldest sapphire legends come from eons ago when ancient beholders of the gemstone’s celestial blue believed it held intrinsic powers of harmony, peace, and healing.

But in time, this treasured jewel spawned a profit-hungry industry—in some areas, at the expense of the ecosystems that formed around the geological landscape in which these beautiful stones were created. As a result, sapphire mining has affected the planet in irreversible ways, most recently (and most seriously) with mining taking place in Madagascar. As miners tear through environmentally protected lands, they destroy the surrounding forests—and endanger the animals inhabiting it. Continue reading…

Tiger’s Eye and Moonstone: June’s Alternative Birthstones

If you were lucky enough to be born in June, you have not one, but four gemstone options to commemorate your birthday. Perhaps it’s perfect that Geminis, the chameleons of the zodiac, have classic pearls, rare alexandrite, ethereal moonstones and bold tiger eye to choose from. Equally beautiful and unique, moonstone and tiger’s eye make very different visual statements.

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Chrysoprase: The Other May Birthstone

Cuttlefish sterling silver earrings with chrysoprase - Christopher Taylor Timberlake Fine Art Jewelry

When you think of May, a brilliant green gemstone might come to mind. Of course! The glorious and ostentatious emerald hogs the spotlight this time of year. But there’s an equally beautiful, lesser-known green stone sharing the month of May. Chrysoprase.

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The Diamond Dilemma: Finding a Reliable Ethical Sourcing Process

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We all love admiring the sparkle of a beautifully cut diamond, but have you ever wondered where that diamond originated? Whose two hands mined it, unearthing it from the depths of rock—and where in the world they did so?
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Coffee, Cuttlefish & CreativeMornings

Cuttlefish mold post-metal casting - Christopher Taylor Timberlake

What can help a non-morning person through a 7 am wake up call? In our case, coffee, and lots of fire.

Recently, we hosted a FieldTrip for CreativeMornings. Wanting to provide a hands-on workshop for our fellow Austin-area creatives, we started with cuttlefish bones, which everyone used as a canvas for their unique design. Then we helped them cast their visions into existence using molten metal. Continue reading…

Shows And Events

Studio Tour & Open House, Austin, TX

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 3pm to 9pm
Join us at our Austin studio for food, music, and fun for the whole family! Bring the kids and fur babies. Chris will be leading live demonstrations of Mokume Gane, Japanese woodgrain metal and you can shop our studio at a discount!

No need to RSVP. View the invitation.

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Caring For Your Jewelry

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To prolong the life of your fine jewelry and protect it from damage, we recommend the following care: Continue reading…

Ring Sizing Tips

Mokumé, Mokume Gane Ring (M56) 14K karat palladium white gold and sterling silver with pietersite inlay 7.25mm (3.75-1.5-2), domed and etched

We highly recommend visiting at least two to three reputable jewelers to have your finger sized. They should use standard Continue reading…

How to Wear and Care for Your Meteorite Jewelry

Meteorite on Meteorite - Muonionalusta meteorite how to wear and care for meteorite rings and jewelry

An Uncommon Material

Meteorite is not the most common material for jewelry so naturally we answer many questions and address many concerns about how meteorite should be worn and how it changes as it is worn.

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Adventures in Lapidary Etymology

Necklace with Mokumé Gane, Malachite, Azurite, and Chrystalline Azurite

Inspired by our previous support of The Allusionist (a podcast hosted by Helen Zaltzman highlighting the surprising history and etymology of words in the English language), we decided we’d take a closer look at some of the terms we use every day here at the studio.
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We will be hosting a Studio Tour & Open House on Saturday, September 22nd from 3pm-9pm. We would love to see you here! 2308 E Cesar Chavez St