October Birthstones - Opal or Tourmaline

Happy birthday October babies! One of the easiest ways to grab a gift for your favorite October birthdays is to get them some birthstone jewelry. Ok, so what are your options? Traditional circles say you have the lucky choice between tourmaline or opal. Let's explore these gemstones a little bit more!

About Opals from the American Gemstone Society:

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” Dozens of opal varieties exist, but only a few (like Fire Opal and Boulder Opal) are universally recognized. Opals are often referred to by their background “body color”—black or white. Australia has produced some of the world's finest opals and opals from that country makes up almost 95% of the worlds' supply.

I love opals for their unusual colors that change depending on how you look at it! They are a softer gemstone, so should be treated with care. Technically, opals are a hydrated amorphous form of silica and can come in many shades of color, with white being the most common. 

I love these "grey backed" opals that I have set in these oval opal rings!
opal rings

I also have Australian opal chips that are so amazing clustered in my Opal Light Earrings.

Because of their delicate nature, opals are often created as doublets or triplets, that is, backed or covered by other stones or material to strengthen and protect them. 

I have these Mosaic Opal pendants that are protected by clear quartz to preserve their amazing colors.

Not so thrilled by opals? Lucky for October birthdays, you can also choose tourmaline as your birthstone. Tourmalines are one of my favorite stones ever! They come in a rainbow of colors, the most popular being green and pink. If those colors are together it's know as watermelon tourmaline.

About tourmalines from the American Gemstone Society:

The name "tourmaline" comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali, which mean "stone of mixed colors." As its name implies, tourmaline stands apart from other gems with its broad spectrum of colors in every shade of the rainbow.

Tourmaline is not one mineral, but a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties. Certain trace elements produce distinct colors, and many resulting varieties have their own names.

Ancient magicians used black tourmaline as a talisman to protect against negative energy and evil forces. Today, many still believe that it can shield against radiation, pollutants, toxins and negative thoughts.

I can't keep my tourmalines in stock. You can try these gemstones in some classic shapes and colors or be bold and try some more unique tourmaline jewelry designs.

Small Oval Tourmaline Rings - so easy to stack! 
Rough tourmaline and aquamarines makes this necklace so unique! Harmony Necklace.

Delicate Tourmaline Necklace in classic watermelon colors!
Tourmaline Earrings in an easy to wear stack.

So which is YOUR favorite? Really, why choose? Both stones are great to have in your jewelry arsenal. Shop these and other handmade jewelry designs at my website Peggy Li Creations.


Felicity Smoak Cosplay

You may not be obvious, but I have some deep sci-fi geek/fangirl roots. Conventions I have been to: Star Trek, X-Files, and the mother of all conventions, Comic Con in San Diego. Some of my favorite moments at these conventions are the amazing costumes people create to dress as their favorite characters. Or, rather, embody their favorite characters! Cosplay continues to get better and better - to get the details right, information on what their favorite characters actually wear has become more and more important.

Everyone's favorite IT girl, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), has been the breakout character from the CW Arrow universe, which is designed by costume designer Maya Mani. Peggy Li Creations jewelry has been so lucky to provide accessories to the TV show for the past few seasons. If you're looking to cosplay Felicity (or Olicity), this would be a great place to start!

HUGE thanks to Arrow Fashion Blog, Worn on TV and Shop Your TV for all their detective work. Visit these websites for up to date fashion spots from each episode of Arrow.

The Glasses:
Felicity breaks stereotypes. She's feminine and caring, yet she is also a business woman, inventor and brilliant computer hacker. Her original frames were identified as Jasmin "Soho" two tone frames, long since sold out. Get the look by searching for rectangle shape frames in two colors.

Here I've found a set of eyeglass frames in similar brown/pink tones from Warby Parker (and they have a ton of similar frames in a dark brown/blue combo):

Felicity Smoak eyeglasses
IT girl Felicity at work in her signature eyeglasses and Peggy Li Creations Black Spinel Earrings and Blue Druzy Pendant Necklace.

The Dress:
Felicity at work loves a great body-con dress! Some of the brands she sports are Sandro, Ted Baker and Roland Mouret.

Felicity Smoak orange dress
Felicity rocking an amazing orange body conscious dress on Arrow season 3 episode Nanda Parbat.

The Shoes:
High heels? No problem! Felicity has great calves and shows them off by wearing heels (with sensible supporting straps, of course). Usually in a neutral like nude. She's gone high-end with Christian Louboutins as well as worn more affordable options like Dolce Vita and Aldo.
Felicity Smoak leopard high heels
Fighting Star City crime in high heels, Felicity Smoak.

The Jewelry:
So thrilled a that dozens of PLC jewelry pieces have been used on Arrow and not just on Felicity. Peggy Li Creations jewelry has been on Thea Queen (Willah Holland) and Susan Williams (Carly Pope) on the show!

Some of my favorites:

Felicity Smoak Triangle Earrings
Handmade Aqua Triangle Earrings and Leaf Drop Necklace (sold out).

Felicity Smoak gemstone earrings
I love this softer look on Felicity, with my Cascade Gemstone Earrings.

pearl necklace felicity smoak
Perfect single Pearl Drop Necklace - which is your favorite?

I'd love to see your best Felicity Smoak cosplay outfits! And don't forget to check out all of the jewelry seen on Arrow. Super excited for new Arrow season 6 which premieres now on Thursdays!


Jewelry seen on Related - Lizzy Caplan, Kiele Sanchez

How about this for a throwback? In 2005-2006 the WB TV show "Related" had an awesome pedigree - "Friends" producer Marta Kaufman and "Sex and the City" writer Liz Tuccillo. Together they created a show about the four Italian-American Sorelli sisters and got an all-star cast of Jennifer Esposito (Ginnie Sorelli), Lizzy Caplan (Marjee Sorelli), Kiele Sanchez (Anne) and Laura Breckenridge (Rose). Set in Brooklyn, the show was about the Sorelli sisters' family dynamic and of course life and love for these young ladies! Back in the day HD wasn't really HD, but I wanted to capture the amazingness of some early Peggy Li Creations jewelry that was featured on the show!

Cast of Related Lizzy Caplan Jennifer Esposito Kiele Sanchez
Look at this beautiful cast (backlot of Paramount studios or the streets of Brooklyn? You decide!) - from left to right, Kiele Sanchez as Ann, Lizzy Caplan as Marjee, Jennifer Esposito as Ginnie, Callum Blue as Bob, and Lauren Breckenridge as Rose. Notice the large Wooden O necklace worn by Lizzy Caplan - those amazing wood pendants were limited edition and was matched with leather cord. You can see Lizzy wearing this necklace in the opening credits of the show as well!

One of the main storylines involves Ann and her ex boyfriend Danny. Although she's a therapist, Ann probably has the most messy relationships of all the Sorelli sisters! Here, Kiele Sanchez as Ann looks amazing in my Long Pearl Drop Earrings

I loved the natural wood look - here Ann wears a Tiger Ebony and 18k gold pendant necklace in the pilot episode of the show. Check out my Tiger Ebony Warm Wood Bracelet for a touch of that look.

Fiesty youngest sister Rose is perfect for some of my bolder, more unique jewelry design of the time! A huge slice of mother of pearl made for a dramatic pendant for Laura Breckenridge as Rose.

Rose grows up quickly on the show, in this clip from the season finale she wears a pair of Oval Gem Earrings with aquamarine stones.

Where are these ladies now? Jennifer Esposito went on to star on TV shows like Blue Bloods and NCIS. Lizzy Caplan is now an Emmy-nominated actress from her work on Masters of Sex. Kiele Sanchez had an ill-fated turn on TV juggernaut Lost and can now be seen on Kingdom. Laura has guest-starred on various shows including Bull and Criminal Minds.

Although the WB is no longer, these shows remain in our memories! Hopefully Lizzy Caplan will return to some comic roots as she showed such fun as Marjee in this show.

See all the jewelry seen on Television from Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry.


Jewelry on You're the Worst

FXX show "You're the Worst" stars Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Kether Donohue, Desmin Borges and Janet Varney as a group of friends navigating love and life in Los Angeles. As you can tell by the title, these people aren't necessarily the most stable of individuals! Jimmy (Chris Geere) is a self-professed narcissist while Gretchen (Aya Cash) thinks she can not be tied down by a relationship. Now in season 4, we find the unlikely couple dealing with the fallout of Jimmy walking out on Gretchen immediately after proposing to her (and Gretchen saying YES).

In a show filled with quirky characters, Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry has found a few spots! Guest star Tessa Ferrer wore my Single Stone Necklace in season 2 and funny lady Janet Varney (as Becca) wears my Carved Cross Necklace for several episodes.

Janet Varney You're the Worst Becca
Janet Varney as Becca wearing Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry on You're the Worst - Carved Cross Necklace.

Tessa Ferrer jewelry
Tessa Ferrer (of Grey's Anatomy fame) wears Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry on You're the Worst - Single Stone Necklace.

The costume design on the show reflects California casual - they live in Los Angeles and Gretchen works as a Public Relations manager and Jimmy is a budding novelist. I love how Gretchen often layers pendants and has amazing ringstacks. Are you watching this show? It's definitely not your typical rom-com. Catch up with You're the Worst on their website and be sure to check out all the Peggy Li Creations jewelry seen on TV.