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Gems Picked For Individuality

Characteristic of jewelry of the Arts and Crafts movement, which lasted from the last quarter of the 19th century and into the first quarter of the 20th century, was the selection of stones for their aesthetic merits rather than any intrinsic value. For that reason, while the commercial jewelry trade sold diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and fine pearls, the handmade pieces of Arts and Crafts jewelers featured such stones as peridot, tourmaline, moonstone, turquoise and opal. When they did use precious stones, they were very apt to choose flawed pieces.

Cost was only one of the reasons for the choice of stones. Just as important was the fact that these craftsmen preferred individuality in their work. An irregularly shaped grey pearl they found to be more interesting than a perfectly shaped round white one.

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Plastic Jewelry A Wartime Product

One of the unusual types of costume jewelry popular in the 1940s used the material lucite as part of the design.

Lucite is a clear plastic. Several designers, including Trifari and CoroCraft, designed brooches representing animals or sea life. The figures were made of sterling silver or gold plating, with a clear, lucite belly. Today, some of the “jelly bellies” are selling on the collector’s market for several hundred dollars.

Lucite could also be shaped to look like faceted rock crystal, and substituted for that material in necklaces, brace­lets and brooches.

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Fervent Prayer Admired At Methodist Picnic

a note from history...

Members of the Methodist Church in Goldendale, Washington, were holding Sunday services and a picnic basket dinner in an oak grove a few miles out of town one nice spring day in 1850.

Long tables were filled with good things to eat and the members were sitting down to the feast when a small dust cloud was noticed on the horizon. Shortly thereafter, a rider galloped up close to the table.

He was recognized as Frank Foss, one of three brothers reputed to be stock rustlers in the area. Nevertheless, he was invited to sit down to dinner. He accepted the invitation, sat down to the table and ate heartily.

After the meal, he arose and offered the most fervent prayer of the day. “It skinned all the other prayers by a town block,” observed one of the Methodists.

Frank asked the Lord to forgive his sins and save him from impending danger.
Just as he said “Amen,” another larger dust cloud was seen coming over the hill. Frank did not wait for the Doxology, but jumped on his horse and galloped swiftly away.

The second dust cloud proved to be the danger Frank had alluded to in his prayers. It was a heavily armed sheriff’s posse in pursuit of Frank.

Evidently, the fervent prayer was answered. Frank was not caught but got away and left the country.

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