August = Peridot or Onyx…You Decide!

Classic black and spunky green! Whether you prefer to stick to the traditional Peridot birthstone or the modern Onyx option, there are some stunning pieces out there for you and your loved ones to choose from.

July = Ruby

July babies rejoice! Your month has arrived! Only a stone such as the Ruby could perfectly embody this hot summer month. Rubies are the stone of love, passion, and power. Check out these red hot handmade gift ideas!                  New Printmakers’ Corner In an … Continued

Kathy Wismar Artist Talk & Jerry Kermode Demo, Grand Hand Gallery Napa

Both of our June featured artists at Grand Hand Gallery Napa – Kathy Wismar from Minneapolis, MN and Jerry Kermode from Sebastopol, CA, made appearances at the Napa gallery this weekend.  Kathy came to do an artist talk on Friday, and Jerry did a live woodturning demonstration in front of … Continued

Wedding Season 2012

Invitations have been sent, RSVPs have been received, and gift registries perused…and let’s face it, giving the same old towel set from a department store is just plain boring. It’s less than a week before the big day and you are still trying to find that perfect gift or special … Continued

June = Moonstones

“This gemstone is surrounded by a good deal of mystique and magic. In many cultures, for example in India, it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone. In India, moonstones are also regarded as ‘dream stones’ which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night. In Arabic countries, women often wear … Continued

Stones and Silk

Happy Friday the 13th Craft Lovers! It’s the start of a busy weekend here at the Grand Hand. Owner Ann Pifer has had a busy spring checking out the Baltimore and Philadelphia Craft Shows, and now the new work has begun to arrive! Stop in to see new jewelry from … Continued

April = Diamonds and Bunnies

Not Your Average Diamond… For the modern April birthstone, diamonds are more than just sparkle. Did you know many of our artists are working with not just the traditional white stones, but black, blue, yellow, red, gray, green, and even raw diamonds! These non-traditional diamond choices are becoming ever more … Continued

March = Aquamarine and Shamrocks

March = Shamrocks & Aquamarine! With Saint Patrick’s Day one week away it’s time to “think green” (and not in the save the earth kind of way). Festive Shamrock pendants, scarves and other green goodies such as earrings, ornaments and glass coins are available now!           … Continued

February = Amethyst

For all those February birthdays out there… A large number of mystical powers are attributed to the Amethyst in all sorts of cultures. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect. … Continued

January Feature: Local Jewelery

January Feature: Local Jewelry Our intern, Nel Pilgrim Rukavina, has made some picks from collections by our local jewelry artists – enjoy! While in the depths of winter, jewelry may be just the thing to get our minds off the cold weather. The work of jewelers Heinz Brummel and Devin Johnson offers a … Continued