Dec 17, 2013

Genuine Gemstone Catholic Rosary Collection Handmade in Toronto


AbbeyForge provides genuine gemstone Catholic Rosary and Rosary Chaplet Bracelets in every theme, colorway and gemstone.  AbbeyForge's new Christian & Rosary department currently offers many Catholic Prayer Bead selections available right now for secure online purchase!

Note that all of my designs (even the "Sold Out" listings) are still available in one form or another so just email me or send a convo via the etsy console to get your order initiated.  Most AbbeyForge prayer bead designs are easily modified to suit your theme, gemstone &/or colorway too.  And many modifications to existing rosary items can be completed within 2-3 business days so just ask :)  Here are some examples of my work.

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Amethyst Jade Catholic Rosary with Pewter Celtic Cross and St.Patrick Centerpiece by AbbeyForge on etsy $89.00 USD


Above: Amethyst Jade Catholic Rosary with Pewter Celtic Cross and Pewter St.Patrick Center. February Birthday 083113A $89.00 USD

Green Jade Catholic Rosary Celtic Irish Theme with Pewter St.Patrick Cross and Centerpiece $99.00 USD




The above Long Black Agate Rosary with large black enamel inlay cross has been a popular mens/unisex fashion necklace for 2013.  Your rosary creation can be expanded to properly fit guys 6' 6" tall so just let me know your requirements.


Mens Howlite Long Rosary Necklace 50 Inches White Turquoise with Abundance Crucifix and Alpha Omega Center $59.00 USD

Dec 16, 2013

Garnet Rough Nugget Natural Gemstone Choker with Sapphires by AbbeyForge

Garnet Rough Nugget Natural Gemstone Choker with by AbbeyForge:
Unique specimens of Garnet surrounded by stunning sapphires: this modern choker makes a great mens/unisex January birthstone gift for that special someone who's always hard to please!


Rough Garnet Nugget and Sapphire Choker

Garnet Rough Nugget Natural Gemstone Choker with Yellow Sapphire, Orange Sapphire and Padparadscha Sapphire


See more January birthstone gift ideas here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbbeyForge/search?search_query=garnet&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search 

And here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Gahooletree/search?search_query=garnet&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

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Oct 31, 2013

Divine Druid Titanium Blue Quartz Crystal Wand Copper Necklace

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Divine Druid Titanium Blue Quartz Crystal Wand by AbbeyForge


Divine Druid is a wonderful titanium blue quartz crystal wand necklace with plenty of solid copper content measuring about 40 inches around the neck with another 5 inches of gemstone cascade beneath the Y-connection. Truly a cool conversation piece!






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Visit AbbeyForge for more unique genuine gemstone talisman creations, premium Catholic Rosary designs, birthstone jewelry and healing crystal mens/unisex chokers.

Feb 11, 2013

Abbey Forge Rosary Shop Announcement

Announcing a new name:  my rosary shop is now called Abbey Forge!  Today I'll be putting the finishing touches on a long mens rosary made of black agate Ave/Hail Mary beads similar to the one shown here.  The Pater/Our Father beads will again be these stunning faceted sardonyx specimens and of course I'll attach a free medal.  The customer specified that he wished me to include the free  miraculous medal.


Please note: If you click the above picture you'll be taken to a page which might say "Sold Out" but don't worry ... This Black Agate St. Benedict Catholic Rosary is always in stock!  It's always ready to ship in 2-3 business days or less.  Email me or send a convo via the Etsy console to order.  There's dozens of possible customizations too: for example you may add chain separators, swap Sardonyx gems for metal Pater stations, add a different theme centerpiece, etc.  Most popular has been the St. Benedict Jubilee coin-shaped St. Benedict center with the black enamel inlay cross shown above.

The final product will include a St. Benedict jubilee center and St. Benedict cross (the same one depicted here).  This is a monumentous day in the lives of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide who just learned hours ago that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down due to health concerns.  So it is interesting that I am working on a St. Benedict Rosary today!  


Catholic Rosary Mens Unisex 32 plus 7 Inches Long by AbbeyForge

I created my first catholic rosary only a few years ago and I did so merely as a favour to a close friend whose ailing mother had been asking for a unique set of gemstone prayer beads.  Today the rosary business part of Gahooletree Jewelry is growing by leaps and bounds.  My AbbeyForge boutique now houses a growing collection of rosary items!  Please check back often or of course, contact me for custom rosary work.

Aug 18, 2012

Mens Unisex Gemstone Rosaries

Green Jade Catholic Rosary With Pewter Dogwood Cross and Pewter Madonna Center


Green Jade Catholic Rosary with Pewter Dogwood Cross and Pewter Madonna Center



... is another classic five decade catholic rosary that serves as traditional prayer beads or it can be worn as a fashion necklace. Perfect birthday, Communion, Confirmation, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, Easter, wedding (or any time) gift/present.



This exact item is one of a kind and is available for secure online purchase at my SassyDLite (on Etsy) boutique of handcrafted gemstone collectables.

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Custom orders are welcome.  Please contact me with your requirements/wish list for a quick quote. I have practically every gemstone in stock. Most special order rosaries can ship in only 3 business days!!!  But certain specialty requests like genuine ruby, emerald or sapphire or rare gemstones/crystals may take longer if I need to source stones.


Mar 23, 2012

Vintage MetalWorx Sacre Coeur Bracelet

Vintage MetalWorx Sacre Coeur Bracelet
Vintage MetalWorx Sacre Coeur Bracelet


Vintage MetalWorx Sacre Coeur Bracelet is a unique one of a kind designer piece: Iron chain with gunmetal patina features large links. Renaissance inspired base metal connectors, medieval style iron cross charms & heart charms plus a vivid array of eye popping austrian and swarovski crystals. 

The fine accent chain is oxidized sterling silver. All charms are attached with hand wrapped sterling silver wire. No jump rings that snag or open! Lightweight and very comfortable on the wrist, this piece will withstand prolonged abuse and wear. Base metal lobster claw clasp. Hand forged sterling silver extender links.

Fits 7 to 9 1/2 inch wrists.  For more information and to BUY NOW --

Vintage MetalWorx Sacre Coeur Bracelet by SassyDLite on Etsy:

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Mar 21, 2012

Citrine Carnelian Rustic Sterling Choker by SassyDLite on Etsy

Citrine Carnelian Rustic Sterling Choker
Citrine Carnelian Rustic Sterling Choker by SassyDLite on Etsy
NEW: from SassyDLite for Gahooletree Jewelry!  Handmade in Toronto by designer Anna Lee Husband.  Shop www.SassyDLite.etsy.com for unique genuine gemstone jewellery collectibles.  This cool choker features really super citrine faceted specimens!  BUY THIS ITEM NOW FOR $44 usd.
Contact Anna Lee for custom creations.

Jun 3, 2011

Introducing Tali's Creations Jewelry


This weeks Featured Artisan is Tali - Tali's Creations! Beautiful creations by a beautiful lady! You can find Tali's Creations at:





Aug 18, 2010

NEW Pandora Starter Bracelets Now Here!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new braided leather pandora starter bracelets! These cute starter kits are so hot and fashion forward. Each bracelet comfortably fits 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inch wrists. Downward sizing is possible by simply adding a knot!


Affordably priced at $23.95 each bracelet also ships with a FREE GIFT!
Bonus includes 3 tibetan silver metal charms which will fit any pandora style bracelet.














Putty Beige Braided Leather Pandora Starter Bracelet

Black Braided Leather Starter Bracelet




Aug 10, 2010

My First Scamming "Buyer" on Etsy - Tia Callarman of 747 Timber Run Havana FL 32333

I guess it was bound to happen to me at some point but it is truly with mixed emotion that I am reporting this unfortunate incident, namely the first scammer I've had the misfortune to come across in my three plus years as an etsy seller.   

Negative feedback for this etsy transaction has been left as follows:
"Etsy sellers beware - DO NOT DO BUSINESS with this party! This is a SCAMMING BUYER. After waiting a day, I sent a friendly reminder for payment, at which point the 'buyer' acknowledged by convo that she wanted the item and promptly forwarded funds.


After that, this person did not respond to my convo enquiry about whether modifications were required prior to shipping. Despite no reply, I went ahead and shipped this necklace because prompt shipping is a hallmark of my online businesses.


United States Air Force Sterling Silver Locket part of Tia Callarman 747 Timber Run Havana FL 32333 Scam

Six hours after I marked the item as shipped, this individual launched a paypal dispute to recover her funds.  Since the shipment would have just left Toronto (for Florida) the timeline and details in this case show deliberate deceitful intent.
 PayPal reviewed the case and because I didn't have a tracking number as evidence of shipping (a $14 service that this person had not requested or purchased) the chargeback was decided against me. This is a classic scam. The purchaser gets your high quality handmade goods and then to double the hurt they also recover all of the funds involved. Although the majority of online shoppers are honest, there are those like Tia Callarman who do find all available loopholes in order to cheat.


This transaction is an example of the type of abuse that I did not expect to contend with on Etsy. I have asked Etsy to remove this individual from the community so that other honest esty sellers are not subjected to this form of emotional abuse and financial damage.It was never clarified by PayPal exactly what the basis of this party's dispute was concerning the transaction. I still do not know if Tia Callarman of 747 Timber Run, Havana Florida 32333 is claiming that her etsy account was somehow used in an unauthorized way. If so, it would have been decent and ethical if this individual had contacted me to explain her position. This party has been silent with zero reply to my 2 short convo attempts to establish contact and receive clarification."




Finally, it is ironic that I even used the PayPal Ship module so here's a copy of the Tia Callarman Ship Label...

There are several individuals named as currently residing along with "Tia Callarman" at 747 Timber Run, Havana Florida 32333.  In future posts I will be listing these other individuals by name.  If the Tia Callarman party had any conscience they would have marked return to sender on my package so I would at least have recovered my item.  Abuses such as this premeditated scam have a ripple down affect that result in higher prices for everyone else.

Mar 12, 2010

Cool Bling Runnings:: Ebony Loc Jewelry



It never ceases to amaze me the twists and turns (get it?) that my life takes!  A couple of months ago our friend DB-H who's also a fan of my jewelry asked if I could provide her with a few cool looking sterling silver or glittery charms to adorn her dreadlocks.  That was admittedly uncharted waters for me - something I'd never thought about creating.   

Okay, I hesitated a bit, gave it cursory thought and promptly replied to her that it's no problem to put together a small assortment of tiny charm bling... and just off the top of my head I also promised that I'd figure out a way to secure the charms in her dreads perhaps using smallish (7mm) sterling silver spring rings.

Well off I went to ponder this project, but upon close inspection of my sterling silver spring rings (under my strong magnifiers) I wasn't thrilled with how they would pan out (although small, professionally made spring rings are better than nothing and they'll do in a pinch I suppose).   But on further reflection, it seemed apparent to me that a spring ring wouldn't provide enough 'catch' meaning it would be prone to slide off. 

Another issue that came to mind was how my 7mm spring rings (with their diamond cut edges) would be apt to get caught up in the hair.  Now admittedly it was 30 years ago, but I was once trained as a professional hair stylist, so proper hair care is quite important to me.  And my ethnic mix that includes African genes has given me an acute understanding of just how fragile black hair really can be, so above all else I definitely don't want to promote solutions that might damage the hair in any way. 

So what to do?  Well, by some miracle of fate and technology I found online references to many, many forms of handmade dreadlock hair accessories.  Really cool stuff to be sure :)

Dreadlock jewellery making techniques date back to the beginning of time.  Some loc jewelry making techniques can easily be replicated today if you possess basic wirework skills, small scraps of wire (small scraps of precious metal wire are even better in my opinion). 

The copper wire used here is is 20 gauge round copper wire provided courtesy of my friend Lois of A Beaded Affair located in Philly, PA.  I recommend you buy an introductory amount of Lois' 18 gauge or 20g round copper wire for this project.

Email me if you need a tutorial on how to work this project.  To finish off, just toss in a few leftover crystals, shells, glass beads, charms, souvenirs, or well, if you've got access to even tiny quantities of extraordinary genuine gemstone specimens... then voila! 

There you have it... dread jewelry, loc jewellery, dredlock charms, dreadlock adornments... well whatever you wanna call it... we now have 'em!  and we'll work them up in any diameter to perfectly fit the size of your locks.  Just let me know what metal, what diameter/size, and which adornments will make you most happy :)

Mar 7, 2010

New Shop on DaWanda is Now Open




Feb 24, 2010

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Feb 18, 2010

Our OWOH Winner...

okay so the entries have been tallied and I'm a bit late with this... but our winner is:

Darcey of 365 Days of Discovery and Barefoot & Breathless! 

Check out Darcey's INTERESTING and WELL WRITTEN blogs:
365 Days of Discovery

Barefoot and Breathless

On the above e-logs, Darcey explains the ins and outs behind some of her creative pursuits. This artist appears to execute everything she does with notable precision. I'm still trying to find out if Darcey operates any online shops. If she does, I'll post a follow up article about what she offers for sale online!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment.  I especially wish to thank all of my new followers for joining this blog network.  As promised, I am now following your blogs too :)

Jan 25, 2010

Our One World One Heart (OWOH) Blog Contest and Free GiveAway Item



Here is a picture of the SassyDLite entry in the 2010 "One World One Heart" (OWOH) blog giveaway event.  If you're our winner, SassyDLite handmade jewelry by Oracle Gem Designs will send you these genuine gemstone blue sapphire earrings! 

These classic earrings measure almost 1 1/4 inches in length and all metal is sterling silver.  I called this creation "Arabian Nights" because these stunning deep blue sapphires conjure images of a star filled Arabian sky at night.  Jump on the Magic Carpet to enter (see instructions below)!

PS, on my sister blog (click HERE) I'm offering a second beautiful giveaway too!

The One World One Heart (OWOH) event is designed to boost the efforts of bloggers as it encourages blog writers from across the globe to connect and get to know one another better. For more information click this image:

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How to Enter
:  While you're here, please follow my blog (click the Follow icon to the left) and to enter the giveaway to receive this free item, just leave a comment on this blog post.  Remember, if you're my winning entry I'll need to be able to contact you by email so please include a valid email address in your comment. 

Getting Connected:  If you're a fellow blogger, I'd love to hear from you so send comments or suggestions.  Write me and I'll visit your blog too or simply feel free to write just to say hi. 

How to Participate:  Jump on the magic carpet and go for a quick spin!  Visit THIS LINK to find a complete list of 2010 OWOH participants (called Magic Carpet Ticket Holders). 

Each of the 2010 OWOH participants is currently offering at least one free giveaway item so enter as many of the giveaways as you like!!!

And if you're not already involved in this remarkable global project, please make yourself a note to join us next January for the 2011 fun!

Contest Closes: February 15th at midnight Eastern time. The winner will be announced here on February 16th, 2010.

Dec 9, 2009

Last Minute Shopping?



Last minute shopping doesn't have to be a hassle.  At Oracle Gem Designs we have something totally unique and tastefully created in all price ranges.  Our handmade jewellery is popular year round but I've cooked up some amazing last minute deals for the savvy Christmas shopper: 

This Saturday December 12th ALL Gahooletree genuine gemstone birthstone earrings on sterling silver earwires will be reduced by a remarkable 50%! 

This Saturday we're also featuring a large selection of NEW SassyDLite pieces at savings up to 80% off retail. 

AND here's the best news of all.  This Saturday we're offering our unique handmade artisan jewellery at TWO locations within the GTA! 

David will handle our booth at the R.H. McGregor Holiday Arts and Craft Sale, 555 Mortimer Avenue (Coxwell north of Danforth & adjacent to Toronto East General Hospital) from 10 am to 3pm;

AND once again this week I'll be at Beach United Church West, 2002 Queen Street East (between Woodbine and Lee) in the Beaches (10am to 4pm).

We've pulled together our best sellers, many crammed with quality features like sterling silver chains, genuine gemstone & swarovski crystal accents.  Special holiday pricing is well below wholesale so get there early for the best selection.   Hope to see you there!



Dec 2, 2009

London Gem and Mineral Show

On Sunday November 22nd we took the time to travel over 250 kms to London Ontario for the London Gem and Mineral Show. What an exciting array of mineral and fossil vendors were in attendance at this event. The highlight of this show for me was Sumar Minerals who was displaying the most interesting fossils, specimens and mining stuff that I've seen around here!

The selection of local area bead vendors was however very disappointing, further proof that if I must undergo a 500 km round trip just to find a grouping of  bead vendors then I might as well continue the extra few kms to the states where Intergem shows offer a hundred times the selection, better quality, friendlier vendors, no purchase minimums, no sales tax, and incredible discounts on bulk purchases.

A few members of The Toronto Beading Society were displaying their wares at the 2009 London Gem and Mineral Show. By accident I found myself at the Robert Hall Originals booth where I was offered no wholesale discount even after I offered to present my vendor permit. Apparently these folks want to make it as difficult as possible for designers to cash in on the tax concessions to which they are entitled.  When I offered to show them my vendor permit I was advised that I'd have to fill out their tax exemption forms.  We emailed this vendor ten days ago for clarification on their wholesaler dealings and if a response is forthcoming we will advise.

Lots of vendors at this show were however accepting presentation of a valid Ontario Vendor Permit as proof of B2B status by immediately dropping the taxes... but sadly this can't be said of the Robert Hall booth. The Robert Hall Originals site claims to offer wholesale terms. They advertise bead courses for budding jewelry enthusiasts so one would assume that B2B terms form a good chunk of their business model. But perhaps if you're willing to plead and grovel while standing at their trade show booth you'll get the discounts you're entitled to. Dunno!

Blue Sapphire Bead Loft was running a retail special (50% off select semi precious strands) and I was told they offered no discounts on fine beads (their selection of finer cuts was okay but not of outstanding quality). The Blue Sapphire website has no valid email address currently published and there appears to be widespread confusion online concerning the status of a Brampton location (which is apparently now closed).

The Blue Sapphire site claims to offer wholesale terms for shows and some sort of a wholesale database (but if you want to be included there I guess you'll have to phone since their published email doesn't work). I didn't try to call them and at this point I won't follow up to see if their published phone number is in service.

A booth with an interesting selection of gemstone beads was Kulu Trading where they told me all prices were as marked with the exception of a scant discount area. This appears to be an Ottawa based venture and I didn't gather links or contact info but hey guys, I was getting a tad discouraged :(

Such is life in my handmade jewellery world. My American friends always ask why I shop for materials in the states. well, it's a "no brainer".  Now you know why I also like to use a reputable and accomplished bead cutter located in India and why I import 90% of my materials. So, my designs differ from those of other local artisans?  Go figure!