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September Birthstones: A New Twist!

Last year, I wrote about the most widely known September birthstone here in the U.S., the sapphire. But did you know there are other birthstones for the month of September? I’m a big lover of variety and versatility, so knowing there is more out there to choose from made me want to share, big time! In addition to sapphire, I’ll talk about lapiz lazuli and zircon which are used as birthstones for the month of September. Continue reading “September Birthstones: A New Twist!”

Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show

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I went from 19 inches of snowfall to this. What a transition!

February is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is Valentine’s day just around the corner, but it always means that I get to make a trip out to the Great American Southwest for the Tucson Gem Show. Read on for more, and take a peek at my favorite finds this year! Continue reading “Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show”

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Hello Wedding Season!

As I was heading off to bed last night, I was perusing my Instagram feed and saw a fantastic picture of a gorgeous bride and her smiling groom walking through a cascade of blue and white confetti, surrounded by friends and family. This image represents what I’ve always loved about weddings. June is in full swing here in Chicago, and that means wedding season has officially begun! Here’s a list of my favorite wedding trends. Continue reading “Hello Wedding Season!”

June Birth Stones

It’s crazy to think that it’s already June, but considering the dreary winter we had in Chicago, I’m glad summer is finally here! With the promise of longer days and perfect beach weather, June also kicks off the beginning of summer birthday season. Here’s some helpful info on June birthstones. Continue reading “June Birth Stones”

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Check Out the New Digs!

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to revamping the blog and I couldn’t be happier! We’ve moved over to WordPress, and are in the process editing and tweaking things to make it just right. Over the next few weeks, you’ll probably see a few changes here and there, but so far I am loving the new look!

Things have been pretty exciting here at Zurina Ketola Designs, and limiting myself to FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.  Continue reading “Check Out the New Digs!”