Wire-Sculptured Gemstone and Cabochon Jewelry Available from New Online Store LaurasEarthElement.com

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Designer Laura Starkey Baxter announces the opening of her new Web site, LaurasEarthElement.com, showcasing her sculptured jewelry designs in sterling silver and gold wire. Featuring unique gemstones, cabochons and other natural elements, the pieces make a unique, one-of-a-kind gift or addition to any jewelry collection.

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Laura’s Earth Element, a growing jewelry design company specializing in unique pendants created from gemstones, cabochons and other natural elements announces the launch of its online store at http://www.LaurasEarthElement.com . All jewelry from Laura’s Earth Element is designed and sculptured using the natural elements of the earth, sea and sky. The store will launch on March 20, 2010.

Each item of jewelry created by Laura Starkey Baxter, owner and designer of Laura’s Earth Element, is a one-of-a-kind treasure sculpted in yellow gold, rose gold or sterling silver wire. Every piece of wearable art created by Laura's Earth Element is free from soldering, riveting or gluing. Each design is twisted, swirled, looped and sculpted by hand with the occasional use of pliers. The wire is designed around a focal point, such as a pearl, precious and semi-precious gemstone, cabochon, shell, fossil or other delight from the earth and the oceans. From the sky comes Moldavite, a gemstone from outer space. Recently acquired is the stunning Helenite, a glass-fused beauty named for its site of discovery, Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.

Constantly on the lookout for new and exciting elements, Baxter recently returned from the world-renowned Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona. She found some exceptional pieces there, including the rare Marra Mamba Tiger Eye. This unique and beautiful stone was discovered in the Pilbara region of Australia and was mined out over 20 years ago. Laura says that the best description, albeit limited and far from accurate, of this stunning stone is “a mixture of the opalescence of opal, the pearlescence of pearl and the Labradorescence of Labradorite”. This exceptional stone is a definite feast for the eyes.

She also found several pieces of cave stalactite, around which she is eager to design a wire sculpture. Some beautiful Tibetan yak horn pieces will also soon adorn someone’s neck, surrounded with loops of sterling silver wire.

In addition to rare specimens, Laura’s Earth Element creates designs around amethyst, coral, Labradorite, quartz, agate, Biwa pearl, turquoise, lapis, topaz, sodalite, fluorite, onyx, carnelian and many others. Precious gemstones, including ruby and sapphire, are also included in designs. The more uncommon, but exquisite, chrome diopside, Morganite and Kunzite also appear in Laura’s wire sculptured jewelry.

Although pendants are a specialty, Laura’s Earth Element also designs earrings and beaded necklaces to coordinate with the pendants.

Custom requests are invited. Laura’s Earth Element currently has commissions for several pieces of jasper and Sonoran sunrise stones.

The new Web site for Laura’s Earth Element was designed and created by Laura’s husband, avid and published photographer James Baxter, who has a particular photographic flair that serves to highlight the beauty of the jewelry. Visitors to the Web site will enjoy not only the images of the jewelry, but also photographs of some of James and Laura’s favorite places to visit.

Laura is a member of the International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists. She continues to expand her knowledge and skill through additional classes and seminars.

For more information about Laura’s Earth Element, or to view her collection of gemstone pendants, cabochon pendants and other pieces, visit http://www.LaurasEarthElement.com.

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