So nice to be greeted so warmly. Thank you. I have checked my profile and the website is correct now. Don't know what happened when I typed it in the first time. Must have been a mental distraction! LOL! Anyway the correct URL is www.JudyConnorJones.com. Let me know what you think of the site. Judy
Yes, Hello Christina...I am delighted to receive your note and opportunity to talk with you about (not only) amber and my designs in general but the very special amber I work with - all in good time as not to overwhelm .
I don't know how it is that I received a note from you - I was trying to contact someone who may have a tent for sale but could not seem to do it as I recall without "registering" with AFI. Am wondering who you are and What is your connection to Art Fair Insiders?
It would seem that you and/or Art Fair Insiders can be of help at this moment as I have display cases for sale and want to purchase better tent that I already have.
My class in Amber 101 can begin by giving some insight into your question - the Russian connection. Amber, of varying quality, can be found almost all over the world. Amber from Mexico, Puerto Rico, California, Virginia and the like is at the bottom of the quality barrel and Amber from the Baltic areas is at the top. There are reasons for this, of course, which begin about 40 million years ago. All amber and amber-like resins began life as a liquid - similar to, ah, molasses we know - and eons of time,varying pressures, temperature, humidity, surrounding chemicals and a multitude of "other factors" formed the liquid into a crystalline structure called amber in our language but has some 27 other names. And after about 40 million years, these "other factors" change the liquid (interesting to know why the liquid was formed in the first place) from one notch above rubbish and junk to the possibility of amazing and beguiling jewels with the skill of the amber jeweler.. Best comparison is between a piece of coal and a diamond....both are almost pure carbon. One worthless as a jewel , the other priceless. enough for now...If you would like to learn more, let me know...I am also a retired Michigan State University professor and professors get paid by the word - hence - you can expect lengthy replies. Brad West
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Welcome to AFI fellow Michigander! I love amber, does it mostly come from Russia or where? We're happy you found us here and we hope we can assist you in some way as you navigate your cou... ------------
Thank you so much for the warm welcome, and I will definitely make every attempt to be more active here in the forums. Being apart of this community means a lot to me and love everything that it stands for.
Good Morning Christina. I've not met many people that don't love old trains, planes, and automobiles. Part of my mission is to educate the public on what great treasures have been left behind that represent our great American past. I'm always learning something new about WWII warbirds from the veterans (men and women) who stop in to look. I do train shows as well and have learned that some of my finds are historic and will never be seen again, now that's exciting. Old cars, especially the ones I find in the desert or along Route 66, speak clearly of our past and maybe our future as well. The grandsons love it all and it's opened up alot of interesting conversations with them. I love history, so this has been a great way to learn and teach them something at the same time. Well off to another show this weekend, hope you have a great one as well.
Great to hear from you Christina, what a nice way to start the day with a warm welcome. I appreciate your comments about my photography and hope your little one likes the trains. I started with a simple mission, to photograph old trains, planes, and automobiles and create books for my grandsons. It's now taken on a life of it's own and gotten bigger then I expected, I now show at many local art and car shows in CA. The response is always positive and doing something you love is always worthwhile. Have a great day and look forward to many conversations on AFI.