"They are not necessarily considered gem quality, but are more natural stone. I find them far more interesting, because you can actually see in the Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds, they have much more of a crystal structure, than the clear gemstones. My personal favourite is the Labradorite, which I am compellingly drawn too, as are other people, because each stone is completely different depending on its setting, style and colour."
"I make pieces from clay without moulds working free hand, says Jan. "As you can't make two pieces identical free hand; they may look alike, but they are never exactly the same." Originally from England about 30 years ago, Jan loves outback Australia with its old houses and outback dunnies. She did an Art Craft certificate course and pottery was one of the things she could do at home. So I bought my own 10 cubic foot gas kiln and I work from home.
"All our products are chemical free and organically grown, but we not registered organic. Our main lines are our olive oil, first cold pressed, which has won trophies. We make sure we pick our olives and them to the press within 24 hours and the quality is reflected. We have 2 oils, Greek and Italian. Hand and body cream, which is totally natural product made from olive oil and bees wax from our bee-hive, with no fillers."
"I love how a fragrance can change your mood and day," says Susan. "It's difficult to have a bad day when you are surrounded by beautiful fragrances."
"I have worked with children for many years and have seen such a decline in general health and increase in allergies and thought there has got to be a way to reduce this effect on our families"
Look out for Di next month and at a number of other local hills venues