About Me

My name is Marcia Passos-Duffy and I’m the owner of Geo-Graphic Gems. Folks in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire may know me as editor and publisher of regional magazines (Monadnock Table, The Business Journal and atHome Magazines). I not only love to produce new magazines, but I also love to collect vintage National Geographic magazines. I discovered a technique to transform older National Geographic magazines into works of art quite by accident when a friend I was visiting showed me the work she was doing using CitraSolv (a natural citric acid based product that uses orange peels) to make works of art on canvas. The CitraSolv dissolves the ink on the pages, creating brilliant marbleized designs. I began to do this myself and was intrigued by the stunning designs this technique created. I have made jewelry in the past for friends and I realized that bezels with glass cabochons would be an ideal way to use this paper to make earrings and pendants – the glass locks in the paper, making it impermeable to liquids, and accents and magnifies the designs. Most people have not seen anything else like it! Hope you enjoy your Geo-Graphic Gems as much as I enjoy creating it for you!  

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How Geo-Graphic Gems are born

I transform vintage National Geographic magazines (from the 70s, 80s and 90s) ...

... into colorful marbleized paper ...

... into jewelry unlike anything you've ever seen before!

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Contact Us

Want to learn more or order a custom piece of jewelry? Email me!

You can buy Geo-Graphic Gems in our online shop, or at any of these retail locations (more coming!)

 

Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Keene, N.H.

Rock Paper Scissors Salon, Keene, N.H.

Puggy's, Keene, N.H.

Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, N.H.

Muse Gifts, Marloborough, N.H.

The Artisans' Gallery, Rochester, N.H.

The Inn at East Hill Farm Gift Shop, Troy, N.H.

Marketplace New England, Concord, N.H.

Picket Fence Gift Shop, Mont Vernon, N.H.