January 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
I am just beside myself getting it together to get to my favorite “state of utter fascination” (aka the Tucson gem shows). My bench is cleared, my design table is cleared, and I am sooo ready to discover a new cache of shiny sparkly jewels. As usual, while attempting to clear my work spaces, I got distracted. This time by some “fringe”. Here are the latest pieces off the bench:
I love the “fringe” element on these pieces; they kind of give off a “tribal” vibe!
This next piece doesn’t have “fringe”, per se, but I liked it, and it’s sort of frilly.
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Gotta go pack! Leaving the Big Easy… Next update from Tucson!!
January 9, 2014 § 2 Comments
Every now and then I get a rock that will not become what I originally envisioned. Recently, I had two such problem children. Everyone seems to love rings, they are usually the most meaningful, and the items that many people like to give as gifts, so I like to have a selection on hand.
These two babies refused. Refused! After way too much exasperation, I let them tell me this: “We want to be part of something MORE”! Then, I dug around my vault to see what to do for their makeover.
I combined the emerald cut green tourmaline with some thin, raw tourmaline crystals, and added a smokey quartz “rosary” chain with a handmade hook. It became this necklace:
I thought the big pink kunzite crystal would look good with a nice, honkin’ (over 20 carats!) pink tourmaline briolette I had in my stash. Sometimes, things go from bad to worse…
I guess it was too much competition for the kunzite! Since I like rocks with interesting flaws, the danger is sometimes they don’t take kindly to being dropped. Sigh. What to do, what to do… a couple of smaller briolettes…maybe some sapphires… What about that rose cut sapphire/diamond thingy I’ve been hoarding?
Still needs a little something. MORE sapphires!
Both of these “problem” children are very different from each other, and interestingly, they both seem to work with the smokey quartz rosary chain. For more details, or to purchase, click on the photos of the finished pieces to go to the shop listings.