Rock Star

February 16, 2014 § 3 Comments

Tucson gem shows: intense, overwhelming, AND the most wonderful time of the year! It takes awhile for me to come down off the high, and actually make stuff. Deciding what to start with is just too much. I am fortunate to have a batch of custom orders to get to first; some of which will incorporate my new goodies. Here’s a peek at some new rocks:

Groovy Garnets

Groovy Garnets

From top: Pyrope crystal strand, halved and polished, rough dematoid garnet beads, faceted pyrope garnet beads, tsavorite garnet strand and rose cut rhodolite garnets.

Special mention regarding the pyrope crystal strand above: These are from Karadorum (a mountainous region in Pakistan) that one of the most interesting gem dealers I know brought to Tucson. Kia is an amazing woman, who travels seriously dangerous and exotic locales for rocks. This is where she went for these garnets:

Karakorum Pakistan

Karakorum Pakistan

This woman is brave (possibly insane) and beyond fascinating.

Orange You Glad Garnets

Orange You Glad Garnets

Variety of orange garnets (going clockwise from left): “Surface” cut hessonite garnets, faceted Mandarin garnets (spessaritite garnets from Namibia), spessartite garnet cabochon and faceted strands.

Kyanite is a very interesting stone that I’ve seen in blue and green. This year I bought some blue rough stuff as well as faceted briolettes and gorgeous cabochons.

Blue Kyanite: Rough, Oval Cabochons & Briolettes

Blue Kyanite: Strand of Rough Beads, Oval Cabochons & Briolettes

Imperial topaz, now one of my all time favorites!

Imperial Topaz

Imperial Topaz

From top: strand of rough crystals, a pair of gorgeous faceted rectangles, a selection of rose cuts, and two strands of briolettes.

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a deep love for tourmalines. Who can blame me for going just a little nuts – check out some of my coups!

Selection of Tourmalines

Selection of Tourmalines

From top, then left to right:  2 strands of watermelon slices, strand of rough pink, pink rose cuts, watermelon slices, a pair of green tourmaline cabochons and a parcel of rose cut blue “indicolite” rounds.

Fabulous Strand of Raw Green Tourmaline Slices

Fabulous Strand of Raw Green Tourmaline Slices

The creme de la creme: A batch of watermelon tourmalines (slices and rose cuts):

Batch of Watermelon Tourmaline Slices & Rose Cuts

Batch of Watermelon Tourmaline Slices & Rose Cuts

This year I got to meet one of my “online” clients. An obsessive watermelon tourmaline collector, so we got along just fine (especially after she sent me a text that said this: “Hi Lydia, I felt like I was meeting a rockstar yesterday…”). It’s always cool to meet the people that love your stuff. Thank you Susan!

See a rock you gotta have? Want something made special, just for you? Send me a note here: lydia@ledajewelco.com. I’d love to hear from you!

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