Pink Eye

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Oy what a year this has been. I have seen the inside of way too many funeral homes, and the waiting room of my eye doctor’s practice just a little too often. I usually don’t mind the eye doc (he’s kinda cute) but I got this stupid eye thing called a corneal ulcer that kept rearing it’s ugly head. Apparently it’s more painful than pink eye, plus it’ll blind you! I suggest avoiding both.

In between funerals and eye appointments, I found some visual inspiration:

NOLA window plants

Tourmaline plants in New Orleans. The locals call them caladiums.

It doesn’t take much for me to pull out a stash of tourmalines. I thought I should do a post on rubies since it’s July (what’s left of it!) and that’s the birthstone. They represent health, wealth, love and wisdom. What’s not to like? I generally shy away from rubies for a variety of reasons (human rights issues, stones “filled” with glass etc) but this year I scored a batch of “raw” slices from Mozambique. So before July bit the dust, I turned one of the slices into a ring.

Raw Ruby Slice Ring

Raw Ruby Slice Ring

I’ve been hoarding this ruby in matrix rock for awhile.

Ruby In Matrix Necklace With Pink & Umba Sapphire Briolettes On Sapphire Strand

Ruby In Matrix Necklace With Pink & Umba Sapphire Briolettes On Sapphire Strand

Here’s the back end, with the handmade endcaps and hook.

Ruby In Matrix Necklace Clasp 1-2015

So enough with the rubies, let’s get to the tourmalines! Slices of summer!

Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Pendant With Green Garnet Briolettes.

Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Pendant With Green Garnet Briolettes.

Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Ring

Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Ring

 

Rose Cut Tourmaline Earrings With Watermelon Slices Set With Diamonds

Rose Cut Tourmaline Earrings With Watermelon Slices Set With Diamonds

Did you know that “orchid” tourmalines are THE thing for a 28th anniversary? Apparently, guys know this better than women. I thought that was interesting. So here’s one for the guys.

Rose Cut Orchid Tourmaline Pendant

Rose Cut Orchid Tourmaline Pendant

You can check out more details in the shop. Click on a photo to take you there. Here in New Orleans, it’s the “indoor” season, hope everyone everywhere is staying cool.

 

 

 

 

Mode Geode

July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

When I start wallowing in sorrow, I like to play with my rocks. This past week (and if you’ve been reading any of the previous posts, I may as well throw in the last 12 months!) has brought some downers; among them a scary health issue (everything is OK), but I got a little spooked for a couple of days), and the death of two friends.

Although I’m bummed out, I am very fortunate that I get to make stuff. Making stuff is probably the most therapeutic thing one can do. So while I was wandering around wondering why we are all here on theĀ  planet, I was very pleased to get a bunch of requests for geode jewelry. Looking through my stash, I (as usual) got lost in the exposed glittery tiny worlds of these fascinating hollowed out rocks; and for awhile, forgot about my petty little problems.

Here’s a little batch of new pieces:

Geode Opal Earrings 1-2015

Australian Boulder Opal Earrings With Baby Geode Drops

Mexican Fire Opal Earrings With Geode Drops

Mexican Fire Opal Earrings With Geode Drops

Blue Geode Pendant 2015

Blue Grey Baby Geode Pendant

Blue Geode Ring 1-2015

Baby Geode Ring

Red Geode Ring 2-1025

Red Baby Geode Ring

Red Geode Pendant

Red Geode Pendant

I would like to end this post with a song from a talent that died too soon:

RIP Lenny.

 

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