Since I’ve been back from Austrialia, I’ve been just doing my best to replace all the custom jewelry pieces that sold while I was gone.  the orders were coming in so fast and furious (thank goodness for my assistant who was filling all the ordersin my absence) that I was thinking I should go away more often.

But upon returning to the studio after having been away for almost a month, I looked at my workshpace with fresh eyes and realized I have a LOT of gemstones that are not yet jewelry.


K2 Jasper, white with black flecks and bright blue spots.

K2 Jasper.  Kind of like Dalmation Jasper, except with psychedelic blue spots thrown in.

Rose Quartz, Chrysoprace, and Chrysocolla

L-R Chrysoprace, Rose Quartz, and Chrysocolla

Galaxy Opal

Galaxy Opal.  They remind me of a dragon’s eye.

Green Moss Opal and Turquoise

Green Moss Opal with Turquoise.  A beautiful combination!

Pearls, pearls, and more pearls

Pearls, pearls, and more pearls!  These are called Baroque.

Butterfly Wings made from Ocean Jasper

Wings made from Ocean Jasper.  They may not get airborne, but they are definiely heavenly.

I have made a pact with myself to stay away from the gem shows until I’ve worked with some of these poor, neglected gemstones.  I’ve been in vacation mode, and my creative juices need to start flowing again, so I figured this might force the issue…kind of like a writer who has to sit down to write in order for the words to come.

Even though the stones will give me plenty of inspiration, one of my favorite things, a sure-to-get-the-juices-flowing guarantee, is when a customer comes to me with a challenge. 

So, to make myself accountable, I’m committing to you here and now that the stones pictured below are my next projects, and I’ll have the “after” pictures in next month’s blog…Part 2 of I’m a Rockaholic.

Raw gemstones waiting to be made into jewelry
Red Creek Jasper Before & After

I took a similar-shaped stone, and here’s what I created…kind of a sneak preview of next month.

Stop by next month to see the outcome.

Until next month,