Not too long ago, I committed to creating out of my storehouse of cabochons and beads, and resist the gem shows (see the results of my labors here and here). I’m here to tell you I have fallen off the wagon! A gem show was just 10 minutes from my house, and I swear to you my car drove me there without me even realizing it (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Next thing I knew, I had a bag full of beads, cabs, and findings. And as I was looking at the spoils, I noticed that there seemed to be a theme of what makes my heart go pitter-pat: Busy-ness.
There was no single color that stood out, but pattern, that’s where it’s at. The patterns create visual interest, kind of like a painting.
I wanted to give you a bit of a tour of some of the additions to my inventory. At the time of this writing, they have not been wrapped, so if you see one you can’t live without, contact me ASAP for an appointment to make it your own piece of custom jewelry.
Druzy. The Busy-ness comes from the texture.
Petrified Palm Root. The coffee and cream-like swirls make me happy.
Opals. The busy-ness comes from the fiery colors.
Moss Agate. The two no the right are translucent. The greens and browns together make for interesting stones.
Rhodocrosite. The layers remind me of a geode.
L-R: Amber, India Blood Agate, Dendritic Agate, and Tiger Iron
Tiger Iron. The one on the right is facted. Dark (and busy).
Owyhee Blue Opal. Though it looks black, the dark patches are a deep blue.
Kyanite, Tiger Iron, Bronzite beads, Azurite, and Chrysocolla (I think)
I can’t wait to get my wire a-wrapping and show them off to you! In the meantime, here are some examples of busy-ness in my jewelry. Some of the interest is from the stone, some from the components in the jewelry.
Apache Rhyolite with garnet beads.
Purple Dichroic Glass Pendant.
Sonoran Sunrise Jasper embodies busy-ness perfectly. The textured turquoise beads on the necless do a pretty good job, too.
Zebra Stone and Black Onyx
Amazonite. It reminds me of seafoam on the ocean.
Paua Shell wrapped in sterling silver.
So now you’ve been indoctrinated into the wonderful world of astronomy/gemology. I hope you were as inspired looking at the pretty stones as I was.
Until next month!