This past May, I made my annual pilgrimage to the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in the mountains of Georgia. I usually go once a year to learn a new skill, but I realized this year that I didn't go in 2017, so that makes it not as annual as I may have wished.
The last time I went, I learned chain maille. This time I took it up a notch and learned to weave with wire.
In May, I shared my secret, that I have a collection to end all collections of unfinished stones just waiting to be called into service as a piece of beautiful jewelry. And I committed to you that I would make something beautiful out of at least a few of the many.
Last month, I shared the first bunch with you, and I've kept my promise and have finished the last of them.
Remember these? Last month I vowed/committed to you that I would stop my gem-shopping habit and work with some of the stones that I had.
Since I've been back from Australia, 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 orders in my absence) that I was thinking I should go away more often.
I’ve had a bucket list for ages. I think I started it before people were even calling it a bucket list. It includes things like learning new dances and drive cross-country. And in March, I got to cross one of the biggies off the list: 21 days in Australia and New Zealand.
How was it, you ask? How much time do you have? In short, the trip was AMAZING, AWESOME, FUN, EDUCATIONAL, RELAXING, EXCITING! Oh, and I found the most amazing opal…and it’s all mine!
When I think of the word ‘Success’, the first think I think of is the business version of success. You know, businessmen in dark suits with their briefcases (do people use those anymore?), looking very important, very money oriented.
But when I think a little more, I think about what success means to me, which is most definitely not being dressed in a business suit. I think more of satisfaction with life, the people I surround myself with, and the way I spend my time.
As I write this, we’ve been experiencing some milder temperatures, but I know that’s not the case everywhere. So I got to thinking that in March, while we’re waiting for Lady Spring to start awakening from her slumber, we really do need some strength and courage just to stay sane. I don’t know about you, but right around our frigid mid-January was when I was ready for Spring to arrive.
Let’s explores some of the gemstones that help with the qualities of courage and strength. As I was doing some research for this post, I found it interesting that the first couple of stones I came across happened to be the birthstone for March. I guess I wasn’t the first person to think these qualities were necessary around this time of year. I also came across Carnelian, Howlite, and Onyx.
It’s February, and that can only mean one thing…Valentine’s Day. And Valentine’s Day really only means one thing…Love. So instead of beating around the bush, let’s just go there. And if you’re talking about love and jewelry, most people jump right to diamonds, but come on, there are so many other stones that are so much more suited to love. Allow me to elaborate.
Happy New Year! I like to kick off every new year thinking about how I can contribute to peace in the world. To quote Michael Jackson, I’m starting with the (wo)man in the mirror. And because I do what I do, that often starts in my studio, surrounded by gemstones and wire. Other than that, you might just see me resorting to driving around with a giant peace sign on my car!
Rainbows make me happy. When I can’t decide what my favorite color of the moment is, I err on the side of all of them, which is why rainbows are an easy choice.
Rather than try and find pieces that are all rainbows all the time (it would be a very short list), let’s break it down by color. I always remember the colors of the rainbow by Roy G. Biv (or Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). There are so many stones that could fit into each category—or most of them—that I’ll just cover my favorites and call it a day.
Red: Sponge Coral
Yes, it’s an actual coral, which was at one time a living organism. It gets its name from the holes that are created by the polyps that formed it, making it look like a, well, sponge. Sponge coral comes in many colors, but it is more commonly found in the red-orange-brown family. Take care with your sponge coral jewelry, since it’s fairly soft and scratches easily.