The other day I was browsing through my drawers of cabochons and beads. I organize them by type of stone--turquoise in one drawer, amber in another, pearls in yet another. And I noticed that even though I had the same stone in each drawer, each stone was uniquely different, yet distinctly part of the same family.
Then I was visiting at Kress Emporium in Asheville, where I have a booth, I noticed I had several Red Creek Jasper pieces and each stone is one-of-a-kind.
Periodically through this year, I'll be revisiting this subject for a different stone. This month, Red Creek Jasper, because it's one of my all-time favorites, and because it started this whole line of thinking.
Commonly known as Red Creek Jasper
because of the region in China where
it was found, these stones are also known
as Cherry Jasper, and Picasso Jasper.
These are a couple of Red Creek Jasper stones that I had in my collection...but as you know, I'm a bit of a rockhound, so I have plenty more where they came from.
See how they each have their own special character? Whether it be color or vein-pattern or shape, each one is unique.
Usually, a stone will 'tell' me it's ready for its close-up. It will literally call to me (on an energetic level, I guess you could say), at which point I will look at it, match it with the right wire (usually by holding the wires next to the stone if I'm in doubt), and make a plan to wrap and showcase the specialness of the piece.
Then comes the fun part...creating a piece of jewelry that showcases and highlights the individuality of the stone. Here's an after of one of the unwrapped cabochons (a cut and polished stone ready for a setting) above.
This is just one of the many Red Creek/Cherry/Picasso Jasper pieces that I have...most are waiting for their forever home. If you're ready for your very own piece of custom jewelry which will be as unique as you, contact me today!
Happy New Year!