Last month, the cicadas were deafeningly loud in my neighborhood. This is the year they climbed out of their 17-year slumber and started their love songs. And with that, my muse for July’s blog jumped out at me…literally!
The first insect that came to mind (after the cicadas) in relation to jewelry was amber. You know, that clear stone that often has insects fossilized within. Amber is actually resin from tree sap that, when fresh from the tree, is super sticky and quite naturally acts as a fly strip. When the resin hardens with the captured bugs, the result is amber.
Another gemstone that I think of is Bumblebee Jasper. Named because of the alternating yellow and black striations that decorate it, this stone comes from Indonesia and is a fairly recent discovery. No actual bumblebees were harmed in the making of this stone.
Beyond the gemstone, insects are often depicted in jewelry, from cloisonne
to metal clay,
to wire creations.
Here are some stones that I’m thinking will turn into something pretty spectacularly insect-y. Stay tuned…I promise to post on my Facebook page.
I’ve already got an idea for next month’s blog. It has to do with a pretty big event coming up. Any guesses? And with that, I’ll bid you adieu (at least until next month!)