Jan 24, 2009
I am not really sure why, but when I started making jewelry, I never considered working with gemstones. Vintage beads were, and still are my favorite material to work with. I think half the obsession with vintage is the hunt and the excitement of when I find a great vintage treasure.
A few weeks ago, I picked up a few Carnelian briolettes, without thinking too much about how I'd use them. When they arrived, I was captivated by the way the felt in my hand. It's hard to explain, but they feel like quality - very smooth and somehow substantial feeling (if that makes sense). I did not have the right size wire, to be able to use them. So, they sat and they still sit. But since then, I've been searching for more stones and finding more ways to use them in my designs. I'm still figuring out which I like best and learning about their quality and prices. But, I must say, I'm officially hooked. Now, I get what the love for gemstones is all about. My favorite part is still the way they feel when I hold them and rub my fingers over them. No glass bead, vintage or otherwise, feels quite like this.
I've listed a few gemstone pieces in my shop. But look for many more to come. Here's a sampling of some of the stones I've picked up recently. Admire their color and sparkle. You'll have to take my word for it how great they feel.