Rhodochrosite... Turquoise and White Plume Agate... fresh from the bench
I finished the plume agate and turquoise necklace yesterday and was able to get it photographed this evening. This is a fun piece with a lot of movement to the components. The turquoise is from Turquoise Mountain in Arizona and some of the most beautiful that I've worked with. The robin egg blue and the mix of matrix is just gorgeous. The photos are true to color - it's a very vibrant blue. I think the vibrant turquoise works great with the soft white plume agate from Oregon.
This is a design that I will definitely be working from for future pieces. I really do like the double cabochon look. Lots of work, but the results are worth it.
A second piece that I was able to finish and photograph is a Rhodochrosite boho style necklace. I cut and polished several cabochons from the Rhodochrosite that I have and will have more to come from that lapidary studio time. Again, this is a multi-component necklace with movement. The Rhodochrosite is a deep, saturated pink and comes from Argentina. Rarer to find it with the dark pink and the brown mix of plumes, as is seen in this piece.
I plan to work on a reference page for my site that will provide more detailed information on all the stones that I am working with. It's on my "to do" list and I'll try to get to it by the end of the weekend.
I am working on nothing other than new pieces for the remainder of the week, so I do hope you check back. I plan to ramp up the work for the holidays. I've spent the last couple of days making some major changes to allow me more time to focus on only new work.