I have been drawn to polished stones since I was a young child and given the opportunity to pick out a couple of pieces for myself from a friend's stash. What fascinated me was the range of colours, the patterns and the shimmery effects some of the stones displayed.
|These are those first two stones I selected as a child - an amazonite and a tiger's eye.|
Now that I design and fabricate jewelry, I have found that fascination with stones has become even more intense. But it's not the typical coloured gemstones that make my heart go pitter-patter, but rather stones with multiple colours and interesting patterns. "Stones with personality" as I like to call them. And these "stones with personality" are often jaspers or agates.
|a slice of agate from my personal stash|
|some jaspers cabochons from my stash|
|some orbicular jaspers, again from my personal stash|
|colourful jasper cabochons|
Jaspers and agates are a group of quartzs in which the crystals are so tiny that they appear like a solid mass. There are many different varieties of agates and jaspers. Some of them are found in only one small location, while others are found in many different countries.
Agates and jaspers are available in a wide range of colours and have many different patterns, from bands, to orbs to patterns that appear like landscapes. They are also often available in large sizes and are frequently used as the focal of a piece of jewelry.
Jaspers and agates and not typically found in traditional jewelry that is mass-produced. If you want pieces that feature some of these beautiful stones, they are easier to find in the handmade market, like these pieces, created by members of the Starving Artists team.
|Mookaite Jasper Pendant by BeadSire|
|California Poppy Jasper Wire Wrapped Pendant by Ava Designs|
|Sterling Silver and Dragon Skin Agate Pendant by Colla|
|Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace by Shiny Adornments|
|Silver Wire Crochet Leaf Pendant with Moss Agates by Cat's Wire|
So what about you? Are there any particular stones that make your heart go pitter-patter?
Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Starving Artists Jewelry Team. The SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com and here on ArtFire.