This weekend I am travelling again to the beautiful and craft-loving city of Philadelphia to participate in the Germantown Friends School craft show. A small well-curated show, it should be easy for collectors to see and contemplate all of the work available.
I managed to make a new pair of earrings and a new necklace, both hand-fabricated in gold, since I arrived home last Friday from the last round of shows.
The bracelet above is one that I made from some beautiful aquamarine beads that I happened upon last year. There is also a matching necklace and they are both accented by orange sapphires and my metalwork in 18K gold.
It may be strange to use the phrase "happened upon" when describing sourcing the materials for my work, yet with colored stones, that is usually how it happens. Supply and demand are so volatile that if something is nice and not too expensive, it will not be around later when I decide that I wanted it. Likewise, if one should happen upon a piece of colored stone jewelry that astounds and is unusual, don't hesitate to buy it. The stones may not be available to make that piece later! I know people who have been haunted for years by the one that got away.