I needed to get some post Christmas/February blues inspiration to get me back into my studio. Whilst browsing the internet I found my favourite seller of hand cut and polished cabochon stones was exhibiting in Colchester so off I went to see them.
After many a wrong sat nav turn I arrived and ended up spending 3 hours gazing at the most beautiful hand cut rare stones from around the world.
Before I purchase a stone I have to be inspired by its shape and colour and 'see' a design in my head - hence the 3 hours at the exhibition!
So here are a few of the stones I purchased.
3 beautiful Natural Kingman Turquoise stones. To me these just say Greek sea with white soft sand and pebbles on the beach.
Ruby in Fuchsite - which is an amazing pale green stone with ruby crystals in it. This has to be a big statement piece .
The next 'stone' is called Fordite. This fascinates me as it is from years and years of a build up of compacted motor paint from the Ford plant in Detroit, America. The resulting beautifully cut stone shows layers of black, silver, white with fine red lines of paint. It's cut in a lovely droplet shape which I think I will echo in silver.
Another is Rainbow Calsilica which is a stone with controversy attached. It is a new material 'mined' from Mexico. Some people say it is man made but does that matter? The colours are stunning and I plan to set it off with a string of black Lava stone beads, keeping the setting very simple so as not to distract from the beauty of the vibrant colours.
I will aim to make all these stones into jewellery and show you the finished pieces, I now feel very motivated to get going - at last!!
Eight diverse artists living and working between the rivers Ant and Bure.