Certain people you meet are just It - the Real Deal - gentle, kind artists with strong opinions and work that speaks directly to your soul.
Ed of Stones in Motion is that kind of fellow and then some.
Anthony and I traveled to San Jose to see him - I wanted to learn a bit about cabbing, since I am so deeply obsessed with the art of rock cutting - my 300-or-so cabs should indicate that at this point I am just as much a collector as I am a designer using stones in my jewelry.
Not only did I learn a lot about rocks, I learned about the kind of person I want to buy rocks from and the hard work that goes into the creation of a really good cab.
Quite frankly this new knowledge made me feel a bit sheepish about some of my past purchases!
We sat down and had a bite to eat with Ed and his lovely, lovely wife - will you just look at the spread? Yummm!!!
I brought some King Cobra Jasper, a new and rare material from India to work with. This the rough, slightly wet which brings out its amazing colors:
Ed started working on it and gave me the chance to bevel the edges and round them over to the top of the cab - watching him do it looked like ice-skating, or something effortless and elegant... I was more like Bambi on Ice, but I loved the experience and was certainly bitten by the lapidary bug, indeed...
The end result? Voila!!! One half of the slab produced this stunning cabochon:
I went home with tons of inspiration and a full well, which feels fantastic.
Ed and his art are just so special, and I would sincerely recommend supporting his store by purchasing his cabochons for your work or collection: there is a reverence for the soul of the earth he is shaping in each lovely cab.