Monday, August 24, 2009

It's Hip to be both Square and Rectangular


I was finally filing my nails for the first time in months instead of cutting them short - I just needed a moment of girlyness for my hands: can I get an amen from my silversmithing sisters? 

It is just too hard to keep the nails looking like they used to before I spent all day accidentally filing them down into ski slopes with sandpaper....
Anyway, my favorite nail shape is square and always will be for my hands. Of course even the simplest of actions like filing my nails got me thinking about cabochons and I felt compelled to set a few symmetrical beauties. We get our inspiration from everywhere, don't we?!!
I made a new tiger grrr necklace, might be the last one for a good while until I can find some good new options for stones.


And I made one of those pieces that made me cry: a necklace that pays homage to desert evenings. The stone is spectacular: agua nueva with moss - it looks like evening over the tail end of Joshua Tree National park where the rocks have long ago fallen away and the Cholla cactus sing their siren songs on the roadside.
Stop.
.
Listen.
.
Can you hear the deep deep silence calling?
.....
..
.




Stones like this come to be every so often: emotionally evocative and really powerful...
Waiting above the evening scene are the stars, ready to shimmer above.

All set on a sturdy chain about 21 inches in length.
If you get to Joshua Tree before I do, please kiss it for me.
Just avoid the Cholla Cactus, please!!!

10 comments:

liz r. said...

Oh, Allison--I love my grrr so much it almost makes me want to buy this one, just to have it in reserve (no, I'll leave it for someone else). But that Joshua Tree piece . . . I read your description and came over here to learn more about it. What an eye for stones you have, and what a setting.

Good Girls Studio said...

You find the most amazing stones! You have an amazing gift to be able to add to that which was created in such beauty to begin with!

bella-bijoujewellery said...

Wow - stunning! I love love love the second necklace ( did I mention I love it?)
-Jaime

Oh and Amen on the nails!

Corinna said...

SWOON!!! I don't even even know what is happening, but it feels like a swoon, so that's what I'm going to call it.... swwwwwwoooooon......

Desert evening is divine.........
xo

Michelle - Revelate said...

Wowee!

Taddyporter said...

oh that necklace, perfect in every way, something about the twinkling stars with that heavenly shade of majestic purple, swooning............and some lucky pal is going go weak in the knees when they gingerly lift out of the box!

glad you are home safe, so sorry for the theft incident, yuk! it is always disappointing no matter what. kind wishes being sent for a relaxing week filled with love and all things good.

p.s. I wish you lived closer.

Two Bees said...

What wonderful pieces...I love squares! Love the stones too!

susie said...

again, the stones. So like a painting. I can almost feel the breeze and taste the desert air. Glad you are home safe and sound from hour trip.
P.S. Love the star on that piece also, such attention to detail. Enjoy your day.

Kiki said...

I've never seen such a perfectly purple stone. And to think that such a beautiful image could appear in nature, such as in the desert sky.
What a marvelous world we live in!

Runs4fun said...

hello there Allison:) Do stop by for some bee tea today. There is a tale waiting...and you and another lovely gal, get some mention...(she says with a smile).

I'm thinking---purple...these days...Some of my posts are the EXACT colour of our stone! The one I post tomorrow is...full of the lovely, lush mauve tones within it...

xo
moi