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04 May 2008 @ 12:24 pm
GJP - Swag!  
WOW.  That is really all I have to say about the gem show I attended this weekend.  I went in not really looking for anything in particular, and came out with more swag than any other show I've attended.  What can I say?  It was fantastic, and a lot of what I found is stuff you literally DO NOT see anywhere.  So I snatched it up.

A couple of group photos:

Usually it's kyanite, but this trip my weakness was labradorite.  Hey, what can I say?  It was too beautiful to pass up:

An eclectic mix, from top to bottom: raspberry quartz (flecks of mica look red in the stones), aquamarine nuggets, rectangle and large round kyanite (like I wasn't going to buy some?), some more labradorite in smooth flat ovals, and one of my favorite finds of the day, some gorgeous moss amethyst nuggets.

My gratuitous splurge of the afternoon, because I've been eyeing them for the past two bead shows, some mystic topaz briolettes:

And a close up of that scrumptious, super rare moss amethyst.  The vendor who had these has a shop in Monterey CA - he said their designer makes 3 strand necklaces of this stuff that sell for $1200 apiece!  HOLY COW.  I don't know what I'm making with them (though that 3 strand gave me some ideas) but I certainly won't be asking that sort of price.  Still, I've looked - this stuff is super hard to find, and let me tell you, in person it is spectacular.  Clear with purple-gray rutilations:

I will be listing some things in my Etsy supply store over the next few days, with more pictures and close ups, obviously.  Some of the labradorite is already listed.  And some of my afternoon will be making jewelry, because I literally dreamt about some of these stones last night. 
The Teasemastertinylegacies on May 4th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow those blue stones are beautiful.
i teach sunday school, motherfucker.: statue elizarandomeliza on May 4th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
The mystic topaz! It's so sparkly! Jewelry in general isn't my thing, but... wow. GORGEOUS. I can see why you'd dream about something so lovely.
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 4th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
They are even more beautiful IRL.

So, you never (or hardly) wear jewelry? That is hard for me to fathom! LOL.
i teach sunday school, motherfucker.: sheep goes bah! and also wonders WTF.randomeliza on May 4th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't used to wear any jewelry, mostly because I tended to lose everything I put on that I could get off easily - necklaces, earrings, glasses, jackets, handbags... Now I have a necklace (an ankh I got in Egypt four years ago) I wear 99% of the time, and a few pairs of regular earrings in rotation, plus dressy earrings and a couple dressy necklaces, but I still can't deal with rings. I tried - I had my mom's class ring that I managed to wear for two months and then lost. I'm still very angry at myself for that, but I guess it serves me right. God only knows how I'll deal when I get married. Ack. Hopefully I'll grow out of it?

I still read your jewelry posts, though. You're so creative and it's so pretty to look at! It's been cool to watch you get better and better as an artist. :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 4th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, man! I've lost favorite pieces of jewelry before, and it sucks - I'm positively paranoid about my wedding ring.

It helped when I got a decently sized jewelry box and started making myself take things off and put them away at night, instead of just tossing it on whatever surface was handy. But now with all of my new stuff, I'm even starting to outgrow that.

I'm glad you enjoy all of my (frequent) jewelry posts anyway. :D

Stephstephdub on May 5th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh wow, look at all that labradorite! And the mystic topaz is stunning. I'm so jealous that you're near bead shows! It seems like Toronto only gets 2 a year, and I wasn't super impressed by the last one I went to.
Signal to Noise: General Bookstoreun4scene on May 5th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I had to drop you a note, the necklace came in on Saturday and I gave it to mom today as an early mother's day present. She absolutely adored it! Also, thank you ever so kindly for the 'langiappe', they were absolutely lovely as well!
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 5th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad she liked it! Yay! And you're so very welcome. :)