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27 August 2008 @ 11:51 am
More non-blue of the pendant variety! This time, really not blue. I'm going with garnet, and deep red:

This was one of the rare cases when I finished the pendant, looked at it, and thought "Huh, that's not how I pictured it at all." But before I could take it apart and try again, my husband passed by, saw it, and said "Oh, wow - that is really cool!" Me: "Um...really?" Him: "Yeah1 that is my favorite one you've made yet."

So if you like it, you have him to thank. :) Because he liked it so much (he was appalled when I mentioned taking it apart), I thought "Just because it isn't exactly what you pictured in your head, doesn't mean it's not good. Other people besides Mark will like it."

More info and pics at my Etsy store.

In other jewelry news, I ordered some truly spectacular white topaz yesterday. I'm not supposed to be buying right now, but I could not pass these up at the price being offered. These are the sort of stones I drool over at gem shows, and can never afford. AAA quality, a huge 17mm in size. I can barely wait to get my hands on them and start making things. Topaz is one of the harder, more sparkly stones, no matter what color it comes in. White topaz is fantastic in that same classic way as diamonds, only much more affordable. (Well, sort of. I will tell you that retail value for the strand I ordered at a SUBSTANTIAL discount, I hasten to add, was almost $2,000. We're talking about nearly 500 carats of white topaz, all together. Not that I will use all the stones in one piece. Tempting as it is, it would probably never sell, even given the insanely discounted price.)

In any case, here is a preview of the stones:

Current Mood: hungryhungry
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on August 27th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hoo-dawg! Pretty but ohmygodthe price!

Interesting rough garnet - I have a couple of pieces like it, but completely rough, no polish or drilling.
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 27th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yes - I paid a very small percentage of that. Still more than I like to pay for stones unless it's a strand that can be broken down to smaller lots - the only other strand I've paid as much for was the mystic topaz I splurged on a couple of gem shows ago.

But OMG, I couldn't pass it up!
Stephstephdub on August 27th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if you're willing to part with a couple of those topaz beads, I would gladly purchase some. Wowza! They're stunning! As is your pendant! The Mr was right on that one.

BTW what was the resolution with the reserved pendant issue?
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 27th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I will let you know! I'm hoping they arrive by Friday, and then I'll know how many are on the strand, and be able to take pictures. *is extremely excited*

Ah, so far the pendant thing has worked out. she liked the pics of the replacement I made her, but she hasn't received it to see in person yet. Hopefully all will be well!