C&S Spotlight Series: On Stones

*All photos in this post were taken by me, and feature items that have sold, or are available for sale.

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Brown and black Tiger’s Eye bracelet, necklace, pendant, and earrings.

You will find a fair amount of gemstone jewelry in my shop. I love the textures, the patterns, the colors, even the weight of the stones. No two are exactly alike; they are all “handmade” by the earth. People are able to tumble and polish them, and perhaps even carve them into fun shapes, but they remain what they are: Beautiful gifts of Nature.

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Polished and carved Unakite triangle in green and pink.

There is such a wide variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones, it would take a very long time to get to know them all. I have worked with different kinds of Jasper, purple Fluorite, Quartz, Turquoise and others, but my two favorite kinds of semi-precious gemstones to wear and play with are Tiger’s Eye and Hematite*.

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A collection of red and white, tumbled Jasper stones.

Semi-precious gemstones can be bought online or in small, specialty shops. Just Googling “buy tumbled stones”, brings up any number of websites to purchase from, the most popular being Ebay and Amazon for bulk orders. On the other hand, science centers such as natural history museums, often have both polished and unpolished collections for sale in their gift stores.

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Custom made, Turquoise-dyed Magnesite nugget beaded necklace.

Semi-precious gemstones can be bought rough/raw, tumbled, or polished and carved or shaped into rounds, rondelles, and other common bead shapes, drilled, and undrilled. As you can see from the photos in this post, semi-precious gemstones are great to use in jewelry, because of their natural beauty and sheen. I have used them in earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and wall art. I have strung them, glued them, wire-wrapped them, and simply collected them.

Gemstones easily lend themselves to many fashion styles including Boho, Hippie, Native American, spiritual, and more. So next time you have a craft project or are in the market for a wearable item, consider semi-precious gemstones as a colorful, economical, and stylish choice.


More info:

Stone ID guide

About Tumbled Stones

Shaping Stones: Lapidary Techniques

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