Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rock Candy!

Hello there! This blog post is a long time coming. It's actually a topic my Aspiring Metalsmith's team came up with last year. At the time, I wasn't able to participate in the blogroll, but now I thought, better late than never, right!?

So what's the team blogroll topic I'm talking about? Rocks. "Show us your rock collection!"

As with most folks, I had a rock collection as a kid. I'd line them up, in a certain order, on my little white bookcase and admire them. I'd dig in the backyard to find more to add to my collection. And I was convinced one of my rocks contained gold.  

Fast forward several decades and I've started collecting rocks again. After taking back up my love of metalsmithing, I have rediscovered my love of rocks and rock collecting! I'm amazed by all of the beauty in natural stones and gemstones. And I just love all of the endless possibilities that I have when incorporating stones and gemstones into my jewelry designs.

So, without further adieu, let's see the rock candy.....I mean rock collection!

Top, left to right: Landscape Jasper, Mexican Crazy Lace Agate, Rosetta Stone
Bottom, left to right: Mexican Crazy Lace Agate, Globe Hills Chrysocolla, Tree Malachite & Chalcedony,
Sonoran Sunset Chrysocolla

Globe Hills Chrysocolla

Sonoran Sunset Chrysocolla

Dalmatian Jasper, Green Aventurine, Rhodonite, Tree Moss Agate

Lepidolite In Quartz, Zebra Agate, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise


Clockwise from top: Dryhead Agate, Turquoise, Arroyo Picture Jasper, Sonoran Sunset Chrysocolla 

Clockwise from top: Polka Dot Agate, Brazilian Agate, Rocky Butte

Clockwise from top: Landscape Jasper, Sonoran Sunset Chrysocolla, Kingman Turquoise and Bronze

Some of the stash.

Well, that about covers my rock collection to date. I'm always on the look-out for new beauties to add to my stash. And I've enjoyed becoming friends with several wonderfully talented Lapidary artists. Their work amazes me! And what's better than having a beautiful, handcut stone blended with my handmade jewelry designs?!

If you have a few minutes, take some time and check out my Aspiring Metalsmith teamies' rock collections. Enjoy! (tip: look in their archives for "Feb 2011," to find their rock posts.)

Autumn Bradley -
Clarity @ Scrollwork Designs -
Stacy Low -
Chrissi Lynn Designs -
Sylvia Anderson -
Jessica @ Abella Blue -
Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes -
Esmeralda -
Steph Stargell -
Pennee -
Silver Pearl Jewelry and Metalworks -
Claire -


  1. Love them all Amy! Ah, I remember when I could fit all my stones on that small a surface. But sometimes I wish I had fewer - I can get so indecisive when I have to pick one.

  2. haha. You can always send some to me. LOL! I know what you mean, though. Sometimes it's just easier to sit and admire them. :) :)