You may have noticed that it isn't very often that I use stones in my work. The reason being is that I am obsessed with metal and how I can use it to build forms with it rather than using metal as a just a platform to showcase a stone. Nonetheless I cannot deny the allure of shiney things and particularly stones that are VERY unusual so occasionally I do use them.
A Connecticut jeweler friend of mine who uses a lot of stones in her jewelry designs introduced me to her stone dealer last year and it was then I began to really understand her obsession with stones and reconsider them myself. Her dealer is Joe Jelks of Horizon Mineral in Lewes, Delaware. Joe is a kind and very chilled out guy who hand cuts his own stones from minerals he sources from all over the world. I have to say I walked away with quite a few of his stones and set out to do a few pieces with them as a challenge to how I usually design.
The first of these challenges was this necklace that I made for my friend Indrayani in the UK that features one of Joe's hand-cut Ocean Jaspers. I chose this stone for Inda because she studies neuroscience and I thought the pattern in this Jasper was very cellular looking. Since the stone's pattern is not just on the surface and can also be seen from the back I decided to pierce the metal out in the back to reveal its pattern there too. I also added the extra metal pieces on the top and bottom to continue the pattern and imply that it was growing out if its frame.
The next few entries that I post will be on this series of pendants with stones, I hope you will let me know what you think.