We would tend these glades of flowering stone, not quarry them. With cautious skill, tap by tap – a small chip of rock and no more, perhaps, in a whole anxious day – so we could work, and as the years went by, we should open up new ways, and display far chambers that are still dark, glimpsed only as a void beyond fissures in the rock.
Gimli, J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings II
And then sell the splinters on the Internet.
Other people do this too.
You can buy whole strands of splinters, and take them apart to make something new.
I like the crude, irregular form of the splinters, I prefer it to the perfect roundness of pearls. May sound strange, but it’s a true.
I’ve an assortment of different minerals stored away with my other pearls, rose quartz, different colored agate, onyx, epidote … not all of them used yet. Since the stones are store-bought and not self-gathered they are no true ‚jewelery from nature‘, but close enough for my taste. I have other things that are closer to the idea, and I can live with a few bought items. After all, it still shall be fun …
I’ve made mainly necklaces, most other jewelery does not agree with me. Long, hanging earrings tend to get tangled up with my hair, bracelets are uncomfortable most of the time, rings tend to get dirty …
So, necklaces. And pendants.
I especially like the ‚Tree of Life‘ pendants.
I found a turtorial somewhere on the internet, something like this, and the idea stuck with me. I first made the green tree. It was rather a challenge and I was not really satisfied with the outcome. I wanted to do more, practice more. I did the next tree with brown wire and red stones, because I like the colors and it looked a bit like autumn. The next step was only logical. Winter tree, and for the sake of wholeness a rose colored spring tree.
I try to wear them according to current seasons, which means I have to start looking for the flowery one soon.
Which one do you like best? Me, I think I prefer the winter one.