Friday, August 27, 2010

keep calm & carry on

New on my etsy listings is this necklace, featuring a hand stamped pendant, smooth rutilated quartz with lovely metallic striations, two beautiful sparkling geodes and quite a bit of cable link silver chain- 32 inches. This one hangs to my belly button. :-)

I stamped Winston Churchill's famous quote on what has to be called a "slab" of silver, as it is 14 gauge- quite substantial. It is textured with various hammers and as I always do, add patina and a good rubbing to soften it up and let it shine, all at the same time. The geodes I purchased at a rock show a while ago. The open slice is agate with crystals, the reddish orange one is carnelian with crystals. They just bling bling in the sunlight!

For those who look at that smooth stone on the left and say, "what the heck is rutilated quartz?" Well....

Rutilated quartz is a form of the mineral, quartz, that has attractive, needle-like inclusions of rutile. It is often cut and polished to use in jewelry and is prized as a metaphysical stone. Rutilated quartz is mined in many countries, including the United States, Australia, Norway and Brazil.

Close up of that lovely geode. I just love agates! http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com

3 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Love it. Especially the industrial look of the wire wrapping. I used a geode in a piece last year...hmmmm...wonder if it sold or if it is lurking in the shadows someplace. I will have to look for that! Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

ByJane said...

Saw your sticks and stone necklace in Wire Jewelry and loved it. I do wire wrapping freestyle--mostly rings. Just getting started on Etsy, and you are an inspiration. Thanks...

karen gerstenberger said...

This is one of my favorite sayings, too.