Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff
The stones are Teal Blood Stones from India. I purchased them from Michael Hendrix of Minerax at the sneak preview evening for Colorado Metalsmiths during Denver Gem and Mineral Show week last month. It was an easy pairing for me. Although both are the same stone family, they just looked like they belonged together. I couldn’t wait to pair them and set them in sterling.
Michael Hendrix is such a nice person. He has his unique style for the stones he cuts. And he is generous with his knowledge about the stones and why he cuts the shapes he does. I liked his commentary on his expectations that art jewelers should look to be innovative and embrace unusual stone cuts in their designs. Of course, I like a challenge.
Admittedly, these stones are cut in shapes that I find easy to work with, however, I did buy a few of those challenging pieces from Michael and I look forward to the creative juices kicking in as I work on their designs.
I don’t have many teal or bluish colored stones in my inventory. However, when I saw these, I just couldn’t resist adding them. I know I’m still finding what my true color palette is, yet part of me is resisting this….I don’t think I like the sense of feeling limited by just working with certain colors. There are so many beautiful stones, I just don’t want to restrict what I will work with. That may change as I continue to grow as an art jeweler. For now, I enjoy the liberating feeling of experimenting with colors, shapes, stones, and textures.
Perhaps this experimentation led me to the title for this piece, Free Spirit. It feels like this piece can soar high above the clouds. As I looked at the completed work, all I could think was Free Spirit, so that is its moniker.
I felt it was necessary to keep things simple in this design because of the beautiful stones. I textured the backdrop for the top stone and lightly oxidized the sterling settings.
Free Spirit will be available a week from tomorrow (10/16/2010), opening day for our Jewelry at the Gardens Show. I think its a perfect piece for the setting we are so fortunate to have at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.