Samples from my treasure trove
Recently, I felt like I struck gold. I was invited by a lapidary (art of cutting and polishing stone) instructor to come raid the scrap buckets of stone at the studio where he teaches. He has been saving the discarded pieces for years, for what, he wasn’t sure. In the back of his mind he must have known someone would appreciate them as I do.
As I sort the stones by color, texture, size and shape, I’m taking my time to admire their natural beauty as I try to identify them. In my treasure trove I’ve discovered lapis, jade, obsidian, chrysocolla, copper, quartz, agate, jasper, fossils and so much more. Already, I have numerous projects in mind for my find.
The beautiful rich blue lapis lazuli has continuously been mined in Afghanistan for over six thousand years. Lapis has been used over the centuries to create jewelry, carvings, mosaics and other ornamental pieces.
Lapis was the stone of royalty used by the kings of Egypt for their beautiful carved amulets and seals. Cleopatra used powdered lapis for eye shadow and it was later used by the Renaissance painters to create deep blue ultramarine paints to depict the water, sky and luxurious fabrics in their masterpieces.
I find that the intense blue of lapis adds an element to my work that no other stone can produce. If you would like to see more gemstone mosaic jewelry please visit Gray Raven Designs.