My daughters have learned that when you travel with Mom you’re not only going to see major attractions, but a lot of little things that are off most people’s radars. Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing the beauty, art, and architecture of Barcelona, Spain and the surrounding areas with my husband. Together, we discovered things beyond the usual tourist points of interest, including stone walls that have endured and merged over the centuries. The varied textures, patterns, and history within these walls in the city of Gerona were among my finds.
While the stones and minerals used in my work are from all over the world, my favorite place to purchase them is Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston, Illinois. I discovered Dave’s years ago with my daughters. Not only did we find a wide range of beautiful stones, minerals, and fossils, but also the Prehistoric Life Museum in the basement. Over the years, my daughters and I have introduced many of their friends to the wonders of Dave’s. I now have the pleasure of exciting my fellow mosaic enthusiasts with a visit to the museum and shopping the wonderful finds Dave’s has to offer.
Recently I purchased thirteen pounds of emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, carnelian, citrine, labradorite, amazonite, and bronzite stones at a gem show. I selected the stones not only for their color, but also for their iridescence, transparency and reflectivity. Over the next few months I will be spending hours in my studio hand cutting the stones into the micro-sized pieces I require to create my mosaic art jewelry. I look forward to seeing how this new batch of stones guides me in my future designs.
To view my currently available mosaic jewelry please visit Gray Raven Designs.