Well folks, it’s the first of the month. I think it’s time to bring back the Rock Appreciation Days, what about you? Today VARISCITE will be highlighted. See the feature and photo examples of current and past jewelry pieces using variscite at the END of this post.
For now, I’d like to update you all. Studio access has been slightly limited in the recent past due to construction on the building. A big thank you to all who have placed orders for your immense patience during this time! The studio is now at full speed again and any work in my space has finished. Due to the slower production speed I have solely been keeping up with “made to order” items and custom items. I will finally be updating the main Etsy shop with new items next week. To stay posted on exactly when you can follow any of my social media seen at the right side bar.
In more exciting news,
I will be going to the Tucson Gem Show!
This is a big deal for me, because it is absolutely huge and spanning a month’s time, and I wasn’t able to go last year. I will be gone from February 9-13th. Please note that I will keep both Etsy shops open during this time, but some “made to order’ items may be deactivated. All orders will ship upon my return. As I am shopping for rocks, I’m giving you all an opportunity to weigh in. What kinds of stones would you like me to use more? Have a custom piece in mind with a specific kind of stone you want me to hunt for? If you have a serious hankering, please list your desires in the comment section below. I’ll be adding it to my ‘treasure hunt’ list. When I return all new scores will be photographed and posted here. For the most up to date Gem Show experience you can follow my Instagram: @thestrayarrow.
This giveaway will primarily be for Instagram. Any comments below on THIS post will also be included into the giveaway! Comment with stone opinions! Win the Feathered Band with Arrow Vane below, in your size. Winner will be chosen Feb. 14th.
On a more serious note…
I want to bring up something that often goes unsaid by most jewelers. It goes unsaid because of backlash. Because of people getting defensive. Because you take something that is “fun” and “aesthetically pleasing” to the general public and shed light on a negative aspect of the industry. That’s right. Industry. This is a trade, not a hobby. I’ve mentioned this before and I want to mention it again. Creative rights are constantly being infringed upon. It is not okay, and should not be supported. It is morally bankrupt. Yes, there are others out there with technical skills, no, they do not have my mind, or the mind of a peer. If you see something that you *immediately associate with my work or think is mine initially* chances are fair that my creative toes are being stepped on. If you see someone using ALL of my main themes I’ve been working hard to curate for years-
then yes. There’s no respect being shown, and my hard work is being stolen. Unfortunately there is little to be done, and speaking with people who clearly have no respect for others OR respect for themselves is most often a dead end. Again. This is a message for you to be aware. Not to dictate whom you should be buying from. When folks purchase my work along with that of my peers I get excited customers enjoy our work all around. There are wonderful, talented, respectful artists out there with some true integrity. They spend years creating work that evolves into a personal aesthetic. I will always fight for my creative rights and the rights of my peers. Please be respectful of the creative rights of other artists. Please be aware of what you’re looking at and who you are supporting. Lastly, please take this message as a celebration of those who know themselves and stay true.
ROCK APPRECIATION DAY
[DISCLAIMER: I am not a lapidary (stone) artist, gemologist, mine owner, or any other kind of authority on gems, stones, or minerals. I am simply an enthusiast who likes to share the information I’ve gathered in my goal to attain the perfect rocks for my jewelry pieces].
Variscite is an aluminum phosphate mineral, ranking about a 3.5-4.5 on the MOH’s hardness scale. It is often confused with turquoise, although more often than not much greener. It is another popular southwestern stone for jewelry use. The most popular can be found in Lucin and Fairfield, Utah, and Esmeralda and Lander counties in Nevada. It also hails from Australia, Brazil, Spain, Poland and Germany. Many kinds of variscite, especially from the USA, can have host rock webbing in them again making it easy to confuse with turquoise.
Below are pieces I’ve made with different varieties of variscite:
That’s it folks!
Have a good weekend~
xx The Stray Arrow
My wishlist would be apache mine, cripple creek and a smaller piece if native silver for what not sure yet! And now after seein all that beautiful varicite thinking I need something with that too!
I will DEFINITELY be hunting for apache and native silver 🙂 thank you for the weigh in!
Hi, I follow you on instagram & etsy but my IG account is private so i post a comment here for the giveaway ! 🙂
you got it! 🙂
“What kinds of stones would you like me to use more?”
Amethyst ? Moonstone ? Onyx ? … Diamonds ? :p
Every piece you create is amazing! Jasper is a favorite stone of mine.
I have a lot of jasper in stock, but if I see any amazing pieces I’ll be sure to snag them
Wishing for larger pieces of Kingman or Sleeping Beauty! Feeling blue!
I’ll certainly be hunting for a couple big highly saturated blue pieces! I’m running low
My wishlist, amazing american turquoise as usual, but some watermelon tourmaline slices would be so sweet as well, or perhaps a smoky drusy of some sort, would fit so nicely into your romantic themes. AND props to a true artist, never be afraid to stand up for your creative rights! ❤
I have some matching pairs of natural drusy that I need to get to working with. Definitely need to make some more pieces for the Romantics line, thanks for the reminder! AND thanks for the support lady! I couldn’t keep quiet anymore
Such beautiful creativity. I love the Cave Stack sets and Cave Lady rings! It would be cool to see more Apache Mine turquoise. ***Lots and lots of turquoise!!!***
I have one of your Castle Dome Mini Turquoise Cave Lady rings and I adore it.
*Posting to enter giveaway. Thank you!*
Beautiful!! I love anything aqua or mint colored, and I also love moonstone. Shared your Instagram post about this on my private profile and lots of people love it!
I think I’m chipping in a little late here: but I’d love to see you use more of agates like the laguna, agua nueva and coyamito. As a matter of fact, I’m eyeing one already in your collection (if it’s not already claimed? for a custom piece.
I am on IG, but private– Would love to be included in the giveaway.
My favorite stones right now are labadorite, fossilized coral, raw aquamarine, and smoky quartz!
Amethyst or maybe dalmation jasper! I love your stone posts. One of my main goals is to make it to the next tucson gem show!
love your jewelry. I have 1 piece, hoping to win another 😉 I reported pic on IG!
ahhh I didn’t report I reposted!!! LOL