Next stop -- pearls. I needed to replenish my stock of BIG pearls, and I got some cool ones, along with center-drilled stick pearls and some smaller ones. Pearls never go out of style!
I didn't have silver on my list, either, but I found a very cool strand of brushed silver for some of my more modern designs. I also snagged an awesome strand of large brushed rose gold ruffled discs... I can't wait to use those!
Then I found two graduated strands of amethyst, well-faceted and perfectly purple:
Now came the crazed frenzy part of my shopping. I've mentioned that I'm going to open a new line of jewelry on a new web site at SOME point, featuring a luxury line of jewelry. I've collected some primo strands over the years, but now had to get serious. My plans include lots of intricate wire work and tons of tiny gemstone dangles, so I had to get itty bitty gemmy rondelles and such:
Pink quartz, peridot pears, some Blue London Topaz beads that I felt lucky to find (it's usually seen in briolettes), peridot rondelles, smooth tourmaline brios, some more amethyst, and a strand of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
Next came some unique smoky quartz barrels, citrine rondelles with so many facets that they blind the eye with sparkle, carnelian, smooth amethyst, and some teeny tiny rubies.
And finally, tourmaline rondelles, Mystic Topaz, moonstone, phrenite, more amethyst (I do love purple!), and rose quartz.
I hadn't planned on buying any large briolette strands because those are truly pricey and one strand can yield a bunch of different pieces of jewelry, so choosing just the right strand to start with was important. As I was picking out rondelles, I found these amazing pink quartz brios:Can you see why I couldn't pass them up? They're nice and large, have a unique facet pattern, and the glitter and glow is tremendous.
I still had to visit my favorite gem dealer to stock up on all the jaspers and quartzes that I use -- onyx, rhyolite, tourmalinated quartz, things like that. I won't show you all of those (you'll see them soon in designs on my web site) but I did find some unique things --
Chunky nugget brios of rustic chalcedony and tourmalinated green quartz....
And amazing sticks of kyanite. These are going to make a very cool tribal-inspired necklace!
By this time, I was truly rushing. Rick and Zack had come with me -- I wanted to introduce Zack to the show because he loves beads and truly does have an eye for color, even at barely-six. Rick came along because we knew Zack would get bored with it faster than I would, and we were right -- once he purchased his strand of glass dragonflies, he was ready to GO. So the guys headed out to the van to watch a movie while I finished.
As I was racing out the convention center, I was stopped in my tracks by these:
Oh wow! Real leaves that had been captured in 24K gold, rose gold, and "black" gold -- not really sure what exactly black gold is, but I had a hard time understanding the man and I was in a rush. These are going to make terrific fall jewelry.
It was so nice to be a buyer rather than a seller this time. But now comes the tremendous task of counting and pricing all the beads. I keep thinking of some of those 3mm rondelles -- oh my aching eyes. But I love my job, and this is one of the fun things about it.
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