It’s not the most well-known gemstone, but Chrysocolla is endlessly fascinating, with its patterning and array of different colours. It’s the copper in it that is responsible for the vivid blue-green colours and it often combines with other copper-bearing minerals which give it its unique mix of colours and characteristic mottled patterns, such as turquoise, blue azurite and malachite. Just listed I have these gloss finish 7-8mm rondelle beads, at $20 per strand. These are B grade, and I think that the range of colours, textures and patterns on these stones are just amazing. I also have these in a matte finish, same size, which are equally multi-coloured, but with an amazing soft and silky finish (see left). These are also $20 per strand. And finally, some AB grade beads, which are much more uniform in terms of colour leaning firmly towards the blue-green end of the spectrum, again same size. These are also matte finish, and these are $37 per strand. I can see these looking great with some chunky silver accents – let your creativity go wild! Beads are a relatively new venture for me, and all of the ones I have are funky and wonderful – to check out the full range, click here. To shop check out Chrysocolla beads click here.
I saw these and I had to buy them! So beautiful and unusual; carved flower beads in rock crystal and rose quartz. To me they are reminiscent of Art Nouveau with their curving, undulating shapes and elongated lines. I see them as earrings, with maybe silver beads at the centre of the flowers, but you will be far more creative than me in your ideas! For the time being I am selling them as singles, with the option to have them in sorta-kinda matched pairs (that is, they are all unique, but I can vaguely match in terms of size and visual similarity). However, if I get the demand, I can sell them in full strings. The rock crystal flowers are matte finish, which gives them a gorgeous, soft, frosted appearance and are $1.75 per flower. The rose quartz flowers are gloss, with a lovely petal-pink colour and are $1.40 per flower. Just the thing for the coming Spring months! Click here for rock crystal; click here for rose quartz and to browse all of my beads, click here.
More fossilized wood!
You’ve loved the fossilized wood beads that I recently introduced; so fascinating, they appear exactly like wood with all the markings and cellulose type patterns, but feel like stone. That’s because they are stone; ancient wood that has been infiltrated with silicon heavy deposits over thousands of years, leading to petrification. And they have the same fantastic matt finish, that makes them feel smooth as silk. So I’ve got some more in different sizes. First up is a cube bead, smaller than the original ones, in a 11-12mm, at $42 per strand. Same fantastic and fascinating colours and finish, just smaller and lighter. I also have the same shape but slightly bigger, at 17-18mm; very impactful. These are $50 per strand. Finally I have an 11-12mm square rondelle, and these are priced at $42 per strand. You can shop the collection here.
All things greeny-blue
What’s the collective noun for beads? A bundle? A clutch? Or…maybe something a little more esoteric? A sweetshop? Well, whatever it is, I am listing it. So many different ones to choose from, many of them in that fantastic and unusual silky matt finish. First up is all things greeny-blue. My personal favourites are these fantastic rough chrysoprase rondelles (right). And I mean rough; with bits of matrix, crevasses and druzy-filled gaps. They really are fantastic. With a matt finish that accentuates the patterning on the stone, I can see these looking great with some hammered silver spacers, so unusual and distinctive. These are quite large, around 12-17mm and the strings are vaguely graduated so that they are smaller at the ends and larger in the middle. Also in chrysoprase I have some smaller, slightly more regular rondelles, 7-8mm in both matt and gloss finish. These are $45 for the matt option and $30 for the gloss.
Moving into a slightly more aqua colour scheme I have amazonite round beads, again with a lovely silky matt finish. I can’t resist the sea-green shade of this stone, similar to turquoise, but with distinctive white markings. These are the most beautiful soft colour, highlighted by the matt finish, and I have them in a 7-8mm and a 13-14mm (pictured right), the smaller ones $25 per strand and the larger ones $45.
Turquoise is always very popular and this is African material, speckled with dark matrix, again in the matt finish that highlights the patterns on the stone and gives a fantastic organic look and feel. I have these in a 7-8mm at $25 and a 9-10mm round at $30.
Finally I have some chrysocolla rondelles. Chrysocolla-in-chalcedony, to give it its full name takes its name from the mineral chrysocolla, and it is that that gives it its blue colour. The material I have is opaque and looks as though it is mixed with other minerals. I have an AB grade at $37 per strand, which is broadly bluish-green and a B grade (pictured right) at $20 per strand, which, in my opinion is more beautiful still, with an array of different colours mottling the beads. I have both of these in a matt 7-8mm rondelle.
Look out for more beads over the next few days!