After a few years as an aspiring artisan, I notice I am getting even more picky choosing what I want to work with. I am happy that I went into this thinking I needed to know where the gemstones originated. I am also always looking for trustworthy sellers of gemstones, that can offer me variations my usual suppliers can not.
Fast forward to my newly bought strand of rose quartz from Madagascar. These are oh so delicate and lovely. While the pink colour is not so saturated, it is natural after all, the quality of these are just stunning.
Rose quartz should always be stored in a dark place, as it can lose it’s colour very fast if exposed to direct sunlight.
Reading my online newspapers today they are full of remembrance. Memories of that day four years ago when Norway lost it`s innocence. We all feel a deep sorrow, and it resurfaces every year on this day. It`s a day for tears.
It is also a day for love and hope. It was also the day and weeks where the nation pulled together. Days when complete strangers comforted you on the subway, or we simply just cried together a bit. For norwegians, such behaviour is unheard of. But we did it then.
Days before I started making this simple earring, with the words love and hope stamped inside. I have made a pair for myself as well.
My time has not been my own since august. There has been so much to do with my daywork, and I have fallen behind in updating my inventory. I have however finished a necklace for a lovely lady that turned 40 recently. No pics alas. I was very happy with the result, and will probably make something similar again. Without a picture I am ensuring I am not making it exactly the same. Smart!
The stone I used in the necklace was Jasper Kambaba, A fun and special type of stone.
Here it is used in earrings. It is not really a jasper, I am not sure why it is called that. Maybe because of the patterns. It is really a stromatolite with fossiled algea. Found in Madagascar, and as many of the minerals we carry in our ears and neck – millions of years old. Don`t you just love that. Wearing a piece of earths history!
Product photo is a challenge. Finding the right background, and setting the correct light as well. I am not at all an expert, but I am hopefully getting better at it.
I was on a cabin-trip this summer down south, near the ocean – and there I found this beauty on the beach. I just had to take it home with me of course.
Notice how much better the earrings looked when I used this as background. These are the same, just with different light and background. The right one is taken outside in natural light on a cloudy day. Need to keep that strong sun away from your photo.