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By Monday I'd pretty much burned out between the jewelry work and finishing the Women of Japan portfolio.  Yesterday I spent a lot of time looking at very tall trees, mostly redwoods and completely cleared my head. 

So today when I finished polishing the rings and setting all the ring stones, I really enjoyed it.  Pieces that are designed to have stones in them always look oddly wrong to me until I set the stones.  I carve them in wax with the stones but once  they're cast, they always look wrong to me until the stones are in place.  So as each one is set, I look at the finished ring and it feels right and complete.

And I love the magic in the names. When I was a kid, I'd recite the names of the stones in fairey tales. Tonight I set  plume agate, turquoise and chalcedony (blending together), amethyst, deco sea green spinel, white quartz with red manganese, labradorite, mauve/grey pearl, opal mosaic, gold and clear dyacritic agate (it looks like it has caligraphy written on it), garnet, and chatoyant jade.

And about chatoyant jade.."chatoyancy is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones. Coined from the French "œil de chat", meaning "cat's eye", chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in tiger eye quartz, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone. The effect can be likened to the sheen off a spool of silk." (wickepedia)

I love chatoyant stones, opals, and other stones seem alive and in movement.

Mood: chatoyent with touches of black opal

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"Chalcedony" is one of my favourite words.:)

Me to, both as a word and as a stone. I have an exquisite purple chalcedony right now, that has a delicate pattern of irregular circles in part of it, that's on my contemplation place. I'm also fond of the phrase Chinese carved chalcedony, although it doesn't have the magic of the single word.

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