I've gotten into the habit of hanging my necklaces from my bathroom doorknob and recently noticed they create a beautifully-hung tangle of rough stones. This amused me because I've been collecting rocks since I was a kid - and now, they'd inadvertently made their way into my jewelry creations.
One of the best gifts I ever received was a rock tumbler. My dad, my dog Margie and I used to trek down to Deer Creek in Susquehanna State Park in search of rocks to clean-up and add to my growing collection.
For years, my dad and I have also been taking late summer trips to the coast of Maine. We now take my dog Gracie, who helps seek out stones, shells and sea glass to take home as mementos. I plan on incorporating sea glass into my work, especially since I've collected so much of it from one of my favorite Maine destinations - Monhegan Island.
Below are a handful of stone necklaces I created last weekend in preparation for the Clover Market, made with pyrite, turquoise and different types of quarts. They're draped over an early 1900's Penguin book crate that my friend Beth spotted for sale in a Fells Point shoe shop. My favorite one hangs black turquoise, a stone I only recently knew existed. I'll have several of these at my next event in Baltimore, Bazaart, on 11/27 & 11/28 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I have a few on the Products page of my site - but, like several of my other pieces, I haven't had time to list them all. Email me if you don't see what you're looking for, of if you have any questions.