The Dance of the Stones
The Dance of the Stones
This setting came together like a dream unraveling with the sleeper just playing witness. The stones wanted to dance with each other; the shapes becoming the rhythm, lines and curves, metallic highs and lows. An eggplant to lavender Thunder Egg with Druzy Quartz heads of the interplay while a Red Moss Agate and tinted Chalcedony bring in the power and grace. An Angel Wing Plume Agate and Pink Plume Agate end the procession but only after interludes of carved and faceted Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, and Copper islands.
Red Moss Agate and Chalcedony are left open backed in their Fine Silver and settings to let the light shine through. The base of the piece is custom made, mixed metal ‘Terrane’ by which Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, and Copper are heated and hammered until they are combined into sheet metal. The bail loops are Sterling Silver as well as the hook and loop closure on the 3.5mm Greek leather cord. These stones were sourced in Oregon, hand polished, and the setting fabricated from scratch by Karen Britt. Each piece is a one of a kind piece of art, because no two stones are the same and the settings are created by hand, no two pieces are the same (even the earrings). It should be mentioned that all stones are used in their natural state; never dyed or heated to change their appearance. All the metals used are either recycled or fair, humane trade verified and all components used in the jewelry will return to the earth leaving no footprint. Thank you for enjoying the art.
Folks keep on asking me; ‘You say you like to use the stones in their ‘natural shape’ so how do you end up with the circles?’. Great question. I do like to use the organic shapes the stones choose. The stones break where they are weak and stay together where they are strong. They have perfect geometry inside at the molecular level so they provide the template for the polishing. When I have small material (after a stone breaks), if I want to still polish it and keep my finger prints and finder nails, I have to put it on a stick or a ‘dop’. My dops are round (like dowels) so as I am grinding and polishing, there’s a good chance that a raw stone will end up minimizing to the shape of the support it’s on. This ring was made from three such stones that adopted the dop shape. I love using the dop round stones like paint in my palette. They add color variety and interesting rhythm to the jewelry design.