Rocks can be exciting!

I think it’s in my DNA to get excited about rocks and gemstones.

After all, my late dad was a geologist and, although he specialized in finding petroleum, he never lost his fascination with rocks.

When I was a kid, rocks were rocks. Boring inanimate objects that didn’t feel or speak to me.

Hard to get worked up over a lump of stone.

Then I went off to college and had to take a science class.

Now I’m more artistic than scientific and that, coupled with a poor background at the high school science level, told me to forgo Biology or Chemistry.

So I opted for Geology.

Really? Geology?

Sure, it made perfect sense. Daddy was a geologist. I figured I’d picked up enough from him to at least pass the course.

Geology was divided into a one-hour lecture class, three times a week, and a two-hour lab, twice a week.

The lecture class was scheduled for right after lunch. When it was hot outside, and the birds were chirping, and Spring was in the  air.

And my old professor, bless his little heart, droned on and on and on, putting most of the class right to sleep.

Where we didn’t give him any trouble!

And the lab? Well, we each received a box approximately 8″ by 12″ by 1.5″ and were instructed to learn the various properties of what was inside.

Quartz and limestone and slate and such.

I, of course, found ways to memorize the markings and colors and feel of my box’s contents. And thought I was set.

Until the test.

When my teacher tricked me — my rocks weren’t there!

I didn’t know these new rocks. They didn’t look or feel the same, and I couldn’t remember properties to save my neck.

Somehow, I managed to pass. To Daddy’s delight.

Fast forward several years and once again, I’m studying rocks and gemstones and their various properties.

In an effort to learn which gemstone is purported to address which ill or need.

So I can expand my beading jewelry hobby into the healing gemstones area.

And I’m endlessly fascinated.

What goes around comes around, doesn’t it?

Six Easy Pieces

Recently, my friend Monica posted about the importance of art in her life.

When I commented that I do good to draw stick people, she reminded me that I bead jewelry and that, too, is art. She suggested I write a post about my jewelry creations, along with some photos and thoughts about them.

So, thanks, Monica, for the idea, and here goes:

Blue Shell Earrings by Debbie

1) I made these earrings on a whim. I wanted something flashy — more flashy than I’d normally wear! — so I fashioned them to dangle fairly long, almost to my shoulders. They feature a turquoise shell-like material and produce the most pleasant clinking sound when you move your head.

Shell Necklace by Debbie

2) This necklace is made from tiny shells. I like the way it says “beach vacation” and the fact that it goes with anything!

Black Earrings by Debbie

3) The two black crystal beads at the bottom of these earrings were leftovers. Three and a half years ago, I made my Dad a Rosary from these ebony beads for Christmas. He was in the hospital over the holiday, so we carried his presents to him and tried to make his day special. He died less than a week later, the last day of 2008. I keep the earrings in honor of him, but I find I can’t wear them. It still hurts too much.

Chakra Bracelet by Debbie

4) This bracelet is one I made several years ago, when I learned about Chakras. According to Eastern philosophy, we need to balance our mind and body based on seven energy centers that work together and independently. The seven Chakra colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I don’t know if this philosophy is against my Christian beliefs, but I can’t see how balancing one’s emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual energies is counter intuitive to good living. Besides, it’s pretty!

Domer’s Rosary, now mine by Debbie

5) I made this Rosary for Domer’s birthday last year. Notice it’s in Notre Dame’s traditional colors of navy blue, emerald green, and gold. Apparently he thought it looked too feminine or delicate or something, for he suggested I keep it. (He wasn’t quite that blunt, but he’s never been known not to speak his mind!). I was glad to take him up on it, since I wouldn’t have made something that time-consuming for me, and the sapphire color is my birthstone. An added plus? The emeralds remind me of “the motherland”!

Chandelier Earrings by Debbie

6) This is a pair of chandelier earrings with a leverback ear wire. They’re in hematite (the greyish color, said to be a good grounding stone) and faux white pearls. I love the look of chandeliers. They’re girly, without being over-the-top. But they take a long time to make, since they have so many tiny parts, and if you don’t get them just right, they can be heavy on your ears.

There you have it. Six easy pieces, all different, all significant. And to think I have BOXES full of this kind of stuff, just waiting to find the right people to love them!

Maybe I should post one special piece every week until the whole lot is out there??