I enjoy seeing a process through from start to finish! It gives a real sense of satisfaction to start with a slab of stone and end up with gorgeous jewelry. I spent some time using my lapidary equipment last week. It all started with a special pendant that I posted on facebook. The stone was silver lace onyx and looked like a landscape scene. Well, it sold the next day and there were more customers wanting a similar pendant. Thankfully, I had another gorgeous piece of that slab. So, I was off to cut and polish another cabochon, which is a stone that has been polished with a domed top and flat bottom.
Since I was at it, I cut 7 more cabochons! They are so beautiful. I love watching the dull surface of the stone take on a gleaming polish while the colors intensify.
Now, I just need to wrap these beauties in sterling wire so they can adorn a lovely customer. 🙂