I spent all of yesterday morning making pairs of briolettes and beads in preparation for an earring making marathon. I really enjoy the pair-making. It lets me reacquaint myself with my beads (why, hello HUGE garnets!) and take stock of what's still left in my inventory.
Sometimes it can be frustrating as well. Like when you have many (like 20+) large, beautiful iolite briolettes remaining, yet can't find a pair among them. Makes me want to growl and say lots of bad words. I think I did the last part ... a lot.
Close up of the right end. And yes, those are some deliciously large marquis cut citrine briolettes.
And look! There's another pair on the left side. I never put pairs of the same stone next to each other, lest I get confused and pair up the wrong 2!
And lastly, this little baggie of multi colored tourmaline briolettes that I have yet to cut. But I will. Soon. (They're not from Rio Grande -- that's the baggie of beadcaps behind them.)