Recently, I was approached by Auntie's Beads to select some items from their huge selection of beads and beading supplies and blog about them. After much deliberation, I selected some 10 mm lapis beads and a super chunky variscite bead/pendant.
The lapis beads are beautiful and quite glossy. I have not yet decided how I will use them, but I will definitely post it here when I do. The size of these beads is consistent and they have such nice metallic pyrite inclusions. That's one of the characteristics that I love about lapis. That and the rich, bright color, of course.
This variscite pendant is like no other stone I've ever seen. I do have some variscite rondelles in my 'stash', but because they are relatively small, they don't have the impact that this stone has. The color is a bright apple green (love that) with lots of interesting cream colored matrix.
Keep checking in for progress on how I will use these gorgeous stones.