Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gemstones from Tucson - Part II

Continuing with yesterday's theme, here are some more of the lovely gemstones I found in Tucson.

Beautifully rich citrine teardrop briolettes, faceted marquis rose quartz briolettes and a graduated strand of labradorite teardrop brios.

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a calibrated (as opposed to graduated) strand of gemstones???  All of the vendors told me that many designers prefer the calibrated stones, but very few gem cutters make them.  This seems to be a case of the supplier not fulfilling the demands of the marketplace.  One vendor mentioned that it is more efficient (in terms of rough stone usage) to make graduated gemstones.  This sort of makes sense to me, but I don't like it.  Not one bit.

Smooth moonstone brios, cute little kyanite brios and oh-so-useful peridot brios.

There will be one more post tomorrow with more stones.  Then, I really need to put them away and get back to work!


Pagano DesignWorks said...

delicious! Sorry I missed you in town this year. I have been crazed! Hope you had fun and hit the good weather days!

Pricilla said...

The moonstone and kyanite together would be stunning....

Cindy said...

Wow, you sure know how to pick the stones! There are beautiful. I wish I could of been there. I can't wait to see what else you bought.

shari said...

OMGsh, I love ALL of these! I always loved briolettes, and these are some of the more beautiful ones I've seen in a long time!

Can't wait to see what you make!!!