Friday, February 14, 2014


I don't often spend money on myself.  I buy books and beads and fiber, but I rarely buy myself a memory.

This year, I decided that I wanted something to remember Arizona by.  Yes, I'd enjoy working with all the lovely stones I'd buy.  I'd have the memory of shopping, of discovering treasure. The memory of being with friends.  And of enjoying the sun and warm of the desert.

But, I wanted a piece of jewelry that someone else made.

As we were leaving the Quartzsite PowWow, I saw this.  Instant attraction.  Turquoise, amethyst, and rutilated quartz with lots and lots of spirals.  

The seller, a handsome young man, was selling his wirework in order to get enough money to go home to Peru.

So, I helped him out.

And came home with TWO lovely pieces to remember Arizona by.
I love the copper that frames this African Amethyst.  And the piece looks like a blend of the sun and the moon to me.  

I'll use some of the gemstones that I got to make neck chains for these pieces.  And when I wear them, I'll remember a lovely visit with wonderful friends.

I'll also know that I'm practicing what I preach: treating myself like I have value.  Wearing gorgeous jewelry as an expression of who I am, in all my glory.

Happy Valentine's to me.  :)

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