A few days ago, a package arrived from a mutual sister/friend. Katlyn, of Mermade Magickal Arts, has been a long time supporter of my artwork. She's actually the first person that insisted that I call myself an artist, something I will always be grateful for. As a result, some of my favorite, some of my best designs have been inspired by pieces that Kat's asked me to work on.
Included in a wonderful, delicious box of incense that I received from Kat were two capsules of gemstones. Amazing sparkly stones. Stones I would never be able to afford but have always dreamed of.
|Ethiopian Opals. The largest is about the size of a penny. The fire in all three is unreal.|
I don't know if I adequately captured the fire in these stones. Simply put: they are stunning.
Many years ago when I was traveling all over the country selling my jewelry designs, I met Earil at a festival. A thunderstorm chased me into her booth. We spent about an hour talking about gemstones, hematite especially. I thought I knew lots of gemstone lore. Earil knew much more. I also discovered that Earil and Katlyn were long-time friends.
|More goodies: Lapis (at top), Labrodorite round, and ammonite triangle. Amazing.|
Earil passed away in June, surrounded by those who loved her. Her struggle with diabetes made her very uncomfortable in the end. Now, I imagine her laughing and moving around without pain, still sharing her wisdom.
In turn, I'm sharing in Earil's love of beautiful gemstones, via Katlyn's generosity.
|The fire in this labradorite cabochon is incredible. The stone is bigger than a quarter.|
I can't stop fondling these stones. Just amazing. And unexpected. And a gift of love.
|Ammonite cabochon. Just yummy.|
My plan is to make some special necklaces with these pieces that can be auctioned off to benefit someone/something in Earil's honor. It feels like the right thing to do, to continue that generosity of spirit.