I have a bunch of new gems from the trade show I just attended. Nothing beats trade shows for the latest and the newest. I get to talk directly to the importers and distributors and often times the manufactures themselves. I find out about the new stones, cuts, shapes, colors and treatments. To find out if a new vendor has good prices I've gotten to know the cost per gram and per carat on certain qualities of my favorite gems and that's a lot of stones' prices to remember. It's funny how I can't tell you what I did yesterday but I can go on about the details on the gems.
I almost came home with a strand of luscious, sparkly whiskey quartz in diamond shape with checkerboard facets. I was hypnotized by them and couldn't take my eyes and hands off . They were $1245. I've ached for them since. It reinforces my goal in the path I have to take with my craft. I want to get to where I can use whatever I desire. Anything I fancy. It cramps my style not to be able to pick up a strand of beads that catches my eye. I also desire the yellow of 24K gold. I'll settle for 22K or even 20K, but no lower. My line has evolved from glass beads in the very beginning to gemstones to quality gemstones. I've no doubt it will evolve to the next and the level after that. I am over a collection pretty much the moment it's completed.
So wait for me, luscious, sparkly beads and gold. I'm on my way!
This photo has nothing to do with this posting. Just to have something to look at.