This cover photo shows a stunning piece of Azurite (the blue) with Chrysocolla (the green). The strands include, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Labradorite, Iolite and tiny gold spacers that I purchased on the streets of Delhi, India. It is one of the most popular pieces from the series and I am happy to say is already SOLD.
On November 28th (this Thursday) please join me from 6 – 8p.m. for the Opening of my show PEG STELEY – ROCK STAR at the Back Gallery Project at 602 E Hastings st. Vancouver (cnr of Princess). I will be showing 14 pieces from this new series which I think is my best work to date (as well as pieces from my regular inventory).
Some of you may recall from a previous blog that I went last February to the Tucson Rock and Gem show. I managed to find some wonderful things, Cantera Opal mined in Mexico, blue Brazilian Opal still embedded in rock, petrified wood, gorgeous Azurite, pale pink Rhyolite and some wonderful pendulums of white Scoloscite. I have worked them together with small adornments of vintage ‘bling”, Swarovski crystals and multi-strands of mixed bijou.
Here is a huge Cantera Opal mined in Mexico. It is similar to Australian Boulder Opal because it is found in it’s original matrix of pale pink Rhyolite.
Here is another example of Cantera Opal –
I have fallen in love with a rock called OCEAN JASPER – it is so variegated and beautiful but it also has an interesting story. It is ONLY found in one small place in the world – on the beach of the northwest coast of the African Island of Madagascar – and even then only when the tide is low….. and you have a boat to get there.
Needless to say it can be difficult to find and I always get excited when I do. I had three pieces of Ocean Jasper for this show. One of them already SOLD. This piece is still available, strung with Aquamarine and Labradorite.
I think this next piece once belonged to CLEOPATRA. It features a gold plated ornament supported by strands of Garnet.
This piece features a PEACOCK DRUZY purchased in the gem markets of Jaipur INDIA.
This is, I think, the “edgiest” piece from the collection, featuring a slice of Agate Geode adorned with a vintage earring.
I have enjoyed searching for and finding small vintage elements to adorn the rocks. I find this little jewel encrusted bee quite charming and here he is smelling a golden flower.