Stones occur in the natural environment in an almost unlimited range of colors, patterns, and textures, each reflecting the unique conditions that caused the formation of the rock. Certain gems have been deemed “precious” due to their rareness and brilliance, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and others. Precious gemstones have been prized for centuries and now trade for exorbitant fares.
At Jordana Stone Design, we work with semiprecious stones, such as lapis lazuli, chalcedony, carnelians, agates, jasper, turquoise and many others. Equally as amazing in their uniqueness and variety, semiprecious stones offer broad opportunities for jewelry design in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and patterns, such that rarely do any two pieces match. Given the range in hardness of the differing stones, finished textures can range from a flat finish to a brilliant shine. Agates are typically translucent, and often show banding patterns, while jaspers are opaque and occur in many colors, often with patterns that resemble pictures of landscapes or abstract art. Petrified wood and dinosaur bone long ago transitioned from the original material into stone, but retained the wood or bone pattern now identifiable in the stone. Each time we cut a piece of rough rock, we unlock a fascinating range of colors, patterns and features that can be converted into one-of-a-kind unique stone jewelry!
Often, the rock will exhibit natural fractures, so the stone will be tapped with a rock hammer until it breaks along the fracture lines. Rather than converting the stone into a preconceived shape or design, we yield to the form the stone offers, such that these natural features of the stone dictate the shape of the jewelry piece, resulting in no two finished pieces being exactly alike.
All our jewelry is handmade, and occasionally there are minor flaws and variations inherent in the stone, which often add character to the finished pieces. Likewise, due to natural variations in the stone and the effects of the polishing process, earring sets often have some variability in shapes, colors, and patterns. We hope you can embrace the uniqueness of each individual stone!
Reference sources for information regarding gemstones:
– Turquoise Unearthed, by Joe Dan Lowry and Joe P. Lowry (2002), Rio Nuevo Publishers.
– Gemstones of the World, by Walter Schumann (1977), Sterling Publishing Co.
– Precious and Semiprecious Stones, by Jaroslav Bauer and Vladimir Bouska (1989), Chartwell
– Books, Inc.
– The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall (2003), Walking Stick Press.
– Various Websites.