Am loving Anacortes these days! Today I stopped in at The Bead Store.
You know how something suddenly catches your eye? Peering down into the case, I saw a string of green translucent briolettes. Prehnite, with rutilations.
See the dark lines in the stones? Those are the rutilations. I’m a sucker for these markings. So organic: so plant-like.
The romantic version is that they are cupid’s arrows, or sometimes Venus’ hair. I just like the way they look!
Then - bonus! - among the turquoise I noticed two strands of pure robin’s egg blue. I looked up at Margaret, who runs the shop. She nodded. “That’s Sleeping Beauty.”
Have you heard of this mine in Arizona? It gave a bright, distinctive turquoise. And since it’s now closed to mining, the value of this turquoise has risen dramatically.
I put the strands next to the prehnite - and knew I wanted to work with them. Energetically and visually, they’re glorious together. Call it muse, call it inspiration: it happened.