Sunday, May 16, 2010

in search of pebbles

When designing jewellery I always make what I think is beautiful and something that I would wear myself. Some of my designs linger in my store until someone connects with that certain something that compels them to make it their own. Yet other pieces I make fly off the shelf accompanied by numerous emails asking me if I can make another one. And this is exactly what happened when I listed these pebble stacking rings:

Unfortunately the stones I used for these rings were collected in New Zealand. I only had about ten of these little pebbles, and living in Australia I couldn’t go back to collect any more of them. I tried to find similar stones here in Sydney, but I realized that it was the pounding surf that polished those little pebbles to perfection, and gave them a beautiful smooth surface that was perfect for making into rings.

I’d given up hope finding similar pebbles here in Australia and had abandoned the idea of making more pebble stacking rings until I could visit New Zealand again and I could return to the stormy coastline of Birdlings Flat and collect more pebbles battered and polished by the wild stormy seas. But on our way home from our holiday we happened to stay next to a beautiful little beach. As I made my way over the dunes and onto the beach I found that this little beach was covered in pebbles! Pebbles that were being thrashed and thrown around by the pounding surf which tumbled and polished those stones into perfect little cabochons for spiralstone pebble stacking rings!

The colours of the stones are beautiful,

And amongst them I found these spiral shells that I'm looking forward to making into jewellery.

I’ll be making new pebble stacking rings in a few different sizes over the next month :).


willow and moo said...

What a wonderful find!

Shannon said...

amazing find! I love the spiral shells, wish we had a beach nearby.

mywifesstudio said...

Looking forward to seeing what you make from these beauties!!!

SpiralStone said...

It really was a wonderful find! We spent hours fossicking for perfect stones and leaping for joy every time we found a spiral shell!