Rock Appreciation Day. November

For each 1st of the month a different stone or gemstone type will be highlighted and given information on. Jewelry examples using that month's stone will be featured along with current for sale pieces using the stone. As a general disclaimer, I am no lapidary (stone) artist nor gemologist. All information I post here is researched by myself and sources for stone/mineral information can be given upon request. 

For Rock Appreciation Day this month we have:  


 Labradorite is a stone that always reminds me of butterfly wings, ice storms and the sea. It is known for its varying green to blue flashes and shard like striations, the more brilliant the flash the more sought after. A member of the Feldspar category, it ranges on the MOH's hardness scale at 6-6.5. The flash this stone type is known for is from labradorescence; an iridescent optical effect.  

Pictured above: sold labradorite and rainbow moonstone rings.

In terms of mythology, there is an Eskimo Inuit legend about labradorite. The legend says the Northern Lights were imprisoned on the coastal rocks of Labrador and a warrior's spear freed most of the lights. What remained was labradorite. 

Pictured above: Sold labradorite stacker.

Labradorite has also been found in Norway, Finland, and other places around the world besides Canada. Related stones are spectrolite (another form of labradorite) and larvikite. Metaphysically labradorite is known for transformation/change, and aiding intuition, among other qualities. 

More sold pieces with labradorite below:

These labradorite pieces are still currently available! Click their photos for a link:

That's all folks! Thanks for having a peak at this month's Rock Appreciation Day. For more news on a daily basis and new item previews subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of my site.



REBOOT. Rock Appreciation Day.

To get back into the groove of these I'm reposting an old Rock Appreciation Day from 2013. As these are all older images please excuse the image quality and old trademark.

For each 1st of the month a different stone or gemstone type will be highlighted and given information on. Jewelry examples using that month's stone will be featured along with current for sale pieces using the stone. As a general disclaimer, I am no lapidary (stone) artist nor gemologist. All information I post here is researched by myself and sources for stone/mineral information can be given upon request. 

For Rock Appreciation Day this month we have:  

King's Manassa Mine Turquoise

Manassa mine turquoise has also been called King’s Manassa turquoise, King’s turquoise, and was originally called the Lick Skillet mine. It is located in South Central Colorado near Manassa. The Manassa mine is reputed to be the oldest turquoise mining deposit in Colorado, and was speculated to have been mined by the Anasazi Pueblo peoples. The mine was “rediscovered”, or founded, by Israel Perviose King when he was searching for gold in 1894. He filed claim on it the next year. The mine has stayed with the King family and is now with his grandson Bill King.

The turquoise from this mine is some of my favourite. It is known for it’s deep greens with host rock rhyolite golden brown matrix, but can produce turquoise in a range of colours.

The turquoise can come in solid colour, bi-coloured, or with host rock webbing. It pairs beautifully with gold and some of the most saturated dark greens are among the most collectible. I love that turquoise from this one area has been used for over 1,000 years and is still seen as a prized and treasured finite commodity.


Below are photos of pieces used with Manassa turquoise that have been sold or claimed.

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That's all folks!

If you have any suggestions for a stone or gem to be highlighted for next month please comment below!

New Item Preview!

ALL of these new pieces will be hitting the shop throughout the day tomorrow starting at 12pm, EST.

Necklaces at different sizes, rings, and several earrings so everyone has something to choose from!


Keep an eye on the main shop folks!

xx Stray Arrow

Rock Appreciation Day

Hey folks!

Its been QUITE awhile. I can't even recall when the last of these rock appreciation days occurred, but the desire sparked after acquiring some of these lovelies...this month we have:


You know. The mesmerizing stones that look like fire spewed from a Phoenix and then solidified? Because well, they kind of are. Formed in volcanic activity that is.


Mexican fire agate is formed in volcanic activity in the Tertiary Period, and found in the Southern USA and northern Mexico. It is actually a form of layered chalcedony quartz (agate is in the quartz family). This type of agate is rare because of its iridescent qualities that give it the look of fire and flame. It ranges 6.5-7 on the MOH's hardness scale, and like other quartz can be polished to a great reflective waxy shine. My favourite pieces are ones with solid white or semi transparent quartz as a host rock to the fire agate. Iron oxide is what gives the fire agate its browner colourings. Rarer types include rainbow colour patterns to their shimmer from specific minerals. Metaphysically Mexican fire agate is used for calming, grounding, healing, and creativity.


Past Mexican Fire Agate pieces:




^these two stackers available at Arcana Healing Arts in Portland, Maine.


Two rings with Mexican fire agate have been made for the shop, to be included in Sunday's update. A little twisted band stacker, and this glorious mini shadow box inspired piece:


****** Stay tuned for July 4th news, and thanks for reading!

If you have any requests for stones, gems, or minerals for the next Rock Appreciation Day, comment below!

xx Stray Arrow

New Stones & SALE News!

Beltane and the coming of Spring (truly, finally) has brought on a wonderful weekend.

Friday night featured a great jewelry show called "Piercing the Pickle", depicting jeweler's interpretations of the pickle fork, at a groovy cocktail bar called The Jewel Box in my new hometown of Portland, ME.


Saturday morning I feasted on rocks in all forms at a gem show. 

All are currently up for grabs for custom orders, but I'm only accepting a certain amount of customs this month as the shops will be closed from May 20th - June 5th.

I did go a bit overboard on the succulent labradorite....









^Carey plume agate for Fire Rise rings.


^ocean jasper and red horn coral


^pyrite and native silver




^seriously amazing dendritic opal


^ocean jasper, blue chalcedony, dendritic opal



In other news, the annual MAY SALE has started!

In the main shop enter in the coupon code: MAYBABY for 10% off of your order from now until May 20th. This doesn't apply to custom orders or the plugs shop. Please be sure to enter in the code at checkout as I will not be able to refund those that forget.

That's all for now!

xx Stray Arrow


It's time for a Giveaway.

This is an idea that's been brewing for awhile and I think it's time it becomes a reality.


Comment below with a favourite myth of yours.

It could be a full story or just enough info so I can look it up.

You can enter with as many myths as you would like!

Folks can enter via my blog here, Facebook page, or Instagram.

On Thursday, April 9th, I'll be choosing a myth&winner combo

and the prize will be...

a CUSTOM design inspired by that myth.

The winner will choose what kind of piece (ring, necklace, etc.) and sizing,

but from there it's my own inspired creation.


Behind the GIVEAWAY~

I've always loved mythology from all types of cultures and civilizations. Nordic and Native myths and stories have been my particular focus, but I adore anything I can get my hands on. I've made several types of jewelry pieces inspired by snippets of full on myths throughout the years. This giveaway will not only be about giving back to the wonderful people who've helped my work thrive, but feed into my selfish desire to discover myths I don't know about yet!

I have to say I'm really excited to see what people share.

Below is some photo candy of a few pieces from the past inspired by Myths:



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There's always my shop motto that's been around 5+ years:


xx The Stray Arrow

Pattern and Texture Love.

I, like many of the smiths I know, am a nut for patterns and textures.

This is mainly ever seen in the rocks I collect (hoard).

My entire home and world is filled with an overload of different prints, patterns, paintings, plants and flowers, shelves upon shelves of books and rocks, anything that captures me.

Below is a little peak into my life of this for your enjoyment...

A bit of my world of pattern love~


^print close up by a Beehive print from Kris Johnsen, click on photo


^Swamp print by Tory Novikova (click photo)



xx Stray Arrow

New Item Preview...

All of these pieces will hit the shop today at 12pm EST.









Giveaway news coming soon!

xx The Stray Arrow

Materials and Sourcing...

Spring is almost here in New England and I've been getting back into using deer hide in my jewelry. I have wonderful customers of all types, sizes, backgrounds, and beliefs, so I know pieces with leather aren't for everyone. That being said I want to share with you all what I use and how it is sourced...


As with my stones, quality and sourcing is extremely important and a lot of time and effort goes into it. All of the deer hide I use, and it's currently the only kind of leather I use, I get solely from my local annual powwow. None of the beautiful creatures it is gifted from are hunted for sport of any kind, but for food. Every part of the deer is used and nothing is wasted. I acquire the natural hides in full, so I can cut my own cord pieces from them for another layer to the hand crafted nature of my work.


In addition, I've been hanging full hides in front of my window so certain folds can be lightened by the sun. This has over months created a really lovely ombre effect in the leather colouring.


With this hide sourced respectfully I've made a few fun earrings to add to the shop this afternoon. So far there are three pairs with different kinds of stamped markings. All sweet and simple to add to any woodlands lover's collection:


***Giveaway news with mythical ties coming soon***

xxStray Arrow

New Stones...

Throughout my years of collecting and research, I've established some really wonderful contacts for the materials and supplies I use in my work. This goes especially for my cabochon and gemstone collecting. I feel extremely fortunate with how wonderful the folks in the mining and lapidary business I've met are. Them enabling me to provide the best choice stones for my customers and my work just makes this full time gig of mine that much more delightful!

Below are new recent turquoise and variscite scores with their respective origins listed. All are currently up for grabs for custom orders, but please know I have a cap on how many commissions I can take at this time. 












A few new items also hit the shop this morning

xx The Stray Arrow

New Pieces, New Stones, Commission News...

It's been a little bit, hasn't it?

I think it's time to share some of the new stones I've been amassing. I've been releasing stones less and less, taking on less commissions so they can be wrapped up quicker. This has proved to be a science; something I'm still tweaking. Commissions are still taking longer than I would like, and lengthening regular production times of "made to order" pieces in the shop as well. There's much more involved: hashing concepts and designs out, spending hours getting back to conversations and inquiries, sketches, etc. that I do not charge for.

Because of this I will be making a monthly commission amount cap. This will change slightly depending on what the commissions are and how much extra time will be involved for each. I want people to enjoy the process and I love doing them so folks get exactly what they're hankering for, and I'd like them to not have to wait as long to receive it either! To make this process faster and easier I'll also soon be drafting up a little form for folks who are interested in custom orders to fill out... basic info that sometimes takes me awhile to get from potential customers that can draw out the process. More on this soon.

In the meantime, here they are!

New all natural stones as listed, some freshly cabbed straight from the mine owners, some old stock. If interested in any of these please shoot me an email:, or convo me on Etsy.

Note that as usual, until a solid design is nailed down and agreed upon, and a deposit is paid, no stones can be reserved.













These new items will be in the shop today~



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More stone stackers with Rune Drop sides. Also on the new side and growing in popularity are Rune Weavers and Rune Drop Stackers, for which customizable listings will be created soon with a rune guide!




That's all folks!

Thanks again for taking peak into the backgrounds of my jewelry workings, staying in touch, and for the overall general support of my creativity!

New Pieces...

These new items will be hitting the main shop throughout the morning:







These beauties are now stocked at The Lion's Nest in Austin, TX:




These beauties are now at Arcana boutique in Portland, Maine:





Also recently listed is this beautiful vintage Navajo storyteller ring in my destash shop:



That's it for now folks! Stay tuned for more news-

xxStray Arrow

Weekend Sale!

Whether you're celebrating turkey day, the day of mourning, or just getting together with family for some good food, I wish you all a happy weekend!

Black Friday kicks off tonight at midnight, and so does my weekend long sale. Get any goodies listed in the shop at a whopping 15% off! This sale doesn't apply to custom orders, just any item listed. Coupon code is:


Please do NOT forget to enter this at time of purchase where it says 'apply code'. New items will also hit the shop at midnight, including some new one of a kind molten silver stud earrings at discount pricing of $15/pair.

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A few pieces of photo candy of items from 2011 and 2012:

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This has been a very tumultuous year- from moving home and business to a new state, to stocking with Free People. I am ever grateful for the opportunities that have been sent my way, and the ones I've worked my ass off for. For loyal customers, old and new, for the peer jewelers I've befriended and new rock sources I've established. I'm loving every second of this hard earned self employed state of life. To show my excitement for new things to come and gratitude to the faithful who read this blog, I'm offering a special discount code. I don't often have sales as my jewelry is priced the best and fairest I can with materials, highest quality stones, and labor. This code is extra special...


Check the shop soon for new items! Making for perfect stocking stuffers, Channukah or Yule gifts!

With this Holiday season I'll update the blog every Sunday morning with new shop items as I'll be cranking out a grand amount of new pieces in both old and new designs.

Cheers folks!

xx Stray Arrow

Throw Back Thursday & NEW STOCKIST!

For this week's Throwback Thursday...

One of my first pieces. Ever. A necklace made from copper, cheap jasper stones, patina, and deer hide I still collect at the local powwow. I still love wearing this piece.




In other news, I'm now stocking items at another shop! Arcana is the first and sole boutique I stock with in my new home town of Portland, ME. Since I've changed locations I've gotten multiple messages of folks passing through Portland enquiring if my jewels are in any local shops. I'm so happy to have found a great place for my work after residing here for my first year, and just in time for Holiday shoppers. Rune pieces and one of a kind items with turquoise and tiger's eye are currently stocked. New items will slowly roll in as well...



xx Stray Arrow

New Items!

Adding new items to the shop has been slow due to an influx in custom orders and shop orders. These new items will be hitting the shop today with more added tomorrow!



^This is one of my very first pieces from 2009, now finally getting listed!






Also new-

Items for The Ritual Ritual in Philly!



Check the main shop for new items throughout today and tomorrow!

xx Stray Arrow

Throwback Thursday

NEW to my blog- Throwback Thursdays!

Each Thursday I'll be posting some older pieces or photos for a little nostalgia.

For this first one, some pieces back from 2011!


^Natural old stock Royston turquoise ring with cigar band. Commissioned.


^Deep blue apatite gemstone clover and flower plugs. Commissioned.


^Commissioned ring based off of my original piece below. With high quality chrysocolla malachite stone. Quote is from one of my favourite poems of all time by Walt Whitman.


^Original with high quality Bloodstone and Baltic amber.

From the poem, "O Me! O Life!"

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;

Of the endless trains of the faithless - of cities fill'd with the foolish;

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

Of eyes that vainly crave the light - of the objects mean - of the struggle ever renew'd;

Of the poor results of all - of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;

Of the empty and useless years of the rest - with the rest me intertwined;

The questions, O me! so sad recurring - What good  amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here - that life exists, and identity;

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."

Lastly, a handful of rings in front of one of my old watercolour paintings-


Next update Sunday!

x Stray Arrow

A Walk About...

This weekend was a nice mini break from working.

My fella and I had a pleasant hike to a new place for both of us to visit Portland, Maine's only natural waterfall (i.e. not man made). The air was crisp, the sun was warm, and colourful leaves showered down on us with every burst from the wind. It's simple, fun adventures like this that make me grateful for the little things this favourite season of mine offers...

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Jewelry news next Sunday!

xx The Stray Arrow

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