Alright folks. This is going to be a fairly long post, so hold tight.
To give a brief summary, I'm sharing my experience and rock haul from the Tucson Gem Show this year. Anything marked N/A in the photo is not available for custom orders. All other stones are up for grabs and will ONLY be fully reserved once you nail a design down with me and a deposit for said design has been paid. Please be aware that unless you've sealed a piece with me, I may be showing the same stones to others.
So. I started in New England, looking at this:
Packed up jewels from my personal collection to sport in the sun:
Took a few planes...
....and entered a region where aliens are abundant. Aliens. Yes. They are everywhere, in bizarre variations that look inviting yet are secretly hazardous...
And yes. I'm talking about these:
I swear these are the weirdest, coolest things. I got so many, "Uhm how many photos of cacti is this girl going to take???" stares. I don't even care.
Oh yeah. There was also the huge gem show all over the city, that was cool too.
(^natural rough Sleeping Beauty mine turquoise)
Now, onto conquests.
^Broken Arrow mine variscite. natural. straight from the mine owner.
^Burtis Claim Cripple Creek mine turquoise. natural.
^Royston turquoise and Royston ribbon cut turquoise. natural.
^Royston turquoise. natural.
^White Buffalo turquoise. natural. Straight from the mine owner.
^Blue Moon mine turquoise. natural.
^Royston ribbon cut turquoise. natural.
^ left to right: New Lander mine, Peacock mine, Carico Lake mine, Number 8 mine (!!! truly!), Damele mine.
^the amazingly tight webbing in this one is hard to photograph.
^this one has a very high dome.
^ Sleeping Beauty mine turquoise. natural.
^Fox // Cortez mine turquoise. natural.
^old stock Number 8 mine turquoise. natural.
^Royston turquoise. natural. Along with some strays.
That's the haul folks! I hunted and enjoyed the skies of the Southwest
Then I returned home to a series of snow storms. Fantastic.
Keep a look out as I'll be posting NEW ITEMS to preview here on the blog this coming Sunday before they hit the shops!
From tonight until next Thursday at midnight, enjoy 15% off of your order in the Main Etsy Shop with coupon code:
in honour of there being too much snow here and wanting to empty the shelves in the shop a bit for new items! Sale does not apply to custom orders, minimum purchase of $25 required to apply.
KEEP POSTED FOR SUNDAY.
In the meantime, if you aren't in a sunny land, stay warm and bundle up!
xx Stray Arrow
No. This isn't a post about rocks.
There will be one down the line, but not today!
I've been spending some time going over old photos, admittedly clearing space on my computer. I thought I would share some old and new that may not have made it to item listings, social media posts, or just been swept under the carpet of time...
I hope everyone has had a lovely Holiday Season, whichever you choose to celebrate!
For future notice on a packaging change:
I used to send all bangle bracelets and bracelets in general in plain sweet little muslin bags. They'll now be going out a bit more spruced up, as such:
That's it folks!
NEW ITEMS will be hitting the shop throughout tomorrow, including two Chained in Turquoise rings, and two unique stacking ring types.
xx The Stray Arrow
Things are now settled, it's time to share the new place and new jewels!
Here is a tiny peak at my new place, and some detail shots of the new studio...
^Russian music boxes that each play a different theme from "Fiddler on The Roof", antique mirror with Stray Arrow Featherblade necklace, and my favourite designated CAVE LADY plaque. The music boxes represent an old memory from one of my grandmothers. The plaque was made for me by the dear Tory of ToryNova, featuring me in true Cave fashion on the left, and her in true T-REX fashion on the right.
^ My favourite old TURQUOISE TREASURE CHEST. I scored this favoured piece at an antique & flea market. The Marines illustrated fold out piece was acquired along the St. Martin Canal, Paris.
^ My gargoyle Askewheteau ("He who keeps watch"). Dangling from him is one of the first finished necklaces I made 4-5 years ago. The necklace was an "East meets West" theme featuring a Southwestern Thunderbird and the three clans from the Kanienkehaka (turtle, wolf, bear). Dangling stones are white buffalo turquoise and Crow Springs mine turquoise.
with some snippets of my vast collection...
JEWELRY DOCKING STATION
---where jewels await new homes---
I'm now in a shared studio space with other artists. These are just a couple of close ups. To see peaks of my space throughout its evolution you can follow me on Instagram: @thestrayarrow
That's it folks! Thanks for keeping up and supporting my work. As always, there's more to come!
xx The Stray Arrow