From a young age I was memorized by rocks. My grandmother sparked that initial curiosity. She had a rock tumbler. We would scour Texas beaches or fields to find stones that we thought had potential. We would put them in the tumbler and wait…. I was always impatient wanting to see if mine were going to be the most beautiful. It was so exciting to open the tumbler after days of them rolling around together. Each one polishing the other to reveal their true beauty. The smooth hard surface, the colors, the wonder of nature revealed. It was in this a lesson was taught. What may be rough and unrefined on the outside held beauty inside. Each one unique and special in it’s own way.
That wonder still lies within me and I love to see rocks incorporated into design. They have been the inspiration for lamps, hardware, wallpaper, and of course jewelry. Below are examples of such applications. I will always remember those special times with my grandmother and I am reminded of those fond memories each time I see such lovely uses of a simple thing I hold dear.