Desert Lace is the only true floral theme in my Lace series! Every collection features a different Lace, which are hands-down my most desired designs ever. The Laces almost always sell out before any other piece. Each Lace is inspired by the theme and typically features hidden imagery. Laces are seamless, highly detailed, and always feature a stone on the face. Laces always take a lot more love but are worth it every time… so I try to really give them killer one-of-a-kind stones. Desert Lace is inspired by my time spent in the High Desert of Western Colorado. While most people think of the green beauty of the Rockies, the Western slope of Colorado is filled with red mesas and fossil studded plateaus. An entirely different ecosystem of cacti blooms every year, inspiring the blossoms of Desert Lace. Inside each flower is a small cosmos to commemorate my personal favorite desert past-time… stargazing. The conditions particular to the high desert makes stargazing, especially with a telescope, one of the best viewing experiences in the country! Within the paisley-like swirls of Desert Lace you will see tiny galaxies and cactus blossoms.
- This design has been paired with a premium grade Kingman Turquoise. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise. The Kingman turquoise mine, operated by the Colbaugh family, is the last remaining commercially producing mine in the United States. Continue reading to learn more about Kingman Turquoise and it’s metaphysical properties!
The Crystal featured on this Rollerball Necklace is black Onyx. Black Onyx within Bead and Bones collections are exceptionally polished, completely opaque in color, and were custom cut specifically for my Rollerball Necklaces. Crystals and stones found within my collections are gem-quality specimens curated by artisanal lapidaries and family operated mines. I am proud to support several talented stone cutters, lapidaries, and family owned mines during the production of my artwork.
Black Onyx unlike obsidian, which is a volcanic glass, black Onyx is a true stone in the chalcedony family. The ancient greeks believed that Cupid used his arrows to clip the nails of his mother, Goddess Aphrodite, and as the trimmings fell into the Indus river they turned into Onyx. Onyx has long been popular in jewelry, particularly in ancient cameos. Solid black Onyx in jewelry, however, became much more popular during the Victorian era. In ancient times, black Onyx was thought to be an extremely powerful protector against negative energy. It was believed that an Onyx would become darker as it trapped bad energy within. According to ancient text, Queen Cleopatra wore a stone of black Onyx for its profoundly protective nature. Today, black Onyx is still considered to be the pinnacle stone of protection, grounding, and strength.
The Rose Cut featured on this Rollerball Necklace is Kingman Turquoise. Kingman Turquoise comes from the Kingman mind located in Arizona, the last commercially operated mine in the country. Crystals and stones found within my collections are gem-quality specimens curated by artisanal lapidaries and family operated mines. These rose cuts were curated especially for my rollerball necklaces.
Kingman Turquoise comes from the Cerbat Mountains in Arizona. The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by prehistoric Indigenous peoples over 1,000 years ago. In fact, the Kingman Turquoise mine was once part of a Turquoise trade boom as early as 600 AD when the Mayans used Turquoise heavily for adornment and ceremonial items. Turquoise is one of the most ancient of all gemstones and can be found in almost every ancient culture on earth. In both ancient times and modern metaphysical communities, Turquoise is thought to empower our inner voices and allows us to speak our truth. Both protective and emboldening, Turquoise was once worn by kings and queens long ago but is highly suggested for aspiring great leaders of today.