Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A lesson learned

Every year I go to work (and shop) at a huge bead show in Milwaukee. Every year my heart beats a bit faster as I approach a certain booth. This one particular man finds, cuts and drills the most amazing stones, fossils, vintage glass, and just about anything else he can get his hands on-including what looks like billiard balls and something he calls "ford-ite". I basically spend any free time and a good chunk of my salary at this booth. Two years ago, I bought a gorgeous ammonite fossil there and decided it would be just for me. This is rare (the decision and the fossil, both) and almost as soon as I got home, I stung it up with keishi pearls and aquamarines, bringing out the irridescent pale blues and pinks of the surface.
A few days later, I went "off-island" to do a big three-day show in the Berkshires. I love it there, but the show was not a good one for me. In foolish desperation, I put my ammonite necklace on the table. An hour later it sold. And I felt terrible. Was nothing sacred? Was I worshiping the almighty dollar? Where were my principles? Never again, I promised myself.
This past June, I was off to Milwaukee again. No sooner had I walked into the massive show, I ran into "my stone man" Gary. I went with him directly to his booth and told him the story of how I had been waiting a year to redeem myself. I found another ammonite (plus several fabulous geodes-for you) which struck me with its colors and shape. The other day, playing with some new pearls, the idea for the new necklace came together quickly- and this was the result.


It fits my neck perfectly and the feeling of wearing something which is more than 100 million (think about that for a second) years old makes me feel grounded, connected and reminds me to appreciate this moment in time.

this fleeting world is like a star at dawn,

a bubble in a stream,

a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream...

- the diamond sutra


  1. Okay...so you had to know that I was going to comment on this one, right? First off, anything to do with Gary warrants a comment from me. Secondly, I didn't know you sold the other one...tsk, tsk... BUT you totally redeemed yourself...this is gorgeous...your work never ceases to amaze me!
    Here is my own confession...I still have yet to do anything with my own ammonite...nothing I come up with seems good enough for it...sigh...

  2. I know, they deserve to be well presented....bring with you when you come to visit!