Most jewelry designers like myself love coming across an unusual find. One of those finds, at least for me, is rough cut semi-precious gemstones – meaning gemstones that have been cut into rough shapes with no polishing to smooth the surfaces. I don’t see them very often, so when I do, I’m usually intrigued and a strand or two always manage to make it into my bead stash.
The rough cut agate gemstones in the bracelet shown above are an example. I love the combination of their rough edges with smooth pearl and crystal beads. I remember the first time I saw an uncut diamond used in a piece of jewelry. It was an article in Ornament Magazine about jeweler Todd Reed. The pieces were devastatingly gorgeous and I jut loved his vision of using diamonds in a rough uncut state.
I also managed to find a strand of rough cut blue lace agate and again enjoyed using the stones as a way to bring contrasts in textures in a piece of jewelry. I love seeing beauty in stones that have had fewer finishing touches by human hands and show more of their rugged, natural state.