Basalt & Chatoyance

Wouldn’t that make a good title for a mystery fiction, perhaps with a touch of romance to the storyline?

Wednesday, 3 pm

Again, there are several projects on the workbench and we had to make sure we pushed everything out of sight that Santa would not want the reader to see. Some day, someone might invent an imaging process that allows the viewer to see outside of the confines of a picture by tilting it. In fact, you can almost be certain that someone is working on this as we speak, but for now, this is all we’re going to reveal…

Alright. Let’s have a closer look.

That flat, oval stone in the box, at top, is basalt. It was found in Grand Isle,  at a location that is known to geologists as part of one of the five most important fault lines in the world. The ground in such areas has seen countless transformations through millennia. This results in all manners of interesting finds for today’s trained or interested eye. The large, fine silver loop at right is the bezel that will cradle it and give it new expression as a pendant. The stone will remain raw, unpolished. It is approximately 1 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches in size.

The long, bluish stone is called Tiger Eye. Silvio has great plans for another pendant and will provide a photograph once it has come together. For now, suffice it to say that, “This bluish tiger eye has great chatoyance!” Those were his words as he contemplated it in the light. “There is no other word to describe chatoyance,” he added with a grin. “Really, life without chatoyance is not worth living,” he concluded, still grinning.

Who needs wine when mere focus on a creative endeavor procures such playfulness?!

A Chatoyant stone is one that presents a changeable luster. Twinkling would be another word, though it does not have quite the same impact.

Photos of the completed pendants coming up next…


About PS MacMurray

Paschal'Simon MacMurray, the scribe, specializes in providing a no nonsense Facebook and Blog presence for small business owners who want quality without breaking the bank. PS MacMurray, the artisan, creates art on a whim using fabric, paper, beads, twine and wire. View all posts by PS MacMurray

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