How often have we walked by or over rocks that we basically take for granted and never wonder about what may be inside those rocks? After a few years of learning the techniques of lapidary and cutting rocks into slices for jewelry purposes, I found a new appreciation for those ugly ‘ol rocks on the ground as I discovered how much “art” can be hiding inside. Here are just a few photos of the hidden art treasures that live inside rocks….
This particular rock was discovered in a ravine in the Sahara Desert by a husband/wife geology team. The ravine was strewn with these odd rocks, as shown in the top picture, that looked like baked potatoes! Cutting into them revealed these wondrous swirls of colors of mocha, coffee and cream. They named the rock, Royal Sahara Jasper. It’s very hard and makes great jewelry pieces !
Following are some more examples of rock "slices" from my collection...
This is an interesting one...found only on the Northeast Shore of Madagascar island...it can only be reached at low tide as the source is underwater at high tide:)
This is how the final product looks after shaping and polishing the cutout pieces into stones for pendants and other jewelry items,,some have silver settings.
So, rocks are actually pretty cool...eh?