Some time ago I bought a string of 10 pieces of carved stone that the vendor called Australian black jade. Shaped somewhat like a calla lily they were smooth and cool to the touch. I loved them at first sight. But what would I do with them?
I wasn’t alone on my foray that winter day — two beadie friends were with me. At the end of our buying spree we poured over our purchases and shared many of our treasures with each other. Five of the black stones went to Lila. She’s an amazing beader and it wasn’t long before she’d worked up her pieces. But mine sat in their original plastic bag. For three years.
A few weeks ago I pulled them out once again (something I do regularly with these beauties) and decided it was time. Make something, I said to myself. Anything. And so I did. Matched with silky white Swarovski pearls the black jade really came into its own.