I adore rocks. The bigger the better. Alas, I am not speaking of the rocks that glitter and shine…and have the potential of setting you back thousands of dollars. I am in love with actual rocks, stones, minerals. With a little polish and creativity a rock can send my heart all a pitter-patter.
I think I can trace my love of rocks back to grade school–5th grade in particular. I had a BIG thing for tiger eyes. And, actually, even before that I remember being completely enchanted by my little turquoise ring that I proudly wore on my little sausage ring finger. During these years of grade school, I loved finding rocks native to a particular region. When we traveled, I would gravitate to those cards that had a bunch of little stone affixed to them with their names printed under them, found in many a souvenir shop across the USA. So pretty!
As an adult my stone collecting continued. I always pick up interesting stones along the Lake Michigan coastline. I brought home a couple of “red rocks” from Nevada. This pass summer I tucked away small rocks from Switzerland and Austria in my suitcase home. I just find them intriguing. Despite this deep, professed love of rocks, I found 9th grade Earth Science completely boring (on reflection, this might have had more to do with the most boring teacher in the Universe). I would probably love a class like that now. Life.
A few years back I started collecting rock/stone/mineral pendants. Sliced agate, druzy, indigenous Michigan stones, beach glass (OK, not a rock but still unique and rock-like). I love that they are naturally beautiful and can add a unique touch or story when worn as an accessory. Agates with druzy are probably my favorite. Yet, Michigan’s Petoskey stone (our State stone) is a close second.
I have a couple of necklaces that I can use with my pendants. One is an average length sterling silver omega chain. The other is a longer silver chain. During the colder months I like the versatility of wearing the latter because then my beautiful rocks can still be seen even if I am wearing a scarf…which I always do when it is cold. Here is an example of the desired look:
And here is the line-up of my favorite players:
(from left to right: aqua druzy from etsy; amber druzy by nashelle, gifted to me; sliced agate from etsy; beach glass from south haven, mi; sliced agate from antique store; sliced agate from etsy; petoskey stone from saugatuck, mi; “lightning stone” found on lake michigan and made by my cousins).
This close-up helps you to see why druzy is so easy to love:
What is your favorite long necklace to wear?
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