Chatoyant – adjective: having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light <a chatoyant gem>
Origin: Coined from the French “œil de chat,” meaning “cat’s eye”
Chatoyant. Chatoyance. Chatoyancy. I love the way the word flows off my tongue. It has such a beautiful feel to the mouth when spoken. Yummy. But enough about the sensuality of the word, let’s talk about what it means!
Have you ever looked at a stone and noticed the light dancing inside? Have you ever looked at a polished stone and saw what looked like ‘angel hair’, that white iridescent trim and stringy stuff we used to put on Christmas trees (before it was banned)? Have you ever looked at a polished agate and were teased by what might be a hologram somewhere within the lines of the stone? This is chatoyance – the playful dance of light caused by fibrous inclusions or cavities within a stone. It is what creates the ‘star’ in a star sapphire or star ruby.
When polishing stones, nothing thrills me more than to discover that my piece is waiting for me to bring out its chatoyance, the inner glow, the soul of the stone.
Beautiful chatoyant AGATE, from my collection.
BLUE TIGER EYE, hand polished by me.
STAR RUBY, internet image
Well, it happened again. This summer I entered two of my designs into competition in the Professional Jewelry Design Category at the 2014 Orange County Fair. And this lovely gem took the red ribbon for second place! I am always amazed, humbled, and grateful when one of my pieces wins a ribbon. I put much thought and lovingkindness into creating my jewelry designs and I am always pleased when others appreciate the work I put into making them. A big thank you to the judges who also saw the quiet beauty in this piece.
Award Winner 2014
amethyst, sunstone, pearl, toho seed beads. sterling findings
Fluorite ‘Tree of Life’
Naturally colored fluorite in purples, blues, yellows, greens; add copper wire, chain, with a sparkling sun and a full moon, and you have a beautifully earthy hand-crafted piece of wearable art. Yes, you deserve it. Mother Nature is calling.
Imagine a waterfall of color that is so rich you almost want to eat it; add a pendant that brings all these colors together. Here you have it. Add some sterling silver and you will be stopping traffic.
These bracelets are a special order, gifts to be given from a lovely lady recovering from multiple myeloma; a gift to her Mother and sister. Burgundy is the color in support of those with multiple myeloma, the emerald crystal is the birthstone of the lady giving the gifts.