I knew I had to get my love of jewelry and gemstones from somewhere. My grandfather and grandmother used to hunt for rocks and stones of all kinds. They would then work together - grandpa cut the stones and grandma polished and set them. The settings are mostly cheap plated, but the cut stones are award winning. They mean a lot to me. I hope to one day learn how to cut stones and maybe cut some of the rough they still have.
I took over 200 photos last time I visited and these are some of the neatest (in my opinion). Included are Rhodochrosite, Tiger's Eye, Chrysoprase, Picture Jasper, Fosilized Dinosaur Bone, Rutilated Quartz, and Chrysocola. Sorry if any of those are misspelled.
He has a lot of rough uncut tiger's eye and turquoise. I even found some stunning Charoite! I really want to make that into something beautiful.
Last edited by castocreations : 08-16-07 at 11:35 PM.
Oh my goodness, Castocreations, those cabochons are absolutely gorgeous and really mesmerizing!!!!!!! How lucky and special that they were found , cut , polished and set by your grandparents. What a fantastic treasure you have there and is it any wonder you love jewelry?
Thanks guys. I know. My grandpa won't cut stones anymore and it breaks my heart. He says he can't do it without his wife. She is in a full time care home now. He says that she's the one who would tell him when it a cab was just right with no flat spots. And she set them too.
I wish I lived closer to him and could have him teach me to cut stones. His machines are really old and loud but they still work. I don't want them to go to waste...nor all the rough he still has! Some of the stones I don't know so I'll post them here and see if we can figure them out.
I have to tell you guys that I told my grandpa what I did and after he finished blushing I really think he got a kick out of your kind and positive words. He wants to start cutting stones again so I think I'll have to make time to go down and help. He doesn't want to do it by himself. Who knows...maybe I'll get to show you a stone that I cut!
Ohhhhhhh, that's great Castocreations!! That warms my heart! I really do hope he gets back into it. He is a very talented man! He should teach you too. Then he wouldn't have to do it alone, and you could carry on his legacy too!