Grandpa's Legacy

  1. My grandpa and grandma were married for more than 60 years. She died just last week. :sad:

    During their long life together they went rock hunting and even cut their own stones and made their own jewelry. I thought it would be nice to share with some of you. I miss my grandmother, but I guess part of her is always with me. I definitely inherited her expensive taste! :graucho:

    Their work even won awards. I'm hoping that grandpa will teach me how to cut stone. He said it's hard for him to do without his wife. He cut and polished the stones - It was her eye that told him when they were perfect and ready to set. *sigh* I hope you enjoy looking at the lovely work they created together.

    Tiger's Eye
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    Malachite

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    Petrified Dinosaur Bone (how cool is that!)
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    I don't remember what this one is called - it looks like some sort of agate or jasper.
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    Rhodonite (Thanks chaz!!! I'll remember this forever now!)
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    Rhodochrosite (my favorite)
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    Another Rhodochrosite
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    I'll post some more...not sure how many pictures I can do in one. :smile:
     
  2. Here are some more. I love how nature has given us so many various pieces of artwork in stones. :smile:

    Malachite Bracelet - I have this same style in Turquoise cut by grandpa
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    Really, really, really good Turquoise - Men's Ring
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    Botswana Agate ( I love this stone...it has so many details)
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    I can't remember what he said this one was, but it was something cool like petrified something.
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    Golden Rutilated Quartz - SUCH a gorgeous stone! I even wrote a blog post about it.​

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    No idea what this is. LOL
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    Or this one...
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  3. Chrysoprase - a very underappreciated rare gemstone IMHO
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    Picture Jasper - LOVE this one too! :smile:
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    Okay, this is actual Cinnabar - which isn't even sold anymore (or shouldn't be) because it's freaking poisoness. Silly man.
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    So those are just a few that I managed to snap photos of. I hope I'll be able to make it down to his house to learn how to create such beautifully cut stones. :smile:
     
  4. Those are some beautiful pieces...and what a touching story. So sorry for your loss but like you said your grandma will be with you forever. This is also my favourite one! :tup:
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    and this one is gorgeous too!!

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    Thank you for sharing!!
     
  5. Breath taking!!!

    How divine a collecton with a wonderful family history, thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. All I can say is WOW!!!!

    Thanks for posting these gorgeous pieces.
     
  7. These are all stunning! What a wonderful story and legacy for you and your family! Thank you for sharing it with us! hNe
     
  8. Very unique pieces
     
  9. They are lovely pieces!! Very sorry for your loss.
     
  10. wow! those are BEAUTIFUL pieces. i'm sorry for your loss, but i love your grandparent's story. i'm glad you have them to remember your grandma. again...gorgeous stones and jewelry. :heart::flowers::heart:
     
  11. I'm so sorry to hear of yours and your Grandpa's loss.I actually don't quite know what to say,except you obviously come from a line of gifted artisans who had an exquisite eye for beauty and excellent craftsmanship xxxxxxx
     
  12. I'm sorry for your loss, but the story is beautiful. So are those stunning pieces of jewellery, and from what I've seen, you've inherited their talent!
     
  13. Wow, some beautiful stones there! The dinosaur bone is cool.
     
  14. Thanks for sharing. Be sure to press your grandpa to teach you -- you are so talented, I am sure you will be a quick learner.
     
  15. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pieces!
    I'm sorry for the loss of your grandmother; I hope that learning to cut stones from your grandfather will be healing for both of you.