In The Rough

I have always been attracted to rocks; on the beach, in the woods, wherever I could find them I would always bring home the ones I picked up. If I saw a rock I liked, I had to pick it up and keep it - otherwise would I ever find it again? As a child I would fill my dad's pockets with stones and shells and driftwood found on the beach during our holidays to Devon. To this day we have piles of these beach findings in our back garden. 

I never picked up the perfectly smooth or round rocks, I always liked the ones that had holes or texture or an unusual shape - I think this is where my interest in rough/uncut precious/semi-precious stones began. To me the rough stones have more of a personality than the brilliant cut diamonds or perfect synthetic stones that fill the jewellery stores today. The raw shapes of the stones, how they feel to touch, and their natural colours and the fact that every single one is unique make rough gems much more inspiring and desirable to me. 

These pieces are from my most recent experimental and development work, using lost wax casting to cast the stones in place, rather than setting them in later. I really enjoy working with wax and being able to set the stones into the wax is exciting - who knows if they will stay in place during the casting? We just have to wait and see!