As happenstance would have it there is a store that's "new to me" in Traverse City. It's in the same area that the old Osiris Bead Shop used to be in. What a wonderful store that was! The new find for me is a jewelry and stone store called On the Rocks.
Since DH had a medical appointment in TC we went early and walked around downtown. My plan was to investigate the rock store further and to go to Horizon Books - which always has a decent selection of the current magazines.
I did find some stones to purchase, not the selection they had at the beginning of the summer for sure, but some interesting pieces. And while I was looking at the wildly wonderful set cabs (there must have been a thousand) and feeling a melt down at the beautiful selection of stones this artist was using a bell went off in my head. At the check out counter I picked up her card and noted her name (Kathryn Wilson) and began to read her story as things were being rung up...duh, yup - whoop whoop - the beautiful jewelry with the fantastic cabs. Uh huh, her husband is Gary Wilson. He's just about my favorite stone cutter ever. I knew he lived in TC and in Arizona part of the year but holy crap.
How wonderful for all of us. Maybe they'll start carrying a larger selection of his stones - that would heaven. A whole lot easier than trying to elbow your way into the tables at Bead and Button.
I picked up a few of the pieces that were there - an odd lot for sure. There were these stones I had seen before - called TV Stone. It is Ulexite. See how you can see the writing magnified through it? I thought it might be fun to a fix something underneath it before it's set. The Labradorite is a huge piece - rock size. Maybe I could figure out an odd setting and turn it into a talisman kind of necklace with lots of runes and goodies. Then the Fluorite crystals I thought might be interested set into a cage. Fun stuff...stones and shopping.