Some of today was spent spreading out gemstones, sketching jewellery designs and deciding on what I’ll be creating over the coming months. It’s been fabulous.
It’s a sort of beginning, so made me think about starting new things. About energy. About projects, tasks and challenges that are sometimes looking us squarely in the face saying,
“come on, get started!”
It made me think about keeping up momentum.
Ready, Set, Go
Starting out on a new project often requires a fair bit of effort. Especially if you’re standing still right now and planning to get up some speed in one direction or another.
Before you know it, though, things start to feel easier. You’ve got a bit of speed up, some momentum helping to drive you forward. Hey, sometimes there are are even downhill stretches where you can stop pedalling and start free-wheeling!
But watch out …
A friend once recounted how she’d hopped off her bike one day to push it; the hill she was cycling up was too steep. Soon, the road ahead flattened out and she could easily have begun pedalling again, but she just kept walking. It was effortless.
Then the road started to slope downhill and still she walked alongside her bike.
I’m so glad she snapped out of her trance-like state, cycled back and told me the story.
It made me think. About starting. About momentum.
Here we are, 10 days into the New Year and I’m on track with my new workshop. I’m back in there properly today, starting work on an Golden Wedding Anniversary Bracelet – I can’t wait!
Was the journey straight forward? No! The proposed new location presented unexpected challenges and with so much custom jewellery to create, following that path would have taken too long.
So, I decided to adapt.
Adjust to New Conditions
I’m still going in exactly the same direction; the workshop will relocate in the future as planned. In the mean time, I’m being flexible. Bending the direct path into something that’s more achievable, stretching the timescales and enjoying the journey. Learning.
Seems to me, life is about constantly adjusting to new conditions. Whenever we set out in a new direction there’s a strong chance we’ll encounter surprises! The new location called for heaps more work than imagined and being without a jewellery workshop for so long just wouldn’t have worked.
So, I adapted. I adjusted to the new conditions.
Make it Suitable for Use
The workshop refit has made it wonderfully suitable for use.
More than that, it’s an enchanting space in which to create.
The heating is much better, the dust created while polishing is now contained and there’s an abundance of natural light in the design area. I’m truly delighted.
Being flexible and adapting to the situation has also given me the opportunity to try out ideas for the final layout. A bonus that I’d otherwise have missed.
Are you giving yourself enough of a chance for success? Bending, stretching and adapting?
As the design area within my workshop evolves, I’m already salivating at the prospect poring over my collection of gemstones there.
For me, the opal is a sheer celebration of colour.
Opal is amorphous, that is, without a crystal structure. Instead, it is made up of microscopically tiny spheres of silica – you need to magnify them 20,000 times to see them! Beams of light bend and split as they pass through the spheres to produce glorious patterns of coloured light.
It starts with the cracks and cavities left after bones and shells within ancient rocks have crumbled away with time. Through weathering and erosion, this silica gel makes its way into these cavities to form what we know as Opal, with its veritable fiery rainbow of colour within.
Opal is the birthstone for those born in October as well as being the traditional stone of choice for those celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary.
Here, Opal fills the hollows of pebble rock. There is often a fabulous play of colour against a dark base surface.
Bands or leaves of precious Opal are embedded in the matrix rock, the rock in which the opal is found. Often wonderfully decorative and colourful and allowing you to look deep into the opal.
It is incorrect to assume that fiery red flashes of colour that occur in many opals means that it’s a fire opal. In fact, the orangey-red fire opal is usually a more translucent gem.
Doublets and Triplets
The opal doublet is where a slice of opal has been cemented to another material, sometimes glass, which can give it the appearance of a black opal. The opal layer can be a single slice of opal, or sometimes several opal fragments glued together.
An opal triplet is where the doublet has a top layer of colourless quartz which also serves to protect the opal layer.
Whilst these doublets and triplets do not occur naturally, they still have a natural opal element and can be extraordinarily beautiful.
Since the delicate opal is between 3% and 30% water, it makes a perfect pendant where it can safely enjoy the body’s natural humidity. Storing your opal with a little moisture is also a good idea.
Interestingly, the opal is traditionally thought to be a stone of happy dreams and changes.
…and a compass set into the back!
…a unique design all around
…and small enough to wear everyday
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