I don't know about you, but one of the most difficult things for me in beading and jewelry making is simply to find wonderful stone cabochons that inspire me. If I buy them through a catalog, they don't always look like the picture, plus dozens (or even hundreds) of other people can end up using the very same cab in their piece.
This isn't a problem if I'm designing a piece that I intend for someone else to make...it's actually an advantage when I'm writing up tutorials to be able to tell you exactly where I got the whatever-it-is. But when I'm designing a piece to be a one-of-a-kind, I don't want it to end up being seen around every neck in the country!
Enter Cabbing Rough to the rescue. I know that you will be delighted by the wide variety of gorgeous hand-selected and cut stones that they have available. Geometrics, freeforms, you name it. And if you need a hole drilled or are interested in wholesale pricing or special orders, they welcome your inquiry. Laura Hansen wrote to me to introduce me to her family business:
My family and I all work together on producing our stones, from selection of materials to the final polish. We work with all sorts of agates, jaspers, and anything else that catches the eye. In each of our product descriptions, we include the metaphysical properties of the stone. I think these little bits can make a piece of jewelry so much more personal. Everything is currently available online and prices typically range from $16-24.
***Free Stuff Alert!!!***
So, you see that gorgeous cabochon up at the top of the post? Cabbing Rough is going to give it away to one lucky reader!! This is Kingman Turquoise, which is turquoise infused with bronze and stabilized, making it very durable for everyday wear. It is polished with diamond, and measures 30mmx24mmx4mm. You know you want it, so do this to enter for a chance to win it: visit Cabbing Rough, and leave me a comment here telling me which other cab is your favorite (personally, I'm a sucker for Chryscolla). If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: August 4, 2010.
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