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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The gold labradorite is pretty too... But I think I'm picking the Sonoran Sunset Chryscolla as my favorite.
I've already retweeted this contest, so does that mean I get to enter twice?
I love the Sonoran sunset!!!
Thanks for the link to the shop. I see its new. I buy a lot of my cabs on Etsy so I'll be glad to heart them and check them out better when I can.
The color is just spectacular!
I'm bookmarking this Etsy treasure shop for sure.
I love the
Turquoise and Bronze Hand Cut Cabochon
I wish I could win.....
The Cayomito Agate. Awesome!!
Thanks for sharing this site as I am incorporating more cabs in my silver jewelry and just bought a book on wirework and would like to try that with the stones as well.
I have never seen a turquoise cab like that, and would like to pair it with crazy blue lace agate beads. Please enter me in the contest!
On second thought, I might have to switch favorites to the teardrop porcelain jasper cabochon--it reminds me of geisha houses and tea ceremonies.
I'm, also, loving the Chryscolla Hand Cut Cabochon and then the Wild Horse Picture Jasper Hand Cut Cabochon is gorgeous, too!!!
All your stones are beautiful!!!
I also love the seraphinite, most unusual, a bit understated, but oh how I love black and silver...THAT would be a dream to work with and give it, it's due honor. Thanks for your offer, it's a real gem! Chris
And here's the link to my facebook post.
I'm a sucker for the Labradorite and the beautiful fire Agate. They are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
I've got my eye on Cherry Creek Jasper. Thanks for letting me know about this Etsy shop. I'm bookmarking it for when I've got money left over after paying the monthly bills.