When I work with stone, it's a cooperation between the stone and myself. This is a practice I started when first learning to rockhound. I found that if I was having no luck finding any rocks to collect, I would call out to the rocks telling them if they wanted to go home with me and be transformed, to make themselves visible and I will do just that! It never fails! I always find something after making such announcements! Perhaps it's coincidental; perhaps not!
I also will not work on jewels if I'm not in the right mood as I don't want to impart any vibrations from myself into the stone, altering it's inherent properties. As a reference tool for said properties, I refer primarily to "LOVE IS IN THE EARTH, A KALEIDOSCOPE OF CRYSTALS" by MELODY. This book covers every stone I've worked with so far and I have found it to be quite accurate.
The Earth is made up of wondrous beauty, within and without. Living Stone supporting Life on Stone. If it were not for Mother Earth and Father Sun,
We would not BE!
The inherent beauty in the stones is another reason for my love of rocks. The entire process is an adventure in discovery! When you go rockhounding, often the stones are buried and are covered in mud and other detritus, obscuring it's true appearance. So you take said rocks home and when washing them you make many more discoveries about the rocks, and that's just in the collecting phase!
Then comes the fun of finding out what your rocks look like on the inside! For that you will need some means of cutting or splitting your rocks. I prefer the cutting method as the resulting slabs of stone are what I use to make the jewels I produce. Some of the slabs as they come off the saw have such beautiful patterns and colors, they are works of art as they are!
This is a slab of Spectralite, which is full color spectrum Labradorite.
I cut this off of a piece of Labradorite I purchased from Richardsons Rock Ranch,in Madras Oregon, who imports it from Madagascar.
In this one I see a tropical sunset!