Northern Reflections Collection for 2019

Northern Reflections is a collection of one of a kind pieces I’ve created to honor winter days and nights. Snow globe agates freeze frame a scene from day and labradorite flashes with the color of aurora borealis in the night sky.

I have loved dendritic agate since I saw them over seven years ago at the Tucson Gem show. There is something about them that invokes a poetic look at winter. It can be cold and stark but also beautiful and moody in it’s high contrast of black and many shades of whites. I have been spending a lot of time this winter up at Big White resort and it has made me fall in love with a season I have never truly appreciated. These white and black agates are like a picture that Mother Nature has made to celebrate winter.

I miss seeing the northern lights. In Edmonton I would enjoy dog walking late at night in hope to catch the lights dancing across the sky. There is something mystical about the play of color as they shoot and shimmer in the dark night. Labradorite has the same movement of color and is thought by some to be ice fire made by the aurora captured in stone. It is hard to disagree when you hold one in your hand and see all of the colors dancing in the stone.

Most of my jewelry has a brushed white finish to the silver mixed with a high polish. For this collection I had fun playing with liver of sulphur which turns silver a rich grey black. The contrast goes so will with the stones in the collection and also enhances the labradorite and the night sky theme. You might start seeing more of the blackened silver in my work!

These beautiful stones have helped stir my creativity and changed the way I look at the world around me. I hope you enjoy the pieces I’ve crafted and want to see more in the future.

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