Rough (unpolished) ruby crystals
Many years ago I had the unusual opportunity to buy a large quantity of completely unprocessed, unpolished ruby rough. I can not even begin to describe the appeal of these stones! I've used them in my jewelry work many times, and when I sell at craft shows I always take some with me to point out to people who have a particular interest in gemstones. For all that they are unassuming visually, they were usually one of my best-selling stones. I have a very limited supply of these larger stones left, and I wanted to make them available to you to enjoy as well.
They range in color from browns and rusty oranges to deep red/purples, depending on the light. I've never tried to polish them, preferring to enjoy them as a curiosity and an educational aid, but if you have an interest in lapidary, who knows what you might find!
These rough rubies are all approximately half an inch long in their longest dimension. Price is per stone and I will pick one just for you from the batch shown here. They are undrilled, so they can either be wirewrapped or enjoyed as part of a crystal and gemstone collection. Ruby is associated most strongly with love, and especially the heart chakra. It is a very powerful stone, with an almost leonine energy about it.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (Gift bags are available!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!