We have recently finished two pieces where the colour of the stone was a perfect marriage for copper.
The first piece is called Escondita.
This small (3 cm high) jasper stone has a pattern and colour reminiscent of the terraces of the Escondita copper mine in Chile, surrounded by the arid grey desert. It is drilled and I used a pure copper leaf bail with prongs that fit in the drill hole. The colours and patterns are much more striking in person.
The second piece is called Cananea, after the Mexican copper mine that is one of the largest in the world.
Again this Mexican Crazy Lace Agate is not an overly large stone (4.5 cm wide) but it has absolutely beautiful colouring and patterning that is complemented perfectly by the copper wire and spacer beads. It also hangs on a black buna cord.
These pieces were a lot of fun to make because the stones are really spectacular and were both worked from rough to finished in my rock lab and I already had a lot of the copper findings.
Drop by The Artist's Mark on scenic Digby Neck and see these and many more gorgeous pieces of jewelry plus a ton of other interesting stuff!