When I first started selling stones here on Etsy, it was to destash my collection. I'd collected baskets and drawers of beautiful stones, with the idea of learning to make jewelry one day. But they sat around in those drawers and baskets, and I felt guilty just hoarding them, so I listed a few. They sold out quickly, and I decided that I would go out and buy more, and see how that went. And that's how I became a stone-seller. I love the search, and the joy of discovering a beautiful stone - guilt-free - and then passing it on to someone who will love it *and* use it. I may have acquired a few more stones myself, in the process, so it didn't work out entirely as planned.
Small cabs are still a bit terra incognita for me. I always worry that people will be disappointed because even though the patterns are pretty, they are so small that they can't be seen unless you look at them up close. So I think they wouldn't be good for earrings or a necklace, unless you want someone invading your personal space to get a good look at your gorgeous cabs. Rings or bracelets maybe? If anyone would like to give me a few pointers, I'd be glad for the guidance. It will help me *and* my customers.
These stones remind me of the agates I used to find on our farm when I was growing up - where my passion for rocks first began. They are teeny-tiny with a bold, deep red that dominates the stones. The white bands add a nice pattern in a good strong contrast. The pale blue is really more of a hint, in the translucent grey bands of the agate.
My husband bought me digital calipers this summer. Best present ever! Now I can make very accurate measurements for my stones, and in record time:
16.05mm long 12.68mmmm wide 3.98mm thick
Buying and selling stones over the internet will always be a distant second to buying the stones in real life - being able to hold them and see the colors for yourself. No matter how hard I try, there is no way I can guarantee that the stone will look exactly like the image you see on your monitor. I *can* guarantee that if you are not happy with your stone, you can return it for a full refund.