Back in the Scheme of Things

by John Rasmussen on July 14, 2012

A couple years ago my wife and I went to a fee mine in Pigion Forge, Tennessee and we “mined” several very nice pieces of various gemstones. One particularly large ruby crystal I sliced about a month ago and got two slabs to make into cabochons. I kept the hexagonal shape of the crystal and domed over that shape. The resulting cabochon is 25 mm across and weighs about 80 carats. Typical of the rubies being found in the Western North Carolina area the rough was not of facet quality. However, The stone has been laying on my bench for the time since, and I finally got some inspiration to make a pendant with it. So, I reverted to my beginning in jewelry making and did a wire wrap.

a.Ruby Pendant

John Rasmussen
66 year old retired educator (geology and emergency medical care) and practicing paramedic. I came back to my passion, rocks and minerals, then making gemstones and jewelry with them.
John Rasmussen
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