1” x 2.5”, found objects

The kids spent an hour last night cleaning off old rock samples used for a geology class.  Each one is labeled, and I recognized a lot of the names. Pyrite, mica, garnet, and many more. It started me thinking about what gives our stones value, and the funny cycle of rarity leading to value which leads to status for some stones and crystals over others. And then I thought about lowly glass, cheap and abundant, but shiny, translucent, and beautiful.  This pendant is made from beads and costume jewelry, all glass and cheap metal, but from a distance it could fool someone into thinking it’s elegant.