Sunday, April 12, 2015

Inspiration: Blue Skies, Streaks of White & Roiling Bubbles of Gray



Yes, roiling – a term used in the world of gemology and frequently by rockhounds. And, that would be me! If you look at a pot of boiling water, you can see the general “roiling” effect as bubbles leave the bottom on the pot and roll to the surface. There – that’s what we mean by roiling and it does appear in gems and rocks, as well! And, without a doubt it also happens in the sky – at least in this part of the world.



Earlier this week, I was treated to the most wondrous show of vibrant blue skies right outside my window. There they were the most incredible streaks of white and big heavy gray bubble-like clouds – and the moon! Yes, look closely and you’re sure to see the moon peeking in and out of the clouds. The cloud formations here are amazing this time of year and they really reflect this oh so flat prairie that is nestled between two mountain ranges. Look closely and you’ll find lots of layers and shades of white, silver and gray – some of the clouds are so low you feel as if you can reach out and touch them. Wouldn’t that be something? Mother Nature is the ultimate stylist and we are all the students!

Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Blue-Gunmetal Vintage Czech Glass Button & Pearl Bracelet

No secret, I love designing with rocks and gems in all colors of gray, including pyrite quartz, rainbow obsidian, silver mother-of-pearl and labradorite with its vibrant flashes of “northern lights.” The toss of blue and gray is quite predominant in my collection – you'll find blue vintage Czech glass buttons tossed with gunmetal chain and gray pearls which I think gives the vintage button an edgy look. But, not to be overshadowed by the shades of gray, the mix of blue gemstones, like chalcedony, eagle eye agate and amazonite, always look bright and crisp with white pearls and sparkling crystal quartz gems! A completely different feel than the gunmetal designs.

Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Rainbow Obsidian, Freshwater Pearl & Czech Glass 5-Strand Bracelet

On the darker side of the blue spectrum lies sodalite – a long time favorite of mine that seems to be finding its way into the mainstream of fashion these days. Sodalite, mixed with pearls, crystal quartz gems or both – is absolutely stunning and always makes me think of the sky just as the sun has set but is still lighting the sky a bit.

Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Sodalite, Crystal Quartz & Pearl Gemstone Necklace

Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Blue Chalcedony & Eagle Eye Agate Gemstone Bracelet

Question for you – how do you or would you style your white, blue and gray – in jewelry or clothes or both? I love seeing everyone’s take on mixing it up and making it your own. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about – creating your own magnificent personal style and not only making a statement but leaving a lasting impression!