We took a family trip to north to the mountains of PA this past weekend. Now, if you follow me at all, you know I love the sea side, but, I could
love it in green hills with rolling creeks too. It would be perfect to have a home in both places. Perhaps someday..............
If you want to, you can read about the trip here on my personal blog. It was fantastic.
Anyhow, while we were there, we collected rocks. Being right by Pine Creek was pretty awesome, and not only were there billions of perfect river stones, but fossils too. Tons and tons of small marine fossils in the shale, sandstone and limestone rocks.
You should know that my love of beads and jewelry started as a love for rocks.
Here is a peek at the hoard I brought home.
I plan to bezel the fossil rocks that are small enough, like the one above. However, the rivers stones were going to be drilled, so that I could use them in jewelry and even sell some sets too.
Where does the symbolism come in? Read on..................
As soon as we started rock collecting in the mountains, my mom suggested we build some cairns'. I have always loved the look of cairns- or stacked rocks. You can read more about them here. They are often used as trail markers or memorials.
Here is where the symbols come in. As you know, I use a lot of spirals in my jewelry, because I just love spirals! And spirals often symbolize a journey. I instantly knew that I would make Journey Cairns or journey markers for necklaces using stacked rocks and spirals.
So I got to drilling, ripped out my leather, and make a couple of these. They are reminiscent of my sea glass stacks that I have made in the past. The difference is, these have meaning to them.
What a nice souvenir- and I even added a little fossil stone at the bottom! I think there will be more to come!
I may do some with sea glass and river stones, for those who love the water like me, from its origins in the mountains to its journeys end at the sea. Or even add some turquoise, since it has often been known as a stone of protection....just to add some more meaning to each piece. Do you use symbols in your jewelry?