Did Someone Say…. Gemstone Knife Collection?

There is something alluring about rocks.  I guess it is the fact there is such a wide variety with all types  of patterns and colors and you can usually find some form of a rock wherever you are.  From the time you are a kid and skip rocks across the lake, make the eyes on a snowman or, wear one on your finger, it seems we never tire of them.   This fascination with rocks has led Doug and I to numerous types of collections;  specimen stones,  faceted gemstones, carved stones, jewelry….yes, we love our rocks.

I realize there are all kinds of rock/gemstone collections.  One day while I was researching information on a type of Owyhee Jasper we carry in our Etsy shop,  I came across a collection of knives made from Owyhee Jasper.   Now, I know Owyhee Jasper is a sought after porcelain Jasper which is commonly known as the, “King of Jaspers” but, I had not ever seen it used on a knife.  As I proceeded to investigate, I continued to discover collections of these steel and gemstone masterpieces being showcased.  Now, to me, a knife is simply a tool (mind you, a very useful tool, but still a tool).  Well, let’s just say, these knives were far beyond being…just a tool!!!  Breathtaking is the word that comes to mind and I believe these pictures will reveal my point…

…Owyhee Jasper…

Model 6-IF-WL; 416 ss interframe with Owyhee Jasper inlay; 13c26 Sandvik blade steel.

…Bradley Knives in Weatherford, Texas.

…Bruneau Jasper…

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…Arizona Custom Knives  (St. Augustine, Florida)…

…Willow Creek Jasper…

willowcreek knife Michael Hoover (Art In Stone, Fox Island, WA)…

…Carrasite Jasper…

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Michael Hoover (Art In Stone, Fox Island, WA)…

…Morrisonite Jasper

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…Custom Knife by Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

…Owyhee Picture Jasper…

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… Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

…Owyhee Picture Jasper…

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…Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

As you can see, these knives are undoubtedly heirloom quality and an exquisite example of the successful pairing of  steel and gemstone artistry.  I am sure they are a source of great pride for the artist and can easily command several hundred to thousands of dollars.  They would be an incredible addition to any knife collection.

FYI…We will soon be offering rough in all these Owyhee Jaspers on our website, www.cascadegems.

Colleen~

Gemstones and Color

Gemstones and Color – what a wide open topic of conversation.  I work with gemstones all day long and never tire of the vast range of color available.  Since at, Gems of the Northwest, we focus on focal beads made from, guess what….gems of the Pacific Northwest, we have a very broad palette of color choices.  One of our most popular groups of stones is the Northwest Jaspers.  These Jaspers are a mecca for the artist looking for colorful stones.  It has SO many choices…

…Willow Creek Jasper…

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Matching Pair of Round Gemstones Made From Willow Creek Jasper

…is rich with lavender, greens, cream, and brown.

If you are tantalized by reds and yellows, you may find …

Designer Focal Bead Made From Owyhee Mountain Dendritic Jasper

…Owyhee Mountain Dendritic a great choice.

Or perhaps you would like to focus on some tantalizing blues –

… found in this Owyhee Jasper …

Freeform Owyhee Jasper Cabochon

…. and Big Horn Jasper.

Large Heart Focal Bead Made From Big Horn Jasper

Big bold dark browns and black…

Huge Circular Focal Bead Made From Biggs Jasper

…. are dominant in Deschutes Jasper.

A mosaic of color is nice…

Rocky Butte Jasper Focal Bead

… in Rocky Butte.

 

Like Green?….

Large Oval Morrisonite Focal Bead

 …Check out Morrisonite.

So let’s see… green, brown, black, cream, blue, yellow, red, lavender….I could go on but, hopefully, I have made my point.  Jasper truly is a gemstone rich with colors.

On a side note:

If you are looking for colored stones to compliment your jasper piece,  check out the, American Gem Trade Association’s site, Add More Color to Your Life, www.addmorecolortoyourlife.com.  This is a truly a “gem” of a site and is a great referral source.   If you are not familiar with, The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), it is a not-for-profit association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long-term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries.   There are many reasons to look at this site but, I think you will find their Gem Palette a quick reminder of gem choices by color.  You can always just refer to a good ol’ color wheel, www.color-wheel-artist.com, if you don’t need help remembering stones and just want color combinations.  Anyway, between these two sites, you have an easy assist in planning color around your choice of Jasper and your next jewelry project.  Too much fun!

Ciao for now,

Colleen~

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