About Perseid

Empowered Stones

A shot of a few cabochons I purchased recently

I discovered my love of rocks and stones early on: When I was about five, my father picked up a post hole digger (along with a rented cement mixer) at the local hardware store, and proceeded to sink footings for a swing set in our back yard.

I found these proceedings all well and good, but while I observed him busy at his project I spotted the most beautiful little pebbles scattered around the site he’d selected. The more he dug the more there were- Smooth and velvety and almost translucent, in soft shades of white and gold and rose. I oohed and ahhed in childish excitement, stuffing the prettiest of my finds in my pockets.

“They’re just sand rocks” my father snorted before he went back to the business of hefting the digger, then plunging it forcefully down again.

But he was observant, and not long after I not only had a respectable collection of river pebbles, but a couple pieces of choice obsidian (one of which did indeed cut me, despite my father’s warnings) and a hefty piece of mica close to the size of a baseball; gloriously freckled with shining gold spots.

A few years later I stumbled over my grandmother’s prize parure of deepest peacock Swarovski, situated front and center, in the place of highest importance in her jewelry box. Only allowed to play with it under her watchful eye, the necklace was heavy and cold against the back of my neck, and the clip-on earrings were tight and made my lobes ache, but oh!, how it all sparkled!

I suppose I’ve been a bit of a crow for most of my life, though I didn’t start making jewelry of my own until my daughter was a teenager, well into her high school years, and a trip to AC Moore for a wood project morphed into more than I’d bargained for.

I picked up a copy of “Stringing” magazine while we waited to pay for our purchases, ended up buying it as well, and rekindled that old love of stones magickal and mundane and all things sparkly.

Laying out a design on a Beading Board

I stuck with beading for a long time, then delved into stitching with seed beads when I felt the need to branch out, and while I’ve been creating beaded jewelry for some time now (the past twenty years, give or take) wirework has always fascinated me.

However, it was necessity that finally pushed me to take the plunge-

We’ve all been there- A pretty rock with nary a hole comes into your possession, and you’d love to wear the thing. Drilling isn’t an option, and glue alone is chancy…

I broke out my (very cheap!) wire and started wrapping. Badly at first – REALLY badly! – but I got it in there with a lot of work and a little E6000, and was proud of my work for a month or two.

Then I looked at it one day and wanted… More. I wanted it to look pretty. To be a work of art all on it’s own…

It’s an ongoing effort of trial and error: As with most things in my life, I’m largely self-taught, using books and example and the occasional online tutorial when a technique confounds me, and I’ve learned my Craft in much the same way, albeit with a course of more formal classes and guidance along the way, that I unfortunately had to quit and return to life as a Solitary when things got just too busy (see Halloween Disclaimer, below)

Empowering the Wearer

Measuring and forming a ring on a mandrel

Most of the jewelry listed is created using the traditional magickal qualities of the stone(s). If you’re unsure of what I mean, or are familiar but in the mood for further study, a couple of excellent guides are “Stones, Crystals and the magical properties” by Rion Souza, which is my go-to, and ” Everyday Crystal Rituals: Healing Practices for Love, Wealth, Career, and Home” by Naha Armády. As a general rule, I don’t use the newer, “healing” definitions as a guide, and I seldom create with the associated Chakras or Astrological Signs in mind, either, barring their influence on the general purpose of the stone.

So whether it’s worn as a statement piece, or as an everday extension of the essence of You, my jewelry is designed to act as a accessory to your own personal vision, and usually the name is a hint to what I had in mind when I created it.

Of course, every bauble is formed with loveliness as it’s most important component, and it’s my hope that whatever your jewelry is purchased for – be it personal empowerment, personal decoration, or as a heartfelt gift – it’s an item that’s treasured for years to come.

Custom/Bespoke Work

Wrapping and attaching links

Custom orders are welcomed, and your input on exactly what you want and expect is appreciated! Letting me know what metal type, colors, and weights you prefer, alerting me to sensitivities, if applicable, and giving me a concept of the completed piece you’re envisioning is not “pushy”- It makes my job easier and ensures your satisfaction with the finished product!

Keep in mind that some stones are soft, break and crumble easily, or are so oddly shaped that a conventional wrap is impossible to achieve. I hate to turn business away, but having been faced with situations that were far beyond expectation in the past, and never wanting to relive the experience, I won’t hesitate to let you know if I feel the limitations presented overshadow my talent and reach.

Shop Policies

Should you have breakage or damage on an item DUE TO MAKER WORKSMANSHIP please do not hesitate to contact me. I do not offer refunds or exchanges, but I’ll be happy to make good on any fault of my own and arrange to repair your jewelry at no charge to you should this be the case.

I do ask that the item be returned in a timely manner, as customer orders are fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis, and I’ll need to plan project schedules accordingly.

Working on a necklace

Halloween Disclaimer

I’m a Monster.

No! Really! I’m a Monster at a local professional Haunt during the Halloween season, and any Haunter’s reading this know what this means.

Everyone else? What this means is that I’m extremely busy and largely unavailable from September to Mid-November, and as I’ll already be juggling daytime Admining, nighttime scaring, and hardly sleeping, there’s no way I can juggle jewelry designing, too.

Therefore, I regret that no Customizations or Consignment work is available during the Halloween season. As stated above, I’m extremely stretched that time of year, and I refuse to promise something I probably can’t deliver. I love making jewelry, but I love Haunt Life too, and hope to scream in the night for as long as I’m able.

You are, of course, encouraged to place an order for existing product, and are welcome to tickle my inbox with any Custom Inquiries, but please be patient as there may (and probably will) be delays involved in Fall.

If you’re in the area, come by and see me:

http://www.frightfurnace.com/

We’ll be waiting…

And Finally

Last, but far from least, thank you for your visit! Please check out available pieces here and in my Etsy Shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/perseiddesign/

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