I was definitely that nerdy kid who collected rocks…whenever my dad went out of town for work, he would always bring me back interesting stones and minerals as a souvenir of his travels. My absolute favorites were pyrite, magnetite and milky quartz.
I remember my dad piling magnetite shavings on the glass coffee table in our living room; I was never allowed to touch it with my bare hands, so I would spend hours using a magnet to make shapes and manipulate the tiny shards from the underside of the glass. It was essentially a giant, educational, three-dimensional Etch a Sketch. So awesome.
Needless to say, I love working with rough quarts. The twinned, distorted geometry and milky impurities get me every time.
The great thing about this project: it’s easy and fast. Simply glue some gold earring backs onto two small pieces of quartz and allow to dry overnight. Wrap the earrings in fine gold wire for some added character (if desired), secure with an earring back and you’re done.
Note: I recommend using epoxy for a really strong hold…and if you’re going to add decorative wire, use small pliers to tighten the twisted ends before trimming. This will ensure that the wire is wound around the stone as tight as possible.
Simple, beautiful and for me…a blast from the past.