So I went to Intergem - oh my god, if it comes around to your area, go to it! It was absolutelly incredible, although some of the booths had such shiny things that it literally hurt my eyes. I could only stand to pick up one pack of bali because of that! Haha - so let's start with the giant mess of beads:
In that pic, there is lampwork, ceramic, turquoise, seraphinite, labradorite, dyed quartz, amethyst, lava rock, unakite, sodalite, snowflake obsidian, fluorite, garnet, bali, earwires, jump rings - at least as far as I can remember, they're all hiding in bead condos now
I've mostly worked on bracelets so far with these, so incoming picture barrage:
Labradorite that actually does have nice fire, it just refuses to let me photograph it. Fishbone knotting
Lava rock. Nuff said.
Seraphinite is a brand new stone to me, and I have to say I love the way it shines in the light with a near pearly effect. Combined with the bali I did manage to grab before getting blinded
Garnet, a nice rich deep red - keeping most of the knotting pretty simple for the first batch on the gemstone bracelets, I have full strands of everything though so planning on doing more complicated weaves as well.
Could you believe no one had sodalite that looked good until the VERY LAST BOOTH I looked at? It's not like this is a rare stone, but everyone had lapis and azurite which I could care less about. Bring on the sodalite! Tried a new dangle type on the end of this, it looks almost like a bouquet.
Now with the necklaces - only did two so far
Dyed quartz, nice chunky nuggets in fishbone
More seraphinite - love this stuff