Don’t ask me when geodes became super hip.
What? You can’t stop gawking either?
It’s like the sugar bowl just collided with green food coloring, formed into an egg-like shape and swung itself around a 14k gold chain to sparkle on my very own neck. Or something.
To think that this isn’t the case, and instead Sandra Ducheneaux spotted these stones and saw more than rocks, is spectacular.
Ducheneaux is a San Francisco-based designer, but luckily for East Coast gals like me or East Coast guys who’d like to purchase a Friedasophie original for a gal, all of her jewelry is available for purchase on the lovely Etsy.com. According to her profile, she’s an avid traveler inspired by the beauty in the natural world. I can tell. I think that’s what I love most about her pieces: they look traveled. Not in an Indiana Jones kind of way… but maybe actually. If Indiana Jones was on the prowl for, say, an amethyst stalactite.
Her jewelry merges well-traveled with sophisticated and inherited. Even though her work is modern, each gem feels like it’s been passed down a generation or two, and I love that. There’s also a little mystery in each of the pieces. Like in the way that each one is very organically shaped, and yet perfect to hang on a necklace. Or to think that these unbelievably vibrant colors are found by the grace of God as the innards of otherwise ordinary rocks. Maybe because Ducheneaux is an acupuncturist by day and a jewelry designer by night, which is a little mysterious in itself, and by mysterious, I mean ouch! and aww, respectively.
So give it a look, and tell me, which piece are you itching to buy?
P.S. Be on the look out for upcoming posts about additional jewelry designers specializing in natural stone because it’s my new favorite thing, and I’m dying to share them with all of you.