The new gems have arrived
The box was wrapped in cloth and sealed with wax and stamped to hold the thread in place that it was sewn up with.
I opened it to find my gems wrapped old school style in gem papers with pencil labels. I was so excited to open each little parcel. I had ordered 1 each of 7 different stones specially cut to replace the quartz on the dark moon pendant which is no longer available.
I must say right off the bat that the ones that I thought would be nothing like what I wanted turned out to be the most lovely. There is a grey agate that looks grey at first blush but shimmers a golden earthy brown that really gives the stone a lot of life and character. My second favorite is the smokey quartz another dark and mysterious brown. The third that holds lots of possibility is the clear frosted, which when I put the oxidized metal behind it will be lovely, but I can also see adding color behind the stone for endless possibilities.