We saw this adorable "birdhouse". By the time we walked past on the way out, it was gone. We met a most interesting man. Bob knew him from his teaching days at Ben Lomond. He was an art teacher there, now retired. He must have been wearing at least $25,000 or more in stones and jewelry. The bracelet below is made from gold, rubies and sapphires. He makes all his own jewelry.
These earrings are rubies.
The hat band is made of gold and opals from Russia that he carved, cut and polished himself after he took them out as "rocks" in what was dubbed as Lapis. The stone on the top is a 1.5 carat diamond.
The frontpiece of the necklace is virtually all rubies. Many are "star" rubies which look plain until viewed in sunlight when the "star" emerges. He said this necklace is one of 17 similar that he owns, but it's his favorite.
The backpiece of the necklace of star rubies, which didn't look like what I pictured to be rubies. To me, they looked somewhat like laboradorite. Shelley (Faith's daughter) was there with her booth of stones and jewelry. She identified the star rubies correctly! She knows her stones and is presently a "sound and vibrational" healer.