Today, I went to my favorite, favorite, favorite bead store in Manhattan. I don’t go there often enough (for me) because I am often cash-strapped, on a bead-diet, or just plain lazy. Still, I know them, and they know me. We’ve been working together for somewhere around 15 years.
So, anyway, after I found that they do in fact carry the sterling findings I was looking for (okay, the store did a mega-downsizing a few months back, moved to another, much tinier location, and laid off the guy who taught me to recognize most of the stones I work with (and was honest when he didn’t know, so, I have been a bit sluggish about finding out what they still do carry, since most stuff is behind or inside counters now), and placed my order there, I went to the bead-wall like a fly to honey.
I saw some beads on the “tiny bead” row, separated from their peers, that looked an awful like dumortierite, but dumortierite wasn’t listed in the prices. The “new-ish” fellow (he came on after they down-sized, and I think he might just be there because he is somebody’s nephew, cousin, or son, or else because he can flame all over the beads, and knows how to work the cash register) insisted they were sodalite. I put them up against the sodalite, and the color was different. Never mind they *felt* like dumortierite (I think I might know, sort of, since I have been working almost constantly with dumortierite for the past three months).
So, then, he said, “so go and ask Rose. She knows everything. She’ll tell you. (Of course! I always ask Rose right before I buy something I haven’t used before, and she always knows, and I know she tells me the truth, because I’ve called her on a couple of things, and she has willingly back-tracked, once she understood where I was coming from). So, I did tromp off to Rose, who had apparently heard the whole exchange, and she just said, “Yeah, that’s dumortierite.”
I’m just being proud of myself right now because I figured out that dumortierite goes nicely with kyanite, and I have a couple of very nice kyanite pendants that need more than a silver chain.