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Digital Subscriptions > Rock&Gem Magazine > August 2019 > Celebrating the Unexpected

Celebrating the Unexpected


Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper, Dinosaur Fossil, and Silver Bracelet

Silversmith: Julie Crawford

Lapidary Artists: Cyndi Wolke and Phil Gadd

In her initial description of this collaborative piece of wearable art, Julie Crawford thanked Cyndi and Phil for ‘making my job as a designer easy!’

One of the best aspects of collaborations is the evolving vision that takes shape during the creative process. “Morgan Hill Poppy jasper is a beautiful stone whose colors truly make me happy,” said Crawford. “As I was choosing accent stones for this center cab, I felt they needed a certain kinship or ‘sisterhood’ to make the design a success.” It helps, Crawford explained, that earlier in her silversmith experience she learned the importance of not forcing stones together. “For me, it’s allowing the focal stone to choose her friends. This is the most important step I take to ensure harmony and bring honor to my designs.”

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