Gems. All types. Rare, uncommon, common. All cuts, shapes, sizes. I love "grab bag" style of miscellaneous gems in hundreds of carat sizes, usually
100-150 carats. I then sort them out, figure out what they are with gemological equipment, then size them, and jar and label them. Among my favorites
are moldavite, from the crater in Chzeck Republic, very rare. They are faceted, like almost all of my gems. I have a beautifil pair to mount one day.
I include pearls in my gems, though some do not consider them a true gem, I do.
I began collecting gems as opposed to gold or silver. I was thinking outside the box. I am glad I did. I have appropriated some gorgeous Tanzanite,
the Moldavite, Paraiba Tourmaline, Horsetail Garnet, some pre-ban Ivory, beautiful boulder opal from Australia (Couber Peady.. sp?), Kunzite, among
Aside from gems, I collect all types of carousel horses. Music boxes, snow globes, little jewel gift boxes with unicorns. I love little lovelies like
that. Most were gifts because people know how much I adore them. When I dust my shelves, and there are several where these are stored, I crank the
music tab on each box, and play every one. I enjoy them, they make me happy. They only mean anything to me.
I also make jewelry of all types, and simply adore polymer clay. Since I do all types of arts and crafts, I have tubs of stuff to DO them, but I
rarely keep anything. I sometimes sell jewelry I make, but I usually give everything I craft or draw away as gifts of love.
One year for Christmas, I made grab bags for my entire hospital unit. 100 bags, and each had a plastic bag of candy with a twist tie, and one piece of
handmade jewelry. (Almost all the people I work with are women). I crafted each piece of jewelry by hand, from necklaces with pendants, to bracelets,
to earrings. I encouraged people to swap with others if they wanted. It worked out great, but making 100 pieces of jewelry was exhausting, and took
almost 3 weeks of all my free time! I made it just in time. Lol.