Stones to die for

Normally I am very hesitant about buying stones over the internet, because I like to choose the strands personally. Silver beads and wire are never quite a problem, but stones vary so much it's hard to know what you are going to get (and of course, I'm jaded after receiving a lot of junk in the past).

However, when I received a commission for a bracelet requesting specifically rhodochrosite stones last week, I ran to one of my favorite stone suppliers: I had bought stones from them at shows several times, but there were no shows in sight near my area at this time, and I could not wait.

Tentatively, I placed the order... To my surprise the stones were EVEN nicer than I thought they would be! The stones had lots of wavy inclusions (which in rhodochrosite is very desirable, in my opinion), with varied *luscious* tones of pink. The holes were even and the sizes pretty identical. Delicious!