Film Boxes Offer New Possibiliites

Film Boxes Suspend Specimens for easier eye enjoyment

We have recently discovered film boxes and think they offer a great way to display many otherwise small specimens. the simple design allows the natural beauty of the rock to show and make show pieces of items that otherwise might be too small to command attention.

We have added the above half dozen to our inventory at Plantiques. We hope you will stop in a see what you think of this new presentation format.

Opalite Skulls Capture Imagination

Spooky Opalite Skulls

These Opalite Skulls keep selling for us. The translucent opalite gives an otherworldly quality to these, ideal for haloween or day of the dead or just scary. Part of Joanies Rocks Carved Critters line up of interesting rock carvings.

These last two are being added to the Plantiques Stock as they have sold out their last one last week.

Joanies Rocks During Covid-19

The rock season didn’t get off to a rocky season it got off to no season, Despite a great March buying trip to Tucson, the rock world has died the covid19 death of non-assembly.

No shows, and little desire to do a lot of mixing. The solution for Joanies Rocks will be to eventually conduct appointment only sales from home, (meaning backyard and garage, Joanie insists not the house – and masks required) But not for a while yet.

The backyard is beginning to take shape but is a ways from completed and will probably be in perpetual evolution for some time. Earl is incorporating many of his rocks into his backyards landscape to show the possibilities and as a market place for better accent rocks strategically placed for show and sale. The early focus this year has been on the elevated garden beds, which are beginning to take shape. Now his attention is shifting to get the rockier aspects of business underway in the new normal.

The first step has been to get a representative sample of the inventory on display at Plantiques. The Plantique Garden Center at 5152 Hiwatha is perhaps the city of Minneapolis’s least easy to find nook in the wall locally owned gift and garden oasis. I challenge you to find a more out of the way shop, but the journey is well worth the effort.

A huge hole in the street immediately outside the storefront main entrance should not frighten you away. parking can be a bit awkward, but the streets are safe and the neighborhood friendly.

Hours can be irregular, but lately Samantha is there every Thurdsay, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 3.

Joanies rocks have on display some Labradorite, Malachite, Dendritic Sandstone, Face wands, lapis lazuli, a wide variety of hand-carved soapstone critters, including frogs, dogs, and skulls. An angel or two as well. Some Raw Amethyst from Canada, Geodes from Iowa, Rose Quartz from the Black Hills, and Petrified Wood from the Baisch Dinosaur Digs near Glendive Montant are also on display along with several trays of tumbled stones and crystals including pyrite cubes, orange selenite, bumblebee jasper, Petoskey Stones, carved hearts, Botswana Agates, Wordstones and more.

In the near future Joanies rocks will be adding some all natural stone bracelets to the display.

Eventually, we may open up the backyard adn garage for an open house or perhaps a spring and fall rock weekend. We are kind of hoping some of the shows return but also a bit aprenensive as to whether or not we want to be doing them.

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Swedish Blue Captured Our Fantasy

Swedish Blue Jewelry – Handmade in Sweden from Swedish Rock and Silver

When we were in Denver this past September, we met a couple from Sweden who are silversmiths and worked with a stone they called Swedish Blue.

The stone is also known locally as Bergslagsten, which basically means it came from the slag pile of the medieval foundry in Bergslagen Sweden.

The slag gets its color from the impurities in the ores being processed at the foundry and is this case tended to be the blue color of Sweden.

The stone is then cut with attention being paid to the color variations in the stone itself. A practiced eye and skill can bring out the best aspect of any particular piece. After the stone is cut and polished it is framed with silver by my Swedish silversmith’s, resulting in a handsome piece of jewelry that speaks to and of Sweden, past, and present.

In the photo, you will see at the upper left a “not for sale” sample of the Swedish Blue slag, before cutting. Note the color variations that flow through the body of the stone. These variations are selected and enhanced by the stone cutter and then framed in silver.

There are four rings, priced at $81 each for three and $69 for the fourth.

There is one triangular pendant priced at $90

Then a set of four larger oval pendants followed by three more smaller ovals. The prices should be clear on the photo but ate from left to right, $90, $132, $120, $117, with all three smaller ovals at $60 each.

We are considering consigning this material to others for the holiday season, as we do not have any scheduled shows until Spring. If perchance one or more of the items are calling out to you – call out to us via email to enetwal at Let Earl know you saw it here first on the blog and you will get 10% off.

But hurry, it may be all gone in an instant if we decide to consign.

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