Lapidary may sound like an uncomfortable medical procedure, but its actual meaning is far more pleasant. The word, which literally means “concerned with stones,” is used to describe an artist who carves stones, minerals, gems, and other durable, naturally occurring materials—shells, pearls, or coral—into jewelry and other decorative treasures.
- PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLI EVANS
- ART, WINE, AND FANCY ROCKS : See the work of Unique Lapidary Designs (pictured) at Violette Wings and Giftey Things in downtown Atascadero, during the city’s Art and Wine Tour.
Since 2007, local artists Paula Willoughby and Fred Rosefeather have created art from nature under the name Unique Lapidary Designs. The two shape and polish semi-precious gemstones found in the rough and set them into pendants, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces; Rosefeather performs all the lapidary and silversmith work himself, and the two collaborate on the design.
In their work, Rosefeather and Willoughby use only natural materials culled from around the world: turquoise, labradorite, ocean jaspers, quartz, and amethyst are some of the materials used, as well as abalone shell, sponge coral, and freshwater pearls.
On Friday, March 23, the adorably named shop Violette Wings and Giftey Things will showcase Unique Lapidary Designs at 5965 Entrada Ave. in Atascadero, as part of downtown Atascadero’s Art and Wine Tour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Work by Unique Lapidary Designs, and all other jewelry in the store, will be 30 percent off during the event.)
Ten bucks gets you a bracelet for tasting 15 to 20 local wines and sampling delicious edibles on the tour. Find out more at atascaderomainstreet.org.