|View in Big Sur|
Our trip however was quite wonderful. We had perfect weather and for the first time in years it was actually green when we got out there thanks to a couple of large rainstorms they had. Unfortunately California has had so many years of drought that they really need a lot more rain, but it was even more beautiful this year thanks to what they did get. My younger son is living in California now and my older one came out to San Francisco for a friend's art opening so we had the entire family together for the first time in two years for a few days while we were there.
As always the Big Sur scenery is amazing (the picture above is one I took when I walked up the mountain road behind our inn) and one customer in particular is benefiting from my trip as he had ordered one of my Big Sur rings just before I left and I re-sketched some of my favorite mountains while I was out there and used one of the sketches for his ring. I once again would like to recommend that any of you who are looking to travel in the Big Sur area check out the inn we stay at: Ventana. If you're more into camping, Ventana has a beautiful campground as well. Besides the wonderful accommodations and surrounding views the staff is always quite wonderful and helpful.
In the meanwhile, I am back at my bench. Valentine's Day is coming and I'm starting to work on one of my Valentine's Day pins (an almost annual tradition here). The pendant below is a custom piece I made up this past Christmas that had a wonderful piece of jadeite in it. I don't often get requests for jade and the reality is that very small pieces of fine jade can be hugely expensive (perhaps one of the reasons I don't get more requests). This piece that I found for the customer had a wonderful luminous quality to it that was quite exceptional.
|Jade Pendant in 18k Yellow Gold|