I love rocks. I love rocks in all kinds and in all forms. Give me the weathered beach pebble, the jagged outcropping, the polished gemstone or the raw crystal; I never get enough of looking at them or collecting them. Last summer when I was visiting Moonlight Gemstones in Marfa, TX, my head almost popped off when I learned of Cueva de los Cristales, or Cave of Crystals located near Chihuahua, Mexico. I still look at the photos from National Geographic in total disbelief. In my dream of dreams I hope to one day experience some sort of underground cavern of crystals. Meanwhile I dream and collect above ground on a much smaller level.
When I purchased this chunk of crystal at a flea market I knew immediately I wanted to figure out a way to use it as a lamp base.
My biggest concern was drilling a hole through the crystal for the lamp pipe. DO NOT try drilling a hole in a crystal if you do not have the proper lapidary equipment. It simply is not safe. I called around to a few gemstone/rock shops and I am happy to report that everyone had info or was willing to take a look. All quotes were under $20, which I think is more then reasonable when it comes to safety. In the end I worked with a friend who knew what they were doing, so I go the chance to observe and be part of the whole process for creating my lamp.
Later in the summer I am going on a trip to Herkimer, NY to try my hand at mining for “diamonds”. I cannot wait to see what I find in the mines there, and will certainly post photos if they are exciting. Fingers crossed!