Several years back, I went to the Tucson Gem & Mineral show with a friend. We had been co-workers of the “seasoned hand / eager to learn” variety, from which our friendship blossomed. I even had the privilege of writing a Letter of Recommendation for her when she applied to Grad School.
Anyway during our sojourn through the bling and baubles, she mentioned that her High School nickname had been Black Rose. I never learned the details, but the phrase stuck in my memory. Also that the rose in question had to be of the floribunda (I think it is) variety – not one of the breeds with singular petals. When I saw this cabochon, I knew who would appreciate it the most.
It helped that her birthday is in September.
So, a lovely (if I do say so myself) brooch. The center is a lucite cabochon, surrounded with a peyote bezel of size 11 and 15 beads in matte black and various shades of grey. Milk-white faceted czech beads surround the edge. tipped with a trio of hematite 15ºs.
Even better, the back turned out as nicely as the front. Happy Birthday, J!