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Fear Of Rocks

Hola everyone!

Here are some pictures of my last few days in San Miguel de Allende.

 There are rocks and then there are ROCKS...
On Saturday we went to go see some cave paintings and these rocks were massive!
I had to climb this...
to get to this...
Which was awesome!  It was amazing how well preserved the paintings were.
Here are the rocks we found along our cave painting expedition.  All the crystal you see was found by Jesse.  He has an eagle's eye!  Those black shard looking things are obsidian.

Then it was off to visit our friend Kim.  He always has the coolest things to share.
When we arrive he shows us a 300 million year old newly acquired fossil.  I have never touched something so old.  It stands 5 feet tall and in mint condition.  I asked Kim if I could have it but he respectfully said, "NO!".  Oh well, you never know if you do not ask!
Orthoceras fossil
Check out that Zapata t-shirt!
Pictured below are 4 pieces of turquoise (pictured on the left) that I bought a year ago.  Pictured on the right is what I got this year, two fire opals, and one sleeping beauty.  I also acquired 2 Mexican fire opals (not pictured) this year.  
Sam reveals my dirty little secret to Jesse and tells him that I still have all these stones from last year and have not set ANY of them.  
Okay...so I am not as comfortable with setting cabs.  Maybe I just like to look at stones.  Hahaha!!!
So the next day while Sam runs around the volcano Jesse and I are back in the studio.  This time setting one of those Mexican fire opals.
Me pushing that bezel over the opal.
 Unfortunately I have no pictures of the process.  Jesse and I were on a roll and finished this ring in 3-4 hours.  An old silver spoon was used for the shank of the ring which made it 
Bad Ass!
My fear of rocks has been cured!  Well...somewhat cured.  I have not set a stone yet since I have been back but I am working on it!

 I guess that about wraps it up for San Miguel this year.  

Remember...
Follow your bliss, don't be afraid, 
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
~Joseph Campbell
(my hero)
Namaste
Kalaya

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