so arky came through for me again! he came over this morning. we had coffee and he regaled me with stories from his old silversmithing days for about two hours. what a sweetheart!
it might not look like much, but that blue box has hardly even been unpacked yet.
and his stones! the treasures hidden in that box were remarkable.
in the end, this is what i got from him. a LOT of silver...
and these stones, many of them cut by arky long ago.
there's dinosaur bones, amethyst, chrysocolla, amethyst, crazy lace agate, opal, fire opal, fire agate, turquoise, variscite, and more...
i would be embarrassed to tell you how little i paid him for all of this. i told him that i felt like i was robbing him and he said that i was like a daughter to him, and that he was proud of me, and he was happy to pass it all on. he asked that i just make him a bolo tie before he comes back in the spring.
thank you, arky!