Or these I saw on Zappos along with some similar ones I saw at Target and Dillards:
I think they are cool but the prices are crazy! $200 for the most expensive down to $34 for the one I saw at Target. I'm sorry, I'm no jewelry expert but these remind me of those rocks you used to get at the Discovery Store when you were little.
So I thought about how I could make some of my own. Sadly the Discovery Store in our mall is no longer. I was not discouraged though- I made a stop at the Planetarium in Baton Rouge when I was there this past weekend and was excited to find some of these guys for only $3-4 each:
I started with the first one thinking it would be the easiest to make. There wasn't a picture to show how the chain is attached to the rock, but from the description online it sounded like the chain is attached with wire wound around the bottom of the rock.
So bought some thin jewelry wire at Micheals:
And I just began winding it around:
When I was about halfway done I attached a ring through the wire:
Once I thought I had wound it enough so that it wouldn't come off, I twisted the end of the wire at the bottom of the stone:
Then snipped the excess off:
To finish it off I attached it to a chain I also bought at Micheal's:
This only cost me about $10, much better than the $198 I saw online. And it only took about 15 minutes to make! So head to your local science museum, raid your kids rock collection, and go for it!
And stay tuned for Part Two where I use these guys to make some more jewelry: