Patricia Hartman's Profile

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Even though I have been living in Southern California for over 30 years, there will always be a very special place in my heart for the wide open prairie and farm land of South Dakota and northwest Iowa where I was born and raised. It was on the trail to Harney Peak in the Black Hills one day that my interest in geology really came to light. Since I kept picking up rocks along the trail, my dear friend and hiking buddy, Shann, suggested I look into taking geology classes. Geology classes at a local college led to geology camping trips, which led t collecting mineral specimens and crystals at gem and mineral shows. After seeing handmade jewelry at street fairs, bead shows and festivals, I decided I would give it a try. My collection of rocks and crystals soon led to collecting strands of semi precious stone beads, Swarovski crystals, and findings.

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  • Born on January 17
  • Joined July 17, 2009

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PrairieStones
Handmade Semi-Precious Stone Jewelry

About

Even though I have been living in Southern California for over 30 years, there will always be a very special place in my heart for the wide open prairie and farm land of South Dakota and northwest Iowa where I was born and raised. It was on the trail to Harney Peak in the Black Hills one day that my interest in geology really came to light. Since I kept picking up rocks along the trail, my dear friend and hiking buddy, Shann, suggested I look into taking geology classes. Geology classes at a local college led to geology camping trips, which led t collecting mineral specimens and crystals at gem and mineral shows. After seeing handmade jewelry at street fairs, bead shows and festivals, I decided I would give it a try. My collection of rocks and crystals soon led to collecting strands of semi precious stone beads, Swarovski crystals, and findings.

When I started making jewelry it was just for my own enjoyment, but it wasn't long before I had orders and special requests from others. One day a friend asked if she could host a jewelry party for me, which then led to other parties. At each party I was asked the same thing - "Do you have a website?" So here I am ... Prairie Stones!

In early 2009, I was inspired to try something with the beautiful, naturally ocean tumbled stones I would find on the beaches of Orange County. My first “Simply Beachy” design was the “Stone Stax Pendant”. I collect, drill, and select two or three beach stones, then add semi precious stones, Swarovski crystals, chain, and metals, to create a playful pendant that is both casual and a little dressy. Of course, this means every Stone Stax Pendant is very unique. Since that time, I have expanded my Simply Beachy collection to include several other pieces.

I have been told that I “have an eye for combining colors and materials”. In any case, I thoroughly enjoy diving into a new project and finding out what the end result will look like. I am a one person operation, so every piece of jewelry on my site has been designed and handmade by me. Many pieces are One Of A Kind and I may make duplicates or limited multiples of a particular design. I enjoy mixing textures, colors, and shapes, while keeping my pieces simple, allowing the stones and beads to speak for themselves.

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