Tony Vine, trading as Stonetones

“Within The Stone – A Passion For Rocks”

During a cupboard clear-out in 1997, I unearthed a long-forgotten gift of a simple tumble stone polisher and, alongside it, a sand-castle bucket of stones collected from Llandudno beach by my children, many years earlier. Eight weeks later, the first batch of stones gleamed brightly on a tea-towel and I was hooked – what had begun as a mild curiosity developed into an absolute passion for the stunning beauty concealed within so many seemingly drab stones.

Over the next couple of years my hobby moved from a corner of the kitchen cabinet to a workshop in the cellars of my home and a rapidly expanding array of diamond saws, grinding wheels and polishing machinery, plus rock from every corner of the globe. Almost entirely self-taught from books and magazines published in the 50s and 60s, more was learned from failures than successes, but gradually skills developed.

Initially, I concentrated on cabochon gemstones in jewellery settings. Then, searching for a way to display a larger area of the intricate pattern and colour of the material than that afforded by conventional jewellery, I developed a technique for displaying slices of polished semi-precious stone in three-dimensional frames, as wall art.

From simple tumble stones to cabochon jewellery, and then on to decorative wall art, my love affair with the endless variety of natural beauty from within the Earth prompted me to quit corporate business in 2005, and commit fully to the wonderful art of lapidary.

My latest project has been into the world of “Steampunk” jewellery, a rapidly growing area of fashion that utilizes designs that incorporate an essence of the Victorian/Edwardian Industrial Age – think H G Wells’ Time Machine, lots of brass, copper, cogs and pistons, and you will get the idea.

I am Secretary for the Gwyndd and Clwyd Association of Craftworkers, and also organize Craft Events on their behalf.

To contact Tony:

stonetones@btinternet.com

Telephone: 01978 263627

Facebook: http://facebook.com/stonetonesgems

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