Following a severe motorbike accident I had to look at ways to help me re-focus on life and find a hobby that would aid my recovery during rehabilitation. I was a Chef, but the injury has left me unable to stand for long periods of time and this career path had to be put aside. It was, in some ways, by accident that I decided to look at gems as a way of developing a hobby that has now led me to share this hobby with other enthusiast through my website, Alluring Gems and other internet sources.
Since my accident I have joined the local Gem Club in my area. This has been a great move as I have been taught many skills by people with many years experience in this field. I learned faceting and cutting gems to often reveal hidden beauty in what to others is just a piece of stone. These more elderly people at the Gem Club have willing helped me learn so much through their knowledge. But it is the joy I get of receiving a rough stone, cutting it, polishing it and seeing the inner beauty revealed when the job is complete. It is no longer just stone but it reveals its’ true inner beauty and something worthy of ownership by another gem enthusiast.
To me it is a metaphor of life. A gem stone to some is just a stone or rock. But within that stone may be hidden beauty. But to get to that point it takes a lot of work and patience, cutting away at the flaws, the rough edges discarded, polishing and buffing until the real beauty is revealed. It is like life in that everyone may, to the world, just be another person. They may also have things in life that hide their inner potential. Like stone they may be hard and undesirable. But in the hands of a craftsman, (or Creator), time and effort can reveal someone that is extraordinary and someone to be desired and loved. This is to me the metaphor of life that gems bring to me every time I work on a rough piece of stone that has aged with time. I want its’ true self and beauty to be exposed to the world.
I hope you also can share that passion and enjoy the hobby and list this website among your favourites.