I have been a fan of pretty stones since I can remember. When I was little I used to pick up nice looking or textured stones from the ground with my cousin. We would then sit and compare the stones we’ve found and analyze which one found the most special ones.
Surely we don’t do that anymore but cannot resist picking up stones every summer on the beach. It’s just fascinating how much different shapes, sizes and textures can be found in these little things if you look closely. And how they change with waves, weather and wetness.
Enough with romance, let’s get to the point.
While loving beach stones and being unable to afford precious stones like ruby or a diamont, I fell in love with semi-precious gemstones like hematite (you’ve probably heard about hematite because of its beautiful black-ish color). I adore everything made from hematite althout it’s quite a fragile stone to wear as jewelry.
We know precious and semi-precious gemstones. They are pieces of mineral crystal which is used to make jewelry and other adornments. What lends value to gemstones is rarity. People are mostly aware of precious stones like diamont, ruby, sapphire and emerald, but know less about semi-precious stones which are more common but also very beautiful. The difference is in quality and rarity, but also color, translucency and hardness.
“The light in which a gemstone is viewed is strongly influential to the color your eyes interpret. To understand why this is, an understanding of some of the basics behind light spectrums and what actually causes the human eye to perceive colors is required.”*
*(A. Zagoritis, 2011. http://www.lapigems.com/Articles/Gemstones-and-Light.aspx)
My project – the gemstone typography
I’ve designed a typography that addresses the variety of gemstone colors and their unique beauty, observed under different light, all summed up in a neverending colourful texture with glaze effect and an illusion of depth.