Is it a Defective Stone?
When dealing with natural stones, we must remember that not all is perfect, which to me, makes it more beautiful. Janice from our Customer Service Department will often bring me pieces that have been sent back by a customer, reported as damaged. I often find what she is showing me is not damaged at all, just a geode in the stone!
So what is a Geode, you may ask...according to the dictionary it is as follows:
1. a hollow concretionary or nodular stone often lined with crystals.
2. the hollow or cavity of this.
3. any similar formation.
I personally seek those pendants and stones that contain that unique mark. I like them, to me it is a peek inside the workings of that stone, that little beauty that we get from the earth.
So just a note next time you order a natural stone, shell or pearl, remember, they were made, taken from nature and all it's glory, though still not perfect but naturally beautiful!
Karla Schafer, Designer and Blogger for Auntie's Beads
To me there is no such thing as an 'imperfection' in a natural stone. Certainly, jagged edges pose a safety issue, but you can use the bead or stone for a different piece of jewelry than intended. Be innovative!
I think you are right when you said these stones are unique and naturally beautiful. I love these stones and love making wire wrapped pendants with them. I always get lots of compliments on their beauty. I just recently bought more of them and hope that Auntie's keeps them in stock at their great prices!
I search out the natural and unusual in my gemstone purchases. I consider them more desirable and unique than plainer colored stones.