Being a custom jewelry designer takes more than a skilled jeweler. It takes the right material to work with, the proper gemstones, know-how, designing equipment and most importantly TIME. One thing there is never enough of. Over the past 5 days Ginny and I have been in Tampa, FL at a Jewelry show. One of my favorite things to do at this event is scope out colored gemstones and look for some choice specimens to take home with me. Commercial Mineral is one of the better companies out there. They specialize in super rare, hard to find gemstones, many of them are from private collections across the globe. In this collection their designers have created several pieces that I drool over each year. They call them their HAUTE (HOT) ROCKS. The collection has grown over the past several years adding around one new design per show. I finally had my camera with me this year and get a few shots of these KILLER gemstone creations. If nothing else this array of rings, pendants and earrings will light a fire under you and force you to push the limit of your imagination. In case you’re wondering what I bought this year, you’ll just have to wait and see. I started a couple of drawings on the flight home incorporating the gems that are now in my possession. Check back later to see the status of Holland’s Jewelers own “ROCK” collection.