When I was a child, we went to Colorado often during summer vacation. We always stayed in a really small town where other travelers were few and far between. In between horse-back riding, treks up the mountains, and fishing trips we would head "into town" to check out the local shops. Our first stop was always the old-fashioned ice-cream shop that served up the best cones we'd ever tasted. Afterward my sister and I would always convince our parents to head over to one of many "rock shops."
These shops were filled from floor to ceiling with every imaginable stone, mineral, geode and boulder--most of which were local. My sister and I would carefully choose sparkling crystals, vibrant stones and magical geodes as souvenirs to take home. Among my most prized acquisitions were rocks speckled with flakes of real gold and little jars of gold dust that glistened in the sunlight. These precious metal minis made us feel as though we were leaving with true riches!
Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Dollybird's Lil Gold Rush ring yesterday. Small remnants of golden quartz remind me of the treasures of my youth while providing a textural light show. I love the organic beauty and think this is the perfect grown-up version of my young obsession.