If Mars had an Ocean we imagine it would look something like this stunning pendant created by Steven Douglas, using a process he calls “painting with stone” to create a natural look, found nowhere else.
Steven Describes this process as follows:
“In looking to develop something unique in the lapidary arts, I have been laminating various natural agates and jaspers together to achieve a look that is all natural but not found in nature.
Lamination is a layering process. Usually, my laminated cabochons consist of three layers, the top being a layer of lab grown quartz which takes and exceptional polish and has a slight magnifying effect while creating an illusion of depth. The other layers will be natural stone that I cut in thin sections by hand that are carefully selected to compliment one another and produce a look that would not occur in nature by themselves.
I use a museum grade epoxy in this process to bond the three layers together. This process can take weeks to complete because if the long set times for the epoxy. But it’s worth the wait for the exceptional clarity and strength of this epoxy. Once bonded, I refine the shape and give the gem it’s final polish. It is in a way like painting with stone, picking colors and patterns that compliment one another and putting them together to achieve a unique look.”
As expected these creations are one-of-a-kind and the pendant you see is the pendant you are purchasing.