Finally, after WAY too long, here is something relatively fresh off of the worktable.
This crazy lace agate cabochon has been living in the back of the bead drawer for years. I love the beautiful colors and whorls of this stone. The shades of grey and pink are so soft, but the striations make the whole thing graphic. It looks like a designer topographical map.
I decided to surround the cab with soft pink freshwater pearls, but I wanted to make them a little playful. So they're standing on end. One's a little wonky in this photo, but he's since been disciplined back into line.
The final result looks kind of like a tiara of pearls surrounding the cabochon. Or a starburst. Or a crown roast (that last one may be because I'm hungry...).
I'm gonna go with the tiara comparison.