I got these big stones from Vadim, a local stone dealer – the blue lace agate he found in the Northern Cape and took to India for cutting. The Turquoise is an old bead that has been halved.
I decided to use classical themes. Each of the agates presented itself as an imago mundi, and needed oceanic dolphins and a sky angel. Renaissance formalised dolphins are so weird. Angels are pretty weird when you think about them, too.
The turquoise immediately suggested a scarab. But I was loath to cut into the stone – it is so fat and beautiful just on its own. So I gave it a scarab anyway – probably in violation of some ancient Egyptian convention.