I will be back to write more later on this, but in consideration of the recent events...
I'd like to remind all my students and friends, that if you've been to the rock or bead shows and/or stores and have made purchases.... to wash your beloved beads and rocks before handling them too much once you get home.
Most gemstones in any form, can be safely washed in warm water and soap. Please check with your local supplier if you're not sure about washing your material.
Virtual hugs to all. Elbows and toe taps when I see us next in class!