Sunday, May 23, 2010
The centerpiece of this ring is a Bazooka pink druzy of rhodochrosite . It's covered all over with a shimmer of crystals. To its right is a blue topaz which forms the center of a handcrafted flower. The flower is three dimensional - the petals curve inward toward the topaz and there are more petals underneath.
(More photos of this ring can be found here.)
So what's a druzy? It's a blanket of tiny, sparkling crystals most often found inside a geode or an agate. The sparkle looks like spilled salt or sugar. The tiny crystals are made after molten rock begins to quickly cool, trapping gasses within it as it becomes a solid. The trapped gasses make crevices and cavities in the cooling rock. Later, groundwater flows through these gaps and crevices, layering minerals which crystallize on top of each other. The crystals are druzy (or drusy). This process doesn't take days or weeks, but a few hundred or even a few thousand years.
(BTW, I got this one-of-a-kind stone at Mountain Glory Gems, a great seller on Etsy. I haven't seen another one like it, but I've bought other lovely and unusual cabs there. )
(If you're interested in how to oxidize silver with egg yolks, I wrote a tutorial about it here.)
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