Silver Ore Lace Agate
Lace agate is called the "happy stone" and is said to bring laughter. This particular stone is sort of dear to me because I found out about it when I was on a family vacation! It came from a mine (called the Calico mine) in Barstow, California. Because of the dangerous conditions in the mine (seismic activity and overall age of the supports) they have closed the mine, and thus, the supply is limited. the black spots in the stone are silver ore. The other bands in the stone are agate that formed around the silver. The trapezoidal cut of the stone is referred to as a "ladder" cut. 2 Inches long by 1 inch wide, closed bail, and wrapped in gold filled wire.
Rhodochrosite in Sterling
Considered the "stone of love" and also referred to as "Inca Rose" Rhodochrosite is a stone which has been mined out, and is becoming more and more rare to find. It is the Colorado state mineral. This particular piece is a freeform cut (meaning they did not try to shape it into something in particular) and shows lovely bands of multiple colors. It is slightly translucent in places. paired with silver to bring out the stone's grey tones, this pendant has a closed bail, but it is wide to accommodate a wide ribbon or string of pearls, chain can also be used. 1 inch wide by 2.5 inches long
Boulder Opal in Rose Gold
Said to foster creativity and originality, this piece of boulder opal is amazing. Not all opals have the flash that most people associate with them, but in the case of boulder opals, they usually have a tiny hint of flash, that would have been lost in the making of a smaller cabochon or faceted stone if they had used only the flashy material. Opals are generally formed in fossils and this piece looks like tree roots. there are two very tiny pockets of flash that I was un-able to pick up with my camera, but they are inconsequential to the overall impact of the piece. Framed in Rose gold, it is free-formed and closed bail. it would look best on a simple chain, and it really isn't particularly masculine or feminine, it just belongs on someone who appreciates the beauty of nature. 2 inches by 1 inch
Kyanite crystal in silver weave
Kyanite is an interesting stone, in that it is stronger in one direction than another. most of the time you will see it cut into long ovals, or long rectangles, because in a wider shape, it becomes fragile towards the sides. It is said to be a stone for meditation. This one has been left in it's raw crystal form. The whitish metallic shine off the stone is caused by the high content of aluminum in this crystal. silver has been woven and wrapped to form this crystal pendant. it has a closed bail, and is about 2.4 inches long. the stone ha not been polished, all the reflection on this is natural.
Kyanite Marquise crystal
Kyanite is an interesting stone, in that it is stronger in one direction than another. most of the time you will see it cut into long ovals, or long rectangles, because in a wider shape, it becomes fragile towards the sides. It is said to be a stone for meditation. This one has been polished to a high shine, and some of the crystal structure is clear, revealing a kind of strand like texture inside (called "chatoyancy") Wrapped in sterling with a closed bail, it is about 2.25 inches long.
Lapis in Sterling
This piece would be equally at home with blue jeans or at a fancy party. Lapis is an ancient stone, which has been found in tombs of ancient Persia and Egypt. It is said to enhance introspection and help you release your negative emotions. The little gold flecks are inclusions of iron pyrite. This pendant is 2 inches long, and roughly 1 inch wide. It has an open bail for use as an enhancer for a strand of pearls, or it can be worn on a chain.
Kaleidoscope Jasper in Rose Gold Setting
This stone is aptly called Kaleidoscope jasper, because it is so full of colors! When I first encountered this stone, I thought it was man-made, but it actually comes from the Kaleidoscope mine in Oregon. This piece has been wrapped in rose gold filled wire, in a prong style setting to keep as much wire off the face of the stone s possible (because let's face it, it's an interesting stone, it looks wonderful without any help! Open bail, the size is about one inch wide and two inches long.
Blue Tiger's Eye in Sterling
Considered by some to be a stone of prosperity and good luck, this blue tiger's eye is exquisite. Set in sterling and measuring 3 inches long, this stone has striations (called "chatoyancy") and glows in the way it reflects light. This was mined in the US, and cut and polished in Montana. It has an open bail to fit over most chains or small beaded necklaces as an enhancer.
Rhodonite and Quartz Crystals
This lovely rhodonite pendant (rhodo means red, but this stone is really more rose) features a trio of dangling, fully faceted quartz crystals. They move with you, and it is very eye-catching. framed in sterling silver, this pendant it about 1 inch wide by two and a half inches long
Blue Laguna Lace Agate with Zirconia accent
This dainty pendant features a piece of laguna lace agate, with a cubic zirconia accent. It is only about 1.25 inches long, but has a nice sized bale, to accommodate most sized chains.
Fossil Coral in Sterling
this pendant features fossil coral, which is found on land, so it is safe for the little marine creatures. Wrapped in sterling silver, it has a lovely, natural look to it. just over 1.25 inches long.
Picasso Jasper with Sterling and Gold Fill
Picasso Jasper gets its name from the angular marks that criss cross the dark gray stone. Stone has a high polish, and accented in both silver and gold, it will look good with either. A definite conversation starter!