Works in Progress…

I’ve just darkened this ring and two pendants in a solution of liver of sulfur. The next steps will entail polishing the sterling silver so the darkened patina recedes into the background while the foreground is brought to a lighter, brighter finish. Only when I’m pleased with the results, will the gemstones be set into place. I plan to have the blood jasper tongue-shaped stone dangle from the round prayer box pendant, which will hold the carved conus shell, although I’m tempted to create a third horizontal pendant that will hang between the two of them. As in opera, a project is never finished until the curtain goes down or in the case of jewelry-making, the work is adorning my person!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on February 19, 2022.

4 Responses to “Works in Progress…”

  1. I’m trying to figure out the stones for the ring…I think that one is a peridot and one is a quartz (although IDK real or faux) but the other one is not familiar to me. Beautiful silver work on all 3 pieces ❤.

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    • Thank you, Paula. The stones I plan to use in the ring are Rutilated Quartz, Lemon Quartz, and a Druzy (also spelled druzy, druse). In geology, druse refers to a coating of fine crystals on a rock fracture surface or vein or within a geode.

      Druse occurs worldwide; the most common is perhaps quartz druse within voids in chert or agates. Garnet, calcite, dolomitic and a variety of minerals may occur as druse coatings.

      Generally, it is possible to find drusy natural gemstones in any location in which there is a place for water to collect and evaporate on rock. It most often appears along river beds and shorelines. It therefore is helpful for collectors, whether commercial or otherwise, to be aware of the minerals common to an area when they look for a particular type of druse.

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  2. Thank you Barbara for explaining the formation of a druzy. I have seen them several times and have a couple, too. I am fascinated with gems and stones. I have never heard of Rutilated Quartz and I think it is an interesting looking piece. I have a polished stone I picked up at a bead store many years ago that was just called a quartz that is brown in color but has similar lines running through it. Makes me wonder if it isn’t a Rutilated Quartz too.

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  3. Paula, it could be rutilated quartz, which also can be clear with black running through it. Try a browser search of rutile quartz.

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