Natural stones come in such a beautiful variety of colors, and some even have amazing special effects like iridescence and shimmer. This spring, many such stones have been “sprouting up” in my Etsy shop! Some are stones I’ve never had in the shop before (that I was excited to add!), others are more standard stones in new forms, or favorites that have been restocked. I wanted to share them with you here. If you see something that interests you, be sure to head over to my Etsy shop!
First, the above image is a necklace featuring Seraphinite, a silvery green stone with fibrous shimmery chatoyance. It is a clinochlore mined in Russia. Next, shown below is Charoite, a stone that looks very similar to Seraphinite and has similar chatoyance, but in a plum purple color and often with more beige, brown, or black inclusions. Charoite is a rare silicate also mined in Russia.
Next is Larvikite, a relative of Labradorite, mainly mined in Norway. It is a mixture of minerals including feldspar, mica, and amphibole (whereas Labradorite is feldspar only). It has predominantly a blueish silver flash (labradorescence), tends to be more opaque than Labradorite, and has characteristic black flecks and patches. It is also sometimes called Blue Labradorite, or Blue Pearl Granite (though it is not a granite at all).
Then comes one of my top favorite stones, Blue (AKA Black) Pietersite. The really good stuff (like shown here) is being cut mostly into cabochons, beads are getting extremely difficult to locate. Pietersite is a quartz related of Tiger Eye, starting as the same basic rock but undergoing further geological processes that cause the fibrous shimmer to occur in patches going different directions. It is opaque dark blue to black with silvery blue shimmer, accented sometimes with red or golden areas.
Speaking of Tiger Eye (also spelled Tiger’s Eye, Tigereye), here is a pair of earrings featuring dark Blue Tiger Eye, AKA Hawk’s Eye. Note that more pairs are headed to the shop soon, on Sterling leverback style earrings. Also headed to the shop is a necklace featuring a lighter grayish blue Hawk’s Eye, which I was told was cut from old stock rough that isn’t seen much anymore.
Here’s a classic stone that you don’t see often in modern jewelry; Nephrite Jade. I had been wanting to add this to my shop for a while. Two stones are considered true Jades; Jadeite and Nephrite. (African “Jade”, “New Jade”, Ching Hai “Jade”, Malaysia “Jade”, Mountain “Jade”, and many others are not actually true Jades; some are very beautiful in their own right, but are not Jade.) Some Nephrite I have purchased is from British Columbia Canada, some is from Russia (I share this in my item descriptions). Nephrite has a distinct deep olive green color with characteristic black inclusions, ranging from translucent to opaque. I also just finished some wire bar necklaces featuring Nephrite Jade beads that will be in the shop soon.
Tanzanite is another stone I had wanted to add to the shop for a while. Tanzanite is a form of Zoisite that is, at first glance, a lovely light violet (bluish lavender, or periwinkle) color. But it has a subtle special effect; it is a pleochroic or a color-shift stone, meaning it can appear different colors depending on the angle or type of light. Tanzanite shifts from purple to blue.
And to round up this post is a timeless quartz stone, Amethyst. These particular Amethyst beads have white banding (they may be considered Chevron Amethyst), and are cut in geometric shapes with large simple facets. Every bead is unique.