Thursday, August 18, 2011

RAW 52/31 - Black Tourmaline in Quartz

Here's a ring where I used a quartz that has black tourmaline inclusions.    According to Wikipedia, Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. You can see the roughly triangular outline of the elongated crystal structure.

Tourmaline in Quartz Ring

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

RAW 52/30 - Pyrite in Quartz

A cute button shaped quartz with glittery pyrites, and it has such a wonderful tactile feel.  I might have to keep this one.  :D

Sunday, August 7, 2011

RAW 52/29 - Misty Mountain Ring

Another incredible picture stone I picked up recently.  It's a Montana Moss Agate that has landscape-like dentritic moss.  I think it looks like one of those Chinese ink paintings where the misty fog hovers around a mountain top.  To preserve the translucency of the chalcedony, I left the back of the ring open.  It makes me want to stare at it to see if I can find any human inhabitant.  Can you hear the two birds flying above?
Misty Mountain Ring with Montana Agate

Saturday, August 6, 2011

RAW 52/28 - Labradorite Ring

Blue Labradorite Ring

This labradorite has a really nice brighter blue sheen to it, which contrasts nicely with the silver.  Ring is listed in my etsy store.

Friday, August 5, 2011

RAW 52/26 & 52/27 - Circles & Squares

Using smaller stones, I created the next 2 rings for the Ring A Week design challenge.   I used circles as a design theme for the first ring, and (rounded) squares for the second ring.  Each stone sits in a blackened well to contrast with the stone and the silver.  The stones used are blue sheen rainbow moonstone and a soft green prehnite.
Faceted Moonstone Sterling Ring

Prehnite Ring