Rubies are one of my favorite stones to work with. The deep red goes beautifully with both gold and silver. They’re a perfect gift for July birthdays!
Ruby, the birthstone of July, is named for its color: a deep, vivid red. From this color comes many of its metaphysical properties as the symbols stem from its hue. Red, throughout history, has symbolized love, fire, anger and passion. The Ruby, therefore, also contains these properties as reflected in the birthstone poem:
This carved ruby pendant is wrapped in 14kt
gold-filled wire. It is currently for sale on my
website and on Etsy.
The sparkle of the druzy quartz is breathtaking. “Druzy “(also spelled drusy) means “tiny crystals”. These are popular and gorgeous eye-catching centerpieces on jewelry and a personal favorite of mine.
The quartz layer that forms on top of gemstones takes millions of years to grow. They are the layer of quartz crystals on gemstones that has not been polished off to make cabochons. The many facets of the crystals catch the light, which creates their shimmering beauty.
Usually formed on amethyst, the spiky, sparkly uppermost layer can be left in its natural beauty or dyed a specific color. Most druzys are dyed and a specific chemical process is used to make the color deep, bright and permanent. For instance, when titanium is placed in a chamber and heated with a druzy, the resulting color is a brilliant blue (known as titanium druzy).
I collect a huge variety of druzys. Some are natural, some are chemically dyed and some are coated. For instance, I just finished a beautiful druzy pendant that is coated with 18 kt gold. This leaves it incredibly shiny and bright, almost as if it were made entirely out of polished gold.
Besides the color and gemstone varieties, druzys also come in incredible shapes and sizes. The most simple to wrap are the classic oval shapes; however, I enjoy the challenge of wrapping a druzy with a really unique and fun shape: the more asymmetric, the better!
Overall, druzy quartz is a very popular gemstone due to the fact that it comes in a huge range of colors and shapes and because the sparkle and shine are breathtaking. On top of that, they are quite durable despite their delicate appearance, making them ideal for jewelry. I enjoy working with them immensely. Below you can see examples of finished druzy pendants and earrings as well as the raw stones I begin with.
One last note, all the photos of druzy quartz are mine and are currently in stock. If you see one that catches your eye, let me know and it could be yours!
Here is a collection of wire-wrapped druzys.
Each are unique and gorgeous.
If you see one you like, let me know!
Each of these are a one-of-a kind. From the left there is a blue
chalcedony, amethyst and ocean jasper. In the middle row, there
is malachite azurite, pumpkin agate and rainbow
. On the bottom row, both are natural.
The most famous green stone is the birthstone of May. The emerald has long been a symbol of spring and rebirth as it reflects the newly budding grasses in May.
This gorgeous green stone has been mined for centuries, most notably in the ancient Aztec and Inca cultures as their mountain ranges contained rich deposits of emeralds. Nowadays, it is found in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. It was made popular in Europe by the Spanish when Cortez returned with them from South America. However, they were always quite popular in Egypt and India. In fact, India’s most famous temple, the Madurai Minakshiamman, has an idol of its chief goddess Minakshi carved from a single emerald stone.
The most renowned gemstone in all the world is the diamond and April’s birthstone. However, it is much more than a simple white stone.
“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.”*
From the Greek word “adamas” meaning “invincible,” diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth and come in a variety of colors. The Hope diamond (in the picture on the left) is quite famous for its blue brilliance. Color (as well as clarity, cut and carat weight) play a large role in the value of the stone. While most perfect stones are white diamonds without any tinge of color, red and blue diamonds, especially, are also very valuable when their color is bright and deep.
Bloodstone or heliotrope is one of the two birthstones or March. With its dark, deep color with flecks of copper and red, it really makes an eye-catching piece of jewelry.
One of March’s birthstones, aquamarine, is deep blue in color and known as a gem of the sea. This romantic title makes it a popular stone, especially in jewelry. Whether earrings or a pendant, aquamarine makes a beautiful statement.
“A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea.
This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection and care.” *
Amethyst is a favorite of many with its gorgeous purple hue. With its connections to royalty, it’s no mystery why so many love to wear it in beautiful pieces of jewelry!
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, with its deep purple color, is from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “remedy against drunkenness.” This ties in closely with the gem’s properties of keeping its wearer with “peace of mind” and “freedom from passion.” While amethysts were first said to cure alcohol addictions, they now protect from many forms of addictions and their symptoms. These include headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief and circulatory system issues. All of these properties are reflected in the birthstone poem for February:
“The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.”*
Garnet is the traditional birthstone of January. While its classic red hue is the most famous depiction of garnet, jewelers love the stone because it comes in other beautiful hues, as well.
Dating back to the 15th century, garnet is has long been the symbol for January across many different cultures. Garnet is derived from the word granatum, which means “pomegranate seeds,” and this name for garnet is obvious in that they share the same deep, red color and round shape.
“Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.”
As usual, Kress Emporium in downtown Asheville has June’s birthstones on display!