I did some cleaning and organizing in my studio in October, which always includes time to go through through my collection of stones that are waiting for me to wrap them in beautiful wire and turn them into something wearable. As I went through the alphabet of gemstones, I noticed that an awful lot of these stones originate from Russia. So I did a little research and found that Russia is an incredible source of mineral and gemstones.
And I said to myself, “Self, let’s do a blog post about all these stones that I have that are from Russia,” and I answered, “Self, great idea!” So here we are.
Since I organize my stones alphabetically (I know, it’s a sickness), I guess I’ll introduce them to you that way. If it makes you crazy to read it that way, feel free to jump around on the page to suit your randomness.
First up, Amber. The milkiness comes from lots and lots of miniscule bubbles in the resin as it cools and hardens. The fewer the bubbles, the clearer the stone. Fun fact, if you want to check to see if your Baltic Amber is real, put it in salt water (1 part salt to 2 parts water)…if it floats, it’s real! More information about Baltic amber can be found here. These milky stones are awaiting inspiration.