In so many parts of the country, we have had so much rain. (I’ve got this incredible urge to build an ark and collect two of everything..LOL). In all seriousness, my heart goes out to those affected by the flooding. But at the end of the rainstorm, we see rainbows.
There are several gemstones that have rainbow in the name, and several more that have rainbow colors.
One of my favorite stones is Rainbow Calsilica, although there is a very active debate as to whether the colors in this stone are natural or man-made. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful stone and it makes me happy to turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry. This is a more recent piece that I have made, complemented by turquoise beads around the neck.
Rainbow moonstone is a variety of labradorite, which comes from the family of feldspar minerals. Feldspar gems are typically light-colored, but this rainbow moonstone has a multi-colored “glow” from within. It is difficult to do the stone justice in a photograph, but trust me when I say it’s beautiful!
Rainbow fluorite tends towards the purple end of the spectrum, but still shows a rainbow effect.
Paua shells (heck, many shells, for that matter) have the rainbow effect within. I just did a blog post on shells last month.
Opals can have the colors of the rainbow within them…more on that next month.
Lastly, I’ve shown druzy stones from time to time. Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals on top of a colorful mineral. Sometimes the same color, sometimes multi color. Here are a few of the rainbow, multi-colored druzy stones that I have waiting to be turned into a piece of jewelry. If any of these tickle your fancy, please let me know, and I’d be happy to work with you to create a piece just for you!
Wishing you a blessed month, and if you have rain, may you find rainbows.