The Rough and Refined

Fossilized Coral and Faceted Lemon Quartz

The elements of any creative endeavor are what makes the end result fascinating or maybe, just, nice. As the texture of a painting makes it alluring so does the texture of wire craft with various stones. The rough and refined create a balance of character that brings two opposite personalities into harmony.

Fossilized coral, or more properly, agatized coral, is a piece of coral that over the course of millions of years becomes agate through a process of replacement of the organic material. The above agatized coral is considered gem grade due to the crystal druzy embedding the surface. The grey undertone allows the yellow sparkle of the lemon quartz to stand out. These pieces will be bound together using sterling silver wire and maybe some gold-filled wire. What is gold-filled wire? That’s for another post. Until next time when I finish this rough and refined piece. 🙂

Astro what?

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Astrophyllite – it’s not a baseball team. Sorry to disappoint the sports fans. It is a mineral with a mix of potassium, sodium, iron, manganese, and titanium. The wonder and beauty of minerals is the whole gourmet mix! Minerals are my specialty. I love them because they are not the typical items you find in commercial jewelry stores. I work with gemstones too, but, the mineral world is just as beautiful and eye inspiring and doesn’t get the attention is so deserves.

This special mineral is found in the USA, Greenland and Norway. The most precious material is known to come from the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

For those who like to know about the metaphysical stuff, this complex mineral has been noted to have the energy to assist one in self-acceptance, self-knowledge and forgiveness.

In this piece, is my weave style of wire wrap using traditional copper wire along with a bronze color copper wire. The wire is sealed with a clear lacquer to prevent tarnishing. The beads are sterling silver with silver wire and dyed, faceted Jade beads.

This piece is currently listed in my Etsy store.

The Turritella Agate Mishap

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This piece is listed in my Etsy store

Turritella Agate or Turritella Fossil is what this stone is usually called in the “market” and by “market” that means the jewelry makers and gem and mineral wholesalers. This name is actually incorrect. When it was initially discovered this material was thought to be the spiral-shaped gastropod (snail), turritella. What it really is is a freshwater snail called, Elimia tenera, which belongs to the Pleuroceridae family.  The photo below shows the actual turritella (fossil shells). Personally, I wouldn’t know the difference but, what makes it important is that elimia tenera is extinct. The turritella is still found along the coastline of beaches.

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Photo credit: By Wilson44691 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5526735

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Photograph of a belt buckle made from chalcedony with fossilized Elimia tenera shells (formerly Goniobasis tenera and incorrectly Turritella) from the Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA. Belt buckle made and photograph taken by Thaddeus P. Bejnar, in the workshop of Waldemere Bejnar.

By Thaddeus P. Bejnar, Bejnar – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7003062