Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lend Me Your Ears

Ear cuffs, climbers, huggies and more . . . ears are to adorn big time now!

Kate Beckinsale flaunts delicate Butani ear cuffs
Ear adornment has for the most part been a female's domain in most cultures for eons--modern hipster-men's ear decor notwithstanding. 

The reason for ear jewels is pretty much intuitive. The ear jewels, prominently or discretely at the side of a woman's face, add attractive light and appeal to her pretty visage. Also earrings are located close enough to the eye area so that when the sparkly stones in them shimmer from afar--it actually adds a lovely impression of dancing to the eyes. 

Clever jewelry designers are not known to leave things alone. So they've conjured up all kinds of ways to cuddle the lobes of lovelies.
Here is an off the ear view of designer Butani's ethereal looking ear jewels that are shown on Kate Beckinsale in the first image. Graceful and playful at once, these bijoux have definite staying power. Not faddish--but fabulous.

Rihanna knows how to wear Borgioni's petite diamond ear cuffs atop round spray ear clips

Wear one, wear some, wear the whole shebang. Ear jewels are a modern ladies take on the once popular mid 20th century ear clips, some of which echo the latest rendition's profile.

I can envision any stylish starlet today wearing these (above) scroll spray-style diamond ear clips by Mauboussin. Yet they harken to 1935, said Christie's who auctioned them off in their New York Important Jewels sale.($19,120.00)

Here's to ears.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Like Finding a Needle in a Gemstone

So you know about tourmaline, right? Good. And you've heard of rutilated something? Like rutilated quartz? Good, good. Those are gem mineral specimens which display rutile needles that were trapped inside the quartz crystal during its growth phase.

The interesting part of this anomaly is that the rutile inclusions always result in random arrangements; and often end up creating unique and mesmerizing patterns.

Tourmaline Threads
Some gem minerals are formed with these hypnotic inclusions made of tourmaline. Yep. Would I kid?
The tourmated stone--like quartz for instance will show these winsome inclusions to be very dark--almost black in tone. The tourmaline crystals grow in long rod like structures, usually thicker than rutile needles that populate rutilated quartz.

In the case of these exotic stones, its the interior interest that drives the love of the stone. Some designers don't do much at all with the stones. Others like the pendant you see here are carved into a symmetrical and pleasing shape and accented by colored sapphire and tanzanite.

The Main Thing
However an artist works the stone--or simply leaves it au naturel, the enigmatic tourmalated stone becomes the main attraction--mesmerizing viewers who learn these wispy threads are nature's artwork.

Tourmalated gemstone pendant: The Real Real

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hello? Is this spod you mean?

Spodumene is a not-so-known gemstone. But it's uses other than adornment are lesser known but quite fascinating. The stone's discovery is pretty recent by gemstone standards. First described in 1800, the gemstone mineral was located in Sweden.

It is found in lithium-rich pegmatites. Wait a minute; lithium? Isn't that what my cell phone battery is made of? What the hey! Lithium is extracted from spodumene by fusing in acid. Then it's application is myriad. Ceramics, car batteries, cell phone batteries, even medicine--the list goes on.

That's all well and good--but I like my spodumene in rings, thank you.

View 1: This stunning gemstone was cut from spodumene rough mined from the Mawi Mine located in Laghman, NW, Nuristan Province in Afghanistan. The crystal was mined over 30 years ago and has been hiding in a private collection until just this past year. The crystal showed fabulous pleochroism with violet down the C axis and pale greens and blues through other axes. Blue spodumene is rare and the combination of greens, blues and deep violet is even rarer. What makes this stone so incredibly w...:
Curator's Eye has a pleochroic spodumene from Afghanistan

The stone can exhibit extraordinary pleochroism (multi-hues on same stone). Cut along the C axis, this specimen shows violet in the center and alluring turquoise on the long ends. Va-voom, right?

Look at all the colors possible with this material. Some color varieties have their own name. The pale green variety is called Hiddenite.

Hiddenite - Spodumene:
One of the most delicate varieties, Kunzite, named for early gemologist George Frederick Kunz is a most unusual lilac-pink. My kind of gemstone. Just what I had in mind.

Now I suppose you'll all want to get some of this gemstone material. That's fine, there's enough to go around; at least for a while. Now hop to it.