This graphically interesting, high contrast, pink and black cabochon is an Australian Rhodonite. Arguably, Australia has the best rhodonite in the world, but it is dwindling. The pink is like a bubble gum pink.
I chose to do a solid sterling silver wire wrapped style setting of my own design. I wanted to do something a little different, too. This is a very secure setting with a big sliver look with the heavy silver wire. I gave this an antique patina to highlight the texture in the outer wire.
stone ---- 46x27mm
pendant ---- 2.17" / 55mm long; 1.19" / 30mm wide
bail ---- 6mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Rhodonite:
Rhodonite is a manganese silicate mineral. It is usually pink to dark red. Rhodonite will almost always have black manganese veins or dendrites running though the pink which makes it quite attractive. Better stones have less manganese but what there is will form interesting patterns. However, more rarely, it occurs without the manganese and is all pink, these stones are the most sought after.
Rhodonite can be cut en cabochon or used for beads, carvings and tumbled stones. Although rhodonite is normally translucent to opaque, some transparent stones are found and those used for faceting material. On the Mohs hardness scale it is a 5.5 and 6.5 and is best for jewelry which will not be subject to impact, such as a ring. Because the black manganese and pink rhodonite can have a different hardness, it can be difficult to polish.
Rhodonite Wire Wrapped Pendant Natural Cabochon Jewelry Handmade Pink and Black