This sterling silver handmade wire wrapped pendant features a natural, purple Tiffany Stone. Tiffany Stone has many names, but no matter what you call it, it is beautiful. This stone is full of purple on a paler purpler background interspersed with dark dendrites creating lovely contrast. This is a large Tiffany Stone, so you know it will be noticed.
I used solid, heavy sterling silver wire create a wire wrapped setting which is beautiful and secure. The silver looks great with the purple. I added some detail with the silver to get more silver contrasting with the colors.
I believe this is a stabilized stone. Tiffany Stone is found in several places. I do not believe this is from the famous Utah mines.
stone ---- 47 x 28mm
pendant ---- 2.52" / 64mm long; 1.23" / 31mm wide
bail ---- 5.8mm
More About Tiffany Stone:This does not include a chain or cord.
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More About Tiffany Stone
Tiffany Stone is the most common name for this beautiful material but it may also be called; Bertrandite, Purple Opal, Ice Cream Opalite, Opal Fluorite or Purple Passion. Tiffany, for short, has so many names because it is comprised of so many materials. Bertrandite is what comprises the white areas, purples and blues are fluorite, and there is black manganese (usually dendrites) and then maybe add a smattering of Chalcedony, Dolomite, and Rhodonite. When it is all geologically mashed together it then goes through a process which "opalizes" it into one rock. The beautiful purple is often mixed with white, black, yellow, blue, pink, peach and very rarely red.
Tiffany Stone is a very rare rock. The original location, the Brush Wellman beryllium mines in Utah, has been closed to collecting for a long time. Although, occasionally very little may still be found. What is found is what survived the crushers at the mine. There are rumors of another location and there is some other material being found. Though technically Tiffany Stone, the new material does not have the same beauty as the original find.
Tiffany Stone is a very difficult stone to work and is toxic to the cabber. A respirator mask must be worn when cutting and polishing. However, Tiffany Stone is so beautiful and highly coveted that it is worth the trouble. Tiffany stone hardness varies. It is often stabilized before it is worked by the lapidary artist.
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