Monday, November 1, 2010
It's amazing what you might run into at an event. Who would have thought, alpacas at a craft show.
OK on to the show. I picked up a beautiful amethyst pendent with a Drusy opening.
Not sure what Drusy is?? Well, check out the picture of my new pendant. There is an opening on the front, it almost looks like the pendant is broken. The inside is what is called Drusy.
What is Drusy? . . .
Drusy literally means “covered by a large number of minute crystals”. The term Drusy is used in the jewelry industry to mean a gem that has this specific type of gem formation. The gem is cut to highlight mother nature's artwork and expose the Drusy in attractive arrangements that delight the eye. The term Drusy has often been misspelled as Druzy, Druse, or Druzie(s) they all refer to the same thing. Whether the crystals appear on the surface of the mineral or are recessed into a crevice the result is the same, a stunning gemstone.
The look has been described as the same as looking at a mass of sugar when it sparkles in the light.
How is Drusy Formed?
The dynamic processes of the earth's crust and internal layers that are referred to as plate tectonics are responsible for the formation of most colored gemstones that we see today. Millions of years ago as molten rock was being forced rapidly up to the surface, the heat and pressure changes caused gasses to expand and create cavities within solidifying rock. Later, as the mineral rich ground water moved through the rock it deposited new minerals into these cavities and as cooling began to occur the crystallization of these minerals formed on top of and inside the previously crystallized rock. This crystal formation is called Drusy.
Well today you saw an animal usually on a farm and learned a little about gemology.
Now it's time for me to get back to designing cards. I am working on Valentine Cards for Sparkle N Sprinkle.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day, see you soon,