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1" = 25mm
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1 quarter= 24.2 mm
1 dime= 18mm
Both coins: 42mm
My Turkish dealer showed me these unusual drusies, and I couldn't pass them up. At first I was a little put off by their rustic cuts, but then they started to grow on me. They really do have a feel of the forest, with woodland greens and rich soil ochres spread out over a slightly undulating surface, just like the forest floor. They would look great set in copper, bronze, or a patinated metal. If you're seeking to evoke a natural look in your designs, these would be perfect. These are all that he had, so I'm not sure whether more will become available. Backs are unpolished but smooth. Important note: The photos don't show the fine white sparkles of the crystals on all of these pieces.
ZN865 $60.00Sorry, Sold!
Mined in Turkey, this is a rare and unusual druzy. Its matrix is a muted blue with freeform patterns of dark brown-black, white, and some beige, all overlaid by sparkling clear crystal. To me, a more appropriate name would be snow-leopard druzy, because of the colors and patterning, but the Turks named it Tiger and so it will remain. These have been rather difficult to get, and they are my entire stock of this stone. Unfinished backs that, unless otherwise noted, sit flat. Click on photos to see details.
SPECIAL VALUE: Tiger Druzy
ZN861 $46.00 reg $56.00
ZN863 $36.00 reg $46.00
Greg Genovese found these rare and unusual drusies in his hunts through Brazil. Rings of rust and ochre are bullseyed with black dots, all in a sea of sparkling quartz. Satin-finish backs. Prices are based on evidence of Jaguar patterning.
SPECIAL VALUE: Jaguar Druzy Brazil
This piece is great. I just want to point out that it has a healed fracture near the bottom. The stone's integrity is fine (it's guaranteed). It has a wonderful polished agate surround, great for bezel setting, and high sparkle. 23 mm round
ZN1094 $48.00 reg. $56.00
ZN1097 $74.00 Sorry, Sold!
Introducing the less-macho relative of Jaguar
Druzy: Twinkle Druzy
more on the way!
This rare, lovely stone is a chameleon: It changes color and character depending upon the light source. Here are some of the variations that I've seen:
These stones are also somewhat translucent, so their color will deepen if placed against a dark background. For the larger stones pictured below, I have included two photos to try and illustrate the color range of these unusual pieces. All these stones range in thickness from 5 to 7mm. Click on photos to see details.
Color in Daylight Color in Artificial Light
A geodite is what its name implies--a baby geode. Actually, it's half a geode, with the surrounding agate polished on the front face. A look into these reveals a sparkling fairyland of druzy crystals, some larger, some small. What spectacular necklaces these will make! Please make sure to note the thickness of these. All natural colors. Unless otherwise noted, all these geodites have highly polished, rounded backs.
These pieces have holes big enough to accommodate an 18-gauge wire. Since their laterally-drilled holes aren't visible, the photos show how the pendants would hang.
ZN672 $58.00 Sorry, Sold!
ZN678 $140.00 Sorry, Sold!
ZN586 $72.50 Sorry, Sold!
ZN593 $62.50 Sorry, Sold!
These lovely geodites have a natural convex back that, although unpolished, is smoothed so that it can be worn against clothing.
Crystal Geode Slices
What fun these are! Stunning
geodes lined with quartz crystals have been cut into slices, a job that
undoubted requires time, patience, and extreme skill. The slices range from 3 to
5mm thick, and the perimeter is naturally-patterned agate, polished on both
sides. Tiny, perfectly-formed quartz crystals sparkle along the interior rim.
Loop a soft cord through them, drill a hole through the
agate, make an interesting bail, prong-set them flush on top of an open or
closed backing (with perhaps a different stone
set in the center!), wire-wrap them (on the outside, away from the
crystals)--the design possibilities are endless. They are agate, so they are
fairly sturdy, but they won't survive being dropped on tile or cracked against a
hard surface...Treat them as though you were working with a cross between a
glass cab and a druzy, and they should be just fine. Be sure to click on the
photos to see the details in these really neat pieces.
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