Saturday, June 11, 2011

SUMMER SENSATIONS - Time for Cool Refreshment !

This cool and refreshing Summertime necklace has a faceted freeform Hawaiian Pineapple Quartz pendant surrounded by Amazonite beads, Seraphenite barrels, gold accent pieces with peridot and peach colored crystals. Green Turquoise chips finish out the 19 inch necklace that has a hook and eye Gold Plated clasp. French Hook earrings with charmed beads and crystals complete the set.

Pineapple Quartz is a nearly transparent, light lemon-yellow light-green colored, synthetically produced glass that looks like fine Quartz that is highly prized in the Hawaiian Islands.

Amazonite (sometimes called "Amazon stone") is a green variety of microcline feldspar. The name is taken from that of the Amazon River, from which certain green stones were formerly obtained, but it is doubtful whether any green feldspar occurs in the Amazon area. Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miass, 50 miles southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granitic rocks. More recently, high-quality crystals have been obtained from Pike's Peak, Colorado, where it is found associated with smoky Quartz, orthoclase and albite in a coarse granite or pegmatite. Crystals of amazonite can also be found in Crystal Park, El Paso County, Coorado.

Seraphinite is a trade name for a particular form of clinochlore, a member of the Chlorite group. Seraphinite apparently acquired its name due to its resemblance to feathers, such as one might find on a bird's wing. With some specimens the resemblance is quite strong, with shorter down-like feathery growths leading into longer "flight feathers"; the resemblance even spurs fanciful marketing phrases like "silver plume seraphinite." Seraphinite is generally dark green to gray in color, has chatoyancy, and has hardness between 2 and 4 on the Mohs scale. Seraphinite is mined in a limited area of eastern Siberia in Russia. Russian mineralogist Nikolay Koksharov (1818-1893) is often credited with its discovery.

Green Turquoise is a green variety of common Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for "Turkish", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Persia. The Southwestern United States is a significant source of turquoise. The deposits of California, Arizona and New Mexico were mined by pre-Columbian Native Americans using stone tools, some local and some from as far away as central Mexico. Turquoise from these pld mines are some of the best and highly prized stones on the market today.

Crystals are also used in this set.