Friday, July 1, 2011

SUMMER SENSATIONS - Sunset and Stars !

Carved circles of dark Rose Quartz representing the sunset encircle this necklace with two styles of Freshwater Cultured Pearls representing the stars are dispersed in the center and between them. This 24 inch necklace is completed with an antique silver Toggle Clasp. Matching Frech Hook dangle earrings complete the set.

Rose Quartz is a type of Quartz which exhibits a pale pink to dark rose red hue. The color is usually considered as due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese, in the massive material. Some Rose Quartz contains microscopic rutile needles which produces an asterism in transmitted light. In crystal form (rarely found) it is called Pink Quartz and its color is thought to be caused by trace amounts of phosphate or aluminium. The color in crystals is apparently photosensitive and subject to fading. The first crystals of Rose Quartz were found in a pegmatite dike near Rumford, Maine, USA, but most crystals on the market today come from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Rose Quartz is not popular as a gem because it is generally too clouded by impurities to be suitable for faceting. Rose Quartz is more often carved into figures such as people or animals. Hearts are also commonly found because Rose Quartz is pink and an affordable mineral for Valentines Day.

Freshwater Pearls (FWP) are a kind of pearl that comes from freshwater mussels. They have been predominantely produced in Japan and in the United States on a limited scale, but are now almost exclusive to China. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that Freshwater Pearls be referred to as "Freshwater Cultured Pearls" in commerce.