Friday, September 11, 2009

Thunder Egg Jasper necklace by Vitrine

I fell in love with jasper a long time ago, mainly because it comes in a beautiful variety of colors. This one comes from Australia and is charmingly referred to as Thunder egg. The outer shell is made of rhyolite, a type of volcanic rock made of quartz and feldspar. The inside of thunder eggs is formed when water carrying silica seeps in, leaving mineral deposits. The rocks become filled with agate, chalcedony, jasper, amethyst, opal, quartz crystal, or a combination of these.
I'm thrilled that I could use this gorgeously cut stone in a necklace! It comes with a brown ribbon, and can be worn either side. Each side is different- one side is blue/brown/mauve. The other side is orange/green/brown. The pendant measures about 2 inches (about 5cm).

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