This 'gemstone' is aptly named Rainbow Calsilica! Pretty much all colors of the rainbow and then some can be seen in these stones, and that is what makes it so pretty. I have used a long skinny rice shaped bead and an oval bead to create this playful and dancing earrings. The silver elements are both of sterling silver and silver filled.
Rainbow Calsilica is a 'gemstone' with bands or stripes of pretty much every color running through a calcite and silica matrix. It was originally introduced as naturally occurring and mined in Chihuahua, Mexico and took the gem world by storm. However, testing by gemmologists revealed that the stone contained a mixture of calcites and silicas, along with artificial coloring pigments, along with paraffin and resin. It was concluded that the source was sedimentary rock that was man-made, most likely years of residue from tile manufacturing works in Mexico, where paints and other chemicals used in the process formed into rock over the years. It does make for a unique stone with a story.
Length: 2.38 inches from your piercing.
Bead size: 5 x 20 mm rice bead; 10 x 14 mm oval bead.
Silver filled products are comprised of 10% silver, the silver is mechanically bonded to a brass core for a sturdy structure and is resistant to tarnishing. All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings. They will not tarnish silver.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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Photographs by Michael Santerre.
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Colorful Rainbow Calsilica Long Earrings