A spicy, romantic palette of stones. Rubies, citrine and sunstone frame a stamped warm bronze pendant. Contrasted beautifully with oxidized silver chain. Part of my ASMI collection. A reminder to be present, and see the beauty all around you. Chain measures 17-18” with lobster clasp and adjustable length chain closure. Sterling silver, which has been oxidized and hand polished for an antique finish.
About Rubies: The birthstone for July, the ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum. Historically, it has symbolized love and passion, considered an aid to firm friendship, and believed to ensure beauty. It can range in color from purplish or bluish red to a yellowish red, but the finest color is a vivid, almost pure spectral red with a very faint undertone of blue, which are considered the finest. The ruby is a very brilliant stone and is also a very hard, durable, and wearable stone.
About Madeira Citrine: Named for its color's resemblance to Madeira wines. Madeira Citrine is generally more valuable than the lighter yellow Citrines. Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Citrine has a long history including being mentioned in the old testament as one of the breastplate stones and served as a protective talisman for medieval Celts and Scots. But it was really Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901) and her love of all things Scottish, who instigated the fashion for citrine jewelry.
About Sunstone: Sunstone, also called Heliolite, is the State Gem of Oregon, a prime source for this beautiful gem. The name Heliolite has been derived from the Greek 'helios' and 'lithos,' which mean 'sun' and 'stone'. Sunstone is metallic in appearance and comes in red, orange or green colors. Sunstone is formed in molten lava and is discharged onto the surface with the help of a volcano. The lava weathers away or is broken. Fine crystals of sunstone is then released. The Oregon sunstone is found with copper in it which is the cause for the range of colors in the stone from water color to yellow and many shades of green, red and pink. In ancient times, this stone was used by natives for barter. It was also believed by the Vikings to be a talisman for navigation.
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