Sunstone and Rutilated Quartz Pendant in Dark Patina Silver
This gemstone pendant features a shimmery sunstone and a rutilated quartz gemstone in an antiqued silver setting. The stone cabochons are set and accented with carefully placed coils, weaves, and spirals of sterling silver wire. The pendant is hung on an 18" black cord and packaged in a custom embossed gift box. This unique necklace combines stunning powerful gemstones with mysterious and alluring wire work.
The silver has been given a dark antiqued color, known as "patina", through oxidation using a sulfur solution. The patina reaction was stopped at a mixed dark red hue, rather than going to full black. The piece was then polished to restore highlights in the raised areas, enhancing the details of the wire work. The gemstones shine beautifully in the darkened silver, no longer competing with the silver's brilliance and shine. Overall, the combination of the warm gemstones with dark wire work creates an intriguing piece of jewelry with a fantasy feel.
Sunstone is a stunning gem which exhibits what gemologists call "aventurescence", an effect which appears to the eye like a metallic glitter. Sunstone is widespread, found in Canada, the US, Norway, Greece and India. In metaphysical circles it is thought to be a joyful and light-inspiring stone, helping to lift dark moods and depression.
Rutilated quartz is primarily the clear mineral quartz, but it also include the golden mineral rutile. This rutile mineral forms beautiful patterns in it's golden needle-like inclusions. Rutilated quartz has been used since the times of ancient Rome and Greece. It has been valued since then as ornamentation and for spiritual properties. Even today rutilated quartz is believed to encourage happiness and reduce feelings of loneliness. It is also thought to help increase self-confidence and positive thoughtss. The sunstone and rutilated quartz can work together to lift the mood and help remove barriers we make for ourselves. This an useful amulet for any wearer who needs a boost of confidence and light.
Each patina pendant comes with an 18" black cord with clasp. Upgrades to sterling silver chains are available to accent your pendant with a high quality chain in the style of your choice.
SIZE: Approximately 2" x 15/16", please see the last photo for a size reference.
COORDINATING JEWELRY: More dark patina silver jewelry pieces are available from Kosmic Krystals. If you love this listing visit the Dark Patina Jewelry Section for more dark and mysterious jewelry.
CLEANING: Due to the patina you never need to polish your silver, however you can enhance the highlights periodically by wiping the piece with a polishing cloth. Any dirt and debris can be easily removed with a gentle toothbrush and warm soapy water.