Design and Care of Raw Stone Jewelry
Author : Arbaaz Martins | Published On : 03 Aug 2021
Natural crystal jewelry is undeniably popular. With raw stone jewelry becoming increasingly popular, you may attract new clients by learning how to include raw stones into your jewelry designs and informing buyers on how to care for these items.
Druzy refers to the surface of tiny, dazzling crystals that form when minerals grow as plates or in geodes. A piece of druzy adds a unique texture to a piece of jewelry, whether as a backdrop for faceted stones or as a feature in and of itself. Druzy can form from quartz, garnet, and calcite, but it can also form rarer minerals. Druzy comes in a variety of colors, including bright pink cobalto calcite. To achieve bright and uniform colors, some merchants cover this raw gemstone jewelry with gold or titanium or dye it.
Large, terminated crystal specimens create lovely, eye-catching statement pieces because of their natural geometry. While quartz is the most common choice, tourmaline can also produce stunning crystals. Pleochroic minerals like iolite form attractive raw specimens as well.
Even if you have a piece of rough that isn't quite facet-grade, it can still be used to make unique jewelry. Stringing a stone as a bead or constructing a cage around it can be a terrific way to use it, especially if it's rough and has a prominent feature.
Opaque stones with unique inclusions or brilliant color can also add intrigue to your jewelry designs. You can use a raw stone in jewelry if it has an appealing texture and no rough edges that would snag. Inclusion patterns are common in opaque quartz matrices. Unpolished turquoise and lapis lazuli can have beautiful colors and textures.
If you prefer a more conventional approach to cutting and polishing, stone slices can provide a raw stone feel with a bright and shining finish. Geode slices are a unique choice since their hollow interiors allow for a wide range of innovative jewelry design possibilities. Traditional sliced stone selections include banded agate and watermelon tourmaline.
Care for Raw Stone Jewelry
Raw gemstone jewelry, like faceted diamonds, requires some maintenance and cleaning. Dust will be minimized with proper storage, but cleaning will be required at some point. Rough surfaces, on the other hand, may make this task more challenging.
To remove loose debris and dust, a moderate stream of compressed air is a helpful initial step. Soak your specimen in warm water with mild soap or detergent, as long as it isn't water-soluble (like calcite druzy) or porous (like turquoise). The dirt can then be removed using a gentle brush. Physical cleaning can lose some of the tiny crystals in druzy specimens, so be very cautious. Dry the jewelry with a mild spray of compressed air or a hairdryer on the "cool" setting after shaking off excess water.
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