№ 033 Rutilated Quartz & Labradorite
A beautiful pairing of the rusty colored rutilated quartz with the vibrant blue of labradorite together with a rare antique coin silver pendant from Afghanistan. I love how both rutilated quartz and labradorite hold depth in the way the light shines through and transforms them.
Rutilated Quartz comes in many different hues depending on the fine threads known as rutiles, ranging from yellow, rust, green, and black. Rutilated quartz offers a story of how flaws transform into depth and beauty. Believed to be an energizing and harmonizing stone, rutilated quartz is said to be an illuminator of the soul.
Labradorite has an understated grey base with a hidden fire inside that shines through at just the right angle. The iridescence ranges from deep blue, to yellowish green, even into the orange and purple hues. Labradorite, the bringer of light, is believed to be a highly mystical and protective stone. It stimulates intuition and psychic gifts and strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe.
Coin silver is made from a mixture of metals with a high pure silver content, often repurposing coins by melting them down. The coin silver components I work with are antiques from all of the world, ranging from 80-120 years old, found in India, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and many West African countries such as Nigeria and Mali. The wear and patina of antique coin silver has informed much of my jewelry aesthetic over the years. The pieces are very special and rare.
Earrings measure 2” from top of earwire. All findings used are oxidized sterling silver.