One of my favorite translucent natural stones is Prehnite. When I found a large unusual square Prehnite cabochon I liked it mainly because even though the stone was cut, it seemed to retain a natural look. It looked like a mini magical natural pool with a rock emerging out to the surface.That was when I decided to set it in a Sterling Silver silver ring.
The ring is bulky and the surface, like the stone, is square. I hammered a wide strip of silver of 0.10 thickness, with a zigzag texture and soldered it to the bezel of the stone.
Ring Size:US 8.25. Due to the width of the band will fit a finger size 8
Width of the band: 18mm.
Size of the stone: 22mm X 22mm x 7mm
Prehnite is named after a Dutch colonel named H. Von Prehn, who had discovered Prehnite in 1774 at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Before him the gemstone was named “Cape Emerald”, as many Prehnite stones have an Emerald Green shade.
Prehnite is a rather strong crystal,and relatively resists scratches. It is composed of Aluminum, Calcium and Silicon . Some of the stones contain a small trace of iron.
At first Prehnite was considered a rare stone. For numerous years South Africa was known to be the only area in which it was found, but later it was discovered in the U.S.,Canada, Western Europe and India.
The shades of Prehnite range from pale yellow to brown.
Prehnite can be found in basaltic rocks, and in some metamorphic rocks as well. While pale green masses are found in Scotland, The Green-Brown rocks are found in Australia.
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Every once in a while I like to pick up natural, freeform stones from my collection and set them in my Silver rings. I have a tendency to prefer natural , hand cut Opal stones. Not the very expensive ones, which cost thousands of dollars , but natural pieces. The reason I like Opals so much is they are full of surprises. No two stones look the same.
The new rings I have created are completely different from each other.
The first is my Oval Opal Silver Ring:
The above ring is handcrafted with an Oval Opal gemstone, a Koroit Opal cabochon from Australia .I handcrafted the carved wide band then soldered the bezel on top. Finally set this beautiful unusual Opal stone in it.
The stone Koroit boulder opal cabochon was cut from a split opal nut. In the center you can see white and crystal opal and you can also view a deep blue-purple fire.There is some bright emerald green here and there, peeping as you turn the stone from side to side.
Size : US size 7.5
Width of the band : 10.5mm
Weght of the stone: 46.18 carats.
Size of the stone: 18mm x 30mm x 6mm
The second ring is a Freeform Opal and Silver Ring:
As the stone cutter said about it: “The stone has beautiful Opal patterns and a nice solid matrix. It is thick and shows pastel colors with a few clouds laying on top. When viewed from different angles you may see a sudden glow of fiery Turquoise then a cloudy blend of pink and purple met with a contrast of Brown. It has a nice shine to it. The matrix of the stone is solid”.
Both rings can be found in my Etsy shop:
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