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Definition of Rosarita


#1

I have repeatedly run across the name of “Rosarita” in the
description of a stone(?) used in some inlay jewelry. It appears to
be very deep red similar to Mediterranean coral. Is there anyone who
can tell me what this material is? Since the deep red Mediterranean
coral has become so expensive, it might be a good alternative for me.

Thanks for any help,
John Barton


#2

John,

Rosarita is gold slag but I have no idea of the process in which you
would get the red and orange material used in jewelry. I did some
research on the web to see if it was available in cab form without
any luck finding it at all. In a brief conversation with a jeweler
inlaying rosarita in some designs he was doing for a local shop he
mentioned it behaves very similarly to glass and can be difficult to
work with as it easily chips. He wasn’t sure where to get it and
shortly after, I abandoned my search.

Elizabeth


#3

Thanks to all for the info on Rosarita. The pieces that I had seen
were by a Native American artist, Mike Bird-Romero,and were used
with I believe black jet or black jade, I don’t remember. The
Rosarita did have what appears to be barely visible golden streaks
in them. It was very attractive.

Thanks again,
John Barton


#4

Hello John,

I have repeatedly run across the name of "Rosarita" in the
description of a stone(?) used in some inlay jewelry. It appears
to be very deep red similar to Mediterranean coral. Is there anyone
 who can tell me what this material is? Since the deep red
Mediterranean coral has become so expensive, it might be a good
alternative for me. 

The Rosirita I’m familiar with is glass and your description is
right on the money. I believe it’s antique and no longer made, so if
you find some uncut grab it. Beautiful stuff.

Thackeray Taylor
Rio Grande Technical Sales and Support
800-545-6566 ex 1390309
technicalsupport@tbg.riogrande.com