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#1

Does anyone out there know any history on when Finnish
Spectrolite was first discovered and made it’s way into jewelry?
I belong to the SCA, an organization that re-creates the Middle
Ages and Renaissance eras and have had a few discussions with
other jewellers in the SCA on this but no one seems to know when
it really appeared. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I
got some GORGEOUS rough at Tucson and would like to incorporate
it in some of my Medieval designs.

Stella Samson


#2

Does anyone out there know any history on when Finnish
Spectrolite was first discovered and made it’s way into
jewelry?

Hi Stella, My book says that spectrolite was first discovered in
the early 1940s near Ylijaervi in Karelia/Finnland. Sorry ,
Markus


#3

Thanks Markus,

I may just make a few pieces with the Spectrolite anyway but
with the disclaimer that it is not a “period” stone.

It is at least a Northern European one that “could” have been
available. I am finding that it is fairly difficult to find
documentation on what stones other than the obvious ones were
used it medieval jewelry.
Rubies,Garnets,Sapphire,Peridot(olivine),Diamonds,Emeralds,Moonst
ones and Spinel to name a few - if you can sugest a source, I
would be grateful. My Gemology books are a bit short on

Thanks,
Stella


#4
ones and Spinel to name a few - if you can sugest a source, I
would be grateful.  My Gemology books are a bit short on

Stella: there is a great coffee table book, JEWELRY, 7,000 YEARS
—EDITED BY HUGH TAIT. Its in print and covers the middles ages.
They also used quartz crystal like we use diamonds back
then…Dave

www.opendoor.com/stephensdesign/crystalguy.html
Crystalguy Art Jewelry, Magical Art Jewelry for the Enlightened Mind


#5

Stella,

You might try a couple of books that I have found useful when
researchingsome history of gems and jewelry. One is:

Jewelry 7,000 years by Hugh Tait, published by Hary N. Abrams
1986 the other is:

Gems by Mab Wilson, published by William Heinemann Ltd, London,
1967

I haven’t checked on Spectrolite from Finland, but they do have
alot of historical info on alot of stones and jewelry.

Good Luck


#6

Jewelry 7000 years is yes, a great book but it doesn’t give all
that much info on the stones besides the obvious ones that were
used. It was as a matter of fact one of the textbooks in my
Jewelry History Class at Highline. I Thanks for the info tho’

Stella


#7

Dear Calgang,

Thank your for your message.

I’m sorry to report to you that I have no rough to sell. All of
it ends up in our factory in Sri Lanka, and the shipping cost to
Bangkok makes it unrealistic to sell the rough here. Best
Regards, Scott.

Scott Davies
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