Hi Everyone! I have a unique problem that I should have put out
here for suggestions in the beginning. I purchased several pieces of
a stone called Violite/Varisite" in Tucson in 1999, from a company
called Vajda’s from Albuquerque. I made a pair of earrings a couple
of years ago using two fairly long triangle pieces. They are about
two inches long. They are a mint green at the top and become purple
at the bottom. Kind of looks like a sherbert ice cream cone. It’s
very pretty and unusual. Anyway, a woman bought the earrings from me
about 10 months ago. She came back about 6 weeks ago and showed me
that the stones (both) had cracked down the center vertically.
Aughhh! Apparently this stuff is about as soft as tourquoise.
Why they didn’t crack horizontally is beyond me. I mean why they
cracked at all is a mystery. The woman loves these earrings, and they
were rather expensive. She swears nothing ever happened to them other
than her wearing them. Soooo what to do? I’ve had them filed down to
where the crack is not too visable, but it’s still there. I’ve called
the company I bought them from. They have an answering machine so I
assume they still exist. But no one has ever returned numerous calls.
Does anyone out there work with this material? Also, I’m sure it
won’t be cheap to cut two matching stones of that size to fit the
settings. Even finding material that even resembles these might be
impossible. Is it my responsibility to pay to replace the stones?
I’ve already lost an enormous amount of time dealing with them
already. The last resort I can come up with is enameling two pieces
that look like the stones and setting them. When Sarah Perkins saw a
slide of them she thought they were enameled. I think I can pull it
off but that alone would be an event! If anyone has any ideas I
would really appreciate it.
God Bless you