exactly what is "druzy"
Hi Ralph, Druzy is the generally accepted term for a coating of tiny
crystals on matrix (base rock). It isn't specific to any mineral, but
there are a few being used frequently in jewelry. It often looks like
colored sugar you might see on a holiday cookie, but very densely
packed. The color depends on the mineral. Here are a few of the more
popular varieties you might encounter:
Cobaltocalcite - Also referred to as "Pepto-Bismol" stone, due to
the real name being a bear. The pink color of the druzy is almost
exactly that of the medicine in the bottle.
Psilomelane - Pronounced sa-lom-a-lane. Black druzy... but also
yields black-on-black banded material in its massive form.
Uvarovite - Kind of light minty green?
Cool names, huh? Toss them around at your next cocktail party and
see the heads turn! There are also a variety of quartz druzys... and
people are now starting to treat, coat, dye, etc. the material for
different effects. If I'm not mistaken, a titanium coated variety is
out that has kind of a peacock effect. I prefer using natural
materials whenever possible.
I just got scans in from some new slides... I'll be posting a new
piece on my Web site shortly that has cobaltocalcite and pink
tourmalines set in 14k gold. Check back in a couple days!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans' Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)