This design came to me as I was falling asleep one hot evening in September. I reached to my phone to scribble some notes with my finger and was surprised the next morning to see what looked something like an octopus. The final product, featuring glowing green Utah Variscite, only has five arms but it makes a big, swishy statement.
We recommend a adjustable length leather cord for this pendant.
utah variscite, sterling silver, fine silver
Variscite forms when water containing small amounts of aluminum and phosphorus seeps down into the ground. As the water evaporates, the minerals remain, depositing turquoise in the rock's cracks and fissures. The bright green color of variscite is due to small amounts of chromium included in the stone's formation. It is often confused with turquoise, but it is more rare and uncommon.
Silver, oh silver. This lustrous white metal is amazing - more reflective than gold, more conductive than copper and just plain gorgeous. When used for jewelry, silver is mixed with copper or zinc to provide more durability and reduce tarnishing. Fine silver is 99.9% silver while sterling silver is 92.5%. Other alloys are used for specific processes, such as reticulation (80% silver). All silver will tarnish over time, but can be easily cleaned and polished.