Swarovski Crystal Goes Green!

Swarovski crystal goes green!!  Swarovski has always provided us with the finest quality lead crystal that is precision cut and has unparalleled brilliance. Recently, there has been an increased regulatory focus on potential human exposure to lead from various consumer products, including jewelry.Crystal has unique properties.  The crystal manufacturing process creates a matrix which inhibits the mobility of lead.  In other words, lead is bound into the structure of the crystal. Because of this structure, lead crystal poses no significant risk of excessive lead exposure to human health via surface contact – hand to mouth, mouthing, or even ingestion.  Indeed, Swarovski crystals have been tested under a variety of test methods for extractable lead.  Test conditions and procedures do vary, but lead levels are well below regulatory limits even when the crystal is tested in an acid solution to maximize the release of lead” (Source: www.i-kandi.com/Swarovski).

Swarovski Crystal Cosmic Beads

Swarovski Crystal Cosmic Beads

Now, with their unrivaled research and development, Swarovski has expanded their product line to offer a lead-free, sustainable crystal.  This new innovative crystal is called Advanced Crystal.

Swarovski has done extensive research for the past ten years to bring this high degree of technology to us.  A patent has been granted in the United States and 16 European countries for Swarovski’s new crystal formula.

One of my favorite things to do is create one-of-a-kind Swarovski jewelry pieces.  Because Swarovski takes its responsibility to its customers and consumers so seriously, I am proud to utilize their products.  For more information on the history of Swarovski, click here.

 

 

The Jasper Called Malachite

The jasper called Malachite is one of the most beautiful jaspers in the world.  Malachite is a banded semi-precious stone with wonderful green hues.  Malachite is composed of copper carbonate hydroxide.  It gets its warm colors from the element copper.

Rough Malachite

Rough Malachite

It has been found in Russia; Timna Valley, Israel; Zimbabwe; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Tsumeb, Namibia; England; Lyon, France; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Zambia; Mexico; Arizona and Arkansas in the United States.  There is archeological proof that malachite has been mined at Timna Valley in Israel for more than 3,000 years.

Malachite has also been found as a semi-permanent pigment in Egyptian tomb paintings and European paintings in the 15th and 16th century.  Malachite is very possibly the oldest green pigment known.

While not a hard stone, it scores 3.5-4.0 on Moh’s hardness scale, it takes a wonderful polish.

Major uses for Malachite are jewelry and ornamental stone, such as vases and sculptures, emblems, electronics, ammunition, autos, coins, and more.

Identifying Petoskey Stones From Other Fossil Corals

I thought I would stop the confusion about identifying Petoskey Stones from other Fossil Corals.  If can be quite confusing, especially if you do not know what the identifying differences are.  I personally love these gifts from nature!  They make unique and beautiful custom jewelry.

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

Petoskey Lapis Coral Sterling Bracelet

First off, Petoskey Stones are found on the northern shores of Michigan.  They are fragments of the Devonian Period coral reefs.  Petoskey Stones are fossilized coral (flower animals) that lived 350 million years ago.

The most unique feature of the Petoskey Stone is that they have a light or dark ‘eye’ in each cell of the coral.  These ‘eyes’ can be either small or large.  Other corals do not have these ‘eyes’.  Colors vary from light tan or gray to darker hues of brown.  Due to the fact that Petoskey Stones actually started out red in color, you might be able to find a stone with some red in it!

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Close up of Petoskey Stone Pattern

Happy Hunting!!