This lodolite has a large dome of quartz over a thicket of sparkling silver dendrites reminiscent of bubbling, churning water. In natural light the stone appears to have a deep, iron-red backdrop behind the silver bubbles, but inspection with intensely focused bright light reveals the illusion--the oxblood background is actually a tightly packed network of orange crystals.
Adding to this stone's mercurial charm is a single, tiny sage-green crystal floating among its silver brethren. Will you seek it, or choose simply to believe that it is there?
Lodolites are a gem-quality variety of quartz shot through with mineral inclusions. The colors of these inclusions have an incredible range including the full spectrum of colors (blue is rare), and silver and gold. Inclusions can be matte, metallic, or sparkling; they can be botryoidal (bumpy) or dendritic, like moss agate; and they can even exhibit smaller but fully formed six-sided quartz points known as manifestation crystals. The surrounding host quartz magnifies the inner minerals, offering an observer an intimate view of the beauty within. The best part is that each stone is truly unique--no two are ever alike.
Size: US 6
Metals: sterling silver
Stone: lodolite quartz
Band width: wide (8mm)
Stone+setting diameter: ~19mm (~0.75in)
Stone+setting height: ~12mm (~0.5in)
Artist's mark: yes (fine silver accent)