Seen frequently throughout Native American jewelry, Sterling Silver "raindrops" are a traditional design element. They can be smooth and high polished are they can be starlike and oxidized.
Drusy (or druzy) is a coating of tiny crystals formed in a geode or on a fractured stone surface where water has been trapped and slowly evaporated, as within agates. Garnet, citrine, dolomite, amethyst and other minerals may also appear as drusy. Drusy in Southwestern style jewelry may be natural or coated.
Once believed to prevent intoxication, today amethyst is the most valued quartz, and its purple hues are much favored in Southwestern style jewelry. Brazil is the leading amethyst producer in the world today.
Topaz comes in a wide variety of colors including brown, various blue tones, green yellow, orange, red, pink & purple - but blue is a universal favorite
Citrine is actually not a plentiful stone in nature, but as a variety of quartz with a color range from pale yellow to robust yellow-orange tones, Citrine is a popular jewelry stone.
Spiney Oyster shell is often inlaid or used as cabochons and the color combination of Spiney Oyster and turquoise is as old as the human love for adornment. Coming all the way from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, Spiney Oyster shell is most commonly seen in orange, red and purple. The more strident the color, the more expensive the shell is. Red and purple shells are found a much greater depth than the brilliant oranges and are rare and more expensive.
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