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Deep Blue Sea Spinel and Sterling Signature Tidepool Design

Deep Blue Sea Spinel and Sterling Signature Tidepool Design

Regular price $218.00 USD
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This signature tidepool necklace features a striking blue spinel set in sterling silver. The rich blue gemstone, known for its brilliance and depth, is the centerpiece of the design. Surrounding the spinel, the sterling silver is crafted with a subtle tidepool motif, incorporating gentle curves and organic shapes that reflect the natural beauty of coastal tidepools.

The hallmark of this piece is its refined tidepool design, with delicate stippled texture in sterling silver that evoke the serene and intricate patterns found in nature. This thoughtful detail adds a unique and sophisticated touch to the necklace, making it a standout piece. This necklace combines the timeless appeal of sterling silver with the captivating allure of blue spinel, creating a piece that is both elegant and distinctive. Perfect for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship and understated unique everday expression, this necklace is a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection.

Measurements: Sterling Silver Rolo Chain is 18 1/2 inches long,  the pendant is 1 1/4 inches long and 7/8 inches wide

Materials: Blue Spinel and Recycled Sterling Silver

1. Composition and Structure:

    • Blue spinel is a magnesium aluminum oxide (MgAl2O4) that belongs to the spinel group of minerals. Its crystalline structure is cubic.
  1. Color and Causes:

    • The blue color in spinel is primarily due to the presence of trace amounts of iron and cobalt. The shades of blue can vary from light pastel blue to deep rich blue, similar to that of sapphires.
  2. Rarity:

    • Blue spinels are relatively rare, making them highly prized among collectors and gem enthusiasts. The most sought-after blue spinels have a vivid, saturated color.
  3. Sources:

    • Major sources of blue spinel include Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Tanzania. The mines in these regions produce some of the finest quality blue spinels.
  4. Hardness and Durability:

    • Spinels have a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, making them durable and suitable for everyday wear in jewelry. They are also resistant to scratches and abrasions.
  5. Historical Significance:

    • Blue spinels have been historically confused with sapphires due to their similar appearance. Some famous gemstones, once thought to be sapphires, were later identified as spinels. For example, the "Timur Ruby" in the British Crown Jewels is actually a red spinel.
  6. Market Value:

    • While blue spinels are less well-known than sapphires, their rarity and beauty have been increasing their market value. High-quality blue spinels can fetch significant prices, especially those with deep, vivid colors and good clarity.
  7. Metaphysical Properties:

    • In the realm of crystal healing and metaphysical beliefs, blue spinel is said to promote calmness, reduce stress, and enhance communication and clarity of thought.
  8. Care and Maintenance:

    • Due to their hardness, blue spinels require minimal care. Regular cleaning with warm, soapy water and a soft brush is usually sufficient to maintain their luster. It is recommended to avoid harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.
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