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Ten26 Studio - Danielle Vincent

Sterling Silver Tidepool Design with Rosecut Grandiderite

Sterling Silver Tidepool Design with Rosecut Grandiderite

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Add a pop of rare beauty to your jewelry collection with these eye-catching sterling silver dangle earrings. Featuring stunning grandiderite stones, each gem is rose-cut to sparkle brilliantly with its unique blue-green hues.

The smooth bezel setting and signature playful tidepool design, making the stones dazzle even more. Handcrafted by Danielle in her studio in West Michigan, these earrings are perfect for any outfit, whether you're dressing up or keeping it casual. These are ready to delight someone special or treat yourself.

Measurements: 1 7/8 inches long, 1/4 inch at widest point

Materials: Recycled Sterling Silver and Grandiderite

Facts about Grandiderite:

  1. Composition and Structure: Grandiderite is a borosilicate mineral with the chemical formula (Mg,Fe²⁺)Al₃(BO₃)(SiO₄)O₂. It belongs to the orthorhombic crystal system.

  2. Discovery: It was first discovered by Alfred Lacroix, a French mineralogist, and named in honor of Alfred Grandidier, a French explorer and naturalist who extensively studied the natural history of Madagascar.

  3. Color and Appearance: The mineral is typically blue-green to greenish-blue, but it can also appear in various shades of blue and green, and occasionally colorless. Its unique coloration is due to trace amounts of iron and magnesium in its structure.

  4. Transparency and Luster: Grandiderite can range from transparent to translucent. It has a vitreous (glass-like) luster, which adds to its appeal as a gemstone.

  5. Hardness and Durability: On the Mohs scale of hardness, grandiderite scores about 7.5, making it a relatively hard and durable mineral suitable for use in jewelry.

  6. Rarity and Value: Grandiderite is considered one of the rarest gemstones in the world. High-quality specimens, especially those that are transparent and have good color, can be extremely valuable.

  7. Locations: While Madagascar is the primary source of grandiderite, it has also been found in other locations such as Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Malawi.

  8. Refractive Index: Grandiderite has a refractive index ranging from about 1.590 to 1.623, contributing to its brilliance and appeal when cut as a gemstone.

  9. Pleochroism: This mineral exhibits strong pleochroism, meaning it can show different colors when viewed from different angles. For grandiderite, the colors typically range from greenish-blue to dark blue

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