Raw Gemstones and Druzy Jewelry
Last weekend I decided to bezel an agate druzy bead with gold to create a new pendant for myself–and I've received a shower of compliments! I used 1.5mm gold cubes for 5 rows of tubular peyote stitch, then 2 rows using gold size 11/0 seed beads around the front and back of the bezel, all stitched around an agate druzy bead from Bead Trust (similar agate druzy pendants still available).
A druzy, also spelled drusy, is the cavity of a gemstone lined with crystals. One can be found when a stone is fractured, or along the vein of minerals in the earth. It can occur on many different minerals, but in jewelry I've seen quartz, amethyst, and agate druzies used the most. If you've ever visited a natural rock or geology store, no doubt you've seen druzy geodes.
I prefer the look of these rugged, raw, unpolished gemstones to that of smooth, polished pieces because they look like they're covered in glitter. In jewelry, I love seeing them alongside bright metallic gold or silver-and paired with a white t-shirt, jeans, and black blazer for an everyday look. Or attached to a long chain and draped around the neck over a button-up and pencil skirt for the office. Whatever look I'm going for, there's a raw gemstone or druzy to wear with it.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I love these amethyst slice druzy earrings from Magic Loot Designs. The gold just lines the druzy and allows for viewing of the rock down to the core of the geode.
I just ordered this beauty for myself from Beading on a Budget (sorry, it's SOLD!). It's a gold-plated aqua quartz druzy pendant. I'll hang it from a long gold rope chain and layer it with other gold necklaces.
These silver druzies from Akya would make an ideal pair of earrings–either studs or drops. I've been drooling over them for days.
And these are the raw gemstone sticks we just got in the office to play with! The top 2 strands are from Eagle Gemstone. The bottom strand is raw quartz sticks I ordered from Happy Mango Beads for my next project. I can't wait to try them out!
What are you planning for your next project? Will you incorporate raw gemstones or druzies into your designs? Tell us about it in the comments section below!